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Top 10 most pointless Christmas gadgets

Thu Dec 27 2012, 10:00

Remote control cushion

Totally pointless remote control cushion
There aren't many things more pointless than controlling the channels on your TV with a cube full of fluff, and that's why this remote control cushion just had to make it on our top 10 most pointless gadgets list.

With what can only make controlling your television more difficult, the ugly brown coloured pillow case costs £20 and is bound to annoy the hell out of you when it changes the channels over because you accidently sat on it and forgot about its useless built-in feature.

Targeted for couch potatoes, it features a built-in infrared LED to make itself a six-in-one universal control, with codes for over 500 remote control devices. But we fail to see why it is any easier than using a standard remote control. If anything, it's just more frustrating.

USB Cup Warmer

Keeps drinks hot for over an hour
Really? A stand that keeps your tea warm? Unless you're a really slow drinker, we see of no need for this gadget. It's just something else to clutter up your desk without serving any great purpose.

The plastic stand is powered via USB, which heats a warming element inside, making it capable of keeping hot drinks at 40 degrees for over an hour. But seriously, who takes an hour to drink a cup of tea?

Those too lazy to make a fresh one after an hour should probably be drinking Red Bull instead.

Native Union Pop phone

Look like a silly hipster with the Native Union Pop Phone
Native Union says its POP phone is a "classic 50s Bakelite design telephone that combines a retro style handset with luxurious soft-touch texture". But who cares? It's most utterly useless.

Being the must-have hipster gadget, the Pop phone turns any smartphone into a retro handset. But in our opinion, the classic Bakelite design telephone doesn't provide any benefit to buyers whatsoever, unless they are hoping to look ridiculous while walking around with a giant phone in their hands.

For £25, too, it's just not worth buying unless you are wanting to get noticed, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

Wheel Surf

Inane and unusable Wheel Surf will make you look stupid
Here we have the Wheel Surf, probably the strangest mode of transport you will ever see.

With a 56cc scooter engine and all components contained within the body or inner wheel, you can travel up to a pathetic 30mph on this thing.

Not only does it look ridiculous, but it is made completely pointless by the fact it's not a mode of transport you're legally allowed to ride on any public roads, meaning you're restricted to using the weird wheel bike contraption on private land only.

So if you were stupid enough to fork out £2,500 for the Surf Wheel, you'd also be limited to riding the thing around your own back garden. How hopelessly depressing that sounds. We really hope no-one gets you this one for Christmas. And if they do, we suggest taking them for a head examination. µ


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