Tech & Gear

  • Google Spaces Group Chat App

    Google Spaces Group Chat App

    In the world of online group chats, the service that provides the easiest multimedia sharing tends to dominate. Google is hoping to get in on that action with the new Google Spaces app, which is purportedly seeking to create a new, easier kind of group chat. Here’s the app’s product director Luke Wroblewski on the […]

  • Google Data Center Mural Project Puts Artistic Faces on Data Centers (Video)

    Google Data Center Mural Project Puts Artistic Faces on Data Centers (Video)

    Every time you use a Google product or service, you are (probably unwittingly) engaging a Google Data Center, located in various suburbs throughout the world. As you might imagine, these Data Centers can take up a lot of space, but Google is embarking on a new initiative to beautify these otherwise-imposing structures with the Google […]

  • FormBox: Create 3D Objects With Your Vacuum Cleaner

    FormBox: Create 3D Objects With Your Vacuum Cleaner

    When the average person hears the term “vacuum forming,” their mind’s eyes probably flash an image of a vacuum cleaner.  But with FormBox, this is a rare example of a popular term and the way a scientific device actually works being completely in sync. That’s because FormBox is a desktop vacuum former that’s powered by […]

  • Allrover Stair-Rover Longboard Can Navigate the Urban Jungle

    Allrover Stair-Rover Longboard Can Navigate the Urban Jungle

    If you’ve ever tried to traverse a dense cityscape via longboard (or if you’ve ever seen anyone else try), you know there are a lot of obstacles in your path due to the fact that the average city planner was not thinking about skateboarding when he or she laid out the city. The Allrover Stair-Rover, […]

  • SeaDrone From Orobotix: “The Powerful Underwater Robot”

    SeaDrone From Orobotix: “The Powerful Underwater Robot”

    Capturing footage from the air via drone has become commonplace enough that it’s almost mundane now.  But as it’s a good idea to periodically remind oneself, we know more about outer space than we do our own oceans, and they remain mostly unexplored by drone cameras. Which brings us to the Orobotix SeaDrone. As its […]

  • Google Self-Driving Vehicle Operator: World’s Easiest Job?

    Google Self-Driving Vehicle Operator: World’s Easiest Job?

    No, this isn’t a joke.  Google is actually looking to hire “self-driving vehicle operators,” despite the obvious oxymoron built into the phrase. Nevertheless, a Google self-driving vehicle operator needs to be college-educated, able to type at least 40 words a minute, and willing to sit in a car from between 6 to 8 hours a day. The point […]

  • Gboard: Use Google Without Leaving Texts Behind

    Gboard: Use Google Without Leaving Texts Behind

    If you’ll forgive me, a quick hypothetical scenario: You’re texting the girl (or whoever) of your dreams, and she drops a reference to film composer Lalo Schifrin, of whom she says she is “a big fan.” You panic, having no clue who Lalo Schifrin is or any movies or television shows he scored. Normally, you […]

  • PolyWood: Polygonal Wood Toy Concepts by Mat Szulik (Photos)

    PolyWood: Polygonal Wood Toy Concepts by Mat Szulik (Photos)

    The era of wooden toys is thought by most to be over, but designer Mat Szulik is bringing them back, albeit in a purely conceptual form. Szulik has a style of 3D art that he calls “lowpoly,” and according to the artist he wanted to “explore my lowpoly style and push it further and further,” the result […]