Tech & Gear

  • Canary: An Entire Home Security System in One Device

    Canary: An Entire Home Security System in One Device

    Growing up, my parents never had a security system, and as an adult I have never had one. I never stopped to think about our reasons for this, but it probably has a lot to do with the complicated process of installing wires and keypads and other access points all around your house. You don’t […]

  • Adieu: Replace Internet Ads With Your Favorite Photos (Video)

    Adieu: Replace Internet Ads With Your Favorite Photos (Video)

    Ad blockers are great for users, but in the long run they may be too potent a cure for the illness they’re treating, since meager ad revenue is what keeps a lot of sites open for business and producing quality content. There’s a new solution to the problem of annoying internet ads, though, and it […]

  • Lexus Hoverboard: Lexus Claims to Have Developed a Hoverboard (Video)

    Lexus Hoverboard: Lexus Claims to Have Developed a Hoverboard (Video)

    Living in the CGI era has its benefits, especially if you enjoy watching hordes of robots, dinosaurs, or (one day) robot dinosaurs at your local movie theater. But one downside to this digital utopia is that you really can’t trust a professionally-produced video that purports to show something incredible, especially when it’s as shrouded in […]

  • Floating Record Vertical Turntable

    Floating Record Vertical Turntable

    If your record player is lacking a significantly visual component, or if you don’t have a record player because you’re worried you’ll get bored staring at it all the time, the Floating Record Vertical Turntable might be exactly what you’ve been looking for – and what you will be looking at for the foreseeable future. True to […]

  • Pepper the $1600 Emotional Robot Sells Out in One Minute (Video)

    Pepper the $1600 Emotional Robot Sells Out in One Minute (Video)

    Do you want a robot friend with emotions? If not, you might be in a minority, at least if the crackerjack sales performance of Pepper is any indication. Pepper is an interactive robotic humanoid that can recognize human facial expressions, as well as engage with its own internal system of artificial “emotions.” And after the […]

  • Klean Kanteen: 32-Ounce Growler Keeps Liquids Cold for 24 Hours

    Klean Kanteen: 32-Ounce Growler Keeps Liquids Cold for 24 Hours

    If you’re looking for a new growler that except for its potentially problematic brand initials (not to anyone in the world of branding: Don’t put multiple K’s together, it’s just bad form) seems to be a strong product, the Klean Kanteen might be right up your beverage hauling alley. Klean Kanteen is a 32-ounce growler […]

  • Silver Army Men Capture Childhood in Sterling Silver

    Silver Army Men Capture Childhood in Sterling Silver

    Everybody remembers those little green “army men” toys – even if you didn’t have any as a kid yourself, you undoubtedly saw their CGI counterparts in Toy Story and its sequels. Now, if you’ve got more dollars than sense and you’re hoping to recapture some of that militaristic childhood magic, you can drop $195 (and […]

  • Travelbox: A Whole Apartment in 4′ x 7′ Box (Photos)

    Travelbox: A Whole Apartment in 4′ x 7′ Box (Photos)

    If you had to put your entire life inside a 4′ x 7′ box, what would you try to cram in? If you’re a less practical thinker than architect Stefan Juust, you’d probably try to make room for old photos and sentimental objects and worry about the essentials on the road – but his Travelbox […]

  • Print Wikipedia: Art Exhibition Features Printed Volumes of Wikipedia

    Print Wikipedia: Art Exhibition Features Printed Volumes of Wikipedia

    One of the saddest (at least to me) losses from the last century is the extinction of print encyclopedias. And even though it would probably take a major calamity on a societal level for them to make a widescale comeback, artist Michael Mandiberg is doing his part with Print Wikipedia, an artistic exhibition that involves […]