Tech & Gear

  • Buster + Punch Light Switches

    Buster + Punch Light Switches

    Light switches might be the most boring thing in the world. If you think about it, it’s actually kind of impressive how the powers that be somehow managed to achieve such an incredible level of standardization in the field of lighting, to the point where pretty much all light switches are the same.  Often, the […]

  • ‘The New Yorker’ Unveils Next Week’s Ferguson Cover Image

    ‘The New Yorker’ Unveils Next Week’s Ferguson Cover Image

    There hasn’t been much cause to write about it on a website like this, but over the past couple weeks the situation in Ferguson, Missouri has bounced between terrible and terrifying pretty consistently. The mainstream media has been slow to pick up on many aspects of the story, but next week’s cover of The New […]

  • Noke: The World’s First Bluetooth Padlock

    Noke: The World’s First Bluetooth Padlock

    Worst thing about securing your stuff with a padlock is that you might lose the key or forget the combination, which then requires you to go through an awful lot of trouble (not to mention time and expense) to get the lock open so you can start all over. That’s just one problem that won’t […]

  • Oyster: Like Netflix for Ebooks

    Oyster: Like Netflix for Ebooks

    In today’s media landscape it seems like we’re heading towards a world where everything has an equivalent to Netflix. Netflix for ice cream, Netflix for ties, Netflix for pornography. Netflix for ebooks, then, should be a no-brainer, which is why it’s weird that I’m just now hearing about Oyster. According to its website, Oyster “offers […]

  • B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver From AudioEngine

    B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver From AudioEngine

      The sound system of the future (or maybe it’s the present – hard to tell these days) absolutely must be Bluetooth compatible. Otherwise, how are you going to get the music from your phone or computer into your expensive speakers? And the top of the line for this particular problem is AudioEngine’s B1 Bluetooth […]

  • Maine Couple Builds Floating Cabin (Photos)

    Maine Couple Builds Floating Cabin (Photos)

      We’ve written about various architectural triumphs over the element of water over the years. The latest is more homemade than some luxury hotel – this is a cabin floating in the middle of a Maine lake made by Foy and Louisa Brown. Foy Brown, who in his day job works at the family boat-building […]

  • 9 Best Backup Cell Phone Chargers

    9 Best Backup Cell Phone Chargers

    As cell phones have gotten more and more advanced, their batteries have gotten worse and worse. So the need for some kind of backup plan becomes more pronounced, for when you don’t have access to the normal “plug it in when you go to sleep” plan. For those times, here are nine of the best […]

  • Autodromo Stradale Watches

    Autodromo Stradale Watches

    Between 50 and 60 years ago is the generally acknowledged golden age of Italian sports cars, which makes it a fertile period of inspiration for various artists and brands. The latest is Autodromo, which has come out with a line of watches that are inspired by those very automobiles. The new line of watches goes […]

  • Savioke SaviOne Service Robot (Video)

    Savioke SaviOne Service Robot (Video)

    It wasn’t that long ago that I was writing up Jibo, a “robot friend” designed for home use. Now, I bring you the Savioke SaviOne, a robot designed not for the home but for hotels.  It’s a robotic butler that’s designed to deliver guests things like towels, toothbrushes, and any other assorted odds and ends […]

  • Humin: Make Your Contacts Smarter

    Humin: Make Your Contacts Smarter

    It’s a common enough problem: You’re trying to find someone in your iPhone contacts, but you just can’t remember the person’s name. Unfortunately, under the phone’s default settings, you’re pretty much out of luck unless you feel like sifting through hundreds or even thousands of contacts and hoping that something catches your memory. But Humin […]