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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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Piipshow: a live stream of squirrels and birds dining at a bird feeder that looks like a coffee shop

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 2 April 2014

Do you ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? These birds probably do. ‘Piipshow’ is a three month long live broadcast of a bird feeder in Norway that looks like a trendy coffee shop. Instead of macchiato and cappuccinos, this café serves up nuts and seeds. Different customers come in during the day, most of them avian, including a Nuthatch, a Blue Tit (not THAT kind of tit), a great tit (not THAT too), and a Bullfinch. Sometimes the occasional squirrel thieves drop in too.

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The Photoshop erase tool is now wiping out the ugly bits of London

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 28 March 2014

Haha! Ad creatives Guus Ter Beek and Tayfun Serier sure have a sense of humor. Through their Street Eraser project, the duo are now putting up giant cutouts of the iconic Photoshop erase tool effect in the streets of London to wipe out the ugly bits, such as billboard ads and road signs. It’s ingenious.

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Why stay at a hotel when you can pack and carry a hotel room?

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 21 March 2014

As part of an exhibition for the Netherlands’ Textielmuseum, Studio Makkink & Bey designed a conceptual series of rooms according to seven historic periods. Even better: each of these can be packed up, rolled up and handily carried. Certainly beats a sleeping bag too.

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An egg holder that uses smart technology to run your life (sorta)

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 20 March 2014

Who knew you even needed an Egg Minder before this thing was invented. Egg Minder “wirelessly connects to your mobile device to track the number of eggs you have and tell you when they’re going bad”. Because we’re all sooo busy these days we can’t just read the expiry date on the egg carton. This […]

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An autopsy of classic video game controllers

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Saturday 15 March 2014

Ever wondered what the inside of a video game controller looks like? ‘Deconstructed’ is a series that shows you the pieces that make up the entirety of those gaming devices we all loved and button-mashed. Toronto-based photographer Brandon Allen performed an autopsy on classic video game controllers, laid out all the parts, and photographed them. […]

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From ashes to diamonds: Make synthetic gems out of your dead loved ones

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 13 March 2014

Diamonds are forever. So are memories. One company based in Chur, Switzerland, actually manufactures what they call ‘memorial diamonds’ out of the cremated remains of any select loved ones. The company was started by then university schoolmates Rinaldo Willy and Veit Brimer a decade ago, with the interesting proposition of helping to commemorate loved ones […]

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An app that wakes you up by using the scent of bacon

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 10 March 2014

Ever had trouble waking up to the sound of that infernal alarm clock? We know how you feel. But mornings will never be the same again, at least for those who get their gluttonous hands on this up-and-coming app that wakes you up to the smell of bacon. Developed by Oscar Mayer’s Institute for the […]

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Airpnp: Like Airbnb, just for peeing

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 8 March 2014

Fed up with struggling to find legal pee grounds at Mardi Gras celebrations every year, New Orleanians Max Gaudin and Travis Laurendine decided to take things into their own hands during Mardi Gras 2014 to set up Airpnp. Airpnp purports to be the Airbnb of pee spots by allowing residences and businesses to rent them […]

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HTML is an STD: Hilarious misinterpretations of tech terms

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 8 March 2014

So, a study that was recently conducted over the course of 7 days on 2,392 American respondents revealed some interesting findings showing just how clueless people can be when it comes to technology terms: 10% thought HTML was an STD, 18% mistook Blu-ray for a marine animal, 15% were convinced software was comfortable clothing, while […]

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Fancy an industrial robot arm on your desk? Now you can have one

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 7 March 2014

Who would have thought we’d live to see the day when someone would actually build an Arduino-powered robot arm and make it affordable and accessible to the masses — like us? We’ll be damned. The uArm, which is made out of laser-cut acrylic and wood parts, can be customized using Arduino to become a remote-controlled […]

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This Boeing Black smartphone self-destructs when tampered with

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 5 March 2014

The Boeing Black is a smartphone that self-destructs when someone tries to tamper with its casing or files. But sadly, it’s not like those devices you see in Mission Impossible, where it blows up in a fiery blaze of glory. Rather, it deletes all its data and renders itself useless, making it anti-theft but also […]

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Give your couch motorized wheels and leave home without having to get off it!

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 1 March 2014

Self-professed professional builder Nick Homer, who took his couch out to the streets on a Halloween night for the first time some years ago, has not stopped helping people to build their own couch-on-wheels since. Apparently all that’s needed is a used motorized wheelchair with functioning batteries and a couch that can be mounted to […]

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Scientists finally invent the lightsaber, sort of

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 28 February 2014

We might just live out our fantasies of wielding a lightsaber in the not-so-distant future if science plays their cards right. Mikhail Lukin and Vladan Vuletic, physics professors at Harvard and MIT, respectively, clumped together particles to form a unique molecule by accident. They say that this new form of matter has the properties and […]

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What’s in your food? This scanner might be able to tell you

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 27 February 2014

Instead of your mum nagging you about healthy eating, now a handheld device might just be able to do it! The TellSpec brings together ‘laser spectroscopy and a unique mathematical algorithm’ in a revolutionary system that can analyse the chemical composition of any food. The wireless scanner communicates with a fast cloud analysis engine to […]

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Flappy Bird is back, but this time, in a cardboard box

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By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 27 February 2014

‘Flappy Bird’ may no longer be available as an app, but now it’s offered as a cardboard box. Thanks to young entrepreneur Fawn Qiu, the game that’s driven us all mad has risen from the dead in the form of a real-life game. By using three motors, an Arduino, a prototyping board, a magnet sensor, […]

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