New Scientist lists a number of wacky new inventions:
– Coffee/Bear – Nestec, part of the NestlÃ© group, has filed patents for a “fermented coffee beverage” that pours and foams like beer, but smells of strong coffee and packs a concentrated caffeine kick
– Cellphone chaperone – Sony-Ericsson has filed a patent on turning a cellphone into a remote bugging device. Calls from designated callers, if not answered within a specified number of rings, will autoanswer and allow the caller to listen in. The phone can also be remotely switched to speakerphone mode. Nice try but I think teenagers are too smart to fall for this one – not to mention the privacy implications and possible breach of criminal prohibitions on interceptions of private conversations.