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Turn Your Car Into Knight Rider's K.I.T.T. With This Talking USB Charger

Remember that Flux Capacitor USB car charger that kind of turned your ride into the DeLorean from Back to the Future? If for some reason David Hasselhoff is more to your liking, there’s now an alternate version that will turn your vehicle into K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider isntead. » 7/08/15 1:29pm 7/08/15 1:29pm

A Tilted Blender Promises To Make Your Smoothies Actually Taste Better

It’s generally assumed that the faster the blades in a blender spin, the better it will work, right? Wrong. Over-blending fruits like strawberries can lead to crushed seeds that make a smoothie taste bitter. So Electrolux’s new tilted blender uses a less powerful motor, combined with an improved design, to actually… » 6/24/15 11:23am 6/24/15 11:23am

Japanese Paper Art Could Lead to Bending and Folding Electronics

LG’s G Flex phones are mostly known for their ability to bend slightly under pressure, but someday our mobile devices could be completely rolled up like a piece of paper. And researchers at the University of Michigan are hoping the art of intricate paper cutting might be the secret to that ultimate flexibility. » 6/22/15 11:00am 6/22/15 11:00am

Appeals Court Rules That Your Electronics Can Stay Turned On In Flight

Back in 2013, the FAA saw sense, and ruled that passengers can use their electronic fondleslabs during takeoff and landing. And, shortly after, the Association of Flight Attendants sued, claiming the FAA had overstepped its bounds. An appeals court just ruled against the AFA, meaning takeoff Candy Crush is here to… » 5/10/15 9:06pm 5/10/15 9:06pm

Build This Space-Saving Workstation for your DIY Electronics Projects

Normally, DIY electronics projects require a lot of room to spread out and specialized tools, but this simple, tiny workbench by Instructables user gizmologist bucks the trend. It offers storage for tools and room for a breadboard, Arduino, and a few other gadgets, all in a portable package. » 4/11/15 6:53pm 4/11/15 6:53pm

This 1982 JCPenney Catalog Is a Jackpot of '80s Toys and Electronics

How do you define a hero? It's easy. It's anyone who takes the time to scan all 636 pages of the 1982 JCPenney Christmas catalog and posts those images on Flickr so that all of us who grew up in the '80s can spend a Friday morning taking a nostalgic browse through our childhood. » 3/20/15 9:26am 3/20/15 9:26am

Some Very Patient Genius Soldered a Digital Clock From 1,916 Components

You would need a microscope to be able to see all of the miniature components etched onto the single tiny microchip powering the clock in a digital watch. But you can see them all with the naked eye on artist Gislain Benoit's The Clock, which is made from 1,916 hand-soldered components that end up weighing a hefty 14… » 2/26/15 4:20pm 2/26/15 4:20pm

This Printer Churns Out Complex Double-Layered Circuit Boards

3D printers are well on their way to eventually creating perfect replicas of almost any object we can imagine, as long as they don't rely on any electronics inside to function. But devices like the new Voltera, a printer that churns out prototypes of complex dual-layer circuit boards, is a sign that this won't always… » 2/10/15 12:20pm 2/10/15 12:20pm

Throwing Out Gadgets Will Be Illegal in New York Starting Next Year 

Throwing away a dusty, broken printer or a intensely cracked old iPhone will be against the law in New York starting in 2015. A new "e-waste" ban goes into effect in the new year, making it illegal to put your discarded VCRs and underused iPods in the garbage. People who do can get fined $100 per item. » 12/29/14 4:25pm 12/29/14 4:25pm

Tracking a Gadget’s Journey From the Mine to Beneath the Christmas Tree

Imagine you're in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Behind you is China, below you are thousands of tons of consumer goods destined for faraway ports, then stores, then maybe a spot beneath a Christmas tree. You are part of a vast economy that supplies the things we buy—a galaxy of cities, systems, and people that is… » 12/10/14 2:05pm 12/10/14 2:05pm