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If he can repair an intergalactic spaceship while it's blasting through the cosmos, it only makes sense that turning water into steam would be child's play for the world's most multi-talented astromech droid. Although, if cartoons have taught us anything, steam blasting out of his head means that R2-D2 could also be absolutely furious at something; probably C-3PO again.

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The slow but steady approach of winter means that it's almost time for many of us to fire up our heaters — also heralding the return of of chapped lips and dry skin. Dyson's new humidifier is one solution to the problem, but it doesn't only prevent dry air. It also ensures your home isn't being filled with bacteria-ridden moisture thanks to a germ-killing UV light.

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When you name your product the 'Amazing Humidifier' it better be bringing something great to the table. After all, it's pretty hard to get excited over something as mundane as a humidifier. But the fact that this compact version transforms any water bottle into a secret weapon to battle dry skin is, admittedly, pretty amazing.

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The next time you travel to a particularly dry part of the world, you'll wish you could bring along this tiny plastic Fogring doughnut to ensure your sinuses aren't destroyed while you're supposed to be relaxing. It floats on water and uses ultrasonic vibrations to turn liquids into refreshing vapours — humidifying a room with nothing but a full drinking glass and a USB connection.

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Humidifiers can be a big help in the cold winter months, but spending $US117 on a 'Lilo and Stitch'-themed version seems a little excessive if you ask me. On the plus side, it is USB powered, and kids would surely love the Disney vibe and the endless variety of juvenile jokes that it inspires.

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While energy issues tend to get a lot more media play, a perhaps even bigger challenge we'll need to collectively deal with soon is the problem of potable water. Israeli company EWA is hoping to help nations with less fresh water resources get it inexpensively by turning humidity in the air into drinkable fluids. EWA, which stands for Extraction of Water from Air, uses a heat-based absorption system and a special energy saving condenser to suck moisture from the atmosphere and into reservoirs cleanly and efficiently.

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This isn't the first USB-powered humidifier you've seen, but it may be the weirdest: it comes shaped and painted like a drink can. It uses ultrasound to generate "cool, moisturising steam" at the rate of 50ml per hour, which may sound attractive to you if your office environment is one of those over-air-conditioned ones. Though, nowadays in this crazy world, having a can on your desk connected to a computer and giving off bouts of "steam" is probably something you want to explain to your office mates if you don't want to cause a panic. Yours, from Brando and in several can colours for just US$24.