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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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Smart homes, smart thieves: Burglars breaking in through our lightbulbs?

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By Techly in Tech on Monday 14 July 2014

Forget smashing windows, picking locks and jimmying doors – thanks to the rise of smarthome technology, soon burglars may be able to break into our houses via our lightbulbs.

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Play video games and win for yourself a university scholarship

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Thursday 10 July 2014

We are not kidding. A private university in Chicago has been dangling scholarships that are worth up to US$19,000 per student at avid players of League of Legends. The video game has quickly become one of the most fiercely battled amongst organized team competitions. 

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This science teacher just proved that you can lose weight when you eat at McDonalds every day

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 7 July 2014

We’ve all either sniggered at, or know someone who’s sniggered at fast food giant McDonald’s as serving up food that’s not really food — so it might well be true, you could starve your body eating there. This was proven by John Cisna, a science teacher, who, curious to find out what would happen if he ate three square meals from McDonald’s every day, di that for 180 days and ended up losing over 60 lbs at the end.

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The Chinese have invented an automatic sperm extractor … where to begin?

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By Milo Sumner in Tech on Monday 30 June 2014

We’re not sure if this is the greatest thing to ever happen to MANkind, or the very worst. A new machine is hitting Chinese hospitals, which according to the urology director of Nanjing Hospital is designed ‘to help individuals that are finding it difficult to retrieve sperm the old fashioned way’.

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Down in the dumps? Boost your ego with the Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 30 June 2014

No one loves Kanye more than Kanye, so says USA Today, which has hilariously made a Kanye West Self-Confidence Generator for anyone in need of an ego boost by channeling West with bombastic quotes straight from the mouth of the self-crowned ‘No. 1 living and breathing rock star’ himself.

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The Lana Del Rey Song Generator that could pass off as the real thing

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 27 June 2014

So, Lana Del Rey. As Music Feeds observed of Lana Del Rey, her song titles seem to consistently ‘combine something opulent with something lowly/depressing’ — which makes this Lana Del Rey Song Generator that spits out suggestions like ‘Fire Island Darling’, ‘Warhol Celluloid’ and ‘Diamond Massacre’ so effortlessly accurate. Enjoy.

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Healthier, happier and more successful: Hardcore gamers really do win

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 20 June 2014

Can it be true? Haven’t we all received the memo that playing video games are bad for you? According to a study conducted for Twitch, not only are video gamers not anti-social as we all grew up to believe, but also tend to be more social, educated, optimistic, successful, socially conscious and close to their […]

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Scan an object, then draw it in its actual colour

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Thursday 19 June 2014

You can now paint the colours of the rainbow and be 100 per cent sure that you’ve got the colours right when you’re in possession of the amazing Scribble Ink pen whose humble name, in our humble opinion, doesn’t quite exactly cue you in on how great it is. The pen uses a 16-bit RGB colour sensor that is able to scan the myriad of colours present in the real world.

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Want to exit an awkward social situation? This smart bracelet will dial your phone

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 19 June 2014

We’ve seen apps that let you fake calls to excuse yourself from social situations conveniently, but they’ve always seemed somewhat cumbersome: you have to schedule them in advance, and who knows exactly when you might want to go? The Guardian Angel is an actual pendant-shaped device you can wear as a bracelet or necklace, and […]

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Classic music album covers, emoji-fied

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 19 June 2014

What would Nirvana’s Nevermind have looked like if it skipped the while photo shoot with an actual swimming baby and was replaced with emojis instead?

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Robot to hitchhike across Canada

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Wednesday 18 June 2014

Meet hitchBOT, a Wikipedia-reading robot that plans to hitchhike across Canada. As part of a social robotics experiment, Frauke Zeller, a roboticist at Ryerson University in Canada, expects hitchBOT to rely solely on human kindness while it makes its way from Halifax to Victoria. “Usually, we are concerned whether we can trust robots, e.g. as […]

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Do a double take at eerily human-like robots created in Japan

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By Kenny Ong in Tech on Wednesday 18 June 2014

On June 25, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan will launch an exhibition of amazingly lifelike androids entitled ‘Androids: What makes us human?’.

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JR East of Japan reveals its super luxurious train and it’s kind of spectacular

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Thursday 12 June 2014

JR East of Japan has recently released new images of its upcoming luxury sleeper train, with its passenger suites guaranteed to release some oohs and aahs. Based on a design theme that heralds ‘a train where passengers can enjoy the flow of time and space.’, its very cool carriages come with extra large windows for the largest possible view of the outside landscape.

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For real: This washing machine weighs just 180g and fits neatly into any pocket

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 9 June 2014

Ash Newland was planning a climbing trip in Mt Kilimanjaro with a pal four years ago when he started thinking about how they were going to wash their clothes regularly. Newland liked the idea of a washboard but baulked at the bulkiness. Eventually, he hit upon the idea of fitting a flexible washboard into a waterproof, sealable bag, which was how the first few prototypes of Scrubba came about.

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Hilarious email exchange between a guy in response to a Nigerian email scammer

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 9 June 2014

When Reddit member Trollshock found himself on the receiving end of a scam email sent by someone who claimed to be ‘Mrs. Miriam. Abacha, the widow of Sani Abacha the Late Nigerian Head of State’, he was sufficiently amused enough by its contents to write back to the sender and subsequently engage the latter in […]

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