Unitasker Wednesday: USB-powered eyelash curler

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Eyelash curler — Okay, I’ll admit it, I own one.

Heated eyelash curler — I don’t have a need for one, but I can imagine how someone with particularly thick eyelashes might.

Unfortunately, I am baffled as to why anyone would need this USB Heated Eyelash Curler:

Did the people who create this wonder: “Why should I safely curl my eyelashes in front of a mirror when I could do it blindly in front of my laptop with 5V current?!”

Also, if I bought this I would need to buy a USB hub for the bathroom so my husband could simultaneously plug-in his USB electric shaver and his USB toothbrush sanitizer.

Thanks to reader Gladys for bringing yet another USB-powered unitasker to our attention.

22 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: USB-powered eyelash curler”

  1. posted by Recyclican on

    No need to blindly curl your eyelashes, just switch the webcam on and you can see what you’re doing!

  2. posted by L. on

    Okay, you’ve done it. This is the ne plus ultra of unitaskers. Congratulations!

  3. Avatar of Erin Doland

    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Recyclican — Okay, so I thought about this and the problem with the webcam is that what appears on your computer screen isn’t a reflection (inversion? flip?) like a mirror. If you have trained yourself to curl your eyelashes while looking into a mirror, you have learned to do it in a reflection. With a heated eyelash curler, I would most certainly poke out and burn my eye! ;)

  4. posted by WildcatMom9902 on

    Don’t think of it as a unitasker, think of it as an energy saver! Why use your 120v eyelash curler/razor/toothbrush sanitizer, when you can do the same thing with only 5v! And, thanks to this product:

    http://store.fastmac.com/produ.....cts_id=458

    you can plug them right into the wall!

    I don’t actually use an eyelash curler/electric razor/toothbrush sanitizer, but I am eyeing the USB outlet!

  5. posted by Zman on

    I agree. This would be way handier if it plugged into an Iphone instead. Does anyone make an adapter?

  6. posted by anon on

    If you accept people needing a heated eyelash curler, I could see this being useful for international travel if you’re already bringing a laptop along.

  7. posted by Bree on

    I think that a heated eyelash curler sounds like the worst idea I’ve ever heard. What if it got too close to your eye ball?

  8. posted by Dawn F. on

    No. Freakin’. Way. :) I don’t know if this is scary or weird or hilarious – maybe all of the above!

  9. posted by Cole Brodine on

    @WildcatMom9902 – I’ve been eyeing that device to install in the power outlets in my home. It would drastically reduce the number of AC/DC adapters that I needed and might actually make some of those silly USB devices a little less silly.

    If you read the description on the item, it uses 0 watts when there are no USB devices plugged in, so no more nasty vampire power running up my power bill!

  10. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    One small point: using Photobooth on my MacBook Pro with the built-in camera, the image shown on the screen *is* a mirror image, albeit not a very high-res one.

    But yeah, this is still ridiculous.

  11. posted by SN on

    I have been reading lately that USB powered items are a good solution for people who travel a lot. Unlike wall socket plugs, USB ports are standard around the world. Popular Science this week showed a wall socket that includes USB ports. It may not yet be at the point where you can go anywhere in the world and expect to find USB ports in your hotel room, but I suspect that’s coming soon.

    That said, I personally think this is a bit ridiculous, but I’m a non-makeup-wearing female who couldn’t curl my eyelashes if my life depended on it. :)

  12. Avatar of Erin Doland

    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Lori — This is weird. Photobooth is also a mirror for me, but not Skype. Is it possible I have the settings off?

  13. posted by Magchunk on

    Ok, as someone who blogs about design, fashion, and yes, sometimes makeup, I have to interject. This is definitely a ridiculous unitasker. HOWEVER many makeup artists do recommend using a warm (not too hot) eyelash curler because, similar to a curling iron, the heating, pressing, and cooling process makes the curl stick around longer. But their suggestion is usually to use a blow-dryer for a few seconds to heat up the regular eyelash curler you already own.

    Or to eliminate the curler unitasker all-together, many makeup companies make mascara whose formula promotes curl all on it’s own.

  14. posted by Laura on

    Sadly, I have used a heated eyelash curler and liked it. And I can imagine a use for this one—just switch on Photo Booth and BAM! I’ve used it as a mirror before when mirrors were lacking, so…

    I guess what I’m saying is, can I get a USB powered flat-iron?

    (I jest, I jest. But only about that last part.)

  15. posted by Anita on

    @Erin — I don’t have a built-in webcam (my laptop really needs an update… sigh), but all the webcams I’ve owned have a setting/option to invert the image into a mirror. Skype lacks that option, though, at least in the Windows version.

    I’ve never curled my lashes (I find mine quite curly enough… I think), so I’m out of touch with the eyelash curler world — are USB-powered eyelash curlers the latest rage among make-up artists? :P

    For my part, I’m looking forward to the day when I’ll be able to create make-up templates in Photoshop and have them automatically applied to my face with a USB-powered airbrush make-up system. Now THAT I might pay for, given that (1) I’m better at Photoshop than at applying make-up, and (2) Photoshop has an Undo button.

  16. posted by julia on

    “hen I’ll be able to create make-up templates in Photoshop and have them automatically applied to my face with a USB-powered airbrush make-up system.”

    Oh, WANT!!!!

  17. posted by Karyn on

    This is even more useless than the Pet Rock–with or without the USB cable. :P

  18. posted by alfora on

    @WildcatMom9902: Regarding the “energy saver” comment.

    You have to transform the power to a lower value for the heating element in the eyelash curler somehow. But using AC at high voltage is much more efficient than transforming it to 12V DC for the computer, letting it run around the motherboard for a bit, transform it to 5V for the USB port, and use that to power the heating element.

    Even if you use a power supply that has a USB socket (or a USB wall outlet) you still have to transfrom from AC to DC which is less efficient than using AC directly.

  19. posted by Mikey's mom on

    USB makes every object cooler. right?

  20. posted by Molly on

    Wow, of all of the strange things I have ever heard of, this one is really up there. I may be a guilty multitasker, but I’ll skip curling the eyelashes before I curl them heated in front of my computer. Thanks for the laugh.

  21. posted by catmom on

    I have a regular eyelash curler that I have used for many years and it works just fine for me. If I didn’t have one (regular or USB-powered), I don’t believe the world will end! Thanks for a good laugh!

  22. posted by Leszek Cyfer on

    Reading this I had a recollection of “Total Recall” with the secretary changing nails color – she’d be thrilled with this product :)

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