AN EYE ON... inventions
Tuesday 13 January 1998
Tokyo: The Japanese inventor Kenji Kawakami has introduced a new concept which he calls "Chindogu" (unusual tools). The term is designed to describe his inventions which are often useful for everyday life but are also flawed at some level. His ideas include "Baby Mops" - baby clothes lined with mops which allow infants to clean floors as they crawl, a toilet roll that fits over the head to be used as a portable nose-wiper, and the "Drive- by-Drier", a laundry rack that attaches to the hood of a car. Mr Kawakami is the author of 101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions and its sequel, 99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions.
Las Vegas: The Winter Consumer Electronics Show includes a combined cellular phone, Internet access and personal organiser that can be mounted on the handlebars of a mountain bike. You can also buy a portable disc player that lets you watch movies while jogging.
New York: IBM has captured the top spot for the fifth consecutive year in the list of recipients of most patents in the US. In 1997, IBM received 1,724 US patents, the second-highest total in its history.
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Animal welfare charities have urged the boy band to cut the scenes
Argentinian scored 'rabona' wonder goal for Tottenham in Europa League – see it here
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study
Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
Ebola: NYC doctor Craig Spencer tests positive for disease after returning from west Africa
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
What do the text messages between you and your partner reveal about your relationship?
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
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