Each week, innovative and exciting new tech gadgets hit the market. But for every practical invention, there is also a totally outlandish, off-the-wall gizmo.
Here at Business Insider, our inboxes get inundated every day with emails from startups and companies “pitching” their new, game-changing products.
We can’t write about everything, of course. And not all these products fit neatly into our tech coverage.
But some of these products are so odd, unusual or just plain fun that it feels wrong to let them languish, unheralded, in the depths of our inboxes.
So we’ve compiled some of our favourites. And who knows, they might just change the world.
See for yourself:
The Jul smart mug wants to be the Goldilocks of coffee cups: not to hot and not too cold.
The mug will let you control your preferred drinking temperature, keeping your coffee, tea, or other hot beverage at the ideal temp 'from the first sip to the last drop.' By spinning the base of the mug, you can make your drink warmer or colder and an indicator light will tell you when the drink is ready for you. Jul comes with a coaster that also serves as a wireless charger.
Jul says a pledge of $US49 or more to its Kickstarter campaign will get you a mug and coaster. The company has already raised more than $US158,000, well above its $US50,000 goal. Check out the company's Kickstarter page here, but as always, pledge at your own risk.
Once you have your smart mug, you'll need a smart water bottle to complete the set. AquaGenie isn't for regulating temperature, however: It's aimed at helping you drink enough water throughout the day.
AquaGenie will track how much water you're drinking and send the information to your health tracking app of choice. It will also gently remind you that you haven't taken a sip in a while, and shaking it will show an indicator light that lets you know if you're on track to meet your water consumption goals.
The company says pledging $US55 will get you a water bottle plus a wireless charger. Check out the company's Kickstarter page here.
If you love baseball caps but always wished for a stiffer brim, there's a new invention that can help: OVi, a wood-brimmed baseball cap.
The cap is made of wool and acrylic with a bamboo brim and will be available if OVi meets its Kickstarter goal of $US14,266. A pledge of $US37 will get you a cap, which OVi says is $US9 off the eventual retail price. The cap is available in red, green, and blue, and OVi will add more colours if it meets its stretch goals.
Check out the company's Kickstarter page here.
We all need a quiet moment alone sometimes, but can't always find that space. Luckily, the Pause Pod is here to help.
The Pause Pod is a foldable, portable tent you can bring with you and set up anywhere you have a few feet of space. You can sit down in the pod, or extend your legs out through an extension on one side and take a full-on nap.
A pledge to Pause Pod's Kickstarter of about $US120 gets you your very own pod, or you can pledge about $US28 for a 'mini pod' -- a headset with ear muffs and an eye mask. Check out the company's Kickstarter page here.