A clever invention is something that solves a problem, it makes life easier for the user. The following useless gadgets on this list do the exact opposite and fill a void that wasn’t even there in the first place. From dogs sending tweets to tanning your feet, join us as we look at the most useless gadgets ever created.
Air Conditioned Shoes
The first gadget on this list is not surprisingly from Japan. A company called Hydro-tech in Tokyo has created a pair of air conditioned shoes called ‘the cool breeze’. Now from what I can tell these are a little misleading and aren’t exactly going to hum as you walk around the office blowing out perfectly cool air. They appear to just be ventilated shoes with some anti-bacterial mesh innersole. The website warns against walking on broken glass and nails as these objects may enter the vents at the bottom of the shoe and cut you up pretty bad. Sound advice I guess.
Like-A-Hug Inflatable Jacket
The world has officially gone mad. The Like-A-Hug inflatable jacket is a gadget invented by a couple of students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The vest-like jacket inflates as though you’re being hugged whenever someone ‘likes’ one of your statuses on Facebook.
Melissa Chow, one of the creators of the jacket writes on her website that ‘long-distance relationships and the limitations of video chat interfaces like Skype,’ were the inspirations for the bizarre invention. While the basic premise is admirable, the sheer absurdity of the gadget throws practicality out the window. I’m wondering what happens when one of your Facebook posts becomes popular say on your birthday for example when it’s likely that hundreds of likes may stream in. You’d be walking around in a wild display of inflation. You’d either look like you’re territory is being threatened or you’re having an immense fit of some kind.
Ice Meister Slicer
This is pitched as an all-seasons sled. It is designed to have two giant iceblocks attached to its base so you can slide around in the summer. Now, from what I’ve seen it works pretty well on slick surfaces like tiling but I’m guessing as soon as this bad boy hits grass or dirt you’re gonna slide to one of two places: disappointment town or the dentist when you fly off and smash your teeth after it grips the ground.
Roll N Pour
Are you having trouble pouring out of your novelty sized cartons of milk or soda? Well the Roll N Pour is here to reassure you that a gallon of milk is a perfectly normal amount of milk. Simply slide the freakishly large bottle into the Pour N Roll and experience the ease of pouring things again.
Perfect for kids, the elderly, the over indulgent, dogs, cats – you name it!
Become a Rock N Roller Roll N Pourer now!
NES Virtual Boy
This was Nintendo’s first foray into immersive 3D gaming and it was a complete flop. Released in North America in 1995 the Virtual Boy was billed as a portable video game console capable of 3D graphics but in actual fact it was just a red monochrome display that forced gamers into a sort of haunch as they smooshed their face into the goggles. Critics canned the Vitual Boy, complaining of nausea, headaches, poor playability and a lack of games. Nintendo pulled the console after just one year on the market.
You know when you’re walking down the street and you think to yourself ‘damn my cursed white feet.’ Well now thanks to Solafeet you can have perfectly tanned tootsies in no time and all for the price of just 100 coffees. That’s right this bizarro gadget is only $291! But don’t just take my word for it, let’s listen to some raving lunatics that actually bought this product:
“I love hearing my friends
talk about my tan feet.”
LOUISE P. FROM FORT WORTH, TX
“….Why didn’t we have
foot tanners years ago?
They’re so easy to use.”
HELEN S. FROM VENICE, FL
“I use mine to roast meats!”
Geoff. FROM FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Now you can give your kids a complex while they learn to poop. This 2-in-1 potty has an Ipad holder allowing children to play with their Ipads while they’re getting potty trained. Kids everywhere will become fixated on shitting while looking at a screen.
‘I bet I can guess you’re Ipad’s password. It’s all the brown letters, right?’
Have you ever sat on the bus or train and thought to yourself ‘Man I wish I looked more ridiculous’. Well thanks to the TV Hat you can look ridiculous and lose friends at the same time. The TV Hat is an any time cinema experience that allows you to attach your smart phone for hands-free multimedia viewing. Use it at the beach, the airport, on a train or sitting in the park. The beauty of the TV Hat is that it blocks out your peripheral vision so you won’t even see the people pointing and laughing, you’ll be too busy watching vids like a super dude.
This fork tells you to slow down when you’re eating too fast. The HapiFork is designed to measure your eating habits and vibrate when it thinks you’ve eaten too much or are eating too fast. Every time you bring the fork to your mouth it’s like having someone poke you and say ‘Hey tubby, lay off the noodles.’
Have you ever wondered what your dog is up to while you’re at work? Well thanks to Puppy Tweets you still won’t know what you’re dog is up to while you’re at work. This pointless little device is designed to be worn by your dog. It detects movement and noise then tweets what the dog is up to, which is kind of a cool idea but there are only 500 pre-written tweets that can be broadcast and most likely have nothing to do with what you’re dog is actually doing.
Here are some of our favourite Puppy Tweets:
‘I’m walking in the back yard’
‘I just took a shit in your sock draw!’
‘I’m watching your wife take a shower’