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Top 10 most pointless Christmas gadgets

Thu Dec 27 2012, 10:00

My Keepon Dancing Robot

My keepon is not only useless but annoying
The My Keepon dancing yellow blob appeared on gadget retail websites everywhere when it hit the market last year, but we're still trying to understand why it won't go away.

The squidgy yellow robot fails to do anything other than dance in time to music you play to it, which it hears via a built-in microphone. It also reacts to taps and pokes due to an array of sensors under its skin. But for an extravagant price of £40, it has to be the most annoying and badly named bit of nonsense to accompany your desk.

My Keepon isn't funny. It's pointless and it's irritating. Responding to every sound you make, it'll be sure to drive you up the wall. And for that reason, it most definitely deserves a place on our most pointless gadget run down.

USB Fish Aquarium

satzuma usb fish tank will do nothing but clutter up your desk
Do we even need to explain why a USB-powered fake fish tank has made it onto our top 10 most pointless gadgets list? We don't think we do, but we will nonetheless.

The USB powered fish aquarium works with any computer or gaming console with a USB port and homes swimming fish with hinged tails that appear to float around in an environment lit up by a blue LED.

Unless you plan on spending your time at your computer staring at a few bits of plastic moving around a clear box, there really is no other reason why you should spend £10 on this pointless bit of kit.

One good thing about the USB Fish tank, though, is that you just add water and there is no need to buy fish food. Regardless, it's still one of the most pointless gadget gifts available this Christmas.

Facebook huggable jacket

Facebook jacket
Just when you were thinking Facebook couldn't get any more creepy and intrusive, a technology student from Massachusetts developed a prototype this year that means the social network will soon be able to hug you in the street.

This is thanks to a jacket connected to the website that hugs you by inflating when you receive a "Like" on your profile. We have to say that anyone wearing the jacket is going to look rather odd when walking around with an inflating and deflating coat. Not only that, but it is completely and utterly pointless because if you want to be notified of any Likes on your profile, you could just check your phone.

Luckily, the jacket isn't available yet, so is perhaps one to avoid when it's launched - if it ever does - next year. Regardless, we thought it deserved a mention in our most pointless top 10 Christmas gadgets list as a warning of what's to come.


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