PopSci and Time just dropped their best of tech lists. We'll spare you the read and show you the best from both.
PopSci's gadget list is droll. But most notable in the Gizmodo-ish types of gear is Samsung's LED-backlit thin DLP set for its wide color gamut, and this far out LED TV that uses 1,380 individually controlled LEDs to give an LCD 100 times the contrast, and 10 times the brightness, of other LCDs. Yowzers, at $50k, it better. More on this later.
PopSci's home category is really great for pointing out the stuff you might pass over at Home Depot. In this section, their Grand Winner is a new twist on an old favorite tech: The nail. Really. Click on to read why its worthy.
I'd make a joke about how strange it is to put a splinter of metal in a best of tech category— I mean, ribs, twists, and a bigger top? Come on! But in the end, who can argue with a fastener that is hurricane and earthquake resistant? Then there's the Skystream DIY home Windmill kit, the world's most powerful mini drill, and the toughest tape ever made. (Small photos above.)
Not to mention some very cool engineering projects like the Grand Canyon skywalk, a translucent U-shaped glass walkway that sits 3/4 of a mile off the canyon floor.
Time's picks are less exciting, and more mainstream, but undeniably, they see the big picture: Their grand winner was YouTube. Yawn, but yes, we can't live without it.
Most of the award winners here seemed like they were either very random, but cool, like the wovel, a combination wheel barrow and shovel for you poor bastards in the north east. Drive the shovel forward on the wheel and then flip the snow sky high as you use the tire as a fulcrum.
And the excellent, but offseason Excalibur Lounger, which we love. Maybe because of Time's photos. Call me!
And the Skystream gets another mention. The windmill itself sits on a 35 foot pole and can provide a house with about 80% of its total electricity usage. Cool, except they predict it'll save you $600 a year, and the setup costs you $10,000 including install. It still ain't cheap being green.
Maybe the best of all is the hug shirt from cute circuit. It pairs with a cellphone by bluetooth, and when a loved one sends you a txt message the shirt replicates the warmth, embrace, and heartbeat of your sex slave. It's very romantic. And not yet for sale, probably because it doesn't work very well. Virtual hugs are light years behind the real thing.
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