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Washing machines that iron and cameras for curious cats: Weird and wonderful gadgets from this year’s IFA
Bored to tears by smartphones and tablets? Worry not: We ferreted out the most curious gadgets at the IFA in Berlin. And believe me – once you’ve tried them, you won't be able to live without them.
If your poor pet is stuck at home, twiddling its paws while you’re at the office, Acer has the solution for you. Pawbo+ lets you observe your furry friend via livestream, feed it treats or drive it nuts with a laser pointer. The only thing it can’t do for you is go walkies.
Admittedly, today’s remotes are not exactly what you’d call the bee’s knees. However, I have some serious doubts about whether this rotating controller is the Messiah of controllers… Supposedly it controls everything that uses Infrared, Bluetooth or wi-fi. The manufacturer modestly describes the SPIN as the most simple and “most stylish” remote control of all time.
Like most of us, you’re probably fed up with bears raiding your fridge and covering your sofa in hairs. Put an end to this annoyance once and for all with bear-proof windows by NanaWall.
Tipron is a small, transformable robot that zips around your home and projects strange things from the internet onto your walls. I can almost hear you all chanting “Wow, I’ve always wanted one of those!”. Well you can have one if you’ve got 2500 dollar to spare. Tipron is due to go into serial production this September.
Night Glow Seats
For this item, I was tempted to come up with a juvenile joke about glow worms or fluorescent pee, but I must admit that a glowing toilet seat isn’t a completely stupid idea – at least not when you need to go in the middle of the night. Instead of accidentally “flooding” the general toilet area because you can’t see the toilet bowl for the blinding light, you could take a more relaxed approach and aim for the glowing UFO. C'mon! As if you’ve never wanted to try that!
A secret door is undoubtedly an amazing upgrade for every home. Just think of the possibilities! You could, for example, hide a toilet behind a bookshelf. Think of the priceless faces on full-bladdered visitors pulling out every single book in search of the magic switch.
Forever Stainless Steel Bathtubs
Let’s face it. An ordinary bathtub is simply unworthy of any half-way respectable Yorkshire Terrier. Only a right and proper stainless steel tub will do.
This one’s worth for the category “too good to be true” – the Panasonic washing machine. Not only does it wash and dry your laundry, it also IRONS it. Well, if that isn’t a domestic Swiss army knife, then I don’t know what is. This baby should be hitting the market in 2019.
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