We love gadgets, but some creations make you wonder what the inventor was thinking. We've rounded up the 10 stupidest gadgets of all time. So read on to find out about wearable PCs, gaming systems that made you sick and other useless technology.
Why on earth were these invented?
We love gadgets, but for every piece of tech that's really useful, there's one that makes you scratch your head and say, 'What were they thinking?'
From wireless displays that cost more than entire computers, to nausea-inducing game systems and singing deer heads. We've raided tech's landfill site of the gadgets that no-one wants to bring you the 10 stupidest ideas of all time.
10. The buck doesn't stop here
Buck, the Animated Singing Trophy Deer (2005)
What talked to anyone who wandered by, sang the same damned songs all the time (always off-key) and did a lousy Elvis impersonation? It was Buck, the Animated Singing Trophy Deer.
This motion-activated life-size deer head - from Gemmy Industries, the same demented folks who brought us Big Mouth Billy Bass, the singing fish - swung its antlers from side to side as it murdered classics like Rawhide, Sweet Home Alabama and On the Road Again but sadly not Blondie's (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Deer.
The kit did include a microphone, however, so you could project your own voice via Buck's lips, amusing your friends and frightening the children.
Sure, it sounds like fun, but after the third rendition of Suspicious Minds, this novelty item's novelty value began to plummet toward negative numbers. We recommend passing this Buck as quickly as possible - not hard as he has been discontinued.
Good news... perhaps? Big Mouth Billy Bass is now available as an iPhone app. Warning: It's awful!
9. You will not be assimilated
Xybernaut Pomo (2002)
What's the well-dressed geek wearing these days? It isn't the Xybernaut Pomo. This 'wearable computer' featured an 300g CPU that hooked to your belt, a mini-keyboard that strapped to your wrist, and a head-mounted display that projected an 800x600 image in front of you.
The Pomo inspired inevitable comparisons to The Borg, the malevolent race of half-cyborg/half-human creatures intent on assimilating the human race in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Though Xybernaut's strap-on PCs found a home in industrial and military settings, Pomo didn't fly with consumers, who apparently didn't relish the thought of going out in public looking as though they were en route to a Trekkie convention dressed as either a Borg Drone or a space pirate. Resistance is not futile.
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