The Quirkiest Tech of 2013
When it comes to quirky tech gadgets, 2013 has no shortage.
For starters, how about a helicopter that you can fly with your mind? NeuroSky’s Puzzlebox Orbit is just that. The gadget includes an EEG headset worn by the user that reads their brainwaves. While wearing the headset, the user sets a target to concentrate on, and when they achieve a certain level of focused concentration, the helicopter lifts off. As a set, the helicopter, transmitter and NeuroSky headset sells for $189.
And for the latest in manicures there’s Tat’z Nail’z, a device that prints miniature images on fingernails in seven to 10 seconds. Users can select from thousands of artistic images and photos already pre-loaded into the machine, or they can choose a personal photo from their phone. Tat’z Nail’z images will last on the nails from one to two weeks.
For those who desire to sleep outside under a starry sky in a little more luxury than a sleeping bag, there’s the Casa Bubble. French designer Frederic Richard’s childhood dream to sleep under The Milky Way inspired the idea. [See also: 2013 Telescopes for Beginners]
He created this sphere-shaped transparent bubble suitable to house furnishings and provide an overall comfortable and inhabitable setting wherever the user desires. A “blower” — a silent turbine — maintains slightly higher air pressure in the bubble to keep it inflated. It also keeps the air fresh and free from moisture, dust and allergens. Zipped openings with flaps control temperature by modulating the release of air at the top of the bubble. The Casa Bubble is typically transparent, but completely opaque bubbles are also manufactured for those wanting more privacy.