Stop everything. If you were in the process of inventing something, you might as well quit now, because 2013's Invention of the Year title is all but sewed up by a Japanese man who has created a spring-loaded iPhone holster. The invention rather ingeniously solves the super-pressing first-world problem of having to dig all the way into your pocket to answer your phone. (Check out the video above, in which the inventor shows off his holster, along with his push-up prowess, somersaulting skill, and iPhone answering/dancing combinations.) As Alex Moore at Death and Taxes points out, this gadget is kind of like the quick-draw set-up Christoph Waltz has up his sleeve in Django Unchained, "except for an iPhone instead of a gun." Are you standing and clapping yet? You should be. (Via Death and Taxes)
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