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posted by TechEMaster on 04.05.06 @ 7:44 pm |
We bring you the "Top 20 Strangest Gadgets and Accessories" that our editors have come across in recent time. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment.
20. The Talking Lips
Not your ordinary speakers, these "Talking Lips" actually have moving lips that synchronize with your mobile phone or online chat conversations (Skype, etc.). They come in three different colors (silver/black/red) and connect to your phone or computer via USB. Fortunatley, there's an on/off switch on the bottom that will come in handy after the few seconds of entertainment are up.
19. Portable Cardboard Speakers
MUJI, best known in for their innovative yet simple products, has come out with speakers made of cardboard and a few electronic components They ship unfolded in a clear plastic pouch — fold them up and they're ready to use. Now that's what I call portability. MoMAstore has them available for puchase now at $42 USD.
18. Talking Japanese Watches
Now available from FredFlare is this innovative new watch that not only tells time but teaches you Japanese as well. By pressing a button, you can activate the speaker which responds with the time in Japanese. It also features a stylish retro design and comes in five different colors - priced at just $20 USD each.
17. The Baller Cheating Pen
Did you always dream of a pen like this? The Baller Pen features a retractable 6.5″ sheet which can be written on. On the UV coated front side, you are able to use fine tip markers/sticks while the back side is erasable which makes it perfect for writing on with pencils.
16. Cup Noodle Stove
The "Cup Noodle Stove" is the best thing that could happen to ramen lovers short of going to Japan. Forget the microwave, place your favorite Cup Noodle flavor on the stove and power it up. In just a few minutes, your ramen will be piping hot and ready to eat.
"The heat temperature can get pretty high for a little thing like this. So don't try to make any damn omelets."
15. Gas Powered Blender
Tailgating parties aren't complete without the "Daiquiri Whacker Gas Powered Blender". It comes with an unbreakable Oster blender jar and a Mountain Safety Research aluminum fuel bottle (for gas mixing/fuel storage). This powerful blender will start any party off with a bang, get yours now for just $275.00 from TheBigChill.
Powerful enough to whip up a batch of your favorite blended drink faster than you can say" Dos Margaritas por favor!"
14. The Mini Desk
Made by MiniStatements, the "Mini Desk" looks good enough to drive. The entire desk is constructed from what looks like a real Mini with its top chopped off, interior gutted, and left door panel removed. It supposedly retails at a whopping $4,400, email the company for additional information.
13. Wood LED Clock
When turned off, this clock looks just like a regular block of wood. Once powered up, the LED lights display the time on this still regular looking block of wood. Time adjustment knobs and a "power adapter" jack can be found on the back. These wooden clocks are made by Japanese company Takumi and are available now from Dynamism at the price of $379.00 USD.
12. Headlight LCD Combo
Now you can sit in front of your headlight and watch your favorite DVD movies. Someone decide to cut you off? Show them so love by putting on a movie.
Screenlights have come up with a piece of technological wizardry — "a fully functional headlight that has an embedded LCD screen within. This mod comes in 3″, 4″, 5″, and 7″ flavors. The 3″ screen will peg you back by $900.
11. Rat Race Clock
Amsuing yourself at work just got a little bit easier with this "Rat Race Clock". Watch the mechanical rat run on a treadmill, whilst moving "gears that advance the hour and minute hands". Powered by 4D and 2AA batteries, this clock can be had for just $24.99 from ComputerGear.
10. Radio Toaster
With "The Only Radio Toaster" you can not only prepare toast but also listen to FM radio at the same time. The toaster is housed in a slick silver brushed-metal case and features an electronic sensor which automatically adjusts the toasting time based on its internal temperature (this will come in handy since i'm not a morning person). Also included are multiple toasting settings, easy-to-read radio controls, and built-in cord storage to keep your kitchen "clutter-free".
9. The Sauce Dispensing Chopsticks
With these sauce dispensing chopsticks you'll never have to dip your sushi in soy sauce again. For $21 you can own two pairs of these chopsticks, which are made from polypropylene and ABS, meaning they will break before you know it. Additional info on this Japanese invention can be found here.
8. The Head Bath Cap
If you've been waiting for a cap that gives your head/hair a good bath than the solution is here. Presenting the "Head Bath" cap, just place it over your head and let water start running into it. This thing not only looks funny but supposedly "helps your hair grow faster and fuller" by penetrating the pores in your scalp with the trapped water.
7. SatuGO - Bouncing Digital Camera
This nifty little bouncy ball type gadget is actually a digital camera that snaps 3.0 Megapixel images when bounced. The SatuGO is notable in that it includes 1GB NAND memory and sports a timer/flash so it can also be used as a webcam. Just plug it into your computer's USB port for quick and easy recharging. No word yet on pricing or availability.
6. Touch Rubik's Cube
The Touch Rubik's Cube puts a new twist on the classic puzzle game. It uses six different materials: metal, wood, textile, stone, rubber, and plastic, engaging users to use their senses. This also enables blind persons to enjoy the wonders of a Rubik's cube.
5. RSStroom Reader
Introducing the RSStroom reader by Yi Tien Electronics, with this gadget you'll be able to print the latest RSS headlines directly on to rolls of toilet paper. It also features Wi-Fi Connectivity, USB 2.0, and RSS 2.0/Atom compatibility. This reader interacts with your toilet bowl "biometrically" which basically means when you sit down this thing will weigh you. Depending on your weight, it'll deliver you a customized news feed.
The problem with most safes is that experienced burglers know how to crack them. "Brief Safe" offers the next best thing which is basically stained underwear that securely stores valuables in a 4″ x 10″ secret compartment with velcro closure. Available now for $9 from Shomer.
"Leave the "Brief Safe" in plain view in your laundry basket or washing machine at home, or in your suitcase in a hotel room - even the most hardened burgler or most curious snoop will "skid" to a screeching halt as soon as they see them."
3. Knife Block Shaped Like Human Head
Put simply, this solid lime-wood knife block shaped like a human head would be a refreshing addition to any boring kitchen. This piece was hand carved by Irene van Gestel.
"This is a lovely design-student project: a hand-carved knife-block shaped like a man's head, the knives sticking out of it in gruesome humor."
2. Shower Belt
While not on the cutting edge of technology or gadgetry, this shower belt did provide me with a few minutes of laughter. The "Shower Belt" designed by Carl Hagerling can easily attach to any faucet with the buckle acting as a fully functional nozzle. Get off work late and want to freshen up before heading out on that big date? Just whip out your trusty shower belt for a quick wash in the bathroom.
1. Synthetic Human Skin Laptop Bags
This expensive ($601 USD), but striking laptop bag is made from synthetic human skin. The "Skinbag" is shock absorbant, has 1 cm padding (fabric lining), and 1 side pocket for all your accessories. It measures approx. 39 x 29 cm or 14 x 11 in. and doubles as a regular carrying bag.
"The bags dedicated to electronic machines are waterproof and proctective jackets and become autonomous organisms. They anticipate the fusion between the digital and the organic."
Honorable Mention - Bottle Cap Tripod
If all you want is a basic digital camera tripod, Yodoboshi offers the "Bottle Cap Tripod". This device fits 28.5 to 30.5mm mouths and comes in six different colors. Its available now from Semsons for just $19.99.
"The world's first bottle cap tripod by Yodobashi. It magically turns a bottle into a tripod, ideal for night shot and self protrait."
Honorable Mention - Backside Watch
The "Backside Watch" is an amusing piece designed by Open Concepts, its a watch that's meant to be worn upside down.
"From one point of view this watch is not so comfortable for precise time measuring. If you put the watch on your hand and that brought you in good mood it means the life turned bright side to you!"