Our editors have compiled a list of seven strange gadgets / concepts you probably never knew about. Which ones are your favorites? Continue reading for the list.

RSStroom Reader

With this gadget you’ll be able to print the latest RSS headlines directly on to rolls of toilet paper. It also features Wi-Fi Connectivity, USB 2.0, and RSS 2.0/Atom compatibility. This reader interacts with your toilet bowl “biometrically” which basically means when you sit down this thing will weigh you. Depending on your weight, it’ll deliver you a customized news feed. [Source]

Eyeball Robot

Created by ATR/Systec Akazawa, the strange Muu Socia 3.0 eyeball robot “interacts using voice recognition, speech and even face recognition”.

The CYBER CYCLOPS is designed, ugly enough, to serve as an ice-breaker between doctors and patients. It freaks out if you put your hand in front of its eyeball

[via TheRawFeed]

Bird-shaped Game Controller

Yes, that’s actually a video game controller and not some horror movie prop It’s quite surprising that someone put in all that work to create a custom controller for “Death Crimson”, a game that scored only 1.0909/10. This monstrosity has a built-in Saturn console and light gun at the tip. [Source 12]

Blind Camera

At first glance, this device may look like a standard camera, but in reality it “doesn’t have any optical parts.” Video after the jump. Basically, “the camera memorizes only the time of the picture and immediately searches the net for other photos that have been taken in the same moment.”

Essentially, it is a camera that only takes photos that were created by someone who pressed a button somewhere else at that very time as its own button was pressed


$75,000 Urinal

At $75,000, the self-cleaning Urilift is touted as the “world’s most high-tech” — consisting of “a two-meter high stainless steel cylinder with three alcoves, each with a urinal, and no doors.”

By day, the Urilift is lowered below street level for a nice clean look. Then at night, an operator comes by with a remote and the Urilift hydraulically lifts to sidewalk level in about two minutes


Smile Helmet

Tim Simpson has created a strange smile helmet that basically forces a grin. Here’s how it works:

A sensor in the front of the helmet detects anybody within a 2 metre range, at which point the mouth is pulled into a broad grin by a small servo motor and some concealed fishing wire. The helmet addresses the facades of social interaction and explores our responses to affected expressions


Walking Motorbike

File this under: “Strange Japanese Inventions” Just when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger, Toyota unveils a walking motorbike that has robotic feet in place of the wheels.[Source]