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    Tickets…check…passport…check…Wi-Fi Detector T-shirt…check – no, we are not crazy. There is actually a t-shirt available which detects open Wi-Fi networks. People have strange demands and needs when they are out to travel, especially if the journey is going to be long. Here are some of the most unusual and interesting travel accessories you will ever find: Portable Infrared Sauna So the hotel you are staying at does not have a spa? No problem! A company came up with this ingenious portable infrared sauna. It is like a tent in which you can sit while a 600 Watt Infrared heater warms the interiors and makes you sweat. Look cool even while you sweat! It is available at skymall.com for just $400. odd_ostrich_pillow_1 Ostrich Pillow Now this is a very unusual accessory to be out and about with. Some people will agree how hard it is to nap or catch up on some good sleep if the light is too bright, or there is too much noise or even if the temperature is a little off. The Ostrich Pillow solves all of these issues in one blow and gives you a great power nap. It is a thick padded pillow-like contraption that you can put on your head and go off to sleep. It does what it’s supposed to do, but you will probably end up looking weird. It is available for $100 at studiobananathings.com. Vogmask There are people who very susceptible to germs, pollution and allergies. But, they also have abhorrence for those clinical sterile masks as they just don’t go with their wardrobes. Vogmask has come up with colorful and trendy microfiber masks, which allegedly filters out 99.9% of ash, pollen, dust and germs. Get one for $20 at magellans.com. GG12_ESSEN_Leki_Micro_445x260 Packable Walking Stick If you are out trekking with friends and going up a trail and want to feel like Gandalf all of a sudden then whip out this sleek, 50 inch metal walking stick. Compared to normal walking sticks this stick is much cooler to look at, has an in-built compass and can also be used as a monopod for a camera. What’s more is that it can be packed into a case that is just 11.25 inches. It is available at hammacher.com for $40. eton-boostturbine-2000-hand-crank-rechargeable-emergency-cell-phone-charger-xl Hand Crank Emergency Cell Phone Charger Running out juice on your smartphone, when out on a trip, is normal. It is the quest of finding a power outlet that really ticks off most of us. This handy charger uses a dynamo to convert cranking to energy. 1 minute of cranking is converted to 30 seconds of charge – not much, but it will get things done when cranked for a proper length of time. This can be also found on hammacher.com for $60.

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    Headphones can be a lifesaver in many occasions of our lives. It can take us to sweet land of music and drown the unwanted and unpleasant noises around us. Over the years, headphones have undergone many avatars from the big ear hugging metal covers to the small and sleek modern day earphones. However, in the course of its evolution, there have been many instances where headphones took some of the oddest forms possible. So, here is a list of five weird headphone designs which will obviously allow you to listen to music uninterruptedly but will also make the people around you question your sanity:
    • Transformer headphones
    In order to wear the Transformer headphones, being a big fan of Transformer is not enough because for this, you will have to be obsessed with the Transformer characters. However, another reason to wear these mini versions of these alien robots over your ears must be your secret wish to gain everyone’s attention around you regardless of what they think of you. So, for just $38, you can happily trade your sanity for these Transformer headphones in your nearest store or in the internet.
    • The Tron-inspired headphones
    Imagine Tron in real life and you will get the picture. Yes, Tron doesn't look normal in the real world and so are the Tron-inspired headphones. Introduced by Monster cable in collaboration with Disney, these extra-terrestrial Tron headphones looks uber-geeky at first sight and remain so for the rest of the sights as well. 51ldt2LQ14L._SS500_
    • Jeweled Skull earphones
    An excellent item for the Goth lovers and some wannabe dangerous divas, these Jeweled Skull earphones have not been able to appeal to the larger audience consisting of normal peoples. However, school going teenagers in a rebellious stage might trade their souls for these earphones but even they will lose the attraction very soon. 022112-Headphones
    • Thriller headphones
    These thriller headphones are a tribute to the legendary Michael Jackson’s thriller music videos. Manufactured by ATOM Creative and designed by Johnny Lighthands, this astounding headphone is a great way to demonstrate your devotion to MJ’s legendry musical career.
    • Cigarette pack headset
    As if just smoking is not enough and you need other ways to demonstrate your love for cigarettes, the cigarette pack headset certainly looks weird. Designed for Samsung, Okia and Sony Ericsson mobiles, it is priced at just $6.79. However, if you want to annoy some hardcore anti-smoking activist, then this is the product for you with an added advantage of drowning their voices at the same time.

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    We have those who come up with some really creative and useful inventions. And then, there are some who come up with some really bizarre creations that could leave you wondering as to what they were actually thinking when they laid the ground plan for these inventions. And when it comes to the workplace, there is no dearth to the number of crazy inventions that hit our desks every day. Here is a list of some of the wackiest office gadgets we have come across so far. jap_clothes_2 USB Controlled Air-Conditioned Shirt The seemingly endless days of sweating it out in the office (literally) seem to have ended with a Japanese inventor coming up with the idea for the USB Controlled Air-Conditioned Shirt. The basic principle is simple. The cloth is made of 80 percent polyester and 20 percent cotton, and has an outlet to which a small fan is attached (right into the shirt). The fan is capable of generating powers up to 2Watts and is powered by a USB. When switched on, the fan blows cool air into the shirt and onto your body. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? It would also be quite an attractive invention if not for the fact that the shirt only comes in the XL size range and you would probably end up looking like a blown up balloon when you switch on the fan. usb-posture-alert-reminder USB Posture Monitor You would probably have heard your share of advises from people who ask you to sit straight in order to avoid straining your back later on. Easier said than done though. For, inadvertently you would tend to slouch in your seat after a while. Well, the USB Posture Monitor can take care of that. A snug little device that sits on top of your computer monitor, the Posture Monitor emits a blue light when you sit straight. But slouch down even a little bit and the monitor would start emitting a bright red light right onto your face. That would be more than a reminder for you to sit up straight again. Wonder if any updates in the pipeline have an inbuilt audio capability? Programmable Soda Cans Here is a way to end those countless minutes at the soda vending machine. The Programmable Soda Can is actually a normal soda bottle that contains carbonated sugar water. The highlight of these cans are the numerous additive buttons that feature along the sides of the containers. The buttons are correlated to factors like color, aroma and flavor, and can let you choose from over 32 different combinations of soda. And the best part of this is that you can put on your thinking cap and dish up a soda recipe that might just make you a billionaire one day! ©-Ena-Macana-Nadine-Meisel-Blowfly-Alarm-Clock-2005-1 Blowfly Alarm Clock So much for catching an extra wink at the workplace! The Blowfly Alarm Clock actually claims that it can work you precisely at the time you want to be woken up. And the contraption has a little secret to achieve it. This secret is a small bowfly that is attached to a launch pad in the clock. When the alarm starts ringing, the bowfly launches into the air and starts flying around your head, making all sorts of noises until you manage to catch it and shut it down. We would not recommend keeping this alarm clock on your workplace desk lest you want to create a spectacle and bounce up and down on your table trying to swat a noisy little creature while others look on in disbelief. Hydro Powered Calculator We all know what happens when you dip a calculator into the water! So we were quite surprised to know about the hydro powered calculator which functions just like a normal calculator, but works on water. Not literally though! The hydro powered calculator makes use of three batteries that are powered by water. When plugged into the device, the batteries supply the necessary energy needed for the calculator to perform. Quite imaginative! However, some of us still prefer the good ol’ battery powered calculators.

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    Up until a few months ago, not many were aware of the movie ‘Tron’ that released way back in 1982 until its sequel titled ‘Tron: Legacy’ released in 2010. Though the first movie was described by critics as bring way ahead of its time, Tron:Legacy managed to strike a chord with the audience which fell in love with the numerous gizmos featured in the movie. And indeed, within a few months of the movie being released, the world started seeing a series of creative inventions designed after its merchandise. And given below are some of the most amazing creations that were inspired by the Tron Legacy! parker-brothers-lightcycle The Light Cycle Remember that awesome light cycle the protagonist rode in the movie? Well, you can choose to paint the town red with a particular version of this motorcycle. Developed by Parker Brother Choppers, the replica was built out of a Suzuki TLR1000, using lots of steel and fiberglass to achieve the Light Cycle look. Weighing about 475 pounds, the motorcycle is street legal and can be yours for $ 55,000. Cyglo Tires The Light Cycle featured in Tron Legacy comprised of flashing neon lights in the tires that gave the bike its legendary flashy look. Well, cycle tire developers around the world seem to have caught onto this trend, and have started developing Cyglo tires that can actually glow when on the road. The basic principle behind these tires is simple. The tires (the inner wall in fact) are fitted with motion sensitive LED bulbs which are both strong and extremely durable. Once you reach a certain speed, the motion is picked up by the sensors which in turn switch on the LED bulbs located in the tire. This in turn would give off a glow like effect in the wheel, making your bike look like the Light Cycle from the movie, and making it easier for others to spot you on the road. 2 Gunnar 3D Glasses Most of us absolutely abhor going to the cinema to watch a 3D movie, thanks mainly to those really crappy looking 3D glasses we would have to wear throughout the movie. Well, there’s no need for that now. For with the Gunnar 3D glasses, you don’t need to wear an extra pair of 3D glasses once you enter the movie theater. The 3D glasses have been developed by Gunnar (an eye wear company) in collaboration with Disney. Costing almost $100, the glasses look extremely stylish and are adaptable to even RealD 3D visuals and screens. TRON Keyboard Wouldn’t it be really cool if your keyboard and mouse emitted a luminescent light at night (or in dim light conditions)? Well, that’s exactly what the TRON inspired mouse and keyboard designed by Razerdo. The keyboard comes with a backlit feature and a detachable number pad option (to either left or right positions) for ease of gaming. Each key in the keyboard is laser etched, and glows brightly. In addition to this, you can get to see some really exciting lightning effects at the time of startup/shutdown and game alerts. monter_tron_legacy_identity_disc_ipod_dock_1 iPod Disc Someone was so inspired by the Tron Legacy that he decided to go ahead and design an iPod docking station like one of those discs in the movie that appear as weapons cum storage containers. The iPod docking station looks really impressive and give off the effect of a futuristic gadget. Be careful though, lest it transforms into a weapon and starts chasing you around the house (just joking folks)!

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    If you are the user of a tablet, then you would probably understand an individual’s woes when he complains about the battery draining faster in his tablet when compared to feature tablets. And we are not complaining either! For with the countless numbers of applications that run on these tablets, it won’t be surprising if they last through a single day without shutting down. However, there are certain ‘tricks of the trade’ that can help you extend the life of the battery in your tablet. And here are some of them. avantree_tr202_min Charge the Tablet Fully Never opt to remove your tablet half way in between charging. This way, you would be draining the battery faster and reducing its life due to repeated charging. So make it a point to avoid using the tablet when it is charging unless you get call. Plug the charger back into the tablet after finishing the call too. Also make it a point to charge your tablet only when the battery comes down to 20% or less. This way, you would avoid repeated charging which again would reduce the life of the battery. Let your tablet breathe Remove your tablet’s case or cover before charging it. Opting to charge the tablet without removing the cover would generate heat within the device which would in turn reduce the life of the battery extensively. 167336236 Disable Internet Based Applications Enabling the internet based applications on your android tablet only when you want to use them is a really smart way to saving battery life. Disabling mobile data like 3G or 4G networks, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth applications when you don’t use them can save you plenty of battery power. Of course, it would save plenty of money on your mobile internet bill as well! Stay Away from Live Wallpapers and Screens Live themes, wallpapers and screens can reduce the power and life of your android’s battery by nearly half. Try to stick to stationary wall papers and screens as much as possible in order to prevent this. Screen Timeouts and Background Settings If your android’s screen has a multitude of colors to display, try to dim the backlight so that the tablet does not need to use too much power to display these colors. Setting screen timeouts to short intervals (possibly less than a minute) would also save you plenty of battery power on your android tablet. get-rid-of-unwanted-apps-with-uninstaller-pro Get rid of unwanted apps Your android tablet can get burdened with the apps that you downloaded or installed along the way and forgot about later. And booting all these applications every time you open the tablet could have a toll on the battery life. So browse through these applications and get rid of the ones you don’t want. In addition to saving battery power and life, you would be saving plenty of disk space on your tablet as well.

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    So you’re heading to a beach for vacation. You want to have maximum fun without worrying about small things and believe us technology can assist you here too. There are a number of beach gadgets available that can help you reduce the size of your backpack, keep your devices charged and warn you about harmful UV radiations. Below we list out five such gadgets that will make your life easier while you ease out at the beach. hi-sun_05_HZcAo_17621 Hi-Sun Beach Towel So what are the things you need to have a good time at the beach? You need a towel to dry you off, good music and a comfortable pillow to be comfortable while getting the tan. Hi-Sun Beach Towel is a four-in-one gadget that serves as a backpack, a beach towel, a pillow as well as speakers. Its inflatable pillows also house the speakers to whom you can connect your iPad, iPhone or any other music player with a 3.5mm jack. This beautiful multi-purpose kit comes at a price of € 59.99. Remote Controlled Rolling Beverage Cooler I cannot think of being at beach without my favorite beer and in case you’re worried about dragging your beer cans around at the beach there is no better gadget than this remote controlled cooler that can help you move around your beer among your friends with ease. What makes it mobile is the four underside wheels that help it move in all directions. The cooler can hold up to 12 cans or bottles at a time and comes at a price of $79.95. oregon_scientific_eb612_portable_uv_monitor Oregon ScientificUV monitor While you’re out there in the sun this electronic monitor tracks UV levels and recommends exposure limits. All you need to do is strap it on your wrist and the gadget keeps track of any harmful radiations. It takes account of your skin type while determining the exposure limits and functions as a clock, countdown timer and temperature reader. You’ll have to shell out $29.99 to get one of these. FreeLoader Solar Charger While you want to remain connected while at vacation you also want to have maximum fun with your gadgets. The problem being you don’t have many options to plug-in your gadgets at places like beaches. Solar chargers such as this one make most out of the abundant solar energy available at beaches and keep your iPhone, iPad, iPod or other devices up and running. It takes 5 hours to fully charge or 3 hours while with a USB charging cable. This essential charger comes at a price of $50. underwater-digital-camera-mask Underwater Digital Camera Mask This underwater mask not only helps to keep your eyes open underwater but also to take some stunning images underwater, which is not possible with your conventional gadgets. This scuba mask by Liquid Image boards a 5 MP camera and can operate up to 15 feet inside water. It comes at a price of $135.26.

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    As the non-renewable sources of energy continue to diminish the future exists in tapping into eco-conscious renewable sources of energy that are clean and efficient. In last few years governments across the globe have shown intent to invest more in such sources, however, we as individuals too need to take initiative and introduce more eco-friendly ways to consume energy in our daily lives. Water is one of the most important sources of energy which has been powering our turbines but it can also serve as a power source for many gadgets we use at home. We look at five such brilliant ideas that use water as their fuel. Bedol Clock Bedol clock runs on nothing but on water with a small dash of lemon juice added to it. What makes it truly “tick” is the internal formation of a galvanic cell due to chemical reaction between water and lemon juice. Once, filled the clock runs for 8-12 weeks without a refill and even if it comes to a halt an internal built-in memory chip keeps track of time. The Bedol comes in a multitude of transparent glittering colors and really looks cool. Moreover, it is a highly affordable clock priced at $16 given to the fact that you don’t need to invest in batteries any more. minipak Horizon Hydrofill Horizon Hydrofill can be regarded as your mini hydrogen generator at home. Hydrofill extracts hydrogen from water through electrolysis and stores it in a Hydrostick cartridge. A 60 W DC power can extract 10 litre of hydrogen in one hour and fill a cartridge. You can charge your phone, tablets and other gadgets through the cartridge. The electrolysis of water produces no pollutants and the cartridges can be even charged through solar panels. The generator is priced at $600 with each cartridge coming at a price of $150. NoPoPo battery In case you’re thinking NoPoPo is yet another weird Japanese name you’re wrong. NoPoPo stands for (No Pollution Power) and truly so this battery serves this purpose by running on your last night party’s left over beer or in case you don’t have water at home it can even harness your pee (No kidding!). I wonder if Bear Grylls was using these in ones in of his sojourns through a barren desert. Jokes apart, these batteries can survive up to 10 years and comes at price of $26. jetlev-flyer-flying-machine Jetlev Flyer A water propelled jetpack, Jetlev flyer can help you literally fly over a water body. You can learn all your moves in six minutes and is a much more eco-friendly than conventional jetpacks. You can go as high as 30 feet with a cruising duration of about 2 hours. water-powered-calculator-green11 Water powered calculator Calculators may be out of fashion but are not as yet redundant. The calculator runs on just any electrolytic liquid and can run for about month on a refill. It comes in glittering blue and silver and is a funky gadget to get hold to. All you need to do is shell out $20 to get one.

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    The first thing most of us do after buying a cell phone is shop for accessories to keep our prized gadget safe. And without even realizing it, we tend to spend huge amounts of money on these so called accessories when we can actually opt for cheaper and equally sturdy alternatives. Here are five cell phone accessories deemed necessary for your phone, which can be made at home itself, thereby saving you big bucks in the process. 2383978_120919185533_378969_100921162245_6_set_iphone_4_screen_protector Car Docks If you own a cell phone and a car, then one of the first accessories you would opt for would be a car dock where you can safely place your phone in while driving. Most phones also come with navigation options that would need you to keep them in these docks while driving in order to look for directions. However, most car docks are quite expensive. As an alternative, you can make your own car dock with just some binder clips or rubber bands. Beats paying loads of money to buy a new car dock or keeping your phone in a cup holder as you drive around. Screen Protectors Most smartphones come with touch screens that can easily develop scratches and smudges with constant use. And opting for a screen protector every once in a while can become an expensive option. Alternatively, you can make your own screen protector at home. Just buy a piece of cheap vinyl, measure the dimensions of your smartphone screen, and cut them out on the vinyl using a knife. Carefully position the piece over the screen to get your very own homemade screen protector. Rubber Cases Cellphones usually have glossy finishes which would make them a bit slippery to handle. Which is why many individuals opt for rubber cases. Rubber cases can be expensive though. And as an effective substitute, you can use a product that can actually give a rubbery texture to your cell phone (the back). Called Plasti Dip, the product can be applied to the back of your cellphone to give it a rubbery feel. This way, you can have a better grip on the cell phone and eliminate the need of a rubber case or cover for the same. Portable Speakers If you want high quality sound, you would probably have to opt for expensive iPod docks (the cheaper ones are not worth it). As an alternative, you can choose to boost the volume without hampering the sound quality, by simply choosing to place your cell phone in a cereal bowl or a paper cup. You can also use paper cups or wooden blocks to make your very own portable speaker which would offer amazing sound quality when compared to cheap iPod docks. Headphones with Remote Controls It is very rare (and expensive) to find a headphone that combines high quality sound with a fully functional in built microphone remote control. Added to this is the phone compatibility wherein one set of headphones would not work with any other device. So the best way to get what you want and not spend too much money on it is to splice an existing headphone and remote control, hack the headphones to work for other cell phones (in case of Android phones) or just convert the existing remote control headphone to an adapter. Either way, you would get superb sound quality along with awesome microphone and remote control functionality.  

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    The advent of smart phone has made many individuals texting addicts. From stores, roads, parks and restaurants to even the bathroom, these texting addicts would always be on the phone, texting someone or the other. Keeping them in mind, a few inventors have come up with some really crazy texting gadgets, the most popular of which are given below. iphone-cup-holder-case-1 Touch Screen Gloves Say goodbye to stiff, frozen fingers that would usually result from countless minutes of nonstop texting. The Touch Screen Gloves is designed to provide maximum support to your fingers when you text others using your Smartphone. The gadget consists of a tiny piece of wire wool (scratch proof) which is woven onto the tips of your fingers, including the index finger, middle finger and the thumb. When worn, the gloves would provide utmost comfort for your fingers and would prevent them from becoming numb. The gloves are also scratch proof which means your smartphone would not be damaged when you use them. Brolly Texting Umbrella The perfect excuse to keep on texting even if it rains cats and dogs! Forget the days of running for cover when it rained, or desperately trying to cover your smartphone from the rain. The Brolly Texting Umbrella would help you hold an umbrella and text your friends at the same time. The gadget comes with a finger grip handle that is soft and rubbery. The handle minimizes the need for you to hold the umbrella at all. All the umbrella needs is the loop of your fingers to remain poised above your head. What’s more, it would not harm your smartphone in any way. The Mobile Visor Find it really annoying to notice someone peeping over your shoulder when you text someone? Well then, the best way to shoo them away would be to use a gadget called the Mobile Visor. The gadget needs to be clipped on to the smartphone and comes with a telescopic neck and a set of well-tuned eyeballs that can easily penetrate small sized LCD screens even from a distance. The eyeballs and the telescopic neck are the only things that peeping toms would get to see if they try sneaking into your texts from behind you. The Textminator Want to show everyone how fast you can text? Then opt for a Textiminator, an arcade like box with a small keypad that would give you several texting challenges to choose from. You can play in the single player mode and race against time, typing whatever the box asks you to type within a stipulated time frame. Or you can invite your friends for a two-player challenge to find out who is the fastest at thumbing. Practice well here and you can definitely sharpen your texting skills on a smartphone! Built-in Cup Holder Case Holding a drink and texting cannot be done at the same time. Or so we thought until we came across the Built-in Cup Holder iPhone Case. Priced between $25 and $30, the gadget is for those who can’t do without coffee and texting. The gadget comes with a pop-out holder which allows you to hold your drink as you text on your smartphone. This way, you can move about when you text without worrying about not having to carry along your drink with you.  

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    Constraints in design and functionality limited the use of certain gadgets like cameras and cell phones. But recent technological advancements have given rise to several similar gadgets that can be used under the water as well. Here is a list of some of the most amazing underwater gadgets we have come across so far.functional-underwater-headphones Underwater Headphones Ever thought of listening to music while swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving? Well, you can actually do that now with these really cool underwater headphones. Water resistant and durable, these headphones would let you listen to your favorite tracks as you enjoy the water world! Water Resistant CD Player How about taking your combined fascination for music and water to another level altogether? The Waterproof CD Player is a portable player that comes with waterproof speakers as well. Keep the player in the bathroom to listen to your favorite tracks as you shower. Or place it near the hot tub or Jacuzzi as you enjoy a soulful soak. Better yet, place it right beside the swimming pool during a party for maximum fun. Diving Mask with Camera Taking photos using an underwater camera can be quite difficult. And if you happen to be a newbies, chances are you may drop the camera accidentally on more than one occasion. The best way to enjoy your underwater experience and take some spectacular photos in the process would be to opt for this diving mask that comes with an in built liquid image camera that lets you take beautiful pictures of the surroundings without the need for you to hold it or click it in order to take the pictures. In addition to taking small images, the gadget can also record short videos. Sea Otter Speakers How about speaking to your loved ones while you are underwater? The Sea Otter Speakers can help you do just that! Using state of the art modern technology, the speakers come with water resistant features, and work perfectly well underwater. And in addition to hearingwhat your loved ones have to say, you can speak to them too! Underwater Pogo Stick Something for the more playful individuals probably! The Underwater Pogo Stick is water resistant, and comes with a rechargeable battery (which is water proof too). And the highlight of the stick is to let you play pogo underwater, just like you would play the game on land. Pretty interesting watching someone jump up and down under the water we say! What about you?
       

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    With water becoming a really scarce commodity in certain places, the time has come for us to find out ways in which we can save water let alone reuse it. It is this zeal that has led several individuals to come up with some really cool gadgets for reusing water. And here are some of the more innovative ones that we have come across recently. banbeateran2 The ‘Washup’ If you are staying in a small apartment, you would probably like the basic idea of the Washup. The gadget consists of a washing machine that is attached to the wall right above the toilet basin in the bathroom. The water used by the machine for washing and rinsing clothes would drain into the basin, and would be used to flush the toilet. A really cool idea to save space and water we would say! There are only a few minor hiccups with the gadget that can easily be dealt with, including the need to use a front load washing machine, and the possibility of dropping clothes into the toilet by mistake while loading or emptying the machine. The Removable Kitchen Sink Every day you lose plenty of water,washing fruits, vegetables and other ingredients in the kitchen. Instead of letting all this water go down the sewer, you can opt to use the Removable Kitchen Sink that is light, portable and easy to use. All you need to do is place it inside the sink and wash your fruits/vegetables in it. Detach the sink and take it outside along with the gray water in it. Remove a plug located at the corner of the sink and use the gray water to wash your car or water your plants. The device is able to save at least 80 percent of the water wasted via kitchen sinks, and was also awarded the ‘Product of the Year’ in the year 2008. The Ban Beater Talking about kitchen sinks, ever wondered what you could do with all that gray water left out in the tub after you have had a bath? Well, you can definitely put all that water to good use if you happen to have the handy ‘Ban Beater’. Designed and developed by Dominic Flinton, the Ban Beater is actually a big siphon to which hoses are attached. When placed in a bathtub filled with water, the siphon action would suck the water completely and store it in the hose. The gadget (and the water in it) can then be taken outside to either wash your car or water your plants. Definitely one of the more important gadgets you need to have around in your house, especially if you live in a drought prone region. The Filterbrella In addition to collecting rain water in pots and pans around the house, you can now use an ingenious umbrella called the ‘Fliterbrella’ to collect, purify and store water as you walk around with it in the rain. Designed by Andrew Leinonen, the Filterbrella is an eco-friendly gadget that consists of a canopy made of poly-lactic acid plastic blends (compostable) and and a hollow rod that contains a carbon filter fitted in it. As you walk in the rain with the Filterbrella above your head, the hollow rod would collect rain water which would then be purified by the carbon filter present in the rod. The purified water then flows into the bottle located at the base of the rod. And there you have it! Instant potable water, fit for drinking! The Reusable Water Loo Designed and developed by Yeongwoo Kin, the Reusable Water Loo goes one step further in reusing water, and actually recycles your urine into water used to flush the toilet and wash your hands. The gadget consists of a vertical column with a frosted glass at the top which hides the recycling process from individuals who use the toilets. Space saving and extremely efficient (when it comes to reusing water), the gadget can be the next best thing in public loos, provided you are ok with the fact that both the urinal and the wash basin are located quite close to each other.

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    Saying that you don’t know about Hello Kitty can only mean that you are someone who is out of this world! These extremely cute Japanese cat dolls are famous worldwide, with the basic design (the kitty’s face) being incorporated into several other creations over the years. Take a look at these really cool gadgets that have been inspired by the Hello Kitty dolls. hello_kitty_mp3_player_5 The Epson Hello Kitty Laptop Here’s one Hello Kitty doll that actually transforms into a laptop. Priced at £1,115, the gadget comes with a 40GB hard drive, a 512MB RAM and a 12.1 inch screen display. You can easily spot the Hello Kitty logo on the laptop’s exterior and on the desktop wallpaper. The Exmode DC500 Digital Camera The next time your kid wants a Hello Kitty doll, try getting him/her a doll that would actually do something other than sit around and smile at you all day long. The Exmode DC500 Digital Camera is the perfect gift for children, and looks exactly like a Hello Kitty upfront. However, behind the scenes, the camera comes with a 2 inch display and a 5 MP camera, and also has a SD card slot to store your photos. The Hello Kitty MP3 Player Bored of all those dull looking MP3 players with standard on-off and volume control buttons? Then opt for the Hello Kitty MP3 Player; essentially not another run of the mill MP3 player! The player has a storage space of 256MB and a battery life of just about 6 hours. But the real highlights of the player include the kitty’s hands which can be used to switch the player on or off, and the kitty’s feet which are used to control the volume. The Hello Kitty Fujifilm Pivi Mobile Printer Imagine printing the photos you take as you snap them. The Hello Kitty Fujifilm Pivi Mobile Printer does just that. Sized like a small CD case, the printer is portable and can be easily carried around in your pocket. When connected to your phone (via infrared), the printer can easily print out all the photos you take. And that itself, would make this gadget a ‘must’ for vacations and camping holidays. The Hello Kitty Wacom Favo Graphics Tablet Consider gifting your friends or family members a Hello Kitty Wacom Favo Graphics Tablet for their birthday or anniversary. You’ll definitely get plenty of praises for sure. For the Hello Kitty based A6 tablet comes with some pretty amazing features, including its cross platform functionality for both MACs and PCs, a pink graphic pen and a cute looking pen holder shaped like a Hello Kitty.

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    It’s going to be Easter time again. And the world is going to be filled with colorful Easter eggs and wonderful stories of the Easter bunny. But some gizmo freaks have planned to take Easter celebrations to a whole new level altogether by designing gadgets that take after the popular Easter egg. And here are some of the more innovative designs we have come across in the list. eggbeeper_2 The Zapi UV Toothbrush Sanitizer Considering the fact that all those Easter jellybeans and chocolates would be detrimental for your teeth, we came across an invention that could probably help you get rid of the myriad tooth related problems that crop up every year after Easter. Enter the Zapi UV Toothbrush Sanitizer. Priced at $30, the toothbrush sanitizer is designed like an egg; and takes only 7 minutes or so to sanitize your toothbrush and make it 99.9 percent germ free. So make sure you stick your toothbrush into this rocking UV sanitizer before brushing your teeth every morning in order to kiss your tooth problems good bye! The Tele Egg Phone Remember all those times you did not want to get disturbed by telecallers and ended up switching off your cell phone ringer only to miss some really important calls? Well, here’s an invention that could probably intimate you about a call without screaming into your head. The basic design of the Tele Egg Phone is an egg that comes with two legs and a small screen that displays the time. The device can be configured to work with your cell phone. This way, when you get a call, the legs of the Tele Egg would start shaking, intimating you about the phone call in the least disturbing way possible. The Beep Egg Boiling eggs still happens to be one of the more difficult tasks of cooking. Boil them too much and they become hard. On the other hand, boil them inadequately and they become real mushy. Well, the Beep Egg can take care of your woes effectively. Priced at $22, the Beep Egg is an egg shaped device that records the current temperature of an egg and gives you an appropriate warning when the egg has boiled properly. Keep the Beep Egg along with the rest of the eggs in the refrigerator so that the device records their temperature. Now when you boil them, the device would keep a check on the temperature, and give you warning signals in two separate settings. Accordingly, when the eggs become soft boiled, the song ‘Killing Me Softly’ starts playing. And when the eggs become hard boiled, the song ‘CarminaBurana’ starts playing. This way, you would never have to worry about digging into undone or overcooked eggs. The LED Colored Egg Light Forget about the painstaking task of painting several eggs for the egg hunting game next Easter. These LED colored egg lights would be perfect just perfect for the game. Compact and bright, the egg lights are available in the colors of red, green, blue and yellow. They come in a groups of 4s (one for each color), and can be perfect for these egg hunting games. Furthermore, you can use the egg lights as decorative pieces to provide a subtle and yet disco like glow to your rooms. And did we mention that they are energy efficient as well? The Easter Egg MP3 Player Talk about a MP3 player designed like an Easter egg. The Easter Egg MP3 Player has several fascinating built in features, including a storage space of 1GB, a remote control feature and inbuilt high magnetic speakers. The player also has an eco-friendly resin shell exterior that supports marble profiling colors in order to give the device a colorful appearance.

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    Forget the days of looking at those boring stick like USBs sticking out of a hub at odd angles. Here are some cool USB Hubs that could give a fresh, creative look to an otherwise boring desktop cubicle. transformers-qosmio Transformer Laptop USB Hub This one literally takes the cake when it comes to innovation. The USB hub is designed like a laptop computer cum robot, and has four fully functional USB ports that can be used for systems running either the Windows or MAC operating systems. The hub can be redesigned and has multiple joins that help it to adopt different poses to literally confuse everybody who walks by. If it resembles a robot at one instance, it would look like a laptop the next! So set this up on your desktop and grab some eyeballs! The USB Hub Monster Although not many like spiders, monster freaks would definitely love the USB Hub Monster that is shaped like a giant ‘six legged spider’. Each of the monster’s six limbs is highly adjustable, and contains an individual port for a USB, carrying the total count to six USBs that can be hooked onto the hub at the same time. The Pig Buddies USB Hub We kind of really liked this design and decided that it needed a mention here. The Pig Buddies USB Hub consists of a pink pig, which looks like it is lying down sideways. The side of the pig has 4 ports to which 4 USBs can be connected. However, the highlights of the entire design are the USB sticks themselves, which look like tiny piglets. When you hook them to the hub, it would look like a group of cute piglets feeding from their mother. Heights of innovation we would say! The Airplane USB Hub Another innovative design on the USB front! The Airplane USB Hub consists of a small sized airplane model with the wings housing the USB ports (two for each wings). The ports have been creatively built into the plane to look as if they were actually a part of the entire ensemble. Moreover, did we forget to mention the plane’s propeller that actually works as a fan and can be switched on or off by a button present above the cockpit? Moreover, real USB design enthusiasts would definitely be pleased by the sound the gadget makes (a jet engine during take-off) when it is connected to the computer. skull_usb_hub_brings_life_to_your_study The Skull USB Hub We know at least a couple of individuals who would die to have this USB Hub in their cubicle. Shaped like a real skull, the USB Hub has four ports that can be used at the same time. It also has a hollow portion at the top where you can opt to despite your paper clips, bike/car keys or candy bars.

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    Finally made up your mind to hit the gym with a vengeance? Well, kudos to you! However, you need to remain focused in your goal to lose weight if you intend to lose all that flab. And if you are looking for some serious motivation for the same, here are five amazing fitness gadgets that would definitely do the trick! nikefuelband-original-white-ice-black-ice The Nike Fuelband Priced at $149, the Nike Fuelband is a wristband that tracks your movements and activities throughout the day via motion sensors. These activities are converted to Nike Fuel points which enables you to compare your activity levels on a day to day basis. The gadget also shows time and counts the number of steps you take every day. And it comes in three really cool colors, with black being the sleekest. The Polar Rcx3 GPS Priced at $225, the Polar Rcx3 GPS watch is a very good option for cyclists who want more tracking information than just fuel points and step counts. The gadget would record vital information like route tracking, distance and speed while you cycle; and send this information to a personal trainer website managed by Polar. The trainer program (handled by training experts) would then provide appropriate feedback on your activity levels and workout plans. The Griffin Adidas MiCoach Armband Some of us want to listen to pulsating music while we exercise. If you prefer the same, then the Griffin Adidas MiCoach Armband can help you immensely. Unlike the normal wrist band, the armband goes around your arm, and contains a pocket where you can strap down your smartphone in. This way, you can listen to music, track your activity, check statistics and work out to your heart’s content, all at the same time. And the price you pay for it? Just $29.99. bose_sie2_headphones The SIE2i Headphones from Bose It is pretty easy to get addicted to this specific pair of headphones that are priced at $149.95. The earpieces have specially designed tips that remain in your ears even if you turn upside down. The headphones are also sweat resistant and impervious to differing weather conditions, making it easier for you to exercise outside. And they come with shorter cords, meaning you would not need to tie the cords in loops in order to shorten them. This would also minimize accidents caused by tripping on the wires or getting tangled in them. The Xbox 360 Kinect Training Bundle Some of us really hate the thought of working out! But get an Xbox 360 Kinect Training Bundle and your apprehensions would fly out the window. Developed by Microsoft, the gadget is priced at $249.99 and offers users a wide range of exciting and really entertaining exercise games to play. And unbeknownst to you, these games would actually be offering you some pretty rigorous workouts which you can breeze through with ease.

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    The most common PSP models in the market include the PSP 3000, PSPgo, PSP2000 and PSP1000. The model that you choose would depend to a large extent on the purpose for which you intend to buy it, the amount of money you want to spend on it. Based on these two variables, here are some of the things you need to consider when choosing the best PSP for your needs. psp3000_1 Choosing PSPs for Homebrew Programs Homebrew programming requires prior knowledge on the subject (usually not preferred by those who just want to download and play games from the PlayStation Network). If you require a PSP for the same purpose, then the best option for you would be the PSP1000 with pre-installed firmware (version 1.50). The PSP 1000 would give you the best homebrew programming experience when compared to the PSP 2000 and 3000 models. You would probably not be able to get your hands on a new piece. So opt for used ones in good condition at a local shop or an online store like eBay. Try buying the device with a later firmware version and downgrade it to 1.50 afterwards in order to save some money on the purchase. 274155_0_original Choosing PSPs for Movies and Games If you want to buy a PSP solely for the purpose of watching movies, playing retail games or connecting to the PlayStation Network to access its contents, then consider getting a PSP 3000 or PSP 2000. Although they both cost pretty much the same, the PSP 3000 has a brighter screen while the PSP 2000 emerges a clear winner in graphics. You won’t be able to find PSP 2000 in retail stores. However, they still come as part of special edition bundles which can be availed at retail or online stores. A used PSP 2000 in good working condition would also suffice your gaming needs. sony-psp-2-xl Choosing PSPs for Portable Movies and Games Slightly smaller than the other models, the PSPgo is the best option if you are willing to forgo the UMD drive (usually available in other models) in order to download your movies and games. With a 16GB internal memory and a faster operation, no one’s complaining though! The PSPgo’s sliding screen is also one of its clear highlights, although it is this very same feature that makes the PSPgo cost so high (almost $100 more than the other PSP models). Another disadvantage of the PSPgo is its inability to accommodate a UMD optical drive, which pretty much leaves you to leave out the games stored in your UMD drive. So go for this model only if you don’t prefer Homebrew, want a small sized PSP, and intend to download all your games and movies. psp_psp3000_large1 Choose PSPs for overall value When compared to all the other PSPs in the market, the PSP 3000 offers the best value for money. Although it is not as portable as the PSPgo, and does not have an internal memory, its UMD drive more than makes up for these misses. It is readily available in the market and is an affordable option if you prefer both UMD and downloaded movies and games. The PSP 3000 also comes with a replaceable battery (also found in PSP 1000 and PSP 2000) which can be easily handled by the user. This would come in handy if the device’s rechargeable battery starts wearing out.

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    It is possible to find Android tablets of different sizes and shapes in the market. And while almost all of them offer the same functions, there are only a few android tablets that would be considered well worth the money that you spend on the product. Here is a list of the best and most popular android tablets in the year 2013. If you are thinking about buying an android tablet for yourself or your loved ones, take this list into consideration. kindlefire8 The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 If you prefer Amazon’s system to others in the market, then your best option for an android tablet would be the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. With an excellent screen, hard to fault hardware, a stocked app store (less when compared to Google Play though) and an excellent inbuilt e-reader, the device is great for undemanding users who can easily look past small glitches like the hard to find buttons. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes in two variants, with 16GB and 32 GB storage respectively. Google Nexus 7 PR shot1-580-100 The Google Nexus 7 Extremely affordable and yet surprisingly well equipped for the low price, the Google Nexus 7 is your first choice in the budget tablet category. The main highlights of the device include its high resolution IPS screen and its seamless performance. Priced at just £159 (inclusive of VAT), the Google Nexus is a great bargain for android tablet lovers. Acer-Iconia-A1_w_Hand The Acer Iconia A1 The Acer Iconia A1 packages several attractive features into a stylish looking tablet. Considered as one of the best tablets in the market in terms of value for money, the device would let you surf the web, watch online videos and connect to social networking sites simultaneously. Another highlight of the Acer Iconia A1 is the provision for a microSD card slot. The device comes in two variants, priced at £149 (with Wi-Fi) and £209 (with 3G) respectively. nexus10-angles The Google Nexus 10 Definitely one of the best android tablets around, the Google Nexus 10 comes packaged with several exciting features, including a fantastic screen resolution, plenty of software features and pretty decent cameras etc. Another highlight of the Google Nexus 10 is its small size which would make it a more attractive option than the much bigger iPad. The device comes in two variants which are priced at £319 (16GB) and £389 (32GB) respectively.    small_TF700_purple_051 The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 Very high on the style and performance quotients, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity Tf700 is priced at £400 (inclusive of VAT), and is a complete package which does not sacrifice any parameter to make the others stand out. It is the one of the best value money android tablets in the market today.

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    Forget the days of looking at those boring stick like USBs sticking out of a hub at odd angles. Here are some cool USB Hubs that could give a fresh, creative look to an otherwise boring desktop cubicle. transformers-qosmio Transformer Laptop USB Hub This one literally takes the cake when it comes to innovation. The USB hub is designed like a laptop computer cum robot, and has four fully functional USB ports that can be used for systems running either the Windows or MAC operating systems. The hub can be redesigned and has multiple joins that help it to adopt different poses to literally confuse everybody who walks by. If it resembles a robot at one instance, it would look like a laptop the next! So set this up on your desktop and grab some eyeballs! The USB Hub Monster Although not many like spiders, monster freaks would definitely love the USB Hub Monster that is shaped like a giant ‘six legged spider’. Each of the monster’s six limbs is highly adjustable, and contains an individual port for a USB, carrying the total count to six USBs that can be hooked onto the hub at the same time. The Pig Buddies USB Hub We kind of really liked this design and decided that it needed a mention here. The Pig Buddies USB Hub consists of a pink pig, which looks like it is lying down sideways. The side of the pig has 4 ports to which 4 USBs can be connected. However, the highlights of the entire design are the USB sticks themselves, which look like tiny piglets. When you hook them to the hub, it would look like a group of cute piglets feeding from their mother. Heights of innovation we would say! The Airplane USB Hub Another innovative design on the USB front! The Airplane USB Hub consists of a small sized airplane model with the wings housing the USB ports (two for each wings). The ports have been creatively built into the plane to look as if they were actually a part of the entire ensemble. Moreover, did we forget to mention the plane’s propeller that actually works as a fan and can be switched on or off by a button present above the cockpit? Moreover, real USB design enthusiasts would definitely be pleased by the sound the gadget makes (a jet engine during take-off) when it is connected to the computer. skull_usb_hub_brings_life_to_your_study The Skull USB Hub We know at least a couple of individuals who would die to have this USB Hub in their cubicle. Shaped like a real skull, the USB Hub has four ports that can be used at the same time. It also has a hollow portion at the top where you can opt to despite your paper clips, bike/car keys or candy bars.

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    Finally made up your mind to hit the gym with a vengeance? Well, kudos to you! However, you need to remain focused in your goal to lose weight if you intend to lose all that flab. And if you are looking for some serious motivation for the same, here are five amazing fitness gadgets that would definitely do the trick! nikefuelband-original-white-ice-black-ice The Nike Fuelband Priced at $149, the Nike Fuelband is a wristband that tracks your movements and activities throughout the day via motion sensors. These activities are converted to Nike Fuel points which enables you to compare your activity levels on a day to day basis. The gadget also shows time and counts the number of steps you take every day. And it comes in three really cool colors, with black being the sleekest. The Polar Rcx3 GPS Priced at $225, the Polar Rcx3 GPS watch is a very good option for cyclists who want more tracking information than just fuel points and step counts. The gadget would record vital information like route tracking, distance and speed while you cycle; and send this information to a personal trainer website managed by Polar. The trainer program (handled by training experts) would then provide appropriate feedback on your activity levels and workout plans. The Griffin Adidas MiCoach Armband Some of us want to listen to pulsating music while we exercise. If you prefer the same, then the Griffin Adidas MiCoach Armband can help you immensely. Unlike the normal wrist band, the armband goes around your arm, and contains a pocket where you can strap down your smartphone in. This way, you can listen to music, track your activity, check statistics and work out to your heart’s content, all at the same time. And the price you pay for it? Just $29.99. bose_sie2_headphones The SIE2i Headphones from Bose It is pretty easy to get addicted to this specific pair of headphones that are priced at $149.95. The earpieces have specially designed tips that remain in your ears even if you turn upside down. The headphones are also sweat resistant and impervious to differing weather conditions, making it easier for you to exercise outside. And they come with shorter cords, meaning you would not need to tie the cords in loops in order to shorten them. This would also minimize accidents caused by tripping on the wires or getting tangled in them. The Xbox 360 Kinect Training Bundle Some of us really hate the thought of working out! But get an Xbox 360 Kinect Training Bundle and your apprehensions would fly out the window. Developed by Microsoft, the gadget is priced at $249.99 and offers users a wide range of exciting and really entertaining exercise games to play. And unbeknownst to you, these games would actually be offering you some pretty rigorous workouts which you can breeze through with ease.

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    With water becoming a really scarce commodity in certain places, the time has come for us to find out ways in which we can save water let alone reuse it. It is this zeal that has led several individuals to come up with some really cool gadgets for reusing water. And here are some of the more innovative ones that we have come across recently. banbeateran2 The ‘Washup’ If you are staying in a small apartment, you would probably like the basic idea of the Washup. The gadget consists of a washing machine that is attached to the wall right above the toilet basin in the bathroom. The water used by the machine for washing and rinsing clothes would drain into the basin, and would be used to flush the toilet. A really cool idea to save space and water we would say! There are only a few minor hiccups with the gadget that can easily be dealt with, including the need to use a front load washing machine, and the possibility of dropping clothes into the toilet by mistake while loading or emptying the machine. The Removable Kitchen Sink Every day you lose plenty of water,washing fruits, vegetables and other ingredients in the kitchen. Instead of letting all this water go down the sewer, you can opt to use the Removable Kitchen Sink that is light, portable and easy to use. All you need to do is place it inside the sink and wash your fruits/vegetables in it. Detach the sink and take it outside along with the gray water in it. Remove a plug located at the corner of the sink and use the gray water to wash your car or water your plants. The device is able to save at least 80 percent of the water wasted via kitchen sinks, and was also awarded the ‘Product of the Year’ in the year 2008. The Ban Beater Talking about kitchen sinks, ever wondered what you could do with all that gray water left out in the tub after you have had a bath? Well, you can definitely put all that water to good use if you happen to have the handy ‘Ban Beater’. Designed and developed by Dominic Flinton, the Ban Beater is actually a big siphon to which hoses are attached. When placed in a bathtub filled with water, the siphon action would suck the water completely and store it in the hose. The gadget (and the water in it) can then be taken outside to either wash your car or water your plants. Definitely one of the more important gadgets you need to have around in your house, especially if you live in a drought prone region. The Filterbrella In addition to collecting rain water in pots and pans around the house, you can now use an ingenious umbrella called the ‘Fliterbrella’ to collect, purify and store water as you walk around with it in the rain. Designed by Andrew Leinonen, the Filterbrella is an eco-friendly gadget that consists of a canopy made of poly-lactic acid plastic blends (compostable) and and a hollow rod that contains a carbon filter fitted in it. As you walk in the rain with the Filterbrella above your head, the hollow rod would collect rain water which would then be purified by the carbon filter present in the rod. The purified water then flows into the bottle located at the base of the rod. And there you have it! Instant potable water, fit for drinking! The Reusable Water Loo Designed and developed by Yeongwoo Kin, the Reusable Water Loo goes one step further in reusing water, and actually recycles your urine into water used to flush the toilet and wash your hands. The gadget consists of a vertical column with a frosted glass at the top which hides the recycling process from individuals who use the toilets. Space saving and extremely efficient (when it comes to reusing water), the gadget can be the next best thing in public loos, provided you are ok with the fact that both the urinal and the wash basin are located quite close to each other.

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