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Tech is always evolving – creating new solutions to problems so we can be insanely productive… or silly. We find the cutting edge products that help us do both because you can’t be a creative without a little fun. Scroll down for a look at some of the wildest, coolest, bizarre and amazing inventions that have recently arrived.  Your colleagues will be jealous of your new toys.

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Finally, a dress that expands for more personal space

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 17 October 2014

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It’s rush hour and you’re stuck on a train going home. And there’s a bunch of people getting up in your face. It’s not only awkward, it’s uncomfortable. And then there’s that guy giving you those eyes. Need more personal space? Now there’s a dress for that! Artist Kathleen McDermott has created the Personal Space Dress that expands, thanks to ‘proximity sensors’ that identify when someone gets too close. 

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Organize a family slide night with this tiny Instagram projector

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Back in the seventies, there was nothing better than gathering the family for a slide night, but since new technology has taken over our lives, we never get to enjoy those evenings. Now, thanks to a tiny gadget called Projecteo, you can relive the cheesy nights of the seventies.

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Everyone’s going crazy over these cat headphones on indiegogo

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 14 October 2014

These headphones are purr-fect! UC Berkeley alumni Wenqing Yang and Victoria Hu have unlocked the secret to selling lots and lots of headphones: cats. The anime-inspired headphones, once worn, will turn you into a music-loving feline. Now you not only get to listen to good music, but you’ll become tempting to get pet as well.

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Engineers in the US are using snake movements to create a breakthrough in robotics

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Tech on Monday 13 October 2014

Walking on sand is a real pain. We’ve all been there, endlessly slipping around as we get where we’re going at about half normal pace. And that’s on flat ground, don’t even get us started about sandy hills! In Nature certain animals have evolved different mechanisms to move across sand at relative speed, none more effectively than side-winding snakes.

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Here’s a new invention that alerts drivers of a crash up ahead

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Saturday 11 October 2014

As long as cars are on the road, there’s always going to be accidents. And while modern cars have been fitted with airbags and other safety features, sometimes you just can’t avoid a fender bender. Until now. Designed by Xuan Teng, these air bag taillights prevent secondary vehicle crashes on the freeway.

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Google Earth’s distorted bridges show us technology is still far from perfect

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 10 October 2014

You had one job, Google Earth, one job! In ‘Postcards From Google Earth’, Brooklyn-based artist Clement Valla collects images of distorted bridges found on the virtual map. The bridges are shown dipping into the rivers, canyons, and roads they supposedly cross over.

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This is how much our desks have changed in just 30 years

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 7 October 2014

30 years ago, work desks around the world were cluttered with calculators, encyclopedias, calendars, fax machines, corded phones, corkboards, and other vintage items. Fast-forward to 2014, you’ll see all of those things as apps on a smartphone. In the video below, a team at the Harvard Innovation Lab visualizes each item’s eventual transformation into an app and how technology has helped un-clutter our desks of today.

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This outdoor umbrella shields and charges your mobile devices at the same time

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Monday 6 October 2014

You can now enjoy the outdoor breeze while being shielded from the sun with this umbrella that also lets you recharge your mobile devices as you roam. It does this with its 4 solar cell panels located on the umbrella’s canopy, which block up to 98% of the harmful UV rays and convert sunlight into electricity which is accessed via two USB ports in its pole.

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No way! A mind-reading headset that teaches you to deal with stress

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Tech on Thursday 2 October 2014

To different people, meditation can mean different things. When some of us hear the ‘m-word’ we think of cross-legged yogis contededly humming to themselves while levitating off the ground, to others with a slightly clearer understanding it signifies an attempt to still the relentless rushing off the mind and to find a sense of peace, however temporary.

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iPhone killer? The NoPhone allows you to stay connected with the real world!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 26 September 2014

Described as a ‘technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world’, the NoPhone promises to help wean you off your addiction to clutching on to ‘smooth, cold plastic… without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment’.

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Thwarted in love? Agony App will solve your love problems

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Funny, there used to a Tumblr for everything in the world. Now it seems like apps are the new Tumblrs. Agony App, as the name suggests, promises to be the digital equivalent of Agony Aunt by harnessing the collective wisdom of other live humans to help you out with your relationship woes.

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Want a stranger to wake you up without the awkward morning after? There’s an app for that

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 24 September 2014

What? Or rather, should we ask, ‘Want?’ With Wakie, those who would have always dreamt about having a perfect stranger now have their dreams come true. You can either sign up as a sleepyhead, or, if you’re a good Samaritan, sign up to be a wakie.

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Finally, a cup holder that never spills a drop of that drink

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Monday 22 September 2014

Maksimatic has come up with a genius design that makes sure your morning coffee or drive-thru soft drink never spill a drop along your journey. Using a 360-degree-pivoting sphere, the Maksimatic cup holder makes your drink free to move as you drive.

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This small device cancels out your co-worker’s annoying gossip and laughter

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 19 September 2014

There is something worse than working a job that is unrewarding-working in a cubicle and listening to your co-workers’ cackling all day. Most of us have been there, but if the boss won’t allow us to wear headphones, we don’t have many other options than to listen to the workplace gossip from 9 – 5. Until now!

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Watch as an angry ram takes down a drone, and then chases its owner up the path

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 9 September 2014

We love a good drone video, especially if it involves a good animal chase. This video won’t disappoint. When drone flyer ‘Buddhanz1‘ took his FPV quadcopter for a spin in the countryside, he didn’t intend on coming into contact with any animal, let alone an angry ram. But getting a wee bit too close will make any ram lose his cool, and this one took out some sweet revenge on the drone. But watch what happens when the drone is retrieved by its owner. That’s when the ram took things a step further.

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