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WAYSKIN Home YOUR PER­SONAL SKIN­CARE THER­A­PIST. en.wayskin.com

This isn’t the first prod­uct from the South Korea-based com­pany, with the WAY skin­care de­vice suc­cess­fully be­ing funded on Indiegogo back in 2015. What is it? Well, the Home is a “skin care de­vice that mon­i­tors, analy­ses and cares for your skin” in a time- and money-friendly way, cost­ing you just a teeny US$269. Why do you need one? Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, you’re prob­a­bly “too busy to visit the der­ma­tol­o­gist on a reg­u­lar ba­sis” (yep) or un­will­ing to spend lots of money on skin treat­ment (yep), so they’ve de­vel­oped this at-home kit to keep your skin healthy. It’s a “phone-sized de­vice” that you press to your face through­out the day. It takes read­ings of your skin and your en­vi­ron­ment and sends the re­sults to the com­pan­ion app. It will then sug­gest a list of prod­ucts to use and a host of tips to keep your skin good enough to eat. The part you press to your face is an LED pad that changes colour and ap­par­ently does dif­fer­ent things with each colour. Call us scep­ti­cal.

SightSaver Com­puter Glasses PRO­TECT YOUR EYES FROM HARM­FUL COM­PUTER SCREENS. sight­saver­com­put­er­glasses.com

Suc­cess­fully funded back in Novem­ber of last year, this sun­glasses-look­ing wear­able ev­i­dently man­aged to scare enough peo­ple into cough­ing up US$119 to save their eye­sight. The lenses aren’t just coloured, but rather in­fused by a syn­thetic sub­stance called Me­lan­eye that ap­par­ently helps things look sharper and clearer while look­ing at a screen. How­ever, these glasses are po­ten­tially a vic­tim of be­ing too late to the party. Blue light has been tack­led by most of the large tech com­pa­nies now, by in­tro­duc­ing Night Shift and equiv­a­lent fea­tures to re­duce the amount of blue light emit­ting from our screens at cer­tain times of the day. Some of these fea­tures have to be turned on, oth­ers are au­to­matic, but they’re all def­i­nitely more con­ve­nient than keep­ing a spe­cial pair of glasses with you at all times, es­pe­cially ones that only come in one style and would clash with most busi­ness at­tire.

PROPHIX AN IN­NO­VA­TIVE WAY TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH? www.get­prophix.com

While ac­tu­ally in the process of re­think­ing their de­sign, the idea of the US$299 Prophix tooth­brush will un­doubt­edly re­main the same when the re­vised model be­comes avail­able. Watch in awe or dis­gust as your tooth­brush pro­vides you with a live feed to your mouth! By us­ing the com­pan­ion app, you can get all those bits you usu­ally miss and check out an­gles of your teeth that you can’t see in the mir­ror. We do have a cou­ple of prob­lems with this idea... One, if you visit your den­tist reg­u­larly, you shouldn’t need a tooth­brush to tell you about any ‘prob­lem ar­eas’. Two, none of the images show some­one us­ing the brush with tooth­paste, which gen­er­ally gets very bub­bly and would com­pletely cover the cam­era. Three, it doesn’t ap­pear to come with a light. And lastly, um... ew? Be­cause of all of this, we’re re­ally strug­gling to see how the Prophix would work. Maybe this is why the com­pany needs to re­think its de­sign...?

WIRED CAT EAR HEAD­PHONES THE PUR­R­FECT WAY TO LIS­TEN. tinyurl.com/tla78-catears

To round off this month’s Ridicu­lous Tech, we thought we’d throw in yet an­other invention suc­cess­fully crowdfunded on Indiegogo. And tak­ing the spot of our ‘cat-re­lated’ en­try this month is a pair of head­phones with cat ears on them. To be fair, there are prob­a­bly dozens (if not more) ver­sions of this de­vice, so this one isn’t ac­tu­ally more ridicu­lous than the rest. To cat-lov­ing ma­ni­acs, it might not even be ridicu­lous at all, come to think of it... The site also of­fers other an­i­mals to choose from, wire­less op­tions and even in-ear bud ver­sions. One of the fea­tures of this par­tic­u­lar ver­sion, how­ever, is “LED ac­cent lights” on the pro­trud­ing cat ears them­selves that “make a state­ment any­where”. They cer­tainly would, yeah… They come in dif­fer­ent colours, too, in­clud­ing yel­low, pur­ple and blue — just like real cats.

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