Funky gadgets for those with no need to compensate…
The industrial revolution was all about bigger. The technological revolution is the complete opposite. For those that want to see the death of the McMansion era, these 15 gadgets are a comforting portent of things to come.
James Bond would have a ball with this exact replica SLR mini-camera, complete with lenses and flash bulb. It’s all flash in no cash, though; try to take an actual photo and you’ll find out it isn’t functional. Still, Glico (a Japanese company) gets style points for the idea.
2. Cheese Burger
Cute (a decidedly feminine word) and hamburger (a masculine invention) shouldn’t go into the same sentence… yet, there they are, when I sit and write about this combo meal. The burger has a diameter of 1”… only slightly bigger than a quarter. Add in a miniaturized drink and fries, and you have a reverse-super-size situation going on.
3. Model Railway
David Smith crafted the train set you’re looking at. And he did the entire thing by hand. What’s even more amazing is that it actually works; you can set a small train to doing laps around the track and through the tunnel.
Now, while I have a hard time thinking you could harm a fly with this gun, maybe that’s its benefit. A gun for monks.
Correction: this SwissMiniGun (only 2.16” long) fires real bullets at approximately 270mph; that’s fast enough to kill a man if you can get close enough. That is, if he doesn’t die from his mocking laughter first.
The Peel P50 – manufactured on the Isle of Man from ’62 to ’65 – served little purpose beyond bringing soul-crushing ridicule upon its owners. The only cool thing about it is it cost just shy of $250. Then again, who would even spend that to buy a metal red wagon with an internal combustion engine?
This is one instrument only a virtuoso (with incredibly deft fingers) can appreciate. It’s less than 2” long, from tip to toe. No word as to whether Eric Meissner, the violin’s creator, bothered to craft a bow for it.
Remember when simple computers filled up entire warehouses? Yeah… welcome to the future. This uber-small (2”x2”) and uber-cool (black on black!) device is specifically designed for use on spaceships. Shimafuji Corporation has officially trumped Apple in the swagger department with this one, if you ask me.
8. Teddy Bear
Thumbelina would have really dug this. Bettina Kaminski, a German sculptor, brought Mini the Pooh into existence, to the amusement and applause of fairies worldwide. I hear it’s a big seller in some parts of Middle Earth.
You can’t tell by the picture, but this is the tip of a pencil. The mailbox is shaped out of lead. Seeing that I have to sharpen my pencil 2-4 times to get it right, I can only imagine how long something like this would take.
10. World’s Smallest Microwave
Heinz, the company behind the goodness that is Heinz ketchup, has done it again with the Beanzawave. Only a genius could come up with a coffee/soup/sandwich heater that you is powered by your computer via USB. As a professed workaholic, I’ll personally be adding the CEO of Heinz to the ballot for the 2012 presidency.
You’re actually looking at an integrated circuit that – for some unbeknownst reason – naturally took the shape of the porcelain queen. This is visual proof that s*** happens, even in the technology realm.
The Modu Phone is hell if you have fat fingers. And you might as well forget about texting on what the Guinness records holds as the “world’s smallest cell phone”.
The internal combustion engine has reached new heights, shrinking to an eye-squinting size of 0.5” long and .039” wide. Just imagine: soon you’ll be able to “fuel up” your laptop and run without a plug for months. We’ll see the Energizer Bunny will go the way of the dinosaurs in our lifetime, guaranteed.
How anybody can fit 98 moving parts into a watch that is 0.5”x 0.18” x 0.13” is beyond me. The mystery factor alone (how’d they do that?) was probably a biggest reason it stayed in production for 20-odd years. And don’t ask me how to tell the time with such a small face; who uses a watch for that anyway?
This guitar is so ridiculously small, that when you strum it the eardrum is physically incapable of registering the sound. But I bet dust mites could have a mean jam session with one of these.