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Explainer: 10 products for a relaxing Labor Day weekend

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    If you are fortunate enough to have an extended break this Labor Day weekend, it will be a great opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries. The following products could help you do just that, but be warned that extreme relaxation can result in extreme laziness. One minute you are enjoying some aromatherapy and the next you are riding on a couch around town in your pajamas. It's a slippery slope.

  • USB Aromatherapy Drive

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    Prepare yourself for a weekend of relaxation before you even leave work with this USB-powered Fragrance Oil Drive. According to the product page, only three to five drops of oil are necessary to fill the air with the smell of peppermint, rose, jasmine or lavender all day long. Productivity will surely plummet for you and anyone in a nearby cubicle. $7 (USB Geek)

  • Stress Vase

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    In order to fully enjoy your three-day weekend, it is necessary to first purge yourself of any major stresses. One way to achieve this is to walk deep, deep into the woods and scream all manner of obscenities at the top of your lungs. But that can be inconvenient for some. According to the Japanese manufacturer, this stress vase has a uniquely designed inner structure that helps absorb sound and  turn your angry shouts into mere whispers. ¥ 4,980 or $59 (Amazon Japan)

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  • HydroGlass

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    Simply put, the HydroGlass creates a showering experience so lazy you don't even need to stand up. The basic framework is what's known as a Vichy shower — a multi-headed monster that is used in wet room therapy treatments with high-pressurewater massage. In addition to the eight shower heads, the HydroGlass goes a step further with a heated aquabed, warm water mattress and a base that can be transformed into a tranquil fish tank. Just don't get too comfortable. It would be a shame to drown while experiencing this kind of luxury. (HydroGlass)

  • Head Kenzan Massager

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    It may look like a cheese grater for your scalp, but the Head Kenzan is actually a massager that promotes relaxation using 92 flexible bristles. Just lay down on the couch and use the handles to gently massage your scalp — all while secretly hoping that it will also magically stimulate hair growth. $53 (Japan Trend Shop)

  • WowWee Roboscooper

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    So, at this point you have laid claim to a spot on the couch, and you are determined to ride out the weekend from that vantage point. Conceivably, you may find it necessary to pick up or transport something from room to room during this time. Needless to say, that is completely unacceptable. Instead, I suggest grabbing the remote control for this Roboscooper robot and let it do most of the work. Using its giant robot arms, Roboscooper is happy to follow your commands to pick underwear up off the floor or retrieve small objects from someone in another room. Once the payload has been acquired, you can store the objects in a little cargo bin and guide the robot back to you. If there's no work to be done, you could also switch Roboscooper into “Whack” mode and have him autonomously seek out objects using infrared vision and “whack” them out of the way for your amusement.  Roboscooper even speaks to announce “Let's go to work!” or to inform you if an object is too big to carry. $69.95 (Hammacher Schlemmer via Nerd Approved)

  • Lazy Sunday Pants

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    You've been on the couch for a while now, and you've decided that getting up to eat at the table is far, far too much work. That's where the aptly titled “Lazy Sunday Pants” come in. The pants feature a pocket for your television remotes as well as a removable tablecloth that easily accommodates standard-sized plates. €50 or $63 (mitemite)

  • Laser Sphere

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    It's getting dark, but at this point the stairs to your bedroom might as well be the ones in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You're not feeling motivated like Rocky at the moment, so you decide to continue your couch-in with the Laser Sphere. It projects psychedelic light patterns inside the sphere or, if you choose to remove the lid, on the walls around you. This hypnotic and trippy light therapy will help free your mind of stress and whisk you off to sleep without the need for chemicals. £29.99 or $46 (iwoot via CubicleBot)

  • Personal Oxygen Bar

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    At last you have finally become so lazy that the simple act of breathing has become a chore. That's when you hook up your own personal oxygen bar. It works by drawing in ambient air, purifying it and  isolating the oxygen molecules. The oxygen is then pumped to a headpiece where it exits gently through an outlet near the mouth. Overall, the bar increases the concentration of oxygen you breathe by 30 percent, which helps promote a calm, relaxed feeling. $299.95 (Hammacher Schlemmer)

  • Motorized Couch

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    You hoped it wouldn't come to this, but you have been forced to actually exit the house. That wouldn't be a problem if you had a motorized couch like the one built by BYU students Nicholas Homer and Stewart Clyde. You could simply ride your couch wherever you needed to go. The couchmobile operates using the base from an old motorized wheelchair, but if you can't build one yourself you might be able to rent one for the weekend. (Motorized Couch Boys via Nerd Approved)

  • Vertical Bed

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    I don't know about you, but it seems like my days off are often spent accompanying my fiancée on shopping excursions that I have little or no interest in. Lumbering through the mall in a stupor somewhere between consciousness and sleep, I find myself wishing I could take a nap on the beds in the mattress stores. This Vertical Bed could help with that problem thanks to a harness system, noise-canceling headphones and opaque sunglasses that allow you to sleep standing upright. Unfortunately, the prototype from design studio Substitute Materials needs to hook into a subway grate for support — but here's hoping that a version is eventually made for indoor use. (Substitute Materials)

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