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<p></p> <p>Sure, everyone has a toaster and TV remote control – but what if your toaster imprints bread to look like autumn leaves and your remote control lets you play wizard. Here are seven innovative gadgets for the home that take a step beyond the normal:</p> <p></p>

<strong>The Anywhere Fireplace</strong>

<p></p> <p> </p> <p></p> <p>The Anywhere Fireplace by Chelsea Stainless Steel looks more like a picture frame than a fireplace, but it can go on any wall in the house. The ventless device – which runs about $349.99 – requires no chimney or gas line. Instead, it uses clean burning bio fuel that is smokeless, odorless and leaves no soot or ash. One liter of fuel can last up to 5 hours.</p> <p></p>

<strong>The Cocoon Cooker</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The Cocoon Cooker won top prize at the 2009 Electrolux global design competition, which invites industrial design students to create <a alt="((CONLINK|103|new%20gadgets))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/103-7-gadgets-that-changed-the-world.html">new gadgets</a> . Beating out 900 entries from 50 countries, the groundbreaking device allows users to 'grow' their own meat and fish by heating up pre-mixed packets of food. This controversial gadget – which is not yet out on the market – aims to address food shortages worldwide.</p> <p></p>

<strong>Magic Wand – Programmable TV Remote</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>Harry Potter fans can play wizard by controlling their TVs with just a wave of a wand. This device can learn up to 13 commands from existing remote controls by matching the commands with certain motions. By flicking the wand in various directions, you can flip through the channels, control the volume or even use DVR.</p> <p></p>

<strong>The iPad-compatible bed</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The iPad-compatible bed – called The iCon from Hollandia International – is quite the investment for Apple fans, but for those looking to enhance their late-night iPad reading experience, it could be <a href="http://ipadnewsdaily.com/give-your-ipad-a-rest-0944/">the bed of their dreams</a>. Two iPad docking stations are built directly into the headboard, along with four fully enclosed speakers and a 250-watt amplifier. However, it costs a hefty $20,000.</p> <p></p>

<strong>LCD Wall Mount Aquatronic Kitchen Scale and Clock</strong>

<p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p></p> <p>There's <a alt="((CONLINK|351|more%20than%20meets%20the%20eye))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/351-7-ordinary-things-turned-hi-tech.html">more than meets the eye</a> with this kitchen wall clock. Not only does it tell time with an easy-to-read backlit display, it allows you to weigh items up to seven pounds when its placed on a flat surface. The Aquatonic feature also allows you to weigh both liquid and dry ingredients at the same time.</p> <p></p>

<strong>The Tree Toaster<br></strong>

<p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <p></p> <p>This innovative toaster from designer Xu Yan Xiang looks more like a decoration than an appliance, but by slipping a piece of bread into one of its leaves, it will turn into toast. The device is made with transparent nano-membrane technology power which imprints the design of a leaf onto the bread.</p> <p></p>

<strong>The Wunda Weeder</strong>

<p></p> <p></p> <p>The Wunda Weeder takes gardening to a whole new level. The <a alt="((CONLINK|62|innovative))" href="http://www.technewsdaily.com/62-10-profound-innovations-ahead.html">innovative</a> machine allows gardeners to plant, thin, and harvest while lying down, without straining their back or neck. Its electric motor and drive system is run by on-board batteries which are recharged by the large solar panel (providing shelter to the operator), while the operator can tend to the ground below. Pricing out at around $8,000, the device is expected to go on sale later this year.</p>

7 Quirky Gadgets for the Home