During the '80s and '90s, the Innovations catalogue sold a vision of the future as lived through gimmicky inventions.
When it folded in 2003, regular readers were distraught. One left the following comment on a BBC article:
I have admired Innovations from early childhood and am genuinely distressed by this turn of events. Luckily, I am wearing sponge-lined spectacles with integral FM tuner to absorb my tears (while I listen to the latest pop hits in style and comfort).
Here are a few of the heroically pointless gadgets that graced the pages of Innovations.
1. A personal astrologer.
2. A levitating pen.
3. A hand-held fishing simulator.
4. A "Milk bottle planter".
5. A zippable tie.
6. A spider scoop.
8. "Ionic Shoe Freshener".
9. A phone in the shape of a frog.
10. "The Gemini Skin System".
11. "Chin Gym."
12. A big toe straightener.
13. A facial exerciser.
14. A dressing gown, but with trousers.
15. A cat lead.
16. A device to monitor the freshness of your breath.
17. The deeds to an acre of the moon.
Taken from The Very Best Of The Innovations Catalogue, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.