Some inventions are better than others, then there are some that should never have seen the light of day. Well, maybe they should, if just to make us laugh.
From solar bikinis to a nose worn stylus, these are here to shock. Designers the world over have been creating gadgets that shock. Some might actually be of use but in the real world are they ever actually going to be used? In public? That decision is down to you, so you'll need to see what's out there. Some of them we really can't imagine in the real world outside of these images.
We've collected the most ridiculous, insane, weird and downright odd inventions that have ever been made or conceived, like the Solar Bikini that uses the sun's rays to power any connected device. Thanks to a USB connector a phone can be charged while sunning oneself. Plus, you know, you look like you're from the future thanks to designer Andrew Schneider's hard work. Not bad for $200 then.
While plenty of these you can't lay your hands on, not that you'd likely want to, there are some still available to buy. So if you want to treat this as your slightly off-the-wall shopping list, go for it.
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Designer Dominic Wilcox came up with the Nose Stylus idea as a means to make multi-tasking even more effective. Looks were obviously less of a consideration, or perhaps he just really liked Clockwork Orange.
This device might look like an ancient torture device but it's actually designed to work on your face fitness. The muscle toning device has even been endorsed by Christiano Ronaldo for his many Japanese fans.
One way to overcome the discomfort of a bike saddle and unnatural motion of pedals is to add a harness to an over-frame with wheels. Obviously. Ideal for downhill speeds then just sort of run like a toddler when on the flat. How this isn't on every street yet is beyond us.
Designed to work with an original PSOne gamepad, the Massage Me, was supposed to let couples enjoy gaming together. By playing the game one partner would be massaging the other as he or she controls the modified game controller. How well this works we can't say, but if you want to give it a go you can make your own using these instructions.
Beauty And The Geek Keyboard Jeans
Dutch design student Erik de Nijs must hate carrying his keyboard around. So, rather than use a laptop, he's integrated a keyboard in his jeans. But not only that, these have a speaker and mouse too. These will set you back £250 for that particular look.
Doryu 2-16 Camera
This camera, from Doryu Camera Company, was created in 1954 as a police issue snapper that not only looked like a weapon but actually made a loud noise like a gun. Ahead of the game on police camera filming on the job, clearly. These are now really rare and one recently sold at auction for $25,000.
Metal Detector Sandals
If you're already walking along the beach, why not have your footwear search for treasure for you? That must be the idea behind these. Who knows, maybe they've already made someone really rich – or got them arrested for looking like they've escaped house arrest.
Ice Cream Cone Rotator
Licking an ice cream. Hassle. Right? Not any more thanks to the rotating cone that will move the ice cream so you can leave your tongue in one place – saving valuable calories.
Taste Enhancing Forks
Taste enhancing forks that use scent to add a bit more to the sensation of eating. Perhaps these are for those that really can't cook?
Your baby is already crawling all over the floor, why not put it to work? This onesie acts like a giant cleaning rag letting your little one learn the value of a day's hard work from a very, very young age.
Hold hands across the world. This odd little guy mimics the hand holding across an internet connection. You squeeze yours and your child feels his one change like you're there holding his hand. That's not depressing at all.
Cutting Board Bird Feeder
Don't waste crumbs, feed them directly to the birds. This cutting board vents off the crumbs so you don't have to clear them away, the birds will do that for you. Good luck pumping that outside though.
This is actually quite a good idea. The hamster runs on its wheel, which powers the shredder which turns your old documents into hamster bedding.
This product was $15 on Firebox before being discontinued. We can imagine why. It's a noise grenade that could be the most annoying thing in the world.
Pet Shower Curtain
Getting wet while cleaning an animal can be troublesome. So why not encase yourself in something that a murderer would wear while cleaning up a fresh kill?
Don't act like gripping a fork isn't hard work. We all know it is and that's why the finger fork was born – of real need. Sure. Bung this £1.50 metallic stabber on your digit and eat away without all that grippy holding hassle.
These gadgets are an unnecessary invention by Matt Benedetto. If you're always losing your Apple Airpods while also being a fiend for oriental food then the Airsticks might be the perfect solution for you.
"The perfect accessory for your Apple AirPods. Enjoy your favourite sushi on the go and never leave your chopsticks behind."
Because round eggs are far too natural and boring, clearly.
If you cannot get enough of notifications and love the feeling of your pocket vibrating every time your phone gets an alert, then good news! These jeans and jean shorts are designed to vibrate when your phone does, for leg based thrills.
If a product isn't connected to your phone and measuring every aspect of your life, is it actually any good? These tampons send essential flow data to your phone so you're always in the know.
An intelligent umbrella
This is a smart umbrella that lets you know when it's raining. Sounds utterly pointless, doesn't it? Well, maybe not as it does other things too - like notifying you if you've accidentally wandered off without it. This umbrella also has the ability to share data with other smart umbrellas for cloud sourcing data to ensure it's accurate.
A weird workstation
Back in the 70s designers were coming up with weird and wonderful seating arrangements for workers. This included insane things like this figure-hugging chair, built-in typewriter and even some earphones with extendable aerials. A vision of tech luxury for the time, but certainly a contender for our list.
Phone holder cup
Can't take your eyes off your small screen? Then this gadget probably looks appealing. It's a cup with a built-in smartphone holder. All you have to do is fill the cup with your favourite beverage, slip your smartphone into the straw holder and get to browsing and drinking.
Getting a bit hot and bothered in the summer months? How about a fan that's capable of plugging into your Apple iPhone. This gadget is tiny and a little bit crazy, after all, how are you going to hold and browse your device? Unless you use it upside down.
Smartphone scent diffuser
The Scentee Smartphone Aroma Diffuser uses an app to diffuse a scent into the room around you. Perfect for setting the mood or just dealing with any nasty smells that have cropped up in the house.
Inner Selfie Stick
This could be the grossest invention of all time. We don't even want to write words, you get the idea. Selfies have gone too far.