In the spirit of “What on earth were they thinking?” we bring you some of the most peculiar recent product designs. They include a blood-like energy drink, a skull full of music, and pillow hands to hold your baby. My favorite is the window that folds out into an instant balcony. Yikes!
For the design engineers who committed their talent and ingenuity to these gems, they will forever have a great response to the party question, “So what do you do?” The answer begins, “You’ll never believe this, but …”
Click on the chicken burger USB (seriously) to start the slideshow.
The Chicken Burger USB Hub has been discontinued, but we had to include it in our slideshow because, well, it's a chicken burger USB hub! You're gonna have to get this one on eBay. (Source: usb.brando.com)
I love the "cookie mug" and the fold-out balcony might be useful. You have to say one thing--the inventors were certainly "thinking outside the box". (Hate that phrase but it certainly does apply here.) I'm assuming all of these devices made it to commercialization. I would love to know annual sales figures for each one.
Some of these aren't so bad, though they're solutions in search of a problem. I could have used the typewriter word processor 40 years ago, but if technology were at that level, why put up with the heavy key pressure of a typewriter? It's like using an MCU or FPGA to drive a can opener. I like the compact office desk and chairs for a startup company with little space to rent. There's a little Rube Goldberg in all of us. I think he was challenging us to overcome it. So maybe Rube Goldberg was challenging us to become more like Bob Pease who said that his favorite programming language was solder.
The one item that I can easily visualize being quite popular is the private viewing mask thing. It would be used by those same types of folks who now jump into the airplane seat, cram on thier eaphones, and stick thier nose in a book. It would allow the sociophobic individuals to take studied rudeness to a higher and more effective level.
Other than that, the rest look like items from an "Archie McFee" catalog, which carried all kinds of improbable and unusual items.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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