Why is the humble umbrella such a conundrum? Can we not come up with a design that can open, close, fit in a purse, and withstand a certain degree of bluster?
Having spent a day battling New York winds and rains, I am stumped at the imperfections of this essential object. I propose that we invite James Dyson to take on this design challenge. Having perfected the vacuum cleaner and the fan and hand dryer, surely he could solve the brolly crisis?
And then, can we develop an app to locate our lost umbrellas? I quickly scoured the app store and couldn’t find anything. Presumably, the Dyson umbrella would be engraved with a unique QR code that could be scanned and geo-located. Right? And then a stranger would find said umbrella and a service would provide envelopes so we could mail umbrellas back to each other. Did I just give away my million-dollar idea?
I would also like to invent the tea temperature alarm. A thermometer that would tell you when your tea is at perfect drinking temperature (adjustable to personal preference) and then you wouldn’t let it go cold.
What else would ease your daily existence? Can we give up our day jobs and set up a daily design collective to focus on perfecting the little things?