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Weirdest gadgets – can you beat tweeting scales?

Withings' tweeting scales

Inhalable vitamins? Tweeting weighing scales? A plastic egg invented to prevent the (apparently widespread) problem of toilet splash back? Do you own any weird and wonderful gadgets that rival these?

While searching for new and interesting home appliances at the Ideal Home Show I came across a wide variety of products that would make the Dragons’ Den judges reel. However, there were three that definitely stood out as the weirdest.

Now I love a good novelty gadget, and there are plenty – like the pop art toaster – that I would happily welcome into my home. But tweeting scales? Who on earth wants their daily weight tweeted for all the world to see on Twitter? Surely this sits firmly in the category of ‘too much information’?!

Splash-back preventing plastic egg – the Egglu

And as for the splash-back preventing plastic egg – the Egglu – is it really answering a need? Is the UK crying out for a splash-back solution? If I saw one in my friend’s toilet bowl, I’m pretty sure I’d assume it was a small child’s lost toy.

Breathable vitamins – whatever next?

Le Whif's inhalable vitaminsLe Whif’s inhalable vitamins are said to be ‘the easy way’ to get your recommended daily dose, by letting you absorb vitamins through the lining of your mouth. But would they really make life that much easier than swallowing your vitamins in tablet form?

They do come in nice coloured tubes, so they’d brighten up your bathroom shelves. I’m still not convinced, though I am quite keen on the idea of inhalable chocolate and coffee, which Le Whif also offers!

What do you reckon – do any of these odd contraptions appeal to you? And do you own any weird and wonderful gadgets of your own?

Comments
Guest
Gavin Mitchell says:
21 March 2011

Getting a stand at the Ideal Homes show is a bit elaborate for an April Fool, but whatever floats their boat. If by some weird chance it’s real, the Egglu will be even more delightful when it’s partially covered in human faeces. And for even more fun, cleaning the **** off it will be a nice challenge as it bobs about in the water forever evading the toilet brush.

I can kind of see the point in the Tweeting scales – knowing your weight is going to be broadcast would be an incentive to stick to your diet, but there probably aren’t many people masochistic enough to buy them in the first place.

Guest
Jack says:
21 March 2011

I have one and it works

Guest

What is it you have Jack, an Eggula in your toilet, or some tweeting scales?

Guest

My weirdest gadget: my wife. Out-tweets anything you can find.

Guest

I’ve got the Withings scales – you can turn off the tweeting! They plot your weight and fat % online automatically and show you your BMI. You can get apps for iPhone and Android that do the same. I think they’re a clever idea!

Guest
Jack says:
22 March 2011

I have and Egglu -splash back saver.
i ve been using it for a week now and it s still clean and I can s—t in pice.
no splash back.

Guest
Vinnie says:
22 March 2011

I brought one from the show and as funny as it was to buy it actually works. No splash back or noise. You really do **** in peace. Don’t knock it till you try it.

Guest

Now, I didn’t actually understand that the Egglu was for stopping the plop. I thought it was for men who suffered from splash-back when peeing – I was going to suggest to Hazel that there needed to be a man’s perspective on this! But I stand corrected. For stopping the plop, I find a few sheets of toilet paper can act as a cushion… anyway, to much information!

Guest

How about the German inspired device that asks men if they would prefer to sit down when they lift the seat – thus avoiding the splash-back phenomenon?

Apparently they are very popular in the bible belt of the US as well – I believe it was a place called Stepford.