This week’s dumbest gadget award goes to the TV Hat, a baseball cap with an elongated peak from which hangs a “personal private theater”. It is a head-mounted blackout tent into which you drop your portable media player, wherein you can watch movies in the glare of the midday sun, or in bed next to your smiling spouse. It costs $30, and includes a 2.5x magnification screen.
Who would use this? First, you look like an idiot, or at the very best like some weird, creepy guy in night-vision goggles. Second, this is most likely to be used outside or in a public place, which means you will be rendered not only blind and deaf to the outside world, you will not be paying any attention to the goings-on around you. That would make me very nervous.
But wait, there is another use. The head-mounted dork-theater is not only for watching distraction-free. It is also for keeping others out: “Privacy side shields prevent others from seeing what you are viewing.” Be careful, though. They might not be able to peek at the naughty movie you are watching, but they can sure as hell still see what your hands are doing.
TV Hat [Things You Never Knew Existed via Book of Joe]
Source: Gadget Lab