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For two weeks I was able to invent something unknown to me that I thought might have some usefulness to the guys that challenged me to invent something every day. Today, before my presentation of this third week’s efforts I challenged them: “Create something new every day until our meeting next Monday.” Among the seventeen present, there was a lukewarm response to that idea.

A 4-point crayon – This was an easy spinoff on the 4-point pencil and 4-point ballpoint pen idea of last week, but I showed them a physical embodiment of the concept.

A box that stays closed – I presented two boxes, one which had the usual tongue through a slot with a cut tongue to the side that was intended to prevent the main tongue from pulling out. It doesn’t work well, so I added another small tongue and catch point which does prevent the box from opening accidentally.

A car headlight-dimming device – This is a small piece of dark transparent plastic material, commonly given out as an eye protector after an eye exam, which can be cut and attached to one’s personal night-driving eyeglasses. Attach separately to both lenses in the upper left quadrant of the visual field a piece of this dark transparent plastic material. When driving the driver may easily tilt their head slightly down and slightly to the right and dim the brightness of the oncoming automobile’s headlights. That simple act makes the remaining three-quarters of the visual field much easier to see clearly.

An elder glove – Old people are prone to bruising the back of their hands by accidentally hitting them against things. For example, by raising their hands from under a dining table and hitting the table’s edge. Thin old skin is easily bruised by that trivial accident, but it takes weeks for the bruise to disappear. This is easily prevented by having a lightweight glove, even an open glove on the inside of the hand, but with a stiff material on the backside of the hand.

A car key noise suppressor – A small 1-inch by 3-inches flat piece of 1/4-inch thick foam with a tear-off backing material that exposes an adhesive so the foam can adhere to the place where the keys hit the dashboard beneath the key insert slot.

A window visualizer – Some cars do not have metal surrounding their driver side window or front passenger side window, and thus the window when in its normal up position might sometimes hit a person’s face as they enter or depart the car. This happens because the glass has low visibility. A simple solution to that problem is to place a two-inch piece of white adhesive tape over that corner of the window which makes that glass corner more visible.

Insulated mailbox – The materials received in mailboxes may be there for hours and get very hot in the sun, or very cold on cold days. Some items such as prescription drugs are sensitive to extreme temperatures and are ruined by being subject to the environment inside of a mailbox. That can be prevented by lining all of the inside walls of a standard outdoor mailbox with insulation material and by placing a container of water inside the mailbox too. This will slow daily temperature swings to a more moderate average.

Little problems are ubiquitous and some of them can be coped with by a simple device.