Five Selfie-Enabling Devices That Deserve a Permanent Ban

By Kate Knibbs on at

Here at Gizmodo we are dedicated to telling you about the best technology and design innovations IN THE WORLD, SON. That means relentlessly following the best new phones, showcasing souped-up vacuums, or highlighting fascinating social networks. And sometimes it means showing you the absolute worst technology and design innovations so you can use the opposite of them.

This is one of those latter cases. Presenting the ugliest gizmos known to (this wo)man created to help people take pictures of themselves.


The Selfie Stick

5 Selfie-Enabling Devices That Deserve a Permanent Ban

I saw a group of four teens using one of these in the wild, in front of the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. I considered asking if they just wanted me to take their picture, but clearly they didn't because they bought a stick specifically to avoid that kind of basic human interaction.

There are so many different kinds of selfie sticks, yet no one has managed to invent one that doesn't automatically make the person holding it look like a huge loser.


The Selfie Brush

5 Selfie-Enabling Devices That Deserve a Permanent Ban

This is an iPhone case that doubles as a hairbrush that triples as a way to make sure everyone hates you.


The Selfie Hat

5 Selfie-Enabling Devices That Deserve a Permanent Ban

This sparkly sombrero from disco hell was designed by Christian Cowan-Sanluis and outfitted with an Acer tablet. You can tell it's a promo stunt and not weird pop art because there is no way anyone would stick an Acer tablet anywhere unless Acer commissioned it.


The S.E.L.F.I.E. Mirror

5 Selfie-Enabling Devices That Deserve a Permanent Ban

S.E.L.F.I.E. stands for "Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine," I think because
the team who invented it wanted people to have rage aneurysms. They should have realized that "mirror that takes pictures and posts them to Facebook" is plenty ragey enough.


The Selfie Ring

5 Selfie-Enabling Devices That Deserve a Permanent Ban

This looks like a sex toy I wouldn't know how to use.

There is also a Selfie Toaster but it's actually kind of cool.

Top image via Acer UK