15 Weirdest Inventions and Products of 2019
Necessity isn’t the mother of all of these.
Traveling puts you in all sorts of circumstances, different to what you experience in your everyday life. And sometimes, you are faced with a situation where you need some sort of tool, but may not have brought it with you. That’s where the TSA-compliant Geekey comes in. This product combines more than 16 tools into a compact piece of industrial-strength steel, barely larger than a house key and weighing less than one ounce. It includes three types of screwdrivers (combination slotted, Phillips and square), imperial and metric closed wrenches, a wire bender, a bottle opener, a wire stripper, a 90-degree protractor, file and bike spoke key, among other things. It retails for $26.99. These 15 other travel accessories will help you solve any on-the-go emergency.
If you’re someone who likes using a touchpad as a mouse, then you may be interested in the Padrone ring, which basically turns any surface into a touchpad. You wear the ring on your index finger of either hand, and your wrist stays on the flat surface as you use it. Once your index finger touches the table, the mouse pointer starts to follow your fingertip, and continues to do so until you lift your finger again. The Padrone ring connects to your computer and other devices via Bluetooth and though it was introduced in 2019, it’s not available for purchase at this time.
If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram and seen amazing photos of the night sky, you may have considered getting an astronomy camera for yourself. If you’ve looked into it, then you know how large and bulky the specialized camera equipment can be. But in 2019 a new option was introduced: the NANO1—a 3.5-ounce pocket-sized astronomy camera. Small but mighty, this camera allows you to capture natural phenomena like the Milky Way and the Northern Lights. It’s currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
We hear a lot about our metabolism and how much it has to do with our health, so it makes sense that it has been the target of biohackers looking to alter the way the body processes energy. Though the science behind Lumen isn’t new, the technology is. The device uses a CO2 sensor and flow meter to determine your CO2 concentration in a single breath, which indicates the type of fuel your body uses to produce energy. Then, each morning, you breathe into the device to determine your energy needs for the day, and Lumen provides personalized recommendations for your nutrition, sleep, and exercise. Lumen is currently available for $199.
Prepping your meals ahead of time for the week can feel great and save a lot of time. But how do you know when the food you’ve already cooked has gone bad? A new product—Ovie Smarterware—is the world’s first smart food storage system. It works using removable, waterproof SmartTags, which attach to your food storage containers and change color based on the state of your food—green to indicate it was freshly tagged, yellow to indicate you should eat it soon, and red to let you know you should throw it out. It’ll also sync up with your smartphone, letting you know exactly what’s in your fridge at any given time. The Ovie starter kit is available for pre-order for $130.
Kiki Pet Robot
Want a pet but not the hassle of keeping another living thing alive? If you were a fan of the Tamagotchi in the ’90s, you’ll probably want a Kiki Pet Robot. This AI-enabled companionship robot made its debut in 2019, and uses a camera to attempt to sense how a person is feeling and adjust their behavior accordingly. It also gets to know its owner’s personality over time, and does things like sing or dance when their person appears to be down in the dumps. The Kiki Pet Robot isn’t currently available for purchase and is still seeking a distributor. These are the 15 tech gadgets every pet needs.