Tech & Gear

  • Flippy: The Robot That Flips Burgers (Video)

    Flippy: The Robot That Flips Burgers (Video)

    “Burger flipping” is sometimes used as an offensive shorthand for menial tasks that require no skills or brainpower, but think about it—it’s actually a pretty high-level skill, which is why it’s taken so long for a robot that can flip burgers to be developed. And now, Flippy, a robot that flips burgers, has been born. […]

  • i.Con: The World’s First Smart Condom

    i.Con: The World’s First Smart Condom

    Film, music, and technology festival South by Southwest started in Austin, Texas today, so it’s only appropriate that today would be the day I learn of the existence of the i.Con, the first ever example of smart condom technology. And in a cynical ploy to get you to keep reading, I’ll introduce this little tidbit […]

  • Facebook Messenger Day: FB’s Snapchat Knock-Off Unveiled

    Facebook Messenger Day: FB’s Snapchat Knock-Off Unveiled

    You’ve known it was coming for years now: Facebook is finally aiming to cut into that sweet Snapchat action. They’re doing it with Facebook Messenger Day, a new service that allows users to share and view photos and other forms of content that disappear after 24 hours—or a “Day,” in Earthling terms. Here’s what Facebook’s […]

  • Skull Microphone: Microphones That Look Like Skulls

    Skull Microphone: Microphones That Look Like Skulls

    What will Rush Limbaugh’s microphone look like once he’s in Hell? I have no idea, but it’s the image that first popped into my mind when I saw Skull Microphone, a new line of mics from Von Erickson Laboratories that gives you the opportunity to speak into your own shiny metal Terminator-style skull, and to […]

  • Little Planet Factory: 3D Printed Planets for Home or Office

    Little Planet Factory: 3D Printed Planets for Home or Office

    Everybody loves planets, right? Massive, usually spherical bodies made of mineral and gas, there are trillions of them throughout the universe. But if you’ve ever tried to purchase one, you know how prohibitively expensive they can be to all but the most affluent collector, which is why Little Planet Factory is such a welcome alternative. […]

  • Dislike Button Finally Comes to Facebook … Messenger

    Dislike Button Finally Comes to Facebook … Messenger

    For years now, Facebook users have been clamoring for a Dislike button to express the exact opposite of the sentiment connoted by the Like button. Facebook recently added a plethora of emotional reactions to the standard Like, but for many this was an overcomplicated solution to the problem. Now, finally, Facebook has added the fabled […]

  • Dot Watch: “The First Braille Smartwatch” (Video)

    Dot Watch: “The First Braille Smartwatch” (Video)

    An anonymous poet once wrote, “envy the blind, for they cannot see the horrors that await them.” That may or may not be so, but now there’s another reason to envy the blind that has nothing to do with unseen horrors: It’s the Dot Watch, billed as “the first braille smartwatch” ever invented. The Dot […]

  • Braeön Universal Repair Plastic

    Braeön Universal Repair Plastic

    It’s like something out of William Gibson: A material that’s strong, durable, and versatile enough to repair almost anything. But it’s not science-fiction, it’s Braeön, a new plastic ribbon-like material that’s purportedly “as strong as steel, as flexible as rope and as malleable us putty.” Braeön works by heating it up and molding it to […]

  • ‘GhostPaint’ VR Graffiti App From Epic Games

    ‘GhostPaint’ VR Graffiti App From Epic Games

    VR graffiti is so hot right now. The latest app to capitalize on this trend is from Epic Games, the developers of Unreal Engine, and it’s called GhostPaint, a cool title that evokes the “ghostman” moniker in Blackhat (or maybe that’s just me). Designed for the HTC Vive, GhostPaint will let you explore a wide […]

  • Mindset: Smart Headphones Engineered to Optimize Concentration

    Mindset: Smart Headphones Engineered to Optimize Concentration

    As a freelance writer, I often think to myself about how much more I could get done if I could just improve my concentration. I’m probably not alone in that regard, which is why there’s a market for Mindset, a new set of smart headphones that are designed specifically to aid concentration. Music’s power to aid […]