Occasionally I come across inventions which strike me as both sensible and useful, but also a wee bit on the silly side as well, and these appeal to my sense of humour, so on occasions I like to share them with you.
So here are a couple more for your amusement.
The first is a very ingenious modification to a pair of scissors which definitely appeals to me, as it solves a real problem I often experience, namely cutting fabric or paper in a straight line.
Sadly I have not been able to track down who makes these extremely useful scissors, but I am reasonably sure it would be easy enough to modify any scissors you happened to have with a simple laser light.
My only reservation is would it work as the image suggests. As you can see, the laser seems to bend when it hits the paper, which I know to be impossible, so I can only assume that the laser beam is not a narrow line type, but a sort of wide (in the vertical direction) type.
Next I have another device that would make my life sooooo much better, a toaster that lets you see the toast as it toasts. No more over or underdone toast for breakfast with this wonderful device.
In our family we make our own bread, so each loaf is different, which we enjoy, but it means that when toasting it, every time we have to keep stopping the toaster and getting the toast out to check that it is not under, or over toasted. A laborious and unsatisfactory process, which this gadget would obviate totally. I want one!!!
Sadly with this all I have managed to find so far is this picture……..
So my next task is to hunt around on the internet to try and find out who makes this small wonder, and where i can buy one. Watch this space, as when I do discover that info, I shall post it here for the rest of you to rush out and buy one for yourselves.
And now, for the last one today, an ingenious application of an old principle, the Stirling Engine:-
Stirling engines have been around since the 1800s. They work by turning heat disparities into energy.
As you can see, it is a small and neat object, and provided you can find either a hot or a cold drink, then apparently you can happily charge your mobile phone or ereader while you enjoy a good drink. A very nice idea.
Here I have been able to discover who makes this great device, it is an outfit called Epiphany, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund this idea, and seem to be doing rather well with collecting the money they need.
So here is the link to their kickstart page, where you can find all the info you might need if you are interested in this gadget.
So, there you are, a small collection of apparently silly, but in fact, sensible, inventions for your amusement.