Tech & Gear

  • Token Smart Ring Coming Soon (Video)

    Token Smart Ring Coming Soon (Video)

    I just rewatched Minority Report last night, which means I’m newly terrified of the future’s encroaching surveillance state (which may already be here by most objective standards). Still, the convenience that is purportedly offered by the Token smart ring seems pretty appealing. Token is a smart ring that is designed to be worn by the […]

  • Trompe L’oeil Technical Wetsuit by Thom Browne

    Trompe L’oeil Technical Wetsuit by Thom Browne

    The classic suit and the wetsuit have more in common than you might immediately imagine. They’re both dark, sleek, functional, stylish, and slick, and they both make the wearer feel somewhat like James Bond when worn correctly. Now, the suitmasters at Thom Browne have come up with a hilarious combination of the two: The Trompe […]

  • Hyperface: An Artificially Intelligent Mask Displays Human Emotions

    Hyperface: An Artificially Intelligent Mask Displays Human Emotions

    Most people were born with masks over their skulls that are able to, among other things, visually display emotional states. They’re called faces, but a designer named Eun Kyung Shin has come up with a 21st century, well, let’s call it an enhancement to the standard face: It’s called Hyperface. The experimental Hyperface is a […]

  • ALL Controller: “The World’s First Universal Gamepad” (Video)

    ALL Controller: “The World’s First Universal Gamepad” (Video)

    A universal video game controller is kind of like a perpetual motion device or a completely clean fuel source – a holy grail thought by some to be unattainable by science. But now it has been achieved – the ALL Controller, billed as “the world’s first universal gamepad” by its creators at Digital Depth. The […]

  • Samsung Leader 8: A New Flip Phone Riff Coming to China

    Samsung Leader 8: A New Flip Phone Riff Coming to China

    It was only a matter of time before the beginning of a full-fledged flip phone revival – after all, aren’t we all (at least those of us who are old enough to remember) nostalgic for the time before we spent most of our waking hours connected to everyone we know and the world at large? […]

  • Uniqlo Vending Machines Coming to America

    Uniqlo Vending Machines Coming to America

    Japanese retailer Uniqlo is seeing a slump in sales in the United States. For a shot of adrenaline in their sagging sales figures, the company is reportedly looking to an unusual business concept for an apparel retailer: Vending machines. And if you live in one of the cities selected to act as a testing ground, […]

  • ‘Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, 1953-2016′

    ‘Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, 1953-2016′

    The Playboy centerfold is a cultural icon dating back all the way to 1953, when the first Playmate of the Month Marilyn Monroe helped bring the magazine’s first issue to public prominence. Ten years ago, the magazine first published Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds, and now this handsome edition has been “comprehensively updated” to include the […]

  • No Rock Self-Stabilizing Table Bases (Video)

    No Rock Self-Stabilizing Table Bases (Video)

    Wobbly tables are like a form of Chinese water torture in everyday life, driving you slowly mad bit by bit until you completely lose it. There are plenty of home remedies for this, of course, especially if you’ve got a lot of old paperbacks around, but none of these are perfect, and No Rock table […]

  • McDonald’s Boombox is Made from Recycled Drink Trays

    McDonald’s Boombox is Made from Recycled Drink Trays

    McDonald’s isn’t the only fast food joint that is apparently favoring a “why not?” policy towards promotional gimmicks. The latest fruit of that approach toward pointless innovations is the McDonald’s Boombox, made from recycled drink trays to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the McFlurry. OK, sure, why not. In case any younger readers don’t know […]

  • Wavegrower: Hypnotic Animated GIFs Based on Mathematical Concepts

    Wavegrower: Hypnotic Animated GIFs Based on Mathematical Concepts

    I was never much of a math whiz, and most of the time I feel OK about it. But a new project from French animator Frédéric Vayssouze-Faure is giving me a little bit of FOMOOMRS – Fear Of Missing Out On Mathematics-Related Stuff – and luckily for me Wavegrower is pretty visually stimulating even if […]