Wait no more — meet your gadgets of the future!

I had always wondered as a kid what the world would be like 20 or 30 years into the future.  I was a very impressionable kind of kid back in the mid-eighties, mostly due to movies like Star Wars and Back to the Future.  I would spend most of my free time in class drawing space ships and sci-fi gadgets, coursing out what exactly I had believed would be my future entitlement when I had reached adulthood.

Now that 2010 is here, I think those fruits are starting to take shape.  Just take a look at these gadgets!

The first invention that I want to introduce is this: the digital guitar.  "Digital?  Does that mean it's on the computer?  How's that any different from the ones we have now?"  Well my friend, this one's different because it has no strings.  None!  Think of it more as a giant midi interface with a touch pad in the center that can morph sound to simulate electric guitars.  You simply use your left hand to create a note, and use your right to control everything from pitch, timbre, distortion — you name it. 

It's even cooler when you see it in person:

Misa Digital Guitar Demo

I can't even fathom the applications for this device.  We don't need a digital percussion instrument, as we already have digital drums already; digital bass guitars, perhaps?  Maybe Johnathan Coulton can make the first all-digital song someday…

The next device doesn't have anything to do with music, but it's equally if not more impressive.  Meet the air umbrella:

That's right — there's no plastic canopy!  This device doesn't use magic to block the rain from falling on top of your head, no!  Instead, it uses air pushed out from a hollow tube (notice the tiny opening at the top).  And while it seems rather awesome and sure to impress your girlfriend, the U.S. military has already purchased the patent and has plans to create a supersonic vibrating weapon that rips apart your limbs with the force of a thousand hurricanes (not true).

But I mean seriously; this device looks so dangerous, I can't imagine what would happen if you accidentally dropped it from your hand and it decapitates your head from your shoulder.  Dangerous!

The last item isn't quite as dangerous, but much more economical.  Meet the ポテチの手 (potato chip hand):

Gone are the days of greasy fingers, broken 'tater chips, and leftover crumbs found at the bottom of your keyboard!  The potato chip hand device is a unique, Japanese-only (as of this writing) machine that has some amazing features including a built-in NBCS (No Broken Clutch System), NTTS (No Touch Table System), and FECS (Finger Easy Cleaning System).  No word of an ABS or VTEC system though.

Okay, so this last device was a bit of a joke post.  I thought it was pretty hilarious how they used all those acronyms to give it a more hip and technologically-savvy feel.  I did think it was pretty impressive that the clutch system won't break the potato chips no matter how hard you press the button. 

Maybe there's a use for these after all!

So now you can play your guitar without any greasemarks while blowing the chips away with your air umbrella.  How novel!  And what product would be complete without a complimentary demo video:

The Potato Hand

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2 Responses to “Wait no more — meet your gadgets of the future!”


  1. 1 Ivysgrandkid January 20, 2010 at 12:35 am

    as always the military gets it boo

  2. 2 Dennis Shaver May 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Certainly is not present.


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