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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.

Solar bikini

Ladies, imagine having a bikini that will show off those abs you've been working on all winter while soaking up enough solar energy to power your iPod Shuffle.

The Solar Bikini uses photovoltaic film strips, and a 5v regulator manages electrical output.

The bikini was created by New York-based multimedia designer and performer Andrew Schneider for the 2006 winter show of the Tisch School's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Schneider's website says he is also working on a male version called the iDrink that will produce enough power to cool a beer in its own custom-made drink cozy. So far neither swimsuit has hit store shelves.

Rover Cam

Ever wonder what the world looks like from your dog's point of view? Now you can travel along with him as he goes about his day chasing cats, sleeping in the backyard, and watering your neighbour's shrubs.

The Pet's Eye View Digital Camera clips onto your pet's collar.

It doesn't have video, but you can set the camera to take still images every one, five, or 15 minutes.

The camera has a maximum capacity of 40 images through its 8MB of non-expandable internal storage. When it's time to take the images off the device, just download them to your computer via a standard USB cable.

NEXT PAGE: The self-propelled suitcase

  1. From USB hard warmers to a spy pen
  2. Massage and play computer games at the same time
  3. The LED umbrella
  4. The solar bikini
  5. The self-propelled suitcase
  6. LCD belt buckle
  7. Power pooper scooper
  8. Sonic grenade
  9. Spy camera pen
  10. warming gloves


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