Category:
Inventions

Now you can lick your cat

The inventors of the Licki Brush say, "We have designed LICKI brush to bring you and your cat closer. By using LICKI with your cat on a regular basis, you'll develop a more intimate and bonded relationship, much like a mama cat bonds with her young."

As of May 22, on Kickstarter they're one-third of the way to successfully funding the manufacture of this thing.



Posted By: Alex - Sun May 22, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Cats

AbsorbPlate

It's a plate that makes food healthier by soaking up excess calories, according to its creators (the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and BBDO Bangkok):

Hundreds of tiny holes inspired by the texture of sponge make AbsorbPlate able to separate excess oil from food before people eat it. The plate can reduce up to 7 ml of grease or approximately 30 calories per plate. The plates were designed to be easy to wash. In order to eat healthier, all they need to do is just continue their regular eating behaviour on our plate.

I have an idea that would work even better — a smaller plate.


Posted By: Alex - Fri May 20, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Food, Health, Inventions

Song Wig

"A wig for one head and many ears." Available at songwig.com.

Finally there's an easy way for many people to listen to music at the same time!


Song Wig from PARTY on Vimeo.


via Dave Barry

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 14, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Inventions, Headgear

Motorized Surfboard

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What could possibly go wrong?

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 15, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1920s, Dismemberment

Pat-On-The-Back Machine

After you've put in your time with Paul's self-kicking machine, you can give yourself a pat on the back, using this pat-on-the-back machine invented by Heinz Stöver of Bremen, Germany. Or, as it's called in German, a Schulterklopfmaschine.

Not sure when this picture was taken, but I'm guessing sometime in the 1980s.



It seems like the Germans like pat-on-the-back machines, because a Google search pulls up a variety of them. And if you do a search for "Arschtrittmaschine" you'll find quite a few self-kicking machines, which they also apparently like.

bradhwang.com



unottrodt.de

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 12, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions

Tom Haywood’s Self-Kicking Machine

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Look at the sorry state of this fine invention nowadays.


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Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 11, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Eccentrics, Humor, Inventions, Regionalism, 1950s

One Man Marble Band


Put a 5 horse Briggs & Stratton on it and it would be self playing!

Posted By: patty - Sat Mar 05, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Music

Clive Way’s Motorcycle Dragster

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A VW engine on a two-wheeled frame? I would not ride this for one million dollars.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 03, 2016 - Comments (16)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Inventions, 1960s, Motorcycles

Wife choked by snoremeter

January 1936: In Rome, Italy, Goffredo Galluzzi, a "self-styled electrical engineer," created a "snoremeter" in an attempt to stop his wife from snoring. The device, which fit over her mouth like a muzzle, included a thin brass blade that would be lifted by the heavy breathing of snoring, causing an alarm to go off, thereby waking his wife and stopping the snoring. However, the blade came loose, went down her throat, and almost choked her to death.

When I did a keyword search on this story to see how many papers it had run in, I came across something odd. The story was reported as news both in January 1936 and April 1946, but with one difference. In 1936 Galluzzi was reported as living in Rome. In 1946, he had become a resident of Syracuse, Sicily.

So a case of recycled news. It's also quite possible the story was complete baloney, both in 1936 and 1946.

The Evening Times (Sayre, Pennsylvania) - Jan 29, 1936

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 27, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Sleep and Dreams, 1930s

Audiopill — Music From the Inside

Conceptual artist Jan Strmiska recently sought to raise money to fund the production of his invention, the Audiopill. It's a pill-like device that you swallow that will play sound within your body (but not audible to anyone else). His description definitely makes me want to try this thing. (uhh.. or, maybe not).

When swallowed it starts beating within you innards at a preset BPM. Restless feeling will pump you up to insanity.

Audiopill (pill) will make you feel like you are standing in the middle of a concert hall with a powerful audiosystem inside your body. Or like you are standing in a factory workshop full metal working machines and ramming an impact drill into your stomach. The only diference is there’s an absolute silence all around and you are experiencing the music in perfect privacy and only from the inside.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 23, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Inventions

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