Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
Game #6: What were the inventors thinking?
This is a triple play edition. Your challenge: identify the function of the following three objects.
The three inventions are not related, but all pertain to young children.
Two winners will be named for each invention, one for the correct guess and one for the funniest guess.
Post your ideas for 1, 2 or all 3 inventions via the comment form.
links! If you discover a website describing this invention, keep it to yourself. All will be revealed in time. You are competing for the glory.
Object #1 Status: Correctly identified! Amber correctly guessed it’s a nursing cover! Or as the inventor calls it, a nursing shield. (Alternate explanations are still welcome.)
Object #2 Status: Correctly identified, sort of! It’s a baby pillow! (Alternate explanations are still welcome.)
Okay, lots of people got close. Jenni was the first to guess it’s for stopping a baby from rolling over in its sleep. Bob guessed it was a vice-grip for a baby’s head related to feeding and Ticblog guessed a brace for stabilizing a head. Angelique guessed a “sleep positioner.”
The inventor explains:
“It is the inventor’s best knowledge that there has been not yet any pillow specifically designed for the baby. To prevent the baby from sleeping in a position other than the normal one, the parents usually stuff some soft materials around the baby’s head. The ill ventilation will therefore make the baby subject to prickly heat. [I invented this pillow so as to] lead the baby’s skull into a sound bone development.” He also states the pillow provides better ventilation around the ears.
Object #3 Status: Correctly identified! (Alternate explanations are still welcome.)
Christy correctly guessed that #3 is a neck-support training doll, in this case for teenage parents. The patent explains it is:
“An infant simulator comprising a doll equipped with a realistically
floppy neck and a means for sensing and recording or reporting
instances in which the head has not been properly supported during
handling and allowed to flop into an unacceptable bent position.”