Japanese design company Pantograph has invented a series of playful, imaginative (and useless) objects we'd love to see in the real world

How would you like to own an adorable, pocket-sized typewriter for binary code? Type zeros and ones on an old-fashioned strip of paper. Perhaps you realized that you’ve forgotten to bring your binoculars to the opera? Fear not: there’s a smartphone that pops open to reveal those necessary specs. At least, these zany objects exist in a parallel world imagined by Japanese creative modeling company, Pantograph.

The company has published a collection of 130 of these charming, imaginative objects in a book called Parallel World souvenir notebook. In a culture where startups are constantly trying to reinvent the everyday objects we are accustomed to with more features and practicality, this is a refreshingly impractical approach to pioneering devices.

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