In this third part of our ‘Year in Review’ series, we picked out 10 of the weirdest inventions of 2012. Creativity is one thing, but necessity is a completely different department that makes these creations questionable. What do you think?
1. Japanese Developer Creates Robotic Butt That Expresses Emotions
‘SHIRI’, an expressive and responsive robotic butt, is capable of twitching, protruding and tensing up—like a real-life butt. Made of rigid urethane skeleton, it mimics the shape, movement and feel of a real human bottom. Although it may just be another attempt to recreate human traits in robots, we cannot help but wonder: why the butt?
2. 13-Year-Old Girl Develops Lollipops That Cures Hiccups
‘Hiccupops’ are lollipops made of apple cider vinegar and sugar that supposedly cure hiccups. The award-winning candies would stop hiccups by “‘[over-stimulating]’ the hiccup-causing nerves in our throat and mouth”. This certainly beats having to drink gallons of water or holding our breath until we turn blue.
3. Mouth Spray That Instantly Makes You Drunk
This lipstick-sized aerosol mouth spray developed by cult designer Philippe Starck would have you feeling tipsy in a matter of seconds. Called ‘WA|HH Quantum Sensations’, it allows users to enjoy the light-headed pleasure of alcohol consumption, sans the risk of drunkenness or a hangover. However, as it only dispenses a miniscule amount of alcohol each time, it would take up to 800 sprays to replicate the effect of a real drink—downing a shot of whiskey seems more time-efficient?
4. Vibrating Tattoo Alerts Users About In-Coming Messages, Calls, Emails
Upon receiving magnetic signals from a phone, Nokia’s haptic tattoo would send “a perceivable impulse” through the user’s skin to alert them of incoming calls, text messages and emails. These vibrations could even be customized to match different contacts so you would know who is trying to get in touch. This should make sure that you never miss another call in your life.
5. A Perfume That Lets You Smell Like New Apple Products
This should thrill die-hard Apple fan boys—a perfume that replicates the scent of a newly-opened Apple product. Fragrance company Air Aroma set out to recreate this smell—a mix of plastic wrapping, printed ink on cardboard and aluminum laptop—with the aromas of glue, plastic, rubber and paper. Unfortunately, this is a conceptual project that never made it to mass production.
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