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ThermalStrike suitcase uses heat to nuke bed bugs

ThermalStrike suitcase uses heat to nuke bed bugs

Those who travel often understand that small feeling of apprehension when they unpack, wondering if any unwanted guests hitched a ride back with their items. Bed bugs and other nasty critters are the target of the ThermalStrike suitcases, which heat up to kill anything inside.

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Acer’s Selfie-Hat is a giant glittery pink sombrero

Acer’s Selfie-Hat is a giant glittery pink sombrero

Joining the slew of odd gadgets that have surfaced in recent days is Acer's Selfie-Hat, which is exactly what it sounds like, only in the oddest way possible: a giant pink sombrero adorned with glittery stuff. The Selfie Brush pales in comparison.

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Xbox One and PS4 gold editions surface in Dubai

Xbox One and PS4 gold editions surface in Dubai

If you prefer your gaming consoles with a side dish of expensive novelty, Dubai has a gold-case edition of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 right up your alley. Both are, as you'd imagine, quite expensive, and have made their public debut at the Games14 convention.

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Coolest Cooler etches a new Kickstarter record

Coolest Cooler etches a new Kickstarter record

Hailing from Portland, Oregon is the Coolest Cooler, the latest device to take the #1 slot on Kickstarter. The campaign sought only $50,000, but has now exceeded the $10mil mark with a few days of funding left. It has now squeaked past the Pebble's funding, becoming the most-funded project in the site's history.

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Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

Chainmail dress with plasma balls lets wearer take on 500k volts

We've seen some interesting creations from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht before, none of them quite as (literally) shocking as her new metal plate dress -- complete with plasma balls on the shoulders -- that she wore between two big, potentially deadly Tesla coils.

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Chairless Chair: a wearable that lets you sit anywhere

Chairless Chair: a wearable that lets you sit anywhere

We've seen a lot of interesting wearables, but none that are quite as interesting as the Chairless Chair. At first glance, the wearer appears to be sitting on thin air (or popping an awkward squat), but if you look a little closer, you see there are bars attached to the back of the user's legs.

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Sega Saturn laptop is handcrafted from wood

Sega Saturn laptop is handcrafted from wood

There's a fond place in every gamer's heart for consoles of the past, whether an old GameBoy or a lesser known Sega Saturn. One modder gave that latter console, in particular, a luxury makeover, transforming it into a portable "laptop" made out of wood.

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Microwave hacked into weapon, used to blow up a stereo

Microwave hacked into weapon, used to blow up a stereo

There are some things in this world you're better off not trying, and dismantling a microwave to make a stick-mounted weapon is probably one of them. Still, as with all things, someone somewhere will eventually try it, as was the case with the person(s) behind Kreosan.

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Novelty toaster will burn your selfie into bread

Novelty toaster will burn your selfie into bread

Spurred by silly news reports of people seeing faces in the random patterns on their toast, various novelty toasters have appeared allowing one to eat toast deliberately crisped with a certain pattern or face. Burnt Impressions has taken this a step further, deciding to appeal to the so-called narcissistic generation's love of selfies.

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Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

An early 90s Wallace & Gromit cartoon has inspired University of Leicester students to develop a theory on how one might eventually be able to walk on the walls or ceiling. Though not exactly anti-gravity boots, the shoes would be powered by a vacuum and battery pack in one's pants, giving them gravity-defying abilities.

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Rocket scientist adds fins to pans, nearly doubles efficiency

Rocket scientist adds fins to pans, nearly doubles efficiency

One rocket scientist has turned his attention to cookware, designing a new set of pots and pans that are touted as nearly double the energy efficiency of your ordinary round cookware. What's different? The addition of fins.

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Cloud lamp brings a thunderstorm to your living room

Cloud lamp brings a thunderstorm to your living room

With the exception of astraphobes, the sound of rain and thunder can be relaxing -- a nice time to spend an afternoon indoors reading or a way to fall asleep quickly. If mere sounds aren't quite up to par for you, one artist has a solution: Cloud, a thunder cloud-shaped lamp.

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