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The 19 strangest gadgets

From USB hand warmers to a spy pen

Take a walk on tech's wild side with some of the strangest, most original, and most bizarre gadgets you've ever seen. We've got vacuums for your lawn, swimwear that can charge your iPod, and grenades that don't explode but still go boom.

If you're a gadget fan, then you're sure to know all about phones, digital cameras and even games consoles. But what do you know about weird tech?

We're talking about the really bizarre and strange things gadget makers dream up after asking philosophical questions like: What kind of clothing should talk to a computer?

What if suitcases and lawnmowers could think for themselves? How can you play Tekken without ignoring that special person in your life?

Here are the answers to those questions and more.

Grassy charging station

This great little solution that organises your gadgets and brings a little bit of green into your office.

The Grassy Lawn Charging Station uses soft artificial grass to cushion your camera, smartphone, or iPod while they're charging.

The cables sit underneath the grass in a hidden compartment, and all you need to do is run your extension cord into the base of the charging station. It is available from LazyBone for £23.99.

Cheese! Police!

No, that's not a 9mm handgun you're looking at, but a 16mm still-image camera.

The Japanese-based Doryu Camera Company made the Doryu 2-16 from 1954 to 1956, according to Camerapedia.

The Doryu 2-16 was apparently a police-issue device in Japan, and to make it seem even more like a gun, you'd load the camera with magnesium bullet cartridges and then just point, aim, and fire.

The magnesium cartridge wouldn't discharge out the 'nozzle', but come out the top and act as a flash for the camera; it would also make a large bang in the process.

Very cool design, but something tells me you wouldn't want to be snapping pics near the Houses of Parliment with this thing.

Doryu 2-16 models are now extremely rare and valuable. In 2001, one specimen sold for close to £17,000 at Christie's auction house.

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