There are handy gadgets on the market these days that serve as a benefit in one way or another, and then there are the gadgets that satisfy some aesthetic but serve no other purpose at all.
There are dozens, if not hundreds or even thousands, of gadgets out there that provide no benefit other than being cool, or funny, or even oddly disturbing.
Below we’ve got a list of gadgets that are superfluous in function, yet fun and entertaining. We present to you 19 weird and wacky gadgets that you will probably never need.
- RSStroom Reader
The RSStroom reader by Yi Tien Electronics is a news ticker style printer that will print your selected RSS feeds directly onto rolls of toilet paper. Read your news while you’re in the restroom, and then put your news to good use when you’re done.
- Rubiks Cube MP3 Player
The Rubik Cube Mp3 Player has the appearance of the classic Rubik’s cube puzzle, and even has a similar function, requiring that you solve different parts of the puzzle in order to operate the player. Each layer you solve has different functions, such as play, pause, and skip. You must completely solve the puzzle in order to turn off the player. Impractical? Yes. Entertaining? …Maybe.
- Ashtray Smoke Sucker
In order to accommodate non-smokers, smokers could make use of the ashtray smoke sucker, a small USB powered device that acts as an ashtray but also contains an internal fan that sucks in cigarette smoke, running it through a carbon filter.
- Aquaduct Bike
The Aquaduct bike by IDEO is a fully functioning tricycle with a built-in tank of water. Once you fill the tank and operate the bike, it will begin to purify the water. It’s handy for outings when you have to fill up the tank at a questionable public water source.
- Anti-Theft Car/Bike Stickers
This sticker set is designed to be used to make your vehicle appear rusted and undesirable, so as to prevent theft. How effective that is, I don’t know, but it sounds pretty weird and wacky.
- Transparent Toaster
The Transparent Toaster is a concept product that uses a special kind of heating glass to warm a single slice of bread, allowing you to watch as it darkens and remove it before it burns.
- Talking Lips
These “Talking Lips” are actually a wacky set of speakers that contain a set of moving lips that sync to your mobile phone or internet chat conversations.
- Sauce Dispensing Chopsticks
If it is too much of a hassle for you to pick up your food with your chopsticks and then dip it into a small bowl of sauce, then these special sauce dispensing chopsticks are for you. Just aim and squeeze and your food is sauced.
- Head Bath Shower Cap
While not entirely useless, the head bath shower cap is pretty weird and funny looking. The cap fastens to the head and retains water to bathe the hair and scalp, which supposedly “helps your hair grow faster and fuller.”
- Hands-free Urinal
First we had self-flushing urinals, and of course the next logical step would be hands-free urinals. No longer do you have to go through the trouble of unzipping yourself when it’s time to use the restroom. Let these cold, mechanical hands do it for you!
- Gas Powered Daiquiri Whacker
I don’t know how often people have daiquiri parties outside of the reach of a power outlet, but if this applies to you then you need the “Daiquiri Whacker Gas Powered Blender”. As seen on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, it is basically a standard blender mounted to a gas engine.
- iPod Toilet Dock
This iPod docking station has a built-in toilet paper roll and can be mounted in the restroom next to your toilet. If you are on the toilet long enough that this device is actually useful to you then I suggest you see a gastroenterologist.
- Bouncing Digital Camera
This stylish bouncy rubber ball is actually a digital camera in disguise. With 3 megapixels and 1GB of NAND memory, the camera snaps shots when bounced and can also be used as a webcam.
- Cardboard Speakers
These speakers are made entirely of cardboard with a few electronic components. When shipped, they arrive flat and can be folded and formed into boxes and voila! Instant cardboard speakers.
- Origami DVD Player
This device uses a fully-flexible ePaper display technology that can be folded and bent and will still retain its shape and display properly. The screen folds up neatly when not in use.
- Neck Tie Organizer/Wallet
Another weird gadget that isn’t entirely useless is this combination neck tie and organizer. It has slots for just about everything, including scissors, passports, credit cards, and more.
- Camera Model Kit
This camera model kit contains 33 individual interlocking pieces that come together to form a model of a camera. A non-functioning, useless, realistic looking shell of a camera. You can hang it from your ceiling along with your model jets.
- Body-Laptop Interface
If you are worried about privacy when using your laptop in public, worry no more. The ‘Body-Laptop Interface’ is a specially knitted garment that wraps around your head and your laptop, leaving a portal in between that only you can see through. It was created as a commentary on how attached we are to personal electronics.
- Pool PC
The Pool PC is a waterproof, solar-powered PC made from low-density floating plastic. The unit has no need for an internal fan as it is cooled by pool water, and also features a touch screen interface, GPS, Bluetooth wireless and internet access.