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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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This Boeing Black smartphone self-destructs when tampered with

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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!

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Rachel Oakley Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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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Hemingway, an app that will help you write like him

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 25 February 2014

Hemingway’, is an app that helps you eliminate unnecessary word and problematic prose in your sentences. Whether you’re an aspiring New York Times bestselling author or just sending an email, just copy and paste your composition to see how Hemingway-esque you really are.

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Fuel, the world’s smallest phone charger

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Monday 24 February 2014

When your phone is down to its last remaining breath and there’s no charger in sight, it sure would be handy to have this cute little tub of energy around. Measuring up at a tiny 3.3cm x 2.3 cm x 1.3 cm, ‘Fuel’ is the world’s smallest phone charger, not to mention the cutest! Attach […]

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Jamboo headphones

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By Sorrel Kesby in Tech on Saturday 22 February 2014

Newly arrived, the American-Eagle style Jamboo headphones (yes, that is a play on Bamboo and jammin’) ready to represent for the Sochi Winter Olympics. Jamboo’s San Diego-based creators, Austin Glenn and Scooter Vaughan, originally used KickStarter to get their dream off the ground and after raising almost double their funding goal, finally launched their products to the world in 2012.

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A dot matrix printer plays Eye of the Tiger

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Friday 21 February 2014

The ultimate song for pre-workout routines and training montages, Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, just got a tribute from a machine, specifically a dot matrix printer. Made last year by MIDIDesaster, the video shows an old matrix printer belting out tunes from the iconic song, albeit in a robotic rendition.

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Play this game to help cancer scientists analyze data in real-time

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Thursday 20 February 2014

In a creative spin to aid cancer research by crowdsourcing, Cancer Research UK is appealing to the entertainment-starved instincts of mobile users to play its Genes In Space game. Specially designed for gamers to analyze huge amounts of real genetic cancer data while completing missions, gameplay data is fed back to cancer scientists at certain […]

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Yes, the US army actually built this one-man helicopter prototype in the 50s

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Before the Segway, there was the amphibious one-man HZ-1 Aerocycle in 1956 specifically designed to mobilize inexperienced pilots. The pilot could guide the helicopter by leaning forward in the direction he wants to head to while standing upright on the pedestal. The United States Army quickly abandoned the project after a couple of crashes signaled […]

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What do you mean, iconic? Unimpressive Apple products from the 80s and 90s

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 19 February 2014

DesignTaxi recently called our attention to these forgettable Apple products that were launched in the last thirty years, but were deemed too blah by consumers to make much of a dent in their pockets. Goes to show nobody always wins in life.

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3D printed sculpture of an elderly Popeye the Sailor Man

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Okay, I did not expect my childhood idol and number one spinach endorser, Popeye, to be this… old. Multi-awarded special effects makeup artist Rick Baker printed out this realistic – and menacing – rendition of Popeye using a 3D printer he bought at a charity event auction. Using a digital model he made back in 2007, he was able to achieve surprising results given the price of the machine.

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How gamers have saved the world from destruction in video games

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 14 February 2014

Games Radar has a rocking Top 9 list of the times gamers have helped to avert doom in the world in, well, the world of video games. These outlandish game plots aren’t going to make it into the most illustrious history books — because, duh, they aren’t real — but we’re entertained all right. Who […]

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A Go-Pro fell out of a plane, landed in a pig pen and was found intact: you won’t believe what it recorded!

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Tech on Thursday 13 February 2014

We don’t have many details of this, but take the YouTube video description for what it is. A GoPro is ready to go in a skydiving plane with a bunch of jumpers. Somehow, it accidentally falls from the plane, and tumbles down, spinning furiously (and we see a cool effect of recording framerate/spin-rate almost matching) all the way. And it keeps recording. [via our new tech site, Techly]

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