I’d like to see them make (Oct, 1946)

I’d like to see them make

Everybody has hit own pot idea of some gadget he would like to see in general use. What is YOURS? Popular Science Monthly will pay five dollars for every such suggestion that its editors decide to publish.

Cartoons by SYD LANDI

Dashboard That Tells All.
Gauges to show the motorist exactly how much air is in the tires, how much oil and water in the engine. Suggested by L. R. Ruegg, Lake Mills, Wis.

Beds Hung from Ceiling. Using a pulley system, beds could be raised when the floor needed dusting or adjusted to suit an occupant’s whim, says Mrs. R. Kash, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Television Telephone. Victor J. Tunison, Trumansburg, N. Y., believes it would be an advantage to push a button and be able to see as well as hear the person to whom you are phoning.

Palette for the Palate. Having wrestled with buffet luncheons, Bruce Deutsch, Clarksville, Tenn., suggests a safety-first service tray shaped and thumb-holed like an artist’s palette.

Electric Pants Creaser. With such a gadget, made to fit into any ordinary socket, Stephen J. Stack, Plains, Pa., believes that a man’s trousers could always have a knife-blade edge.

Pain-killing Drill. James H. Gillen, Jr., of Seattle, thinks patients would exclaim, “Doc, it’s a pleasure,” if dentists could use a liquid anesthetic that would percolate through drills.

7 comments
  1. Nomen Nescio says: February 7, 20128:58 am

    people have been thinking they want video telephones since forever. now that they more or less exist, personally, i can’t see the advantage of it.

  2. Scott says: February 7, 20129:25 am

    Ha ha ha. What a silly idea! Why don’t you just compact it and put it in your pocket…in full color…and not even any wires. Ha ha ha. Silly people not as smart as we engineers!

  3. Mike Brown says: February 7, 20121:13 pm

    > Gauges to show the motorist exactly how much air is in the tires…

    Even in 1946 that wasn’t new – the DUKW amphibious trucks from WWII had that, plus a way to inflate and deflate the tires on the fly (or on the swim, to be more accurate).

  4. Mike Brown says: February 7, 20121:14 pm

    > Palette for the Palate. Having wrestled with buffet luncheons, Bruce Deutsch, Clarksville, Tenn., suggests a safety-first service tray shaped and thumb-holed like an artist’s palette.

    Also not new, even in 1946. I did a patent search on that for a client at one point, and there were lots of patents on thumb-holed trays going back many decades.

  5. Hirudinea says: February 7, 20124:52 pm

    I like the hanging bed, I’m just afraid it would rip out of the rafters during the night. As for the video telephone I’m glad it never caught on, I sometimes answer the phone au naturel and I don’t need to be showing my bits and pieces to some poor guy in India. :)

  6. Charlene says: February 7, 20128:59 pm

    The hanging bed has been around for a long time, and Hirudinea has a point about the weight: Trading Spaces installed a hanging bed, but the owners removed it due to motion sickness issues. After only two weeks the 2x4s it had been screwed into were already damaged badly enough that they needed to be replaced.

  7. Gary James says: February 18, 20127:59 pm

    More practical, structurally at least, would be a bed that folds up. I would call it a “Murphy” bed.

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