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

Just A Really Mesmerizing Video Of A Mochi Machine At Work

Watch this video of a mochi machine working its transformation magic on a portion of rice, and three things are pretty likely to happen: 1) You will feel very relaxed; 2) Your sweet tooth will start making demands; 3) If you're me ... both. » 3/08/15 10:41am 3/08/15 10:41am

Five Ways To Use Tech To Hide What an Awful, Lazy Person You Are

At some point in your life, you'll want to shirk any sense of obligation and propriety you might have and bury yourself in a deep, dark hole of self-loathing and Netflix. It's OK—it happens. And your gadgets are here to help. » 2/23/15 4:37pm 2/23/15 4:37pm

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

Watch People Freak Out at Their First Taste of Virtual Reality Porn

Is it any surprise that fledgling virtual reality headset porn is terrible? That's why it's delicious to watch people get their first taste of weird, not-very-realistic virtual reality porn. » 1/27/15 10:37pm 1/27/15 10:37pm

SkyMall Bankrupt, Fate Of World's Weird Garden Statue Supply Uncertain

Sorry to bum you out on a Friday, but the SkyMall Catalog has filed for bankruptcy. This news suggests that despite the catalog's airline seat-pocket ubiquity, there simply wasn't a robust market for its odd array of gadgets, replica suits of armor, and truly bizarre garden statuary. » 1/23/15 9:40am 1/23/15 9:40am

Quirky's Black Friday Sale is Full of Great Gift Ideas

You might not have had any items from Quirky on your Black Friday wish list, but if you need some cool gift ideas for your discerning friends and family members, they have some seriously great stuff on sale right now. » 11/27/14 8:55pm 11/27/14 8:55pm

Inventor Creates Retractible Wolverine Claws, Has The Best Day Ever

Colin Furze created a pair of retractible, sparking Wolverine claws. Keep watching this video to the end, because the sheer delight on his face will give you the warm and tinglies. Quick, to the garage, everyone! » 5/16/14 7:48am 5/16/14 7:48am

22 Obsolete Technologies That People Thought Would Last Forever

We live in an era of accelerating technological change, and with it, accelerated rates of obsolescence. Here are 22 antiquated technologies that are actually quite young — and which people thought would be around for much longer than they were. » 2/20/14 10:00am 2/20/14 10:00am

Samsung ad celebrates the history of people talking to their watches

What would scifi be without all those glorious telecommunication wristwatches? This amazing new Galaxy Gear commercial from Samsung — which features clips from Dick Tracy straight through to Predator — reminds us that the future is already here. » 10/08/13 6:20am 10/08/13 6:20am

What Can I Do with a Smartwatch and Should I Get One?

Dear Lifehacker,
I keep seeing new “smartwatches” show up on gadget sites, but they all seem pretty different. What is a smartwatch, exactly, and should I consider buying one? » 6/17/13 2:49pm 6/17/13 2:49pm

Functional Iron Man gauntlet shoots lasers powerful enough to pop a…

Patrick Priebe of Laser Gadgets builds custom props with a little something extra, from steampunk laser guns that can really burn to a crossbow that fires buzz saw blades. Here he adds his laser magic to an Iron Man-style gauntlet, arming it with enough power to pop a balloon. » 1/20/13 1:00pm 1/20/13 1:00pm

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

Why We're All Wrong About the Future of User Interfaces

Designer Bret Victor has posted an absolutely brilliant rant about the future of interaction design, which everybody must read. You've heard a lot of hype about ubiquitous touchscreens and gestural controls — but Victor has a very eloquent yet simple explanation of why these things are not the future. » 11/08/11 8:42pm 11/08/11 8:42pm

CNN reports that Blackberry outage has now spread to many other planets

If you thought the Blackberry crash was just a major problem for a small segment of humanity, then apparently you've massively underestimated the issue. Yesterday evening, CNN was reporting that "users on almost every planet" were affected. This is a major interplanetary incident! » 10/13/11 7:40am 10/13/11 7:40am

Samsung uses 2001: A Space Odyssey as prior art in Apple's iPad lawsuit

Did Apple invent the iPad? Or did Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke? Samsung is using the above clip as a piece of evidence in its defense against Apple's patent lawsuit over the Galaxy S and similar tablet computers. » 8/23/11 3:40pm 8/23/11 3:40pm

Turn your iPhone into a Super 8 camera — and learn secrets of J.J.…

A new app lets you turn your iPhone (or other i-device) into an old-school Super 8 camera. And it's chock full of hints for J.J. Abrams new movie Super 8. It's part tie-in app, part viral marketing, part movie-making tool. » 5/19/11 1:30pm 5/19/11 1:30pm