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  • ‘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 […]

  • Williams Tactical Key Unlocks Self-Defense

    Williams Tactical Key Unlocks Self-Defense

    Like a lot of people, I’ve sometimes wondered how I would fare if I had to fight somebody off armed only with my keys. Women, unfortunately, have much more occasion to wonder about things like that, but the efficacy of the technique has pretty much been debunked. Unless, of course, you have the Williams Tactical Key.  […]

  • Die With Me: A Social Network for People Whose Phones Are About to Die

    Die With Me: A Social Network for People Whose Phones Are About to Die

    There’s an elite cadre of smartphone users out there, those who choose to live their lives on the edge, to drain their smartphone batteries to the absolute limit before recharging. Previously, there hadn’t been any way for these hardcore phone adventurers to find one another, but now there’s Die With Me, an app exclusively for people […]

  • Flamenco Ice Tower from Structural Ice is World’s Tallest

    Flamenco Ice Tower from Structural Ice is World’s Tallest

    The world can sometimes seem to be decaying at an alarming rate. But not everything is getting worse – take the field of ice towers, for example, the best days of which may very well be in the future. That’s the message behind the newly erected Flamenco Ice Tower by Structural Ice, the tallest ice tower in the […]

  • ‘Social Decay': Artist Imagines a Post-Social Media World (Pics)

    ‘Social Decay': Artist Imagines a Post-Social Media World (Pics)

    What happens to a social media network after its time in the sun has passed? In the real world, it usually just soldiers on with fewer users before dying out completely, or finding some new niche like Myspace. But artist Andrei Lacatusu imagines what it would look like if social media institutions like Facebook or Instagram […]

  • Vestaboard: WiFi-Connected Mechanical Split-Flap Display

    Vestaboard: WiFi-Connected Mechanical Split-Flap Display

    You may or may not be familiar with the term “split-flap,” in case the latter is true I’ll just go ahead and tell you now it isn’t anything dirty. Instead it refers to those old-school mechanical signs you might associate with train stations or airports back in the day. Vestaboard is a mechanical split-flap display that you […]

  • Heatworks Tetra: A Countertop Dishwasher That Doesn’t Need Plumbing (Video)

    Heatworks Tetra: A Countertop Dishwasher That Doesn’t Need Plumbing (Video)

    I had never thought of it before, but in introducing its new dishwasher Heatworks makes an interesting point: The modern dishwasher is far too large for most American households. This means people wither forsake using the machine altogether (either opting for disposable dishes or to wash everything by hand) or waiting until they can fill […]