Friday, May 17, 2013

10 Weird Gadgets That Never Got Off The Ground

by Mary Mckee

Not all inventions are a gold mine – in fact most of them are complete duds. While many are cool and interesting ideas for one reason or another they never quite caught on. Here is a list of 10 weird gadgets that no one really got.

1. Metal Detecting Sandals
Are you a metal detecting guru but get tired of holding that heavy metal detector all the time? No problem, Hammacher Schlemmer has found your solution! Metal-detecting sandals are able to scan the earth under your feet as you walk! The battery circles your calf, but don’t look these babies up online just yet… They’re no longer available.

2. Cigarette Umbrella
This 1930’s invention was designed for the smoker tired of having to worry about soggy cigarettes in the rain. Unfortunately, this interesting gadget never took off, but it is an interesting design!
Price: Unsure

3. Swatch Talk
You know the spy movies where they are able to talk into their wristwatch. During the 1990s the Swatch Talk, designed by Swatch, was an invention that used new cellphone technology at the time to recreate the classic spy gadget. But it seemed a bit odd to consumers to talk into your arm, but at least the watch was water resistant!
Price: Approximately $240

4. Bone Fone
This idea is as fascinating as it is weird! The Bone Fone used your skeleton to create a private rich aural experience- in short your own private concert through the resonance of your bones. Cool, but creepy. Needless to say the Bone Fone never caught on and it’s not hard to imagine why!
Price: $69.95

5. USB Pregnancy Test
Potential moms could be getting tech savvy and analyze their own urine for pregnancy. Using a Horizontal USB port to prevent “accidental moisture transference,” a woman can simply plug in the USB to her computer and wait for the results!
Price: $19.99

6. Cigarette-Tracking Case
Circa the 1940s giving away too many cigarettes seemed to be somewhat of a concern. This cigarette case was meant to keep track of your cigarette inventory and how many you were giving away to others rather than using yourself.
Price: Unsure

7. Wrist Maps
A 1920s road trip must, this wrist map device allowed you to manually scroll down a map for directions. Think of it as the primitive portable GPS. Simply choose the map that lead to where you wanted to go, switch it in and scroll for directions while headed down the road. Unfortunately, this seems even more distracting than that demanding GPS voice in your vehicle.
Price: Unsure

8. InteliData Money Clip
InteliData had the jump on PayPal and online banking apps in the late 1990s. They created a floppy disk-like device that you could carry all your financial information on. They were sure clients would be interested in the convenience – except not really.
Price: $59.99

9. Toilet Tunes
Think elevator music for your toilet. Really? Using a sensor on the inside of the toilet lid, the sound machine would play smooth jazz while you take care of business. This was to ensure no one would be able to hear what was going on in the bathroom while you were in there. It also managed to eliminate privacy while in the bathroom as well.
Price: Around $30

10. Massage Mouse
This little mouse does more than help you point-and-click on your computer screen, it also gives you a handy massage (excuse the pun). Does this little device actually work? One Amazon review read, “I suffer from chronic widespread pain, and this little mouse has helped me so much.” Maybe this little device still has some hope for catching on!
Price: $79-$99.75

Not all inventions make it big like the iPod or cellphone, however they sure do make us wonder what some people were thinking and give us some insight into current innovations!

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