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Samsung's Mysterious Gear S2 Smartwatch Looks Downright Wearable

Samsung showed us two jumbo phones today that were, you know, more or less what we were expecting—and frankly not all that interesting. At the end of the show, though, Samsung teased the Gear S2 smartwatch, set to be announced on September 3rd at IFA in Berlin. Now that’s what I’m talking about! » 8/13/15 12:40pm 8/13/15 12:40pm

You Can Pay $9,300 to Attach an Apple Watch to an Even Fancier Watch 

Here’s an innovation so impractical, uncomfortable, and expensive, that I can’t stop looking at it. Of course the world has produced a luxury Swiss timepiece that has space on its band for an Apple Watch. It’s a goofy two-faced hybrid watch that packs a gloriously unnecessary double-whammy of bling into a single… » 8/03/15 4:00pm 8/03/15 4:00pm

A Hands-On Review of Suitsy, the Silicon Valley Onesie Suit

I spent the last week gliding around San Francisco in the now infamous “Suitsy”, an adult-sized pajama onesie disguised as a full business suit. At bars and in meetings, no one seemed to notice anything amiss. But, perhaps, I thought, this was because San Francisco is the home of weird attire and my colleagues were… » 5/17/15 3:00pm 5/17/15 3:00pm

Hydrophobic T-Shirts Are Miraculous—Until You Wash Them

A few weeks ago, an Australian startup offered to send me a T-shirt. I'm not normally on the T-shirt beat, but this one was special. The 100-percent cotton garment featured "patented hydrophobic nanotechnology" to make it super stain-resistant. "I'll be the judge of that," I thought, and a few days later the… » 2/26/15 10:10am 2/26/15 10:10am

Watching an umbrella get hand made is more captivating than I thought

There's a bit of a chicken or the egg thing for me when it comes to umbrellas. I never spend too much money on umbrellas because they always break. Or do they break because I never spend too much money on them? After watching this titillating video of a beautiful umbrella being made, I think I know the answer. » 1/07/15 11:52pm 1/07/15 11:52pm

A Self-Adjusting Smart Belt: Yes, It's Come to This

You can keep your 4K TVs and your autonomous puppy dog drones. The Belty promises to have a greater impact on humanity than even the wheel. It's the world's first smart belt featuring an electric-powered motor built into the buckle that automatically loosens the strap when you sit down, and then tightens the belt… » 1/04/15 8:31pm 1/04/15 8:31pm

ASUS ZenWatch Review: The First Smartwatch I'd Wear As a Watch

For years, I've wanted a smartwatch: a device that would blend style with digital convenience. Unfortunately, the first crop of smartwatches have predominantly been bulky pieces of plastic and glass for which adjectives like "elegant" seem disingenuous. But the Asus ZenWatch is evidence that things are getting better. » 12/03/14 10:45am 12/03/14 10:45am