9 wacky but useful products you can find online
Are you ready for something completely different? This morning on TODAY, I showed Willie Geist and Vanessa Williams nine of the wackiest, zaniest and downright weirdest products I've come across online. Here's a little more info on each of them.
1. Hog Wild Twirling Spaghetti Fork ($7)
We’re kicking things off today with the Twirling Spaghetti Fork. This is the ultimate food gadget for kids or lazy eaters. We all know how annoying it can be to twirl up your pasta, so this fork does it for you! Just give it a click and watch the pasta wrap around the edges.
2. Musical Wine Glasses ($62)
Next up, a spin on your traditional wine glasses. These are musical wine glasses which feature notations corresponding with levels of liquid, so while a nice full glass might be a B flat, when you start getting low on vino, you’ll be playing a G sharp. Yes, this has always been a wine trick, but now you have notes to go along with it and can really wow your party guests. There’s never been a more fun way of performing impromptu concertos with your chardonnay!
3. Just a Slice Cake Pan ($11)
If you've ever wished for an easier way to cut perfect-sized portions of a cake, you can look no further than the Just a Slice Cake Pan. It lets you evenly distribute batter so your cake bakes up in individual portions. You can still combine all eight portions together to form a circular cake. Your guests will watch in awe when you serve them without cutting it. We used it to make a Color Wheel Cake for Brit + Co's first birthday!
4. Hand Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger ($60)
This is the best thing to keep in your glove compartment. It’s a cell phone charger that works by converting a crank of your hand into power. One minute of cranking converts into 30-second bursts of battery for a connected phone. It’s great for placing that essential call or text when you are in an emergency and don’t have access to electricity. It works with most phones and can charge them all completely if the battery on the charger is also completely charged.
5. 3D Silver Jewelry
Did you know that you can design your own 3D jewelry and have it printed just for you? Seriously! You can create custom jewelry using all sorts of great online 3D modeling programs, or you can look through the Shapeways site and customize designs that already exist.
6. Foldable Me ($12)
Have you ever wanted a mini cardboard cut-out of yourself? Foldable Me is taking paper dolls to the next level. The company lets you customize everything about the design of the print-outs — hair, nose, chin, outfits, etc. — online and then prints them on a very high quality sheet of cardboard that is precision cut to easily fold into a 3D shape. No scissors or glue are required and you can put one together in just a couple of minutes. These make for great additions to a gift and can be displayed anywhere in the home or office. I'm planning to make one of my mom as her mother's day card this year!
7. Ruby Wing Two-Toned Nail Polish ($10)
Can’t decide between two nail polish hues? The pros at Ruby Wing have come up with a solution to the ultimate polish conundrum: color-changing polish. Wear one vibrant shade indoors, and embrace a totally different color when you step outside. Try Peony, which transitions from a soft pink indoors to a bright, saturated red in the sun.
Poppy starts as a light bubblegum shade and transforms into a rich burgundy. We’re adding these to our summer must-have list. Better yet, these two polishes are lightly scented with the floral notes. For more clever tricks on nail art, check out these 20 trendy tutorials.
8. Beer Buckle ($35)
Here’s the scene: You’re at a huge sporting event, holding your soda or beer, and need your hands to cheer or do the wave. Instead of raising your drink up in the air, why not set it down... on your buckle. That’s right, the Beer Buckle is a belt buckle that extends to double as a cup holder as well. It fits both bottles and cans and gives you two-handed freedom anywhere you go. Definitely a fashion statement if I’ve ever seen one.
Related: The Beer Holster.
9. Electronic Guitar Shirt ($30)
Are you ready to take your air guitar skills to a seriously rockin' level? This T-shirt has an electric guitar built right into it. Includes a mini-amp that, naturally, goes all the way to 11.
So awesome. You can remove the guitar component for machine washing and you can play most major chords. We're not totally sold on the idea of having rubbing your own tummy to play tunes, but we definitely dig the technology behind it.
What's the zaniest thing you've come across online lately? Share links with us in the comments below.