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12 Black Friday Gadgets for Someone You Hate

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William K.
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One of them I can imagine being used a lot.
William K.   11/21/2014 12:34:30 PM
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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.

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Re: One of them I can imagine being used a lot.
78RPM   11/21/2014 12:47:55 PM
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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.

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Re: One of them I can imagine being used a lot.
tekochip   11/21/2014 8:33:47 PM
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The typewriter is too funny.  I've been looking for a USB keyboard for typing email when I travel.  Maybe it's time to look for an old portable Royal?

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Re: One of them I can imagine being used a lot.
mrdon   11/22/2014 5:38:37 PM
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teckochip

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.

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mrdon   11/22/2014 5:43:49 PM
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tekochip

Ben Heck's Apple 1 Replica Project  can be found on element14 website.

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Re: One of them I can imagine being used a lot.
mrdon   11/22/2014 6:07:43 PM
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William K.

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.

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Human Blood
Chris Wiltz   11/21/2014 12:45:42 PM
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I can't lie. I would give that Human Blood energy drink a shot...just to say I did.

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patb2009   11/21/2014 4:38:56 PM
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the blood drink would be good for Halloween Parties, Vampire theme events, etc...

 

As long as it's not too gross, it would be a niche item.

 

Most of the others are just silly, although the Death Metal skull could be popular

amongst teen boys of a certain bent.

 

 

Greg M. Jung
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Portable Office
Greg M. Jung   11/21/2014 10:19:50 PM
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The chairs on the portable office looked like they might be a bit uncomfortable.  I'd like to see an IKEA redo of this one.

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Power Naps
Nancy Golden   11/22/2014 12:33:12 AM
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The baby pillow is downright creepy. However, I could see the iSleep Laptop Pillow getting used by my college students - especially with the music feature.

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mrdon   11/22/2014 5:19:27 PM
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Nancy Golden

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.

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BLACK FRIDAY
bobjengr   11/22/2014 12:30:08 PM
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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.  

Very interesting Rob.  Great post. 

 

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mrdon   11/22/2014 6:18:28 PM
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bobjengr

I'm curious about the commercialization and sales figures of these devices as well. Although some these of products look strange, the functional qualities have merit.

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AnandY   11/23/2014 3:55:50 AM
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"I'm curious about the commercialization and sales figures of these devices as well. Although some these of products look strange, the functional qualities have merit."

Just like the word processing typewriter. I could use that on my desk. I could write all I want, save up in a file and then print the pages out with a wireless printer. Or I could buy a typewriter at half the price. 

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Human Blood Caffeinated Energy Potion by Screaming Energy
AnandY   11/23/2014 3:59:34 AM
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Human Blood Caffeinated Energy Potion by Screaming Energy and the portable office desk are really nice additions to this crazy world. To think that the energy drink would be a hit with the people who like to dress as vampires on halloween.

The portable office desk is really what office indoors need to save space, but the chairs need more cushioning to become a hit with white collar guys.

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