Cool video: Ceramic head cuts one of the toughest metals in the world

That big block of metal is inconel, an extremely tough "austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloy," one of the strongest metals known to humans, used in "in extreme environments subjected to pressure and heat" like nuclear plants. How do you cut such a hard thing? Let's watch a video. » 9/15/14 1:24pm 9/15/14 1:24pm

A Simple Ceramic Watch Born From Dieter Rams' Design Philosophy

At $440 it's not the cheapest or most functional timekeeper you can strap to your wrist, but if aesthetics are your priority when buying a watch, you're not going to find anything simpler or cleaner than one created using Dieter Rams' design philosophy. » 8/15/14 5:20pm 8/15/14 5:20pm

Control This Beautiful Ceramic Radio By Touching Its Palladium Surface

Engineers and gilders might not seem like the most intuitive design partners—after all, their crafts hail from entirely different centuries—but the results of those kinds of unconventional collaborations can be magical. Behold: Hibou (meaning Owl, in French), a ceramic radio that's controlled by touching the… » 6/13/13 6:12pm 6/13/13 6:12pm

With a Ceramic Transducer, You'll Hear Voices Inside Your Head

Japanese electronics company Kyocera has developed an innovative new transducer to replace outmoded—and underperforming—speakers in a phone. » 5/09/12 2:30am 5/09/12 2:30am

3D Ceramic Printer Creates Pottery Bowls and That Perfect Futuristic…

To watch this transparent cube build a ceramic bowl must be like watching magic. The nozzle shoots clay out, designing sculptures layer by layer, until the finished object is ready to be fired in a kiln. » 2/22/10 2:40pm 2/22/10 2:40pm

Joey Roth's Ceramic Computer Speakers Review: $500 Gives Your PC…

Joey Roth's ceramic computer speakers are just about the most gorgeous I've ever seen, and they sound amazing. But at $500, they're not for anyone who still thinks their MP3s sound just fine. » 10/10/09 3:00pm 10/10/09 3:00pm

Awesome Porcelain Speakers Are Too Classy for My Desk

This 2.0 speaker set (the toaster-looking piece is a volume control, not a subwoofer) may not be the most powerful set at 10W per channel, but they promise excellent conduction (and style) due to the unusual construction of ceramic-wrapped cork. » 8/14/09 12:00am 8/14/09 12:00am

Asus Marine Cool Motherboard Fights Heat with Ceramic Plates

Ceramic isn't just for pottery. It's used in military armor to stop bullets and the Space Shuttle to thwart heat. Now, Asus is reintroducing the material in its sci-fi-tastic Marine Cool motherboard. » 3/02/09 3:40pm 3/02/09 3:40pm

Raku Ray Guns (Sorry, They're Just Ceramic)

Maybe by next year we'll be telling you about real ray pistols, but for now you'll have to settle for these charming Raku Ray Gun sculptures. Each is completely one-of-a-kind, constructed on a pottery wheel and fired using the low-fire "raku" method. The sculpture is then placed on a 12" by 9" moon crater plaque for… » 5/13/08 12:40pm 5/13/08 12:40pm

Ceramic Remote Solves One Problem, Creates Others

Designer Yuta Watanabe's motivation in creating a ceramic concept TV remote was the disdain we usually show our little infrared friends, tossing them around, losing them in seat cushions, leaving them in another room. If the remote was an objet rather than a mere object, we might not be so rough on it. Yes? I say no.… » 10/12/07 9:24am 10/12/07 9:24am

Ceramic Concept Toaster Toasts, Organizes

Not only does this concept toaster toast your bread in one pass, there's a convenient shelving mechanism to catch hot bread as well. It "works" by passing the bread through with three rollers to the toasting mechanism at the end. Instead of being made of plastic or metal, it's made of ceramics—part of a "Ceramics for… » 1/16/07 1:30pm 1/16/07 1:30pm