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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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This nail polish changes colour when it detects date rape drugs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Four graduates from North Carolina State University’s Materials Science & Engineering department have found one way women could avoid date rapes: Get a manicure. Odd? Yes. Effective? Could be. Their product, a nail polish called ‘Undercover Colors’, could detect date rape drugs like GHB, Xanax, and Rohypnol. The wearer just has to swirl her drink with her finger, and if the nail changes colour, she better find help immediately.

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This is the coolest-looking iPhone speaker we’ve ever seen

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 25 August 2014

Definitely a hipster must-have! The Chinon ‘Legato CH-PS840’ is an iPhone speaker dock that’ll pique the interest of your equally hipster house guests. As you can see, it has an ash hardwood horn that serves as the speakers – just like the good ‘ol days! What this does is it improves low and mid-high region sounds, making it ideal for soothing background music.

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This anti-selfie app allows you to censor your own face

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Finally, and it’s about time too, an anti-selfie app has been launched. Named SLMMSK, Glitche’s iOS app comes with 10 anti-selfitis filters for people who do not have regular urges to share their face with anyone and everyone online. With its ten zany filter options, you can drop a censor bar over those eyes that […]

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Watch how electronic makeup changes this girl’s face in just seconds

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Talk about #MakeupTransformation! This past week we saw average people turning into their look-a-like celebrities using makeup, and I gotta say, we were pretty impressed. But that stuff’s nothing compared to what Nobumichi Asai and his ‘electronic makeup’.

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Meet the fans of tomorrow today: the world’s first cheering robots

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Friday 15 August 2014

The Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean professional baseball team, became famous recently not so much for their wins but because they filled three rows of a stadium with robots they named Fanbots. Their fans can request for their faces to be projected on each Fanbot’s facial screen and their messages sent via SMS can be projected in real time by the LED placards held by these robots.

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Brian Eno and Karl Hyd team-up to create the next generation of album art

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By Maggie Buchmann in Tech on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde aren’t strangers to the marriage between music and stunning visuals. For their recent collaborative album Someday World, they took that union one step further by teaming up with creative studio Toby and Pete, as well as technology and interactive guru Lukasz Karluk.

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Apple came up with some pretty weird products back in the 80s

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 11 August 2014

Apple might be one of the largest tech companies in the world, but did you know that way back in the 1980s, it also tried to be one of the largest general merchandise companies? In an old catalog called ‘Apple Collection’, the company tried its hand at selling Mac-inspired products like surfboards, toy trucks, baseball […]

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Guess what? The first bonsai tree has finally been sent into space

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Tech on Saturday 9 August 2014

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has taken a giant leap on behalf of mankind. The 38-year old recently became the person responsible for sending the first bonsai tree into space, a momentous occasion. Makoto is primarily concerned with installation art and this is no exception, except that normally his pieces are firmly on this planet. At […]

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Hilarious! Chrome extension replaces all ‘millennial’ mentions for something more apt

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 8 August 2014

Like us, Denver-based Zeke Weeks seems a bit fed-up with all that hype about millennials. Unlike us, he’s got the programming chops to go ahead and create a Chrome extension, which, when installed on your browser, replaces any mention of ‘millennial’ with ‘pesky whipper-snapper’. This is something we never knew we needed, but on hindsight, […]

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Now you can charge your phone with just your purse

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 6 August 2014

It all started when Liz Salcedo wanted to keep her phone charged. She created her first phone-charging kit with spare iPhone cables and a dock made from moldable plastic, cut the lining in a purse, and sewed the whole thing in. It was only when her friends and family kept asking her to fix their […]

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Cooking your dinner can charge your mobile device

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Tuesday 5 August 2014

What on earth is this witchery — a cooking pot that generates power to charge your mobile device while you cook your meal? We are not joking. The Powerpot is what it’s called, and it uses patented thermoelectric technology to create electricity from excess heat while cooking, which then goes into charging your device battery. […]

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Got a call? Talk to the hand instead of the handphone

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 4 August 2014

Ever thought of answering a hand instead of the handphone? Why not do both? While Stephen Moore came up with a prototype of a cumbersome handset that can be plugged into a mobile phone or a PC, his creation never really saw the light of the day (it crashed on Kickstarter). Guess we’ll just have […]

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Want to know what time it is? This watch will project it onto the back of your hand

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 4 August 2014

We’ve featured so many unconventional watches here on Lost At E Minor, but this one’s a first: a watch that uses the back of the hand as the watchface, and projects the time onto it. We can’t wait to get our hands on one of these so we can position the projector bit on the inside of our wrist and annoy the hell out of the people in our lives by stretching our palms wide to proclaim ‘I give you time’, oh, every minute.

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New smart features offer a simplified user experience (Sponsored)

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By Lost At E Minor in Tech on Thursday 31 July 2014

Boasting a revamped user interface and host of new features, the new LG G3 is the ultimate in smart technology. Unveiling the first 5.5­Inch Quad HD display announced in the U.S. market, Laser Auto Focus, Smart Notice and ‘Tap to Shoot’ features, the G3 offers an overall simplified user experience.

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Be afraid, be very afraid: This man knows where your cat lives

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Associate art professor Owen Mundy has created a data map, I Know Where Your Cat Lives, which, true to its name, maps out cat photos from photo-sharing sites like Flickr and Instagram, thanks to some software he wrote to access API data with. It’s a thought-provoking project, though cat owners seem not quite as alarmed […]

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