Why can't they invent .....

@GreenMoo (11842)
June 3, 2012 3:31am CST
I'm sure we've all heard of peculiar things that scientists have been working on. Projects which seem a pointless waste of money. And I'm certain that we can all think of things that we believe the extra funds and manpower could be channelled into. A cure for some of the illnesses, like cancer, which blight mankind might be a good start. But lets lighten up and think of other things which scientists and inventors could focus their efforts on which would make our lives more fun. My own personal wish would be that someone would invent a self righting sock, so that each time I do the laundry I don't have to stick my hand inside someone's stinky sock in order to turn it the right way round. No amount of nagging seems to make a difference to my family so it's time to turn to inventors. How about a self cleaning oven? Or a self changing nappy/diaper perhaps? Taxes which pay themselves, volume controls on barking dogs ..... the list is endless. What would you wish for?
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
3 Jun 12
In the line of volume control on dogs.. how about on husbands and children also? Or maybe "silencer cones" that can be put around the TV and whoever is watching it so that only the watcher hears the TV.. can also be used on other electronics like computers, video games, etc. I remember when I was young I'd watch futeristic cartoons where people had moving walkways like escalators but they were flat.. and their dinners would be like a tiny bag of something they'd pop in a microwave type thing and a 3 course dinner would come out.. those would be cool to have. I'd also like a robot servent that would clean the house and cook for me, but not one so smart that it turns into iRobot or Bicentenial Man or anything like that.
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@bagarad (12151)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jun 12
I will go for the silencers you mentioned as long as they also work on passing car radios. I especially like the silencer cone idea for loud TV and radios. Might save a lot of marriages, LOL! As to moving sidewalks, my dad used to build them. They existed back in the 1960's. The ones he build at Disneyland in Anaheim by the original Monorail and the one he build at LAX have now been replaced, since technology has improved and things do wear out.
@BarBaraPrz (19829)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Jun 12
Last time I was at Toronto airport, they had them there in arrivals... that was in '95. Haven't been anywhere since.
@GreenMoo (11842)
4 Jun 12
Imagine if you didn't have to hear that 'Mum? Mum? MUUUUUUUUUUM!' all day. It would be bliss. There's a certain tone to it that can break through all my defences.
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@blummus (452)
• United States
3 Jun 12
I still want a practical personal jet pack that won't burn my butt off as I'm flying around. My life would be much more fun with a jet pack.
@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Jun 12
Yeah, if it burns your butt off it's not too much fun ;)
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@BarBaraPrz (19829)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Jun 12
Me too! Me too! And moving sidewalks...
@GreenMoo (11842)
4 Jun 12
Moving sidewalks like in airports? Love 'em!
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
3 Jun 12
I want a teleporter! I wouldn't have to move to be with my sons, just step into it and be at that city's reception station in seconds. Cars wouldn't have to travel as much and families would be as close as if they lived next door to each other. (The unintended consequences, of course, would be to devastate the airline industry and the fuel industry--people wouldn't need planes and wouldn't have to drive outside their cities. Millions of jobs would be lost for my convenience, not to mention the vending industry that supplies gas stations, the truck drivers who deliver fuel, the truck stops that serve them and dozens of other jobs.)
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@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Jun 12
Neither the airline nor the fuel industry have a glorious future ahead anyway with peak oil on the horizon.
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• United States
3 Jun 12
Teleporters would be cool.. just keep them out of government control otherwise nobody would be able to afford to use them.
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@stealthy (8188)
• United States
3 Jun 12
Supposedly there are self cleaning ovens and have been for a long time. As far as the sock goes, the wearer should have to do the turning around or suffer with how they come out of being washed when they weren't turned around. A volume control on a barking dog would be simple enough; just have a volume detector on one of those collars that shocks the dog with electricity like is used with the invisible electric fence. Of course the problem would be in getting the dog owner to get and use one since the barking dog is often considered by the owner to be a protection measure. I would want a really good, cheap and non-surgical way to look a couple of decades younger.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
4 Jun 12
The self cleaning ovens that are on the market just now really don't self clean. Maybe they're easier, I don't know. I think the best bet is not to dirty your oven in the first place. Not sure electric shocks are the way to go to get a dog to stop barking. Let's face it, if you were making a row and I gave you an electric shock, would you shut up or would it just confuse and upset you? The best way I know of looking younger is to smile. If it doesn't work at least you'll have made the world a happier place :-)
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@bagarad (12151)
• Paso Robles, California
3 Jun 12
My wish is for software updating on computers that doesn't require me to open and close all my programs before completing the update. I'd also like computers that can go without rebooting forever and work just fine. I'd also like brain restraints for the IT people who keep "fixing" things that work just fine in order to force us to buy later and greater editions of software with features we don't want and will never use. Case in point is Quickbooks, which will stop supporting downloading data into it from financial institutions if I don't buy the latest edition now.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
4 Jun 12
Don;t you just hate that? Having to turn everything off so that the computer can update something you were't terribly interested in anyway? Drives me bonkers. I have the latest editions of so many things on my computer, which I use once in a blue moon. The day after I bought and installed my latest computer it took about 20 minutes to shut down because it was downloading the latest updates. How can it have that many updates in a day? And again the next?
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5 Jun 12
I like the topic of this discussion but I can't really think of anything I would need invented. However, I would like to touch on the subject of the self-righting sock invention and how you have been nagging at your family lol. See if I was you, everytime I came across an un-righted sock, I would take said sock, to the place where your family member slips/sits and put said sock on their place of lay/sit with an invoice for £1 toward self-righting sock invention. They have a choice to right their own sock, or give you a £1 :) lol!
@GreenMoo (11842)
5 Jun 12
With all the cash I'd be raking in, I could easily commission the best brains in the country to design me my very own sock righter.
5 Jun 12
see, try it haha! your family might thinking your bonkers.. but sure lol!
@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Jun 12
Hang on a minute ... my family have money, but most of it comes from the Bank of Mum. So if I put this wonderful plan into place I'm likely to bankrupt myself paying off my children's debts to myself. Or something.
@inertia4 (27665)
• United States
8 Jun 12
Lets start with the cure for cancer. They will not actually cure cancer. There is no money in doing that, so they will focus on other, sometimes more meaningless things. Now as for the other inventions you mentioned, I love the self paying taxes. That would be nice, I would call that eliminate taxes. The self righting sock, well, I doubt that would be done, but you could create disposable socks. Self cleaning ovens they do have, but just like frost free refrigerator freezers, there are still some things that need to be done. I have a so called self cleaning oven, but it sill needs to be cleaned. They don't get as dirty as the older ovens. I also love the volume on the dog, my mothers dog barks at the stupidest things. And he barks at people he already knows. Now what I really want them to invent is an actual money tree. A real plantable tree that grows money. LOL. Nice!!!
@GreenMoo (11842)
8 Jun 12
You're so right about where the research money goes (or, more significantly, doesn't go). They already make disposable underwear, so socks shouldn't pose any difficulties. Thinking about it, they also make edible underwear. But who'd want to eat their socks? Actually, who'd want to eat someone's underwear, but that's another discussion .....
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@megamatt (14331)
• United States
5 Jun 12
A machine to convert my thoughts and ideas into coherent and logical writing would be nice. I'm serious, such a thing would be a gift from above to say the very least. There are so many times where I sit there, pondering about a lot of things, but for some reason, the thoughts cannot come out. I know that the thoughts are there but they are not there. Such a machine would be something that I would use constantly, because it should logically process what I meant in the best and potentially most grammatically appeasing way. Also a reality rewind button would be nice. Where we could just go back about thirty seconds or so. Because I'm sure that many of us have said or done something that we know we should not have the moment it flew out of our mouth.
@GreenMoo (11842)
5 Jun 12
Yes, an ideas machine would be tops. Perhaps it could also store and sort ideas, so that when I need to go back to something, it would be easy to access.
@BarBaraPrz (19829)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
4 Jun 12
Never mind the self-cleaning oven, I want a self-cleaning house!
@GreenMoo (11842)
4 Jun 12
Think big!
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