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

Important Safety Instructions for Ray Guns, Teleporters and Bionic Arms

So you've got yourself a fancy new blaster. But will you know how to use it safely, and avoid melting your face? Miles Donovan with The Daily Robot has created amazing safety instructions for some of your most important science fiction gadgetry. Check out the posters for teleportation devices and bionic limbs below. » 2/16/11 7:30am 2/16/11 7:30am