Perhaps you've had a great business idea or come up with a clever invention and then never followed through because you didn't think your idea stood a chance at succeeding. The fact is, sometimes it's the craziest business or product ideas that succeed, as evidenced by some of the newest products we've found on the market.
With the holiday season approaching, many will be looking for the perfect gift. For those looking to give something different this year, here is a roundup of some of the craziest things to hit the market the past few months.
The same material used by astronauts during spacewalks is now available in the form of foot-warming insoles for the rest of us to use in our shoes and boots. The non-electric Weber Toasty Feet Foot Warmer Insoles are less than a quarter-inch thick (around 6 mm) and keep feet a constant 72 degrees (22 degrees Celsius) at all times. The insoles, which can be trimmed using scissors to reach the exact desired size, are available online for $25 a pair.
Those looking to make a footwear fashion statement now have Crystal Heels as an option. Each shoe is handmade using thousands of Swarovski crystals. Customized authentic designer shoes are available from major labels such as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Manolo Blahnik, and Dolce & Gabbana, and are sold online for between $900 and $5,000. In addition, Crystal Heels offers a "redo your shoes" service allowing customers to send in old, dull shoes and have them completely redesigned with Swarovski crystals.
Screaming O's new Studio Collection gives new meaning to traveling for pleasure with a line of products that discreetly disguise the items that no woman wants to see waved around in an airport. The new toys are creatively designed as mascaras, lipsticks, eye shadows and brushes, giving women the freedom to carry them in their purse without the fear of being embarrassed should they be seen – in an airport security line or elsewhere. The new collection officially launches Dec. 10.
For kids who can't be with without their stuffed animals, HoodiePet is a snuggly fleece garment featuring plush toys that attach with Velcro to the front pocket of the hoodie. Children can use the HoodiePet toys as finger puppets and trade and collect different animals in the collection. There are currently 11 HoodiePet Friends from which to choose, including bears, pandas, puppies, bunnies, apes, zebras and unicorns; the hoodies themselves come in six colors. They're available online for $30, which includes an initial stuffed animal. Each additional stuffed animal is $7.
A new line of alarm clocks makes it virtually impossible for snooze lovers to stay in bed. DealExtreme's specialty alarm clocks force sleepers to wake up by making them actually get out of bed to turn them off. One clock flies – taking off as soon as the alarm sounds. Using a propeller, the clock launches 5 feet (1.524 meters) into the air and darts around the room until it is caught by the groggy target and returned to its base. Another option is the Run Away Clock, which uses two large wheels to run around the room when the alarm is activated, beeping until it's caught. The alarm clocks are available online for $15 each.
SnapLNX has unveiled a new all-in-one fashion accessory for men. Made of stainless steel and utilizing cutting-edge InvisaHinge technology, the self-described universal clip combines the functions of cufflink, tie clip, money clip, lapel pin, hat clip and sleeve clip. In addition to its multi-use functionality, the SnapLNX is also the first cufflink that works on both French cuffs and regular, button-cuff shirts. The clips, which are adorned with a collection of unique designs including a crown, dagger or American flag, are available online for $35 each.
Daddy Tool Box
A Florida-based company has released its own type of all-in-one device for men; this one, though, is specifically for new dads. Sold by Fun Stuff 4 Babies, the Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox boasts a treasure trove of tools that makes diaper duty an easily accomplished task. The survival kit includes a mask, goggles, a protective poop poncho, tongs, a turkey baster for cleaning hard to reach areas, ear/nose plugs, a pacifier, baby wipes, diapers, biohazard bag, rubber gloves, a formula container and hand wipes. The toolbox also features a picture frame so new dads can remember their diaper duty forever. The Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox is sold online for $37.
Billed as a design that can fool anyone into thinking it’s a piece of modern art, the weePOD Basix toilet topper from Prince Lionheart is actually a new potty training tool. Available in a variety of vibrant colors including green, blue and pink, the weePOD Basix has a smooth, easy-to-clean surface that feels soft, cushiony and comfortable. The toilet topper fits most toilets, secures into place with suction cups and is easily portable. The toilet trainer is available at the Prince Lionheart website for $33.
A pet products company's new line is giving cat and dog owners the chance to disguise their unattractive beds as designer furniture. The Refined Feline and The Refined Canine have recently unveiled a number of new items, including the Igloo Deluxe Pet Bed, which is made of natural rattan with wooden top and bottom that doubles as a stylish end table. For cats, the Kitty Ball Bed is dome-shaped and made from either rattan or bamboo. The top seller is the six-foot-tall Lotus Cat Tower, described as part cat tower and part work of art. The beds are sold for between $65 and $150; the tower sells for $370.
Fanny Pack Alarm
iSafe has introduced a new fanny pack designed to keep outdoor enthusiasts safe and secure. The waist pack is equipped with a powerful, lightweight alarm system that provides personal safety and protection. Each bag, available in an array of colors, has a wire connecting to a port that, when removed, sounds a loud alarm for up to two hours. The new fanny packs join iSafe's complete line of alarm bags, including backpacks, computer bags and messenger bags. The fanny packs and bags are available on the iSafe website for between $40 and $80.