A Star Wars Speeder Bike Quadcopter Looks Perfect Racing Through Forests

Inspired by that wonderful scene in Return of the Jedi where Luke and Leia race through the trees of Endor using speeder bikes, there's a small group of enthusiasts who do the same thing using camera-equipped remote control drones. Like Adam Woodworth who decided to take his hobby one step further by building a… » 3/13/15 2:20pm 3/13/15 2:20pm

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner. » 2/12/15 3:06pm 2/12/15 3:06pm

Steampunk Spy-Fi: Real-life gadgets perfect for a Victorian Era James…

What if the majesty of On Her Majesty's Secret Service was Queen Victoria? We might not have had the same type of Cold War gadgetry that made Ian Fleming's novels and the James Bond films, but the 19th century had its own brand of wonderful toys. Here are a handful of gadgets and tools the steampunk spy might want to… » 11/10/12 11:00am 11/10/12 11:00am

Ostrich Pillow entombs your head for portable naps and public shaming

Create your own pillow Elephant Man with the Ostrich Pillow. This concept design from last year has now entered the real world and will begin production once architecture and design studio Kawamura-Ganjavian raises the $70,000 it needs from Kickstarter. We predict a wave of coffee-house-napping bans once these things… » 9/25/12 7:00am 9/25/12 7:00am

Work, not gadgets, is keeping you disconnected from the real world

Over at the Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal has a terrific essay about the problem with blaming gadgets for our inability to "unplug" from work. The issue isn't that our gadgets are addictive, he argues. Instead, it's that middle class professionals are tethered to their workplaces via their gadgets — often 24 hours per… » 7/25/12 5:00pm 7/25/12 5:00pm

The Bugasalt: A Miniature Shotgun that Murders Insects With Ordinary…

Want a cheap, non-toxic way to wipe out bugs at the dinner table, or at your next picnic? Check out this insane shotgun-action device, the "Bugasalt," which uses ordinary table salt to murder the little critters. And leaves nothing but a pinch of salt (and an insect corpse) behind. This discofied instructional video… » 7/23/12 3:02pm 7/23/12 3:02pm