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.
Life & Style blogs
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Why do we have eyebrows? The social significance of our silent communicators
WhatsApp: How to discover who your best friends are - using a hidden tool within the application
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
- 2 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
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