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 agree. One concern I have about the HMZ-TI Sony Personel 3D Viewer is the look. Looks like an elongated motorcycle helment. If Sony could make the viewer esthetically pleasing, say Google glass, I can really see this product taking off.
I remember seeing a brief writeup in a magazine about this typewriter. It's amazing how yesterday's products can be remixed for a new generation of buyers using today's technology. Ben Heck is doing a similar project build in which he has replicated an Apple 1 computer and packaged it into a notebook computer.
I agree. Not quite sure if I was baby I would want creepy hands touching me. I too, could see my high school and college students using the iSleep Laptop Pillow as well. Some of my high school students are bussed to the tech school. When they arrive, they like to put their heads down on the desk because they're tire from the bus ride. The music feature would definitely be a bonus for them as well.
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.
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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