Most useless gadgets people have spent money on

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Some gadgets may seem like they make our lives more convenient, but on closer inspection they actually complicate things we already have simple solutions for.

While technology has come a long way to bring us convenience, some gadget ideas should never see the light of day.

Corresponding Fortune Business Research and priority researchThe global consumer electronics market is expected to show compound annual growth of over 5% over the next 5-8 years.

Many companies are trying to get a piece of this pie and create the next must-buy gadget.

From “intelligently” manufacturing the most mundane household items to inventions that simply prove too expensive for what they do, companies can lose touch with reality in their relentless pursuit of innovation.

Here are some of the worst gadgets people have spent money on.

Denso vacuum cleaner shoes

The Japanese car company Denso had the idea of ​​installing mini vacuum cleaners in the soles of shoes.

The shoes work via a pressure pedal in the heel that activates the vacuum at the front of the shoe with every step.

Considering the shoes soak up minimal amounts of dirt at a time, it would take hours to see any noticeable result.

The idea grew out of a biennial competition designed to encourage innovation and creativity among Denso employees.

laundry

Japan’s Seven Dreamers Laboratories presented Laundroid – an automated robot that folds clothes – at CEATEC 2015.

This household gadget, while not technically useless, is highly impractical – it takes the robot around five hours to fold a full load.

The automated laundry folding robot is the size of a closet and costs R256,618.56 (US$16,000).

Artificial intelligence combined with visual analysis helps the device determine the type of clothing and fold it via two robotic arms.

Small salt dispenser

The creators of Smalt boasted that it was the world’s first intelligent salt dispenser.

The companion application would allow users to choose the amount of salt to dose by either shaking/pinching their smartphones or by manually turning the dial.

It allows users to track their salt intake, stream music through a Bluetooth speaker, and acts as an “interactive centerpiece” with mood lighting.

Luckily, the 61 backers who contributed R149,850 to the project on Indiegogo received a refund after Smalt failed to meet its funding goal of R397,437 and was consequently cancelled.

Juicero

Juicero was a juicer that did little more than squeeze pre-packaged fruit and veg into a jar.

The product drew widespread criticism after it was found that hand-squeezing packets of Juicero was just as effective.

A Juicero machine cost consumers 6,415 rand (US$400), with no additional expense from regular juice box purchases.

The San Francisco tech startup behind Juicero went bankrupt just 16 months after raising 1.9 billion rand ($120 million) from investors.

Eve Mini

If you thought Juicero was stupid, Fresco’s Eva Mini is even worse.

The Eva Mini is a device with the sole purpose of heating olive oil capsules for placing in a shot glass.

A promotion product page explains that the device “takes care of the thawing of the shock-cooled gobs of freshly squeezed gobs [olive oil] without starting an oxidation process and with a large amount of polyphenols.”

A Video of CES 2020 shows that the product will only be sold in Italy, although there are efforts to expand its availability to other countries.

remote control pillow

The remote control pillow supposedly solves the all-too-common problem of misplacing your TV remote.

That pillow supports over 500 devices and turns off after 60 seconds of inactivity.

Consumers would be far better off simply using their smartphone as a remote control than buying a pillow that offers inferior features and may not work with their TV.

Smart water bottles

When your body forgets to be thirsty, a smart water bottle will light up to remind you to drink water.

If that’s not enough to entice you, 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 tag of R320.58 ($19.99).

Customer Reviews on the Amazon Icewater Smart Bottle product page confirm the poor quality of the device.

After all, the bottle is modular, so you can remove the speaker if necessary.


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