25 Strangest Patents Ever Filed

It goes without saying, but technology has certainly enriched our lives. (I know…this statement is controversial.) For the most part, however, from medicine to space exploration, our quality of life has made huge strides thanks to rapid advancements in various life changing technologies. Not every new technology makes obvious sense though. After reading through this list of the 25 Strangest Patents Ever Filed, you’ll see what we mean.

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Vibrating Tattoo

Vibrating Tattoo

Apparently having your phone vibrate in your pocket isn’t enough. Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia took things a step further when they filed a patent for a vibrating tattoo that would alert users when their phone rings.

24

Kissing Shield

Kissing Shield

It seems to sort of defeat the purpose right? Well, according to its patent, one of its potential uses could be by politicians as they kiss babies during their election campaigns. Talk about a niche market.


23

Anti-Eating Face Mask

Anti-Eating Face Mask

If you want to stop your overweight child from eating too much, this cage-like mask could be your solution. The mask makes it nearly impossible to sneak in even a crumb, though it has a cup-shaped mesh to allow the person to breathe. Patented in 1982, this could be something a sadistic diet camp director could impose on those who are trying to lose weight. However, what would stop hungry dieters from taking this contraption off was never made clear.

22

High-Five Machine

High-Five Machine

Boost your self-esteem with this high-five machine if nobody wants to do it with you! Patented in 1993, this machine allows you to stimulate the celebratory effect of high-5’ing as a convenient outlet for the release of excitement. According to the patent’s instructions, you will have to affix the high-five machine to the wall or set it on a table, as it improves your hand-and-eye coordination and your mood, by giving the plastic arm a high-five anytime you want to.


21

Portable Nuclear Shield

Portable Nuclear Shield

Afraid of the coming Apocalypse? This shield will protect you should a nuclear bomb ever be dropped in your area. According to its patent, all you need to do is to dig a hole and unfold the Portable Nuclear Shield over your head and you will be free from its harmful contaminants. Hopefully you’re good at digging fast!



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