One of the best things about watching a sci-fi flick is getting to see all the gadgets in action. No geek movie would be truly complete without the good guy having at least one amazing contraption, or the bad guy having a seemingly invincible weapon at his disposal. It’s hard to imagine the Jedi fighting without lightsabers, Batman minus his utility belt, the Men in Black with no neuralyzers, or Agent 007 not blowing up one of Q’s inventions. But movie doodads aren’t always awesome. Inspector Gadget’s toys were sillier than expected, Mission Impossible overused the face masks, and a flying RoboCop was not exactly a hit. In real life, inventors also have their “what were you thinking?” moments. Here are some of the weird gizmos that actually saw the light of day.
iBright Flying Alarm Clock
You know it’s really bad when you’re just one memo away from being fired because of your tardiness. But what can you do if your three alarm clocks just can’t do the job? Do you hire someone to wake you up or do you just not sleep at all so you’ll never ever be late for work again?
Actually, there’s an easier (and wonderfully odd) solution to your problem. Made by California-based online retailer iBright LLC, the iBright Flying Alarm Clock is a steal at just $14.99. Now, what makes this device different from other alarm clocks is its propeller that starts whirling around and taking off into the air when the alarm is sounded. And the only way to get this gadget to shut up is to retrieve said propeller and place it back onto the top of the alarm clock. Delightfully cruel? Well, yeah. But if it gets the job done, then we say it’s definitely worth a try.
Massage Touch Mouse
Who needs a boyfriend or a girlfriend who shoots magic out of their fingertips when you’ve got Art Factory’s Massage Touch Mouse? With a state-of-the-art touch-sensitive surface, 10 vibration levels, and a bunch of other strange but cool features, this gizmo may be the answer to your various computer fatigue related issues and injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder aches, neck pains, and so on. Just don’t let your co-workers catch you emitting weird sounds of pleasure when you switch to massage mode and decide to use this bizarre device on your back and shoulders. And maybe—just to be on the safe side—do your best to refrain from offering massages to your officemates using your nifty but highly unconventional mouse.
Umbilical iPhone Cable
We’ve saved the weirdest for last because we are awesome like that. And what could be weirder than an iPhone charger that resembles an umbilical cord? Created by interactive media artist Mio I-zawa, this oh-so-strange charger cable pulsates, wriggles and lets out squealing noises – you know, things that a real umbilical cord can never do in real life. Of course, what’s even stranger is that we can actually see ourselves buying something like this, especially if it makes our iPhones business VoIP-capable. (Yes, we’re still all about growing the biz even when we’re surrounded by weirdness). As a bonus, we’re also going to invite you to check out Mio I-zawa’s other brilliant creations such as the Humanoid USB Flash Drive, Mechanical Tumor, and Elastic Cell. We know that you’re probably going to have nightmares after researching more about this stuff, but at least you know that you have excellent options when it comes to creeping your friends out. On a personal note, we prefer these over those funny and unique iPhone covers that aren’t all that funny or unique anyway. As they say, there’s really no accounting for taste.