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Explainer: 10 WTF gadgets for the home

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    They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, and that idiom definitely applies to these 10 household gadgets. Without the explanations, you might look at them with bewilderment. What are they really used for? Some are puzzling, some have functionality that you might not expect and others are just downright bizarre.

  • Wine-glass doorbell

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    If you thought this was some sort of rack for wine glasses, it's actually a doorbell. Visitors to your home are announced by the pleasant sound of a small hammer chiming crystal wineglasses. Well, that and the terrifying screams of people caught underneath a shower of razor-sharp glass shards. $225 — Droog

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  • USB shoe dryer

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    Dogs with cords — you would think that this gadget would have something to do with pets. If that seems logical you clearly don't live in Japan, where a USB-powered, dog-shaped shoes dryer is a perfectly sensible household product. $33.88 — GeekStuff4U

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  • It's a table! It's a speaker!

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    At first glance this looks like a coffee table with a very modern design. But the Acoustable is also a powerful speaker. Underneath the hood it features a TEAC system that cranks out 360 degrees of sound from audio gadgets that can be hooked up to the table via USB or Wi-Fi. If anyone dares to put their feet up on it, turn it on and crank that sound up to 11. Price not available — Acoustable

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  • Espresso by hand

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    If you try to use the Handpresso as a bike pump, you'll be extremely aggravated later on when you find out that it's actually a handheld espresso maker. It can push hot water through an espresso pod with 16psi of pressure whether you're using it indoors or out. Again, if you use it as a bike pump, don't come crying to us if your lattes start to taste like tire rubber. $78.46 — Amazon

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  • Hub in a storm

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    If you have a lot of cable clutter on your computer desk, you'll have no trouble sinking this battleship. It may look like a toy, but it's actually a five-port USB hub for all of your peripheral and portable devices. $23 — Kikkerland

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  • Surveillance 100 lamp

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    Don't be fooled — the Surveillance 100 won't help protect your home from break-ins. In fact, it just might make it easier for them to find all of the valuable stuff in your home. That's because this is actually an elaborately designed lamp. Regardless, it may help keep your unknowing visitors on their best behavior. Price not available. — Generate

  • A smoking Smoking Gun

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    So what am I supposed to do with this gun? Strip paint? Actually, the PolyScience Smoking Gun doesn't belong in your garage — it belongs in your kitchen. It's a handheld food smoker that burns flavored wood chips to infuse just about anything with a smokey taste —   including butter, oysters, salads and even cocktails. $99.95 — PolyScience

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  • Robotic litter box

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    Believe it or not, your cat goes in this thing. No, it's not a cat-washing machine (though that would be helpful), it's actually an automatic, self-cleaning, robotic litter box. After it has determined that your cat has done its business and exited, it automatically sifts the waste and deposits it into a garbage bag, leaving only clean litter behind. $294.99 to $314.99 — SkyMall

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  • Lego-brick radiator

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    If you have kids, don't outfit your home with one of these brick radiators from Scirocco. As you can see, the design aesthetic was inspired by Lego bricks, but underneath that playful exterior lies a heating element consisting of copper pipes and aluminum plates. It's a disaster waiting to happen. No price available. — Scirocco

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  • RelaxOne massager


    Is this person getting an MRI or a massage? Oddly enough, it's the latter. The RelaxOne is a massage chair with an elaborate audio system that surrounds you with sound when the pod is closed. The ultimate in relaxation is allegedly achieved through an immersive experience for the senses. All you need to do is bring a pizza in there and you'll be ready to unwind from a long day at work. Price not available. — Relaxman

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