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.
Mouse-killing pantyhose. These were unveiled in 1941 at the Annual Congress of the Inventors of America in Dallas, but they never appear to have gone into commercial production.
- via weirduniverse.net
Introducing the Snowstorm Mask, a plastic cone shield designed to protect Montrealer’s delicate faces from the ravages of icy Quebec snowstorms – developed in 1939. Apparently one of History’s strangest inventions.
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Huggies Brazil has created a plastic device that sends an alert to your iPhone when your baby pees. This device sits in your baby’s diaper and can detect changes in humidity. The device is connected to an iPhone app that sends you an alert when the humidity in your baby’s diaper indicates that he/she has peed. The app can also track your Huggies stock and allows you to buy new diapers online.
Used in New York back in 1938, this revolver camera was a Colt 38 with a tiny camera that would capture a photograph whenever the trigger was pulled. At the left: six pictures taken by the camera.
Who wants to carry around a whole watermelon? They’re the size of a small toddler. Hence, the Tama-chan: a stroller/fridge for your watermelon. Tama-chan even has heating capabilities if need be, for like, orb-shaped chicken and stuff.
The student at Bremen’s University of the Arts says he’s built a kind of electronic leech that charges a battery from the ambient power of other electronics. He calls it the “Electromagnetic Harvester,” and you can see all kinds of practical scenarios (including one really creepy one) for the curious contraption below.