Our editors have compiled a list of seven strange gadgets you don’t want to be seen using, or so we think. If you have any others to add, please leave us a comment.
USB-Powered Butt Cooler
This device also doubles as a seat cushion and works by blowing “cool air onto your arse via the onboard fan.” Product page here (Japanese). Jason Chen from Gizmodo notes one potential drawback:
The only downside I can see is if you let one go, the air cooler will blow it up right into your face
Ear Wax Camera/Cleaner
Put simply, this is one of the strangest gadgets we’ve come across. This device sports a camera/light at one end and a viewer at the other end — allowing users to see built-up ear wax. It’s powered by a single 9V battery and is made from anti-bacterial ASB resin/glass/stainless steel. Available now from Rakuten at the price of $87.
Though it’s not really a common topic of dinner conversation in the States — “Who’s been cleaning your ears at Yale, Son?” — the Japanese have a certain fondness for the act of ear cleaning.
Japanese Bra That Doubles as a Shopping Bag
Triumph Japan has unveiled a bra that doubles as a shopping bag — named the “Kawaii Bag”. Here’s how it works:
When the bra is being worn, the “shopping bag” portions are folded away inside the bra cups, where they serve as extra padding. The bra quickly converts to a shopping bag by removing the bag portions from the cups and connecting the hooks on the bra’s underwire. The lace cups serve as decoration along with the shoulder straps, which are disconnected and tied to the top of the bag as ribbons
Finger-Shaped Hair Trimmer
File this under: “Strange Gadgets and Accessories”. Yes, this finger-shaped device actually functions as a cordless electric nose/ear hair trimmer — powered by a single AA battery. Available now for $10.
Finally there’s a way to make removing unsightly nose and ear hair a more shameful and embarrassing experience
French Maid Keyboard
At $140, this strange “French Maid Keyboard” by Angel Kitty is actually a costume with a keyboard attached.
It’s a little maid’s costume with an 85-key USB keyboard top, and it’s made to order in sizes that will accommodate even the most voluminously endowed office mate
This strange electronic Eyzone Massager was “developed using the principles of Chinese acupuncture and massage and magnetic therapy”. Available now through BoysStuff for $26.91.
Massaging the eyes stimulates circulation which tones the surrounding muscle tissue, reducing bags, dark circles and the signs of swelling or puffiness. Your eyes will look brighter and feel less tired and strained
Bandai Cat Paws
It’s like having an extra hand on your keychain. The “Neko Nyanbou” by Bandai are artifical cat paws operated with a small handle. You can use it to scratch your back, shake someones hand, or even as a good luck charm?
“Why on earth would you use these? To scratch your back, to scare a colleague or just as an extension of your arm… “