These three inventions, all from New Jersey, sound strange at first.
That doesn't mean they're not useful though.
Mount Ephraim-based former professional wrestler Rick Bauer invented the Adjustable Dumbbell Stand in the wake of debilitating arm injury he suffered while lifting weights. He got a patent for it in 2011, and markets it under his Just Weight brand.
Since none of the big fitness companies have seen... fit... (see what I did there?) to sign a distribution deal with Bauer, he has gone solo and is crowdfunding the project. You can visit his website here.
It's weird, mostly because it seems so obvious.
But it looks like it gets the job done, and since I'm not exactly a weight-lifting expert, who am I to judge?
Mahwah-based JSN Holdings announced the "ChargerLeash" today. It acts as a go-between with your phone and other gadgets and their chargers.
When you unplug from the charger, ChargerLeash beeps at you to remind you to take your charger with you when you leave.
This is even weirder than the first one, but I'm one of those people who uses his device too much and almost always has a charger in his pocket or wishes he did, so, to me at least, it's as useful as it is odd. Get more info at the ChargerLeash website.
Calling all super-geeks: Secaucus-based leather Royce Leather Gifts has announced its GPS-enabled, RFID-blocking designer leather wallet.
Royce didn't invent the wallet, the GPS or radio-frequency identification blocking technology. But it is the first company I know of to put them together.
And the incredibly awkward photo of their chief executive holding the "Freedom Wallet" (does that come with similarly-named fries?) just adds to the weird factor.
Like it or not though, the high-tech wallet may save many guys from a terrifying discovery after a night out or a train ride: their wallet is gone and there's no way to find it. And at $99 it's a terrible price for a geeky leather wallet.