It's hard to spot every gem in the forever-changing product design industry. But luckily for us, there's a subreddit for just that. Constantly researching and scrutinizing new stuff, these folks unearth loads of cool ideas that already have or possibly will see the light of day. Or the bulb of a store.

It's not the first time we at Bored Panda have invited you to take a look at such an online community. Not so long ago, we released a piece about a similar one here.

But this one focuses on newer innovations, so we thought it deserves its own publication. I mean, where else would you see a burial suit made from mushrooms to deliver your body to nature quicker and cleaner?

Continue scrolling to check out the images and upvote your favorite ones!

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Ordinary Glass Panels Can Act As Solar Panels When A Layer Of Nanoparticles Is Sandwiched Between Two Panes. This Could Help Us Take Advantage Of Solar Energy In Cities Where Space For Solar Panels May Be Limited⁠

Ordinary Glass Panels Can Act As Solar Panels When A Layer Of Nanoparticles Is Sandwiched Between Two Panes. This Could Help Us Take Advantage Of Solar Energy In Cities Where Space For Solar Panels May Be Limited⁠

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This would be fantastic for all the skyscrapers and those glass office buildings.

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Israel Antonio Briseño Carmona, A Student At Coahuila Autonomous University, Was Inspired To Develop A Self-Repairing Road Pavement Material From Recycled Rubber Tires As A Means Of Addressing Mexico’s Notoriously Deteriorated Roads

Israel Antonio Briseño Carmona, A Student At Coahuila Autonomous University, Was Inspired To Develop A Self-Repairing Road Pavement Material From Recycled Rubber Tires As A Means Of Addressing Mexico’s Notoriously Deteriorated Roads

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rspanther
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They have tested a better road material here in the US, that lasted longer than asphalt and concrete, but lobbyists have pretty much killed it's possible use because road construction companies would make less money on repairing it.

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To get a better understanding of how these items come to life, we contacted Sam Gwilt, who is a London-based industrial designer and product visualizer and also runs an Instagram and YouTube channel called Sam Does Design where he shares industry tips with the design community.

First of all, there's lots of sketching. "From research, to concept, to refinement, to manufacturing, designing a product is an iterative process that can take years," Gwilt told Bored Panda.

"It's important to understand what the markets and mindsets of customers will be like in the next few years (when the product launches). Once a brief has been set, it's time to design multiple concepts to find the right solution. Sketching, scribbles, and CAD modeling are all useful to refine designs. Each solution will be prototyped to analyse ergonomics and assembly, usually starting with rough card models, progressing to 3D prints, and then finally to full industrial tooling."

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A Pill Bottle That Keeps Track Of When It Was Last Opened

A Pill Bottle That Keeps Track Of When It Was Last Opened

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I Can’t Believe That I Never Saw This Before

I Can’t Believe That I Never Saw This Before

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait, this is so simple yet so brilliant. All that fiddling around to get the blasted thread through the eye. Brilliant.

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This Keypad That Randomizes The Numbers Every Time So You Can’t Tell Password By Hand Movements

This Keypad That Randomizes The Numbers Every Time So You Can’t Tell Password By Hand Movements

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Trying to determine whether or not a particular design is good, many turn to Dieter Rams and his '10 commandments.' According to Rams, good design is innovative, makes a product useful, is aesthetic, makes a product understandable, is unobtrusive, is honest, is long-lasting, is thorough down to the last detail, is environmentally friendly, and involves as little design as possible. Even though he wrote them a long time ago and technology has advanced light years since then, many think Dieter's principles still apply today.

"When Dieter Rams defined the 10 principles, he thought that they'd be updated and adapted over time," Gwilt highlighted. "It's a good starting point; a helpful framework, but it's exciting to see new designers from different backgrounds share their voices for what makes good design."

Interestingly, Sam even met Rams in person! You can check out how that went here.

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Constrained Ball, This Tool Helps To Draw Straight Lines Without Using A Ruler

Constrained Ball, This Tool Helps To Draw Straight Lines Without Using A Ruler

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#8

This Chair For People Who Love To Sit Cross-Legged

This Chair For People Who Love To Sit Cross-Legged

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The Infinity Burial Suit Is Put On The Deceased To Cleanse The Body And Soil Of Toxins, Delivers Nutrients From Body To Surrounding Plants, And Speed Up The Decomposing Process

The Infinity Burial Suit Is Put On The Deceased To Cleanse The Body And Soil Of Toxins, Delivers Nutrients From Body To Surrounding Plants, And Speed Up The Decomposing Process

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In Gwilt's own opinion, he thinks a good design must first and foremost form an innate connection between the user and the product.

"Someone needs to look at the product, and instantly understand what it is and how it can benefit them," he said. "The goal is to design a product that is understandable and desirable. It should integrate neatly with the existing lifestyle of the customer, and improve it for the better."

"I feel like 'industrial design' has hit a wave of public interest in recent years," the designer and internet personality added. If you want to learn more about the craft, check out Sam's Instagram and YouTube channels where he teaches everything he knows.

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A Device That Transforms Rotten Fruit And Vegetables Into Clean, Renewable Electricity

A Device That Transforms Rotten Fruit And Vegetables Into Clean, Renewable Electricity

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Brendan Roberts
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Man, he puts me to shame. When I was a student, I was getting drunk with my friends, and downloading music from Napster lol.

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Glass Cleaner

Glass Cleaner

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Penelope
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m going to do this with my favorite shirts!

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#12

These Face Masks Are Made From Biodegradable Abaca Leaf Fibers And Could Replace Plastic Ones

These Face Masks Are Made From Biodegradable Abaca Leaf Fibers And Could Replace Plastic Ones

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would love these! I went to the shops last week and I saw masks on the street and it pissed me off. Slobs chucking these out instead of binning.

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An Ingenious Innovation From 10th Graders!

An Ingenious Innovation From 10th Graders!

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Stimpy
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Details? How is it supposed to "sanitize" using "kinetic energy"?

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Noise-Cancelling Dog House That Can Keep Your Pup Calm During Fireworks And Thunderstorms (A Prototype By Ford, Using Technology Created For High-End Vehicles)

Noise-Cancelling Dog House That Can Keep Your Pup Calm During Fireworks And Thunderstorms (A Prototype By Ford, Using Technology Created For High-End Vehicles)

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295mm Flexible Shaft Screwdriver

295mm Flexible Shaft Screwdriver

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James016
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This would have saved me so much grief in the past

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These Sunglasses Block All The Screens Around

These Sunglasses Block All The Screens Around

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This School Desk Turns Into A Safety Shelter During Disasters Like Earthquakes And More!

This School Desk Turns Into A Safety Shelter During Disasters Like Earthquakes And More!

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Sergy Yeltsen
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Make them out of bullet-resistant material and ship them to the US.

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A Bada** Looking Motorcycle That's Electric

A Bada** Looking Motorcycle That's Electric

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Stephanie Parker
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never seen something looking so 60s and futuristic at the same time

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Holograph Tablelets You Display 3D Models In Real Time

Holograph Tablelets You Display 3D Models In Real Time

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A Hoodie With Inflatable Neck Pillow

A Hoodie With Inflatable Neck Pillow

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#21

Anti Slip Shorts So Prevent Roofers From Slipping

Anti Slip Shorts So Prevent Roofers From Slipping

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ƒιѕн
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh the wedgies! But on another note, roofers are not on their butts when roofing, normally on their feet. And none that I have seen wear shorts.

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Foldup House

Foldup House

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Tamra Stiffler
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonder if these could be used, somehow, for the homeless crisis in the US?

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#23

This Water Purifier Can Even Turn Diet Cola Into Pure Water

This Water Purifier Can Even Turn Diet Cola Into Pure Water

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King Joffrey
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Get back to me when they invent one that turns water into Diet Coke.

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First Battery-Free Cellphone By University Of Washington Engineers

First Battery-Free Cellphone By University Of Washington Engineers

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty nifty. I got this off Reddit: It collects energy from the environment; ambient radio signals and light.

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Psychedelic Water Cup

Psychedelic Water Cup

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This Turbine, Which Captures Wind From Any Direction, Allows Anyone To Generate Electricity

This Turbine, Which Captures Wind From Any Direction, Allows Anyone To Generate Electricity

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This Braille Smart Watch I Came Across On Amazon

This Braille Smart Watch I Came Across On Amazon

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Miriam L
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A beloved relative of mine has had something like this for years, only it wasn't called a smartwatch. The Braille just changed with the time (I'm not sure if it was every minute or at slightly longer intervals) and it had a numerical display on the side to help other people set it. As far as I know it still works, unfortunately I haven't seen her in almost two years now because of the pandemic

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This Bike Lets You Ride In Virtual Worlds From Your Home

This Bike Lets You Ride In Virtual Worlds From Your Home

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Hong Kong : Wearable Face Projector To Avoid Face Recognition

Hong Kong : Wearable Face Projector To Avoid Face Recognition

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Hand Webbing For Swimming With

Hand Webbing For Swimming With

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CHRIS DOMRES
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have used plastic hand paddles for over 40 years. Webbed swim gloves have been around many years too.

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It's A Soft Moss Carpet That Grows With A Few Drops Of Water That You Leave Behind When You Leave The Shower

It's A Soft Moss Carpet That Grows With A Few Drops Of Water That You Leave Behind When You Leave The Shower

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Brendan Roberts
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know this is good for the environment n all, but I don't want to be stepping into moss after having a shower.

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#32

Rolls-Royce Umbrella

Rolls-Royce Umbrella

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Clock Uses The Shadows Of Your Finger To Tell Time

Clock Uses The Shadows Of Your Finger To Tell Time

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Tomatan, A Wearable Robot That Feeds You Tomatoes As You Run

Tomatan, A Wearable Robot That Feeds You Tomatoes As You Run

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May
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can't believe it's taken this long for someone to come up with a solution to this very common issue

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Incline Gravity Clock: Powered By Gravity This Clock Has No Batteries Or Mainspring- However, Once Each Day The Clock Must Be Picked Up And Placed Back At The Top Of The Ramp

Incline Gravity Clock: Powered By Gravity This Clock Has No Batteries Or Mainspring- However, Once Each Day The Clock Must Be Picked Up And Placed Back At The Top Of The Ramp

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Em Watson
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I watched them mend one of these on an episode of The Repair Shop. They are so cool, I would love one!

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#36

This Dr. Octopus Suit For Hypermobility Issues

This Dr. Octopus Suit For Hypermobility Issues

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You just need a jacket, a glasses and a annoying bug boy

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A Touchable Fire That Works By Shining Orange LED-Light On Water Vapor

A Touchable Fire That Works By Shining Orange LED-Light On Water Vapor

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#39

Engineer Builds Barber Robot That Gives Quarantine Haircuts

Engineer Builds Barber Robot That Gives Quarantine Haircuts

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A Bot With Hands To Draw!

A Bot With Hands To Draw!

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