I have always been a huge fan of gadgets. I love collecting all kinds of crazy pieces of technology for the purpose of streamlining my life, or to just have fun. Which would explain my Minecraft torchlight-flashlight. Many electronic products purchased these days can be justified in some way or another, while others tend to defy reason and expectation. Thus, I wanted to take a look at some of the weirder gizmos that are currently being made for your home. Tech that makes you question how, especially question why, and will inspire you to wonder just what exactly the makers were thinking when they developed it.
Makerbot and Chefjet
3-D printers have been all the rage lately, and understandably so. From medical to practical applications, 3-D printers have helped to revolutionize the possibilities of our reality. Does that mean every home will soon come stocked with these machines- like microwaves once did for kitchens? In a word- yes. The Makerbot Replicator Mini is a more portable, personalized 3-D printer designed for consumer use at home. While this has the advantage of allowing you to assemble and build accessories for your home right there on the spot, it also has long-reaching applications- such as aiding in the construction of prosthetic appendages for children and adults, at significantly reduced costs. As if that wasn’t enough, the Chefjet 3-D printer makes original, edible creations right in your kitchen, from sugar. For several thousand dollars you can literally create your own candy from scratch.
Wearables and iPhone accessories:
Reality is just getting weirder and weirder. I was okay with the new zoom lens iPhone developed, but there are other, more outrageous products that have been introduced in the past few years. The Bladepad is a complete game controller (with all the buttons and joysticks you’re used to) that slides right out of your iPhone case, for when you want to play on-the-go. That’s harmless enough, but the same cannot be said for the Yellow Jacket Taser case for the iPhone. Yes, that’s correct, a case that also seconds as a legitimate taser that is designed to deliver a shock of six-hundred and fifty-thousand volts to a potential assailant. Just try not to keep it in your back pocket.
As if that wasn’t enough, wearable technology is becoming more mainstream with every passing month. It may be a while before I can afford to sport solar-powered dresses and bikinis, but that doesn’t mean my options are limited. I could invest in fitness socks- which track your heart rate and monitor your performance, or even a tattoo. That’s right, companies have created temporary tattoos that contain biosensors within. Just slap them on your skin, and let the sensors do the work- taking readings from your sweat to determine your physical fitness, health, and hydration levels.
Ok, this was way too crazy to pass up. This light system is based on the anatomy of a pitcher plant, and is reminiscent of a disco-ball. It is designed to attract flies, moths, and pests that creep in, and prevent them from escaping. Eventually, they reach insect heaven, drop into the fuel cell located at the base of the lamp- which converts these organisms into the electricity that powers the lamp. Mean, green, and just plain weird.read more