In a world filled with smart devices that can do everything from keeping us connected to loved ones far away to keeping us entertained for hours on end, it’s easy to take for granted just how amazing these devices are. Gadgets that once seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream are now commonplace in our everyday lives.
But for every useful gadget that hits the market, there are plenty of useless ones that never quite make it off the ground. These are the gadgets that are more likely to end up in the junk drawer than become a staple in our lives. Whether they’re too complicated, too silly, or just plain unnecessary, these gadgets just don’t measure up.
Here are some of the most useless gadgets that have been invented in recent years:
1. The BecoMe
The BecoMe is a wearable device that is supposed to help you track your daily activity and sleep patterns. It looks like a cross between a Fitbit and a wristwatch, but it doesn’t do much that those other devices don’t already do. The BecoMe is bulky and uncomfortable to wear, and it doesn’t offer any features that justify its high price tag.
2. The Bluetooth Shower Head
This shower head claims to be the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled shower head. It lets you take hands-free calls and listen to music while you shower. But who really wants to do that? The shower is one of the few places where we can truly unplug and relax. This gadget just seems like a recipe for disaster.
3. The Hapifork
The Hapifork is a “smart fork” that is supposed to help you eat more slowly and avoid overeating. It does this by vibrating and flashing lights when it detects that you’re eating too quickly. The problem is, the Hapifork is way too intrusive and it’s hard to see how it would actually help anyone lose weight.
4. The Selfie Toaster
This toaster is designed to print your face onto a piece of toast. It’s a fun idea, but the execution is poor. The toast comes out looking more like a Rorschach test than a portrait. And who wants to eat a piece of toast with their own face on it?
5. The Smarticase
The Smarticase is a phone case that includes a built-in projector. It’s supposed to be a convenient way to share photos and videos with your friends. But the projector is tiny and the image quality is poor. Plus, it’s way too easy to accidentally drop and break your phone when it’s in the case.
6. The SurfRider
The SurfRider is a surfboard that you can ride without waves. It’s supposed to be a fun way to stay active, but it just looks like a lot of work. Plus, it’s not very stable and it’s easy to fall off.
7. The Tap Strap
The Tap Strap is a wearable device that lets you control your phone with gestures. It’s supposed to be a convenient way to use your phone without having to touch it. But the Tap Strap is bulky and uncomfortable to wear, and it’s not nearly as accurate as using your actual fingers.
8. The Moodo
The Moodo is a diffuser that is supposed to help you create the perfect ambiance in your home. It can be controlled with your smartphone and it has a variety of different scents to choose from. But the Moodo is expensive, and it’s not clear how it would actually improve your mood.
9. The uniFlame
The uniFlame is a lighter that is supposed to be windproof and waterproof. It’s a handy gadget to have if you’re a smoker, but it’s not very durable and it’s hard to light.
10. The Vue
The Vue is a pair of sunglasses that come with a built-in display. It’s supposed to be a convenient way to stay connected while you’re on the go. But the display is tiny and the sunglasses are very bulky. Plus, they’re not very stylish.