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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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Incredible photographs showcase some of Apple’s earliest prototypes

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Tech on Tuesday 3 June 2014

Apple’s designs are well regarded at the top of the tree, with the late Steve Jobs considered the messiah – but there was a time when the company was struggling to figure out who it was and needed outside help. Design firm Frog are credited with many of the earliest design prototypes for Apple products – and a new book from the founder of the company, Hartmut Esslinger, illustrates just where designs started from. [Check out the Techly live blog of the Apple WWDC 2014 Keynote from earlier today]

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Hoverbikes could be up for sale as early as 2017

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 3 June 2014

No, this isn’t a joke. Back in 2012 the Aerofex hoverbike was released and since then there’s been a bit of tweaking of the model. It’s now called the Aero-X and it’s designed to carry two people up to a height of 3 metres, reaching speeds up to 72 km/hr. Woah! It’s been reported to […]

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Now you can be Kim Jong Un and take on the entire US army in this video game

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 2 June 2014

Who could have predicted this? North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon have his very own video game where he takes on American capitalists. As Atlanta-based Moneyhorse Games, the very clever minds behind this, said on their website that Glorious Leader! (yep, that’s the name of the game) will pit Kim against the US […]

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Are your pets lonely? Sign them up for SmellMe, China’s pet-only social network

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 21 May 2014

The mainland Chinese have been consistently making a stir in the tech scene, and now they have one more thing to add to that list: SmellMe, a social networking platform just for pets. Apparently it is still in its early days with ‘only’ 500,000 registered users on it. Besides making social updates via the mobile […]

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Duck Machine: rubber duckies in synchronized symphony

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Tuesday 20 May 2014

Here’s your mesmerizing video for the day. Electromechanical manufacturer Faz Elektrik had the challenging job to get ordinary people excited about, er…motors, so they enlisted the help of British artist David Cranmer to give their project an interesting twist. Together, they created ‘a programmable matrix of 49 ducks that appear to float gracefully on invisible […]

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This Mac app will bluff bosses and coworkers into thinking you’re hard at work

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 14 May 2014

Visual artist Jon Cohrs and writer Natalie Mooallem combined forces to create Corporate Avoidance, a free Mac app that can be used with Final Cut Pro, ProTools, MPEG Streamclip, Adobe After Effects, Audition, Encore, Adobe Premiere Pro and the such, to make your computer look as if it’s busy rendering. The aim is to liberate […]

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Sore? Let this app help you beat aches with its ‘manga treatment’

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 14 May 2014

With a name like Vigorous Eyes!2, you know this app has to be good. What it does is to demonstrate, step by step, how to relieve aches and pains with ‘stretches for your vigorous eyes’ and DIY massages. Voice instructions are merrily meted out in Japanese and accompanied by lines in slightly mangled English while […]

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The Cyanometer: a 225-year old contraption that gauges the sky’s blueness

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 13 May 2014

How many shades of blue does the sky have? If this 225-year old measuring tool is to be believed, the sky has 53 shades of ‘blueness’. The Cyanometer is a device invented back in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Benedict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.

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Be gone Prozac, now there’s a helmet that rids us of depression

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 8 May 2014

Some people go their whole lives struggling with depression. Sometimes medication doesn’t work. Same with therapy, fresh air, exercise, and every thing else doctors prescribe us to get over the blues. A new piece of technology might fix all that. This helmet delivers electro-magnetic impulses to the brain and has ‘shown promise in treating people […]

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Onewheel: a Kickstarter project that brings us a step closer to the hover board.

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 8 May 2014

Our scientists better be hard at work developing the hover board so that Marty McFly will have something to ride on come 2015. Meanwhile, we can have the next best thing: the Onewheel. Part skateboard, part hover board, the 25-pound Onewheel lets you enjoy the feeling of getting stoked without having to exert any leg […]

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Beware! Lamps are now live Tweeting your secret conversations

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 1 May 2014

These should be installed in the White House! It’s called the Conversnitch and it’s created by artists Brian House and Kyle McDonald. This eavesdropping device hides in locations around New York City and ‘transmits overheard dialogue to Twitter’.  It’s created with a Raspberry Pi minicomputer, a microphone, an LED, and a plastic flower pot. Conversations […]

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Adaptable 4D-printed material

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 1 May 2014

The United States Army Research Office has given university researchers a grant worth $855,000 to develop the next generation of 3D printing – that is, 4D printing. Very original and mind boggling name, I know. The trio of researchers from Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of […]

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Immortalize your witty tweets into commemorative plaques with this online service

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Wednesday 30 April 2014

It’s time to cash in on those witty tweets of yours! ‘Permanent140’ is an online service that immortalizes your favourite tweets by turning them into commemorative wooden or metal plaques. Timeless excerpts like ‘Pizza doesn’t need commercials. All they have to say is, “Remember pizza?”’ come with the tweeter’s name, username, and time and date […]

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Kittyo: a device that lets you play with your cat even when you’re not home

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 29 April 2014

Being away from home doesn’t mean your laser pointer torture sessions with your cat has to stop. Introducing the ‘Kittyo’, a device that lets you interact with your cat from afar. Using the Kittyo app for iOS and Android, you can use the coffee maker-shaped device to speak to your cat, give out treats, and […]

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Forget the coffee machine, this device lets you microwave your next espresso

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products, Tech on Friday 18 April 2014

Coffee perks us up, so why go to all that trouble to toil away at a coffee machine on lazy mornings when you can take just 30 seconds to microwave a shot of espresso? Seems like a no-brainer.

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