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Oculus Rift virtual reality 3-D goggles? Check. Infant onesies embedded with machine-washable sensors? Check, again. We agree, gadgets are fun. So if you’re really into gadgets – the cool, the hi-tech, the futuristic – you will find them here. Just don’t expect us to get that excited about Apple TV. That was sooo 2007.

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Techly life pro tip #23: What that thing on your bottle-opener can do

Dan Wighton Contributor

By Dan Wighton in Gadgets on Thursday 2 July 2015

Have you ever seen the Crazy Russian Hacker series on YouTube, the one “where safety is number one priority”? If not, then you are missing out. If yes – then this next trick is one right out of Crazy Vaclav’s top drawer.

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Japanese engineer hacks Roomba cleaning bot to make abstract art

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Wednesday 1 July 2015

There are two types of people in this world: those that use the Roomba for cleaning floors, and those that use it for art.

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Projecting signals onto your back as you cycle: is Cyclee a shining beacon of safety?

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By Tim Renowden in Gadgets on Monday 29 June 2015

A device that uses lasers to project symbols on cyclists’ backs at night time is being hailed as a potential great leap forward for cyclist safety and respect between cyclists and drivers.

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Power hungry? Compact backpack comes with in-built batteries and cables to let you charge on the go

Joe Frost Contributor

By Joe Frost in Gadgets on Monday 29 June 2015

As our gadgets become thinner, more powerful and we use them more and more often, the ability to recharge while out and about is becoming paramount. And while a half-decent portable charger can be purchased for under $50, what if you want to recharge your laptop, phone and tablet all at once? The AMPL SmartBag may be the answer.

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How we discovered the dark side of wearable fitness trackers

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By The Conversation in Gadgets on Monday 29 June 2015

You no longer have to look to science fiction to find the cyborg. We are all cyborgs now. Mobile phones, activity trackers, pacemakers, breast implants and even aspirins all act as biological, cognitive or social extensions and enhancements of our bodies and minds.

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An advertising agency in Lithuania repackaged your favourite Beaujoulais wine in a discreet spray bottle

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By Chloe Olewitz in Gadgets on Friday 26 June 2015

If you fancy a little wine on the sly for your afternoon office pick-me-up, McCann Vilnius has you covered. Their newest annual package design for Beaujolais Nouveau wine is cleverly disguised in a spray bottle that could pass for perfume or air freshener. 

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Lexus Hoverboard: Real, or just a trick?

Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Thursday 25 June 2015

Who doesn’t love a good hoverboard? Lexus are the latest to catch the world’s attention with this brilliant teaser of a real, steaming hoverboard.

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Review: Dyson’s Hot+Cool – The fan that makes you question everything

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By Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Thursday 25 June 2015

Dyson is synonymous with quality and style. We’ve talked before about how people coo when they see something is ‘a Dyson’.

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Could pop-up toilets save Sydney’s nightlife?

Joe Frost Contributor

By Joe Frost in Gadgets on Thursday 25 June 2015

Pop-up is such a buzz word of late. We’re eating at pop-up stores, drinking at pop-up bars and doing our shopping at pop-up stores. Now you can do your business at pop-up toilets.

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Livescribe 3 Review: A smart-pen that actually works

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By Chris Southcott in Gadgets on Monday 22 June 2015

The physical notebook is dying, and with good reason.

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