As an industrial design student years ago, I'd never have guessed that our basic studio tools--rulers, circle templates, glue guns--would one day be remade as expensive, overly designey "luxury" items. But it's happened. There's that fancy $84 Stria folding ruler, the $120 Iris circle drawing object...
....and now it's the humble glue gun's turn. This "Imezing: World's Most Compact & Powerful Cordless Hot Glue Pen" looks like it was designed purely to win a 1990s German design award.
The $39 object doesn't take standard 1/2" glue sticks, nor even the smaller 7mm x 100mm sticks available on the market; instead it takes a proprietary 7mm x 25mm size that you load into a chamber like bullets in a rifle. So unless you want to order replacement glue sticks from Imezing, "you may simply cut [market-standard 7mm sticks] away to use with the Imezing," according to the company.
Super helpful call-out
This illustration says "We're not quite sure how to use call-outs (and we don't proofread)"
Looking at the usage cases, I'm not sure who this is designed for:
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Nevertheless, the Imezing was crowdfunded in 30 minutes, and wound up with $167,020 on IndieGogo and $166,313 on Kickstarter, according to each of the campaign pages--but something seems weirdly fishy here: Add those two numbers together, and you get $333,333. WTF?