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.

Image: Novacon.com.br

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Control your PlayStation with massage

Does your significant other complain that you pay too much attention to video games and not enough to him or her?

Why not take care of your digital and physical worlds at once with the Massage Me video game controller?

Massage Me is a soft, flexible vest with a video game controller built into the back that translates massage moves into video-game commands.

The thing is, you can't buy Massage Me off the shelves. Instead, Massage Me creators Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson would love to see people making their own Massage Me vests at home.

So if you're the adventurous type, check out this handy online do-it-yourself guide showing you how to make the Massage Me vest, plus a custom cable and plug to connect the vest to the machine, and how to hack the PS controller.

Massage Me was originally designed to work with a hacked PSOne gamepad, but Perner-Wilson told me the vest will also work with other consoles and games that use the same controllers - some PlayStation 2 games, for example, will work with a PSOne Dual Shock gamepad.

The Massage Me creators also say on their website that you could probably adapt their methods to hack the controllers of other gaming consoles.

EyeSeeCam

You definitely won't go unnoticed with this device strapped to your head. Researchers at the University of Munich Hospital have developed the EyeSeeCam, which lets you control head-mounted cameras just by moving your eyes.

A doctor could use this device to film an operation for teaching purposes, or video game developers could use it to create an even more realistic first-person shooter or sports game.

The craziest part is that the EyeSeeCam will record video on to almost any laptop with a 6pin FireWire port.

The EyeSeeCam is currently being sold to the University of Munich Hospital's research partners for €25,000 (about £22,700) each.

Dr Erich Schneider, who heads up the EyeSeeCam project, said a smaller version of EyeSeeCam is in the works for other research groups and companies.

Schneider wouldn't say how much this version would cost or what it would do, but believes the price tag will be north of €25,000.

Though that sounds like a lot, we're told it compares well with classical (and technically much simpler) head-mounted eye trackers.

Image credit and more info: AFP BBNews


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LED umbrella

This umbrella comes with an LED shaft to light your way, and will probably scare off any Sith Lords that might be thinking you're an easy target.

The LED umbrella sells for $25 (£16) and comes in red and blue.

Robot lawnmower

Show up your neighbour's tractor-style lawnmower with this remote-controlled grass chopper from Husqvarna.
Yep, it's like a Roomba for your lawn.

The thing is seriously decked out, and Husqvarna says it can take care of your lawn without supervision.

The Automower 260ACX has ultrasonic sensors to stop it from smashing into things, and when it needs charging it just heads home to the Automower charging station.

If anything does go wrong, your lawnmower can send you a text message to let you know it needs help.
This device sells for about £2,795.

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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.

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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.

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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.

LCD belt buckle

Turn your trousers into a walking movie house with the Egokast LCD screen belt buckle.

The device has a 320x240-pixel display and supports .mp4, .avi, .jpg, and .bmp files from SD cards, with a maximum 2GB of capacity.

Brainwave headphones

The MindSet headphones from NeuroSky have a medical-grade brain-wave sensor and can hook up to your computer (PC or Mac) or smartphone through a Bluetooth connection.

The device also features noise-cancelling technology, an omnidirectional microphone, and playback controls.

MindSet comes with a brain-wave visualiser program that displays how you react to different sounds and rhythms.

There's also a game called NeuroBoy that challenges you to move objects with your mind.

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Power pooper scooper

Tired of picking up after Rover's daily droppings?

Do it the easy way with this inventive and battery-powered poop vac that can pick up 150 pieces of waste between charges.
The Pet Pooch Power Shovel weighs just under 2kg, and its motor spins at 30,000 rpm to get even the toughest waste off your lawn.

The waste goes directly into a biodegradable plastic bag, and never touches your hands or the machine.

Check out the Pooch Power Shovel in action on the Pet Power Products website. Warning: This video is rated NSDL (Not Suitable during lunch).

Toaster printer

Add that feeling of efficiency to breakfast with this toaster-printer concept by Swiss-based industrial designer Othmar Muehlebach.

Just top-load your toast like you would a stack of inkjet paper, and the toaster takes care of the rest, one slice at a time.
Muehlebach won second prize at the Berner Design awards with this creation.

This may be only a concept now, but Muehlebach is actively looking for a manufacturer interested in producing the device.

So far, Muehlebach tells us, some investors have been wary of the toaster-printer concept because it has been so widely featured on gadget blogs.

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Sonic grenade

This grenade may not explode, but it can still make a lot of noise. Just pull the pin, toss it, wait about 20 seconds, and the grenade lets out an annoying beep that puts your alarm clock to shame.

To silence it, hold down the trigger arm or replace the pin. The sonic grenade has three volume settings and is powered by three AAA batteries. Buy it from Firebox for £9.99.

Disinfection scanner

It may look like a flip phone, but this device claims to kill 99.9 percent of all bacteria and viruses.

All you have to do is open up the Nano-UV Disinfection Scanner and wave its nano-UV light over anything that needs disinfecting for 10 seconds.

Ideal for combating creepy crawlies that might be hiding in mattresses, pillows, or carpets. The gadget costs £35, is just one inch thick, and is powered by two AAA batteries.

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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.

Spy camera pen

Forget about the shaky hat cam; take covert video recording to a whole new level with a pin-hole video camera disguised as a pen.

The device has a built-in lithium battery that you can recharge via any USB port, and it records up to 2GB worth of video. Get it from Play.com for £29.99.

Bug zapping racket

Tired of getting rid of pesky flies and misquitos? Why not use your bug-swatting time to improve your tennis game?

Bug-zapping tennis-style rackets usually take a couple of AA batteries and cost from £10-£15 on Amazon.

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Warming gloves

Have problems keeping your hands warm at the office? Just plug in these USB Heating Gloves and choose one of two heating levels (maximum heat is 127 degrees F) to keep your hands nice and toasty while typing up your next quarterly report.

These gloves aren't dependent on software, so they'll work with any device that has electricity and a USB port including laptops, desktops, and video game consoles.

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  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