26 November, 2020
26 November, 2020
24 November, 2020
The iCog Hades turns your sleek, light iPad Air into a heavy, huge wooden monstrosity that somehow also requires 2 AA batteries to operate. As you can see in the other pictures, it opens up to reveal a steampunk typewriter (of course.)
23 November, 2020
Since the invention of the knife, humans have been trying to replace the knife with one piece of shit or another. The Clever Cutter is no exception, pairing a flimsy, cheap blade with a tiny cutting board. You can even see in the video that it struggles to cut through a block of cheese, or a single carrot. File this one with the One-Step Corn Kerneler, another device that looks good but fails when it comes to performing its one job.
22 November, 2020
JavaMoji, the combination of K-Cups with emojis, is what happens when marketing people draw up a list of popular ideas and combine them indiscriminately. It’s worth a click to see the identical reviews all claiming that everyone at the office loves JavaMoji, though.
21 November, 2020
Even if you were to ignore the fact that a pistachio that doesn’t open as it’s roasted is immature and doesn’t taste as good as a mature pistachio, the PistachiOpener solves a problem that doesn’t really exist. If you absolutely must eat the few nuts whose shells haven’t fully opened, you can take a half-shell from one you’ve already eaten and use it to pry the closed one open.
20 November, 2020
If you’re still using memes from 2010, you’ll love the “Deal With It” glasses. Slide them down over your face like the GIF! Wear the matching Deal With It Meme T-Shirt while you do it to achieve maximum epic memeness.
19 November, 2020
If you can’t already tell, we live in a dystopia. The technology we’ve spent decades to harness and refine now controls what we see via black-box algorithms. Whether it’s training us to view and like sponsored content, or simply catching us in a novelty-seeking loop to increase interaction and time-on-site for shareholders, we’ve slowly allowed the promise of the open internet to narrow and centralize until it mostly serves the needs of private investors.
The Pavlok delivers an electric shock to your wrist when it detects you are engaging in a self-declared bad habit. It connects to your phone, where you enter your bad habits. This may work (users report it breaks soon, sometimes before its first use) but it’s a short leap from masochistic lifehacking to companies offering bonuses to employees who wear Pavlok to increase their productivity at work. Then, the companies require use of Pavlok during work hours for all employees, to make it “more fair.” On-call employees have to wear them at all times outside of work, for obvious reasons.
Then, a study shows that schoolchildren show a 6% increase in test scores when equipped with Pavlok. The superintendent describes the electric shock as a “fun tickle” in the assembly where the devices are distributed.
You receive your Time-Warner Pavlok along with a pamphlet that compliance will earn you $20 off your monthly cable bill. All you have to do is remain in the room during commercial blocks. (The electric shock will warn you that you are out of compliance.)
Below is a real illustration from Sony patent 8246454 B2 from 2009. Our dystopia is real. This is what we got instead of the equality, leisure time, and freedom we could have had if the greed of the ruling class hadn’t condemned us to this living hell.