In the age of social media, we have all witnessed some strange thing or another go viral from time to time. In fact, a few weird artefacts from World Wide Web have been shared so many times that they’ve become embedded in modern society’s popular culture. Now, when one thinks of tide pods, fidget spinners and colourful slime – it’s easy to assume that all attention grabbing silly accessories aren’t particularly valuable or practical. But who’s to say that every wacky item is more fun than functional?
When it comes to travelling, these 5 quirky products may seem like a poor attempt at an April fool prank. But read on to find out why they are actually brilliant for the discerning traveller.
1) MOTORISED SCOOTER SUITCASE
Advertised as the “Carry-On That Carries You” this motorized luggage will apparently get you to your destination up to three times faster than walking. While the thought of avoiding lugging around a heavy suitcase and the child-like prospect of racing around the airport on these may entice you, be aware that this is a ridiculous item with an equally ridiculous price. It currently retails for US$1,499, and its campaigns are targeted at frequent flying corporate heads whom can’t afford even a minute’s delay. How crazy is that?
2) THE OSTRICH PILLOW
This aptly named contraption is by U.K. architecture and design firm Kawamura-Ganjavian, and its aim is to make napping comfortable wherever you are. The accessory essentially turns your entire head into a pillow. But it does so at the expense of making you look a little alien like. While public reception criticised the unending obsession with comfort that probably led to this invention, any technological improvement towards the ultimate #potatolyfe is appreciated by tired students and busy workers everywhere. After all, with a retail price of £70 GBP, you better be getting a good snooze for your buck.
3) AIR CONDITIONED SHIRT
Japan has done it again. These clothes by Kuchou-fuku (literally “air-conditioned clothes”) may just be the answer to Malaysia’s tropical heat. Perhaps more appealing to those whom are not used to hotter weather conditions, these clothes are meant to keep the wearer cool at all times. Priced at 11,000 yen ($96), the clothes have small fans are sewn into the back of which are powered by a portable battery pack. But because the fans are meant to fill the cloth with air, they give wearers a more rounded, Rolie Polie Olie-esque look.