Tech & Gear

  • ‘Obama: An Intimate Portrait’ by White House Photog Pete Souza

    ‘Obama: An Intimate Portrait’ by White House Photog Pete Souza

    It feels like 50 years ago, but it really wasn’t so long ago that Barack Obama was president. His White House photographer Pete Souza became a well-known name for his visual chronicling of the Obama presidency, and now he’s putting his work together for “the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama’s historic Presidency.” It’s called […]

  • GovDeals: Buy Stuff the TSA Confiscated at Airports

    GovDeals: Buy Stuff the TSA Confiscated at Airports

    Ever wonder what happens to stuff that the TSA confiscates from travelers too rushed to make arrangements to keep whatever the dangerous object is? A lot of it ends up at auctions put on by GovDeals, which “provides services to various government agencies that allow them to sell surplus and confiscated items via the Internet.” […]

  • World’s Tallest Sand Castle is in Duisburg, Germany (Video)

    World’s Tallest Sand Castle is in Duisburg, Germany (Video)

    In the western hemisphere, summer has drawn to a close with Labor Day weekend having come and gone. So it very nearly qualifies as psychological and emotional (self-) torture to think about sand castles in early September, but the Guinness Book of World Records has given me no choice but to do so, with a […]

  • “Smile to Pay” Technology Unveiled by KFC China (Video)

    “Smile to Pay” Technology Unveiled by KFC China (Video)

    You might be familiar with the expression that a smile and a dime will get you a cup of coffee, and if you adjust for inflation that expression is now literally true, with the unveiling of “Smile to Pay” technology at KFC China. The system allows customers to confirm their identities at automated self-service kiosks […]

  • Life Size LEGO Ferrari SF70H: Watch it Built in Timelapse (Video)

    Life Size LEGO Ferrari SF70H: Watch it Built in Timelapse (Video)

    One of the advantages to working at LEGO is sometimes you get to build a life size supercar replica completely out of LEGO building bricks (employees at Hostess never get to do this with their products, I have it on good authority). The latest such project is a life size LEGO Ferrari SF70H, which you […]

  • ‘Orbital Reflector': The World’s First Artistic Satellite

    ‘Orbital Reflector': The World’s First Artistic Satellite

    Artist Trevor Paglen has long specialized in incorporating science and technology into his work, with a particular focus on the United States’ various surveillance programs. His latest project, should it ever (literally) get off the ground, is a sculpture entitled Orbital Reflector, through which Paglen hopes to become “the first artist-museum team to launch a […]

  • Mandem Safe LX Looks Like an adidas Box

    Mandem Safe LX Looks Like an adidas Box

    It has been said that in order to fight crime you must understand the mindset of the criminal. With that thought in mind, consider the Mandem Safe LX, which is the newest creation from Mandem Safe that’s designed to look just like a shoe box – in this case, one from adidas. I’ve never burgled […]

  • Euclideon: Tech Company Unveils “World’s First Holographic Table” (Video)

    Euclideon: Tech Company Unveils “World’s First Holographic Table” (Video)

    An Australian company called Euclideon has unveiled what it is calling the “world’s first holographic table,” but let me go ahead and clear something up right now – unlike the holographic projectors you’ve seen in countless scifi movies, this table requires motion-tracking glasses to work. That disclaimer aside, I will begrudgingly admit that this still […]

  • Lamborghini Alpha One Android Smartphone Costs $2,450 (Video)

    Lamborghini Alpha One Android Smartphone Costs $2,450 (Video)

    The smartphone era has allowed for more people than ever to carry expensive technology in their pockets, which means the market must provide a way for the ultra-wealthy to distinguish themselves in this regard. Enter luxury smartphones, the latest being the Lamborghini Alpha One Android smartphone. The Lamborghini Alpha One reportedly costs $2,450 at Harrods […]