Birds of the West Indies.
Artist Taryn Simon (previously
) has a work of photographs of James Bond's gadgets, guns, cars, and women. The work is currently showing at this year's Carnegie International
, and has an accompanying book. Info at the main link, and a more thorough gallery here.
Have We Reached Gadget Fatigue?
— Smartphones are everywhere, and smartwatches are poised to follow. Techies are eying Google Glass. And we now wear our technology on our sleeve. Have we finally reached gadget overload? From CIO
, September 5, 2013.
Tech writers and their secret shame - outdated gear
The Amazing Contents of Steve Wozniak's Backpack: I usually say that my backpack weighs 50 pounds. I'm not sure but I have to carry it every step through airports. I'm sure that I'm shorter now than before and I don't walk as fast. Everything has its place in my backpack.
Deep Fried Gadgets
by Henry Hargreaves (previously)
Following on the heels of the easy way
to caramelize onions
, there are lots of other ways to reuse common kitchen gadgets including waffle iron hash browns and crock pot souffle
, cooking fish in your dishwasher
, using your rice cooker for oatmeal
(among many other uses), and making a cornish hen on your panini press
(and more from the master of gadget reuse
). And to find out what gadgets are just plain useless, you can of course ask Alton Brown
Engadget's Distro talks to UI guru, Xerox PARC alumni, gadget collector
) and Microsoft Research Principal Researcher Bill Buxton
about the future of natural interfaces
Doesn't Give A Ooo-Eeee-Ooooo
from gadgetmaker/musician David Cranmer, aka Nervous Squirrel
whose other projects include Brian the Penguin
and the Programmable Musical Pig
, seen in performance with the band Nine Owls in a Baguette
. Because... well, why the owl not?
He leaves his cellphone and laptop at home and instead brings "loaner" devices, which he erases before he leaves the US and wipes clean the minute he returns . In China, he disables Bluetooth and Wi-Fi , never lets his phone out of his sight and, in meetings, not only turns off his phone but also removes the battery , for fear his microphone could be turned on remotely. He connects to the Internet only through an encrypted, password-protected channel, and copies and pastes his password from a USB thumb drive. He never types in a password directly, because, he said, "Chinese are very good at installing key-logging software on your laptop."
- Travel precautions in the age of digital espionage.
Science writer Angela Saini
on the joys of avoiding tech upgrades and being a late adopter
. Some of us haven't adopted
at all. Perhaps there are some less resistant to peer influence
? Or just more into making stuff
? Or perhaps it's anotherway
to be cool?
Amateur radio gets stick for being home to a lot of reactionary weird old
buffers. How true
. Many are put off by this. And that's a crying shame... [more inside]
The First Decade of the Future is Behind Us:
Blackberries, WikiLeaks, airport scanners, 3D televisions, robot vaccum cleaners, Microsoft Kinnect, private spaceflight and Facebook all look like sci-fi novel elements to Kyle Munkittrick. [more inside]
It was supposed to be the iPhone killer
. Instead, the Nexus One
turned out to be a bust
. Google announced today that they were discontinuing the phone
despite the rise of Android as an operating system.
China produces 95% of the rare earth minerals needed for modern high-tech devices.
"What would happen if the production of laptops, cellphones, and MP3 players suddenly halted? Oh, and no more hybrid electric vehicles and MRI machines?" Because China may soon stop exporting these minerals. [more inside]
Nokia has announced the n900
running the maemo
operating system will be released in October. The phone has similar specifications to the
iphone, but with a keyboard and considerably higher resolution display
(800x480). In addition the OS is an open platform with free GPL development
tools. More from The Guardian
- "the world's largest Japanese gadgets and lifestyle design shop." Viewable by color, theme, price, popularity, or brand.
Approximately two years ago, James Kim died
after he and his family were stranded, snowbound, in their car on the Oregon coast (Previously
, and (selflink) previously
). But what if he'd had a Personal Locator Beacon
(PLB)? [more inside]
Best rectal thermometer ever?
And yes, it does play the theme song while taking your temperature.
is a website that is "...like the Billboard Charts for Gadgets." Oobjects picks topics for lists of gadgets. People suggest items and others vote on which qualify for a given category: Giant Screens
| Best Concept Cellphones
| Crazy Bicycles
. "The site also takes on other aspects of life, like politics and culture...:" Macy's Parade Ideas
| Best Halloweenerd Costumes
| Geek Hall of Fame Apple Users
Carbonated watermelon. Gelatin spheres with liquid centers. Broths and sauces whipped into foams. When the world's best chefs want something that defies the laws of physics, they come to one man: Dave Arnold, the DIY guru of high-tech cooking
. Want to turn your kitchen into a science lab? Check out 25 extreme kitchen gadgets
. Related, previously on Mefi: molecular gastronomy
. "Somewhere along the way, we fell in love with the dream of the effort-free existence."
iPhone the Musical
Written by and Starring David Pogue. And here's the lyrics.
- using news footage from the 1920s to the 1950s, Howard Smith created an amusing 1977 documentary about contraptions made by the inventors, technophiles, and eccentrics of yesteryear. The last 7 minutes is Letterman interviewing Smith. (Google video, 1 hr., 19 min. Via beans beans good for your heart)
is a site where current and former soldiers report the one thing they absolutely could not have done without in their military life. Whether hitchhiking the galaxy or fighting the enemy, don't forget your towel
. And don't even think about going door kicking without your Silly String
The iJoy Ride™
is a "unique and exciting way to work out." It is not to be confused with the Sybian sex toy
. (Please press "Play" for the embedded video
and enjoy the smiles.)
Some new gadgets, things and inventions: solar bikini that charges your ipod
, paper soft wall
, waterproof laptop
, million dollar fishing lure
, Obvio hybrid micro-car
, needle-free injection
, hi-tech dummies that can speak, breathe, bleed, react to drugs & die
, dragon bag
. Interactive sight, sound and physical objects from the student artists
of the NYU Interactive telecommunications biannual showcase
[video], including Animalia Chordata
and Botanicalls, building telecommunications between people and their plants.
"I feel guilty because I have friends that are working really hard to get into television or acting and I'm just sitting here having not done anything more than enjoy playing with gadgets."
Susi Weaser (24) makes little one-minute gadget reviews
them on YouTube . The BBC must have liked them - because they hired her
Is there anything USB drives can't do? PortableApps
has dozens of applications from Open Office
, that will run from a USB key (and there are other applications
as well), or you can run an entire Linux
installation from your drive, or just steal passwords
. And don't forget the weird gadgets
is a slideshow), including cool USB rechargable batteries
, missile launchers [Google Video]
, and, of course, the ultimate USB hub
For most of human history, infants have needed to stay in close proximity to their mothers simply to survive. The result? Most cultures developed and used some kind of soft baby carrier that straps
to the mother's or caretaker's body. Despite research
, doctor's advice
and celebrity endorsement
, American and European babies spend less time in arms
and more time in containers
than babies in more traditional cultures. Somehow, the concept simply picking up and carrying the baby continues to elude
many parents.(warning: music)
No more Q?
What would have become of James Bond without all of his wacky gadgets
? (via Engadget
- So you own a big 4x4, and you feel a bit stupid that you only use it to take the children to school. You want people to think you're a bit country - that you need 6 tonnes of car to get you from A to B because you like to take it off-road every so often. You need Spray-on Mud
- but is it really the best invention ever? I say "no".
Pocket Fisherman has been updated
since it's intro in the 50s, but it's the original that makes Mobile PCs list of The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time
. Many you'd expect to find
, some I was suprised
by. And the big surprise? iPod isn't the #1 gadget. Mostly, I'm distrubed by the number of these gadgets that I've owned at one point or another.
Draw a straight line on top of the car, lift the pen and the car shoots off in a straight line. Draw a circle on the car and the car starts wildly spinning around. Draw a complicated squiggle and the car spirals in and out. Quicktime Video Link#1
We Make Money Not Art
:: art meets science and technology in the near near future and begets some cool and scary toys.
Do not eat MintyMP3.
Cool DIY mp3 player.
Thinking of buying a PSP anytime soon?
Before spending up to $400
for an imported unit, check this out: Engadget, among others
, reports that the new PlayStation Portable will eject the currently-playing disc if the device is twisted a certain way. And if you don't believe it, see it for yourself
(avi & mpeg, last link NSFNintendoDS).
Has your local supplier of ninja stars dried up? Want to set your truck up with armor plating, oil slick, and caltrops but not sure where to go? Been wondering where to go to get something to eat the paint off your boss' Benz?
Well then! Brandon Enterprises
has got you covered!
Bottle Cap Tripod
Travel lighter with it.
Have a merry, sex and gadget filled hyper-commercialized Japanese Christmas. "Well it all started when a Spanish Jesuit missionary named St. Francis Xavier brought Christmas to Japan in 1549...."
The Jesuit bid
Japan was a flop though, and now - while Jews in the West, for example, tend to go out for Chinese food on Christmas Eve, the Japanese had little connection to the Christian version - so they invented their own! Syncretistic Japan pulls in random elements of Western "Christmas" and recombines in pleasing new ways! ( shocking only to Christians ). Santa Claus on the Cross and more!
A proper Christmas in Japan - for singles - involves a hot date and visit to a "Love Hotel" where "you might be directed by scantily-clad female elves to rooms complete with Christmas trees and life-size reindeer watching the proceedings with interest.
" and "Grope Free Commutes"
, for Japanese women tired of having their asses grabbed on the subway by drunk salarymen returning from "Forget the Year" parties. This fine blog
chronicles it all: " the Dolphin-and-fish-surrounded Christmas tree", Ukelele Christmas parties - "I wandered into a score of middle aged Japanese ladies wearing Hawaiian shirts and plastic lays, tuning up their ukuleles" and more. And don't forget to buy some cool
. "...a tiny robot helicopter weighing less than 9 grams... "