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Top 100 Tech Trends in 2021

From Voice-Activated Face Masks to Food Waste-Collecting Indoor Farms

— January 30, 2021 — Tech
The 2021 tech trends highlight the year's standout innovations, covering everything from smart kitchen appliances that streamline the cooking process, to virus-fighting concept designs that are made to provide consumers with more freedom in the "new normal."

This includes the 'Bubble Shield' from Designlibero, which was created to keep wearers safe from viruses in dense areas where social distancing isn't possible. The concept design consists of an egg-shaped plastic bubble, which is artfully decorated in geometric solar panels. These sun-powered panels keep the Bubble Shield's battery charged, allowing it to purify the air within the covering.

In line with the mass transition to remote work in response to the pandemic, devices like the 'Fitwork' arose to help consumers meet their fitness goals as they send their emails. The strange device combines a supportive desk chair with a treadmill and an elliptical. As users sit and work, they can exercise their legs at the same time.

For more tech trends in the year ahead, check out Trend Hunter's 2021 Trend Report.
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Activity
Freshness
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Mobile Earthquake Detection Networks
Mobile Earthquake Detection Networks
Google Uses Smartphones for an Earthquake Detection System
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99
Humming Song Search Engines
Humming Song Search Engines
Google's Hum Feature Helps You Locate Songs with a Hum or Whistle
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98
Location-Tracking Takeout Partnerships
Location-Tracking Takeout Partnerships
Five Guys is Implementing FlyBuy Pickup Technology
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97
Carbon Negative Tech Companies
Carbon Negative Tech Companies
Microsoft Pledges to Become Carbon Negative by the Year 2030
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96
Cow-Targeted Ear Sensors
Cow-Targeted Ear Sensors
Cow Manager's Ear Sensor for Cows Tracks Herd Fertility and Health
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95
Global Virus Symptom Apps
Global Virus Symptom Apps
The WHO Will Create a COVID-19 App for Countries Without an App
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94
Anti-Racist Tech Language Initiatives
Anti-Racist Tech Language Initiatives
Github to Remove Racially Insensitive Terms Like ‘Master’
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93
Smart Over-Ear Headphones
Smart Over-Ear Headphones
Apple's 'AirPod Max' Headphones Boast Similar Features to AirPods
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92
Early Symptom-Detection Algorithms
Early Symptom-Detection Algorithms
Empatica and BARDA Collaborate on a Detection Software Aura
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91
Humorous Tech WFH Ads
Humorous Tech WFH Ads
This New Apple Working from Home Ad Highlights Shared Experiences
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90
High-Tech Bartending Kits
High-Tech Bartending Kits
This Kit Contains the PATRÓN Margarita Smart Coaster by Barsys
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89
Productive Gem-Cut Laptops
Productive Gem-Cut Laptops
The HP Spectre x360 14 Answers the Demands of Prosumers
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88
Data-Powered Fragrance Technology
Data-Powered Fragrance Technology
Fragrance Tech Looks to Disrupt the Industry with Data
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87
Solar-Charged Puffer Jackets
Solar-Charged Puffer Jackets
Vollebak's Solar Charged Puffer Glows in the Dark
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86
AI-Powered Clothing Marketplaces
AI-Powered Clothing Marketplaces
FMRU Clothing Uses AI Measuring Tech to Share Accurate Sizes
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85
Travel-Friendly Gaming Laptops
Travel-Friendly Gaming Laptops
The Alienware m15 R3 is Thin, Portable and Powerful
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84
AI-Powered Dog Collars
AI-Powered Dog Collars
The 'Petpuls' Smart Collar Helps Owners Keep Track of a Pet's Emotions
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83
Technique-Focused Running Gadgets
Technique-Focused Running Gadgets
NURVV Run Has Upgraded Its Insoles and App with New Features
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82
IoT-Connected Bike Lights
IoT-Connected Bike Lights
The ioLIGHT Was Designed with Urban Commuters in Mind
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81
Expletive-Playing Dog Collars
Expletive-Playing Dog Collars
The 'Cuss Collar' Plays Curse Words When a Dog Barks
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80
Handheld Hacker PC Units
Handheld Hacker PC Units
The Popcorn Pocket PC Runs Linux and Boasts a 1080p Display
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79
Light-Powered Mouthwashes
Light-Powered Mouthwashes
The 'Lumoral' System Uses Light-Activated Mouthwash to Kill Bacteria
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78
Smartphone Gesture Control Wearables
Smartphone Gesture Control Wearables
The 'Wepoint' Gesture Recognition Wearable is Easy to Use
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77
Digital Fashion Showrooms
Digital Fashion Showrooms
Diesel’s Hyperoom Introduces a New Fashion Buying Experience
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76
Hourglass Timer Illuminators
Hourglass Timer Illuminators
The Conceptual 'Time Machine Table Lamp' Encourages Healthy Habits
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75
Portable eSports Keyboards
Portable eSports Keyboards
The Razer Huntsman Mini Portable Gaming Keyboard Has Optical Switches
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74
Protective Gear Vending Machines
Protective Gear Vending Machines
The Selecta 'Safety Stations' are Being Set Up Across Europe
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73
Accessible Mobility Scooters
Accessible Mobility Scooters
The Conceptual 'ILY-Ai' Wooden Electric Scooter is Well-Balanced
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72
Personal Air Purification Shields
Personal Air Purification Shields
The 'BioVYZR' Offers Holistic Protection and More
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71
Autonomous Sterilization Robots
Autonomous Sterilization Robots
The 'UVRoboclean' Destroys 99.9% of Bacteria and Viruses
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70
Dual-Position Off-Road Bikes
Dual-Position Off-Road Bikes
The Kuberg Ranger Hybrid Dirt Bike Scooter Has an Adjustable Design
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69
Smartphone-Mounted UV-C Sanitizers
Smartphone-Mounted UV-C Sanitizers
The 'UVLyzer' Sterilizes Any Surface in Mere Moments
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68
Autonomous Transportation Pods
Autonomous Transportation Pods
The Conceptual 'Autonomous LDR' Safely Transports Passengers
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67
Portable Mask Sanitizers
Portable Mask Sanitizers
Maskirei is an Ultra-Compact Face Mask Sterilizer and Dryer
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66
Swiveling Retro Smartphones
Swiveling Retro Smartphones
The Conceptual Motorola Revolve Revives the Aura Cellphone Design
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65
Multifunctional Outdoor Technology Devices
Multifunctional Outdoor Technology Devices
The Conceptual A1R Powered Outdoor Gear is Handy
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64
Newborn Infant Air Purifiers
Newborn Infant Air Purifiers
The Conceptual 'PURIO' Air Purifier Delivers Fresh Air for Babies
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63
Video Game Virtual Backgrounds
Video Game Virtual Backgrounds
Nintendo Released Downloadable Animal Crossing Wallpapers
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62
Infinity Mirror PC Cases
Infinity Mirror PC Cases
The GameMax Mini Abyss Boasts Over 18 Color Modes
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61
Ultra-Slim Urban Commuter eBikes
Ultra-Slim Urban Commuter eBikes
The Modmo 'Saigon' Delivers 124 Miles of Riding Range
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60
Urban Camouflage eBikes
Urban Camouflage eBikes
The 'NOMOTO' Electric Bike Blends in with its Surroundings
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59
Intuitive Cosmetic Refill Stations
Intuitive Cosmetic Refill Stations
This NIVEA Shower Gel Refill Station Reduces Plastic Waste
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58
Light-Powered Purification Masks
Light-Powered Purification Masks
The 'UVMask' Uses UVC Light to Sterilize the Air
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57
Masterful Modular Headphones
Masterful Modular Headphones
These Wireless Headphones Blend Sound Quality, Sustainability & Style
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56
Folding Self-Sanitizing Straws
Folding Self-Sanitizing Straws
The 'Penna Straw' Comes with a UV Sterilization Carrying Case
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55
Ergonomic Elevated Laptop Stands
Ergonomic Elevated Laptop Stands
The 'MOFT Z' Sit-Stand Laptop Desk Works in Four Positions
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54
Anti-Food Waste Appliances
Anti-Food Waste Appliances
The Conceptual 'Bubble' Food Tracker Helps with a Healthier Lifestyle
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53
Powered Ventilation Face Masks
Powered Ventilation Face Masks
The 'BlueBreath' Smart Face Mask Has an AI-Powered Design
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52
Smart Makeup Mirrors
Smart Makeup Mirrors
ICON.AI's Venus Smart Mirror with Amazon Alexa Debuted at CES 2020
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51
Autonomous Aerodynamic Shipping Trucks
Autonomous Aerodynamic Shipping Trucks
This Autonomous Semi-Truck Concept is Efficient
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50
Modular Full-Face Masks
Modular Full-Face Masks
Blanc's Masks Use a Color Scale to Indicate When a Filter Change is Needed
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49
Workout-Enhancing Mirrors
Workout-Enhancing Mirrors
The Forme Fitness Mirror Boasts a Disappearing Display and more
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48
Food Waste-Collecting Indoor Farms
Food Waste-Collecting Indoor Farms
The Conceptual 'Sustainable Family Farm' is Eco-Friendly
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47
AI Cordless Hair Dryers
AI Cordless Hair Dryers
The Battery-Powered AER Dryer Uses AI to Promote Hair Health
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46
Couch-Based Workstations
Couch-Based Workstations
The Couchmaster® CYWORX Ergonomic Lapboard Enhances Productivity
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45
Elegant IoT Kettles
Elegant IoT Kettles
The SiDO Bon Kettle is an App-Connected Electric Kettle Design
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44
Stylish Consumer Coffee Grinders
Stylish Consumer Coffee Grinders
This Coffee Grinder by Husky Design is Expertly Finished
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43
Ultra-Compact Indoor Garden Pods
Ultra-Compact Indoor Garden Pods
The 'PICO' Mini Indoor Gardens Can be Scaled Up or Down
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42
Powered Purification Masks
Powered Purification Masks
The ETI Electric Respirator Mask for Adults is High-Efficiency
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41
Magnetic Coiling Connectivity Cables
Magnetic Coiling Connectivity Cables
The 'SuperCalla' Cables Offer a Customizable Length
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40
Powered Bathroom Cleaning Devices
Powered Bathroom Cleaning Devices
The Good Papa Smart Toilet Brush Makes Quick Work of Dirty Jobs
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39
3D-Printed Custom Face Masks
3D-Printed Custom Face Masks
LuxMea Studios & Shapeways Revolutionize the Mask Production Process
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38
Noninvasive Fat-Eliminating Devices
Noninvasive Fat-Eliminating Devices
The Lumina 'Fat Iron' Targets Fat and Stretch Marks
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37
Game-Inspired Beauty Collaborations
Game-Inspired Beauty Collaborations
MAC x Tencent Collection Sold Out Within the First 24 Hours
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36
Virtual Fashion Worlds
Virtual Fashion Worlds
The Christian Louboutin Spring 2021 Show Unfolds Within Zepeto
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35
VR-Enhanced Virtual Events
VR-Enhanced Virtual Events
Igloo Vision Works with Its Clients to Provide Memorable Experiences
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34
Immersive AR Clothing Brands
Immersive AR Clothing Brands
deKryptic Fuses Immersive Technology with Apparel and Accessories
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33
Personal Air Purifying Shields
Personal Air Purifying Shields
VYZR Technologies' BioVYZR 1.0 is a Comfortable COVID Solution
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32
Voice-Activated LED Masks
Voice-Activated LED Masks
New Face Masks Mirror the Movement of the Wearer's Mouth
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31
Intuitive Finger-Mounted Mouses
Intuitive Finger-Mounted Mouses
This Conceptual Wearable Mouse Ring by Ijhoo Yoon is Ergonomic
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30
App-Controlled Breathing Masks
App-Controlled Breathing Masks
The Lumen Couture LED Matrix Face Mask Displays Messages
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29
Game-Inspired Character Clocks
Game-Inspired Character Clocks
The Conceptual Among Us Lamp + Clock is Multifunctional
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28
Wearable See-Through Air Purifiers
Wearable See-Through Air Purifiers
The Aō Air Atmōs Wearable Air Purifier Eliminates Pollutants
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27
Digital Notepad Keyboards
Digital Notepad Keyboards
The 'Ouverture' Conceptual Keyboard Eliminates the Need for Paper
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26
Posh Pyramidal PC Cases
Posh Pyramidal PC Cases
The AZZA Pyramid 804 Computer Case Has an Elegant Design
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25
Sporty Ergonomic Smartwatch Bands
Sporty Ergonomic Smartwatch Bands
The 'ErgonBand' Puts Wearables at the Optimal Viewing Angle
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24
Food Waste-Recycling Workstations
Food Waste-Recycling Workstations
The Conceptual 'Clock' Desk Has a Stylish, Eco Design
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23
Nose-Only Wearable Purifiers
Nose-Only Wearable Purifiers
The 'Nosy' Minimalist Breathing Device Filters Over 90% of Air
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22
Cloud-Connected Hard Drives
Cloud-Connected Hard Drives
The Conceptual Lenovo Awan Storage Isn't Limited by Internal Capacity
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21
Smartphone-Mounted Sanitizers
Smartphone-Mounted Sanitizers
The 'Pocket Sanitizer' Keeps Cleaning Supplies Nearby
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20
Family-Sized Indoor Gardens
Family-Sized Indoor Gardens
The Minifarm Hydroponic Indoor Vertical Garden Has Space for 72 Plants
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19
Vertical Smart City Farms
Vertical Smart City Farms
The 'Planty Cube' Won an Innovation Award at CES 2020
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18
Desk-Equipped Gamer Beds
Desk-Equipped Gamer Beds
The Bauhutte Gaming Accessories Offer Ample Support for eSports Gamers
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17
Temperature-Tracking Watches
Temperature-Tracking Watches
The TicWris GTS Real Time Body Temperature Watch is Health-Focused
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16
Bacteria-Killing Face Masks
Bacteria-Killing Face Masks
The 'CX9' Smart Face Mask Has a Built-in Fan and More
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15
Fitness-Focused Workstation Systems
Fitness-Focused Workstation Systems
The 'Fitwork' Station Allows for Workouts While You Work
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14
Toxin-Filtering Face Masks
Toxin-Filtering Face Masks
The 'ATMOBLUE' Wearable Smart Purifier Delivers 99.9% Pure Air
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13
Composting Indoor Garden Systems
Composting Indoor Garden Systems
The Conceptual 'AQUA' Gardening System is Self-Sustaining
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12
Naturally Powered Air Purifiers
Naturally Powered Air Purifiers
The 'Briiv' Sustainable Air Purifier Cleans the Air and More
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11
Connected Wearable Air Purifiers
Connected Wearable Air Purifiers
The FitAir Wearable Personal Air Purifier is Medical-Grade
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10
Rugged Retro-Inspired eBikes
Rugged Retro-Inspired eBikes
The Super73-S1 Electric Bike Has a High-End Design
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9
Athletic Light Therapy Masks
Athletic Light Therapy Masks
This Conceptual Nike LED Mask Rejuvenates the Skin from Home
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8
Hollow Self-Sanitizing Toothbrushes
Hollow Self-Sanitizing Toothbrushes
The Conceptual 'SuperBlue' Toothbrush Maximizes Hygiene
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7
Wireless Earphone-Supporting Earrings
Wireless Earphone-Supporting Earrings
The Pebble Pods Keep Your Air Pods in Place
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6
Expressive Digital Face Masks
Expressive Digital Face Masks
The Mask Market LED Smart Mask Responds to Voice Commands
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5
Solar-Powered Virus Protection Bubbles
Solar-Powered Virus Protection Bubbles
The 'Bubble Shield' Concept Was Developed by Designlibero
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4
Face Mask-Disinfecting Devices
Face Mask-Disinfecting Devices
The 'SaniCase' Keeps Face Coverings Clean and Sanitizer on Hand
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3
Social Distancing-Enforcing Zappers
Social Distancing-Enforcing Zappers
The Kikkerland Social Distance Zapper is Funny Yet Functional
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2
Ultra-Thin Hot Water Bottles
Ultra-Thin Hot Water Bottles
Undu is a Revolutionary Hot Water Bottle Design for Menstrual Cramps
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1
Self-Sterilizing Transparent Face Masks
Self-Sterilizing Transparent Face Masks
The 'Leaf' Mask Has an N99+ HEPA Filter and More
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