Weird and cool inventions in 2009

It may look like the latest addition to Madonna's wardrobe, but this device is called the Bra Dryer. The machine can be adjusted to fit individual bra sizes

A robo-toilet that senses your movements has been launched. The AutoClose loo keeps track on you using an infra-red beam - and will raise and lower the seat accordingly. The seat closes automatically after you've stepped out of range

A computer programmer who lost his ring finger in a motorcycle accident has had it replaced with a USB drive. Jerry Jalava from Helsinki, Finland, has built the special prosthetic finger which he can peel back from the 'nail' and plug into the USB slot on

A child demonstrates the PediSedate, which gently sedates youngsters by administering anaesthetic nitrous oxide gas through a headset as they play handheld consoles

A Tomy employee poses with the Bowlingual Voice, a gadget that expresses dogs' emotions, at the annual Tokyo Toy Show. Tomy claim the gadget analyses a dog's voice through a wireless microphone attached to its collar and then displays its emotions

What a better way to discourage bear attacks when camping in the woods than to make them think you've already been eaten by another bear? Artist EIko Ishizawa has created this sleeping bag for a warm and safe night's sleep

A man demonstrates the JetLev-Flyer, which powers out two strong jets of water, allowing the wearer to take off and soar nearly 30ft above the ground. Its makers say flights can last up to two hours at 'cruising speed' or around one hour going flat out

The Scarpar board uses two tank-like tracks to roar across tricky off-road surfaces which would prove impossible with wheels. With a 8hp motor operated by a hand controller, the board can hit speeds of up to 37mph

The Isophone - an underwater telephone system designed by James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau. The space-age device means you can communicate with other swimmers while splashing around in the pool

Scientists in Hungary have invented see-through concrete. Filled with optical fibres that run from one end of a poured piece of concrete to the other, these prefabricated blocks and panels effectively transmit light from one side to the other

Meet the real-life Edward Scissorhands. Valentino LoSauro cuts the hair of Shannan Stewart with his revolutionary Clawz, which he claims cut hair twice as fast as normal shears, in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. He spent two years developing his invention

Burned or underdone toast could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new glass toaster that lets you see your bread as it browns

Kenji Kawakami, founder of the International Chindogu Society demonstrates his funnel glasses, designed to guide eyedrops into the eye, in Tokyo. The word "Chindogu" translates as "weird tools" and Kawakami has invented hundreds of absurd items...

...including a Hayfever Hat which dispenses a continuous flow of toilet paper, and an alarm clock with the snooze button in the middle of a bed of sharp pins, designed to keep the user awake

Canadian inventor Michael Pettipas poses on the Bonneville salt flats in Utah with his Formula One limo which seats six passengers, has an eight-litre engine and can reach speeds of up to 140 mph

The Amphicoach, an amphibious 50-seater luxury coach, is used in Malta. It is capable of 70mph on land and eight knots across water

Car designer Sudhakar Yadav drives a car in the shape of a snooker table in Hyderabad, India. It has three wheels with a 150cc engine and it can run at a top speed of 45 kph (28 mph)

Via - Telegraph

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