Check out the winning entry from the Innovation150 Canadian Life Hacks contest. The winner received an all-expenses-paid trip for 4 to Sudbury, Ontario (compliments of Sudbury Tourism) to tour the underground SNOLAB laboratory, meet Nobel prize-winning physicist Dr. Art McDonald, visit Northern Ontario's most popular attractions Science North and Dynamic Earth, and enjoy local food, entertainment and the great outdoors!
2017-03-04: hacking - Canadians were doing it before it was cool. Now we're searching for the coolest, cleverest life hacks around. See link in profile for contest details.
2017-04-17: Entering the #CanadianLifeHacks contest is now easier than ever! Just snap a photo of your hack and share to #Instagram, tag @Innovation150_Canada and include #CanadianLifeHacks. That's it! Enter your hack before June 9.
2017-05-09: We want to send you here. A trip for four. An incredible science adventure. Contest details in profile link... Thanks to our sponsors @sciencenorth @sudburytourism and SNOLAB.
2017-05-12: It's a great weekend to enter the #CanadianLifeHacks contest! Details in profile link.
2017-05-14: We are seeing some great entries in the #CanadianLifeHacks Contest. (See profile link for contest details) We love this sauce dispenser life hack from @simonsunatori!
2017-06-13: Canadian Life Hacks Contest is
Now Closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. Be sure to check out all the life hacks at Innovation150.ca.
2017-06-13: Concours des trucs et astuces
canadiens. Ce concours est maintenant terminé. Merci à tous les participants. Veuillez prendre connaissance de tous les trucs et astuces présentés à Innovation150.ca.
2017-06-13: Thank you @simonsunatori ! The contest officially closed June 9, but keep sending us hacks! They are amazing! Good luck.
2017-06-29: And the winner of the #CanadianLifeHacks Contest is @simonsunatori from Gatineau, QC! Thank you for sharing your innovative hacks with us! Dr. Art McDonald was a huge fan of your shower head/soap dispenser combo. See you in Sudbury, thanks to @sudburytourism, @snolab and @sciencenorth!
2017-06-29: Le gagnant du concours #TrucsEtAstucesCanadiens est @simonsunatori, de Gatineau (Québec)! Merci de nous avoir fait connaître votre truc innovateur! Art McDonald a beaucoup aimé votre dispositif combinant pomme de douche et distributeur de savon. Au plaisir de vous voir à Sudbury, grâce à @sudburytourism, @snolab et @sciencenorth!
2017-08-03: Last week, the winner of the #CanadianLifeHacks contest participated in the Sudbury Science Safari Grand Prize trip, courtesy of @sudburytourism. Here are a few pics of @SimonSunatori & family diving deep 2 KMs underground to the SNOLab research facility for an in-depth discussion about black matter, neutrinos and super novas. Photo credit: @gerryatwork
2017-08-03: La semaine dernière, le gagnant du concours #TrucsEtAstucesCanadiens a profité de son grand prix, un safari scientifique à Sudbury, gracieuseté de @SudburyTourism. Voici quelques photos de @SimonSunatori et de sa famille lors de leur excursion à 2 km sous terre dans les installations du laboratoire de recherche SNOLab, pour une discussion en profondeur sur la matière sombre, les neutrinos et les supernovas.
2017-08-09: Congratulations to #Innovation150 Canadian Life Hacks Contest winner Simon Sunatori! A couple weeks ago SNOLAB had the opportunity to host Mr. Sunatori & some of the Innovation 150 team for an underground tour as part of the contest prize. We had a great time sharing some SNOLAB science and posing for the requisite 'silly group shot'!
2017-12-21: Thank YOU Simon for making this initiative even more incredible than we ever imagined. We honestly couldn't have picked a better person to have won the #CanadianLifeHacks contest. You are a true genius, innovator and explorer of the world.
My house is equipped with a central heat pump system, but I did not used it at all for air conditioning in a year which had record high temperatures in Canada. In fact, the heat pump was completely OFF for 6 months from May to October. Here is my method to optimise indoor temerature without activating the air conditioner. It takes advantage of the fact that hot air goes up and cold air goes down, and of thermal inertia in a climate with relatively large temperature difference between day and night in a multi-stage building.
Localised Draft Prevention by a Folded Bath Towel as a Thermal Shield
Sleeping in a room at relatively low room temperature (< 291 K = 18 C) could be uncomfortable. Raising the temperature of the room increases utility cost as well as carbon footprint. Instead, the air gap around the neck area of a human body is filling with a folded bath towel as such a seal prevents localized draft and thus serves as an effective thermal shield against heat loss.
All-Season Shoes Leakage Preventive Measure by PVC Tape
My pair of shoes ($19.97 CAD at Walmart) with MEMORY FOAM (ULTRA PLUSH COMFORT) are used year-round as all-season shoes. In order to reinforce the predictable breaking points in the Stress-Strain Curve near the top of the shoes where bending occurs, colour-matched Super Strong Adhesive PVC Waterproof Stop Leaks Seal Repair Tape was applied before the first use as a preemptive strike. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is chemically resistant to acids, salts, bases, fats, and alcohols.
Cold-Buster Medical Nitrile Gloves with a Touch ID Hole
I keep the room temperature at 291 K (+18 C) for optimal functioning of *my* brain. The hands at the extremities of the body feel rather cold, so I wear medical nitrile gloves inside the house. The use of keyboard and trackpad on the MacBook Air and the use of touchscreen on the iPhone are not impeded by the gloves. A hole of about 5 mm in diameter was found to be enough to make the Touch ID functional. The Purple Nitrile Exam Gloves are supposed to be disposable, but I use them many times over and over again and again.
Heavy-Duty Food-Item Carrier by a Dual-Compartment Cardboard Box with Rubber Bands
Now that I have car-less hyper-ecological lifestyle, bringing back bulk food items from a Costco warehouse via public transit is a challenge. A sturdy cardboard box (of plastic Ketchup bottles) was found to be already pre-twinned to form 2 compartments. A hole was cut through the dividing portion to form a handle, and 2 pairs of slits were cut for rubber bands as slip-guards. The heavy-duty carrier is ready for repeated re-use after re-use.
Aluminum-Foil Metallic Thermal Socks
So-called Thermal Socks may be effective for heat loss due to conduction and convection, but they are not effective to block heat loss due to infrared (IR) radiation from human body. So, a human foot is wrapped by a sheet of aluminum foil in this conceptual prototype to see how effective Aluminum Fibre Socks would be for extremity protection. Aluminum is not considered to be harmful to human metabolism.
Aluminum-Foil Hat Lining for Sound Reflection
The Acoustic Dome with a reversed mixing bowl is successful at the table, but it is obviously impractical for wearing. Since fabric of a hat absorbs sound, aluminum foil is attached to the lining of the hat with adhesive tape in order to channel sound into the wearer's ears by reflection. Now, high-frequency sounds in the audio spectrum from a MacBook Air leads not only to more natural music but also to more accurate speech recognition by a human being.
Ultra-High-Efficiency Self-Regulating Symmetrical Homopolar Motor with a Circular Rotor
The High-Efficiency Self-Regulating Asymmetrical Homopolar Motor has been further improved to achieve ultimate simplicity with a copper wire bent at only 1 location, yet maintaining careful balance. The rotor is now symmetrical, carrying current from the top of the battery to the bottom of the battery in 2 branches in a loop, doubling the force perpendicular both to the magnetic field and to the direction of the current flow according to Fleming's left-hand rule for motors. As the motor rotates, the copper wire's loop touches only one side of the disc-shaped rare-earth magnet intermittently, forming self-regulating pulse current to cause the rotor to reach steady-state terminal angular velocity instead of uncontrolled acceleration to make the rotor fly away as seen in many YouTube videos. Since the current flow in the circuit is not continuous, power consumption is low enough to keep the rotation going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny.
N.B. The design has been submitted to the Guinness World Record as "The Simplest Homopolar Motor".
High-Efficiency Self-Regulating Asymmetrical Homopolar Motor
A homopolar motor comprises an AA battery, a disc-shaped rare-earth magnet and a copper wire. Googling "homopolar motor" reveals numerous creations, some sophisticated and artistic like a heart-shaped rotor. Here is what I claim to be absolutely the simplest design with a copper wire bent at only 2 locations to achieve careful balance. The rotor is asymmetrical with a horizontal straight line which maximises the force perpendicular both to the magnetic field and to the direction of the current flow according to Fleming's left-hand rule for motors. As the motor rotates, the copper wire's horizontal straight line touches only one side of the disc-shaped rare-earth magnet intermittently, forming self-regulating pulse current to cause the rotor to reach steady-state terminal angular velocity instead of uncontrolled acceleration to make the rotor fly away as seen in many YouTube videos.
Viewing/Listening Angle Optimisation of a Uni-Directional Acoustic Dome by an Aluminum Lampshade
The Uni-Directional Acoustic Domes on a Magnetic Tabletop iPhone Tower has been successful, but the most natural posture for viewing a display screen while eating food at the table is not straight ahead but slightly downwards. So, an old aluminum lampshade is placed on the table, then is sandwiched by disc-shaped rare-earth magnets on the inside and on the outside at an angle of pi/3 radian (60 degrees) to hold an iPhone in place.
Lapel Pin to Prevent a Waist Bag Strap from Slip-Sliding Away
The strap of my waist bag was always slip-sliding away from its buckle. So, a lapel pin is re-purposed to fix the belt semi-permanently, until I gain or lose weight enough to change the body's circumference. The giftware from Gatineau Police was useless waste of taxpayers's money since wearing it could amount to illegally impersonating the police.
Turtleneck Sweat Buster Moisture Chimney by a Silicon Steel Strap
Turtleneck T-shirts are so effective that there is no need to wear a scarf while cross-country skiing in winter. Conventional T-shirts with zipper can be opened vertically, but moisture does not escape properly without an air gap between a human body and a T-shirt. So, a T-shirt was cut vertically below the neck, 2 holes were drilled into a Cycling Warning Reflective Safety Band Pant Band Leg Strap Belt Silicon Steel on each side, and the strap belt was stitched to the T-shirt. The conceptual prototype with a one-touch chimney opening feature is very crude, but I can feel warm moisture rising upwards and escaping from the opening as intended.
Angled Tray to Catch Dripping Wine from a Water Pump
Home-made wine containing resveratrol is stored in a water tank. The spout of the manual water pump often leaks, so the base of an orphaned butter tray is re-purposed to function as a drip tray. The base is placed beneath the water tank to be held by gravity at an angle of about pi/4 radian (45 degrees) from the horizontal in order to effectively catch dripping wine drops.
Tying Curtain with a Safety Reflective Ankle Strap
Very quickly tying a curtain in a selective way, i.e., one curtain open and the other curtain closed, is achieved by re-purposing a Safety Reflective Ankle Strap. The method is also capable of adjusting bias horizontally or vertically so that the curtain can show non-symmetrical configuration for visible-light intake in continuously-variable fashion.
Partial Guidelines for Cutting Paraffin Wax Splash Guard
The Annular Junk-Mail Flyer as a Paraffin Wax Splash Guard works very well, but making a circular hole through a junk-mail flyer poses a challenge. So, 2 partial guidelines were drawn on the cover of a cooking pot with a magic marker at pi radian (180 degrees) apart. The marked cover acts as an alignment template for drawing a semi-circle on the junk-mail flyer folded in half, to be cut off by a pair of scissors to form a circular hole. It is then placed around the heating element of a cooktop.
USB Cable Tie's Steel Core for Stopping a Zipper Slider
The zipper teeth of my 25-year old pants worn out near the bottom stopper, so the zipper slider was derailing. The previous fix to stop the zipper slider by stitched thread had disintegrated. It so happens that a USB cable tie has a steel core, which turned out to make effective means to stop the zipper slider before it reaches the bottom stopper, much more durable than thread.
Flip-Cover Casserole Bowl for Double-Decker Microwave Cooking
A covered casserole bowl turned out to be too tall for double-decker cooking in a microwave oven. So, the cover of the casserole bowl on the lower deck is flipped for low-profile cooking, while the upper deck on the rack is occupied by other food items for simultaneous cooking. The cooking time in parallel becomes long, but is nevertheless shorter than the total length of cooking time in series.
Biodegradable Paper Towel Cover for Microwave Cooking
A piece of paper towel makes an effective cover with steam escape. Since paper towel does not cling-wrap to itself, re-usable rubber band is used to prevent the paper towel from slipping down or flying away on the spinning turntable. Since the wavelength of the oven's microwave radiation is about 120 mm for the frequency of 2.450 GHz, the rubber band is too thin to be heated up. Unlike plastic wrap, paper towel is porous and biodegradable by composting.
Nano Magic Tape Phone Attachment to a Uni-Directional Acoustic Dome
It has been suggested that non-magnetised phones should benefit from the successful Multiple Uni-Directional Acoustic Domes on a Magnetic Tabletop iPhone Tower. A mixing bowl is attached to the Tabletop iPhone Tower at 2 vertical spots by sandwiched disc-shaped rare-earth magnets. A piece of Nano Magic Tape Traceless Washable Double Sided Adhesive Tape is adhered to the centre portion of the mixing bowl for mounting any phone with a smooth flat backside. The phone is easily removable, and the tape will not damage any surfaces.
Multiple Uni-Directional Acoustic Domes on a Magnetic Tabletop iPhone Tower with an Air Gap
Here is an ultimate instrument for Star Trek binge watching where immersion, indulgence and escapism meet. A mixing bowl is attached to the Tabletop iPhone Tower (a re-purposed old desk lamp) at the centre by sandwiched disc-shaped rare-earth magnets with an air gap to the iPhone. The multiple domes provide personalised viewing experience at a kitchen table with uni-directional sound from the individual magnetised iPhone focused towards each listener. The air gap makes the magnetic attraction force follow the inverse-square law instead of a step function.
Orientation-Differentiated Placement of RFID Chip Cards in a Waist Bag for Public Transportation
The interprovincial interface between QC and ON in public transportation is confusing as the user needs an OC Transpo PRESTO card and an STO Multi card, with a further complication because PRESTO has "STO" in its name. In order to keep track of which prepaid card to tap on the RFID reader on a train or a bus and to prevent an embarrassing double-payment situation in idiot-proof fashion, the card to use is placed inside a waist bag in portrait orientation to stick out for intuitive indication, while the other card is placed in landscape orientation to keep a low profile.
Crystal Glass Candle Holder as an Ornamental Lightbulb Socket
A lightbulb-shaped stress ball marked "Science and Engineering Week/Semaine des sciences et de la technologie" is transformed into an ornamental sculpture. A bright YELLOW lightbulb is inserted into a crystal glass candle holder on top of a bright ORANGE hockey puck.
iPhone Stand by a Spherical Rare-Earth Magnet on a Steel Washer
My professional-artist daughter Véronique came up with placing a steel washer on top of the ring-shaped rare-earth magnet of a magnetised iPhone, then magnetically attaching a spherical rare-earth magnet to form a secure iPhone stand. The sandwich configuration with a sound reflector out is stable for providing an optimal viewing angle to watch Star Trek in landscape orientation on a desk or a table, and is also stable for typing in portrait orientation.
QR Codes of Wi-Fi Access and Presentation Viewgraphs on PAGE 1
Just about every presentation (webinar, webcast or in-person seminar) receives a question asking "Will the viewgraph be made available?" or camera shots taking photos of the viewgraphs. To counter such unproductive waste of human talent, a QR Code for Wi-Fi access and a QR Code for the URL of a Keynote/PowerPoint presentation in PDF format are made by the Shortcuts app on iOS/iPadOS. It is then prominently placed on PAGE 1 of the viewgraph so that people on-line or at the back of an auditorium can scan the QR Code with the Camera app on the iPhone/iPad, for example, to view the slides on-line during and/or after the presentation on their own mobile devices at their own pace.
Here is a step-by-step instruction for creating a "QR Code for Wi-Fi Access".
launch app "Shortcuts" in iOS/iPadOS
tap "+ Create Shortcut" -> "+ Add Action"
search for "te" -> tap "Text"
enter: WIFI:S:[your Wi-Fi network];T:WPA;P:[your Wi-Fi password];; -> tap "+"
search for "qr" -> tap "Generate QR code" -> tap "+"
search for "qu" -> tap "Quick Look" -> tap "Next"
enter: QR Code for Wi-Fi Access -> tap "Done"
tap "QR Code for Wi-Fi Access"
AirDrop the QR Code image into your document
Here is a step-by-step instruction for creating a "QR Code for Viewgraphs".
launch app "Shortcuts" in iOS/iPadOS
tap "+ Create Shortcut" -> tap "+ Add Action"
search for "ur" -> tap "URL"
enter: http://[the URL of your viewgraphs] -> tap "+"
search for "qr" -> tap "Generate QR code" -> tap "+"
search for "qu" -> tap "Quick Look" -> tap "Next"
enter: QR Code for Viewgraphs -> tap "Done"
tap "QR Code for Viewgraphs"
AirDrop the QR Code image into your document
Touchscreen Cleaning by Surfactant in a Detergent-Soaked Cloth
There are numerous kinds of fancy microfibre cloths for cleaning iPhone/iPad/iPod touchscreens. These microfibre cloths are optimised to remove microscopic dirt and dust, but not oil from a human finger. Therefore, the result is less than spectacular, to say the least. So, a piece of cloth is soaked in dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) in which dishwashing detergent containing surfactant (surface-active agent to reduce surface tension) is dissolved. The addition of surfactant makes a night-and-day difference.
High-Density Polyethylene Produce Bag Fortification by Multiple Twist-Folding
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) produce bags are very fragile, to say the least. Here is a technique to fortify the produce bag by multiple repetition of twisting shut, followed by inverting inside out. The fortified produce bag with a few pucks of Quinolent GREEN inside is strong enough to withstand stochastic vibration during a 21-km bicycle ride to the Champlain Lookout of the Gatineau Park for a pucknic. The triangle-folding technique has been passed down from my mother to my daughters, then up to me.
Providing Friction to iPhone's Bicycle Mount by Electrical Tape
The Bike Holder For Mobile Phones is advertised to be "Anti-skid and Anti-shock". However, the Quetzal bicycle handle's painted steel surface turned out to be too slippery for a heavy iPhone Plus with a cover and a rare-earth magnet. There are many different kinds of friction tape on the market, but colour-unmatched electrical tape provides sufficient friction. No solution has been found for frequent appearance of dialogue "Undo Typing" because the iPhone interprets vibration as shaking.
Permanent Setting of Home Appliance's Control Functions by Electrical Tape
Some functions of home appliances may be permanently set ON or OFF for certain users. Leaving the buttons available causes confusion and accidental activation or deactivation, so they are covered by colour-matched electrical tape in order to inconspicuously disable or enable the function buttons permanently.
Floating Cereal Bowl on a Transparent-Dome Platform by an Inverted Glass Bowl
The Inverted Double-Decker Platform for Eating Cereals with Milk was very successful, but the platform by an identical ceramic casserole dish was not quite high enough. So, it was replaced by a large transparent glass bowl, inverted to create an illusion of a floating bowl of cereals while providing a clean eating environment at the table. For unstable users, a Sticky Pad could be placed on the glass bowl's top surface. The inverted bowl is large enough to function as a dust cover for some food on the table.
No-Knot Calendar Hanging by Ring-Disc Combination of Rare-Earth Magnets
An artistic calendar came with a very nice ribbon, but it turned out to be too short for looping around the super-thick steel frame of a wall unit for hanging. So, the ribbon was carefully passed through the central hole of a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet, then sandwiched by a disc-shaped rare-earth magnet without any glue or knots.
Triple-Layer Sandwich for iPhone's Optimal Magnetic Attachment
Quest for the most stable method of an iPhone's magnetic attachment has led to a 3-layer sandwich structure of the bottom layer of steel washer gooped to the iPhone's backside in order to raise the magnetic flux density for stronger magnetic attachment force, the middle layer of a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet, and the top layer of a Sticky Pad securely adhered to the rare-earth magnet for non-slip operation.
Locking a Bike Holder For Mobile Phones by a Supercycle Basic Combo Bike Lock
The Bike Holder For Mobile Phones is extremely practical, obliviating the super-dangerous maneuvre of using the pinkie to reach delete/return keys on the other side of an iPhone while cycling. However, mounting and unmounting it at every stop is a pain in the ass, so the Supercycle Basic Combo Bike Lock is passed through the rubber ring. It can easily be cut by any pair of scissors, but doing so would make the device useless. Professional thieves would cut the lock with a bolt cutter to steal the entire bike anyway.
Posture-Perfect Movie Viewing on a Switch-Stopped iPhone
In order to prevent painful back pain which is caused by bad postural alignment, the switch knob of a bedroom lamp functions as an eye-level stop to put the iPhone at a pre-determined position in order to provide an optimal viewing angle for watching Star Trek on a sofa. The Magnetised iPhone is equipped with a Transparent Sound Reflector, a Looped USB Cable, and a Rubber Band through a Ring-Shaped Magnet. The lamp-shade points upwards to illuminate the ceiling for diffused ambient light.
Bending the Suction Tube of a Spray Bottle by Boiling Dihydrogen Monoxide
The Organic Fertiliser Spray for Hydrogel Hydroponics Plants works fine when the re-purposed household cleaning spray is pointing straight. However, the main target of the spray is at plant roots, so the spray has to be leaning forward, leading to premature evacuation of 20-20-20 fertiliser when the liquid level becomes low. So, the suction tube of the spray bottle was permanently bent under boiling dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) at 373 K (100 C). If the suction tube were flexible, then a ball weight could be added in order to spray in any orientation by gravity.
Electrical-Tape Blocking of a Wall Switch
Sometimes, there is a need to keep a wall switch ON all the time. For example, a lightbulb with a built-in infrared (IR) motion sensor. In order to prevent an innocent visitor from accidentally turning off the switch which cuts off the supply of electrical power to the lightbulb, a piece of electrical tape is used to block the switch position from being changed.
Plant-Growth Direction Shifting from Vertical to Horizontal
The indoor avocado tree has outgrown to reach the ceiling. In order to shift the direction of its growth from vertical to horizontal, a polyester cord is looped and hung from the stem top. A plurality of rare-earth magnets are stacked and hung from the polyester cord. The number of rare-earth magnets is adjustable to incrementally apply gravitational force over time for the transition depending on the plant's feedback reaction.
iOS Shortcuts for Transmitting URL via either AirDrop or QR Code
Taking the concept of the popular Conference Badge with QR Code of E-mail Address one step further, here is a non-verbal, non-written, non-printed, environmentally-friendly, all-electronic method of communication with another human being. The iOS Shortcut can transmit not only the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of any website but also an E-mail address, a Wi-Fi password, a vCard, a link to PayPal.Me to accept payment, etc. For an iOS user, the Shortcut can use either AirDrop for direct transmission or a QR Code which can be read by the Camera app. For an Android user, the Shortcut displays a QR Code.
The simple AirDrop/QR Code Shortcuts programme has a "Choose from Menu" component from which "URL" to choose, followed by another "Choose from Menu" component for choosing between "AirDrop" and "Generate QR Code", followed by "Quick Look" and "Play Sound" components.
Steel Washers Strengthening iPhone Magnetic Attachment
Steel washers are gooped to the backside of an iPhone so that the ferromagnetic material raises the magnetic flux density for stronger magnetic attachment force. This quad-magnet configuration also makes the disc-shaped rare-earth magnet detachable in preparation for newer iPhones with wireless Qi-standard induction charging if ever such a need arises.
High-Pitch Friction Noise Replacing a Bicycle Bell
The Quetzal bicycle's bell broke, but it is left in place for bylaw-compliance reasons, i.e., fooling the police. This bicycle's crankarm touches the chain guard, making intermittent high-pitch friction noise while pedalling. Instead of fixing the noise as a problem, I realised that it can be or has been used as an automatic early-warning signal to the pedestrians around. So, no expenses.
Lifting a Toilet-Seat Lid with a Suction Cup Gadget
It is strongly advised to close the toilet seat lid before flushing the toilet in order to prevent a phenomenon known as a "toilet plume" from shooting aerosolized fecal particles containing microbes into the air, often contaminating toothbrushes in the bathroom. A gadget of unknown origin with a suction cup has found a very practical use as a toilet-seat lid lifter.
Hiding a Pocket Knife inside a Metallic Compact Mirror Case
A knife with a blade shorter than 60 mm is permitted in the carry-on when flying within Canada or to an international (non-U.S.) destination. However, knives of any type or length are not permitted in the carry-on on flights to the U.S., so a pocket knife is placed hidden inside a metallic compact mirror case in order to evade detection by overzealous airport security staff with X-ray scanners.
Colouring Alignment Lines on a Bicycle Combination Lock
The Supercycle Basic Combo Bike Lock is convenient and useful. However, just where one must align the combination of 4 digits is not very clear. The 2 lines to indicate where to align in the same metallic shine as the background is washed out under bright sunlight. So, a magic marker is used to colour the alignment lines crystal clearly.
Inverted Double-Decker Platform for Eating Cereals with Milk
There exist feeder platforms for domestic pets (e.g., Elevated Dog & Cat Bowls), but there seems to be no such product for humans. Since cereal with milk is prone to splashing due to its fluidity, placing a bowl on a raised platform by any means (e.g., identical ceramic casserole dishes in inverted double-decker configuration) helps create a clean eating environment at the table.
iPhone Stand with a Safety Reflective Ankle Strap
A Safety Reflective Ankle Strap for cycling with long pants is re-purposed to act as an iPhone stand. The steel core of the ankle strap attaches to the large ring-shaped rare-earth magnet at the centre of the iPhone's backside. The top view of the assembly resembles an infinity symbol, signifying its infinite potential. While not in use, the ankle strap serves as a unisex wristband.
Suspending Magnetised Sunglass Case on an S-Shaped Hook
The Keychain and S-Shaped Hook Attachment by Rare-Earth Magnets to a Steel Shelf has been so successful that its use has expanded to include Eagle Eyes sunglasses in its case. A small disc-shaped rare-earth magnet is inserted between the aluminum case and the lining that protects the sunglasses in order to magnetically suspend the combined mass.
In-Car Dual-Screen Display
An iPhone is magnetically attached to a steel plate on the steering column, and a GPS navigator is attached to the windshield with a suction cup. Both screens are viewed directly straight ahead by the driver. This way, there is no need for a head-up display (HUD) with an elaborate projection mechanism.
iPhone Mount on a Steering Column with Sticky-Pad Attachment
An iPhone is temporarily mounted on a Communauto hybrid car's dashboard in front of the driver's seat for an optimal viewing angle. To do so, a steel plate is cut from the bottom of a circular cardboard container (of macha). The steel plate is bent and folded in half to form a stand for the iPhone, then a Sticky Pad is securely adhered for non-slip operation.
Securing a Rubber Band with 2 Ring-Shaped Rare-Earth Magnets
In order to mount an iPhone to a Communauto hybrid car only during the reserved time slot, 2 holes are drilled into a steel plate which is cut from the bottom of a circular cardboard container (of macha). A rubber band is passed through the holes, with each end of the rubber band tied to a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet.
Pre-Counted Bus Fare in a Plastic Bag
I have led an essentially cashless lifestyle since 1994, but interprovincial trip between Gatineau, QC, and Ottawa, ON, necessitated a hopefully-temporary situation of having to use cash for a bus ride as STO's Multi card says: "E-wallet is not accepted for starting a trip on the OC Transpo system (bus and train)." So, a transparent plastic bag of wine-making Stabiliser & Clarifier is re-used to individually store a pre-portioned amount of cash for a bus fare.
Knapsack as a Frontpack
The synonym of knapsack is backpack. However, my engineer daughter Évelyne reversed the configuration, and started a trend to wear a knapsack on the front side of the body. So, the knapsack has become a frontpack. It may not be stylish, but it is practical for easy access to the contents.
Uniform PET Containers for General Food Storage
Keeping a plurality of transparent plastic containers of peanut butter of the same No-Name brand for many years has paid off. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) may be safely used as intended for use in contact with food. So, it should be OK to store any kind of food inside.
Shower Caddie's Suction Cup on a Gooped Steel Plate
The shower caddie has been indispensable. However, its suction-cup attachment was unstable because the surface of the tiled wall is uneven. After more than 20 years, the problem is finally solved by gooping a steel plate which is cut from the bottom of a cardboard container (of macha) to the tiled wall. The suction cups are now very stable, but the oxidation rate of the steel plate will be monitored over time.
Peripheral Opening of Paperclip-Fastened Curtains
The Erect Lock Window Curtain Holding Scheme has been quite successful, but intense daytime sunlight onto the workstation area was too hard on light-sensitive eyes in summer. So, the curtain's configuration was reversed so that intense daytime sunlight in the central region is blocked, while the peripheral region is open. The reversed curtain even has some artistic style.
Acoustic Dome on a Kitchen Ceiling Crosspoint
A large mixing bowl is reversed and magnetically attached to the crosspoint of a suspended ceiling in the kitchen by sandwiched disc-shaped rare-earth magnets. When noisy actions are taking place in the kitchen, the acoustic dome provides an environment where one can hear news and music from an iPhone below as the sound is focused towards the listener.
Preventing a Bird Nest inside a Ventilation Duct Opening
A duct opening on a house's brick wall for a kitchen ventilation system is a super-comfortable spot for birds to build their nest thanks to the warm temperature in spring. A grid was built out of a piece of plastic garden fence, and was installed inside the duct opening. The passive structure has been effective for more than 20 years.
Twist-Attaching an Over-Sized Trash Bag to a Kitchen Waste Bin
An over-sized trash bag is convenient to consolidate other trash from elsewhere in the house on the garbage collection day. In order to fit the over-sized trash bag tightly to a kitchen waste bin, 2 of the 4 Quick-Tie flaps are twisted around a finger, and then tied to each other to form a knot so that the over-sized trash bag securely attaches to the kitchen waste bin.
Zero-Maintenance All-Natural Tapestry Lawn
Extending the logic of Natural Composting of Ginkgo Biloba Leaves, here is my zero-maintenance all-natural "tapestry lawn" where nature is taking its course. Many different plant species are free to form colonies and to bear flowers in different colours (white, yellow, violet, etc.), although they are nothing but so-called "weeds". If diversity of people is good, then diversity of so many plants species should be as good, too. Wild animals that have visited the tapestry lawn include cats, chipmunks, geese, mice, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, even humans. :-)
Nuts/Seeds Collection by Vacuum Suction with a Mesh Filter
Instead of throwing away spilt nuts/seeds into the trash, a sock or a stocking is inserted into the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner to act as a mesh filter, and a rubber band is used to hold it in place. The configuration works well, from large nuts like peanuts down to small seeds like chia seeds. The collected nuts/seeds can be washed, cooked and eaten so that valuable food is not wasted.
Steel Plate Landing Site for the iPhone Holder with a Hula Hoop
The iPhone Holder with a Hula Hoop has been very successful, but the 1:1 configuration of a bolt head with a single large ring-shaped rare-earth magnet will not be compatible with iPhone's Qi wireless charging system. So, a disc-shaped steel plate is magnetically attached to the steel bolt head to form a landing area for a future quad-magnet configuration. A piece of non-slip silicone tape is sandwiched among the magnet, the bolt head and the steel plate to provide friction.
Organic Fertiliser Spray for Hydrogel Hydroponics Plants
A household cleaning spray is re-purposed to act as a spray for hydrogel hydroponics. The spray's nozzle has 3 positions: OFF, SPRAY and STREAM. 20-20-20 fertiliser and agar (gelatinous powder derived from marine red algae) are dissolved into dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) for application to the plant roots through the holes on the cover. It is essential to shake before using.
Covered Compartmentalised Hydrogel Hydroponics for Minimizing Evaporation of Dihydrogen Monoxide
In order to minimise the loss of dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) by evaporation, a cover is placed on a plastic deli/vegetable tray for hydrogel hydroponics. A hole is made for each compartmentalised chamber at pre-determined locations, with a central hole for irrigation. Greenhouse effect due to trapped H2O gas raises the temperature of the environment, stimulating plant growth by increasing the rate of biochemical reactions. Non-seed plants such as garlic and parsley are being grown.
Align-Only No-Fold Laundry Scheme
My engineer daughter Évelyne questioned why we had to fold clothes after washing and drying. Since I had no logical answer, no more folding! I adopted a laundry scheme in which underwear and socks are simply aligned when they are placed in chest drawers, saving time and nerve.
Frequency Shifting of a Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Avoiding Interference with a GPS Navigator
When I plugged a Bluetooth FM transmitter into the car's power outlet, the GPS navigator lost satellite reception due to electromagnetic interference. So, either the Bluetooth FM transmitter or the GPS navigator could be used, but not both! After I shifted the Bluetooth FM transmitter's frequency from 87.5 MHz or 99.9 MHz to the maximum value of 107.9 MHz, the electromagnetic interference magically disappeared.
Conference Badge with QR Code of E-mail Address
Conference attendees are still networking with other attendees by manually exchanging contact information, i.e., typing business card data into a mobile device or writing it down on a piece of paper! So, I stuck the QR Code of my e-mail address to the inside surface of a badge holder with adhesive tape for demonstration. Conference organisers could add such QR Code to the badge from the attendee's pre-registration data so that contact information can be captured via iPhone's Camera app, for example.
Waist Bag Belt as an Integrated Single Belt
Instead of wearing a pants belt and a waist bag belt, the waist bag belt can be the only belt by attaching it to the pants's belt loop with a keychain on a retractable wire. The attachment can be semi-permanent until the next laundry wash cycle.
Synergetic High-Pitch Acoustic Resonance by Fish-Line Hanging of a Heavy Bolt and a Singing Rod
The acoustic characteristics of the popular High-Pitch Acoustic Resonance by Fish-Line Hanging of a Heavy Bolt has been significantly improved by also suspending the aluminum "Singing Rod" at the endpoints with another fish line from high above, forming a cross. Hitting the bolt by the rod produces stochastically-synergetic interaction of high-pitch sounds at resonant frequencies. The ear-piercing doubly-resonant sound is good for a daily ritual of waking up the brain.
Annular Junk-Mail Flyer as a Paraffin Wax Splash Guard
Dealing with spilt paraffin wax is very messy as it solidifies on the unheated surface of any cooktop. So, a junk-mail flyer was folded in half and a semi-circular portion was cut off by a pair of scissors to form a circular hole, to be placed around the heating element of a cooktop. A Quinolent GREEN puck is first immersed in a melted paraffin wax for a few seconds, then it is plunged into a bath of iced dihydrogen monoxide (H2O).
Functional QR-Code ID Tattoo with Citizenship Logo for Body Identification
Here is a functional QR-Code ID tattoo, hyperlinking to my home-page URL. In case I become unconscious or die, the first responders can identify the body since I do not carry a wallet when I go cycling or cross-country skiing. While applying the tattoo, I discovered that even slight warping of the QR Code messes up the scanner (iPhone's Camera app). So, the location had to change from the upper arm (convex) to the belly's navel region (relatively flat). I should not overeat and become fat...
Hydroponics with Multi-Layer Hydrogel Balls and Tissue Paper Sandwich Membrane
Dirt-Free Hydroponics with Hydrogel Balls was reconfigured to add a piece of 2-ply tissue paper as H2O-permeable membrane, sandwiching a mixture of seeds (chia seeds, quinoa seeds, flax seeds), 20-20-20 fertiliser and an organic starter powder (agar, ginkgo leaves, mocha). Shoots that are strong enough to penetrate through the tissue come out, while the others die out to become fertiliser to the surviving plants, i.e., "Survival of the Fit Enough". The version with flax seeds and agar was found to grow best, confirming claim: "agar is made from natural seaweed material which is known to contain a lot of nutrients."
High-Pitch Acoustic Resonance by Fish-Line Hanging of a Heavy Bolt
A heavy bolt (about 18 mm in diameter, 140 mm in length) is suspended at the bolt head with a fish line from high above. Hitting the bolt by an aluminum "Singing Rod" produces high-pitch sound at a resonant frequency. The ear-piercing resonant sound emulates the acoustic resonance of a prayer bell.
Dirt-Free Hydroponics with Single-Layer Hydrogel Balls
Dirt-Free Hydroponics with Hydrogel Balls in a Cup is promising, but not all the seeds stay on the hydrogel balls. Instead, some of them fall through the cracks, suffocate and die due to oxygen (O2) deprivation. The single-layer configuration prevents the seeds from sinking into the bath of dihydrogen monoxide (H2O). The pan (of take-out food) is growing 1/3 chia seeds, 1/3 quinoa seeds and 1/3 flax seeds.
Dirt-Free Hydroponics with Hydrogel Balls in a Cup
Hydrogel "Crystal Balls" are soaked into dihydrogen monoxide (H2O), and all-purpose fertiliser (20-20-20) is dissolved into the mixture in order to form a substrate for indoor hydroponics as an effective alternative to bug-infested potting soil. One cup is growing chia seeds, another cup is growing quinoa seeds, and yet another cup is growing 1/2 chia seeds and 1/2 quinoa seeds.
Freezing Ginkgo Biloba Seeds in a Freezer
Pre-cooked Ginkgo biloba seeds are put into a plastic container and frozen in a freezer after removing the shells. For long-term storage, dried but uncooked Ginkgo biloba seeds with shells intact are put into a plastic container (of grape juice concentrate) and stored in the freezer.
Storing Ginkgo Biloba Seeds in a Plastic Mesh Bag
Storing Ginkgo biloba seeds in an air-tight plastic container (of guacamole) resulted in the growth of disgusting GREEN mould at the seeds's surface. A plastic mesh bag (of Mini Babybel cheese) to the rescue. So, 100 Ginkgo biloba seeds for sale are now stored safely in a well-aerated mould-free environment.
Ending the Battle over Toilet Seat Up or Down
If every human being urinates sitting down, then there will be no more silly battle of the sexes over whether the toilet seat should be up or down in the bathroom. So, the toilet seat is permanently shut by duct tape, and the frequency of clean-up is minimised by eliminating splashes. There is even academic research which found that sitting down to pee helped men suffering from Lower Urinary Tract disease symptoms to pee with greater force by creating "a more favourable urodynamic profile".
Preventing Contamination behind a Food Container Cover
Human beings seem to have natural tendency of flipping the cover of a container when it is opened, i.e., putting the cover on the table upside down. However, this practice makes the back of the cover capture airborne microbes/microorganisms which subsequently enter the container. Breaking this paradigm and adopting a non-flipping policy prevent such contamination.
UPC Spoofing with On-Line Barcode Generator
Québec has a deposit on aluminum, glass and plastic soft drink and beer cans. Although Campbell Soup's V8 is in an aluminum can which says "REFUND WHERE APPLICABLE", the deposit return machine rejects the can. So, I printed out and affixed a UPC (Universal Product Code) from Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke, both of which were accepted. I also found that Pepsi uses UPC-A (12 digits), while Coke uses UPC-E (8 digits). Such a profitable scheme is probably illegal and also contaminates the recycling process, but it was an interesting engineering exercise to expose a loophole.
Quinolent GREEN Washable (Encased in Paraffin Wax)
The dream of no-mess washable food is one stop closer to reality. Dipping Quinolent GREEN in a bath of food-grade paraffin wax at a temperature above its melting point of 333 K gives a protective coating. The nutritious hockey-puck-shaped food provides portion control for effective diet. Paraffin wax is found in Health Canada's Lists of Permitted Food Additives with Other Generally Accepted Uses. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that petroleum wax may be safely used in or on food. Food-grade paraffin wax is considered edible as it is added to chocolate to give it a glossy finish, helps the chocolate remain solid at room temperature, and passes through the body undigested and contains no nutritional value. Extra paraffin wax from Mini Babybel cheese is added instead of throwing it away.
Concave-Convex Image Transformation by a Mylar Seal
A plastic container (of Pesto) has a mylar seal. My professional-artist daughter Véronique noticed that the shape of the mylar can be changed from concave to convex by pushing the container to raise the internal pressure. So, the images can be zoomed in with concave, zoomed out with convex.
Hydrogel Shrinkage by Osmosis with Sodium Chloride in Dihydrogen Monoxide
"Crystal Ball" is a dried hydrogel, less than 2 mm in diameter. When the balls are soaked in dihydrogen monoxide (H2O), they swell enormously in size to greater than 18 mm in diameter. Adding salt (NaCl) makes them shrink in size to about 6 mm in diameter. Soaking the balls in wine (12 % C2H5OH) makes them even smaller to about 4 mm in diameter. The phenomenon makes a good demonstration of osmosis, which is the passive movement of water through a semipermeable membrane from a compartment of relatively low osmotic pressure to a compartment of relatively high osmotic pressure, towards equilibrium.
Horizontalisation of iPhone-Viewing Lamp Stand by a Rag
The carpet in the bedroom has been unequally wearing out over the years, especially around pieces of furniture. As a result, the lamp stand with a steel lamp shade to magnetically hold the iPhone was leaning. So, a rag is placed underneath the base of the lamp stand to horizontalise the structure.
iPhone Rubber-Band Suspension from a Swingable Magnetically-Supported Bent Steel Bar
The Swingable Magnetically-Supported Bent Steel Bar on a Lamp-Stand for Straight iPhone Viewing on a Sofa was not quite successful for an iPhone Plus because of its heavy weight. So, 2 ultra-wide rubber bands now suspend the iPhone Plus from a magnetically-supported bent steel bar on a lamp-stand. Together with Retractable iPhone Sound Reflector, watching Star Trek on the sofa is comfortable once again.
Snow Shovel Handle Replacement for Back-Pain Prevention
Generally, large show shovels come with a long handle, while small show shovels come with a short handle. Because of the need to lean at a steep angle, a short handle causes great stress on the body while shovelling snow from the ground level, leading to a back pain. When an old large shovel broke, the long handle was recovered and transplanted into a small shovel.
Keychain on a Retractable Wire Semi-Permanently Attached to a Winter Jacket
A retractable badge reel from a trade show was not trashed after the event but was reconfigured to attach to a winter jacket to hold a keychain by removing the plastic badge holder. This version stretches and retracts more than the coiled-wire version. It also survived a ski-fall accident. The tethered keychain can still be put into a pocket. The iPhone stays with a coiled USB cable for the charging function.
Quinolent GREEN Drying on a Cutting Board
After the Quinolent GREEN mixture is cooked in a microwave oven, a cutting board is placed on top of the silicone muffin/cupcake pan. Then, the combined assembly is flipped so that the cooked pucks drop from the non-stick silicone muffin/cupcake pan to the cutting board. The reversal exposes the wet bottom portion of the pucks for effective drying.
Quinolent GREEN Measuring by an Ice-Cream Scoop and Shaping by a Plastic Cup
The mixture of Quinolent GREEN ingredients is measured by an ice-cream scoop with a rough surface when it is poured into a silicone muffin/cupcake pan. Then, the mixture is pressure-shaped by rotating a plastic cup with a wet bottom. Since the bottom of the plastic cup is slightly concave-shaped, the pucks become slightly convex-shaped.
In-Situ Casseroles Cooking of Pre-Weighed Quinolent GREEN and Quinolent ORANGE
In this cooking method of Quinolent GREEN and Quinolent ORANGE, the ingredients are mixed, then the mixture is weighed while it is being put into the individual casseroles for bulk-cooking in a microwave oven. So, each meal is pre-weighed for providing effective portion-controlled diet.
Open-Air Uncovered Blending of High-Viscosity Ingredients
Some of the ingredients of Quinolent GREEN are mixed in a blender, i.e., olive oil, peanut butter, macha powder, MSG, black pepper, whole eggs AND eggshells. Since these ingredients have high viscosity, the mixture stays inside the blender in an open-air configuration without causing any splash during blending. So, there is no need to wash the cover.
Clean Cheese Dispensing by Multiply-Folded Plastic Wrap
To supplement McGoal™ FREE medium fries at 3 McDonald's restaurants, 3 pieces of cheese are cascade-wrapped in low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plastic wrap so that one piece of cheese is dispensed at each McDonald's restaurant without having to touch the other pieces, preventing any undesirable contamination.
Hyper-Thick Toilet Tissue for Dry and Wet Wiping
One piece of 2-ply tissue paper from a tissue box is folded 2 or 3 times to transform a pile of 8 or 12 thin sheets into 1 very thick sheet, enough for both dry-mode and wet-mode wiping operations in the bathroom. Using dry tissue with wrinkles followed by wet tissue yield the best results. I am longing for a day when such pre-cut hyper-thick tissue paper is sold in stores so that I can skip the tedious folding actions.
Drying Ginkgo Seeds in a Laundry Net Mesh Bag
The harvest season of Ginkgo biloba seeds is late autumn, so processing and drying the seeds happen when the central heat pump system is turned on. A laundry net mesh bag was found to be ideal for holding hundreds of Ginkgo biloba seeds for drying at the ventilation outlet.
Gooping a Steel Plate to a Refrigerator Ceiling
The ceiling of most modern refrigerators is plastic, unlike my 30-year old refrigerator with a steel frame. So, a lid (of a macha container) is gooped to the refrigerator's ceiling in order to enable the successful Ring-Disc Combination for Magnetic Suspension of Containers. The Goop comes off completely with a plastic knife, causing no damage to the the plastic surface.
Strategic Placement of a Recycling Bin to Keep a Snowplow Away
In order to keep the dreadful snowbank piling by a snowplow as low as possible, a recycling bin is semi-permanently placed at the curb in front of the driveway, slightly sticking out into the road. The presence of the recycling bin makes the snowplow's operator to pass slightly away from my driveway because he/she does not want to hit the recycling bin. The strategy worked fine on a recycling day, but on other days an overly helpful neighbour retrieves the bin for me without my asking. If only artificial intelligence (AI) detected the approaching snowplow and self-propelled the bin...
Winter Jacket Hood Adjustment by Safety Pins
The hood of a winter jacket was drooping annoyingly enough to touch the eyes and to narrow the field of view, so an adjustment was made by folding it outwards and fixing it with a few safety pins.
Keychain on a Coiled Wire Semi-Permanently Attached to a Winter Jacket
Considering that there is no chance of going outside in Canadian winter without a winter jacket, a coiled wire (non-USB) with an ignition key is semi-permanently attached to the winter jacket. The coiled wire (non-USB) extends long enough to reach the car's ignition switch. So, there is no chance of the keys getting lost, or the driver getting locked out.
iPhone Tethered to a Coiled USB Cable for Loss Prevention
A friend of my programmer son François's lost her iPhone in Toronto, ON. It was eventually recovered at the Eaton Centre's Lost and Found, but the incident gave me an idea to prevent such a stressful loss in the first place. A hook attached to an extendably coiled USB cable is semi-permanently hooked to the pants's belt loop so that the tethered iPhone can be pulled from the user's pocket for use, then put back into the packet. The USB cable is now looped in order to prevent breakage.
Electrical Tape Cable Consolidation at the Gap of an Extendable Table
A messy cable situation is brought under control by consolidating the cables at the gap of an extendable table in the extended position with electrical tape. A small piece of electrical tape at the middle of the electrical tape makes the centre portion non-adhesive so that the gap can allow the cables to move up and down in a one-dimensional movement.
Serving Quinolent GREEN Puck Soup on a Microwave-Oven Turntable
In a casserole, Quinolent GREEN pucks are immersed in vegetable soup (V8 or V10 juice), and the mixture is heated in a microwave oven. The microwave-oven turntable with the casserole on top is transferred directly to the table for easy serving. Monopolizing the microwave-oven turntable poses no problem in a household of a single lonely person.
USB Cable Breakage Preventive Measure by Looping
Earphone Cable Breakage Preventive Measure by Goop does not work well for a thicker USB cable from a dollar store. Also, frequent change of orientation between landscape and portrait makes the internal conductors vulnerable for breakage. So, the iPhone end of the USB cable is looped and secured by a piece of electrical tape in order to reduce bending stress.
Upside-Down Fondue Base for a Tabletop Fireplace
A fondue base is turned upside down in order to provide a platform for a romantic tabletop fireplace, replacing a soot-producing candle fire. Either isopropyl alcohol (CH3CHOHCH3) which is sold as rubbing alcohol, or olive oil can be used as fuel, with tissue paper or paper towel as a wick. Different chemical elements can be added to the fuel in order to produce various colours.
Gooping Washers to a Wine Filter Housing
It was tedious to insert a washer through each bolt to secure the 2 halves of wine filter housing every time it is used. So, the washers are permanently secured by gooping them to the filter housing.
Using Paper Towel as Coffee Filter
It is not necessary to buy over-priced coffee filters. Coffee can be filtered by an octagonally-folded sheet of paper towel. The resulting coffee can be indistinguishable from the coffee filtered by an expensive coffee filter.
Freezing Dihydrogen Monoxide in a Balloon
A balloon is filled with hydrogen monoxide (H2O) and is placed in a freezer. Once frozen, the balloon is wrapped in a towel in order to provide cheap but effective pain relief for headache, for inflammation, etc.
Sanitary Opening and Closing of a Toilet Seat
A plastic fork is attached to the bottom surface of a toilet seat by a duct tape to act as a lever so that a user can open and close the toilet seat without touching the toilet seat itself, i.e., germ-free lifting up and down operation in sanitary condition.
Reducing Banging Noise of a Toilet Seat
Several silicone rubber pads self-adhesive bumper stop damper cushion are attached to the bottom surface of a toilet seat in order to reduce banging noise when the toilet seat is lowered. Unlike felt pads, silicone rubber pads do not absorb body fluids of any kind.
Providing Parents in the Master Bedroom with Privacy
A thick rubber band with high elasticity is used to attach the 2 door knobs of the master bedroom in order to provide parents with privacy from small kids who could be curious when they wake up at night.
Insulating Tubing of a Hot-Water Tank
Tubing of a hot-water tank in the basement is made of copper (Cu) which has high thermal conductivity. So, it is advantageous to use self-adhering polyethylene foam pipe insulation to preserve heat for energy efficiency.
Stopping Movement of Over-the-Door Hook Hanger by Silicone Rubber Pads
An over-the-door hook hanger is very useful, but the gap causes it to move, causing noise and damage to the door. To stop the movement, silicone rubber pads self-adhesive bumper stop damper cushion are attached to the over-the-door hook hanger to close the gap.
Glove Attachment to a Winter Jacket's Snap Fastener
A pair of gloves have hooks to connect to each other. What to do now? The pocket of a jacket has a snap fastener, so the gloves can be attached there at the connection point when they are not in use.
Finding a Stud with Rare-Earth Magnets
Steel nails secure drywall to studs, but they are invisible, hidden behind paint or wallpaper. Since rare-earth magnets are strong enough to magnetically attach to such steel nails through the paint or wallpaper, they can be used to find the studs.
Looped Masking Tape for Removing Hair
A piece of masking tape is cut and is self-adhered to itself to form a loop. A couple of user's fingers are inserted into the loop so that it can be effectively used to remove hair from a bed, from a sofa, from a counter, from a floor, etc.
Knapsack Zipper Stopper Technique
A cheap knapsack is useful, but it opens too wide. So, a user who is too lazy to close it completely every time was losing objects. A stitch was threaded by a needle at the zipper to limit the opening of the knapsack.
Trimming Tall Plastic Glasses for Kids
Cheap colourful plastic glasses are ideal for kids, but these plastic glasses are usually too tall with high centre of gravity, causing messy situations with spills, leading to stress for the parents. So, they were trimmed down by an electric drill with a circular diamond grinding disc.
Leaving Metallic Utensil inside a Microwave Oven while Cooking
Every user guide of a microwave oven instructs users: "Do not use aluminum foil or any metal containers, metal utensils, metal objects, or objects with metal or foil trim in the oven." Although microwave radiation induces eddy current which heats up the utensils, it is quite OK to leave a metallic utensil inside the microwave oven while cooking as long as it never touches or comes very close to the walls or to the door of the microwave oven.
Tissue Box Attachment by Looped Single-Sided Packing Tape
Rear-seat passengers are served well by the On-Ceiling Tissue Paper Box Suspender in a Car by a Cut Hula Hoop, but the front-seat occupants had difficulty reaching it. So, a piece of packing tape is self-adhered to form a loop, then is used to attach the tissue box to the car's dash in front of the front passenger seat.
Flip-and-Throw Pre-Tied Garbage Bag
The Hidden Trash Can inside a Car's Console has been successful. It was realised, however, that by pre-tying the plastic bag's handles before installing it into the console makes it possible to simply flip it and throw the full bag into the trash, especially when you are in a hurry.
Food-Access Facilitation by Inverting a Round Casserole Dish
Some food on the table could be served closer to the mouth for easy access. For example, Quinolent GREEN pucks are stored in the refrigerator in a round casserole dish. So, simply inverting the dish to form a raised platform provides easier eating experience. Since no extra dish is required, washing becomes simpler, too.
Costco Membership (Credit) Card in a Name Badge Holder
I have become sick and tired of having to take out and show my Costco membership card multiple times whenever I visit Costco. So, I put the Costco membership card, which is also a credit card, into a name badge holder with a lanyard from a conference. It will be in use until Costco comes to their senses and takes Apple Pay both for admission and for payment.
Breakfast Portion Control as Most Effective Diet
In order to help control the temptation to eat more and more, strict discipline of Portion control is exercised by measuring the weight of every component of breakfast down to the accuracy of 1 g.
Scarethief Padlock on a Fence Gate
The sequence numbers of a combination padlock were forgotten. Instead of throwing it away, the padlock now serves as a decorative scarethief on a fence gate in order to scare away burglars.
Up-Down Arrangement of Utensils on a Magic Plate
The Magnetic Hanging of Utensils on a Magic Plate has been successful, but the in-line placement of utensils made them prone to retain dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) molecules. So, the arrangement was modified to be a staggered up-down configuration in order to prevent moisture from being trapped.
iPhone Plus USB Cable through a Hula Hoop with a Magnetically-Reinforced Bolt
The iPhone Holder with a Hula Hoop has been successful, but charging the iPhone was cumbersome. So, the USB cable is routed through the hula hoop. Also, switching from the iPhone to a heavier iPhone Plus made the magnetic attraction force between the magnetised iPhone and the bolt weak, so a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet is added through which the bolt is inserted.
Horizontal Placement of Carry-In Condiment Kit in a Knapsack
The Carry-In Condiment Kit for McDonald's FREE Medium Fries has been successful, but it was always falling inside a knapsack due to the law of physics. So, the flip-cover container (of melatonin pills) was replaced by a plastic container, and more paper napkins were inserted for better cushion. The transparent plastic container (of mayonnaise) fits inside the unused butter compartment of the refrigerator while the kit is not in use.
Pen Insertion into a Dashboard Air Vent Grille
The ink of a ballpoint pen tends to solidify in a low-temperature environment like the interior of a car. So, the pen is inserted into a dashboard air vent grille of the car for heat. Unexpectedly, the inserted pen conveniently serves as an anchor pivot point of the USB cable from the iPhone stacked up on top of a GPS navigator to the USB port.
Ring-Disc Combination for Magnetic Suspension of Containers
The Magnetic Suspension of Containers and Canned Foods from a Refrigerator Ceiling has been very successful, but the combination of a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet on the top surface of the container's cover and a disc-shaped rare-earth magnet on the bottom surface of the container's cover makes it possible to suspend almost any containers such as peanut butter.
Magnetic Confinement of a Steel Bolt inside a Waist Bag
Although the Steel-Bolt iPhone Stand for Portrait/Landscape Orientation has been successful, the thick steel bolt tends to get lost inside a crowded waist bag. So, a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet is securely attached to the end of a hook with a tie in order to confine the thick steel bolt in place.
Steel-Bolt iPhone Stand for Portrait/Landscape Orientation
A thick steel bolt is detachably attached to the centrally-magnetised iPhone to form a stable stand in both portrait and landscape orientations, and provides 2 stable angular positions for each orientation. The configuration is especially useful for viewing Star Trek shows on a McGoal™ day at a McDonald's restaurant while eating FREE medium fries.
Upper Limit on Over-the-Range Inverter Microwave Oven's Power Setting
The over-the-range inverter microwave oven keeps tripping the circuit breaker. The manufacturer's FAQ page explains the well-known design bug: "An inverter microwave oven does not provide a constant input current like conventional microwave ovens." So, my solution is to self-impose an upper limit of P-6 for the power setting, which has made the microwave oven last more than 10 years so far. Cooking time is longer to compensate for the lower power.
In-Car Magnetic Attachment of Miscellaneous Items
A couple of rod-shaped rare-earth magnet are magnetically attached to a couple of steel bolt heads in the car's centre console which is permanently open as a trash bin. The magnets can hold miscellaneous items that tend to fall onto the floor, e.g., an extra keychain, a USB-to-Lightning cable, etc.
Dihydrogen Monoxide Bottle with Magic Marker Volume Indicators
Preparing TeaVin (Super-Anti-Oxidant Cocktail Mix of 1:1 Green Tea and Red Wine) in situ requires an indicator inside a dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) bottle, so a magic marker was used to mark 300 g and 600 g points on the inner surface of the bottle.
Dihydrogen Monoxide Bottle Hanging on a Crank Knob
The crank of a casement window in a bathroom was found to be ideal to hang the handle of a dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) bottle while taking a shower or doing nature's call pee/poop business. The knob of the crank must be orienting upwards.
Carry-In Condiment Kit for McDonald's FREE Medium Fries
McGoal™! Every time the Montréal Canadiens score the first goal of the game, McDonald's Canada offers FREE medium fries if My McD's app with Mobile Order is used. At the restaurant, however, no fork is available, and the only condiment is sweet ketchup. A carry-in kit of a transparent plastic container (of peanut butter) to the rescue. A plastic disposable fork is now a permanently-reusable fork, and a flip-cover container (of melatonin pills) holds a condiment of basil pesto with no added sugar (0 g).
Washable Weapon of Bug Destruction
The LED Mosquito Killer Electric Fly Pest Zapper UV Light Insect Controller becomes contaminated with dead bugs over time. Plugging the zapper into an electrical outlet upside down makes it possible for the product to be washed by dihydrogen monoxide without damaging the electronic components inside the lower portion of the zapper.
Magnetised iPhone Stacking up on top of a GPS Navigator
It was accidentally discovered that there is enough ferromagnetic contents in the body of a GPS navigator to attach a magnetised iPhone via magnetic attraction force. So, the 2 devices are stacked up in 2 layers, with the iPhone's USB-to-Lightning cable anchored on a steel bolt, which is wrapped in a rubber band for friction and is inserted into the dashboard air vent grille of the car.
iPhone Plus Rubber-Band Attachment on a Sun Visor
iPhone Rubber-Band Attachment on a Sun Visor has been successful, but iPhone Plus enables it to be placed in the landscape orientation. The Home button can be tapped through a rubber band, and a USB-to-Lightning cable can be routed without obscuring the driver's vision. It creates an ideal environment for activities like listening to Text-To-Speech (TTS) of a daily newspaper.
Earphone Cable Breakage Preventive Measure by Goop
Electrical tape had been used to provide preventive measure against breakage of the earphone cable's weak points. However, the adhesive of the electrical tape was melting at high ambient temperature in a hot summer season. So, the electrical tape was replaced by goop, which is rated to withstand the temperature range between 233 K and 339 K.
Revitalisation of a Life-Size Doll by a Neck Tube and Electrical Tape
A life-size doll is suffering from wear and tear, just like human being's ailments. Electrical tape was used to repair the tear of her hand and also to reinforce the connection of her neck, which is then covered by a neck tube.
Stabilisation of a Waist Bag behind a Bike Seat by Beverage Cans
An old waist bag was made to hang on to the rear reflector, but it was rather unstable. So, 2 beverage cans (of V-8) were put inside the waist bag at the opposite ends to provide balance for stability. Also, an uncomfortable gap of the Quetzal bicycle seat was filled with a rolled-up towel.
Precious Item Hiding inside a Pill Container
While working outside, small precious items such as a diamond ring can be put into a pill container. The pill container can now be safely hidden inside a dryer duct, for example.
Friction-Assisted Diagonal Erection of iPhone for Sound Reflection
The iPhone's case has a non-slip surface, so the iPhone can stand diagonally by leaning on any vertical object. The sound from the speaker is reflected on a desk or a table towards the listener. Now, iPhone sounds much better, especially high-frequency sounds in the audio spectrum.
Retractable iPhone Sound Reflector into its Case
Now that the iPhone has a case, a piece of transparent cap of the package of stacked potato chips is inserted between the iPhone and the case to act as a sound reflector. When the sound reflector is not in use, it can be pushed into the narrow gap between the iPhone and the case. Since the iPhone's speaker is on the right-hand side, the sound reflector is cut so that it can be offset with slide-down followed by slide-right actions. Now, iPhone sounds much better, especially high-frequency sounds in the audio spectrum.
Silicone-Tape-Covered Penetrating Magnet through an iPhone Case
The quest for an ultimate magnetised iPhone has led to a configuration in which a piece of self-fusing silicone tape is placed on the surface of a gooped ring-shaped rare-earth magnet on the iPhone. A hole was cut through an iPhone case to expose the rare-earth magnet covered by the non-slip tape. It was found that doubling up the silicone tape extends its durability. Silicone tape quickly gather surface-borne dust particles, so electrical tape provides better non-slippery effect.
Broken Rare-Earth Magnet for Attaching a Bike Lock
The Quetzal bicycle has a steel frame with different diameters from my previous bicycle. So, polyethylene foam pipe insulation was used to compensate for the difference and to tighten the connection with a bike lock mounting piece. Then, 2 pieces of a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet broken in half secure the bike lock in place.
Magnetic Suspension of a Licked Utensil above a Container
It was realised that the rare-earth magnet of the successful Magnetic Suspension of Containers and Canned Foods from a Refrigerator Ceiling can suspend a licked spoon of peanut butter, for example. The spoon stays until the next licking without soiling the table.
Guideline for the Magnetic Tabletop iPhone Tower
In order to accuracy place the successful Magnetic Tabletop iPhone Tower with a Golf Ball on Top at the centre of a table, a magic marker was used to draw a permanent circle.
Routing an Extension Cord with a USB Charger in a Washroom
An extension cord is routed behind a toilet bowl via a window crank. A permanently plugged-in USB charger together with a USB adapter is ready to serve the need for an always power-hungry iPhone while I multi-task watching Star Trek and doing toilet business simultaneously.
A Pill Holder out of a Computer-Screen Wiper
A computer-screen wiper's brushes were removed so that the flat empty body can hold pills (antacid, ibuprofen, melatonin, vitamin, etc.) for travelling in a waist bag.
Object Insertion into the Gap of an Appliance's Label
A thin display object can be inserted into the narrow gap between the surface of a refrigerator and the appliance's label which is not completely glued.
iPhone Holder with a Hula Hoop
To achieve ultimate iPhone experience, an old hula hoop was cut in half. One end of the hula hoop was securely attached to the Magnetic Remote-Control Consolidating Tower with a string and a few rubber bands. A hole was drilled into the other end, and a non-stainless-steel steel bolt was screwed in to form a landing spot for a magnetised iPhone. The configuration is ideal for watching Star Trek in bed.
Laptop Laidback Wrist Saver
Laptop Laidback Adjustable Stand is great as a lazy person's workstation in bed, but the protruding front ledge stoppers cause discomfort on the wrists. So, a broken plastic coat hanger was cut to form a straight bar, which was gooped to the bottom portion of the Laptop Laidback to eliminate the protrusions.
Chinese Water Torture Prevention Scheme
The 30-year old water faucet of the kitchen sink has developed slight leakage. Periodic dripping sound disrupts sleep at night like Chinese Water Torture. Since I cannot afford to have the water faucet replaced, my engineer daughter Évelyne came up with a brilliant scheme to direct the H2O drops to the vertical portion of the dividing wall of the kitchen sink in order to mute the sound.
Car-Key Leg-Touching Avoidance Technique
When the car's ignition key is in place, the other keys from the keychain may touch the driver's naked leg. The driving experience becomes very irritating and uncomfortable, to say the least. Simply inserting the other keys into the keychain solves the whole problem.
Diagonally-Aligned Horizontal Window Blinds
It is terribly difficult to lift up/down horizontal window blinds for exactly horizontal alignment. Misalignment led to diagonal blinds, which turned out to be OK for effectively blocking sunlight throughout the day because of shading due to tree locations, etc. As a bonus, this arrangement produces an artistic wave pattern.
Sweeper Refill on a Non-Swiffer Mop Head
An old mop with a sponge head designed for wet cleaning with a squeezing feature can be fitted with a generic version of Swiffer dry pad refill for electrostatic dry floor sweeping.
Vacuum Packaging Clothes in a Plastic Bag Sealed by an Elastic Band
Packing clothes for an upcoming trip, 3 shirts, 3 shorts, 3 underwear and 3 socks are put into a plastic bag. The air is sucked out by a vacuum cleaner, and the opening of the plastic bag is sealed by an elastic band. There is no need to buy overpriced Space Saver Bags.
iPhone Sound Reflector with a Transparent Piece of Plastic
iPhone's sound is omni-directionally emitted from the speaker at the bottom, causing a great amount of loss before reaching the listener's ears. So, a piece of transparent cap of the package of stacked potato chips was cut and gooped to the bottom of the iPhone to reflect the sound. Now, iPhone sounds much better, especially high-frequency sounds in the audio spectrum.
Mouthwash-Soaked Sponge for Slow-Release Nocturnal Cavity Prevention
A dishwashing sponge pad is surgically cut by a pair of scissors to fit the mouth interior. The sponge pad is soaked with mouthwash liquid nightly to act as a depository so that the mouthwash liquid is slowly released during sleep for preventing tooth decay by killing bacteria in the mouth.
Makeshift Spoon for Sampling Soups
A sign at a local Whole Foods Market says "SAMPLE SOME FOODS, ON US!", so my daughter Évelyne and I ate 6 different soups for lunch. Some soups have large chunks of meat and of vegetables, but the store does not provide a spoon. So, a plastic lid of some other disposable container was folded to act as a makeshift spoon.
Transformation of Kid's Scooter into Adult's Scooter by Duct Tape
Here is a method to transform a scooter for kids into a scooter for adults by securely attaching a long stick with handle from a broken snow shovel by venerable duct tape.
De-Brining Green Olives with Dihydrogen Monoxide and Re-Using Brine
I love Olea europaea, but Green Olives Stuffed with Garlic have too sour taste because they are soaked in a preservative liquid mixture of salt (NaCl), ethanoic acid (CH3COOH) and lactic acid (CH3CH(OH)COOH). Thoroughly rinsing them with dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) for a while reduces the sour taste so that genuine taste of Olea europaea and Allium sativum in combination can be enjoyed. The drained brine is saved and used for cooking later elsewhere.
Laundry Detergent Measuring Cup for Mouthwash
The original white plastic cups for a cup holder which is securely attached to a washroom wall have disintegrated over the years. The translucent measuring cup that comes with a tank of liquid laundry detergent has a diameter-reducing shape which makes perfect match for the O-shaped hole in the horizontal shelf portion of the cup holder. The cups are used for mouthwash liquid.
Life-Size Welcoming Beacon Balloon Pole from Junk
My engineer daughter Évelyne strung caps from mouthwash bottles together to form a tower, with a rock inside the lowest cap at the bottom for stability. I attached a balloon for decoration, but needed to enforce the attachment with colour-matched tape. I also placed it on top of an ice cream container to form a life-size welcoming beacon balloon pole at the entrance. It is a collaborative art from junk.
Open-Door Refrigerator as a Dehumidifier
It is a very bad practice to leave the refrigerator's door open, but accidents sometimes happen, giving rise to an idea to use it as a dehumidifier in an emergency situation to lower extremely high indoor humidity since the cooling mechanism is identical. When the refrigerator door is left ajar, all the windows must be closed, and the refrigerator must contain no food/drink that would be spoiled at room temperature.
Cheese Package Sealing for Storage by Inward Folding
The plastic package of a cheese block is sealed tight. Very carefully detaching the sealed lines of the plastic film by force without ripping them apart allows folding the plastic film back into the gap in order to re-seal the package. It is now ready for storage in the refrigerator, without requiring additional polyethylene food wrap.
Killing Fruit Flies with Dihydrogen-Monoxide Spray
I used to use glass cleaner with ammonia (NH3) content for killing fruit flies by spraying on the soil of household plants, but the liquid ran out. So, I simply re-filled the container with pure dihydrogen monoxide (H2O), and discovered that it is very effective for killing fruit flies by drowning them in flood while they are resting, walking or flying.
iPhone Rubber-Band Attachment on a Sun Visor
Reclining a driver's seat and attaching an iPhone on a sun visor with 2 rubber bands at a certain angle beside a garage-door opener create an ideal environment for activities like listening to Text-To-Speech (TTS) of a daily newspaper, not while driving but waiting for a passenger to finish some bureaucratic business elsewhere.
Using a Vibrator for Inducing/Accelerating Defecation
Any electronic device that makes strong-enough vibratory motion can be used to induce bowel movement (BM). The vibrator is placed in the abdomen area to accelerate defecation especially before going cycling/jogging/running or doing sport, as well as dealing with constipation. Sneezing and blowing nose and while on the toilet seat helps defecation, too.
Head-Mounted iPhone Supported by a Primopuel Doll's Upright Hairstyle
Watching CBC News on YouTube with Playback speed (1.5x) on a flat sofa-bed is facilitated by a Primopuel Toy whose head turned out to be ideal for balanced mounting of an iPhone because of its upright hairstyle.
Genuine Garage Sale with Name Your Own Price (NYOP)
My engineer daughter Évelyne set up a real garage sale, taking place not on the driveway but inside the garage itself! The semi-permanent garage sale takes place continuously without specific dates, as it features Name Your Own Price (NYOP) scheme and a self-serve collection box with a payment slot. A makeshift table was built with a particle board and legs made of a bunch of plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate) joined by taping bottom-to-bottom.
Dormitory-Bed Expansion by Stolen Chairs
While visiting my daughter Évelyne's university residence with a single bed, I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor, which was uncomfortable to say the least. Since most students were leaving near the end of the semester with few students studying anyway, I temporarily stole a couple of chairs from a common study room in order to transform the single bed into a double bed.
Leak-Free Magnetic Suspension of a Dishwand by Direction Reversal
The successful Magnetic Suspension of a Dishwand above a Kitchen Sink faithfully serves its purpose every day, but detergent leak through a porous sponge has become significant as the sponge ages. So, the ring-shaped rare-earth magnet is relocated in order to reverse the hanging direction. Now, there is no more leakage of detergent from the sponge while the Dishwand is hung over the kitchen sink.
GPS Navigator Viewing Angle Adjustment with a Rubber Band-Wrapped Plastic Container of a Liquid Sample
The successful In-Dash GPS Navigator Attachment Scheme was orienting the screen too upwards, so a plastic container of a liquid sample was placed underneath the GPS navigator's holding arm. However, the plastic container was slipping all the time, so 3 wide rubber bands are now wrapping around the plastic container in order to provide enough friction to stabilise the structure.
Shower Caddie Stabilisation Scheme with a Cut Plastic Tube
A shower caddie has become loose as a couple of suction cups for securing to wall tiles lost strength over the years. Electrical tape was wound around the shower outlet for friction, and plastic tube with the same diameter as that of the shower outlet was cut and inserted between the shower caddie's collar and the shower outlet by pressure. Hence, no gluing is necessary.
WELCOME/GOOD-BYE Entrance Double-Sided Notice Magnetically Attached on Drywall Surface
A couple of small disc-shaped rare-earth magnets attach a double-sided paper notice onto the surface of a drywall. The magnets stick to a steel corner bead hidden inside the drywall structure. Unlike adhesive tape, the contraption will not leave glue residue after removing it. One side says "WELCOME! For your protection, wash your hands.", while the other side says "GOOD-BYE! For our protection, wash your hands.".
Windshield Sun-Visor Gap Filler by a Junk-Mail Flyer
A car's sun visors cover the left-hand side and the right-hand side of the windshield all right, but not the middle part. A piece of junk-mail folded in 3 and permanently taped to the interior side of the windshield turned out to have a perfect size to fill the gap between the 2 sun visors, compared to mediocre shading built into the windshield which cannot fight the intense sunlight at all.
Compartmentalised Envelope as a Coin Carrier by Folding and Stapling
Living in a world of cashless society, I have not carried coins for 20+ years, but there is a sudden need to pay in cash for out-of-town public transportation. So, a junk-mail envelope was folded and stapled to create 4 compartments for 4 bus trips to the airport.
Variable Ski-Pole Grip Position Adjustment Technique
The ski pole handle with polyethylene foam pipe insulation turned out to be a great success, but the belt was somewhat loose. Here is a technique to simply twist once, twice or more times to variably adjust the grip position in order to accommodate either a small hand or a large hand.
Ski Pants Waist Belt Twist-Tightening Technique
A pair of ski pants came with a waist belt which is supposed to be tightened by making a knot every time they are worn. Making a large permanent knot at the end of the waist belt, plus quickly twisting the waist belt each time the pants are worn can save time while holding the ski pants secure enough as long as the belt is folded back inside.
In order to make the iPhone self-standing, the ring magnets on the gooped external battery were carefully re-positioned to achieve balance with gravitational force. Now, the ultimate iPhone has quadruple features, i.e., self-standing, magnetic attachment to any ferromagnetic material, non-slip goop surfaces on the magnets, and a securely gooped external battery.
Duct Tape-Goop Combination for Leak Sealing Ski Boots
A pair of cross-country ski boots developed cracks and holes after many years of use. Versatile duct tape was used to fix it up, but the adhesive force was too weak to keep it in place. Goop to the rescue. The surface of the ski boots must be dry before applying goop between the duct tape and the ski boots, and goop must settle before the boots are used for skiing.
Leak-Catch Plastic Tray under the Kitchen Sink
Various corrosive chemical products in bottles, cans, sprays, etc. make permanent mark on the floor surface under the kitchen sink, especially stain from rusting steel cans of WD-40. So, a plastic tray is placed under such products for effective protection.
Stacked Double-Decker iPhones for Simultaneous Watching and Listening
During the Olympic Games, stacked double-decker iPhone configuration shows a live Olympic event on one magnetised iPhone and a live news broadcast on another magnetised iPhone, while working on the MacBook Pro laptop computer in parallel, as multi-tasking extreme. Human being's ability for selective auditory attention can handle simultaneous listening to both programmes at the same time at equal volume level.
Wrapping Paper Towel around a Microfibre Cloth for Wiping
By wrapping a piece of paper towel around a microfibre cloth, significant amounts of tap water, time and efforts to wash the cloth after wiping off disgusting matters is avoided since the paper towel is disposable. Dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) pre-absorbed inside the cloth keeps the paper towel sufficiently moist. The paper towel is also biodegradable.
Cross-Country Ski Carrier with a Shoulder Strap
A seat belt with a buckle from an old baby chair is re-purposed to act as a cross-country ski carrier. The cross-country skis are attached together by 2 rubber bands, and then inserted into the loop of the belt at the ski binders for tight fitting. The length of the belt is perfect as a shoulder strap.
Liquid Absorber for an Electric Toothbrush Induction Base Plate
The induction base plate of an electric toothbrush tends to collect liquid dripping down from above. It is mostly dihydrogen monoxide (H2O), but contains some disgusting substances. A piece of paper towel is folded several times, and a slit is cut by a pair of scissors in order to form a disposable absorber. The one-time effort saves the trouble of frequently cleaning up the induction base plate.
Non-Flying iPhone in the Car by a Rolled-Up Mini-Towel
An iPhone is connected to the car's 12-V DC power via a USB-to-Lightning cable which plugs into a cigarette lighter socket USB port. The movement of the iPhone in the cigarette cavity is limited by the elasticity of a rolled-up mini-towel and by the shortness of the USB-to-Lightning cable (200 mm). This way, the iPhone does not fly around due to the car's sudden acceleration or deceleration.
Transferring Latex Paint from a Steel Can to a Plastic Container
Most latex paint comes in a steel can, whose elementary iron (Fe) rusts into red iron oxide (Fe2O3) in a few months. When it happens, the latex pain is ruined. Transferring the latex paint into a plastic container (of grape juice concentrate) prevents such oxidation, so the same latex paint can be used many years later.
Ski Pole Handle with Polyethylene Foam Pipe Insulation
Cross-country skiing at an outdoor temperature of 250 K (-23 C) causes extreme pain at extremities like hands and feet. The handle of a ski pole is made of high-density plastic which has high thermal conductivity to suck heat out of the user's hand even through winter gloves/mitts. The self-adhering polyethylene foam pipe insulation is enforced by electrical tape to provide a comfortable grip. However, the pipe turned out to slip down, so it was gooped to the pole.
Upside-Down Casserole Bowl for Serving Quinolent GREEN
My engineer daughter Évelyne had a bright idea of flipping a casserole bowl upside-down so that it can store Quinolent GREEN in the refrigerator, then be brought straight to the table for serving on its cover as a dish.
High-Density Polyethylene Produce Bag Folding Technique
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) produce bags are still free at any supermarket. My engineer daughter Évelyne has brought a clever technique of repeatedly folding them in the form of isosceles right triangle for convenient storage in a kitchen drawer.
Natural Composting of Ginkgo Biloba Leaves
My engineer daughter Évelyne questioned why we have to rake leaves every autumn. Since leaves are biodegradable, I decided to leave dead leaves to compost naturally on the ground under the snow to form natural fertiliser for the next generation of leaves and fruits. Horticultural experts warned brown spots on the lawn, but it never happened. The scheme's only problem is ignorant/intolerant neighbours who bullied me.
Magnetic Attachment of a Seat Belt Buckle Stopper
A buckle stopper of a car's seat belt broke at the weakest link through between the 2 plastic cups. A ring-shaped rare-earth magnet was gooped at each cup so that the original cups attach together by magnetic attraction force through the belt, and the buckle stopper is back in business.
Ski Storage with a Polypropylene Rope on Ceiling Hooks
Unused skis are suspended by a polypropylene rope from ceiling hooks overhead in a garage. A couple of ropes are stretegically wound to form a relatively stable platform for the storage of skis and poles until the next season.
Ski Binding Detachment Preventive Measure by Gooping
A cross-country ski binding is typically attached to the ski with 3 or 4 metallic screws. However, the screws tend to get loose after a while, and sometimes the binding detaches from the ski. A catastrophic failure is prevented by simply gooping the binding to the ski. No maintenance is required for years and years of use.
Stitched Neck of a Turtleneck T-Shirt
Wearing a turtleneck T-shirt eliminates the need to wear a scarf outdoors in winter, even when the ambient temperature is 243 K. However, folding the long neck in front of a mirror every time a turtleneck T-shirt is worn is too much of a trouble for a lazy person. So, the long neck was folded and stitched to be permanently shut.
Simultaneous Washing of a Detergent Measuring Cup with Clothes
Washing a detergent measuring cup after every use at a washroom sink is too much of a trouble for a lazy person. The plastic cup is simply put into the washing machine along with dirty clothes in situ, and it survives the ordeal and comes out very clean without any damage.
Paperclip Fastening of Curtains Converted from Vertical Blinds
The vertical blinds were converted to a pair of curtains using curtain hooks (from IKEA), but it left a gap which caused heat loss via thermal radiation. A paperclip to the rescue. Since the curtains are opened by lifting them up without using the blind open/close mechanism, the paperclip is left there permanently.
Drink Bottle Carrying in a Lab Coat Pocket
Carrying a drink bottle to free up the use of hands is quite possible without buying a new product called "BevBuckle" which my engineer daughter Évelyne found. The Spill-Proof Drinking Bottle fits perfectly in a pocket of a lab coat.
iPhone Optimal Viewing Angle from a Lamp-Stand by a Rod-Shaped Magnet
The viewing angle for watching Star Trek series on Netflix or educational YouTube movies on the iPhone in bed can be optimised by adding a rod-shaped rare-earth magnet between the lamp shade and the magnetised iPhone.
USB Cable Breakage Preventive Measure by Electrical Tape
Once again, a USB-to-Lightning cable's connector was destroyed by repeated bending only after 2 months of use. As a preemptive strike, colour-matched electrical tape is wound around several times at both ends of the flexible cable before it breaks. The same technique can be used for a MacBook's MagSafe Power Adapter, etc.
Space-Time Staggering of Muffin/Cupcake Pan for Quinolent GREEN
Although my over-the-range microwave oven is equipped with a rotating reflector, it is not perfect as a microwave stirrer. Moreover, the muffin/cupcake pans are too big for the turntable to function properly. In order to prevent uneven cooking of Quinolent GREEN, the cooking timer is programmed to P-6 for 6 m + 6 m + 6 m + P-0 (Timer) for 6 m, so that the positions of muffin/cupcake pans can be changed from left to middle to right in random orientation every 6 minutes.
MAGLITE Lantern Stand for Igloo Camping
Camping in a snow igloo need a light source when it is dark at night. A MAGLITE torch light has the light output. An empty roll of packing tape is closed by gooping 2 plastic caps from plastic containers. A hole is drilled into one of the plastic caps to receive the MAGLITE torch light to serve as a lantern.
Permanently-Open Waist Pack Pocket for Shoe Horn Storage
One of the pockets of a waist pack is partially left open permanently so that a shoe horn can be inserted and stored. A single-hand operation is enough to take out the shoe horn, to use the shoe horn, then to put it back into the waist pack pocket.
Polyethylene Foam Pipe Insulation around a Sleigh Snow Shovel Handle
The steel handle of a sleigh snow shovel feels extremely cold due to high thermal conductivity, penetrating through winter gloves/mitts. 2 polyethylene foam pipe insulation tubes for plumbing to the rescue. The U-shaped self-adhering foam tubes are enforced by electrical tape and electric cables at the corners. Greatly reduced heat loss from top to bottom turns excruciatingly painful snow shovelling into joyous experience.
Quasi-Pressure Cooker for a Microwave Oven
Water-retardant silicone tape is adhered to the edge of the cover of a casserole cooking pot to act as a gasket. After filling the pot with food ingredients, the casserole is covered and 6 glass prep bowls in the style of Matryoshka Nesting Dolls are flip-placed on top of the cover as a weight à la Matryoshka Nesting Dolls. The high pressure inside the casserole raises the boiling point of dihydrogen monoxide (H2O), so quinoa's cooking time is reduced from 21 minutes to 18 minutes. No need for an Instant Pot!
iPhone Sticky-Pad Attachment to Glass
My daughter Véronique found a new product called "Zero-Gravity Phone Case" which claims to adhere to glass or lacquered surface. Instead of buying this case, free giftware "Sticky Pad" was cut to permanently fit on the back of an iPhone. Testing shows good initial adherence to the surface of a mirror or that of a window glass, but other surfaces have high drop rate over time, especially when there is dust. It is hopeless on a kitchen cupboard, which is better served by "iPhone Magnetic Attachment to a Disc-Shaped Steel Plate".
Triple-Position In-Line Cascading Workstation
First, an adjustable-height Lap-top Platform is constructed by stacking several plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate), and is placed between a Stand-Up Desk with an Ironing Board and a rocking chair. All together, this home-office arrangement provides 3 workstation positions in close proximity: stand-up mode, sit-down with leg-down mode, and sit-down with leg-up mode.
Spill-Proof Drinking Bottle with Electrical Tape Volume Indicators
In order to comply with a doctor's order to limit the daily consumption of ethanol (C2H5OH), electrical tape is stuck to the translucent peanut-butter container to permanently mark 150 g, 300 g and 600 g points for preparing in situ and for dispensing via a straw 1.2 kg of green tea + 600 g of TeaVin (Super-Anti-Oxidant Cocktail Mix of 1:1 Green Tea and Red Wine) at room temperature per day. No need for a kettle or a teapot any more. The quasi-airtight container prevents oxidation of TeaVin inside.
Partially-Open Shower to Counter the Shower-Curtain Effect
The shower-curtain effect is a phenomenon in which a shower curtain gets blown inward with a running shower. Instead of buying a shower curtain with adhesive suction cups or magnets on the bottom edges, the shower curtain can simply be left partially open on the shower-head side while taking a shower. A bath towel can be hung at the gap without getting soaked wet.
Tidy iPhone Cable Arrangement by a Ring-Shaped Magnet with a Steel Tie
The retractable USB-to-Lightning cable to the magnetised iPhone attached to a lamp-shade has a cable retractor which drops by gravity. In order to put the cable close to the lamp-post, a plastic-covered steel tie, instead of a rubber band, is passed through a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet for sliding attachment to provide optimal tension.
Furnace Filter Life Extension
Typical pleated furnace filters are advertised with "Lasts up to three months". Scrubbing the furnace filter to remove dust and lint by a used toothbrush or by a kitchen sponge after 3 months of use can extend the expensive disposable filter's life significantly.
Tire Rotation Indicator Iconographic Labels
In order to indicate which tires go where next time one switches from a set of all-season tires to a set of snow tires or vice versa, a sheet of iconographic labels was developed to be printed, cut, then taped onto vehicle tires. Ideally, the labels could be made into adhesive decals.
Mesh Mouse Barrier to the Car's Air Filter Compartment
A mouse was building a warm comfortable nest in a car's air filter compartment, brining in a lot of sunflower seeds which were kept in the garage to feed birds by a HyperFeeder. So, a mesh is secured by a copper electrical wire to the air duct into the air filter compartment as a mouse barrier.
Semi-Permanent In-Situ Storage of Silicone Muffin Pans on a Microwave-Oven Rack
The microwave oven is used only for re-heating and for 2 recipes (Quinolent GREEN, Quinolent ORANGE), one of which uses 2 silicone muffin pans on a rack. In the spirit of ultimate laziness, the 2 silicone muffin pans are semi-permanently stored on the steel rack in the microwave oven. Re-heating is not affected because silicone does not absorb microwave energy.
Overboiling Ginkgo Biloba Seeds for Easy Extraction
It was discovered that overboiling Ginkgo biloba seeds in dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) with sodium chloride (NaCl) at high temperature for a long time until the liquid is almost gone makes shells crack so that subsequent opening of the shells to extract seeds becomes significantly easier as the skin is also detached. The method really helps when there are more than 2 000 seeds to prepare for each year's harvested crop, to be included in Quinolent ORANGE.
Universal Liquids for all Washing and all Lubrication
All soaps and detergents are surfactant (anionic, cationic, non-ionic, amphoteric, zwitterionic) anyway. So, why not use one kind for all purposes? A dishwashing liquid was chosen not only for dish-washing and hand-washing but also for hair-washing and body-washing in the shower. An anti-frizz serum (cyclopentasiloxane + argan oil) was chosen as a universal lubricant for hair and for body parts to reduce friction (i.e., coitus, masturbation). Both have been used for years without any problems at all.
Floating Disposable Container for Sanitary Poop Sampling
A medical clinic ordered a poop sample to investigate the cause of hypertension. To cope with the unpleasant task, the H2O valve to the tank was shut off first, and the toilet was flushed to lower the H2O level. Then, a disposable plastic container (of margarine) was placed on H2O, deep enough to keep floating despite the weight of the poop. This way, urine contamination is avoided and toilet/tissue paper could be thrown into the toilet bowl but outside the plastic container, unlike the popular plastic-wrap method.
Semi-Permanent Placement of a Spill-Proof Drinking Bottle in front of a Computer
A Spill-Proof Drinking Bottle is semi-permanently placed in front of a computer to serve tea/TeaVin to a perpetually-thirsty ultimately-lazy knowledge worker without lifting it up or having to reach a cup/glass and return it, thus avoiding the risk of spill altogether. The Spill-Proof Drinking Bottle is strategically positioned not to visually obstruct the display or physically obstruct the keyboard or the hand/finger movement for the Keyboard/TrackPad.
Magnetic Hanging of Utensils on a Magic Plate
It was realised that the rare-earth magnets in the Magic Spicer's Magic Plate
can also hang knives, forks and spoons, along with containers of monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium chloride (NaCl), and pepper.
Laptop Computer Platform with Quad+Fine-Tined Stacked Containers in the Bathroom
Quest for better working experience while doing nature's call pee/poop business in the bathroom has led to gooping together 4 plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate) in order to form a platform with an optimal height for the MacBook Pro laptop computer. Fine-tuning height adjustment is possible by stacking downwards or upwards. 2 peanut-butter containers are filled with dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) or sand, and placed inside the bottom container for stability.
Paperclip Magnetic Stabilisation of the On-Ceiling Tissue Paper Box Suspender in a Car by a Cut Hula Hoop
The on-ceiling tissue paper box in a car is very successful, but it has become loose with repeated use. A paperclip is inserted in the car's ceiling fabric, while a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet is gooped to the hula hoop. The magnet goes through the cardboard of the tissue box and attaches to the paperclip in order to reduce the movement of the tissue box.
Cascading Gravity-Assisted Dish Drying Scheme on a Flipped Bowl
Here is a dish-drying method by forming a cascade of dishes at an angle for most effective drying with a semi-permanently-placed flipped bowl (dry inside) as a starting point. Gravity and air circulation assist drying in a shortest time without buying a space-occupying dish rack. The water-absorbing non-woven microfibre cleaning cloth is semi-permanently placed on the kitchen counter.
Dual Volume Markers on the Internal Surface of an Opaque Pitcher
A glass carafe that I was preparing TeaVin (Super-Anti-Oxidant Cocktail Mix of 1:1 Green Tea and Red Wine) broke by accident. Instead of buying a replacement carafe, 2 permanent marks are added to an old opaque pitcher at 2 volume points for daily consumption (750 g of green tea + 1.5 kg of TeaVin).
Lamp-Shade Stabilisation by an H2O Tank with Rubber Band Attachment to the Stand
The magnetised iPhone attached to a lamp-shade is very successful for comfortably watching Star Trek series on Netflix or educational YouTube movies on the iPhone in bed, but there have been too many tip-over accidents because of the high centre of gravity of the assembly. So, a mayonnaise container filled with dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) or sand is attached to the lamp-shade stand to stabilise the assembly.
Formation of Non-Slip Surface of iPhone Magnets by Goop Application
It was found that simple application of goop creates a non-slip surface on rare-earth magnets attached to an iPhone assembly, stable enough to support the combined weight of an iPhone and a gooped flat external battery. The same gooping technique is used for making remote controls non-slippery as well when they are attached to the Remote-Control Consolidating Tower.
Permanent Goop Attachment of iPhone to an External Battery
A portable external battery pack is permanently attached to an iPhone with goop. A retractable USB-to-Lightning cable runs from the attached battery pack to the iPhone. 4 rare-earth magnets are also gooped to the battery pack now, instead of to the iPhone itself directly.
iPhone Non-Slip Surface by Electrical Tape and Doubly-Stacked Disc-Shaped/Ring-Shaped Magnet Scheme
A larger and heavier iPhone Plus in an integrated battery case needs double stacking of a disc-shaped magnet on top of a ring-shaped magnet to support its weight on a curved surface like a lamp-shade. Also, electrical tape is placed on top of the disc-shaped magnet in order to prevent slippage. A Slim Silicone Rubber Holder Hands-free Stand is also attached to the back of the iPhone.
Stable Non-Reflective iPhone Attachment to a Car's Dashboard
For driving safety, iOS's Maps app on the iPhone should be viewed straight ahead in the dashboard in order to maintain visual orientation. A gooped flat external battery at the back of an iPhone stably supports the bottom portion of the iPhone, while the top portion of the iPhone is conveniently angled by a reset button of a trip odometer in order to minimize reflection. No glue or magnets or suction cups are necessary. On a rented Honda CR-V, there was no GPS navigator or Apple CarPlay, so I had to hack it.
Permanently-Open Cardboard Box by Inwardly Folding the Top
It is painful for a lazy person to open and close a food item. The hack of inwardly folding the top of a cardboard box allows easy access to the item, saving 10 seconds every morning by avoiding unnecessary open-close cycles. Tea bags are individually wrapped anyway, and the cereal box is stored in a dust-free refrigerator in which the dry environment helps keep the cereal crispy.
Human Wash Showerhead Discharge Direction Adjustment Scheme
The extremely useful hack of human-wash showerhead turned out to be directing dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) to somewhat undesirable direction. To adjust the discharge direction of water spray, a damage-free hanging hook was placed on the bathroom tile to support a doubly-joined rubber band. The supplied double-sided tape was not strong enough, so it was replaced by goop.
AvocaChide: Super-Synergetic Hybrid of Avocado and Peanut Butter
This snack is a hybrid of avocado (avocat) and beurre d'arachide (peanut butter), packed with vitamins + protein + magnesium and no salt added + no sugar added.
Consolidated Bundle of Multiple USB Wires with a Rubber Band through a Ring-Shaped Magnet
Various types of USB cables were going everywhere, so this is an attempt to consolidate 3 of them into a bundle with a rubber band which goes through the centre of a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet, without buying a product like "mobu". The magnet attaches to any steel material such as a speaker grille in this example.
Magnetic Suspension of a Dishwand above a Kitchen Sink
The Dishwand is an ingenious product, but it requires a fair amount of space for storage. So, hanging it just above the kitchen sink is an ideal solution. One rare-earth magnet is hidden inside the Coffee SpaceMaker frame, while another rare-earth magnet is gooped and covered by electrical tape on the handle of the Dishwand.
3-in-1 Integrated Coffee Table/Trash Can/Tissue Paper Box Holder with a Microwave-Oven Turntable
This contraption is made of gooping together 2 plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate), gooping a glass turntable (from a disposed microwave oven) at the top, cutting 3 openings (one for trash, one for inserting a tissue paper box, another at the top for stability of the glass turntable), enforced by a string of rubber bands. It is very functional, but could be painted for aesthetics.
Accelerometer-Shock Absorber with Diagonally-Slotted Cotton Pads in a Cardboard Box between Car Seats
A free mobile telematics insurance program app on the iPhone for usage-based insurance (UBI) monitors driving smoothness among other factors. The more you avoid fast acceleration, hard braking and hard cornering, the higher your score. The iPhone is inserted into slotted cotton pads in a cardboard box to act as a shock absorber cradle for the iPhone's accelerometer in order to lower auto insurance premium at renewal. The 3-dimensional diagonal angle is pi/4 radian (45 degrees) from the horizontal axis and pi/4 radian (45 degrees) from the vertical axis.
iPhone Stand by Magnetisation of a Business Card Holder
An aluminum business card holder is re-purposed as an iPhone holder in the washroom. The angle was too steep, so the magnetised iPhone is held with a rare earth magnet which is hidden in the tube-shaped portion of the aluminum business card holder.
Microwave Oven Door Mechanism Reinforcement Scheme with a Plastic Tube and Goop
The door mechanism of a 10-year old microwave oven broke, and pushing the button stopped opening the door. Access to the interior of the control panel revealed that a plastic piece to support the pushing action was cracked, so a piece of plastic tubing was gooped in situ to reinforce the mechanism. This hack saved hundreds of dollars to replace the over-the-range microwave oven.
Duvet Cover Corner Fixation with 4 Paper Clips
It is very frustrating when the corners of a duvet come loose from the duvet cover. A set of paper clips to the rescue, securely attaching the 4 corners (left on the photo). The paper clips are inside the duvet cover, so they are invisible from the outside once the duvet cover is flipped and closed (right on the photo).
iPhone Wristband for Carrying at Low Outdoor Temperatures
Low temperature is enemy number 1 of the iPhone's battery. Skin contact of the iPhone's display screen to the arm keeps the temperature of the iPhone's battery high enough to prevent a power shutdown the iPhone during cross-country skiing on the golf course. A rubber band is used for tight attachment.
Flipped Desk Lamp for Room Illumination and iPhone Stand above a Laptop Computer
A flipped desk lamp is quite good for illuminating a room without turning on other lights. The stand is conveniently angled to hold the magnetised iPhone so that it can be placed just above the MacBook Pro laptop computer for multi-tasking workŠlife balance.
Swingable Magnetically-Supported Bent Steel Bar on a Lamp-Stand for Straight iPhone Viewing on a Sofa with a Golf Ball at the End
The magnetised iPhone is attached to a steel bar which is bent 90 degrees to fit the lamp stand by several disc-shaped rare-earth magnets. The iPhone can swing because the steel bar is not glued. The iPhone can be attached either in portrait orientation to read ePaper or in landscape orientation to watch YouTube movies while lying down on the sofa. The golf ball is for safety and for decoration.
TeaVin: Super-Anti-Oxidant Cocktail Mix of 1:1 Green Tea and Red Wine
This drink is a hybrid of green tea (thé vert) and vin rouge (red wine), packed with anti-oxidative effect of caffeine + catechins + epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) + resveratrol + polyphenols + flavonoids. The mix of 1:1 ratio gives the alcohol content of about 6 %.
Magnetic Suspension of Containers and Canned Foods from a Refrigerator Ceiling
A couple of stacked disc-shaped rare-earth magnets are hung from the ceiling of the compartment to suspend containers, canned foods and other objects in the refrigerator in this hack. The arrangement reduces wasted space in the refrigerator.
Magnetic Attachment of an iPhone to a Hand-Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger/Battery via a Steel Plate
A steel plate is gooped and taped to a hand-crank emergency cell phone charger/battery. The magnetised iPhone can now be magnetically attached to the charger/battery semi-permanently without causing a mess.
Perpendicular Bamboo-Tree Support with a Horizontal Bar on Stairs and Rubber Bands
A cheap tiny bamboo tree from Walmart created a baby which has grown like crazy. So, the pot was placed beside a staircase under a skylight. Since the tall bamboo tree cannot not support its own weight, it is attached to a horizontal bar with a rubber band to one of the columns of the staircase.
Method of Making Refrigerator-Dried Smoked Salmon Jerky on a Microwave Oven Grille with a Removable Oil-Catching Tray
Some people like smoked salmon as is, while others prefer salmon jerky which is expensive. This hack combines a grille from a microwave oven and a cake tray which happens to have 2 holes for secure attachment to the grille. There is a tray below the grille in order to catch dripping oil from smoked salmon. The tray is removable to be used as a serving plate. The apparatus transforms smoked salmon into salmon jerky in a couple of days in the refrigerator.
Holy Ghost Jesus Resurrection Miracle Chamber: Auto ON/OFF Full-Colour 3-Dimensional Repositionable Statue Projection System
This is a prototype of a projection system in which an image of a figurine shows up when a physical figurine is removed, creating an illusion of a resurrection miracle.
iPhone Magnetic Attachment to a Steel Loudspeaker Grille with Long and Short Rod-Shaped Magnets for Inclination
The magnetised iPhone is magnetically attached to the steel grille of a loudspeaker. There are 2 rod-shaped rare-earth magnets of different length (short at the top, long at the bottom) behind the iPhone for optimising the viewing angle.
iPhone Magnetic Attachment to a Desk Lamp with a USB Cable Fix by a Ring-Shaped Magnet
The magnetised iPhone is magnetically attached to the steel arm of a desk lamp. In order to prevent the USB-to-Lightning cable from falling to the floor by gravity when it is not connected to the iPhone, a small ring-shaped rare-earth magnet is attached to the USB-to-Lightning cable with a rubber band.
Drop-Leaf Table with Elastic Rubber O-Rings for Leaf Stabilisation
After more than 10 years of constant MacBook Pro laptop computer use on a drop-leaf table, the 2 foldable side portions were sagging. So, elastic rubber O-rings (from a garden hose, brown in colour) are inserted in the extension mechanism in order to stabilize the foldable side portions of the drop-leaf table.
Erect Lock Window Curtain Holding Scheme
Looking out the window while working at the stand-up desk requires the curtains to be open. Instead of purchasing anything to keep the curtain open, the curtain is simply lifted up half-way and held in place by hooking it to the lock of the window. The lock is still securely locked for security, of course.
Ironing Board Transformation into a Stand-Up Desk with a Drink Tray
This is a cheap way to create a healthy work environment at home. A translucent plastic moving box on top of an iron board transforms it into a stand-up desk for a MacBook computer. The magnetised iPhone attaches to the iron cord holder. A tray beside the plastic moving box holds a drinking cup or a mug.
Magnetically Suspended Blinking LED Colour Holiday Lights
A cute blinking LED lamp which emits colourful light for holiday seasons is attached to a rope with a combination of disc-shaped and ring-shaped rare-earth magnets by pressure so that it can detachably attach to a curtain rail.
Staggered Pie Pan Placement Optimised for Fluid-Thermodynamics on 2 Top Oven Racks
Convection dictates that hot air rises and cold air falls. In order to make the air flow as smooth as possible, 2 pie pans are placed staggered rather than straight top-down or side-by-side in an oven so that baking efficiency can be optimised by fluid-thermodynamics.
Slidable Single-/Double-Pillow Switching Arrangement for a Laptop Holding Position
Switching between a single pillow for sleeping on the bed and a double pillow for operating the MacBook Pro laptop computer on the bed is best achieved by stacking 2 pillows for easy sliding access.
Quantized-Height Washroom Shelf with Dual Multi-Stacked Wine Containers
The shelf has a good size, but is too short in the washroom for placing a MacBook computer. So, several plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate) were stacked up in order to raise the shelf. The height of the shelf can be variably adjusted by changing the number of plastic containers stacked.
Hanging Peanut-Butter Mouse Trap with Gap-Aligned Opening at a Sliding Pocket Door
Mice love peanut butter. A transparent plastic container with peanut butter inside is attached to the doorframe of a sliding door by aluminum wire and electrical tape to trap mice without needlessly killing them. A small circular hole was drilled through the cover of the plastic container so that the trapped mice can enter but cannot escape. No luck in catching them yet...
False-Floor Reinforcement of a Garbage Bin Floor
The floor of a garbage bin in a kitchen cabinet split in half. Instead of purchasing a new garbage bin, a lid of a plastic container (of grape juice concentrate) is re-purposed as a false floor to effectively prevent any leaks.
iPhone Stabilisation on a Curved Lamp-Shade Surface with Triple Ring-Shaped Magnets
The magnetised iPhone can attach to a lamp-shade in a bedroom, but it is not stable due to the curvature. 3 ring-shaped rare-earth magnets are placed behind the iPhone's 3 rare-earth magnets to give stability while comfortably watching Star Trek series on Netflix or educational YouTube movies on the iPhone in bed.
iPhone Magnetic Attachment to a Plastic Refrigerator Front Door
A magnetised iPhone can attach to a plastic surface of a refrigerator's front door because there is a steel sheet underneath the plastic sheet.
iPhone Magnetic Attachment to a Disc-Shaped Steel Plate
A disc-shaped steel plate (from a can of chicken or pork) is provided as a landing spot of the magnetised iPhone for watching CBC News while washing dishes or doing laundry. Strong double-sided adhesive tape is used in order to securely attach the steel plate to the surface of a cupboard.
iPhone Double-Orientation Portrait/Landscape Attachment by Quadruple Disc-Shaped/Ring-Shaped Magnets
The iPhone is magnetised by gooping 4 disc-shaped or ring-shaped rare-earth magnets for vertical or horizontal attachment. The magnets are placed so that the iPhone can be attached in either portrait or landscape orientation to the surface of any steel object. The use of ring-shaped magnets increases adhesion of goop compared to disc-shaped magnets. A Slim Silicone Rubber Holder Hands-free Stand is also attached to the back of the iPhone.
Magnetic Tabletop iPhone Tower with a Golf Ball on Top
An old desk lamp was transformed into a tabletop tower to keep the magnetised iPhone either in portrait orientation to read ePaper or in landscape orientation to watch YouTube movies while eating at the table. The golf ball is for safety and for decoration. The Tabletop iPhone Tower also accommodates a magnetised ballpoint pen.
Magnetic Remote-Control Consolidating Tower with a Golf Ball on Top
An old floor lamp was transformed into a convenient tower to keep several remote control devices, each of which has a rare-earth magnet attached at the back or on the side. The golf ball is for safety and for decoration.
Permanently-Positioned Pre-Elevated Tank for Syphon Wine Preparation Scheme
Wine-making can be dangerous and/or tough on the back if the heavy tank of liquid has to be lifted up for syphoning. Pre-elevating the liquid container before filling it up with grape juice concentrate plus dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) eliminates the need to lift up the heavy tank (~20 l ~= 20 kg) for syphoning. Also, prepared wine is stored in a water tank with a pump.
Colour-Matched Duct Tape for Car Body Repair
My 12-year old car had cracks and dents and scratches, so I was using duct tape to hide the rusting body. My professional-artist daughter Véronique came up with a brilliant idea to use colour-matching duct tape for aesthetics.
Multi-Angle iPhone Stand with an Angle-Cut Plastic Lid
A ring-shaped plastic lid of a container (of chili sauce) has a perfect size to be able to serve as an iPhone stand if 2 identical notches are cut at a suitable angle.
GPS Navigator Security Cover with a Sock
An old worn-out sock with a hole is re-purposed to serve as a security cover to hide the GPS navigator in the car from prying eyes of a thief. The sock was cut, sewed to a rubber band, and then attached to the GPS navigator support mount with the rubber band.
Straight-View In-Dash GPS Navigator Attachment Scheme with Rubber Bands
The most natural position to view the GPS navigator in the car is, surprise, straight ahead so that the driver does not have to move his/her head sideways to gather information. The GPS navigator is attached to the dashboard directly behind the steering wheel with a few rubber bands. Even though the GPS navigator hides the car's speedometer, the speed is shown on the GPS navigator anyway.
Tissue Paper Dispenser on a Toilet Paper Holder with Crossed Rubber Bands and a Spare on Top
This hack provides the use of tissue paper instead of toilet paper at the toilet. This way, wiping is more comfortable with optional wetting without dissolving the paper. Tissue paper does not clog sewer pipes and pumps, unlike flushable wet wipes. Besides, there is no need to buy 2 different kinds of disposable paper. A rubber band on 2 non-destructive adhesive hooks holds the tissue box in use, and a spare tissue box is placed on top.
Tissue Paper Dispenser beside/above a Garbage Bin with Rubber Bands
A tissue paper almost always gets trashed into a garbage bin, so why not put them together side-by-side? A tissue paper box is fixed to a garbage bin with several rubber bands tied together, on top or on the side.
Disposable Razor Blade Lifetime Extension by Removing Hair Debris with a Brush
The most significant factor of ineffective shaving by a multi-blade razor is not a dull blade but hair debris between the blades. Hence, the lifetime of a razor is dramatically increased by removing such hair debris from the gap of the blades by a brush. One disposable razor lasted more than 1 year with this hack.
Open ASA/Melatonin/Vitamin Pill Dispensing with a Plastic Spoon
Putting these pills in a small bowl and using a spoon to pick up the pills avoid opening and closing many bottles of pills many times every day, saving time for other useful activities.
Hidden Coin Storage under the False Floor of a Car's Cup Holder
In order to prevent precious coins for parking, vacuuming and tire inflation from getting stolen, a plastic lid of a snack chips container is installed as a false floor at the cavity of the car's cup folder to hide the coins in the car.
Hidden Trash Can inside a Car's Console
Placing a plastic bag inside the console allows the space to be used as a trash can. It can be either exposed open for convenience or hidden closed for aesthetics. The handle of the plastic bag is tied together at the bottom for tight fitting.
Circular Duct-Tape Patch on a Bicycle Saddle
A duct tape was used to patch a tear of a bicycle saddle, but its corners were peeling off and sticking to the pants/shorts all the time. Simply making the duct tape piece round prevents such a problem.
Asymptotically Stable Self-Balancing Drinking Glass with Damping Effect
A roly-poly doll with a heavy bottom was transformed into a self-balancing drinking glass for vodka, wine, etc. The liquid has a damping effect which makes the drinking glass come back straight faster than the roly poly doll does when it is tipped. Tungsten (W) with density of 19 600 kg/m^3 would make an ideal weight.
False-Floor Adaptation of a Garbage Bin to a Compost Bin
A compost bag turned out to be too short for a garbage bin at a kitchen cabinet door, so a couple of plastic containers (of cottage cheese and of sour cream) are installed at the bottom of the garbage bin as a false floor to raise the compost bag.
Adaptation of Blind Rail to Curtain Hanging
The rail in front of the window was originally used for a vertical blind. A change of direction to switch to a curtain can be accommodated by using alligator grips, without changing the rail at all.
Taped RFID Credit Card on a Non-Smart Cell Phone as NFC Emulation
Attaching a credit card having a Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip inside to the back of a non-smart cell phone with double-sided tape allows a user to experience the joy of tapping on a credit card terminal like Apple Pay's Near-field communication (NFC).
Towel/Cloth Hangers on Coffee SpaceMaker Frame
The old Coffee SpaceMaker broke, but its frame was kept and transformed into a towel/cloth hanger. The hack involves cutting plastic tubes and taping 2 of them together, then inserting them into the slots of the skeleton. The towel/cloth hanger is directly above the kitchen sink for convenience.
Sleigh Attachment Scheme for Cross-Country Skiing
A buckled belt worn over a winter jacket can be attached to a polypropylene rope in order to effectively pull a sleigh with (a) kid(s) inside while cross-country skiing in a hands-free fashion.
Keychain and S-Shaped Hook Attachment by Rare-Earth Magnets to a Steel Shelf
A ring-shaped rare-earth magnet is attached to a steel shelf in the mud room so that a keychain can be magnetically attached to the steel shelf for very easy access. Also hooked to the steel shelf is an S-shaped hook (from IKEA) made of steel.
Ventilation Inlet Duct Shutter with Magnetically-Attached Aluminum Foil
In winter, the basement is rarely used. For thermal efficiency, it is better to circulate warm air from the central heat pump system only on the first and second floors because the air in the basement is cold. So, the ventilation inlet on the basement is closed off with a sheet of aluminum foil which is attached by 4 small rare-earth magnets.
Ventilation Outlet Duct Shutter with Inserted Aluminum Foil
The central heat pump system provides hot air in winter and cold air in summer. To save energy, It should not be circulating air in the rooms that are unused. A sheet of aluminum foil is inserted below the vent of the ventilation outlet duct so that the air circulation can be blocked in such unused rooms.
Linear Digital Versatile Disc Decoration behind Car Windshield
This is a decoration on the windshield by useless CD-ROMs and DVDs. The discs do not block the driver's view, but make it easy for the driver to locate his/her vehicle on a street or in a parking lot.
Toothbrush Soaking in Flavoured C2H5OH
The purpose of mouthwash is to kill bacteria in the mouth. Toothbrush after use, even after washing well, is a breeding ground for such bacteria. So, why not keeping the toothbrush in a bath of flavoured mouthwash liquid which may contain ethanol (C2H5OH)?
Triply-Connected Coffee Table with Optional Tissue Box Attachment
2 plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate) are gooped together to form a table. 3 of these tables are attached together by rubber bands. A tissue box can also be attached by additional rubber bands if so desired.
Magnetically-Suspended Headset Support with a Helical Telephone Cord
The headset can take up desk space when it is not used. An old helical telephone cord is magnetically attached to a ceiling or to a curtain rail so that the headset can be suspended in the air when it is not used.
Zipper-Handle Replacement with a Keychain Ring or a Paperclip
When the zipper handle of a jacket or a coat breaks, it is not the time to throw away the entire jacket or the entire coat. A keychain ring is inserted into the hole of the zipper where the original handle used to be attached.
Stacked Car Floor Mat with the Bottom One Flipped for Rubber-Side Up
Floor mats from an old car were kept. They are flipped upside down to expose the rubber side up underneath the new floor mats so that excessive dihydrogen monoxide from the rain would not oxidise and rust the steel frame of the car.
Replenishable Sticky-Pad Grocery List on a Wall
An entire stack of sticky-pad can be attached to a wall with a double-sided tape in order to act as a replenishable grocery list or as a cooking instruction in situ.
Plastic-Bag Liner for the Central Vacuum Cleaner
The central vacuum cleaner is advertised as "bagless". However, emptying the collected dust is a messy affair, to say the least. Although it is not intended, lining the tank with a plastic garbage bag makes it much easier.
Pre-Loading Stabilizer & Clarifier into a Wine Carboy and using its Plastic Bag as a Dust Cover
Instead of sealing a wine-making carboy with a plastic wrap and a rubber band, it makes more ecological sense to just flip the empty polyethylene bag of Stabilizer & Clarifier to seal the carboy while it is not in use.
Dual Socks for a U-Shaped Toilet Seat Cover
A cold U-shaped toilet seat is made comfortable by inserting a pair of socks. The socks are washable for sanitation.
Stable Cone-Shaped Coffee Table with a Microwave-Oven Turntable
A flipped large plastic container (of grape juice concentrate) and a turntable from a microwave oven on top attached by double-sided adhesive tape make an ideal coffee table that is stable. It could be painted for aesthetics.
On-Ceiling Tissue Paper Box Suspender in a Car by a Cut Hula Hoop
A loose tissue box in a car flies around because of acceleration, deceleration and turning of the car. So, it is better to fix it somewhere, but where? The ceiling is most accessible by all occupants in the car. An old Hula Hoop is cut and inserted into a tissue box, then fixed to the 2 coat hooks (left and right) simply by pressure.
Stick-On Mirror for In-Shower Shaving
A mirror (from a car) is attached to the ceramic wall of the bathroom by strong double-sided adhesive tape in order to facilitate shaving while taking a shower at the same time. Surfactant (detergent) is applied on the mirror's surface to prevent fogging.
Cardboard Suspended Ceiling Tile Replacement
A suspended ceiling tile in the basement was damaged by a minor flood on the floor above. So, a cardboard sheet was cut to the identical size in order to replace the damaged ceiling tile.
Chute-Door Shelf with a Landry-Basket Lid
To counter the lack of shelf space in the mud room, the door of a laundry chute is put to a permanently-open state by a salvaged cover from a broken laundry basket made of plastic.
Narrow-Slit Hanging Scheme of a Waist Bag on a Hook
A narrow slot at one of the plastic buckle pieces of a waist pack belt turned out to make a perfect fit to hang it on a hook that is gooped to the wall in the laundry room.
Through-Floor Ethernet and Cable TV Wiring via Basement Ceiling
A hole on the floor was originally drilled in order to pass a pair of speaker cables between an amplifier and 2 speakers in another room. The hole was re-purposed for an Ethernet (twisted pair cable) and for a Cat6 co-axial cable of cable TV, both from the basement.
Post-Blood Donation Puncture Pressuriser Band with Dual Pop-Bottle Caps
After each blood donation, a nurse's instruction is to tightly put pressure at the puncture spot for 5 minutes with the other fingers. 2 caps of soda pop were gooped together in order to put pressure on the puncture spot with a bandage so that I can check the iPhone on the other hand.
Secure Bicycle Bag Attachment Scheme by a Hooked Elastic Rope
A bicycle bag that attaches to the carrier rack became loose, posing a security risk as it sometimes fell off by vibration. So, an elastic rope that was found on the ground somewhere serves to securely tie the bag to the rack.
Rubber-Band Receipt Holder for a Note Pad
Receipts can be inserted into a note pad, but it may fall off by gravity. A rubber band to the rescue. In addition to be able to hold receipts, it can also act as a bookmark for the note pad.
Kneeling Chair Protection by a Pillowcase and Insulation by a Towel
A supposedly comfortable kneeling chair feels very cold in winter because one's feet touch 2 heat-sucking steel pipes connecting 2 parts of the chair. A large bath towel is made to wrap around these steel pipes, and covered with an old bed sheet in order to keep one's feet warm. The parts that worn out due to the leg's friction are patched.
Power-Cord Winding around a Vacuum Cleaner Tube with a Rubber Band
A power head of the central vaccum cleaner broke. Since an unpowered head serves the purpose, the unused power cord is made to wind around the tube. The plug end is then fixed with a rubber band to the tube.
Power-Bar Vertical Attachment to a Table Leg with Rubber Bands
Instead of leaving the messy power bar on the floor, it is vertically attach to a leg of a table in order to save space and keep sanity. A couple of wide rubber bands are enough to tightly keep the power bar in place.
Stick-On Concave Mirror for Kitchen Cabinet
Dishwashing in the kitchen somehow causes one to want/need to check his/her face, especially the eye area. So, a concave mirror from a cosmetic product is salvaged and attached to a kitchen cabinet with a double-sided adhesive tape.
Kitchen Ceiling Whistle String with a Rare-Earth Magnet
The string of a whistle to announce to the kids when a meal is ready is conveniently tied to a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet so that it can be magnetically attached to the suspended ceiling.
Kitchen Ceiling Utensil Suspenders by Rare-Earth Magnets
Rare-earth magnets are placed at regular intervals on the suspended ceiling in order to hang knives and utensils as well as other objects like scissors, a grater, etc. An S-shaped hook made of steel is attached to the rare-earth magnet to hang a non-metallic object such as a plastic knife/fork/spoon.
Outdoor Street Number Lamp-Shade Sticker
Finding a street address in the dark is excruciatingly painful. Bending and sticking electrical tape to the lamp-shade to form a street number solve the problem by illuminating portions around the street number at night.
Ring-Shaped Magnetic Curtain Attachment Scheme
The 2 steel curtain hooks at the ends of the curtain are conveniently inserted into 2 ring-shaped rare-earth magnets so that the curtain can be firmly closed by magnetically attaching to each other.
Polyethylene Sticky-Guard for a Duct Tape Roll Sides
The sides of a duct tape are uncomfortably sticky and attract dust as well. Simply sticking a very thin polyethylene film from a grocery store prevents such mess.
Flame-Fusion Technique for a Polypropylene Rope
The polypropylene rope is very strong and useful, but the knot becomes loose very easily. Instead of a knot, the ends are fused together by a flame from a lighter.
Non-Destructive Golf-Ball Vehicle Stop Indicator with Magnetic Detachment
Stopping a vehicle in the garage at the right spot is very difficult to say the least for some people. A string holding a golf ball is magnetically suspended from the exterior body of a garage-door opener which is directly above the golf ball. Just in case an excited kid pulls the string, it simply detaches rather than breaking the string.
Slinky Light-Shade Attachment Scheme with Twisted Solder
A slinky is used as a light-shade around a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lightbulb. Unmelted solder wire is used to attach the slinky to a standard light fixture on the ceiling via 2 holes.
Secure Electrical Power Block-Outlet Connection Scheme
An electrical power block of a halogen desk lamp is so heavy that sometimes it falls off from an electrical outlet. So, a flat ribbon tape is inserted into the electrical outlet in order to tie the cord for security.
Rare-Earth Ring-Shaped Magnet for Twin Car-Home Keychain Attachment
The very useful twin car-home keychain became loose and often detaching because the embedded magnet was not strong enough. Luckily, a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet was found to have a perfect size to fit the gap between the 2 twin keychains for much stronger attachment.
Feather-Tipped Magnetically Attached Wearable Pen
A feather is inserted into the top end of a ballpoint pen, forming a quill. The bottom end of the ballpoint pen is made of steel, so it attaches to a rare-earth magnet of a lanyard worn around the user's neck.
Cardboard Shipping Tube Sealed with Sour-Cream Container Lids
A large-diameter cardboard tube was cut and 2 plastic lids from sour cream containers happen to have a perfect size to snuggly fit in order to form a shipping package of fragile items.
Transformation of a Children's Play Structure into a Fence Crossing
The kids outgrew the children's outdoor play structure made with steel. So, it was transformed into a ladder to cross the fence to go cross-country skiing in the forest of a golf course behind the back yard.
Balancing Figurine with a Steel Handle Counterweight
A long and curved steel bar from the handle of a plastic container (of grape juice concentrate) is inserted into a figurine's rear end in order to act as a counterweight so that the figurine is balanced to appear to be jumping in the air.
Magnetic Blind Suspension Scheme
A bamboo roll-up blind (from IKEA) is suspended from a steel rail of a suspended ceiling via a combination of a ring-shaped rare-earth magnet and a disc-shaped rare-earth magnet.
Magnetic Lantern Hanging Scheme
Since the top piece of a cute lantern is made of steel, a rare-earth magnet can be used to hang it from any spot of the metallic grid of the suspended ceiling without damaging anything.
A rather long and sturdy steel bar is hung from a suspended ceiling to form a platform to hang a number of prototype ballpoint pens, each with a lanyard. Some of the pens are magnetic, so the attachment/detachment action can be tested in situ.
Single-Piece Birdseeds Dispenser from a Container Template
To put birdseeds into the container of a HyperFeeder: Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder with Concentric Perching Rings, a shampoo bottle was cut at strategic locations in order to form a single-piece dispenser with a built-in handle.
Ice-Storm/Freezing Rain Busting Plastic Sheet over Windshield
A single plastic sheet provides a way to avoid a lengthy de-icing session after an ice storm hits as the freezing rain sticks to the plastic sheet instead of to the windshield. The 2 ends of the plastic sheet are simply secured by the car's doors.
Repurposing a Mouthwash Pump as a Universal Dish/Body Detergent Dispenser for Kitchen/Bathroom
A mouthwash container with an occasionally-included hand pump is re-purposed as a dispenser of universal dish/body detergent (surfactant). They are both hyper-convenient in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
Toilet Tank Float Arm Crack Repair Scheme with Triple Square Nuts and Goop
A plastic mount of a toilet tank float arm cracked, so it was repaired by gooping 3 square nuts around the crack (top and 2 sides). The hole on each nut strengthens the adhesion, enough to keep the float arm together for more than 15 years.
Magnetically Erected Wind-Effect Display Device
A magnetically erected wind-effect display device comprises a rotor assembly having a central axis of rotation, and a stator assembly. The rotor assembly comprises a vertical shaft, a wind-effect element, and a rotor magnet. The stator assembly comprises a base, a mount, and a stator magnet. The vertical shaft of the rotor assembly is passively erected by a magnetic attraction force between the rotor magnet and the stator magnet. The wind-effect element of the rotor assembly is capable of rotating around the central axis of rotation by an external force exerted by wind pressure.
Magnetically Suspended Flywheel System
An upward magnetic repulsion force between the inverse heart-shaped magnetic flux lines of the ring-shaped stator magnet and the heart-shaped magnetic flux lines of the cone-shaped rotor magnet equals a downward gravitational force by the rotor assembly in order to passively suspend the rotor assembly so that the rotor assembly is capable of rotating around the central axis of rotation. If a stable levitation had been achieved to defy Earnshaw's Theorem, then a ceremonial trip to Stockholm, Sweden, could have won.
In-Trunk Paper Towel Hanger for a Car
An electrical wire is passed through a paper towel roll, and is then attached to the holes in the interior of the trunk of a car in order to hang a paper towel roll.
Recycling Bin Wall-Hooking Scheme
A plastic recycling bin is stably suspended in the air by hooking its overhung edge to 2 pan-head screws on the wall of a garage so that other items can be placed on a shelf below the plastic recycling bin.
A hole was drilled through each cross-country ski to attach a ballpoint pen mechanism in order to extend or retract a stick for facilitating climbing hills while cross-country skiing. The device is a work in progress as the ballpoint pen mechanism has not been found yet.
Ginkgo Biloba Powder Spice and Tea
Ginkgo biloba is generally accepted as a remedy for minor deficits in brain function, such as those that occur with advancing age. It is used to improve concentration and to combat short-term memory loss due to clogged arteries in the brain, and to treat dizziness, ringing in the ears, headache, and emotional hypersensitivity accompanied by anxiety.
Wine Residue Paste
Filtering is skipped in the red wine making process in order to draw maximum health benefits from the residue. Wine sediment consists of Tartrates, and from red wines Phenolic polymers as well as any insoluble material added to assist clarification.
Use of Wine Containers with Connectors as Structural Support
3 plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate) are gooped together to form a stack. Then, 3 of these stacks are asymmetrically placed on the garage floor (1 on the left, 2 on the right) to support a shelf. The containers are painted for aesthetics.
Human Wash: Showerhead with an Integrated Liquid Detergent Dispenser
A container of an outdoor glass & patio cleaner is combined with a wide nozzle and a long tube from a liquid lawn fertiliser. The nozzle is attached to the shower arm via a male-female pipe and a male-female adapter. A simple push of a button switches between dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) and diluted liquid detergent with Venturi effect for an effective whole-body washing experience in the shower.
Millennium Card: Magnetic Wall Decoration
This is a greeting card glued or taped to a plastic straw. A rod-shaped rare-earth magnet is inserted into one end of the plastic straw so that the card assembly can attach to a steel corner bead or to a steel nail hidden in the drywall.
Magnetically Attached Earrings with Disc-Shaped/Ring-Shaped Combination
An ornament attached to a small ring-shaped rare-earth magnet with a fish line is magnetically suspended from a small disc-shaped rare-earth magnet on the front side of one's earlobe.
Rare-Earth Magnetic Shower Curtain Fixer
To prevent water from splashing out of the bathtub by excited kids, a rare-earth magnet is used to firmly hold the shower curtain to the bathtub.
Rare-Earth Magnetic Pen on a Refrigerator Door and on a Drywall Corner Bead
A rod-shaped rare-earth magnet is inserted into a ballpoint pen. Now, it can attach to a drywall corner bead, and even to the plastic surface of a refrigerator door.
Pen-Holder Suction-Cup Attachment on a Toilet Tank
A hole is drilled into an old spice container so that a suction cup can be inserted. The re-purposed container is attached to the side of a toilet tank so that it can hold pens and a comb for multi-tasking while doing your nature's call pee/poop business.
Crystal Dome Project
The Crystal Dome is not "geodesic" (soccer ball) or "organic" (non-straight line). Instead, it is inspired by the igloo. The building materials being considered are aluminum, glass with IR/UV filter, ceramic tiles (used in the Space Shuttle) and aerogel. Hopefully, modular construction with mass-produced standard parts will make the dome affordable.
Spill-Proof Drink Cup with a Diagonal Straw for Kids
The diagonally-placed straw makes the potential leak much less than what the Original Spill-Free Drink Cup would cause. Surface tension contains liquid at the air vent hole which is located at the centre of the cover. The Drink Cup is see-through, so you know how much liquid remains in the cup. It is also easy to clean, but you do not have to wash it every time it is used as it can go straight to the refrigerator for storage.
Sauce Dispenser Pump
A liquid pump (of hair conditioner) is re-purposed to dispense sauces (Sriracha, Maggi, mayonnaise, mustard, olive oil, etc.) in the kitchen or at the table. While not in use, they are stored in the refrigerator.
Toilet Water Saver by a Mayonnaise Container with a Rock in the Tank
A large mayonnaise container (about 2 l in volume) is filled with water and a rock to make it heavy, then is placed in the toilet tank in order to reduce the volume of water used at each flush.
Hinged Cardboard Flap for Concealing LED Status Indicators of the Security System Panel
When a home security system is not activated, LED status indicator lamps (GREEN or RED) may be visible from the outside through a window. So, a hinged flap was created out of a piece of cardboard, and a sticker from one of those useless credit card offerings is perpendicularly placed to serve as a tab.
Doorbell-Chime Sound Wireless Re-routing to the Basement
The chime sound from a door bell could not be heard from an office in the basement. So, the chime mechanism was hacked to connect to a wireless transmitter which is placed on top so that a wireless receiver in the basement makes a loud alarm sound.
Indoor Window-Pane Plant Holder with a Sour-Cream Container
The window pane inside the house is not wide enough to hold a plant pot. So, a plastic container (of sour cream) is cut at strategic locations in order to form a stable flat surface for a plant pot.
Winter Jacket Scarf/Shawl Attachment Method through a Tag Gap
It is cumbersome to attach and detach a scarf/shawl from the neck. Instead, the scarf/shawl can be channelled through a tag gap of a winter jacket to permanently stay there. This way, the scarf/shawl will not be lost.
Post-it Note Grocery List on a Shopping Cart
A Post-it Note is used very effectively for grocery shopping, moving from a refrigerator door in the house to a shopping cart at the supermarket.
Post-it Note Paragraph Mark
A Post-it Note acts very effectively as a paragraph mark to mark a paragraph of a book by adhesion without becoming loose like a bookmark.
Circular Bilingual Greeting Letter
The circular bilingual greeting letter can also be attached to a string or a transparent fishing line at the stapled point to hang onto a holiday tree.
End-Folding Scheme for Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Tape Removal
An end of a packaging tape is folded to stick to itself in order to facilitate the next use. An end of an adhesive tape for temporary attachment is folded to stick to itself in order to facilitate the later removal.
Truely Green Tea with Non-Boiling Brewing from the Tap
Green tea does not look really green in colour. This hack adds green dye to green tea to make it truely green indeed. The dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) from the tap is hot enough (~333 K) to brew the tea without spending energy in boiling H2O.
Solid Red Wine (Agar-O)
The ingredients of Solid Red Wine (Agar-O) are 600 g red wine (resveratrol + polyphenols + flavonoids) [anti-oxidative], 3 g agar powder. Put the mixture of 120 g of wine and 3 g of agar powder into a microwave oven: P-6 for 2 minutes -> slowly add 480 g of wine and stir well. Then, cool it down in the refrigerator to solidify the liquid.
Quinolent ORANGE is based on superfoods. It provides portion control, and feature no added salt, no added sugar, and zero wasted food. Here is the recipe for 8 servings.
600 g | V8 OR V10 juice
300 g | quinoa seeds
75 g | ginkgo seeds (~60) <- if uncooked dry
mix well, cover the Quasi-Pressure Cooker, cook in a microwave oven: P-6 for 21 m + P-0 (Timer) for 9 m
600 g | V8 OR V10 juice
600 g | mixed vegetables (frozen)
300 g | chicken OR pork OR salmon OR tuna (canned -> drained)
150 g | chia seeds
150 g | extra virgin olive oil
75 g | minced garlic
75 g | ginkgo seeds (~60) <- if cooked frozen
75 g | curry powder
9 g | MSG
3 g | black pepper
mix well, cover, cook in a microwave oven: P-6 for 18 m + P-0 (Timer) for 9 m
put 369 g of the mixture into each of 8 containers cover UP, then refrigerate
Angled Computer Monitor Screen with Electric Wire Suspension
A clean desk, they say, is a sign of a dirty mind. But they also say that a messy desk is a sign of genius. So which am I? Here is my proud office with the following innovative features, best described as a "mad engineer's office": a suspended headset, a suspended mouse cord, a coffee mug as a pen holder, a lamp as a coffee mug support, an ergonomic sit-up chair, angled computer monitor screens with wire suspension, rare-earth magnets for paper attachment to steel furniture, ethyl alcohol (mouthwash).
Toothpaste Dispenser Pump with an Optional Integrated Toothbrush Holder
I have been successfully using a hand pump to dispense toothpaste for more than 10 years. The hand pump comes from a soap dispenser or from a sanitiser dispenser. The toothpaste is viscous with the consistency of caulking material or smooth peanut butter, so it must be diluted by mixing with dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) to facilitate the flow. The hand pump offers consistent and qualitative delivery of material, and is one-touch semi-automatic in a consumer proposition.
Koreless Frozen Pizza
Problem: Frozen pizza has a long baking time in a conventional oven, Uncooked part is always around the centre, Pointy end with cheese is sticky. As a result, it is difficult to cut, serve, hold, eat. Introducing the "Koreless Frozen Pizza". The hole diameter of 76 mm (3") is exactly the size of a hockey puck, pizza diameter of 305 mm (12") is unchanged, no change in packaging is required, there is no impact on storage in the freezer. Reduction of weight is only 6.25 % (e.g., 920 g -> 860 g), so there should be no complaints. Cooking time reduction in the oven is between 30 % and 50 %. The proposal was presented to major frozen pizza companies, but they all declined to implement this invention.
Spice & Sauce Hanger: Magnetically Hanging Spice/Sauce Dispenser System
Spice & Sauce Hanger uses rare-earth permanent magnets embedded in a plastic plate in order to hang transparent spice containers in auto-aligning fashion. The attachment forms self-sealing, so the cap does not have to be removed from the container for dispensing spice. The plastic plate attaches to the cabinet by a peel-off double-sided adhesive tape (super-strong heavy-duty), so there are no holes to drill.
PuckMeal/PuckRepas: Hockey-Puck Shape&Size No-Mess Meal Packed with Nutrition
PuckMeal/PuckRepas is shaped and sized exactly like a hockey puck. National Hockey League (NHL) regulation Thickness: 25.4 mm (exactly 1"), Diameter: 76.2 mm (exactly 3"). PuckMeal/PuckRepas provides clean and neat eating experience. PuckMeal/PuckRepas contains vitamins and minerals, protein and essential oil (Omega-3 fatty acid), anti-oxidants, no saturated fat or trans-fat hydrogenated oil. PuckMeal/PuckRepas helps one eat sensibly and control calorie consumption. PuckMeal/PuckRepas prevents overweight and obesity by showing the exact calories consumed. PuckMeal/PuckRepas contains no sugar added.
BikeStick: A Bicycle Stick for Saving a Trainer's Back
Training a child to ride a bicycle is very exciting for his/her parents. The experience of riding a bicycle without training wheels for the first time makes an unforgettable memory. However, the parent's job of holding the child's bicycle and running at the same time causes an extreme pain in the back due to the awkward posture that is required. The exercise may even cause a back injury for the parent. I happened to have a broken snow shovel. I put the stick into a slot near the rear wheel, and the training turned into a great joy without any pain in the back whatsoever.
HoloStatue: Holographic Display Device
The holographic projection device for displaying a 3-dimensional image has a cylindrical casing, diagonally-cut cylindrical mount, and a circular or elliptical reflection-type hologram in order to project an upright orthoscopic real image or a combination of real and virtual images having both horizontal and vertical parallaxes, perpendicularly to the horizon. The diagonally-placed hologram is illuminated by a point source of white light, preferably a high-efficiency light emitting diode, securely attached to means integrated into the holographic projection device. The holographic projection device comprises a sound chip for producing a voice or music effect. The holographic projection device comprises 2 permanent magnets which act as a figurine-holding device. The 2 permanent magnets also act as a gravity-activated switch.
MagneScribe: Auto-Retractable Ballpoint Pen with an Adjustable Ergonomic Cushion
A retractable pen comprises a pen and a cap. The pen comprises a hollow case, an ink cartridge, a mechanical spring and a mobile magnetic element. The cap comprises a cap body and a stationary permanent magnet. The pen is capable of attaching to the cap by the magnetic attraction force in a single-hand operation when a user places the mobile magnetic element of the pen in proximity to the stationary permanent magnet of the cap. The writing tip of the ink cartridge of the pen retracts into the hollow case of the pen when an upward magnetic attraction force is greater than a downward mechanical expansion force. The downward mechanical expansion force by the mechanical spring of the pen provides a cushion effect to the writing tip of the ink cartridge of the pen.
The Erectable Hexa-Conical Take-Out Coffee Cup uses coated paper for simplicity in single material. The contraption has stable spill-free construction, and holds about 200 ml of liquid when erect. The hack saves storage space because it can be stacked and be carried even in a shirt pocket. You blow air into the opening to make it erect from the compact folded state.
HyperFeeder: Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder with Concentric Perching Rings
The HyperFeeder comprises a generally cylindrical food container, a substantially circular feeding platform, a removable cover, and a substantially spherical or ellipsoidal squirrel guard to prevent a squirrel or like ground animal from gaining access to the seed or other food on the feeding platform. The spherical or ellipsoidal shape of the HyperFeeder provides aerodynamic characteristics, causing the air from the wind to form a laminar flow instead of a turbulent flow. A plurality of concentric perching rings permit both small and large birds to easily access the seed or other food on the feeding platform. The HyperFeeder has a means for water molecules to escape from the feeding platform. The removable cover may be inverted to feed water or other liquid to birds.
A single-handle water faucet comprises a hollow base which mounts on the top-back portion of a sink, a valve assembly, a handle for controlling the flow rate of water and the temperature mix of water, a spout securely attached to the valve assembly and extending upwardly from the top end of the valve assembly, and a nozzle for discharging water. The handle is positioned below the nozzle so that the water discharged from the nozzle can be directed to the handle and sprayed onto the handle by hand in order to facilitate the cleaning of the handle during a handwash session. In one embodiment of the invention, the handle is axially and longitudinally rotatable. In another embodiment of the invention, the handle is pivotally movable.
The "Germ Buster" water faucet represents a paradigm shift in sanitary faucets, without requiring electricity like the electronic water faucet with an infrared sensor, separate water flows, or a foot pedal. The water faucet turns ON when the handle is DOWN, and OFF when the handle is UP.
Snow Igloo with a Plastic Stool Inside
A beautiful snow igloo was built in Canadian winter, but sitting down on an icy ground is painful. Large empty plastic containers (of grape juice concentrate) to the rescue.
Building a Backyard Skating Rink with a Solar Pool Blanket
A thick circular plastic sheet (Solar Pool Blanket) was laid on the ground, followed by water spray in layers, again and again and again. The plastic sheet can be re-used repeatedly, year after year after year.
Hard-Boiling Eggs in a Microwave Oven
Completely immerse about 6 eggs in water in a microwave-safe container. If there is not enough water around the eggs, the eggs will certainly explode. Add some table salt (sodium chloride) in order to raise the boiling point of water. There is no need to cover the container. Cook at High Power (100 %) on a regular microwave oven for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the number of eggs and also on the starting temperature of the water.
Spill-Free Drink Cup with a Straight Straw for Kids
After an infant reaches a certain age and stops drinking milk and juice from a feeding bottle, he/she may use a training cup. However, it is generally so small that frequent refill is required. When you think that a child is mature enough to hold a real glass, he/she is in fact not really stable all the time, so spillage and breakage add stress to the parents. So, I invented the Spill-Free Drink Cup for Kids. My son started using the small one when he was about 2 years old. The Drink Cup is stable and spill-free. Slight leakage may occur when it is tipped over, but it is much less than what other glasses and cups would cause.
No-Touch Meatball Making Technique
Touching uncooked ground meat may cause so-called hamburger disease. It is caused by Escherichia Coli bacteria, and is potentially fatal. Raw meat is also a source of Salmonella infection. The key secret is to use an ice Cream Scoop along with a large spoon to make meatballs.
3-Way Hockey Rink
An equilaterally triangular surface may be made of ice so that 3 teams can play a 3-way ice hockey game. The concept of 3-way sport is a paradigm shift, but it has potential to be a new and exciting sport.