Weird Tech Stories Of The Week

In this crazy modern world of ours, there's stuff being produced by those hyper-achieving Silicon Valley types faster than we can handle. To help you out with keeping on top of it all, we've corroborated the strangest, funniest and most innovative from the past week in one handy place. Enjoy

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1 | Fish Drives A Go-Kart 

We've always felt sorry for goldfish. Spiralling around all day in those plastic bowls of misery can't be fun, the world outside visible, yet impenetrable. 

No more. 

Some kindly souls at Dutch company Studio Diip have invented this four-wheeled motorised cart with a clear container for your fishy-friend to go in. It motion detects the direction the fish is swimming in, and drives itself accordingly. 

 
 
2 | The Pen That Lets You Draw In The Air 
 
This is doodling for the digital generation. Using the same method as a 3D printer (melting and cooling plastic cartidges) this USB-powered pen allows you to build a base on a hard surface, before building up into the air. Currently on Kickstarter, it's already smashed its £30,000 goal, so exciting times should be ahead. 
 
 
 
3 | The Headphones That Just Want To Be Social 
 
No doubt about it, listening to music has become a hell of a lot more solitary since the iPod (well, the Walkman really). Looking to bring back the magic of listening to a record player all together, the Wearhaus company have developed these Bluetooth-connected headphones to allow I0S and Android users to hear what each other are listening to and sync with each other. The device can be set to glow with a selection of colours to show what mood you're in, and users can connect from 30metres. You can pre-order $149.00. 
 
 
 
4 | The 'Indestructible' Nintendo System 
 
Forever pining for the Nintendo games of your youth? Of course you are. Well here's a way you can get your favourite old cartridges going again. Designer Christopher Taber has crafted this bad boy, made out of a solid block of 6061 aluminium, which he says is "designed around the heart and brain of the original NES." The best bit: the console and the game are far more durable than the originals, meaning no more blowing to try and get them to work.  Pre-order it now for a mere £300
 
 
 
5 | The Touch-Free Loo
 
Clever toilets that just require a quick air-swipe of your hand are coming out of restaurants and into the home. A kit from US design company Kohler lets you whack a battery-powered sensor in the tank, meaning a hands-free experience for all who enter your bathroom. Overly paranoid germ-freak baiting, or ingenious bacteria blocker? You decide. Kits can be purchased for $99.97.00 here
 
 
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