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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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Turn your traditional watch into a smartwatch with Chronos

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By Chloe Olewitz in Gadgets on Tuesday 25 August 2015

If the Apple Watch and Android smartwatch designs are too tech-heavy for your wrist and that outfit you’ve been dying to wear, Chronos, lets you tack on high-tech functionality to your traditional watch. 

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Solocam: The selfie stick that lets you play roving news reporter

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Tuesday 25 August 2015

If you’re trying to make it big in the news world and don’t have a dedicated camera crew on hand, you’ll know that a smartphone just doesn’t cut it, and a camcorder on a tripod isn’t practical when you’re on the move. So an Israeli startup have invented the Solocam to make you look half professional while reporting the news.

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This Japanese hotel is completely staffed by robots

Joe Frost Contributor

By Joe Frost in Gadgets on Tuesday 25 August 2015

Opened in July, the Henn-na hotel in Japan is reducing their use of electricity in the pursuit of being environmentally friendly, so guest rooms don’t have refrigerators, all rooms have motion sensors so the lights go out when no one is present, and all the staff are robots.

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Unlock any car with a keyless entry system using this $40 device

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By Dan Wighton in Gadgets on Friday 21 August 2015

Keyless entry systems are supposed to be the epitome of the modern automobile – a happy marriage between security and convenience. But with the new RollJam device, which is smaller than a mobile phone and costs around $AU40, you can unlock any car that has a keyless locking system.

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Nike’s ingenious new zipper shoes help people with disabilities

Janek Speight Contributor

By Janek Speight in Gadgets on Thursday 20 August 2015

Every kid wants to wear branded sports kicks. Skate shoes, basketball shoes, even the insufferable boat shoe – whatever is in fashion is a must. American teenager Matthew Walzer wanted to be involved, but he has cerebral palsy.

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Weather forecasting – a great success of modern science – is about to get even better

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By The Conversation in Gadgets on Thursday 20 August 2015

While some people might still joke about the reliability of weather forecasts, meteorologists are likely to nominate weather prediction as one of the great success stories of modern science – a crowning achievement of collaboration across many scientific and technological fields.

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OnHub: Google’s simple, elegant WiFi router that’s designed to make WiFi easier

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By Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Wednesday 19 August 2015

Google’s looking to create some disruption to the modem/router space, an area that’s ripe for some fresh ideas and generally better connectivity.

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Wollongong researchers use science to make safe sex feel much better

Dan Wighton Contributor

By Dan Wighton in Gadgets on Tuesday 18 August 2015

Researchers at the University of Wollongong are using a bit of space age technology to revolutionise one of the most vital, but increasingly underused, inventions in human history – the condom.

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iRobot, creator of the Roomba, are now approved to sell an automatic lawnmower

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By Sasha Karen in Gadgets on Thursday 13 August 2015

Grass is about to meet its match: the creators of Roomba have approval to sell an automatic lawnmower that should turn the age-old chore into simple robot-wrangling.

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Who blocked the release of a WiFi router that allowed users to remain anonymous?

Dan Wighton Contributor

By Dan Wighton in Gadgets on Thursday 13 August 2015

If we learned anything from Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, it is that everything you do online is collected, monitored and stored. That means that somewhere, someone is keeping a file on you.

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