Most Useless Gadgets People Spent Money On
Some gadgets may seem to make our lives more convenient, but on closer inspection, the truth is that they complicate things for which we already have simple solutions.
While technology has come a long way in providing us with creature comforts, some gadget ideas should never see the light of day in the first place.
According Wealth Business Research and Precedence searchthe global consumer electronics market is expected to show compound annual growth of more than 5% over the next 5-8 years.
Many companies are trying to capture a slice of this pie and develop the next must-have gadget.
Whether it’s making the most mundane household items “smart” or inventions that simply prove to be too expensive for what they do, companies can lose touch with reality in their relentless quest to ‘innovation.
Here are some of the worst gadgets people have spent money on.
Denso vacuum shoes
Japanese automaker Denso came up with the idea of placing mini vacuum cleaners inside a pair of shoe soles.
The shoes work via a pressure pedal in the heels, which activates vacuums on the front of the shoe with each step.
Since the shoes only suck up a minimal amount of debris at a time, it would take hours to get a noticeable result.
The idea grew out of a bi-annual competition that aims to encourage innovation and creativity among Denso employees.
Japan’s Seven Dreamers Laboratories introduced Laundroid – an automated robot that folds clothes – at CEATEC in 2015.
Although this household appliance is not technically useless, it is very inconvenient – it takes the robot about five hours to fold a full charge.
The automated laundry folding robot is the size of a cupboard and costs R256,618.56 ($16,000).
Artificial intelligence combined with visual analysis helps the device determine the type of garment and how to fold it via two robotic arms.
sea salt dispenser
The creators of Smalt boasted that it was the world’s first smart salt dispenser.
The companion app would allow users to choose how much salt to dispense by shaking/pinching their smartphone or manually turning the dial.
It lets users track their salt intake, stream music through a Bluetooth speaker, and acts as an “interactive centerpiece” with mood lighting.
Fortunately, the 61 backers who contributed R149,850 to the project on Indiegogo were refunded after Smalt failed to reach its funding goal of R397,437 and was therefore cancelled.
Juicero was a juicer that did little more than squeeze prepackaged fruits and vegetables into a glass.
The product was widely criticized after it was found that squeezing Juicero packets by hand was just as effective.
A Juicero machine set consumers back R6,415 ($400), not including the extra expense of buying juice packs on a regular basis.
The San Francisco tech startup responsible for Juicero went bankrupt just 16 months after raising 1.9 billion rand ($120 million) from investors.
If you thought the Juicero was dumb, Fresco’s Eva Mini is even worse.
The Eva Mini is a device whose sole purpose is to heat the olive oil pods to dispense them into a shot glass.
A promotion product sheet explains that the device “takes care of thawing the drops cooled by the breath of [olive oil] without starting an oxidation process and with a large amount of polyphenols.
A video from CES 2020 shows that the product is only sold in Italy, although there are ambitions to expand its availability to more countries.
Remote Control Cushion
The remote control pad supposedly solves the all-too-common problem of your TV remote getting misplaced.
The cushion supports over 500 devices and shuts down after 60 seconds of inactivity.
Consumers would be much better off just using their smartphone as a remote rather than buying a pad that offers inferior functionality and may not work with their TV.
Smart water bottles
If your body forgets how to be thirsty, a smart water bottle will light up to remind you to drink water.
If that’s not enough to win you over, the bottle also has a Bluetooth speaker that screws onto the bottom.
However, the quality of this Bluetooth speaker is questionable – which is not surprising considering the price of R320.58 ($19.99).
Customer reviews on Amazon of the Icewater connected bottle product sheet confirm the poor quality of the device.
At least the bottle features a modular design, so you can remove the speaker if needed.