I've written before about weird, wonderful and silly gadgets dreamed up by the fertile imaginations of inventors around the world. Now the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia has published a list of ten silly gadgets that take matters even further.
Here are a couple of examples from the article.
iPod bath tissue dock
This very creative use of space and function means everyone in the family can enjoy their own tunes while taking a visit to [the] room fondly known as the loo.
With four integrated high-performance moisture-free speakers, a shuffle function and integrated “bath” tissue holder it also charges an iPod as it plays. An obvious buy for those who like to linger with the porcelain furniture and have plenty of money and time on their hands.
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USB heating slippers
Spent many cold nights curled up with your warm computer? It was probably not designed with Australians in mind, but gaming enthusiasts in Saskatchewan will likely seize upon these woollen USB gadget-powered heating slippers.
With a maximum temperature of 48 degrees C [118.4° Fahrenheit], this high-fashion footwear supports Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation, and Xbox – or basically any device with a USB slot. It also boasts a built-in washable warming pad.
There's more at the link.
How did civilization ever survive without these things? Perhaps more to the point, how will civilization continue to survive if people actually become convinced that they need these things?