Tech & Gear

  • RAW-1 Record Adapter Weight From Scout

    RAW-1 Record Adapter Weight From Scout

    One of the pleasures of collecting and listening to records is the sense of an analog technology that actually utilizes physical forces to work. But physical forces are notoriously unreliable, and sometimes improving the experience with a little help from gravity is called for.  That’s exactly what you can do with Scout’s new RAW-1 Record […]

  • Hydro Hammock: A Hot Tub, Hammock, and More

    Hydro Hammock: A Hot Tub, Hammock, and More

    Inventor Benjamin H. Frederick has done something I wouldn’t have thought possible before today: He’s combined the hammock and the hot tub in a way that isn’t a soggy, impossible-to-sit-in mess. Instead, it’s the Hydro Hammock, and it can also serve as a liner for a traditional hot tub, an outdoor shower, a makeshift swimming pool, […]

  • Instagram’s ValleyRec420 Practices Blunt Art (Photos)

    Instagram’s ValleyRec420 Practices Blunt Art (Photos)

    If someone walked up to you and said they knew a guy who could roll blunts like works of art, you probably wouldn’t take this person literally – you’d be safe in assuming they just mean the blunts are especially tight or round or sleek or whatever. But there’s a user on Instagram who takes […]

  • Aston Martin AM37 Powerboat (Photos)

    Aston Martin AM37 Powerboat (Photos)

    If you can judge a powerboat purely by its pedigree, then one that results from the combined efforts of Aston Martin, Quintessence, and Mulder Design (a firm responsible for designing the impossible boats piloted by Commander James Bond in some of the 007 movies) is worth paying attention to. That’s the case with the Aston […]

  • ‘Opera': See More Than 40 Opera Houses in One Volume

    ‘Opera': See More Than 40 Opera Houses in One Volume

    In 2015, opera can probably be classified as a dying art, at least until Kanye records a record sampling lots of it. But even if you’re not a scholar or casual fan of the art form, you can still appreciate those mega-palaces in which it is practiced.  That’s the subject of Opera, a new photography […]

  • ‘Casa Brutale': A House Built Right Into the Side of a Cliff

    ‘Casa Brutale': A House Built Right Into the Side of a Cliff

    The people at architecture firm Open Platform Architecture have released plans for a very cool project they’ve named Casa Brutale. The house will be built directly into a huge cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, with only the house’s rooftop, glass-bottomed swimming pool visible from the ground. According to the plans, sunlight […]

  • TOC Vertical Record Player by Roy Harpaz (Video)

    TOC Vertical Record Player by Roy Harpaz (Video)

    Apparently vertical record players are so hot right now. It was just a couple weeks ago that I was writing up the Floating Turntable, and now here I am writing up another example of the form, this one from designer Roy Harpaz. It’s called TOC, and it has a lot to offer besides its novel […]

  • MAGKEY: Magnetic Key Holders Silence Your Keys

    MAGKEY: Magnetic Key Holders Silence Your Keys

    There’s nothing more embarrassing than showing up in a room and finding out everyone there heard you coming from a mile away, thanks to your keys jingling and jangling as you walked. This doesn’t have to happen to you anymore, and not just because you bought a pair of pants with tighter pockets – but […]

  • Bare Light: Transparent Glass Light Sockets

    Bare Light: Transparent Glass Light Sockets

    Some people just enjoy being able to see inside the stuff in their house, whether there are any moving parts to look at or not. The next time you’re visiting somebody like that, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if you saw a bunch of bulbs attached to Bare Light sockets illuminating everything in […]

  • Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger (Video)

    Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger (Video)

    If you can’t afford a DeLorean time machine but you still want to show a little love to Doc Brown’s signature creation, you might be interested in the Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger from ThinkGeek. Unlike its fictional counterpart in the Back to the Future movies, the Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger won’t let you […]