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Okay, I don't have many ideas, but here's one:
A machine into which one places a tube of toothpaste. This
device can stand upright or be lain on its side. To dispense
toothpaste, a button on the base of this device is pressed.
After the paste has been dispensed, the lid closes and the
automatically cleans the toothpaste gunk off of the
end of the tube of toothpaste.
Helps especially in the case of somebody with children, as
only the correct amount of toothpaste will be dispensed,
there will be no more mess to clean up when they are done
On the side, maybe this device can play a song, or have a
dinger that goes off when you've brushed your teeth for the
correct amount of time.
In additon, all thanks to [phoenix], the lid to this
contraption will close slowly, and much like a garage door,
will somehow not close all the way if something like a finger
is in the way. Also, since the tube of toothpaste will be
enclosed inside of this, it will become a vacuum (pushing
the toothpaste out easier) in order to use it all.
Perfect Swirl toothpaste dispenser
Funny, but a real product. Time to search and post: ~35 seconds [bristolz, Dec 24 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Weird "dispenses through the toothbrush" dispenser.
Lame student project dispenser [bristolz, Dec 24 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Dispenser for those with limited hand function. [bristolz, Dec 24 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||You'll have to enclose it so junior doesn't get a finger taken off, but otherwise sounds like it'd sell.
||Instead of rollers, have it use a mechanical key (like the good ol' days) and pinch roller. Then your box won't have to be as big.
||Bristolz, I've actually seen a through-the-bristles dispenser toothbrush before...A little travel thing, you squoze it full of your favorite toothpaste, then twisted the handle to get it to ooze some onto the bristles. <Bristolz bristles...sorry, just had to say it...> It didn't look incredibly efficient, but if you're only going to be gone a couple of days, it seemed like it'd work ok..
||Bristolz bristles at your "having to say it."
||You're cute when you fluff up like that, you know..
||::after you push down to dispense the goo, the pump sucks in the extra toothpaste::
||I'm a crest kid.
None of the above links had what I was thinking in my
head. I just can't get the idea out correctly -- so we
should probably quit annotating this one and let it die.