Tech & Gear

  • Karma: A Pay-As-You-Go WiFi Hotspot (Video)

    Karma: A Pay-As-You-Go WiFi Hotspot (Video)

    Everyone who pays a bill for internet service every month has a sneaking suspicion tucked away in the back of their minds: They’re paying too much for internet. But short of the tactical cancellation call, there’s not much you can do about it. Not, at least, without Karma, a new WiFi hotspot that gives users […]

  • Bitplay Snap 6: Optimize Your iPhone 6’s Camera (Video)

    Bitplay Snap 6: Optimize Your iPhone 6’s Camera (Video)

    For most people, the cameras built into the iPhone 6 (and countless smartphones before it) make it perfectly acceptable for everyday pointing and shooting. But if you’re looking for a little bit more from your phone’s camera, there’s the Bitplay Snap 6, an iPhone 6 case that equips the phone with several new features that focus […]

  • UZI Tactical Pens Are Mightier Than the Sword

    UZI Tactical Pens Are Mightier Than the Sword

    In the 1973 film Blade, Detective Tommy Blade (not to be confused with the vampire hunter Blade, that’s a completely different Blade) uses a small gun that looks like a pen to kill a guy who’s been going around beating young women to death in New York City. I only bring it up because I […]

  • The Kahiko Table Costs $100,000

    The Kahiko Table Costs $100,000

    I think both of the tables in my apartment were acquired through Craigslist for under $50, but you know what? It might be time for an upgrade. And assuming I can scrape together a solid hundred grand, the Kahiko Table from Ancientwood might be just the thing. The primary component of the Kahiko Table that […]

  • Blackout Buddy H2O: Water-Powered Emergency Light

    Blackout Buddy H2O: Water-Powered Emergency Light

    It might look like a stick of deodorant for a robot, but the Blackout Buddy H2O from Eton is something much more practical for human purposes. It’s an emergency light source for power outages that only requires a bit of water to activate. I doubt I’d be able to adequately explain the science behind the […]

  • Humza Deas Selling Prints of Instagram Rooftop Shots (Photos)

    Humza Deas Selling Prints of Instagram Rooftop Shots (Photos)

    The stereotype about Instagram and other similar services favored by people who have never actually used them is that it’s just a bunch of 17-year-olds taking pictures of their lunches. Instagram user Humza Deas has found an impressive level of success on Instagram, and even though he is only 17 years old, he’s putting a […]

  • Firesleeve: The Waterproof Lighter From Exotac

    Firesleeve: The Waterproof Lighter From Exotac

    Fire and water famously don’t get along together, and that’s especially true of our handheld fire-devices like lighters and matches – the cheap, commonplace versions of them anyway. Enter the Exotac Firesleeve (also stylized as “fireSLEEVE,” but even I have a breaking point when it comes to stylized capitalization), a lighter that keeps water out […]

  • Pavlok: Shock Your Bad Habits Away (Video)

    Pavlok: Shock Your Bad Habits Away (Video)

    It’s a common enough joke: “Man, I wish I could buy a device that would give me a little electric shock every time I reach for a cigarette.” It’s based on real ideas about aversion therapy and behavioral reinforcement, and now those ideas have been put into a real consumer product: Pavlok. “Pavlok” might sound […]