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Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the because-he-can dept.

Handhelds 208

Lanxon writes "Designer Dominic Wilcox has come up with a Pinocchio-style 'finger-nose stylus' that lets you use your phone hands free, reports Wired. He came up with the design after he found that he wanted to use his touchphone in the bath. A wet hand is not a good touchscreen navigation device, so he found himself using his nose to scroll, but found it hard to see precisely where his nose was touching the screen. The solution was to create a nose extension 'finger' that would allow for navigation while holding the phone firmly in his one dry hand."

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Addicted much? (4, Insightful)

ckthorp (1255134) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025040)

Could just not use the phone in the bath....

Re:Addicted much? (2)

PachmanP (881352) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025204)

I know I really do not understand the need to be using your smart phone that much. I see people sitting in hot tubes at my gym using them, and it's like do you really need to be connected so much you can't be away from your phone for 30 min?

How did these people function pre-smartphone?!

Re:Addicted much? (1)

PIBM (588930) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025294)

Now he can be navigating his porn (HTTP based) as much as he wants...

Re:Addicted much? (5, Funny)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025340)

Finally! A hands-free device for the iPhone. Now you can text and make phone calls with your hands firmly on the steering wheel.

What could go wrong?

Re:Addicted much? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025430)

Now you can text and make phone calls with your hands firmly on the steering wheel.

.... or you can text and surf porn with both your hands firmly on the gear shift...

Re:Addicted much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025566)

That's funny, in my country it only takes one hand to .... oh, nevermind.

Re:Addicted much? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025644)

Brings a whole new meaning to 'hunt and peck'.

Re:Addicted much? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025488)

The solution was to create a nose extension 'finger' that would allow for navigation while holding the phone firmly in his one not-masturbating hand.

Re:Addicted much? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025346)

How did these people function pre-smartphone?!

Sadly....many of them likely were not coming to age in a non-smartphone world. If that's all they've known...etc.

I admit, I like staying connected a LOT....but I do enjoy times when I don't wanna be contacted, nor do I want to contact anyone. A nice beach in the Caribbean or Key West maybe...no need for phones or computers, just some tunes....rum punch and girls in soon to be shed bikinis.

Re:Addicted much? (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025370)

>>>How did these people function pre-smartphone?!

Well as a wise woman once sung : "We're young and we're bored. Blow-o-o-o. o. o. o." - Ke-$-ha. Now they have phones so they don't have to be bored, even in the bath or hot tub.

Re:Addicted much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025396)

I see people sitting in hot tubes at my gym using them

Probably they are just connecting to Gayromeo because the boys sitting next to them are either not worthwhile or straight.

Re:Addicted much? (1)

Dakiraun (1633747) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025228)

Dang... no kidding! Cheaper fix for the guy: put your phone DOWN. Enjoy the bath.

Re:Addicted much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025304)

Or just use the thumb as a hand-mounted 'finger stylus.'

Re:Addicted much? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025328)

I don't get it. Why does he have one dry hand? I haven't taken a bath since I was 5, but I though the general idea of self cleansing, regardless of apparatus, was to clean your whole body, not everything but one hand. Like, does he dry one hand and then pick up the phone? If so, why not dry both hands? How do you even dry just one hand? I mean, I guess it's possible, but it would be awkward, since simply holding the towel in one hand to dry the other would in fact dry both hands. I mean, I really think this guy needs to put the fucking phone down and learn to properly clean himself. I would also suggest he take a fucking shower, since baths are disgusting since you're just lying in your own filth. I would also suggest that no one shake hands with this man.

Re:Addicted much? (1)

jitterman (987991) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025628)

I haven't taken a bath since I was 5..... I would also suggest that no one shake hands with this man.

Self-referential comment? :)

Re:Addicted much? (4, Informative)

RDW (41497) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025440)

I suspect Dominic Wilcox's surreal brand of humour is going to be lost in this thread. Yes, he knows it's silly. Check out his other creations:

http://variationsonnormal.com/ [variationsonnormal.com]

"Cost saving 5 plank Fence - sensor detects position of person and moves fence accordingly...You might be asking 'why hasn't anyone thought of this before?' But the garden fence industry is very powerful and they kill any idea that would threaten their plank quantity sales."

I vote for him as Jonathan Ive's successor.

Re:Addicted much? (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025600)

i've seen the screw coffin before - that to me is actually and awesome idea .. 

Re:Addicted much? (1)

the_fat_kid (1094399) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025778)

Ok, that is cool. The whole site.
I really like the blown up sock lamps.
And the man's sence of humor makes the nose finger cool.
thanks for the link.

Maybe a sex addict too... (1)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025586)

Guess which adult item he stripped the silicon off of to "design" his strap on? I'll give you a hint, I already mentioned it.

So instead of . . . (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025066)

a fing-longer, he's created a nose-longer.

Re:So instead of . . . (1)

wiedzmin (1269816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025460)

Luckily guys had a solution all along.

Re:So instead of . . . (1)

hotchai (72816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025702)

Yeah, I don't like this 'nose-longer'. I have trouble keeping it in place when I try to french kiss over the Internet using my robotic tongue.

Maximum douche (4, Insightful)

redemtionboy (890616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025070)

I never thought there'd be a way to look like even more of a douche than the bluetooth headset, but behold, society proves me wrong once again. Where there is a will, there is always more douchiness.

Re:Maximum douche (1)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025094)

No, that can't be right. He's using it in the bath, not the shower [google.com] .

Okay, not funny, but it made me chuckle. :)

Re:Maximum douche (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025438)

>>>society proves me wrong once again. Where there is a will, there is always more douchiness.

Reminds me of a story I just read in Asimov's Science Fiction, about a future society that shrunk phones so small, they could be embedded inside index fingers and thumbs. The idea was extremely popular for a few years, until everyone noticed how dumb they look holding their hands to the face & talking. (Like little kids do.) The fad then died off.

Re:Maximum douche (1)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025468)

Just wait until they invent a bluetooth nose stylus

Re:Maximum douche (1)

clem (5683) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025494)

Skeksis and Gelfings friends!

Re:Maximum douche (1)

UncHellMatt (790153) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025746)

Oh come on. It's not like he created something that *clicks the link* JEEESUS CHRIST!

I cannot express how stupid that is (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025078)

without the use of four letter words. Lots of them.

Re:I cannot express how stupid that is (1)

ELitwin (1631305) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025276)

I can see people buying this as a gag gift.

Re:I cannot express how stupid that is (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025296)

without the use of four letter words. Lots of them.

I'll take that for $200, Alex.

"What (1) is the stupidest 'invention' you've heard of so far today on slashdot?"

"Oozing so massive a quantity of stupidity the captions practically write themselves! Photoshop not required!"

"Pinocchio!"

"Got a kleenex?"

See - only one 4-letter word.

Re:I cannot express how stupid that is (1)

QRDeNameland (873957) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025640)

Funny, when I saw the nose-stylus, I thought of a different Alex [youtube.com] . (warning: video link is NSFW.)

Lawsuits Expected (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025090)

I hope he has put some money away for the eventual lawsuits claiming it made the user cross-eyed. Didn't he see the movie "The Jerk"?

Really Great Idea (4, Funny)

Nailer235 (1822054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025100)

Michael Bolton: "You think the pet rock was a really great idea?" Tom Smykowski: "Sure it was. The guy made a million dollars."

That's just... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025126)

fucking retarded.

Re:That's just... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025240)

A face-mounted dildo.

Re:That's just... (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025322)

Those already exist. If you want proof then I leave it as an exercise for you, dear reader.

What about sneezing ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025150)

In the photo he has a very dignified image. He surely looks very intelligent with that thing on, with or without the phone.

Now imagine his wife entering the bathroom and seeing him sitting there with that thing on his nose, saying, innocently, with big round eyes, and with a nasal voice, "Yes, honey ?"

Reminds me of The Jerk (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025158)

The Opti-Grab device Steve Martin invented.

New Viagra ad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025170)

Instant iPad stylus!

Useless left hand (1)

pjfontillas (1743424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025174)

Look closely at the picture. In his left hand, what is he holding? A book, with what? Maps. Why does he need that? His phone - which he's obviously addicted to - should have some sort of GPS and/or map app if he's that hooked to it.

Re:Useless left hand (1)

KillaBeave (1037250) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025584)

Look closely at the picture. In his left hand, what is he holding? A book, with what? Maps. Why does he need that? His phone - which he's obviously addicted to - should have some sort of GPS and/or map app if he's that hooked to it.

It's an iPhone and that's how the all powerful Steve thinks everyone should multi-task.

**ducks**

suspicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025176)

So I can browse while i bathe.. yeah that's it, that's why I need a one-handed browsing tool.

Beyond that, whats wrong with the thumb of the hand you hold the phone with?

Re:suspicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025286)

The classic one-handed scenario also came to my mind.

whats wrong with the thumb of the hand you hold the phone with

But what about when you need to do multitouch, like for zooming in/out on a page? Now you use thumb + nose.

Apple called and... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025178)

Apple called and... this guy answered his iphone using his plastic nose, but by the time he put the iphone next to his ear, Apple had already hung up on him. It was obviously a short call, but Wilcox insists that it was Steve Jobs who called him to offer him a job at Apple. Wilcox's mother, whose basement Wilcox inhabits, said she thought she could hear someone laughing his head off when Wilcox answered the phone, but Wilcox denies having heard Steve Jobs laughing at him and falling out of his chair.

Am I missing something? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025188)

Why not use the thumb on his "one dry hand"?

This story wasn't submitted on Apr 1 was it?

Is it multi tasking if he's.... (2)

spacepimp (664856) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025194)

Simplifying his shower masturbation? Imagine the the horrible scene you couldn't un-see if you accidentally walked in on this "inventor" wearing this prosthetic nose and TCB (taking care of business)? the horror, the horror...

Re:Is it multi tasking if he's.... (1)

JorDan Clock (664877) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025316)

Why did you use an acronym, just to explain it right afterward?

Re:Is it multi tasking if he's.... (1)

spacepimp (664856) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025428)

I was in the shower, multitasking and wasn't paying enough attention.

Re:Is it multi tasking if he's.... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025578)

He's trying to invent an acronym i.e. be a memefounder.

Re:Is it multi tasking if he's.... (1)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025606)

Crap. Now I can't "un-read" your post, which means I can't un-visualize the horrible scene you described. Crap, crap, crap.

Re:Is it multi tasking if he's.... (1)

spacepimp (664856) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025780)

Maybe this guy is the new tubgirl.

I use my phone one handed all the time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025202)

.. but not for the same reason I use my computer one handed frequently. ;)

Great for hands-free driving! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025220)

Forget about the bathtub -- this is just what's needed for a great hands-free driving experience! Keep both hands safely on the wheel while nosing around on your phone...what's not to like? Everybody will want one!

Really Slashdot...really? (1)

RapmasterT (787426) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025244)

I can envision the amount of mental jackassery that could have resulted in someone actually making and promoting this...thing. What I don't get is why Slashdot thinks it's worthy of any mention, notice, republication, or even ridicule.

Re:Really Slashdot...really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025558)

Darn Republicans. Oh, wait...

This could become a common sight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025254)

If Steve endorses this, you will see it everywhere; it will be the new cool.

Look like an idiot (1)

Lectoid (891115) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025262)

This looks stupid. If anyone needs me I'll be in my laptop privacy sweater. http://craziestgadgets.com/2008/04/16/laptop-body-sweater-wool-privacy-curtain/ [craziestgadgets.com]

Re:Look like an idiot (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025590)

That's the worst invention ever. You can see only the screen, and only you can see the screen. This means you can't see me coming up to club you and steal your laptop. Idiot.

Finally! (2)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025268)

We can now have our iPhone in one hand, iPad in the other, and still use them both at the same time! We have now entered a new age of human productivity!

Re:Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025344)

We can now have our iPhone in one hand, iPad in the other, and still use them both at the same time! We have now entered a new age of human productivity!

so, now we know that Steve Jobs uses the screen name: Nidi62

I know what we can do... (2)

Torodung (31985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025270)

Hook that puppy up to the "french kiss" appliance and nose kiss your sweetie.

Serious real-world applications (4, Insightful)

andyring (100627) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025272)

Granted, the whole concept of using an iPhone in the bath is silly, IMHO, I could see very legitimate real-world use for this in the disabled community.

My wife is a nurse on the ventilator unit at a local rehab hospital, and she tells me often of the setups people have there to use a laptop computer with head-mounted stylus units and such that don't work very well for some patients. But I could see a solution like this working wonderfully for quadriplegic or otherwise disabled people to use an iPhone or more likely an iPad.

Tongue stylus (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025664)

The teledildonic French kiss adapter, discussed yesterday, might be useful in addition. Do people with these disabilities have more precise control over their tongue or their heads? It's probably a matter of personal preference. There are also those who communicate by puffing into a device, either in morse or some other code.

April fools? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025310)

Is it April 1st already!?

Welly welly welly (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025312)

As a bonus he's all set for a bit of the old ultraviolence

Sure this is not a late April Fools Article? (2)

krelvin (771644) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025330)

Thought the article got posted on the wrong date...

Get. A. Fucking. Life. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025338)

Good God.

What? (1)

cbuhler (887833) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025342)

I had to double check that today wasn't April 1st. This has to be some kind of joke.

Why was the D-Pad removed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025358)

Why was the D-Pad removed? I really liked being able to navigate my Windows Mobile phone using just my thumb. Now it requires two hands to use a phone and the screen gets all gummed up from finger prints.

It's A... (1)

ChasmCoder (1818172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025366)

LIE!.... Yeah I know.. ha ha ha... *three slow claps*.

Why is this so hard? (2)

wintersdark (1635191) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025382)

Well, that's depressing. Seriously, who would buy something like this? I use my phone (hell, even my laptop) in the tub *all the time* with no problem at all. Keep a hand dry, use your thumb. If you need both hands for whatever you're doing, keep a towel beside the tub. It's really not rocket science.

But, yeah. Laptops and phones in the tub for 6 years now, and I've never had a problem.

Thumbs? (1)

Smashe01 (1486933) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025390)

What's wrong with his thumb? If he has to hold the phone up anyway... O_o

Re:Thumbs? (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025842)

THIS!

but his intent wasn't to actually make a useful object.

but, see TFA, his other creations are performance-art sort of designs

this thing is meant as art, not a utilitarian device

so the whole idea that he doesn't just use his thumbs is part of the point, as is the ridiculousness of the idea that anyone other than him would use one of these

You really can pick 'em. (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025398)

You can pick your friends and
you can pick your nose,
but you can't pick your friend's nose...

Only now, You can!

From the looks of it -- You can even pick your friend's nose with your nose.

ADA compliant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025400)

maybe this thing has more use for stephen hawking than lazy feminine douchebags (a bath? really? you get manicured too?)

I have a great device (2)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025406)

... for operating my touchscreen while holding my phone one-handed: it's called my thumb.

Re:I have a great device (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025858)

... for operating my touchscreen while holding my phone one-handed: it's called my thumb.

Species-ist.... you great ape descendants and your opposable thumbs are so closed minded.

Won't somebody think of the DOLPHINS?

He's helping his friend get a girl... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025426)

He uses it to send text messages to a girl that his shy friend is secretly in love with.

New spin on an old idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025444)

At first I was thinking there would be some interesting... secondary... applications for this, then I realized this IS the secondary application. I think the ladies know what I'm talking about. Look ma, no hands!

I guess April 1st is branching out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025454)

First April 1st, now May 4th? Is this going to become all satire, all the time?

I just can't wait to see it when you get on the subway in the morning and instead of the characteristic white earbuds, have the people are wearing finger-nose styli!

phone... bath... wink (1)

alabandit (1024941) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025502)

i for one believe that it was a wet hand in the bath, while surfing the internet, that cause him to need to use his noses.

Bathsterbation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025540)

This frees up the hand not holding the phone for accomplishing other things in the bath.

Potential lawsuit.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025552)

I just hope this doesn't trigger a potential "Opti-Grab" incident..

His Real Inspiration (1)

AnotherHiggins (925608) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025564)

"He came up with the design after he [saw A Clockwork Orange]"

There, I fixed that for you.

Re:His Real Inspiration (1)

wbhauck (629723) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025762)

Exactly.

And he came up with the rust stickers for bikes / cars after reading William Gibson's Virtual Light .
[Google Books] http://books.google.com/books?id=MG8ohto0bTgC&lpg=PP1&dq=william%20gibson%20virtual%20light&pg=PA175#v=onepage&q=bike&f=false [google.com]

"worked into the fake rust and the carefully frayed silver duct-tape."

One word... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025568)

Viagra

Product name idea (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025608)

I dub the the "iCyranose"

Does nobody get it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025650)

All I see are comments that "this is stupid" as if the "inventor" really thinks this is a useful device. It's a statement, more art than anything. Did you click on some of the other things he has "invented", like the luxury, gold-plated skipping stones with leather carrying pouch. Pretty funny stuff.

All he wanted... (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025652)

...was to nose it a hair to the left

This isn't new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025662)

I've seen these for sale in large quantities in Venice [virtualtourist.com] .

Silence of the Lambs (1)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025666)

In the picture, it almost looks like someone put on Hannibal Lechter's mask a little too tight.

(In a nasal voice) "I ate his liver, with some fava beans, and a niiiice chianti."

You can tell (1)

StillNeedMoreCoffee (123989) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025688)

He's Lying

Whats Next? (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025750)

First it was the "remote kiss/tongue", now it's a nose extension for smartphones... There is another appendage that will eventually end up with an extension and "remote sensing" capability.

I'm just gonna say it (1)

CruelKnave (1324841) | more than 3 years ago | (#36025784)

It makes the wearer look like a f**king idiot.

Stanley Kubrick? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025806)

I believe I saw something like this in "A Clockwork Orange"

Not needed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36025906)

Duuh.... So what's wrong with Farnsworth's Fing-Longer?

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