Technology is supposed to make life easier and more enjoyable. Yet there are times when manufacturers of gadgets and gizmos go too far or lose sight of real life application problems. Ten particularly ridiculous tech products stand out.
1. Toilet Paper Holder with Built In iPod Dock
The iCarta stereo dock for iPod with bath tissue holder is billed as an Apple-endorsed item for the music lover who has everything. The makers suggest that using this gadget to play music on the toilet is a great warning for those individuals who have roommates as well as bathroom doors without locks. If you can spend almost $100 on this item, the $20 for a door lock should be affordable.
2. Toddler Potty with iPad Holder
As if potty training junior without smears, stains and dripping was not already difficult enough, now there is the CTA digital 2-in-1 iPotty with activity seat for iPad. The idea is that the iPad is loaded with fun activities that keep the little one seated while doing number one or two. Of course, the idea of potty training is to also teach the kids when to get up again. Is there an app for that?
3. Toilet Paper Holder with iPad Holder
Continuing with our potty theme, and with products from CTA, there is the pedestal stand with roll holder for iPad. While anyone is sure to appreciate the chrome pedestal, your mom may get weirded out realizing what you do when you visit the bathroom. Tweeting can wait until you are done – and have washed your hands.
4. Foot Tanner
If your feet have a tan line, you may be self-conscious about putting on the sandals with the pretty straps. Solafeet has your answer. The Solafeet foot tanner costs $229 and promises to eliminate unsightly foot paleness in one to two weeks. The company claims that there are also health benefits to tanning the feet.
5. Hula Chair
Imitators have named it a Hawaii Chair, but these folks are adamant that they are selling the original Hula chair. It is marketed as a combination massage and exercise chair that is affordable for everyone. It is interesting to note that there are different chairs for those between 5.2′ and 5.6′ in height as well as those taller than 6.0′ and of “heavy build.” With nine speeds, you choose rhythm massages that affect “intestines and stomach.” While the chair claims to help with the achievement of a weight loss goal, one cannot help but wonder if an hour in the gym would not be more beneficial.
6. Bluetooth Talking Gloves
Head to the Sharper Image and spend about $80.00 for a pair of Bluetooth talking gloves that will make a pocket protector look cool. Remember when Aunt Edna was telling you about how she had a phone conversation and mimicked the receiver-to-ear motion as a visual aid for you? When in use, these gloves look like Aunt Edna doing just that; except, you are actually talking into the glove. Awkward!
7. Telescoping Selfie Arm
If you really want to get your nerd vibe on, buy a telescoping selfie arm. When you are finished talking into your glove, simply attach a D-SLR camera or iPhone to the telescoping arm, and take a photo. Since it comes with a mirror, you can practice your smile. Sure, you could ask passersby to please snap the shot, but why bother when you can look, well, awkward?
8. Remember Ring Issues Burning Reminder
Do you worry about forgetting your anniversary? Visit Alaska Jewelry, pay $760 and pre-order the Remember Ring. Made to look like an ordinary wedding band, the jeweler will program in a reminder for your special day. Twenty-four hours in advance – every hour on the hour – you get a quick warming of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. When a calendar and iPhone reminder beep simply will not do, a brief burning sensation might just do the trick.
9. Sonic Screwdriver Remote Control
You are a Doctor Who fan – and if not, why not? – and would love to wield a sonic screwdriver. Well, if the 10th doctor is your favorite, then the Wand Company has your sonic screwdriver remote control. This infrared remote control can be programmed for almost all your home entertainment equipment. It even makes the Doctor Who sound effect and responds to classic David Tennant hand movements. For about $110, this ridiculous tech product is yours.
10. Talking Remote Meat Thermometer for the Grill
Are your steaks done? Sure, you could open the grill and check, but why bother? With Brookstone’s grill alert talking remote meat thermometer, the gizmo has a 300-foot radius and calls you when the steaks are seared to perfection. Where is the fun in that?