If you’re like most people, you associate the words ‘Made in China’ with off-brand toys that don’t quite look right. But, China’s also probably the birthplace of most cellphones, computers, and oil tankers. In fact, many experts now believe that the days of ‘Cheap China’ are drawing to an end, and I’m inclined to agree with them. To prove this point, let’s explore 20 amazing Chinese products that are all made in China.
20. LG Pocket Photo Printer
It won’t be long before the photo booth goes the way of the dodo. And, it’ll be little wireless photo printers like this that helps drive them there.
Manufactured by LG, this pocket printer can slide into your back pocket for on-the-go selfie printing. As it operates off Bluetooth, there’s no need to carry around wires and cartridges. Costing just over $100 dollars this amazing Chinese product comes with 10 sheets of paper and a USB charger.
19. Storm Glass
Basically a meteorologist in a bottle, this amazing Chinese product can supposedly predict changes in the weather.
The chemicals inside form crystals of varying sizes depending on the pressure and humidity of the weather. If the liquid inside is clear, for example, the weather is supposed to be bright and sunny. Thread-like wisps indicate wind, turbidity indicates clouds, and small dots indicate fog. Some people used to think these sorts of devices worked, but it turns out they just react to temperature changes in their surroundings. Accurate or not, it’s probably worth the $20 price tag. To be honest, it’s still probably more accurate than your average weatherman.
18. Color-Changing Faucet
A twitch of the faucet to the left can turn your warm shower into an ice bath. This product, however, makes it easy to see the temperature of your water without having to shove your whole dang arm in it.
Fitting most standard faucets, this product will glow one of four colors depending on the temperature of the water flowing through it. A bright blue indicates the water is chilly while a flashing red tells you that scalding is possible. This faucet also makes your bathroom look pretty cool. Win-Win.
17. Selfie Lamp
Lighting can spell the difference between a stellar selfie and a terrible snap. This LED light ring helps bridge that gap.
Easily mounted on any smartphone, this LED ring offers three levels of illumination to help decrease glare and shadowing. When used correctly, this selfie-accessory spits back pictures that are always crisp and clearly lit. It won’t do anything about the pizza face, though.
16. Plasma Lighter
If you need to burn some of those selfies, this electro-impulse lighter might come in handy.
Because it replaces fire and fluid with plasma, these Chinese lighters will outlive even the hardiest Zippo. They’re also completely maintenance-free. Charged via a USB port, these lighters can go up to 10 days between charges and are completely unaffected by the weather.
15. Run-Away Alarm Clock
For all the Rip Van Winkles out there, this alarm clock is a must-have.
It not only removes the temptation of the snooze button but also makes us chase after it. Using its durable wheels for traction, this still-shrieking alarm clock does everything it can to get out of its owner’s reach.
By the time you catch the dastardly thing, you’ll be wide awake. Then again, that’s kind of the idea.
14. Drawing Robot
This drawing machine is every freelance artist’s nightmare.
With just a few simple instructions, this wonder robot can reproduce any piece of art with startling precision. While I love the idea of a Mona Lisa in everyone’s home, I shudder at what this mechanical Michelangelo might mean for the forgery rate.
13. 3D Pen
This pen can help your creations leap right off the page. A recent breakthrough in 3D modeling, this amazing Chinese product allows you to draw creations in midair. Just feed the filament into its special holder at the back of the pen, wait for it to heat up, and get to work.
Whether you want to make your own footwear or a scale replica of a cathedral, this pen has you covered.
12. One of the Fastest Computers in the World
The Chinese-made Sunway TaihuLight was the world’s fastest supercomputer from June 2016 to June 2018.
While it’s now been surpassed by IBM’s Summit, this Chinese supercomputer is the second-fastest in the world. Mostly used for weather forecasting and pharmaceutical research, this computer cost its owners around 300 million dollars.
11. The Water Assault Rifle
AK-47s may be scary in the wrong hands, but not if you’re holding this one.
It only shoots water, which is quite amusing to watch. Though it’s a decent replica, shooting water with this gun won’t do anything to elevate your ‘cool-kid’ status. Designed to fire specially-made water bullets, this gun fires up to four rounds a second.
10. Robot Chefs
From the street, this restaurant from Heilongjiang province looks like every other. But inside, it’s operated almost entirely by robots.
From food runners to cooks, the process pays-off in cost-savings which should ensure reasonably priced dishes.
Judging by how well it’s going, it won’t be long before they hit the states.
9. Smog-Eating Towers
China has a smog problem and its fair share of ridiculous inventions to fight it. This is one of them.
The creators of this tower claim it can clean up to 30,000 cubic meters of an air an hour. Though it initially struggled to cut the ecological mustard, the newly-upgraded version of this tower purifies the equivalent of 17 cigarettes a day. I know of loads of places where this is necessary. One being next to my dad on the couch after he’s been to the buffet.
8. Wi-Fi Enabled Toilets
Lots of us procrastinate in the toilet, so having free WIFI there would be ideal. If you’re Chongqing, this is already a reality.
With wi-fi speeds clocking out at 50 Megabits per second, you’ll be waiting a long time to use this toilet if someone’s already in there.
7. The Chicken
Believe it or not, the original KFC recipe wouldn’t exist without Chinese interference. Because, without them, there’d be no chicken to put in the buckets.
While their origins are shrouded in mystery, most scholars believe that domesticated chickens arose from us cross-breeding red and grey junglefowl in southeastern parts of China. Fossil records indicate this domestication occurred at around 5400 BCE.
6. Body Fat Fridge Magnet
Most days wouldn’t be complete without a midnight snack. Sure, we know it’s bad for us, but there’s nothing like a tub of ice cream to finish off a stressful day. This magnet might make you think twice.
Meticulously painted and carved, it’s a scientifically accurate representation of one ounce of fatty tissue. But if you’d rather embrace your inner fat, why not smother yourself in its causes, using this soap bar.
Made to imitate BBQ chicken wings, this unique soap is the perfect way to get that buffalo sauce off your double chins.
5. Yang Zongfu’s Ball
It may look like an oversized lemon drop, but this capsule can supposedly survive a nuclear disaster.
Designed by Chinese businessman Yang Zongfu, this emergency disaster survival pod cost nearly $175,000 to design and manufacture. To show off the device’s durability, its inventor put it through a series of tests. While it proved itself to be fireproof and impact-resistant, it’s not exactly a Yellow Submarine. The second it hit the water, it started leaking. But, it still deserves a spot on the land-locked prepper’s Christmas list.
4. The Interactive Money Box
China is home to its share of weird money boxes. Some of them, like this one, are enough to give children nightmares.
Featuring a cartoonish, human face, this bank invites young’uns to feed it their hard-earned allowance. Once a hand lifts to the level of its mouth, it begins chomping at the empty air. Though it can be run on electricity, many users choose to make use of its battery-compatibility.
If you want a Chinese bank without the complimentary nightmares, you can pick up one of these animal-themed banks.
Available in a cat or panda option, this bank is also motion activated. Just place a coin on top and watch with childlike awe as a paw appears to drag the coin inside.
At just $13, this amazing Chinese product comes in a dollar cheaper than the nightmare fuel above.
3. One-Wheeled Skateboard
Looking like an alien’s Christmas tree topper, this one-wheeled skateboard boasts a 500-watt engine and a series of brightly-colored LED lights. Offering 360 degree turns and a relatively low price tag, this thing is a step-up from the hoverboard in Back to The Future. Judging by all the fake reviews, however, you might want to think twice before handing over your cash.
2. The Hulkbuster Suit
Looks like the rest of us need to turn in our “Marvel’s Number One Fan” badges. One Chinese superfan took superhero idolatry to the next level when he built a 3.4 tall Iron Man ‘Hulkbuster’ suit in his garage.
Developed by Tony Stark in the films, this specially-made suit is designed to beat some sense into everyone’s favorite not-so-jolly green giant. While this 100-piece replica can’t take outbuildings, it’s more than enough to earn its creator a place in the obsessive fan hall of fame.
As you’ve seen so far, China manufactures some amazing products. However, it’s also home to a variety of bizarre creations, and here are just a few:
In case you were bored by standard charging cables, here’s an alternative, in the form of an Umbilical Cord.
I have one thing to say about this one: yuck. This iPhone charger uses silicone to replicate the natural texture and movements of a human umbilical cord. Probably meant as some kind of poke at human-phone dependence, this serial killer’s wet dream will run you just over $6000.
Now for something just as gross: snail slime, meant to be used as a facial cleanser.
Looks like there’s nothing people won’t rub on their face to retain that youthful glow. But, at just $0.18 a gram, this “miracle” cure seems worth a shot. And, for all you animal lovers out there, it’s pretty close to cruelty-free.
Next up, a Phone Kisser.
Invented to make long-distance dating easier, this mobile accessory uses sensors and actuators to mimic the feeling of a real kiss. Just press your lips against the silicone pad and hit send. The next time your partner logs in, they can reciprocate. Sadly, this device can’t mimic the movement of a human tongue. So, all that French kissing will have to wait.
1. Smart Hologram Lamp
Holographic technology isn’t quite there yet, but luckily you can buy cool hologram lamps that create the illusion realistically.
Coming in everything from alien heads to dinosaurs, these 3D lamps are powered by color-changing LEDs, and last for years without needing a new bulb. For the sci-fi or lighting nerd in your life, they’re the way to go. And, better yet, they’ll only run you about 20 bucks.
Did something on our list change your perspective on Chinese manufacturing? Are you trying to Google translate your way to adding one of these amazing Chinese products into your shopping cart? Let me know in the comments section down below… thanks for reading!