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Must-see unusual and innovative products!

Last updated on: October 14, 2011 15:08 IST

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The six metre (about 20 feet) long stretch Mini Cooper S, is equipped with six wheels, four doors, six passenger seats and a jacuzzi.

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Image: A model soaks in a jacuzzi on the rear end of a limousine named Mini XXL.
Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters.
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Built by British adventurer David de Rothschild, Plastiki goes on a test sail in San Francisco Bay in Sausalito, California.

The vessel is built from more than 11,000 reclaimed bottles and other recycled plastic and waste products.

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Image: Plastiki, a 60-foot sailing catamaran.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters.
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A vendor wearing a pair of toe-shaped shoes poses during an exhibition to promote products from China's Jiangxi province, in Beijing.

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Image: Toe-shaped shoes.
Photographs: Christina Hu/Reuters.
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The product is a low cost, no-water toilet system where the wastes can be recycled for use as fertilizer.

The WTO, a worldwide, non-profit organisation based in Singapore, advocates sustainable toilet systems through capacity building, public education, and implementation of real time projects.

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Image: The bottom-of-the-pyramid Toilet System by Rigel.
Photographs: Rina Ota/Reuters.
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A couple walks past a bath tub in the form of a shoe.

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Image: A bath tub in the form of a shoe.
Photographs: Ina Fassbender/Reuters.
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Model Ramona Heine presents a remote controlled car 'Q'.

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Image: car Q.
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters.
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Some iPhone cases decorated with plastic models of food are displayed during a photo opportunity at Suetake Sample, a plastic food model maker, in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

The company began producing iPhone cases decorated with plastic food models such as sushi and eel bowl since the end of last year.

The price of the handmade products vary from 2,000-4,000 yen ($26-$56) in domestic and oversee markets.  

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Image: iPhone cases.
Photographs: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters.
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English designer Peter Harvey sits in his chair 'Eclipse'.

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Image: Chair Eclipse.
Photographs: Ina Fassbender/Reuters.
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People look at the world's longest cigar that stretches 268 feet 4 inches (81.8 metres), or most of the length of a football field.

Resting on tables, it sprawled through El Morro, an old Spanish fort overlooking Havana Bay.

The cigar, once it is officially accepted by Guinness World Records in London, will eclipse the previous record cigar of 148 feet 9 inches (45.38 metres).

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Image: Longest cigar.
Photographs: Desmond Boylan/Reuters.
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Zhang Wuyi (C), a farmer who is interested in scientific inventions, reaches for the hatch of the self-made miniature submarine "Shuguang Hao" ahead of a safety test at Moshui Lake in Wuhan.

Zhang has successfully tested his self-made miniature submarine "Shuguang Hao", which is 3.6 m (12 feet) long, 1.8 m (6 feet) high, has a maximum diving depth of 20 m (65 feet), can travel at a speed of 20 km per hour for 10 hours underwater and is shaped as a dolphin.

"I hope to sell my submarine as a civil product with the price of about 100,000 yuan ($15,670) after safety tests, and a merchant has decided to order one in this month", Zhang said.

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Image: Miniature submarine.
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters.
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Mathias Rajani, Danish luxury product company Aesir's chief commercial officer, holds a model of his company's new mobile phone in Moscow.

It doesn't have Internet, camera, games or GPS navigation, but is literally solid gold. Danish retailer Aesir said it hopes to sell its $57,400, limited-edition 18-carat gold phones to Moscow's fashion-forward elite.

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Image: 18-carat gold phone.
Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.
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Christie's Islamic art specialist Sara Plumbly holds a gold and turquoise-hilted knife valued at $650,000-$970,000 at Christie's in London

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Image: A gold and turquoise-hilted knife.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters.
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The 110.03 carats diamond has been graded Fancy Vivid Yellow, the highest colour grading for a yellow diamond.

The diamond will be sold in auction at Sotheby's Geneva on November 15 and expected to fetch $11-15 million.

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Image: A model displays the Sun-Drop diamond during a media preview in Hong Kong.
Photographs: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.
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A therapeutic robot named Paro opens its eyes as it reacts to an elderly user's hand at the Suisyoen retirement home, about 30 km south of the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture.

For some elderly survivors of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, comfort comes in the form of a small white robotic seal named Paro.

The residents of the nursing home came back from a nearly two-month-long evacuation since the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

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Image: A therapeutic robot named Paro.
Photographs: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters.
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A woman displays a package of e-cigarette, an electronic substitute in the form of a rod, slightly longer than a normal cigarette, in Bordeaux, southwestern France.

The changeable filter contains a liquid with nicotine and propylene glycol.

When the user inhales as he would when smoking, air flow is detected by a sensor and a micro-processor activates an atomizer which injects tiny droplets of the liquid into the flowing air, producing a vapour.

E-cigarette, which retails for 78 euros, is powered by a rechargeable battery.

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Image: A woman displays a package of E-cigarette.
Photographs: Regis Duvignau/Reuters.
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Chocolate bars in Euro banknote design are on display at a candy shop in Vienna.

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Image: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters.

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The product, which has an air purifier that can last 30 minutes and a mini-oxygen canister that can provide fresh air for 10 minutes, was developed by a local company for possible emergencies in underground facilities and is priced at $223.

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Image: South Koreans demonstrate the use of backpacks with built-in gas masks at a department store in Seoul.
Photographs: You Sung-Ho/Reuters.
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The house is designed as a giant three-dimensional sundial, set on a fixed angle in relationship to the sun's movements to provide shade during the summer months, keeping the inside temperature cool, and during Fall, Winter and Spring sunlight enters the large windows as the sun's position is lower in the sky, thus warming the living space.

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Image: The Heliodome, a bioclimatic solar house in Cosswiller in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg, Eastern France.
Photographs: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.
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German company Volsing presents a funeral urn in the form of a soccer ball at an international trade show for funeral arts in Le Bourget near Paris.

About 220 companies are promoting their products and services at the show.

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Image: A funeral urn in the form of a soccer ball.
Photographs: Regis Duvignau/Reuters.
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Dubai's Al Nassma, the world's first brand of chocolate made with camels' milk, intends to expand into Arab markets Japan and the United States.

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Image: Chocolate camels are seen in their moulds at Al Nassma's Camelicious camel farm store in Dubai.
Photographs: Steve Crisp/Reuters.
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Artist Roongrojna Sangwongprisarn inflates air into the rear tyre of a motorcycle made from recycled materials of spare parts from cars and bicycles at a workshop in Bangkok.

Roongrojna, 54, creates his artworks from recycled spare parts from used cars, motorcycles as well as bicycles.

With four shops in Bangkok named 'Ko Art Shop', Roongrojna also exports his artworks to clients all over the world.

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Image: Sangwongprisarn inflates air into the rear tyre of a motorcycle.
Photographs: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters.
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The Seoul Metropolitan government and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) manufactured the tram using a new technology called the On-Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) system which is remotely charged via electromagnetic fields created by electric cables buried beneath the road.

Seoul Grand Park started to run three new wireless electric trams which consume no fossil fuels and do not require any overhead wires or cables.

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Image: A wireless electric tram moves on a road embedded with a power strip after its launch ceremony at Seoul Grand Park in Gwacheon, south of Seoul.
Photographs: Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters.
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A man cleans electronic tricycles on display before their launch at Mandaluyong City in Manila.

An initial 20 units of electronic tricycles were transferred by Asian Development Bank to the city of Mandaluyong as part of its funded project to introduce energy-efficient transportation alternatives in the Philippines.

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Image: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters.

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Werner Pacheco, a teacher and researcher at the San Marcos University's School of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (FIEE), built the first solar motorised rickshaw in Peru with a group of students, which runs primarily on solar energy panels attached to the roof of the body and connected directly to the engine.

The vehicle can also be pedalled or run on batteries, according to by Pacheco.

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Image: A student test drives a motorised rickshaw running on solar energy on the streets of Lima.
Photographs: Mariana Bazo/Reuters.
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In this employment and staffing company in Tokyo, vegetables, fruits and rice are grown and harvested by the employees at the company's 'urban farm', aimed at creating a working environment coexisting with nature, according to the company.

Negotiators from over 190 countries are gathered in Nagoya, Japan for a United Nations meeting to discuss ways to fight rising extinctions of plants and animals from pollution, climate change and habitat loss.

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Image: An employee inspects vegetables grown under Hybrid Electrode Fluroescent Lamps (HEFL) inside an office of Pasona Group.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters.
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A Peugeot electric concept bike is displayed on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile..

The Paris Auto show opens its doors to the public from October 2 to October 17.

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Image: Peugeot electric concept bike.
Photographs: Reuters.
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Dai, who is from central China's Hunan province and cannot afford Beijing's high rental prices, has been living in the house which costs about 6,427 yuan ($965).

The house is made of bamboo strips, steel bars, heat prevention and waterproof materials, sacks filled with fermented wood chips and grass seeds, as well as one solar-cell panel, local media reported.

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Image: Visitors take photos of an egg-shaped mobile house near its owner Dai Haifei's office building in Beijing.
Photographs: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters.
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When night falls in remote parts of Africa and the Indian subcontinent, hundreds of millions of people without access to electricity turn to candles or flammable and polluting kerosene lamps for illumination.

Slowly through small loans for solar powered devices, microfinance is bringing light to these rural regions where a lack of electricity has stymied economic development, literacy rates and health.

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Image: A woman sews clothes on a sewing machine driven by solar energy in Ahmedabad.
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters.
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The toilet-themed restaurant in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province features toilet seats as dining chairs and food served in miniature bathtubs and toilet bowls.

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Image: Diners have their meals on toilet seats.
Photographs: Steven Shi/Reuters.
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Lam Sai-wing, chairman of Hang Fung Gold Technology Group, poses in a golden bathtub in an exhibition hall decorated with two tonnes of gold next to his jewellery shop in Hong Kong.


Image: Golden bathtub.

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