10 Gadgets To Enhance Your Life As A Solitary Person

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10 Gadgets To Enhance Your Life As A Solitary Person

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We all purchase products with the hopes that they’ll improve the quality of our lives.For those of us who like solitude, this means seeking out gadgets that prolong our aloneness or items that help to make it more enjoyable.

Every so often, I come across articles ridiculing a solitary person that write about topics such as “Gifts For Lonely People” which involve bottles of lubricant, anti depressant pills, or pillows that double as tissue boxes or romantic partners.

I understand the big generalization that all solitude lovers are desperate or sad individuals.  However, this is far from the truth as LonerWolf is testament to.  So instead of deriding the solitary person, I thought that I’d find some practical gadgets that can be used in every day life, and put them on a quirky and intriguing platter for you to examine.

Some of the following items are things that you can use in your daily life, while others are innovative and humorous ideas.  In the end, what you’ll find practical and what you’ll find amusing is entirely dependent on who you are.

1. Go Away Doormat

Go-Away-DoormatThe protection of your solitary sanctuary should start right at the entrance.  Ancient castles had moats, but due to the lack of this option these days, the next best thing is a doormat.

Many people take this as a tongue-in-cheek joke at first, but according to many of the reviewers who have purchased this itemon Amazon, this is actually a very effective way of deterring salesmen, preachers and overly-social neighbors.

2. Expected Curtain

Expected CurtainAlthough still a prototype, the Expected Curtainaims to use counter-intuitive psychology by portraying you as a social-butterfly that is constantly holding social gatherings at home and doesn’t need more friends.

It works by using a screen over your windows that is printed with silhouettes of people on a white curtain that disappears at day time, and only become visible at night when you turn on the lights inside.

Sooner or later passer-byes will realize that the silhouettes don’t move, but it will be too late; the unconscious first impression of you is of a busy social being.

3. Boyfriend Pillow

Boyfriend PillowAt first this seems like another one of those gag gift ideas, and certainly most people that buy it according to the Amazon reviews, did so as a practical joke.

Surprisingly though, a lot of the owners of these pillows end up using them and finding them a comfortable addition to their sleeping experience.

There is a primal comfort of feeling embraced while you sleep, and the fact that it encourages proper spinal alignment while sleeping is a bonus as well.

4. AR Wear

AR WearOne of the greatest fears for many women is the feeling of vulnerability when they go out or travel alone.  An online company called AR Wear recently started a campaign and succeeded in raising $50,000 for the launch of their unique protective intimate clothing.

The idea is to provide females with underwear that is basically “rape proof”, using a special material that is cut proof and a set of combination locks.  Basically it’s the modern equivalent of a chastity belt that only the wearer has the key to.

5. Hanappa Nodding Flower Robot

Hanappa-Nodding-Flower-RobotThis product seems to be marketed for “lonely” adults, but I think it would make a pretty cool gift for a solitary person / child.

Hanappa is an agreeable little flower robot that “listens to you patiently” and feels like an inhabitant of Alice In Wonderland.  It has an inbuilt voice sensor and nods whenever it hears your voice.

6. Ostrich Pillow

OSTRICH PILLOWThis one is great for kids and adults alike.  It looks quite ridiculous at first, but if you have the confidence, this can be one of your favorite items to take out. The Ostrich Pillow is a comfortable device that has revolutionized the art of sleeping anywhere, while looking amusingly eccentric and ostentatiously anonymous.

From travel pillow and alien anus replica, to even psychological rebirth therapy, there’s an infinity of uses mentioned by the Amazon purchasers.

7. Minecraft Full Face Hoodies

Minecraft Full Face HoodieIf you’re shopping for gifts for someone who’s young, why not give them clothes that they’ll actually use by getting them a hoodie that doubles as an anonymity mask.

Many kids who prefer solitude to socializing would enjoy the possibility of wearing a mask that is somewhat acceptable and fun. This item is especially good for places with cold climates as it provides the perfect excuse to zip the hoodie all the way up.

8. Laptop Compubody Sock

Laptop Compubody SockThis is an interesting concept created by Becky Stern, a woman who decided to knit a sock to provide a deeper sensory immersion within her cyber experience for a solitary person.

Some could consider this a reflection of ourabsorption with technology, but others raveabout the practical privacy and external distraction benefits, as well as the warmth in winter.

The best feature of this unusual gadget, is that you can get it for free by knitting it yourself following her online instructions.

9. Anti-Social Media Apps

Cloak AppIn our modern technological age, solitude has become a rare luxury.  You can be GPS tracked via several different social networking sites wherever you go, but this can be an advantage if you know how to use it.

Many of you probably dislike bumping into ex’s, old co-workers and people you put up with but generally don’t like.  This is where the Anti-Social media smart phone applications comes in handy.  My favourite three are: Cloak, Hell Is Other Peopleand Split.

All of them notify you where your friends or enemies are located by marking red “danger zones” on your phone map, as well as green “safe zones”.

10. Speech Jamming Gun

Speech Jammer GunThis is a secret fantasy a lot of you may have.

Imagine that there was a secret mute button which you could press whenever you encountered an aggressively extroverted person who is oblivious to your disinterest.  Well, two Japanese scientists have invented just that.

This invention is still in its prototype phase, but the basic premise is that when you aim this gun at someone, it prevents them from talking by recreating a sort of echo inside of their head using “Delayed auditory feedback”.

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