Right now in their garages and secret bunkers, and on episodes of Dragon’s Den, there are countless eccentric inventors each with the ‘next big idea’. While some of these entrepreneurial individuals have come up with some amazing inventions, others are a little too bizarre for most tastes (and some are equally as amazing and bizarre). Here we will look at the top ten bizarre inventions, testaments to the ingenuity (and sometimes insanity) of the human race.
10. The Bow-Lingual
The bow-lingual is a cleverly named (?) device that can translate kanine barks and whimpers into phrases. It does this by assessing the pitch of the bark to calculate mood, and then selecting a phrase (by random) that fits this mood. So if it’s an assertive bark it might be ‘I’m feeling dominant’, or if it’s a whimper it might be ‘I feel low’. Brilliantly useless but no doubt highly amusing.
While one of the top 10 most bizarre inventions of all time aims to help dogs to communicate, cats have been trying to communicate with us for years… and it’s time to put a stop to it. PawSense is a piece of software that runs in the background and alerts you with the message ‘Cat-Like Typing Detected’ should you puss walk across the keyboard. The applications are countless…
8. Project Grizzly
Continuing an animal theme our top 10 most bizarre inventions of all time is an invention created not for bears, but against them. Project Grizzly is the name of a suit created by Troy Hurtubise after he was attacked by a bear and swore to never let it happen again (worst superhero origin ever). The suit can withstand crushing power and impacts but unfortunately is very restrictive in terms of movement.
7. Burglar Alarm/Flamethrower
A combination many of us would likely approve of on our cars… Inventors Charl Fourie and Michelle Wong attached a flamethrower to their car alarm along with a detection circuit as a very convincing deterrent for thieves.
6. Anti-Rape Dress/Vending Machine Disguise
Certainly admirable for its inventiveness if a little suspect in terms of its practicality this dress designed by a Japanese dress maker is designed to allow Japanese women to disguise themselves as vending machines to hide from attackers. Unfortunately it blows in the wind and you can still see the feet… Still though you’ve got to admire them for trying.
5. Manhole Bags
A similar entry on the top 10 most bizarre inventions list is the ‘manhole bag’. Essentially this is a purse that hides your things from muggers by looking like a manhole when lying on the floor…
4. Lap Pillow
Something a little more light hearted for this next entry on the top 10 most bizarre inventions is the lap pillow. Also from Japan, it looks and feels like lying on a woman’s lap which… reassuring??
3. The Sleep Helmet
No surprise that one of the top ten most bizarre inventions should be designed to make commuting easier. This helmet suctions to the window behind you so you can sleep without your head lolling forward, and advertises your stop to helpful passengers so you can be woken up when you arrive.
2. Personal Hovercraft
It’s on the top ten most bizarre inventions list, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want one. This thing can fly at 10 feet in the air at 50 miles per hour.
1. Buggy Rollin
Buggy Rollin is the invention that made ‘Rollerman’. Essentially it’s an entire suit covered in wheels that allows him to skate with his entire body. Amazing to watch and able to travel at high speeds, this thing is bizarre yes, but also undoubtedly genius making it number one in the top 10 bizarre inventions of all time.