18. Umbrella lockers
Umbrellas are fantastic for keeping you dry outside, but bringing a soaking one indoors never ends well. Umbrella lockers are therefore the perfect solution: giving you somewhere to dry your umbrella without the risk of having it stolen. Why these aren’t commonplace everywhere, we’ll never know.
17. Dinosaur receptionists
Automation has never been so fun. After all, who wouldn’t want to be greeted at their hotel reception by an animatronic dinosaur? Indeed, it turns out that artificial intelligence isn’t all gleaming white androids. In the real world, it’s far more exciting – and far more Jurassic Park than I, Robot.
16. House surnames
Getting house numbers mixed up is pretty easy – indeed, we’ve all probably received someone else’s mail by accident at some point. However, some homes in Japan simply have family surnames, instead of door numbers, on their fronts, which virtually eliminates that problem entirely and hopefully ensures that they’ll only ever receive the right letters.