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Digital eyes

A Japanese inventor, Hirotaka Osawa, has created glasses (which he calls AgencyGlass) that display a pair of digital eyes, sparing wearers the burden of having to express emotion with their eyes. The NY Daily News reports:

Just as robots can reduce the need for physical labour, the AgencyGlass — which looks like two small TV screens set in spectacle frames — aims to cut down its user's emotional demands by carrying out their eye movements for them.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 23, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu

SOCCKET (Energy-Producing Soccer Ball)

It sounds like a nice idea. The "SOCCKET" is an electricity generating soccer ball. So children in impoverished communities, whose parents can't afford electric light, can play soccer during the day to charge the device up, and then use it at night to power a small lamp to read by.

Plenty of money was raised to produce these things and ship them worldwide. Unfortunately it seems that the gadget wasn't field-tested very well, because reports are that most of them promptly stopped working after a few days. So a lot of kids now have an overpriced soccer ball. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Apr 13, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Sports

S.E.L.F.I.E. Mirror

If holding a camera in front of your face and snapping a picture is too much trouble, then you might be interested in the S.E.L.F.I.E. Mirror (which stands for Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine).

When you stand in front of it, it automatically takes a picture of you and uploads it to Twitter.

Although, if it's taking the picture, then is it still a selfie? Or is it a mirrorie? [via slashgear]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 11, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Photography and Photographers

The God Helmet

Wikipedia info here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 04, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, Religion, Technology, Brain

Sound Jar

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Inventions

Solafeet Foot Tanner

With Solafeet you can make your feet match your existing tan... or go for the tanned-feet-only look! It's only $229 (plus shipping). Available only from!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 24, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Products

Hail Protector

It protects your car from hail, plus doubles as an inflatable trampoline for children's parties!

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Mar 15, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Inventions

A better rattrap

The July 14, 1952 issue of Life had a photo feature about a contest sponsored by the city of Hammond, Ind., in which schoolchildren were asked to design a better rattrap. The challenge apparently released the inner sadist in some of the kids.

Arnold Knopf's trap: a weight falls, releasing a crossbow which shoots an arrow into the rat's back.

Jim Olsen's contribution: after the rat trips a trigger, a weight falls, jerking a noose tight around the rat's neck.

Steve Miller and Ed Cox designed a rat guillotine that included a basket to catch the rat's head.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 11, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Death, Inventions, Pests, Plagues and Infestations, 1950's


DURR is a watch that shivers, every five minutes. That's all it does. No hands to tell the time. It just shivers at set, five-minute intervals.

Its makers describe it as a kind of experiment to investigate how we perceive the passage of time: "We made Durr to explore how we perceive 5 minutes in different situations. By markedly shivering every 5 minutes, it creates a haptic rythm to make us notice the changing tempo of time."

They're currently sold out. So you'll have to wait to get yours.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 14, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Inventions

Hands-Free Umbrella

A 1953 invention:

And its descendant in 2005:

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 04, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, 1950's
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