Whatever it is, this thing really sucks. No, really.
All joking aside, it's not crazy to be completely
stumped as to what this ergonomic stick could possibly do, let alone
what it could do in the kitchen. For looking so complex, this thing
has one simple function: to pump air. Well, that, and to look pretty.
The stick is called the Lock & Lock: Rosaline Vacuum Sealer, designed
to keep food fresh by removing the air that would otherwise allow
bacteria to thrive and food to spoil. To use it, you place the stick
into the top of any of a matching set of Tupperware, hold down the
button, and wait until all of the air is sucked out and your food is
ready for storage.
Designed by Jongho Nho, an industrial designer from Vancouver, the
vacuum stick reflects the modern-design shift toward futuristic
aesthetics and ergonomic shapes. Its stick and matching base design
are featured on his Web site under a logo for the Red Dot Design Awards,
famous for rewarding avant-garde designers for their creativity. You
can see more of Jongho Nho's designs here.