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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.

Self-propelled suitcase

Travel in style and ease with a suitcase that has a mind of its own.

Anytime you come to an incline like a hill or a ramp, this self-propelled suitcase from Hammacher Schlemmer will power itself up the slope up to a maximum speed of three miles per hour.

Don't worry about the luggage taking off without you, though. The suitcase powers up only when it is in motion, carrying a minimum of 7kg (the maximum is 30kg), and the handle comes out of the suitcase at an angle of 15 to 35 degrees.

Beauty and the Geek jeans

These pants may be just a concept, but they're also the ultimate in utility wear for any gadget-loving geek.

Designed by Erik De Nijs, these jeans use wireless USB to connect to your computer.

Peripheral devices built into the jeans include a full-size wireless QWERTY keyboard, a wireless mouse that fits into a specially designed back pocket, and built-in speakers at the knee.

The stitching for the jeans was inspired by the look of printed circuit boards. De Nijs recently founded a product design company called Nieuwe Heren (loosely translated as 'new gents') with his business partner Tim Smit.

Nieuwe Heren is currently looking for a manufacturer to produce the Beauty and the Geek jeans.

NEXT PAGE: LCD belt buckle

  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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