Double-Duty: Strange but Functional Gadgets

They're Strange but They Work

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With billions of products on the market, it’s hard for consumers to be shocked by the function or appearance of a gadget. But these products manage to do just that. Some are actually practical while others are just plain strange. Either way, these gadgets are sure to make you say, “What?!” They’ll wake you up, give you a massage, let you tweet in some of the strangest places and charge your gadgets. Here are 10 of the strangest gadgets you’ve ever seen.
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With millions of products on the market, it’s hard to stand out. But these products are sure to make you do a double take.

They're strange, but functional. They’ll wake you up, cool you down, let you tweet in some of the oddest places and charge your gadgets.

Here are nine of the strangest gadgets you’ve ever seen ... that get the job done.

By Kaitlyn Bigica11 August 2011 


Tan and Jam

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Solar-Bikini $1,000 and Up This multi-purpose bathing suit will not only shimmer in the sun as you strut up and down the beach, but it will also ensure that your iPod never runs out of power. According to the creator of the Solar Bikini, Andrew Schneider, the suit is powered by, “forty small photo-voltaic cells stitched together in a very specific pattern to generate enough current to mimic the output of a USB drive on a laptop and thus able to power your iPod and similar devices.” Schneider
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Product: Solar Bikini

Cost:
$1,000 and Up

How it works: This multi-purpose bathing suit will not only shimmer in the sun as you strut up and down the beach, it will also ensure that your iPod never runs out of power.

According to the creator of the Solar Bikini, Andrew Schneider, the suit is powered by, “forty small photo-voltaic cells stitched together in a very specific pattern to generate enough current to mimic the output of a USB drive on a laptop and thus able to power your iPod and similar devices.”

The suits aren't mass-marketed — yet. Schneider said each suit is custom-made and can cost anywhere from $1,000 and up. Schneider also said he is working on his next wearable device called the iDrink, a male version of the solar bikini which uses solar power to cool your beer on the beach.


Catch That Clock!

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Flying Alarm Clock $19.99 Are you the kind of person who hears their alarm clock beeping, rolls over, turns it off and then falls back asleep only get to work an hour late with a frantic look on your face? Well fear not unmotivated consumer, the Flying alarm clock will solve your lazy morning issues. In order to turn your alarm off, you will have to physically get out of bed and catch the propeller of this alarm clock. The Flying Alarm Clock begins beeping like a normal alarm, but unlike other
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Product: Flying Alarm Clock

Cost: $19.99

How it works: Are you the kind of person who hears their alarm clock beeping, rolls over, turns it off and then falls back asleep only get to work an hour late with a frantic look on your face? Well fear not unmotivated consumer, the Flying Alarm Clock, sold on ThinkGeek.com, will solve your lazy morning issues.

In order to turn your alarm off, you will have to physically get out of bed and catch the propeller of this alarm clock. The only way you can turn off the alarm is to catch the propeller and reattach it. Catch it if you can!



A Cool Breeze

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The Fanbrella $79.95 This scorching summer, we’ve seen days that hit 100-degrees and left people sweating for a simple walk from the office to their car. Well fear not, the Fanbrella is here to cool you down. Not only does this umbrella shield you from the sun, but it also creates a whirlwind of air with its built in fan. The Fanbrella opens like a normal umbrella, but has a 650-rpm rotating fan under the canopy. If you like to rock the Jersey Shore hairdo, beware — the fast spinning fan isn
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Product: The Fanbrella

Cost:
$79.95

How it works: When the mercury tops 100 degrees, it can make you sweat just walking from your car to the office.

Hammacher Schlemmer has the answer — the Fanbrella. It's an umbrella with a built-in fan.

The Fanbrella opens like a normal umbrella, but has a 650-rpm rotating fan under the canopy.



Throw and Shoot!

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SatuGo (Bouncing Camera) In Production Ok, so this product hasn’t hit the market yet, but when it does, it will provide an entirely new experience for the adventurous photographer. The SatuGo lets you get a birds eye view as you throw the SatuGo bouncing camera into the sky and take a picture in the air. The SatuGo camera is designed to endure extreme heights and harsh impacts as it bounces up and down capturing your favorite moments. To use the camera, set the timer on the camera and throw i
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Product: SatuGo bouncing camera

Cost:
Not yet available; expected to sell for about $70

How it works: If you've ever dropped your camera or wished you were taller to get that bird's eye view, here's a camera for you: The SatuGo bouncing camera.

It clicks a picture on impact or, if you're tossing it in the air, you can set a timer to take pictures at set intervals.

The camera, which takes 3 mega pixel images, can also be used as a webcam and will come with a belt clip. It hasn't yet gone into production but more than 4,000 people have registered on the website to be notified when they become available.

The name SatuGo, incidentally, stands for See Aim Throw captUre & GO.



iPlunge Your iPhone

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iPlunger $5.99 Who thought the concept and suction of a plunger would be a strange yet useful addition to your iPhone. The iPlunger (not an official Apple accessory) is a miniature plunger that you can stick to the back of your iPhone. Attach the iPlunger vertically or horizontally to your phone and let it hold your phone up for easy, hands free access to your music and Internet.
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Product: iPlunger

Cost: $5.99

How it Works: Who thought the concept and suction of a plunger would be a strange yet useful addition to your iPhone. The iPlunger (not an official Apple accessory) is a miniature plunger that you can stick to the back of your iPhone. Attach the iPlunger vertically or horizontally to your phone and let it hold your phone up for easy, hands free access to your music and Internet.



Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

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Magic Mirror Alarm System In Production The well-known Snow White character, the magic mirror, has made its way into the world of home security. The “Basil of the Mirror” M30P is a security system, with a similar appearance to the Disney classics magic mirror that gives you updates on your home environment. By setting up cameras around your yard, the M30P will display video streaming of your yard, front door and other places you wish to keep an eye on. The M30P has common phrases to alert you
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Product: Magic Message Mirror alarm system

Cost: $4,000-$5,000

How it works: Taking a page out of "Snow White," the Magic Message Mirror, made by Themeaddicts, looks like a normal gilded mirror.

But this touch-screen mirror is connected to security cameras and motion-detection sensors you set up around your home and property. When the system senses a change, be it a guest or an open garage door, the character, "Basil of the Mirror" appears. If you're not into "a somewhat pompous English butler personality," as Themeaddicts describes him, you can also get a custom character.

It has a repetoire of phrases, such as "Hmmm ... most curious. It seems that we have a pedestrian approaching our driveway." or “Alarm! Alarm! The pool gate has been opened."

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall ... who's trying to break into my house?!



'Like' It — or Not

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The "Like and Dislike" Stamp
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Product: Actual "Like" and "Dislike" Stamps

Cost: $7.99

How it Works: Whenever you read one of your Facebook friends status’s you can declare your appreciation for their post by clicking the “like” button.

Well, now the people at ThinkGeek have brought this button to life, literally, with an old-school, dip-it-in-ink “Like” stamp. Of course, they also made a "Dislike" stamp.

Don’t like a colleague’s work? Stamp their paper with the “dislike” stamp to let them know you are unsatisfied. Think your kid did a great job on their test? Stamp it with the “Like” button to show them you’re proud — and hip with social media.

"Like."



Eat and Tweet!

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$2,699-$3,499 Ever get the urge to tweet while your fishing through your fridge for a snack? Maybe you want to tell your friends “Out of milk again! #Roughday” or “Eating that chocolate cake I told myself I wouldn’t eat! #Dietproblems.” With the Wi-Fi enabled fridge you can eat and tweet all day long. The fridge also enables users to access Pandora, Google calendar, leave digital notes and download recipes.
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Product: Samsung WiFi Enabled Fridge

Cost: $2,699-$3,499

How it works: Ever get the urge to tweet while your fishing through your fridge for a snack? Maybe you want to tell your friends “Out of milk again! #Roughday” or “Eating that chocolate cake I told myself I wouldn’t eat! #Dietproblems.”

Samsung's WiFi-enabled fridge allows you to do all that. It has an 8-inch LCD screen loaded with apps so you can eat and tweet all day long.

It also allows users to access Pandora online radio and a Google calendar, leave digital notes and download recipes.



A Hamster-Powered Morning

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Hamster Alarm Clock $15.99 No, you don’t have to put your real hamster inside the clock so no animal cruelty here. Instead, a fake, mechanical hamster powers the clock. The clock doesn’t require a plug because the power comes from a battery run hamster. Each minute, the hamster is set to start running; this moves the wheel and makes the clocks minute hand move forward. Warning: The sound of the hamster running is very loud! Your kids might like it but watch out for the weary eyes of guests wh
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Product: Hamster Time alarm clock

Cost: $15.99

How it works: No, you don’t have to put your real hamster inside the clock so no animals will be harmed in the waking of this person.

This is an alarm clock with a fake, mechanical hamster that powers the clock. It doesn’t require a plug because the hamster runs on batteries.

Each minute, the hamster is set to start running; this moves the wheel and makes the clocks minute hand move forward. Note: Hamsters, even the fake ones, don't run quietly, so this isn't a product for light sleepers. Sold on Stupid.com.

What time is it? Half past hamster!