Monday, May 1, 2017

13 horribly designed everyday products that need to be reinvented

13 horribly designed everyday products that need to be reinvented
By Chris Weller

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We shouldn't have to worry that our simplest household products will let us down.

But plenty of them do — on a daily basis.

For every perfectly crafted Dixon-Ticonderoga pencil, there's a shampoo bottle that will never get completely empty.

Here are the everyday products we've been using for decades that — somehow — have withstood innovation.

Umbrellas have existed since the 1st century AD, but the common collapsible variety is awfully flimsy when the going gets rough. Many turn inside-out or simply fall apart during heavy rainstorms.

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Even if you're meticulous about squeezing a tube of toothpaste from bottom to top, you'll still end up with a maddening bit at the end that you just can't use. The person who solves this problem should earn a Nobel Prize.

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Same goes for soap and shampoo bottles, which use compressed air to dispense their contents. That mechanism fails miserably once the bottle gets too low, and you're left with wasted soap every time.

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