Tech & Gear

  • NASA X-Plane Concept: Sonic Thumps Instead of Booms (Video)

    NASA X-Plane Concept: Sonic Thumps Instead of Booms (Video)

    I grew up in the suburbs at least an hour’s drive from the nearest international airport, so I guess I have a tendency to underrate the effect sonic booms had on the populace below. But they are a major reason that the Concorde ended up being shuttered, and now NASA is working on a plane […]

  • Bosch EasyCut 12 Miniature Chainsaw

    Bosch EasyCut 12 Miniature Chainsaw

    Now here’s a device that makes you wish that noted Italian horror film director Dario Argento was still in his prime. It’s called the Bosch EasyCut 12, but that’s only because the folks at Bosch evidently didn’t want to come out and just call it a miniature chainsaw. Let’s take a look at the bullet points, […]

  • Nintendo Game Boy Alarm Clock

    Nintendo Game Boy Alarm Clock

    Nostalgia is a funny thing. When you think about your childhood, it’s possible that you have just as many fond memories about the superficial or tactile aspects of things than you do of the things themselves (personal example: Most of my early memories about trips to Disney World are wrapped up in the trams, monorails, […]

  • Lighter Cufflinks: Cufflinks That Are Also Lighters

    Lighter Cufflinks: Cufflinks That Are Also Lighters

    As a fairly devout slacker I don’t really know much about the worlds of elegant dinner parties and formal attire. But I imagine that all such events would be significantly improved by some innovative gadgetry, such as that which is found in Lighter Cufflinks from Uncrate Supply. I’m sure there are plenty of practical uses for Lighter […]

  • Halospheres: A Desktop Toy That Spins 3600 RPM

    Halospheres: A Desktop Toy That Spins 3600 RPM

    If you’re sick of those boring, standard issue, low-velocity desktop toys, there’s a new class of toy now raising funds on Kickstarter. They’re called Halospheres, and their main function is a Tasmanian Devil-like top speed of 3600 rotations per minute. The Halospheres “extreme velocity desktop toy” doesn’t require batteries or plutonium or anything to hit those […]

  • Urwerk AMC: An “Atomic Master Clock” (Video)

    Urwerk AMC: An “Atomic Master Clock” (Video)

    Back in the 18th century, a clockmaker by the name of Abraham Louis Breguet came up with something called a “sympathique watch,” which was a pocket watch that would be regularly corrected by a precision pendulum clock, so that it could keep more or less perfect time in the user’s pocket. At Baselworld 2018, Urwerk has […]

  • Morsel Spork: The Spork, (Somehow) Upgraded

    Morsel Spork: The Spork, (Somehow) Upgraded

    Many have tried and failed to introduce new design elements to the classically innovative utensil known as the spork. There was Dr. Phineas Farocles in 1907, who perished in a laboratory fire while developing the cigarette-lighting spork. Then there was Ethel Beasley, an amateur inventor who died of electrocution in 1957 before perfecting the world’s […]

  • ‘Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce’ at Sotheby’s Australia

    ‘Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce’ at Sotheby’s Australia

    Russell Crowe has always struck me as a man who probably knows his way around a divorce. Now, he’s literally elevating it to an art, and liquidating some assets in the process. He’s selling off a bunch of stuff from his private collection in order to cover the costs of his impending divorce from Danielle Spencer, […]

  • Balispoon: A Spoon Inspired by the Infamous Butterfly Knife

    Balispoon: A Spoon Inspired by the Infamous Butterfly Knife

    The technical name for the infamous and mostly illegal “butterfly knife” is “balisong,” and you have to know a guy to get one in most parts of the world these days. But the law ain’t yet been writ that says you can’t carry a spoon around in case you run into any sudden bowls of […]

  • UNA Tree Tent from Tentsile

    UNA Tree Tent from Tentsile

    Many is the day when I idly dream about ditching all my worldly possessions and trekking into the woods for a while. I’d probably last less than a weekend, but perhaps with the Una Tree Tent from Tentsile I’d at least be able to get a good night’s rest. Tentsile claims it’s the ideal piece […]