So you've seen the strangest iPod accessories
, Lego creations
, and even MP3 players
, now our editors bring you the "Top 10 Strangest (or coolest) Home Gadgets". Which ones are your favorites? If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment.
10. Erasable Shower Tablet
Why waste time while your in the shower? Jot down your to-do list, great ideas, or just doodles on this ersable shower tablet. It comes with a waterproof crayon, crayon caddy, and suctions to the wall. Now the question is, who really likes spending quality time in the shower? For those that do, you can purchase one here
for just $15.99.
9. World's First Digital Plant
is selling the world's first digital "e-plant". What makes this a digital plant? This bean plant sprouts with binary "01001011" and "@" characters on its leaves. Not very exciting, but if you have an extra $3.99 to spare, this plant might be something cool for your living room.
"With the Genica e-plant, the leaves are fractal enabled and the stem comes with built-in feature creep. Buy multiple units and align them in series or parallel in order to activate the e-plants version of hyper-threading."
8. Plasma Screen Fireplace
Now your fireplace can do more than just keep you warm. PictureHouse presents the "Beachcomber Plasma Screen Fireplace" , which was shown at this years British Invention Show. When the plasma screen is not in use, it slides right into the fireplace. Another push of a button brings the plasma screen right back out, leaving no unsightly wires or plugs in sight. The fireplace itself features a solid stone look and is accented with pebbles in a waved pattern. Just the fireplace alone will cost you $3744 USD, the plasma screen has to be purchased seperatley.
7. CD Lamp
If you've got hundreds of old AOL discs laying around, why not put them to good use? This creation was made from a pile of old CDs, an ATX power supply, and a custom circular base.
"The pile of CDs that had been massing in my room was growing to epic proportions. So I decided to make myself a CD lamp. The circular base was actually cut using a template on a table saw, then sanded after clamping it in a drill press. The cold cathode lamp is from NewEgg. "
6. Six Part Toaster
As long as you don't mind its funky design, this stylish Six Part Toaster by Matt Gossington really gets the job done. It sports six individual compartments that can be removed to keep your toast hot and crispy.
"The toaster is ideal for homeowners that are inspired by contemporary touches in their living space, making an inspiring centrepiece to at the dinner table."
5. Pong Clock
The score shown on the left and right sides correspond to the time of day. A continuous random game of Pong is played by the clock every 24 hours. If they would only install these at work or school, it would actually give you a good reason to stare at the clock. Check out a movie of it in action here
4. Inflatable Massage Chair
Here's a first: a bargain-priced inflatable massage chair that can be taken anywhere. This massage chair includes three intensity levels, nine functions, timer control, repair kit, and remote. The electric pump (included) inflates this chair in just one minute. Its available now for just $143.91 here
"Aches and pains will be a thing of the past with this magic chair. Never has something inflatable provided so much pleasure."
3. Hard Drive Coffee Table
This coffee table is supposed to resemble the old 1970 hard drives that were larger than your car. It measures 19.5" high and weighs in at just 64 pounds.
"The Hard Drive Coffee Table top is an original 26" diameter hard drive platter from an early storage device (circa 1970). The center hub of the platter is solid aluminum. The custom-created pedestal is also solid aluminum; a cylinder measuring 5.9" in diameter and 18.5" in length. It has a machined top and bottom to fit into the hard drive hub and base, respectively."
2. The Washing, Drying, Ironing Machine
Designed by Oliver Blackwell, the "WashDryIron" is an all-in-one machine that can handle up to 16 items at once. All the washing, drying, and ironing take place in seperate compartments with each piece on hangers to prevent creases. Mr. Blackwell expects his machine to sell for $1,389 - $1,562 when it's released.
1. Japanese Air-Shower System
This Japanese air-shower system is situated in a 2 m (tall) x 90 cm (wide) chamber and uses 12 nozzles to blow off any allergens (pollen and dust) found on the body/clothes.
"The person who came up with the idea to place the air-shower in the building suffers from hay fever. The company is now considering the possibility of developing another housing complex equipped with the air-shower system."
Honorable Mention - Sunflower Solar Power Station
The Sunflower might be the best designed solar power station ever created for the home and office. Solar panels found up top provide power throughout the day, while the rechargeable solar battery keeps things working at night. Also included is an integrated solar powered music system complete with speakers which is sure to liven up your home. No word yet on pricing or availability.
Honorable Mention - Smart Oven
Samsung has teamed up with Birds Eye frozen foods to develop a smart oven that knows how to cook a meal by just reading "Smart Codes" found on specially marked packaging. Buyers seeking the ultimate in convenience will appreciate this oven, just scan and cook. It's priced at $525, no word yet on availability.
"Research commissioned by the companies has reportedly showed that 17 percent of those surveyed say that a barcode-controlled oven is the kitchen innovation they want the most."