Creativity knows no boundaries. Let’s take the Japanese as an example: the gadgets they come up with are amazing. Some are useless, but again, it takes a lot to think about something and then actually get on with it. Only the Japanese have the guts to invent such strange gadgets and then actually produce them. That’s why I’m putting some strange gadgets in the spotlight.
Here are a few favorites:
1. Noodle Eater Hair Shield
Do you have long hair? Do you find it annoying when your hair suddenly falls out and dips into your bowl of soup? Since it is primarily a country that prides itself on its noodles, it is only natural for the Japanese to become annoyed by that experience. So what do they do? They make it up! Basically, the Noodle Eater’s Hair Guard is a pink rubber gadget that fits snugly around the face. It’s actually similar to a dog cone, except it doesn’t cover the entire head, just the face. Either way, wearing it would still make you look like you’re wearing a dog cone. This quirky gadget is not only strange, but had to be just pink, of all colors.
2. Nap Alarm: This is one of my favourite features.
The Nap Alarm is the perfect gadget if you find yourself sleeping between classes, lectures, or even driving. You place the Nap Alarm just over your ear and, through its electronic motion detection function, it calculates when you are about to nod your head and sends a loud sound right into your ear when it senses you are about to fall asleep, thereby saving you from shame or even death. (Although I doubt an alarm would make the fact that you’re about to go to sleep a little more discreet.)
3. Helmet for diving
When the nap alarm fails, you can always use the plunger helmet. Not while driving, of course. The Plunger Helmet is a gadget that you use when you fall asleep on the train. It actually looks like a helmet; the typical construction worker’s helmet, but then it has a plunger on the back part of it. The plunger holds your head in place. It’s actually more helpful to your seatmates than to yourself, as it prevents you from swinging frantically. Perhaps when you go to buy one, you’d rather use it on a sleepy seatmate than on yourself.
4. The Incredible Shoe Umbrella
For people who buy designer shoes and don’t dare let their shoes get dirty, the Japanese came up with something that would help them. It doesn’t matter if your whole body gets wet, as long as your shoes are left untouched. How this amazing umbrella can fit in your shoes without destroying them is an unknown fact, but as long as it keeps water out of the shoes, the inventors are happy.
These are just four of the many Japanese gadgets and gizmos that have made their way onto the market. The conceptualization of these gadgets seems logical. Addressing a simple need is what propelled the invention of these weird gadgets. Isn’t that what consumerism is all about? Isn’t it all about creating something that fills a simple need? If so, we can safely say that these gadgets meet those needs. Perhaps we should laugh at how absurd our needs are. Not the gadgets made to satisfy them.
Kristel enjoys discovering new, weird, and amazing gadgets and gadgets like the ones mentioned and web design tips, as she currently maintains a lot of blogs. Do you know Fitness Gadgets Can Help You Build Muscle and Lose Weight?