Tech & Gear

  • My Can: Label Your Beer with the Tab

    My Can: Label Your Beer with the Tab

    Somebody else accidentally picking up your beer – or, worse, accidentally picking up someone else’s beer – is one of those terrible party pitfalls that there’s no real way to avoid. Three students at Jiangnan University have come up with a solution, winning a bronze medal at the K-Design Awards in the process: Their concept is […]

  • Reefill: An App Lets New Yorkers Subscribe to Tap Water (Video)

    Reefill: An App Lets New Yorkers Subscribe to Tap Water (Video)

    You can’t make this stuff up, folks. In New York, there’s now an app that lets users get unlimited tap water throughout the city for $1.99. It’s called Reefill, and it’s purported as an alternative to the costly and environmentally detrimental water bottle habit that plagues so many. Reefill is essentially a service that replicates those […]

  • Spotify Stations: New Playlist Streaming App Being Tested

    Spotify Stations: New Playlist Streaming App Being Tested

    Spotify is a great streaming service for music lovers thanks to its extensive library of songs and albums. There’s another side to Spotify too, the one made up of curated playlists and various radio stations tailored to the listener’s own tastes, and now the company is testing an app called Spotify Stations that lets users listen to those […]

  • Skalpel: A Steak Knife That Looks like a Scalpel (Video)

    Skalpel: A Steak Knife That Looks like a Scalpel (Video)

    I’ve often wondered if surgeons ever feel tempted to use their tools for other purposes at home. I still don’t know whether they do or not, but I do know that there’s now a steak knife especially for those who have long desired to cut through a tough piece of meat with a scalpel. It’s […]

  • Animoji Grammy Ads Feature Childish Gambino and Migos (Videos)

    Animoji Grammy Ads Feature Childish Gambino and Migos (Videos)

    If you were watching the Grammys over the weekend, you might have noticed a couple of new ads for the iPhone X’s Animoji feature, and their unusually current soundtrack choices. But in case you weren’t, you can see both of the ads right here. First up is “Animoji: Alien,” starring some extraterrestrial Animojis lipsynching to “Redbone” by Childish […]

  • GENiUS Ball: A Smart Golf Ball to Improve Your Game (Video)

    GENiUS Ball: A Smart Golf Ball to Improve Your Game (Video)

    Feedback on your golf game can come from many places – friends, family, strangers – but traditionally the humble golf ball is more of a silent partner in the greatest game ever played. Now, however, there’s the GENiUS Ball, a smart golf ball that’s packed with tech for improving your game. The GENiUS Ball is also […]

  • Avya: A Battery-Powered Steam Inhaler

    Avya: A Battery-Powered Steam Inhaler

    Whether it’s flu season, cold season, allergy season, it’s easier to tally up the portions of the calendar that don’t result in nasal congestion for big swaths of the population. New on Kickstarter is a device to help keep the ol’ nasal passages clear and functional: Avya from Aura Medical. Avya is purported to be “the only truly effective […]

  • LW-Monofu: A 28-Foot-Tall Mecha Available for Parties (Video)

    LW-Monofu: A 28-Foot-Tall Mecha Available for Parties (Video)

    New from the Sakakibara Machinery Works Co., a project that’s been six years in the making. It’s almost 28 feet tall, weighs in at 16,000 pounds, and can be rented for birthday parties and other events. Oh, and the LW-Monofu is a real-life giant robot suit piloted and controlled by a cockpit in the chest, just like Voltron.  Of […]

  • ‘Use This If You Want to Take Great Photographs’

    ‘Use This If You Want to Take Great Photographs’

    Everybody’s an amateur photographer these days, but not everybody’s got The Eye – a cursory glance at your Instagram account will bear that out as likely as not. But there is a way to improve, to hone, to refine your skill as a photog, and a new book that purports to help you do that […]

  • Wemo: Slap Bracelets for Notes and Memos

    Wemo: Slap Bracelets for Notes and Memos

    Hey, remember slap bracelets? Like a recent college graduate coming home for Christmas, they’re back, but a little more practical. A new brand called Wemo is essentially an old-fashioned slap bracelet but with the added functionality of being able to take notes and memos. It’s nice to think that human life has not been so invaded by […]