Tech & Gear

  • Lenovo Smart Assistant: An Upgraded Amazon Echo

    Lenovo Smart Assistant: An Upgraded Amazon Echo

    I like to imagine Alexa, the voice of the Amazon Echo, being frustrated by the limitations of her physical body. The reason I like to imagine this isn’t because I’m insane, but because now Alexa has another, better physical body, courtesy of Lenovo. It’s the Lenovo Smart Assistant. Where the Amazon Echo has seven far-field […]

  • Kuri: “The Home Robot That Just Might Change Your Life”

    Kuri: “The Home Robot That Just Might Change Your Life”

    Sometimes I feel like I am the only person left in the world who does not wish to have a robot friend in my home to help me with everyday tasks. But I will nevertheless dutifully report on the latest advancement in home robotics: Kuri, billed as “the home robot that just might change your […]

  • ‘Overview: A New Perspective of Earth’

    ‘Overview: A New Perspective of Earth’

    Satellite imagery isn’t the mind-blowing novelty it once was, thanks to services like Google Earth that put it at our fingertips 24/7. There’s still some juice left in the technology, though, as followers of the Daily Overview Instagram account are well aware.  And now a book based on that account is here. It’s called Overview: […]

  • Hollyweed: Vandals Upgrade the Hollywood Sign

    Hollyweed: Vandals Upgrade the Hollywood Sign

    2017 has been anticipated by many with a mixture of dread and terror, but the year actually began with, dare I say it, a pretty positive omen. It could be found in beautiful Hollywood, California, where the iconic Hollywood Sign was for a brief shining moment replaced with a sign reading “Hollyweed.” Around 3 AM […]

  • LEGO Nerf Maverick REV-6: A Functional Nerf Gun Made From LEGO (Video)

    LEGO Nerf Maverick REV-6: A Functional Nerf Gun Made From LEGO (Video)

    LEGO and Nerf, at first glance anyway, would seem to be fairly polar from one another thematically. LEGO is based on the creativity and imagination of building, while Nerf is all about pretending to kill your little brother with low-speed soft projectiles. The man behind Astonishing Studios has gone and combined them, though, and the […]

  • The Alpha Shovel: “The Most Badass Shovel for Everyone”

    The Alpha Shovel: “The Most Badass Shovel for Everyone”

    If you’re sick and tired of your coddled, effeminate, inadequate, and embarrassing shovel, there’s now a shovel that can meet anyone’s standards of masculinity and productivity.  It comes in the form of The Alpha Shovel, billed on Kickstarter as “the most badass shovel for everyone.” The Alpha Shovel can be used not just as a […]

  • ‘Ducati 90 Years: Stile Ducati: A Visual History of Ducati Design’

    ‘Ducati 90 Years: Stile Ducati: A Visual History of Ducati Design’

    2016 marks the 90th anniversary of the legendary Ducati motorcycle brand, but for some reason you have to wait until next year to be able to observe this milestone with an official book commemorating its history of design and performance. That book is called Ducati 90 Years: Stile Ducati: A Visual History of Ducati Design, […]

  • Darkr: Photo App Seeks to Replicate Darkroom Experience

    Darkr: Photo App Seeks to Replicate Darkroom Experience

    I watched a lot of TV shows as a kid, and one of the aspects of adult life that intrigued me the most in my misspent youth of watching detective shows, sitcoms, and movies was the photography darkroom. Unfortunately, by the time I actually became an adult, the darkroom became much less common thanks to […]

  • USPS Most Wonderful Ornament Tells When Your Gift is Opened

    USPS Most Wonderful Ornament Tells When Your Gift is Opened

    Thanks to the internet, the world is much smaller than it used to be, which means there are millions more people giving holiday presents to people from whom they are separated by thousands of miles. The United States Postal Service has recently unveiled a pretty cool ornament for just those situations: The USPS Most Wonderful […]