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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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Would you take a selfie to make a purchase of whatever you want?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Monday 23 March 2015

In the near future, we may just be paying for stuff by taking a selfie. This was what Jack Ma of Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant, postulated at the recent CeBit 2015 conference in Hannover, Germany. He sees it happening with an app that validates mobile payments by matching a photo taken by the user at the point of purchase to a stored profile photo.

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Now you can update your computer with an emoji keyboard to get the point across

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 20 March 2015

There’s a bit of an obsession with emoji these days and now you can shop more of that obsession with the new emoji keyboard. Try sending your boss an expense report using this! The emoji keyboard is actually a cover which you place over your existing keyboard.

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What happens when you drop a feather and a bowling ball inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 17 March 2015

Under normal circumstances, if you drop a feather and a bowling ball at the same time and height, obviously the latter would reach the ground first. But what if you drop both inside the world’s largest vacuum chamber? In an episode of the BBC Two program Human Universe, physicist Brian Cox answers this question by performing an epic experiment inside the world’s biggest vacuum chamber at NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio.

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This Apple Watch won’t cost you $10,000 but it’s just as awesome

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 16 March 2015

Vancouver-based needle-felter Hine Mizushima (who we’ve featured previously) has come up with a cute alternative to the highly anticipated, highly overpriced Apple Watch: a low-end, handmade felt edition.

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Veinviewer: A device that helps doctors aim their needles by projecting your veins on skin

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 16 March 2015

Don’t you hate it when doctors have to stick you with a needle? Don’t you hate it even more when they need to re-stick you because they missed? Well, hate no more. Introducing the VeinViewer, a neat gadget that allows medical personnel to accurately place your IV, eliminating the chances of having to do re-sticks.

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Someone made a video game emulator that looks like BMO from ‘Adventure Time’

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 10 March 2015

RaspBMO might not be able to talk or walk or go on adventures, but it’s just as lovable as BMO from Adventure Time. Created by Mike Barretta of Thingiverse, the DIY emulator can play games like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario World and Doom, all while putting on a friendly smile.

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Ever taken a shower at 40,000 feet? The best bits of luxurious flying by a first timer

Sorrel Kesby Contributor

By Sorrel Kesby in Tech on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Short of winning a competition or marrying a millionaire, most of us will never fly first class. However, as rewards and frequent flyer programs allow you to cash in and upgrade, flying business class is becoming more attainable. So just how much better is it? Here’s how flying business will turn the travel to your destination into an adventure in itself.

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Japan has created a robot bear to help nurses take care of their patients

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 3 March 2015

This is ‘Robear’, a nurse robot designed to make significant improvements in nursing care, all the while making apathetic machines look like huggable teddy bears.

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Youtuber “samuraiguitarist” recreates the classic solo section of Hotel California in a unique and awesome way

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Thought you could only play a rockin’ version of ‘Hotel California’ with bandmates? If you’re like Samuraiguitarist, all you need are the instruments and the right computer software to impress the crowds.

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Presenting the most useful cat in the world, for tech lovers anyway

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Monday 2 March 2015

Let’s face it, cats don’t do much. They may be able to make more money than Gwyneth Paltrow but apart from a grump-looking face or a derpy walk, most cats just aren’t useful. But there is one cat who’s very useful to its owner.

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By 2017 we could all be flying our own personal jetpacks

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 26 February 2015

The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company wants to see us flying over traffic with our own personal jetpacks instead of going through it. Furthermore, they recently received funding from investors to make it happen sooner than we’d have thought possible.

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‘Back to the Future’ case transforms your iPhone into a miniature DeLorean

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 19 February 2015

We’re a few months away from October 21, 2015 (the date Marty McFly arrives in the future) and we still don’t have self-tying shoes or hoverboards. We do, however, have Doc Brown’s time machine, sans the time traveling capability. In Japan, Bandai has released an iPhone case that’s a miniature replica of the Back to the Future DeLorean.

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Test your tech prowess and find all 25 technology icons in this homage to Where’s Waldo

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Wednesday 18 February 2015

To launch their new product Where’s Wallet, illustrator Harry Bloom created a Where’s Waldo/Wally montage of technology. Throughout the illustration, users are asked to identify 25 top technology icons throughout history. Can you find them all?

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Send a letter in a bottle 21st century style, via a USB cork

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Monday 16 February 2015

Ever written a letter, placed it in a bottle and sent it off to sea? Well, there’s a new way to get that letter (or photo or even video) sent to a random stranger on the other side of the planet – with a USB cork in a mini glass bottle.

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Quirky thumb drives that look like severed thumbs

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 30 January 2015

Rather than relying on digital manipulation, conceptual photographer Justin Poulsen uses physical props for his images. And for his latest project, he’s taken the concept of thumb drives to the next level-he’s taken it literally.

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