Unitasker Wednesday: USB-Powered Hamster Wheel

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

The list of unitaskers available for your computer’s USB ports just got a little bit longer thanks to the extremely necessary USB-powered Hamster Wheel:

Now, you can waste away electrical energy by simply plugging in this “pet” to your computer. And, it’s not just a form of entertainment, it makes a political statement by telling your boss that you believe your work is like a hamster in a wheel, going nowhere. Wow, it’s not a unitasker after all!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the Hamster Wheel is currently being sold in the U.S. Those of us in the states will simply have to settle for the AAA battery version. (A version, I might add, that specifically claims it is NOT safe for children.)

Thanks to reader Enestor19 for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

18 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: USB-Powered Hamster Wheel”

  1. posted by Peter L on

    Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution posted today about the Japanese art of Chindogu – creating deliberately complex devices that solve simple everyday problems.” In other words, a culture of unitaskers!

    Here is his post: http://www.marginalrevolution......cated.html

  2. posted by Andrew on

    I’m a big fan of Unclutterer, but I’ve just about had it with these “unitasker” posts. They’re frivolous at best, and CLUTTER MY RSS FEED!

    Please get rid of ’em, or at least move them to another feed so I don’t have to see them anymore.

  3. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Andrew — We’re not getting rid of Unitasker posts. You can create a specialized RSS Feed for yourself using Yahoo! Pipes so that you don’t have to see them. Here is how:


  4. posted by schmei on

    This almost fits into the parameters of our office White Elephant gift exchange… a hilariously useless thing that costs less than $15.

    However, it costs more than $0, so I just don’t think I can bring myself to pay money for it.

    On another note, I’m guessing Andrew must be new around here. I love Unitasker Wednesday. And it happens every Wednesday!!

  5. posted by Gay B on

    Wow. I can’t believe something like that actually makes it to production.

    I, too, love Unitasker Wednesdays, by the way. It gives me a much needed laugh.

  6. posted by Anita on

    Hahahaha “frivolous” is kinda the point of these posts, Andrew.

    Great find this week, Erin! Perfect for anyone who’s truly spinning their wheels πŸ˜›

  7. posted by Karyn on

    “I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round…”


    @ Erin – THANK YOU. I would be very sad, indeed, to see Unitasker Wednesdays go. I don’t CARE if they’re brilliant, mediocre, or just plain stupid. I don’t care how many arguments can be mustered in defense of a given Unitasker. I don’t care how many hairs can be split in attempting to come up with the One True Holy Definition of a Unitasker, nor do I care for the zeal of overwrought apologeticists taking you to task for posting Heretical Deviations from the One True Holy Definition of a Unitasker.


    ‘Nuff said.


  8. posted by Rue on

    I saw one of the battery-powered ones at Cracker Barrel today. I think they’re hysterical πŸ˜€

  9. posted by Karyn on

    P.S. – Unitasker or no, the little guy is kinda cute. Maybe if they make a solar-powered version, my eco-conscience would be appeased enough to clutter my life. At least a toy hamster doesn’t leave other kinds of clutter… if ya know what I mean…

  10. posted by DawnF on

    Too funny! This would be a good gag gift for a co-worker!

    My son “won” one of these little battery-operated gems by selling fundraisers at school and we busted out laughing when we saw it. At least we don’t have to feed it or clean up after it!

    Unitaskers rock! Some people take life too seriously and should learn to relax and chuckle sometimes!

    Karyn cracked me up – big time!

  11. posted by the klutz formerly known as geekgrrl on

    Sensationally ugly!

    I really want a USB lava lamp. Or maybe one of those USB rocket launchers. However the Mac has a built-in defence against breach of its minimalist aesthetic – only 3 USB ports, and the keyboard spare doesn’t like power-sucking devices. Of course I could get one of those Tardis hubs….

  12. posted by David on

    Is now on my Christmas list.

    do not insert batteries, lay hamster upside down at bottom of wheel = dead hamster = perfect office desk accessory

  13. posted by Lynda on

    I had one of these as a Christmas present, as well as a remote controlled flipping rat. (Sadly, they haven’t had the amount of use the buyer expected and this causes occasional friction between us.) The hamster does make quite a racket if you can type quickly and get its momentum going. If you’ve spent hours trying to silence your hard drive, the whirr can be quite annoying! (Passive aggressive presents, anyone?)

  14. posted by Manja on

    For those who like hamsters, but who dislike a cluttered office desk: http://abowman.com/google-modules/hamster/ πŸ˜‰

  15. posted by Andrew on

    @Everyone: Hahahaha! I love that you guys totally flamed me for wanting to get rid of the Unitasker posts. Clearly I’m in the minority here.

    By the way, I’m not new to Unclutterer. I’ve been a loyal reader for about a year and a half. I read the blog through my RSS reader, though, so I don’t spend much time on the website.

    @Erin: Thanks for the Yahoo! Pipes tip. I’ll go set that up right now, and let everyone else continue enjoying your unitaskers. πŸ˜‰ Keep up the great work!

  16. posted by Andrew on

    Yahoo pipes is awesome! I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this before.

    In case anybody else wants the Unclutterer Feed without the Unitaskers (gasp!), here’s the pipe I created (it simply blocks “Unitasker Wednesdays” posts):


  17. posted by Karyn on

    Don’t take it personally, Andrew. πŸ˜‰ I wasn’t “flaming” you, in particular, just venting my frustration with anti-Unitasker posts in general. Yours just happened to be the one that triggered the rant.

    Besides the fact that Unitasker Wednesdays are one of my favorite features here on Unclutterer (I’m sure you never would have guessed it…) I just don’t see what the big deal is. There are plenty of posts that I find irrelevant to my own lifestyle and uncluttering needs. I just skip over them. My own RSS feed is through MyYahoo, which just shows the headlines, so maybe it’s easier for me than it is with a different RSS client. Still, however we get the content delivered, there will always be stuff of no interest to us that will be of great interest to others.

    It’s fine with me that you and others don’t like Unitasker Wednesdays, but when you start making noises about getting rid of them… well, them’s fightin’ words! As Charlton Heston might say, you can have my Unitasker Wednesdays when you pry ’em from my cold, dead fingers.

    O.K. That was weird. Peace, man.

  18. posted by Andrew on

    Oh, no offense taken.

    I just find it ironic that the Unitasker posts are themselves effectively “clutter.” (in my humble, and clearly minority, opinion).

    In any event, it’s all good. Erin solved my problem by suggesting the Pipes solution — so once again the Unclutterer team has good recommendations for uncluttering our lives! πŸ˜‰

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