weird inventions

Want a Beer? You’ll Have to Tackle the Machine to Get One
We’ve all whacked a vending machine a time or two to get an errant bag of M&Ms to drop into our greedy little hands but how about a beer vending machine that literally requires you to tackle it before it gives up the goods? In the Salta Province of Argentina, residents are wild about rugb…
Paraplegic Woman Walks Again Thanks to Robotic Exoskeleton [VIDEO]
Usually when we hear the words “robot exoskeleton,” we think of science fiction. But for Amanda Boxtel, a woman who was paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident 20 years ago, an amazing powered exoskeleton has given her newfound mobility. After her skiing accident in 1992, Bo…
Pancake Pillows Are Comfy, Good Enough to Eat
What’s more comforting than a pancake-shaped pillow? A stack of pancakes, when done right, is soft, plump and fluffy. So of course it would make sense to transform the breakfast staple into a pile of comfy pillows. The relaxing flapjack stack even comes with two butter pillows to top off your…
Scratch-and-Sniff Book Lets You Take a Whiff of New York City
Ah, New York City. The sights and smells are like nowhere on earth. Where else can you see the Statue of Liberty and take in the aroma of hot dogs? Or fish? Or, um, sewers? Showcasing the Big Apple in all its olfactory glory is the goal of a new scratch-and-sniff book called ‘New York, [ …
Never Waste Another Cookie With the Oreo Crumb Case
We all know, of course, that the best part about eating Oreos is twisting them open and dipping them in milk. So why not take it to the next level to better flavor your milk with all that Oreo goodness? Miami Ad School students Michael Malz, Jacob Gale, Kelly Saucier, and Michael Grosso have invente…
Portable ‘Sleepbox’ Lets You Doze Off Anywhere [VIDEO]
A Russian architectural firm has developed a climate-controlled sleeping capsule the size of a “small dumpster” that has three self cleaning beds, wi-fi connections and room for luggage storage. The ‘Sleepbox’ is designed to provide hotel-like comforts to travelers waitin…
1969 Mustang Coupe Made Entirely Out of Paper [PICTURES, VIDEO]
Would you drive a car made out of paper? Brooklyn artist Jonathan Brand has combined his artistic talent with his love of cars to build a car entirely out of folded paper right down to the spark plugs. Brand began by creating a 3D replica on his computer and then printing out the pieces with [Ȃ…
TalkO’Clock Offers Wake-Up Calls From Strangers [VIDEO]
Social networking site TalkO’Clock is now offering up a service that allows strangers to provide wake-up calls for other strangers. To get a wake-up call, simply log in, provide your phone number and the time you’d like to be woken up, and specify the gender of your wake-up caller. …
Flying Car Now One Step Closer to Reality [VIDEO]
Like the robot maid, the flying car is part of our ‘Jetsons’-promised future that has yet to materialize. But that could change soon. Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted the Transition Roadable Aircraft a series of special exemptions, effectively maki…