Remember when we were promised a future with flying cars and hoverboards for all? Well, we're still stuck on the road with our modern frustrations, but with any luck, the future will at least solve some of our cushiest problems. Sometimes it only takes a tiny change to go from ho-hum, to holy smokes. For example...
This movie theater bathroom with screens in the floor so you don't have to miss a crucial plot point.
The future gets a blast from the oh-so-comfy past with these cuddly beanbag seats.
Take a breath, road ragers. These traffic lights have a countdown built in.
This chameleon pen has a color sensor to pick up whatever palette you choose in up to 16 million unique colors.
This bike helmet folds up to be super portable.
Eliminate the bulky middle man with these USB charger outlets.
These outlets come with built in night lights as well.
And the ultimate outlet would also have extension cords built into the wall.
These little tiles could be clipped to anything-- your wallet, keys, your car in a huge parking lot-- and located with an app on your smartphone.
Pizza vending machine. Dreams can come true.
Forget wet butts: The slats on these benches rotate from a hand crank so you've always got a dry seat, even after a rainy day.
Not only are they pretty, but these power strips are super flexible. You can expand or shrink them to fit your needs and the outlets rotate.
Keep the coffee ring off your work with this mug that catches its own dribbles.
These parking garages have sensors in the parking spaces, so you can glance down a row and look for green (open) parking spaces.
Why not have slides on your steps?
Variety is the spice of life. Or at least the fizz of life with these build-your-own 6-pack soda vendors.
Score major planet points.
Backpacks with hoods make homework cozy and cool. (Well, almost.)
This sensor picks up energy from hot or cold drinks and converts it to energy to charge devices. Say goodbye to fighting over outlets in cafes.
If you have a window seat, harness some solar power to charge your device.
This water fountain that's happy to give you a bottle for the road.
Subway fare machines that will take a barter of your recycling for fare.
This brilliantly simple Pringles elevator.
You can't tell me you wouldn't want to ride around on this.
This easy to clean hairbrush is so simple.
These earbuds have a simple solution for remaining tangle-free.
These batteries recharge wherever you've got a USB port.
When you send packages, send the gift of hassle-free opening with this easy-open tape.
Bike racks when you need them, sidewalk space when you don't.
These quirky caution signs are cute and attention grabbing.
Pizza carriers for all.