- Inventors on Kickstarter appeal for funding to help turn their ideas into reality
- Underwear containing silver promises to eliminate odours
- An enormous wet wipe offers an alternative to showering
No matter how good an idea might be, it often needs a little financial backing to get it off the ground.
Luckily for inventors the world over, crowdfunding is a legitimate way of getting cash pumped into a new venture.
Here, MailOnline reveals some of the most extraordinary travel-related inventions on crowdsourcing site Kickstarter, from the brilliant to the bizarre – and things you never even knew you wanted.
Underpants that use silver to kill odours
Silver service: The makers of this premium travel underwear claim to keep unsavoury smells at bay
Who knew that putting real silver down your pants could prevent unpleasant odours?
The inventors of SilverAir Travel Underwear not only promise to keep unsavoury smells at bay by using precious metals integrated into the fabric of their designs, but their underpants boast a waistband that doesn’t dig in, making it feel ‘like a cloud’.
The smalls are also made from premium merino wool, which, the makers claim, ‘keep your jewels cool, dry and insanely comfortable’.
The blanket that cuddles you
The Gravity blanket is claimed to increase serotonin and melatonin levels and decreases cortisol levels
A weighted blanket that applies gentle pressure on sleepers, making them feel held and cuddled, the Gravity promotes a more restful slumber.
The makers also claim the product can reduce stress and anxiety single-handed. Engineered to weigh around 10 per cent of your body, the Gravity is said to increase ‘happy’ hormone seratonin as well as sleep hormone, melatonin.
The weight of the blanket will apparently also stop duvet-pinching partners in their tracks.
The bicycle helmet that folds
The Fend comes with streamlined vents, putting an end to sweaty hair
What if you could fold your bicycle helmet up an put it in your bag? Wouldn’t life be so much easier?
This is exactly the dream that inventors Fend have made a reality, a helmet that folds to a third of its original size without compromising on safety.
And, as far as cycling gear goes, it’s pretty stylish, even featuring in fashion bible Vogue. Plus, the helmet comes with streamlined vents, meaning an end to sweaty hair.
The wine handbag
Carrying wine in a leather bag is a long-standing custom in Spain, with the Colborne Bota offering a modern update
Apparently wine is meant to be carried in bags not bottles, according to Spanish tradition.
These Colborne bota bags can carry a litre of wine – more than a normal bottle – and can be used for having a tipple on the move without the fuss or breakable bottles and glasses.
While traditional botas are made from goat leather and plant resin, the modern bota uses a latex liner.
The shower-in-a-pocket giant wipes
These massive wet wipes were invented by a soldier and doctor with a commitment to the environment
Described as a shower that fits in your pocket, the Epic Wipes are supersized wet wipes created by a soldier and doctor, Dr Aeneas Janze, who served in Afghanistan, where his brainchild was born.
These wipes are a whopping 2ft 6ins and can be used as an alternative to showering thanks to containing natural antibacterial substances.
Epic wipes are made from bamboo, which makes them 100 per cent biodegradable and sustainable.
The hoodie that comes with an eye mask
The Dream Hoodie offers wearers the chance to ‘disappear’ whenever they like
A hoodie with a detachable eye mask… but, why?
The inventor of the Dream Hoodie promises an escape from the rest of the world and the chance of a nap at a moment’s notice, not to mention the opportunity to ‘disappear’.
The fact that it’s made of the finest quality 100 per cent Peruvian cotton goes some way to make up for its rather sinister aesthetic.
The chin pillow
Sleep tight: the Nod Travel Pillow claims to recreate the experience a user might have in a bed
Billed as the ‘ultimate travel sleep solution’, the Nod Travel Pillow claims to recreate the sleep a user might have in bed, but from an upright position.
This inelegant contraption consisting of a padded chinstrap and strings that tie behind the headrests of a car, plane or train.
It doesn’t look set to become a traveller’s staple.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online