Today’s technology is certainly making our lives much easier, but some products are just downright ridiculous. Here are 10 outrageous gadgets that people actually spend their money on.
1. Voice Activated Shopping List Organizer – $150
Why simply jot down your grocery list on a piece of paper when you can have this digital organizer print out a list for you? Tell the device what items you need from the store and it compiles and prints your list, even organizing the items into neat categories. The $150 price tag is a bit of a turnoff, though, when you can compile the same list with a pen and paper for free.
2. Self-Stirring Mug – $19
You just made a delicious-looking cup of coffee but you’re missing one thing: you have nothing to stir it with. Well, if you have the self-stirring mug, you don’t have to worry. Simply pour in your coffee, milk, and sugar, press a button, and a disc at the bottom of the mug stirs the contents for you. This product actually seems pretty useful except that it doesn’t make much sense that someone can have access to everything they need to make coffee but nothing to stir it with.
3. HAPIfork – $100
Decrease your calorie intake by slowing down your eating with the help of the HAPIfork. This digital fork lets you know when you’re eating too quickly by vibrating and lighting up. And with the fork’s Bluetooth capability, you can even connect it to an app that collects your eating statistics with every bite. Encouraging healthier eating habits is, of course, a great purpose for a product, but maybe a digital vibrating fork is going a bit overboard. Does anyone honestly need a utensil to tell them how fast they’re eating?
4. Solafeet Foot Tanner – $229
When you’ve achieved the perfect sun-kissed tan but your feet are pale or covered in unattractive tan lines, the Solafeet Foot Tanner is the solution. Power it up, place your feet inside for fifteen minutes, and allow up to two weeks for results. What’s ridiculous about this product? Well, for one thing, tanning only your feet. And at $229, a tan should come a bit sooner than a week or two.
5. Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears – $69
Invite the world into your mind by allowing those around you to see what you’re thinking… sort of. Place the pair of cat ears on your head and let your brainwaves do the rest. Interest makes the ears perk up, relaxation makes them droop, and excitement makes them wiggle. Yes, the concept is ridiculous and walking around wearing cat ears is even more ridiculous, but it at least makes for a great source of entertainment.
6. PTeq – USB Pregnancy Test – $18
if you have trouble following the foolproof instructions that come with home pregnancy tests, this product is for you. Rather than simply reading two lines or seeing the words “pregnant” or “not pregnant” on your test, opt for the USB version. Pee on the stick, connect it to your computer, and your results are revealed in moments with your hCG levels, expected delivery date, and an image of either one baby or multiple babies. This product isn’t ridiculous for its uselessness but rather its wow-factor, and at under $20, you’re not breaking the bank.
7. Puppy Tweets – $18
Attach an electronic tag to your furry friend’s collar and it tweets your pup’s activities, letting you and all your followers know when Spike is eating, sleeping, barking, or getting into trouble. This a cute concept if you only use it for a few hours. But after awhile, you might lose followers due to your dog’s boring day and their constant tweets about it.
8. Stelle Audio Couture Clutch – $349
Be both fashionably and technologically forward with this stylish audio clutch that allows you to listen to music by connecting to your mp3 player. You can even wirelessly connect this Bluetooth-enabled clutch to your phone for hands-free calling. The catch? You can’t put anything in the clutch, which pretty much defeats the purpose of carrying one at all.
9. DrumPants – $140
Have you ever played the air drums on your legs? Pretend no more because you can unleash your inner rockstar anytime, anywhere with the DrumPants. Different areas on your legs represent each component of a drumset, and you can even connect the DrumPants kit wirelessly to special music apps that enhance the whole experience. This is definitely a neat novelty product, but expect to get a lot of strange looks playing the drums on your pants in public.
10. RC Driving Tissue Box – $106
Your nose is running fast and you badly need a tissue but you don’t want to get up off the couch. You don’t have to if you have the RC Driving Tissue Box. Simply grab the remote control, drive the car within your reach, and snatch up a tissue. Or, instead of spending $106, you can keep a box of tissues within reach for free.