Dumb Product Ideas

Mirage

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I came across this glass topped pool table image today and got the idea for this thread.



First of all, felt is used for reasons other than looks. It is optimal for the pool balls to move around on. Not only would glass be loud and obnoxious, but it wouldn't even feel the same as playing on a normal table. The physics would all change. Seems like an absolutely horrible idea to me.

So, what other products have you come across that made you think "Wow that just won't work".

Not to be confused with bad products in general like a stupid exercise item. I'm talking more about variations of existing products that are changed to make them "cooler" or better looking but in the end just make them function worse.
 
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Hybrix said:
I'm talking more about variations of existing products that are changed to make them "cooler" or better looking but in the end just make them function worse.
Apple computers? Whazam! But seriously, Apple computers.
 

Merc

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The G1 Glass Pool Table

Pool tables come in all shapes and sizes, but until recently the technology and design of different brands has remained fairly uniform. But a unique design coming from Australian industrial design student Craig Nottage is changing all that, and revolutionizing the way some look at pool table technology. Its transparent surface is the result of replacing the usual slate with toughened glass and topping it with a patented transparent resin called Vitrik instead of the usual felt. It supposedly feels nearly the same to play on as any other pool table, plus you get the sensation of the balls floating on air as they roll across towards the pocket. $25,000
So actually, it isn't just glass, it's a fairly high tech take on an old game. :p

I can't stand the snuggie. It's the dumbest invention ever.
 

Mirage

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Isn't the Snuggie just a giant blanket? Maybe I am thinking of something else.

Also, that's cool about the glass tables. My bad I guess. :lol: But then again the price tag of $25,000 still qualifies it for the dumb product ideas category. As cool as it would be... no, not spending $25 G's on it.
 

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Green ketchup. Or basically any minor change to an existing product that serves no purpose other than to try to boost sales. Gimmicks. Sadly, they usually cost more than the original product.
 

Mirage

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Green ketchup. Or basically any minor change to an existing product that serves no purpose other than to try to boost sales. Gimmicks. Sadly, they usually cost more than the original product.
As dumb as green ketchup is, the red stuff isn't any better if you are complaining about the food coloring aspect. Technically real ketchup wouldn't be bright red either. It would probably be more like a salsa color.

They also die oranges orange. Go figure. The real things are more of a yellow color. Then there are apples. They wax them so they look shiny. So you are eating wax when you eat an apple. :lol:
 
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NINnerd

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As dumb as green ketchup is, the red stuff isn't any better if you are complaining about the food coloring aspect. Technically real ketchup wouldn't be bright red either. It would probably be more like a salsa color.

They also die oranges orange. Go figure. The real things are more of a yellow color. Then there are apples. They wax them so they look shiny. So you are eating wax when you eat an apple. :lol:
I've always wondered what that waxy feeling is on my apples! Seriously! Ew.

What about when Nasa invented a pen that could write upside-down and in space and all that when they could've just used a pencil? Waste of money!
 

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What about when Nasa invented a pen that could write upside-down and in space and all that when they could've just used a pencil? Waste of money!
You know thats not actually true. Nasa did not spent loads of money on a space-pen.

A pen stops working when it is upside down because gravity pushes against the direction of ink ............in space there is no gravity so therefore there is no problem of the pen not working, the guys at Nasa knew this.