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How much would you pay for something completely useless? I’d pay nothing. Yet, the dudes over at thinkgeek.com have offered ‘The Useless Box’ that does nothing for $40. They even market it as useless, “Turn it on, so it can turn itself off… silliest electronics kits ever.” I went to buy one as soon as it showed up on my screen and it was already sold out. I live in Dubai, so it would cost me twice as much to have it shipped here, yet I’m heartbroken. Turns out there are 117 Facebook comments on the page, with similar reactions to mine, I’m not the only idiot out there drawn to an awesome yet useless experience:
“Shut up and take my money!”
“It’s the most useless and stupid thing I ever seen. I want it now…”
“I want to see the disappointment in my moms face when I spend 40 dollars on this.”
“MUST… RESIST… AAARRRRGGGGHHHH! This is the DUMBEST THING I have ever seen yet, I want one to put on my desk!!”
and so on…
Watch the video below and if you’re as dumb as I am, you can sign up to be notified when the Useless Box Kit is in stock again on ThinkGeek.com.
Update: I couldn’t actually buy the useless box. After a long thread of pleading emails with ThinkGeek.com’s customer service where I begged them to take my $40 dollars, somehow their poor business rules, checkout QA or UX won’t let me order one. And they didn’t really seem to care. I order things from American online stores all the time. I live in Dubai, use my UAE credit card and have things shipped to my friend’s address in the states. This is the first company of ‘geeks’ (yeah right) that I’ve had this problem with in 3 years. #fail
When video content breaks out of the box and unexpected actions happen all over the page, then you’ve got users in suspense and their attention focused on your message. Many have tried this creative approach, I’ve included videos of three popular ones from Honda, Frito Lays and the Expendables movie interview. Hope you enjoy the videos, and if you’re keen here is a link to 25 Awesome Youtube Takeovers. (more…)
Yes, a ball fitted with 36 cameras that capture a 360 degree panoramic photo. Would I buy it? Absolutely not, I don’t have the passion or skill to use it. So why have I posted it? Because its a cool invention and future implementations of this type of photography could reveal new perspectives and stories in action packed events, activities and sports. Imagine a video version of this?! I wonder what tomorrow will bring.
Stunning time lapse photographs of Earth from Space, taken by the ISS Expeditions in 2011 via Earth by Michael König.
I rarely subscribe to youtube channels, however the Museum of Obsolete Objects beautifully showcases the extinction of everyday products that we’ve used growing up and our children will never know of. Things such as the fax machine, light bulb, instant camera, radio receiver, pocket calculator, compact cassette, floppy disk, typewriter, phonograph and rotary telephone have vanished.
Their latest video seems to predict the end of the computer mouse by 2015. Will this happen as computing becomes more pervasive and input devices more natural?
I see the God complex around me all the time in my fellow economists. I see it in our business leaders. I see it in the politicians we vote for — people who, in the face of an incredibly complicated world, are nevertheless absolutely convinced that they understand the way that the world works.” (Tim Harford)