Dyson Just Crowned This Smart Cart as the Year's Best American Invention

Dyson is renowned as much for its inventions as the way it makes them—a process The New Yorker once described as "a second industrial revolution." That's why the James Dyson Foundation was created: To foster and promote young inventors. Today, the organization announced the national winner of its annual Dyson Award,… » 9/17/14 7:01pm 22 minutes ago

I don't think Mario could survive this real-life arcade run

Jason Paul and his team show their parkour skills in this cool set up that looks like a real-life 8-bit video game. Watching this I started thinking on Mario. He is not an overweight plumber would have enough stamina to survive a run in this scenery—not even with the help of magic mushrooms. » 9/17/14 6:43pm 40 minutes ago

The First Driverless Transit System in the U.S. Starts Rolling in 2017

Since 2011, Honolulu's been busy building a $5.2 billion solution to help alleviate the mind-blowing traffic congestion that's come to define life on Oahu's South Shore. The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is a 20-mile, 21-station elevated train—and it will be the first completely driverless rail system in the U.S. » 9/17/14 5:35pm Today 5:35pm

The Evolution of Potty Training Tech

At some point between the terrible twos and terrifying threes, most of us embarked on a pilgrimage to the great ceramic bowl in the sky. It was a long journey, which left in its wake frustrated parents, soiled sheets, and tiny mounds of ill-timed poop. But over time, with practice and patience, we collectively… » 9/17/14 5:15pm Today 5:15pm

How to Download iOS 8 Without Deleting All Your Stuff

Now that iOS 8 is finally here, many an iPhone user has eagerly swiped over to the update screen only to find that the greedy install package just won't fit. But don't worry—you don't have to go on a deleting rampage. All it takes is a few simple workarounds, and you can have your iOS 8 and keep your data, too. » 9/17/14 4:46pm Today 4:46pm

A Simple Plastic Adapter That Fixes Stupid Hotel Hangers

Somewhere near the top of the list of travel annoyances are those proprietary hotel hangers with detachable hooks designed to stop guests from stealing them. They make it impossible to hang your clothes anywhere but in the designated closet, but you can finally fight back with a simple plastic adapter called the … » 9/17/14 4:45pm Today 4:45pm

The World's Greatest Cup Holder Can Survive the World's Worst Drivers

When it comes to cup holders, most of us are just looking for a place to secure our drinks while we're driving. It turns out we should be asking more of them—a lot more. Maksim Ghyvoronsky has invented a better alternative, an aftermarket set of cup holders that tilt and roll along with the motion of your vehicle,… » 9/17/14 4:25pm Today 4:25pm

Chromecast's New Slingbox App Puts Your Entire TV Lineup in Your Pocket

What if you could bring your entire TV to a friend's house, all your channels and DVR programs intact? That's more or less what the Slingbox app for Chromecast lets you do today. With a Slingbox hooked up to your home theater plus the SlingPlayer app for iOS and Android devices you could already take your content on… » 9/17/14 3:45pm Today 3:45pm

Eyes On With the 270-Degree Future of Cinema

A 270-degree, wraparound triple-screen theater system has just begun rolling out to very select theaters nationwide—only five, in fact—with hopes of delivering an immersive movie-going experience that succeeds where 3D has so miserably failed. I got a sneak peek at the new technology recently and it's, um, really … » 9/17/14 3:29pm Today 3:29pm

Scientists Are Reinventing Photosynthesis to Grow More Food

What if we could grow rice and wheat with the same amount of water and fertilizer but end up with 50 percent more food? Sound like magic? Bad accounting? No, just some chemistry and genetic engineering. Scientists have recently figured out the second of three steps to make photosynthesis a whole lot more efficient in… » 9/17/14 3:17pm Today 3:17pm

What's The Best Electric Toothbrush?

If you skimp on something, don't let it be a clean mouth. Most people don't brush their teeth well enough, or for long enough, and a good electric toothbrush can help you make up the difference. Lifehacker has put together some tips for getting a good brush, and Gizmodo and Lifehacker have both covered some of the … » 9/17/14 2:45pm Today 2:45pm

BitTorrent Bleep, the Secure P2P Chat, Is Available For Mac and Android

A few months ago, we told you about BitTorrent Bleep, the plan to create super secure chat that uses the P2P BitTorrent protocol to avoid the third-party servers that can be used to spy on you. Today, it's been opened to a public Alpha testing stage so everyone can try it. Additionally, it's now available for both Mac… » 9/17/14 2:37pm Today 2:37pm

The Best Ways to Use Google's New(ish) My Maps Tool

Yesterday, Google updated its long-forgotten My Maps tool. The service has been masquerading as Maps Engine Lite, but with a new release, a shiny new Android app, and integration with Google Maps proper, it's worth knowing just what all you can do with it. » 9/17/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind

Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for HeavensGate.com, is positively extraordinary. Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce. A few stayed behind, though.… » 9/17/14 9:42am Today 9:42am

Get 1 TB of Military Grade Online Backup For $19 From iDrive

Cloud backup has become essential for everyone. However, the more devices you have, the more complicated it gets. iDrive is different, making multi-device backup and syncing dead simple. Now, Gizmodo readers can grab 1 year of iDrive's 1 TB cloud backup plan for $19. An absurdly good deal, if I do say so myself. » 9/12/14 4:33pm Friday 4:33pm

Get 27% off the Quick Powering LithiumCard Backup Battery

Seeing as phones are getting to a pocket-busting size nowadays, other tech needs to shrink down. The LithiumCard does that for batteries — it's way thinner and smaller than your overgrown handset. Plus, it's a super fast charger – 1% of your device per minute. The best part? For Gizmodo readers, it's 27% off. » 9/15/14 12:01pm Monday 12:01pm