Inflatable Umbrella Hat


“Rain Bonnet, Los Angeles, is making an inflatable hat-umbrella of Vinylite plastic. Blowing into a small valve inflates the hat’s tubular brim to the size of a woman’s umbrella. When deflated the entire unit fits into a Vinylite envelope the size of a cigarette pack.”
Newsweek – Aug 27, 1951

Pee Pocket


The Pee Pocket is the device that allows women to pee standing up. It was designed by a heart surgeon, who is planning to come out with a camouflage version of the pee pocket marketed to hunters. Says the inventor in an interview with Local News 8 of Idaho Falls: “Hunters have all this garb and warm gear on, and they can’t get it off. When they go to the bathroom, it’s not just unzip. Sometimes it’s cold, and it doesn’t reach, so they put this inside the clothes to give them the extra length they need to pee without taking off all the garb.”

Facial Fitness PAO

Facial Fitness PAO is a bizarre face-exercising device by Hong Kong-based firm Shun Hing Life & Beauty (SHLAB). The device features two wing-like appendages that flap vigorously — the user is expected to hold the flapping device in their mouth in order to exercise their face. A thoroughly strange Japanese commercial for the product shows how very awkward it is to use.

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The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear


It’s called the Chairless Chair and you wear it on your legs like an exoskeleton: when it’s not activated, you can walk normally or even run. And then, at the touch of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down on it. Like a chair that is now there.

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A Robot on the Shoulder – Extra Arms that will help you lift heavy objects


MIT researchers have created a pair of robotic arms that connect to your shoulders and give you another pair of pinchers to help you lift heavy objects or keep objects in place while you attach them overhead. The arms, called “A Robot on the Shoulder”, monitor what you are doing and, using video analysis, try to pitch in when needed. The system weighs ten pounds and attaches to your upper or lower back.

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Weird Japanese Gadget Lets You Smell Meat While You Eat


The Hana Yakiniku (translated as “Nose Grilled Meat”) by Japanese company Scentee brings the smell of grilling short ribs, beef tongue, and buttered potatoes to your smartphone. The kit includes a small white scent-filled device that plugs into your phone’s jack. By using a special Scentee app, you choose the scent you want, plug the device into your phone and then catch a savory whiff of meat. The promo video says that the fourth step is to eat (in this case plain white rice). The video suggests that it is a substitute for eating the real thing and says, for example, that if you are a starving college student and can’t afford expensive food, you could just smell the fake meat, eat plain white rice, and be satisfied. The Hana Yakiniku will be available November 15, 2013. Other scented cartridges, like coffee, corn soup, and the like, are available now.

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