24    Mar 201412 comments

Ten Inventions: What were they thinking?

Not all inventions have been successful. Here are some bizarre inventions that will make you wonder what their inventors were thinking!

1. A fold-up piano, designed for bedridden patients, Britain, 1935:

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2. The Hamblin glasses, for easy reading in bed, England, 1936:

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3. A stroller resistant to possible gas attacks, England, Hextable, 1938:

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4. A portable radio hat, made by an American inventor, 1931:

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5. Swimsuits of wood to make swimming easier! Washington, US, 1929:

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6. A baby stroller with a built-in radio, antenna and loudspeaker, to keep baby entertained, United States, 1921:

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7. An amphibious bicycle, the Cyclomer, made for travel on land and water to carry up to 120 pounds. Paris, 1932:

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8. The motorized unicycle, invented by an Italian in 1931, that could reach a speed of 150 kilometers per hour:

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9. Swimming floats made from knotted bicycle tires, Germany, 1925:

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10. Plastic face shields to protect from snow and cold, Montreal, Canada, 1939:

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Which of these incredible inventions would you have liked to see implemented? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Item number 1 would be a good extention for bed ridden person.
    Could be altered to accomodate other type key board musical instrements
  2. #8 would be a blast. Love to have one today.
  3. 6. A baby stroller with a built-in radio is a wonderful innovation to save us from the noisy babies! so wonderful!
  4. Applying today's technology to #8 we could see a future for that invention. However safety features would make it almost impossible to enjoy. For example; if it fly's along at 150 kms/hr it might require wings, tail fins, rudder, air brakes and of course a parachute (to slow the thing down) that's before we even start to wonder about the safety gear for the 'rider/pilot! Never happen in this politically correct gone mad world!
  5. I like #8 and wouldn't mind owning one today. Some of the inventions are before their time and we see some form of them today. #1 is now an electronic keyboard; #4 is now a portable radio/cell phone with headphones; #9 is now floaties that you put around your arms.
  6. wow all I can say
  7. I like #1 and #2! But then probably no-one is reading books any more - just their Kindles - ha, ha. But the concept of #1 for the enjoyment of those confined to a bed (or wheelchair for that matter) would be a great idea - perhaps using electronic keyboards instead.
  8. This is a concept the same as that of #8 The power plant is a Briggs and Stratton. http://photos.mlive.com/detroit/2011/07/maker_faire_detroit_10.html I have seen a version powered by a V8 automobile engine, Crazeee!
  9. Interesting..considering the time period, they were forward thinking. I think that #1 has the best application and I can see a bedridden person using it...Just think..today, we have portable keyboards that can be perched on a slanting tray table that can do the same thing!
  10. The concepts might look crazy to us today, but I guess it's these nutty inventors who come up with the ideas which often eventually lead to practical and marketable products. Love them all.
  11. #1 for the musical side of the family! I could've seen Grandma playing this!
  12. #9 may have been the inspiration for the colorful foam 'noodle' float device. Wish I'd been the inventor of that money-maker! Who was that, BTW?

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