New Gadgets For Your Life

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Lose the remote control?

Australian scientists have reportedly  come up with a box that lets television viewers change channels, switch on the DVD player or switch off an irritating presenter with the wave of a hand.

The controller’s built-in camera can recognise seven simple hand gestures and work with up to eight different gadgets around the home, reports The Daily Mail.

Want to ask that girl/guy out on a date, but you’re too shy?

Nasal20sprayUniversity of Zurich researchers have created a spray that can relieve people of shyness, and help them socialise with others. The spray is very easy to use, and an individual can boost self-confidence just by squirting it up the nose.

The researchers say that the spray harnesses the powers of a feel-good hormone called oxytocin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is involved in social recognition and bonding.

The mammalian hormone is produced naturally by the body when a person is in love, and it also induces labour in pregnant women. The spray contains a synthetic version of it, created in the laboratory.

Hate that alarm clock?

RING is a vibrating alarm designed for people who hate the loud blaring sounds of a typical alarm. The charging cradle is where you set what time you want each ring to go off. The ring fits over the tip of your finger and when that opportune time arrives, it vibrates. Putting the ring back on the dock shuts off the alarm.

The benefits are two-fold. It’s perfect for couples whom wake up at different hours. Never again will you be disturbed from your precious sleep when the alarm goes off. It’s a discrete sensation that only you feel. Another application is for the hearing impaired helping to improve their quality of life.


And finally, something totally unnecessary:

Cooler ScoopTM keeps hands from getting cold and wet when you go for that ice cold beverage. Prevents dirt and germ ridden hands from contaminating the ice in your cooler. Self-draining scoop also eliminates water from getting on floor. Features built-in bottle opener.