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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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Tech review: UE Boom portable speaker

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Thursday 30 January 2014

Logitech subsidiary, Ultimate Ears, has followed up last year’s releases, UE Boombox and UE Mobile Boombox, with the portable speaker to top all portable speakers: the UE Boom.

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Fact: Drinking boosts your immunity system

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 29 January 2014

Researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University recently came to the conclusion that those who partook in alcohol enjoyed better health compared to those who did not drink at all. For the study, a group of monkeys with immune systems similar to humans were vaccinated against smallpox and were observed over a 14-month period. […]

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A video game that can sense your fear

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 28 January 2014

FDR’s famous quote, ‘The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself’, has never been truer than in the video game ‘Nevermind’. The game doesn’t need your kickass hand-eye coordination or lightning-quick reflexes or in-game tactics. All it needs is your fear to feed upon your mortal soul. Ok maybe not fear itself, but more on your heart beat. The adventure-horror game tracks your heart beat and produces more stressful and frightening scenarios once your ticker beats faster.

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Just thinking you’re getting good sleep can make your brain run better

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 27 January 2014

A bunch of researchers have found that participants who were told their sleep quality was below average performed significantly worse on brain performance compared to their peers. Included in the study was a verbal fluency test where participants scored way better when told their sleep quality was above average. Looks to be the case that […]

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Bicycle desk helps you lead a self-sustainable life, one pedal at a time

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 24 January 2014

So, about these spinning classes that gets you absolutely nowhere but a pair of sore legs. Such a waste of power, no? But how about a stationary bike that lets you pedal away while you sit – otherwise sedentary at your work desk – and channel that kinetic energy where you like, be it a […]

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A gift box that magically unlocks in the future? Wow

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 23 January 2014

We’ve heard about postal services that deliver postcards to recipients in the future, but a gift box that actually opens on a designated date in the future? Whoa. That’s the premise of the Timeless Box created by a Barcelona-based team that recently concluded a successful funding appeal on Indiegogo to manufacture 1,000 units of this […]

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This wearable camera lets you save your best moments after they happen

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 22 January 2014

It’s all happened to us: that great moment in our lives when something great pops up and happens, only for it to go away as quickly as it appears while we think, ‘Damn, wish I had my camera out at that time. Well, Memini, the world’s first wearable camera that lets you save your best moments in high-def video, solves that problem.

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Finally, the one-wheeled self-balancing skateboard is here

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Wednesday 22 January 2014

Here’s a Kickstarter I can get behind. Developed by Future Motion, the Onewheel came about after the team dreamed of designing a hoverboard. Sadly technology doesn’t quite allow that yet, so they’ve come up with the Onewheel. It’s almost as technologically advanced, too. The Onewheel equips solid-state inertial sensors and algorithms to balance the board […]

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Brushing badly? This smart toothbrush will tell you that over your mobile

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 20 January 2014

French startup Kolibree recently unveiled a smart toothbrush at the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. By hooking up to the Internet, the device can monitor the dental habits of its user and connect to a mobile app via the local Bluetooth network to tittle-tattle on how much brushing he’s getting, how often […]

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Scientists send text message using vodka

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Saturday 18 January 2014

Alcohol solves all your problems, including sending text messages without a signal! O Canada is the first ever text message sent out using alcohol, specifically vodka. Two researchers at York University used specific concentration levels of evaporated vodka to represent bits 1 and 0. They sprayed the message across 12 feet to a receiving unit […]

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Look closely, these remarkable images are synapses in the brain

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Saturday 18 January 2014

These incredible psychedelic images are synapse maps of the human brain at work. The Human Connectome Project has been exploring the brain’s conenctions using a high-resolution map since 2010, and the project seeks to examine the brains of 1,200 volunteers to create a database of healthy brain structure. These images show the Human Connectome Project’s […]

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Praise science! The world’s first true artificial heart has found a home

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Wednesday 15 January 2014

It took 25 years to develop but finally, there is an artificial heart inside a 75-year-old Frenchman. Unlike similar devices used to keep patients alive until a donor can be found, the ‘Carmat’ heart is ‘expected to operate continuously for as long as five years while enabling the recipient to resume a normal lifestyle, perhaps […]

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Watch makes you solve puzzles first before knowing the time

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 13 January 2014

TokyoFlash, Japanese maker of limited-edition LED and LCD watches, is known for its long line of mind-boggling and arcane concept watches that may or may not give you brain damage (I’m leaning towards the former). Their latest creation, the Kisai Spider Acetate, is no exception.

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The Cube: make art with colours from the real world

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in Tech on Sunday 12 January 2014

Australian product development studio SwatchMate have come up with one of the most innovative design tools we’ve seen yet: the Cube, which gives you the ability to design and make art with colours from the real world. Basically, it’s a colour scanner which sends data about the colour it sees to your smartphone – or […]

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Toilet paper comes out of this Polaroid bathroom ‘camera’

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 8 January 2014

Just the thing to show how much love we have for amateurs on Instagram: a replica of a Polaroid camera that that actually serves up more utility than all these food shots that nobody cares about by dispensing toilet paper in the bathroom. Yep. Want.

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