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It started nearly thirty years ago, when Ben Reardon encountered a robot playing a classical guitar at the 1988 World Expo in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. He was only a teenager at the time, but he knew right then what he had to do.

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Nerf changed the way we all played indoor basketball without a proper court; replacing trash cans and balls of paper with plastic nets and foam balls. And now you can take your scaled-down game to near NBA-calibre levels with Eastpoint's new wireless hoops and scoreboard that keeps tab on time and points complete with the simulated roar of a non-existent crowd.

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When I was a kid, I was promised a future loaded with flying cars, holographic movies, interactive billboards and crazy new ways of engaging with super-powered computers. A few of those I'm still yet to receive, but one of them landed on my desk the other week for review: a laser projection keyboard. Little did I realise that it was just another broken promise waiting to happen. Let me explain.

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The exhaust fan — that rattling, dusty vent hanging above the toilet — is the single most important gadget for the health of a bathroom. It eliminates the steam from a hot shower, helping battle the mould and mildew constantly threatening a bathroom's finishes. The device also helps fix more immediate air quality issues — they'd never say it in front of a client, but in the salty slang of a plumbing supply house, pros refer to it as a fart fan.

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Apple's brought both sizes of the MacBook Air line straight up to what you'd expect from a laptop in 2011, adding a Thunderbolt port, but more importantly some sweet Sandy Bridge i5 and i7 chips — and backlit keyboards.

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It’s these kinds of stories that bring a smile to your face. US based Android fanboy Sahas Katta was pulled over by a police officer for ‘speeding’ in a school zone. Little did the unsuspecting cop know, was that Katta was using Google’s nifty My Tracks Android app on his phone and it was already recording his GPS movements.

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You can almost taste the epiphany moment the designer of the TeaSub tea infuser must have had to create such a random gadget: "You dunk your teabag underwater... You know what else goes underwater? Submarines!" Although it wouldn't be too surprising to discover that there were some pretty crazy drugs on the table when the idea was born.

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(NSFW!) OK, no tit jokes on this one because breast cancer is a serious matter. This is Breastlight, a home appliance that will help women monitor her bosom for lumps. (WARNING: Lots of frontal breast fondling ahead)

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According to the shop that sells it, the Between the Sheet Fan will create a "cool personal microclimate between your bed sheets, allowing you to regulate your temperature as you sleep without disturbing a sleeping partner." In other words, its two "whisper-quiet" 12-volt fans will keep your private parts fresh or toasty, pushing nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, and methane up the duvet for just US$79.95.