Tech & Gear

  • Blackout Buddy H2O: Water-Powered Emergency Light

    Blackout Buddy H2O: Water-Powered Emergency Light

    It might look like a stick of deodorant for a robot, but the Blackout Buddy H2O from Eton is something much more practical for human purposes. It’s an emergency light source for power outages that only requires a bit of water to activate. I doubt I’d be able to adequately explain the science behind the […]

  • Humza Deas Selling Prints of Instagram Rooftop Shots (Photos)

    Humza Deas Selling Prints of Instagram Rooftop Shots (Photos)

    The stereotype about Instagram and other similar services favored by people who have never actually used them is that it’s just a bunch of 17-year-olds taking pictures of their lunches. Instagram user Humza Deas has found an impressive level of success on Instagram, and even though he is only 17 years old, he’s putting a […]

  • Firesleeve: The Waterproof Lighter From Exotac

    Firesleeve: The Waterproof Lighter From Exotac

    Fire and water famously don’t get along together, and that’s especially true of our handheld fire-devices like lighters and matches – the cheap, commonplace versions of them anyway. Enter the Exotac Firesleeve (also stylized as “fireSLEEVE,” but even I have a breaking point when it comes to stylized capitalization), a lighter that keeps water out […]

  • Pavlok: Shock Your Bad Habits Away (Video)

    Pavlok: Shock Your Bad Habits Away (Video)

    It’s a common enough joke: “Man, I wish I could buy a device that would give me a little electric shock every time I reach for a cigarette.” It’s based on real ideas about aversion therapy and behavioral reinforcement, and now those ideas have been put into a real consumer product: Pavlok. “Pavlok” might sound […]

  • Nixie: A Wearable, Flying Camera (Video)

    Nixie: A Wearable, Flying Camera (Video)

    A wearable camera is pretty cool, and a flying camera is even cooler. But how about a camera that you wear on your wrist when it’s not flying through the air? That’s straight-up superhero stuff, but it’s also a reality, in the form of Nixie. Nixie is billed as “the first wearable camera that can […]

  • Seek: A Thermal Camera Phone Attachment

    Seek: A Thermal Camera Phone Attachment

    Thermal imaging is, if you’ll pardon me for saying this, so hot right now. And even though phone cameras have had faux “thermal” filters for years, they’re not actually equipped for genuine thermal imaging just yet. Unless, of course, it’s outfitted with Seek, a new phone attachment that turns any smartphone into a real thermal […]

  • Pod: The GPS Pet Tracker

    Pod: The GPS Pet Tracker

    One of the primary anxieties associated with pet ownership is the fear that your pet will somehow get lost and you’ll never be able to find it. Pod is a product that seems designed specifically to counter that anxiety, since it’s a small, durable GPS pet tracker that you can attach to your pet’s collar. […]

  • Six Mile Pencil Measures Your Drawing In Miles (Photos)

    Six Mile Pencil Measures Your Drawing In Miles (Photos)

    When you become prolific in any creative field, it becomes natural to be obsessed by questions of quantity. A writer might wonder how many words he’s written in a year, or a painter might think in terms of gallons of paint or number of brushstrokes. For an artist who works in pencil, one way to […]

  • BlazingBlock Portable Outdoor Wood Bonfire (Video)

    BlazingBlock Portable Outdoor Wood Bonfire (Video)

    The concepts of portability and open fire don’t seem to go too well together, which is exactly why someone had to create a portable bonfire. It’s called BlazingBlock, a portable and completely self-contained burning block that you can take with you on camping trips, to the beach, or even camping trips at the beach. BlazingBlock […]