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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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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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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There’s an app that lets you search for your dead pet’s doppelganger (so you can adopt them)

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 5 June 2014

If you’ve lost a pet, there’s a new app that allows you to search for your deceased pet’s doppelganger. Not only that, but after you’ve found your pet’s twin, you get the opportunity to find out where the animal is located so you can go ahead and adopt it. The app is called PetMatch and […]

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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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