We all have a device, or devices, that we couldn’t live without. Phones, laptops, washing machines and even smart watches have become an integral part of many people’s lives.
But with ingenious and useful inventions, you will also obtain the strange technology which makes us think: “but why?”. These products can often be a lot of fun to read and sometimes downright hilarious.
So we’ve put together a list of the 12 weirdest tech gadgets of all time. Keep reading to get your mind blown or bewildered.
The HushMe may look like a futuristic face mask, but its function is a far cry from antiviral fashion. It is designed to block the sound of your phone calls in public.
The idea is that you place the HushMe, which connects to your phone, around your mouth, with headphones attached for audio. You can then take your calls without facing eavesdropping.
However, the HushMe has been proven not to actually block sound. And for its price of over $100, you really expect it to live up to its one and only purpose. Other than that, it’s really just a fun muzzle.
2. The Pavlok
While the Pavlok might look pretty funky, its purpose is a little less fun. This group is designed to create good habits and break bad ones, in a rather unconventional way. The band actually gives you a sure little electric shock whenever you’re about to give in to a bad habit. Yes, an electric shock.
Although the premise here seems quite strange, many people have actually benefited massively from Pavlok. It is often used to lose weight, quit smoking and break other common bad habits. Definitely weird, but also pretty clever.
The Quoobo is…unusual. This fluffy pillow has an attached tail that wiggles back and forth. Although it may seem off-putting to some, the Quoobo is actually designed to comfort users by mimicking a pet. Quoobo’s official website even calls this “tail therapy”, which isn’t exactly a term you hear often.
Simply put, the Nabaztag is a rabbit that connects to the internet. This device was a kind of rudimentary digital assistant, created years before other smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa.
The Nazbatag can download weather forecasts, read emails from its owner, and perform a number of other tasks. However, the device was not very successful and has since been decommissioned. We have to admit, though, it’s pretty cute.
5. Hatch Baby Changing Pad
Yes, now baby changing has entered the world of technology. This smart changing pad lets you track your baby’s food intake, weight, diaper changes and other health or lifestyle factors. Although the idea itself seems to have something to do with it, the high price of the changing pad definitely calls into question its necessity.
6.The smart belt
Have you ever looked at your belt and thought, “I really wish this thing could connect to my phone”?
We didn’t think so.
However, there is indeed a belt that can connect to your phone and record a number of different factors, such as your waist circumference, time spent sitting, and time spent wearing a belt each day.
Surprisingly, people seem to like this idea, with the original Indiegogo pitch getting more than double the required funding. Who would have thought that an electronic belt would be a flagship?
7. Unusual Minder Egg
This one is pretty out of left field. An egg tray that connects to your phone and then sends you notifications when you run out of eggs or when your eggs are about to spoil. This clever egg tray is also surprisingly affordable. Digital egg monitoring on a budget, right?
8. Clocky Rolling Alarm Clock
Imagine being reluctantly woken up in the morning, then bending over to turn off your alarm clock, only to realize that the alarm clock isn’t on the desk. He’s on the ground, and he’s moving away from you, still playing a loud wake-up call.
Well, with the Clocky Rolling Alarm Clock, you can have the same experience every morning. This device is designed to move away from you while it rings, forcing you to run after it to turn it off. And then, boom! You are up and awake! We can’t knock the idea, but we wouldn’t be too impressed if it was us chasing it in the morning.
The Somnox is a robotic pillow primarily designed for cuddling. The idea behind the pillow is that it can help people sleep better, with its soothing natural sounds and ability to mimic breathing. A breathing pillow is definitely a unique Christmas gift if you’re really looking to surprise someone you love.
10. Toilet Night Lights
Have you ever had trouble finding the restroom in the middle of the night? Well, with the toilet night light, you can now be sure that you won’t have this problem anymore. The toilet night light has a number of different colors to choose from, so you can have the lighted toilet you’ve always wanted.
While that might sound pretty weird, the idea itself isn’t too silly. Nobody likes to turn on the light when it’s still dark outside and feel your eyes burning for half a minute afterwards. Moreover, this gadget is quite affordable. Funky and under budget!
11. The Y-brush
This one looks like a retainer with an edge. And in a way, it is. This little gadget is designed to brush all the teeth in your mouth without you having to brush your teeth. You simply place the device in your mouth and it gets to work.
But, it’s not cheap. The Y-Brush usually costs over $100. We could stick to manual brushing for now.
12. The Moodmetric Smart Ring
The Moodmetric smart ring goes beyond your average piece of jewelry. This device is designed to both monitor your feelings and help you manage your emotions. The ring can connect to your smartphone and can apparently identify the emotions you are feeling at any given time.
While the idea itself sounds sound, the idea behind this device begs the question: do any of us need a ring to let us know what emotions we’re feeling?
There are weird products in every industry, and technology is no exception.
These products are weird, that’s for sure. But they are also proof that technology can now play a role in virtually every aspect of our lives. Whether it’s brushing your teeth, buying eggs, or even wearing a belt, you can completely digitize your life (if you have the money). Who knows what other weird and wonderful gadgets are waiting for us?