Do you fancy yourself an idea-smith or quasi-inventor? Have you recently built an invention that was impractical or completely useless? Did you switch majors out of industrial design because you received poor marks for designing novelty products? If so, then join the club – the Project Centaur Chindogu Club (プロジェクトケンタウロスの珍道具くらぶ)!
Chindogu (珍道具) is the Japanese art of creating nearly useless products. The term chindogu means ‘weird tools’ and was coined by gadgets guru Kenji Kawakami, who founded the international chindogu craze by developing such notable inventions as the baby clothes duster, the all-day tissue dispenser and umbrella shoes.
Join the Project Centaur Chindogu Club by emailing a jpeg of your original nearly pointless product to projects at projectcentaur.org and it will be featured in the Project Centaur chindogu gallery. Chindogu is fun, improves your mental agility and looks great on your résumé.
- Is in the public domain (cannot be patented)
- Has to be possible to make (despite its absurdity)
- Is your original idea
- Is brought into fruition (but for the weak of crafty, concept sketches are also welcome)