Japanese inventions range from practical to bizarre
November 9, 1996
Web posted at: 11:30 p.m. EST (0430 GMT)
From Correspondent Melissa Sanders
LONDON (CNN) -- If you're looking for some new gadgets
designed to help you adjust to the daily trials of living,
there's a collection in London of Japanese inventions just
In London, where it seemingly rains more often than not, it's
good to be prepared. Sample number one: the shoe umbrella.
Not very elegant, but definitely practical.
This is what can happen when Japanese innovation collides
with British sensibility. Inventions such as a common cold
device to help the sniffling sufferers are now on display in
Or how about an attachment that allows any new dad to "breast
feed" his infant.
There is also a solution to a nuisance caused by some fellow
train passengers. Formally called "the commuter head
stabilizer," this hard hat with a suction cup keeps sleepy
heads off others' shoulders.
By the way, it helps if the user posts a note naming where he
plans to stop.
For the admittedly lazy there is a new way to clean the
floors with barely lifting a finger. "I quite like the remote
control mop," said one viewer.
Another Japanese alternative to doing the housework yourself
is to let the baby do it. After all, they are already down at
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