Five interesting inventions

Last updated: November 05. 2013 4:48PM - 242 Views
RACHEL EZRIN My Edition Columnist

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1. The Dogbrella

Made for dogs 15 pounds and lighter, the Dogbrella is one of the most useful, and entertaining, inventions. The Dogbrella functions as both leash and umbrella, and puts an end to the dreaded wet dog smell. Not only does the 29 inch cover deflect rain from Fido, it also prevents the messy “shake-out” later. Mom and her carpet will thank you.

2. The Ostrich Pillow

A pillow designed to completely cover your head, the Ostrich Pillow ensures a nap anywhere, anytime. The pillow blocks out sound and light, while keeping you cozy and comfortable. In addition, two holes cover your hands, which is perfect for colder seasons. Be warned, not only will you look like an ostrich (hence the name) but the product is bulky and rather expensive. The amusement, however, is well worth the cost.

3. The Glass Armorica

Benjamin Franklin invented not only the lightening rod, Franklin stove, bifocals, and the odometer, but also created a musical instrument in 1761. The armorica, a machine that used 37 glass rotating bowls, previewed in early 1762. The musician was one Marianne Davies, who used her finger to play the instrument, and ran her finger over the bowls to produce a note. Each bowl had a different color to represent a note – for example, C’s were red, D’s orange, and E’s yellow.

4. The Shower Mic Sponge

Though not an actual microphone, the entertainment value still remains. Perfect for those who sing in the shower, this fully-functional sponge is shaped like a mic, without the hassle of electronics. Whether you buy them as a gag gift or use them to sound like Adele, hours of fun are guaranteed.

5. 3Doodler

Ever wish your drawings could come to life? The 3Doodler does exactly that: it uses the same material used by 3D printers to make drawings come to life. The best part is that the pen requires no additional software; simply plug into a socket and begin drawing. Create jewelry, magnets and phone decorations with the click of a button.

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