This weird gadget is the stupidest thing to ever happen to flirting

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We’ve got dozens of dating apps to help us meet people online. Do we really need a device to help us meet people IRL?

Four design students at London’s Royal College of Art believe the answer is yes. That’s why they designed the Ripple, a sparkling, tentacled “accessory that encourages the experience of courtship in daily life.” Basically it’s somewhat awkward — if mesmerizing — contraption that tells you who’s interested in you.

It’s designed for women, and it basically looks like a set of high-tech faerie wings. While it’s striking, it seems like having a dozens of shimmering tentacles resting on your shoulders and rustling around would be more distracting than helpful. Read more…

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