There has never been a better time to be an inventor. There is a wide array of technology available to the average person, and the many things the human brain has come up with is astounding. The following lists will take you through a review of the wild, crazy, and just plain weird inventions you haven’t heard of - yet.
Anyone who has traveled through an airport recently understands the concept behind a disposable laptop. It consists of not much more than a USB port and internet connection, this laptop is meant to help the security-weary business traveler avoid the third-degree a laptop gets at the metal detectors. We might scoff, but the disposable laptop by Yanko Design is quickly becoming a reality.
Video Game Urinal
Urinals are an extremely awkward social situation, as any man will attest. Men will also attest that video games are awesome. Combine the two and you have…the video game urinal. Play your favorite first-person shooter “on the go,” and avoid that awkward tension from the urinal next to you. Win-win!
We all learned how to cut more or less in a straight line in kindergarten, but sometimes “close enough” isn’t good enough. That is why some creative type glued a laser pointer to a pair of scissors. Not satisfied with stopping there, these puppies went into production, have their own infomercial, and now you can pick up your own pair of laser scissors from a convenient array of online stores.
Ever been to the beach and thought “Gee, this would be great, but I wish I were wearing an uncomfortable photovoltaic cell bikini”? Well, multi-media designer and performer Andrew Schneider is way ahead of you. The solar bikini does exist, girls, which allows you to charge a cell phone or iPod while having fun in the sun, with the added perk of the design aesthetic of Princess Leia’s famous slave-girl outfit. A male version is also in the works, which will come equipped with a beer-cooling unit.
Ever started to eat a banana but found that the fruit was just so large that you couldn’t possibly finish it in one sitting? No? Well, someone did, and invented a Tupperware-style container curved like a banana, so that other bird-sized appetites could enjoy mushy fruit for days on end.
Talking toilets aren’t a new concept. Gag gifts and practical joke items have been around for years that make your toilet a fun way to surprise guests with your own style of potty humor. But a Japanese company (surprise!) developed a talking toilet meant to users with its witty banter, sample jokes, and “privacy noises.” The company, Toto, developed the toilet partially as a satire on other sound-making toilets that are wide-spread in Japan, but they are still selling it to any interested customers.
Grassy Lawn Charging Station
We all know the stereotype – geeks don’t get outside enough. After giving up trying to pry them away from the internet, geeky toy website Think Geek has a way to bring the great outdoors to them – the Grassy Lawn Charging Station. Charging cables are hidden in fake grass “potted” in a ceramic tray. The modern, clean lines are actually very attractive. They just need to find away to get rid of the cheesy Astroturf.