9 of the Best Fake Gadgets of 2017: Page 2 of 3

From ride-hailing wearables to invisible glasses and weather control, we look at the best prank products companies have announced so far this year.

Everyone who wears glasses knows that it can be one of the most embarrassing and frustrating experiences of life. LASIK surgery can still be prohibitively expensive and contact lenses can be uncomfortable, not to mention easy to lose. In the tradition of Invisalign braces, GlassesUSA.com has launched a new line of frames called TruSkin that harness the wearer's body heat to turn completely clear.

The TruSkin frames are made of special plastic nanowires that bristle to refract light around them when exposed to heat – creating a cloaking effect no unlike that used by the Predator (but on your face!). The nanoplastic responds to even low levels of heat, making the heat naturally generated by the human body suitable to create the effect.

According to the company the frames are invisible to anyone standing a distance of five inches or more away from the wearer. "Nanotechnology allows us to better manipulate the material of our frames and find real-world solutions for our customers without breaking the bank," says Henry Owen Anderson, Director of Innovations at GlassesUSA.com. "This new technology is going to further revolutionize our product offerings and creates endless possibilities.

 

 

 

5. The Micro Tech Toolkit

 

Devices are getting smaller and thinner every day ... and repairing them on your own is becoming increasingly difficult. Thankfully the teardown experts at iFixit have introduced the Micro Tech Toolkit, specifically aimed at repairing (and tearing down) the latest devices. Featuring tools like micro-pliers and a micro-opening tool the kit is backed by a lifetime warranty and has been tested by iFixit's in-house expert. Check out the video to see what they mean.

 

 

6. Google Wind

Always looking to innovate with its Google Cloud Platform, the tech giant is leveraging its cloud computing capabilities for a new application – weather control. By connecting all of the windmills in Holland to a single machine learning network, Google is able to use the windmills not just for harnessing wind energy, but also to create wind.

In the event of less than ideal weather conditions (such as rain) Google Wind is able to coordinate all of the windmills into a single force, generating enough power to push rainclouds away, ensuring clear skies at all times. In case rain is needed Google Wind can also push rain clouds into a designated region. Maybe they can help with drought conditions as well?

 

 

7. SpatiaFlight – the Floating Speaker

Let's face it. Headphones are annoying, not to mention they don't help you stand out in a crowd. Wouldn't it be nice to have a speaker that could just follow you around without all the hassle? Look no further than SpatiaFlight. Lifestyle product design company, Moshi, has unveiled a firmware update for its Spatia wireless speaker system that allows them to hover and follow you around – even outdoors. The update gives new definition to the term AirPlay, creating a mobile, hands-free experience for every audiophile.

 

 

8. Nature-Inspired Refrigerator Finishes from Jenn-Air

Isn't time your fridge made more of a statement? Luxuy appliance maker,

Comments

How could you have overlooked Quilted Northern's Rustic Weave Artisanal toilet paper? It's obviously a much more socially aware fake product than coffee-flavored creamer.

Quite an interesting collection of fake products indeed. But I have not seen any prior announcements about any of them. But certainly this is a tribute to some individual's creativity.

I challenge the assertion about a horn being used to express anger. The purpose and correct use of a horn is to alert others to a danger situation, such as movement into a blind spot where a vehicle is present, or wandering from a lane into an adjacent lane with a car in it. The horn is also for alerting a distracted pedestrian that they are stepping into traffic.

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