Observing Micro Futures

I have looked a four possible micro futures. Public transport in Asia, Toothpaste maximizer, Velcro spice rack and Food caddy.

People being pushed into a crowded train in Tokyo

People being pushed into a crowded train in Tokyo

This photo is a scene of the Tokyo train system during rush hour. People are squeezing into the train, packing as many people onto the train as they can. The sense of a physical personal space is completely gone with contact to other travelers on all sides. This seems to be a trend across most of Asia where people are willing to pack in and get a lot closer to others on public transport compared to their Western counterparts. 

Clip on tooth paste

Clip on tooth paste

This is something I see my parents do. To get all the toothpastes out of the tube they will fold the bottom of the tube as they go and use a clip of some form, in this case a bulldog clip, to help squeeze every last drop out. I've learned from my dad that this is something he learned to do from his father.

Velcro spice rack

Velcro spice rack

This is something I do myself. Being someone who cooks a lot, I have collected a lot of spices over time. Storing all these spice on shelves is not optimal as thing start to get hidden in the back making it hard to find things or forgetting about them causing the purchasing of spice that I already have. By putting velcro on the cabinet door and the bottles. The spices can be stored in a way where they are all displaced and non of them being hidden in obscure places.

Food caddy in car

Food caddy in car

This seems to be a uniquely American thing. Long drives and fast food are part of many people's lives in the US. One of the problems that arises is what to do if you need to eat during your drive. Having a beverage during your drive is normal with cup holders in every car now, but what about food? this person uses a shower caddy that are designed to hold your shampoo and soaps to hold her burger and fries. Everything stays organized allowing the user to eat and drive at the same time while minimizing taking one's eyes of the road.