Stranger Things: The 27 Weirdest Products 2016 Has Given Us
From the wacky and weird to the inventive and ingenious!
BY Sally Kaplan | Nov 24, 2016 | Technology
Even though most of 2016 has been a rollercoaster ride of a year, there have still been some pretty amazing products and inventions to come out of it. From the wildly hilarious to the phenomenally brilliant, we've put together a list of our favourite quirky, crazy, and cool products of 2016.
The Barisieur Alarm Clock
from USD299 BUY NOW
All of our dreams are coming true! We can finally wake up to the smells and sounds of freshly brewed coffee with the Barisieur Alarm Clock. Funded through Kickstarter, this alarm clock doesn't make screeching noises to get you out of bed. Instead, it will brew you a fresh cup of coffee or tea at the time of your choice. It comes complete with a specially refrigerated spot for milk and plenty of storage for sugar, extra coffee grounds, and stirrers.
Stupidiotic Portable Pizza Pouch
USD3 BUY NOW
What a world we live in. You can now wear a slice of pizza around your neck, made convenient and easy with this portable pizza pouch. Truly an insane sight to behold.
RMUOutdoors Grrowler Dog Collar
USD40 BUY NOW
This brilliant dog collar unzips to reveal a fold-out out water bowl for dogs and dog-parents that love to spend time outdoors. No more carrying around bulky bowls for your pup on hikes! You can attach a leash to it easily, and it can be purchased in both small and large sizes.
Fizzics Revolutionary Beer System
USD170 BUY NOW
The Fizzics Revolutionary Beer System creates draft quality beer at home from regular cans and bottles. It improves the carbonation and aroma, and creates a foam as the beer is poured. It uses batteries so it's completely portable, which means it's perfect for outdoor gatherings and tailgating.
PetPeek Fence Window
USD32 BUY NOW
This window is like a fishbowl for dogs, allowing them to see what lies beyond the fence they probably love to sit and bark at ceaselessly. Though it was around before 2016, we only recently discovered it, and we feel you should know about it.
Hasbro Joy for All Companion Pet
USD95 BUY NOW
This stuffed animal is basically an animatronic puppy that barks and moves and responds to physical touch. It's meant for kids and adults of any age, and is a great training tool for young ones who are learning how to treat animals. Recently, one of our editors received this dog to test it out, and a bunch of 20-somethings sat on the floor playing with a toy dog for like 30 minutes. So yes, it's actually amazing, despite sounding somewhat creepy. This is the cat version, if you're interested!
USD19 BUY NOW
By now, you've probably seen the slightly disturbing promotional video for the Licki Brush, which allows cat owners to groom their little fuzz-balls by mimicking a mother's licking motions for a special bonding experience. If you haven't seen the video, you should probably click the buy button above to go watch it. Worth it.
from USD79 BUY NOW
The Knocki is a device that allows you to turn any surface into a remote control. You'll create your own knocking patterns to command the Knocki to perform different functions. For example, you can turn your coffee table into a remote, setting it to recognize one tap to turn the TV on, two to turn it off, etc. Since it can recognise more than one function at a time, your possibilities are essentially limitless. Place it on your nightstand to turn off your alarm with a knock, turn on the coffee maker with a few taps, and have the it turn on your TV to watch the morning news without leaving your bed!
Livia—The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain
from USD85 BUY NOW
Livia is a drug-free solution for people who experience intense menstrual cramping (for some, it can be totally debilitating). It's a discreet device that can be worn under clothing, and the way it works is that it sends gentle pulses to your nerves, closing the "pain gates" and essentially distracting the brain from normal pain signals. We love that Livia is addressing a problem that so many women face, especially since it's a subject people are so discouraged from talking about or seeking help for.
Dr. Brandt Skincare MAGNETIGHT Age-Defier
USD75 BUY NOW
This isn't just any old pore-cleansing, firming facial mask. It's actually filled with tiny magnetic particles and once the mask dries, you actually swipe a magnetic tab across your face to pull it off! Once you remove it, the mask leaves a moisturising layer of lavender oil that can be rubbed into your skin for extra nourishment. It's hard to imagine how cool it is until you actually see it—you can watch a video of it in action at the link above!
Mewgaroo Hoodie Pet Pouch Sweatshirt
USD101 BUY NOW
This hoodie has a built-in pouch for your kitty (or small dog), so you can cradle and cuddle them in your lap like the crazy cat-person you are! It comes complete with cat ears on the hood and paw graphics on the sleeves. The pouch also has a removable super-soft insert so that you can wash or lint roll it easily. Choose from grey, black, or navy.
Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
USD48 BUY NOW
If you use a tablet to do anything more than play Candy Crush, you probably prefer to do your typing on a keyboard. This portable, foldable keyboard is small enough to fit in a purse or even a back pocket so it can travel with you anywhere. It's also spill-resistant and easy to turn on and off.
USD10 BUY NOW
Don't mistake this for chapstick. Nerdwax is actually a special formula that you swipe onto the bridge and nose area of your glasses to keep them from sliding down every 10 seconds. It's the little things!
Studio Banana Things Ostrich Pillow
USD83 BUY NOW
This pillow is basically a portable napping pod you can bring with you to the office, on an airplane, or anywhere else you may need to take an impromptu snooze break. It's filled with microballs so it stays cool, and it has holes on the sides and the front for breathability. It is completely ridiculous and we want it.
que Water Bottle
from USD24 BUY NOW
The second we saw this on Kickstarter, we ordered a pack immediately. The que water bottle, which is available in two sizes, twists up and down to expand or contract, making it super compact and easy to carry around once you've finished drinking. It has a wide mouth to allow for all sizes of ice cubes, and it can also hold hot liquids!
Travelmate Robotic Suitcase
from USD399 BUY NOW
This fully autonomous, robotic suitcase is the perfect travel companion. Using a signal sent by your smartphone, it follows you around in airports or on the street at up to nearly 7 miles per hour, and it moves with ease through crowds both vertically and horizontally. It has built-in sensors to avoid colliding with people or objects, and the battery has a USB port that can even charge your personal electronics. It has around four hours of battery life (though it can be put into standby mode when you're not walking, to save battery life), and can be re-charged using wireless technology.
Safe Grabs 8-in-1 Multipurpose Silicone Tool
USD28 BUY NOW
All right, we understand why you may not think this belongs on a "coolest products of the year" roundup, but hear us out. This simple piece of silicone can perform an unlimited number of functions. Use it as a mitt for hot items coming from the microwave, a top for large bowls or Tupperware, a placemat, a grip for stubborn tops screwed on too tight, a mat for sauced-up spoons while you're cooking, and probably so many other things. Sometimes it's those "uh, duh" inventions that leave us thinking about how simple a solution to everyday problems can be!
Sensorwake Olfactory Alarm Clock
USD109 BUY NOW
This alarm clock uses scent cartridges to wake you up to the smell of your favourite things, from warm croissants to fresh-cut grass. You can purchase any variety of cartridges you'd like (scents include toast, espresso, seaside, croissant, cut grass, chocolate, and peppermint) but your initial purchase will come with a free toast scent. You can also buy a package of one of each scent for about USD137. Each cartridge contains 30 wake-ups.
Night Runner Shoe Light
USD60 BUY NOW
If you run at night, you know how hard it can be to see the surface in front of you. These lights clip directly onto your shoes so that each step you take is completely illuminated. It makes running safer for the wearer and for everyone around them as it adds visibility to both the ground and to the runner. It won't bobble around either, so you'll feel secure in each step.
Hasbro Speak Out Game
USD20 BUY NOW
Speak Out has been taking the world by storm since it was released. It's a pronunciation challenge game that comes with plastic apparatuses that hold your cheeks open while you try to pronounce words, making everyone look like total idiots and bringing endless laughs to game nights everywhere.
USD119 BUY NOW
The Sunscreenr is a brilliant invention that everyone living in sunny or hot climates should invest in. It uses special technology that allows you to see exactly where you're missing sunscreen on your body, so you don't end up exposed to harmful UV rays. When you look through the Sunscreenr, you'll see unprotected skin appear very light in comparison to the covered areas. It works on all skin colours and types.
USD30 BUY NOW
You may have already seen the original Tile tracker, which come with a small hole in the corner for easy attachment to your key ring and other easy-to-lose items. But the original design wasn't quite thin enough to fit flat into other frequently misplaced possessions like wallets and tablets. So the company designed the Tile Slim, which is about as thin as a credit card. Set it into your wallet, or even between an iPad and its case to keep track of where they are using an app on your smartphone.
Trend:Bar Shoe Accessories
from USD2 BUY NOW
We are obsessed with these clever shoe accessories by Trend:Bar. Choose from shoelace charms, removable decorative stickers, and even removable embroidery detailing that can transform basic sneakers, boots, bags, or even jackets into personalized, runway worthy styles.
The Whisk Wiper
from USD19 BUY NOW
Cleaning a whisk is a serious pain, especially when it's covered in goopy frosting or sticky batter. The Whisk Wiper is a clever invention that allows the user to cleanly remove sticky stuff from the whisk by sliding it up from the handle. There are plenty of creases for the metal rods to slide through, so it works with a variety of whisk types. Simple solutions, y'all.
The Lapel Project Removable Lapels
from USD40 BUY NOW
Tuxedos are expensive. Like, really really really expensive. So if you don't want to buy or rent one, you can simply pop a Lapel Project removable lapel onto any suit jacket to turn it into a tux. You can choose from patterns and colors for a totally original look, or just go with classic black on a black blazer or suit jacket for a sophisticated look. Brilliant.
USD13 BUY NOW
Have you ever worn heels and then tried to walk on a grassy area? Yeah, it's not so great. Heel spikes sink into the ground, getting dirty and throwing your ankles off. Solemates are a simple but clever little accessory that can be placed on heels to protect them and keep them flat on the ground when you're outside. Choose from clear, black, and other neutrals to match your shoe colour.
Vi Artificial Intelligence Personal Trainer
from USd279 BUY NOW
Vi is essentially a personal trainer that learns your behaviours and body with bio-sensing headphones to motivate and coach you through your fitness journey. In addition to tracking your physical outputs—like heart rate, cadence, and speed—it also tracks factors like elevation, location, and even weather (it will even give you a new routine that can be done indoors if it's raining!). Using both text and voice commands, you can communicate with Vi both during and between your workouts to make sure you are optimising your time and routine to meet your fitness goals.