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when was the last time you thought of a cool invention only to find out it already existed? what was it?

i thought of a timed pet food dispenser so people wouldnt have to rely on their neighbours to feed their pets, but apparently it's out :( 

also, does anyone have one of those air frying machines that can "fry" food without using oil? best invention ever yes? 
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[User Picture]From: bigeyedphish
2012-11-09 01:32 am (UTC)

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we were talking about heated mice at work and how we wish the were real. turns out they are.

never heard of such a thing. do things come out just as delicious?
[User Picture]From: plugmebaby
2012-11-09 01:35 am (UTC)

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my mum has one at home and i think i ate a fry, tasted exactly the same. looked fried too but no oil was put in!
[User Picture]From: 67words
2012-11-09 01:43 am (UTC)

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it took me a LONG time to realize you meant for the computer, lol.
[User Picture]From: stripedbeauty
2012-11-09 02:45 am (UTC)

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It really took me this comment to realize what they meant, lol.
[User Picture]From: franwi
2012-11-09 10:57 am (UTC)

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Same. I was picturing genetically altered radiant lab mice.
[User Picture]From: plugmebaby
2012-11-09 05:25 am (UTC)

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haha same, i was like "is that what the japanese are doing now?" just read an article about how the japanese "invented" see-through goldfish the other day
[User Picture]From: purplepuffygirl
2012-11-09 05:31 pm (UTC)

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I was thinking warm mice for snakes to eat. I didn't realize it was about a computer until you said something. :)
[User Picture]From: 67words
2012-11-09 01:43 am (UTC)

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i just saw an infomercial for that last week. i definitely want to try one!
[User Picture]From: madscience
2012-11-09 01:46 am (UTC)

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The area rule. It was more reverse-engineering than an invention. I came up with it from studying my model planes when I was about ten.
[User Picture]From: madeofsequins
2012-11-09 01:50 am (UTC)

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headphone-earmuffs. sad day when i found out they were already a thing.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2012-11-09 02:08 am (UTC)

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Mine was a glow-in-the-dark toilet seat. My idiot brother would get up groggy in the middle of the night and not bother to turn on the light and miss and sometimes get some pee on the floor. I thought his aim might improve if it was glow-in-the-dark and I was right. A couple of months later I was watching a "kids inventions" special and some other chick must've had the same problem because there was my invention being featured!

My dad invented the "beach screw". It's not what it sounds like. He didn't want his beach umbrella to blow away so he attached the world's largest drill bit to the end. He was thinking about marketing it and then a couple of years later saw them in the store. He's pretty sure someone had the same idea concurrently because he says he was looking like crazy for something like that before he rigged one himself. It was a good idea!
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2012-11-09 02:10 am (UTC)

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Oh, and my husband IS an inventor, better known as an engineer. So he does beat a lot of people to the punch and has a lot of patents. Some are on incredibly boring sounding components, though. But one that is fun to tell people about is the optical sensor that measures the level of the poop tank in a submarine. No one had thought of THAT one yet. HA!
[User Picture]From: kaeorin
2012-11-09 02:45 am (UTC)

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On my way home from school today I "invented" an insulin pump that had a way to automatically test blood sugar built right into it, so it could deliver insulin whenever necessary--like an artificial pancreas that goes on the outside, but I'm sure that that someone's already tried that and found problems with it.
[User Picture]From: whitneythegreat
2012-11-09 03:47 am (UTC)

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I believe insulin pumps with attached glucose meters are available that do exactly that. Such a cool thing.
[User Picture]From: box_of_rocks
2012-11-09 03:51 am (UTC)

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I "invented" that in the 6th grade for a science project (my dad has an insulin pump) but I didn't understand at all how a glucometer works, and I didn't look it up, so it was just blobs that measure sugar...?
[User Picture]From: sarahonlife
2012-11-09 02:51 am (UTC)

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Not really the same thing, but when I was little I wanted to make shoes that could sometimes be roller skates and you could just switch whenever you wanted. My mom told me it was silly and it couldn't be done and no one would want them anyway. 15 years later, Heelies come out. Who's silly now, mom?! lol
[User Picture]From: 911pleasehold
2012-11-09 03:06 am (UTC)

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lol that's really cute. Parents would shut that one down.
[User Picture]From: cocori
2012-11-09 04:52 am (UTC)

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Highlighter tape instead of using highlighter pens so you can remove it later on.
[User Picture]From: plugmebaby
2012-11-09 05:24 am (UTC)

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not exactly the same, but ive seen erasable highlighters
[User Picture]From: xenosphobatic
2012-11-09 01:54 pm (UTC)

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I used to do this when I was younger, and didn't understand how a lot of things worked. I thought up what I found out later was a transmission, and tankless hot water heaters. Occasionally I'll think up something interesting and end up forgetting it until I see it in stores.
[User Picture]From: loveandbees
2012-11-09 08:06 pm (UTC)

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That was invented by Doc Brown in 1985 ;)

hoping someone will get that reference, otherwise I just look silly