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Cosmo Hydromassage Whirlpool Bathtub
Although I'm not too fond of baths, this Cosmo Hydromassage Whirlpool Bathtub may make me a believer in the benefits of lying down and splashing in my own filth. The tub not only has adjustable air massage jets, there's also an 8.5-inch LCD with remote control. Besides the 7 jets, 9 bubble jets, and 6 massage jets, it has underwater lights, a super-bass connection, padded headrest, and cable inputs so you can watch DVDs, cable television or your closed circuit feed to the nanny's bedroom.

Find Lost Stuff with a Click
People lose stuff and the time then spent umpteen hours searching for their misplaced treasures. To prevent this from happening in the future, might you consider investing in the Smart Finder? It consists of a small remote control-like device and little colour-coded receivers. Basically, you lose your junk, hit the button on the remote and it guides you to your wares, provided it's within 25 meters (82 feet) of your current location.

The ubiko helper robot
The Ubiko is a helper robot, in that he helps greet customers, talks up products on display and do other such menial tasks commonly found in a service economy. Such labour doesn't exactly come cheap, as the robot costs nearly $900 to rent per two-hour block. Do you know how many disaffected high school kids you could hire for that kind of money? Ubiko looks friendly enough, but you have to wonder what he'll be like when his switch is flipped from "good" to "evil".

The Hovering Mouse
It's a fake. Still neat, though. This is supposedly the first 100 percent frictionless mouse. Why no friction? Because it hovers approximately one centimeter above the mousepad. It does so with the help of "patent-pending electromagnetic hovering technology." Maybe it is just me, but having electromagnetic waves pulsating throughout your hand all day can't be safe. Also, if it hovers with magnets, you wouldn't be able to put any downward pressure on the mouse. CrazyPC claims it reduces stress on the wrist and improves accuracy gaming. The Hover Mouse is available for $75.

Eten Glofiish M700 Smartphone
Take a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and add GPS and WiFi and you have the way-cool Eten Glofiish M700 Smartphone, the next high-end quad-band GSM/EDGE trinket from the Taiwanese phonemeisters. It will surely satisfy the entertainment jones with its FM radio and a 2-megapixel camera. The storage media is a microSD flash drive. Although it inherits the GPS and WiFi from its X500 predecessor, it's the first from Eten to have that snazzy sliding QWERTY keyboard. What more could you ask for? Less weight, for one thing. It's too fat as this paperweight tips the scales at 5.8 ounces. Still, it's a nice deal for those who like the feel of something solid in their palms.

Full Page Illuminator for Late-Night Page Turners
What you furtively read under the covers at night is your business, and you can keep it that way with this Full Page Illuminator with a flat lens that reflects a battery-powered LED, evenly lighting the page. Yes, a page, in a book. You remember books, don't you? If you're not reading undercover, it keeps its light shining just on the page and away from your bed-mate, letting you read on and on into the night without bothering anybody but yourself. Its four AAA batteries last 40 hours and it comes with a tag of $70.

World's First Holographic HDTV?
This 80-inch gizmo spotted on ebay, whose custom cut glass is able to capture light at a certain angle making images appear to hover in the air when paired up with its included Sanyo LCD HDTV projector, some claim is the first holographic HDTV. It's basically a rear projector whose screen is made of glass and hangs out there in the open for all to see. Don't be fooled by the bandying about of the term "holographic," because there's not really any 3D going on here. It's just a cool-looking cut-glass screen. The bidding starts at about $10,427.

Compiled by IMRAN H. KHAN

Source: Gizmodo Online


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