11 Gadgets that'll blow your mind and you'll blow your wages on

Marty Mc Fly was blown away by the Hoverboards and dehydrated pizza in Back to the Future. For kids of the 80s the present reality can seem a little pale in comparison, forcing us to live with a receding hair line and yet another of life's little disappointment... "we were promised flying cars and instead get an iPhone 5" Well, fear not because some genius just heard you whinge and when you see these you'll be crying at your pitiful bank balance.

\#1 The rekindle candle

Buying smelly and rather expensive candles is becoming something of a middle class past time. Benjamin Shine, a British designer, has come up with the rekindle candle to make any romantic setting a lot cheaper. The candle is fitted onto a holder which collects the wax that has melted. The wick hangs at the bottom of the plastic tube and when the candle has burned out it can be removed and turned upside down. Mr. Shine, the candle maker's union are on line one, and they sound upset.

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\#2 The OffGrid Solar Backpack

Your mobile phone, camera, GPS or ipad always running out of juice while you're on the go? No more. This backpack uses solar panels to charge all your electronics goods while you're walking about town or hiking in the highlands (as long as you have a bit of sun). The bag will set you back about £140 (or $230) but will be worth it once the zombies come and the central grid goes down.

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\#3 The Aqus System

They say that in the near future we'll be fighting wars over fresh water not oil (great, thanks Mc Fly!). The Aqus system recycles water your bathroom sink, filters it and treats it, and then uses it for toilet water. You can literally flush your bad conscience away.

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\#4 The Starpath

This British company won the 2013 Global Business Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovation by providing a cost-cutting and rather pretty alternative to street lighting. The company says any hard surface can be sprayed with the formula that absorbs and stores energy from ambient light (UV rays) during the day, then releases this energy at night.

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\#5 Soap Flakes

Admittedly this may not cure world hunger but it will save you money and actually save water. Most of us use liquid soap today which has a lot of water. This product is more concentrated and "therefore has some ecological benefits." There is also a dispenser designed for the shower which looks rather like a light bulb with a cheese grater attached.

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\#6 Bounce imaging

The Bounce imaging explorer is designed for first time responders like police or firemen who could throw the ball into a dangerous situation and get real-time images and video streamed back. It has six cameras which are built into a rubber orb the size of a cricket ball, along with a Wi-Fi transmitter and sensors which detect temperature and air quality.

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\#7 The murakami chair

Yes, you read that properly. You will be able to generate electricity will gently rocking on your favourite chair. According to the designer, Rochus Jacob, advanced nano-dynamo technology which is built in to the skids of the chair. It's a hipster must.

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\#8 Technolibre's Pencil Printer

Now here's some real bizarre green innovation, a printer that turns pencil stubs into paper. You know those little annoying stubs that usually end up in the bin or behind your ear for a week? Know they will make you paper, instantly.

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\#9 The Oculus Rift

If you're a gamer then you will really need to blow all your wages on this one. It was designed by 20-year-old engineer Palmer Luckey and is tipped to be the best of video gaming and is able to completely immerse you in a 3D world. Beam me up, Scotty.

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\#10 Gravitylight

This portable device doesn't run on batteries or electricity, but gravity. You simply hang it from a wall and weigh it down with a rock or any other heavy object and let go. The weight pulls a belt through a series of gears which drives a small motor that powers an LED.

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\#11 Soccket energy ball

The Soccket puts a whole new meaning to the phrase "a funny old game." The ball produces kinetic energy worth about three hours of electricity if you kick it around for about a half an hour. We smell another FIFA scandal on the horizon.

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