This Umbrella's Built-in Bluetooth Reminds You Not To Forget It

There's a never-ending debate when it comes to buying umbrellas: Do you spend a lot of money on an expensive one you'll probably end up losing, or do you buy a cheap model that will most certainly break in a light breeze? Davek wants you to go the former route, and is now upgrading its umbrellas with Bluetooth in the… » 2/26/15 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

10 Popular Toys From the '80s That Are Back

The '80s were arguably one of the greatest decades in history to be a kid with an allowance burning a hole in your pocket, and a free afternoon to spend at a toy store. And decades later, toy companies have realized that all those kids buying the wonderful toys from the '80s are all grown up now with plenty of… » 2/25/15 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

Suitcase Scooters Now Come With Electric Motors For Extra Lazy Commuters

By now we've probably all seen the occasional passenger zipping through an airport on one of those convertible carry-on suitcases that transforms into a scooter. But propelling a scooter while you've got a boarding pass in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other is a tricky balancing act, so finally someone has … » 2/23/15 9:34am Monday 9:34am

A Single Cable With Swappable Connectors Wants To Replace All Your Wires

Traveling for work usually involves bringing along a small mountain of electronics, each with cables that need to tag along too. But a new Kickstarter promises to replace them all—power, video, and audio—with a single multi-headed cord that can handle any connection that wireless hasn't already replaced. » 2/19/15 2:40pm 2/19/15 2:40pm

There's Smart Functionality Hiding Inside This Retro Pocket Watch

After reports of their demise at the hands of smartphones were greatly exaggerated, watches are becoming more and more popular again, especially as they start to gain smarter functionality. That goes for pocket watches too, with the Tissot Pocket Touch gaining an LCD display, a touchscreen interface, and a host of… » 2/19/15 12:51pm 2/19/15 12:51pm

Meet the 'Real-Life Q' Who Builds Secret Spy Gadgets for a Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favorite part was always the same: the part where "Q" would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond movies — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for operators in the field. » 2/18/15 10:00am 2/18/15 10:00am

Mooch Power From Another Smartphone With This Tiny Charging Cable

It's not uncommon to bum a smoke, a ride, or a piece of gum from a friend, but if a new Indiegogo campaign is successful, you might soon be able to bum a little bit of power for your phone as well. The Juicer is a simple double-headed microUSB cable that lets you transfer power from one tablet or smartphone directly… » 2/18/15 9:25am 2/18/15 9:25am

All the Tech We've Used to Intercept Every Kind Of Communication

Spy cameras are probably the most axiomatic gadgets when we talk about intelligence-gathering techniques. But intercepting and decoding messages is just as important as taking pictures. Here's a look at all the devices spies have used to tap into voice, mail, phone, radio, morse, electronic messages, and other signals. » 2/13/15 3:00pm 2/13/15 3:00pm

Fix Your iMac By Adding Four USB Ports To the Front Where They Should Be

For every ten steps forward that Apple's designers make in terms of improved usability for the company's products, they still always manage to take a couple steps back. The world may never fully know why the USB ports are hidden away out-of-reach on the back of an iMac, but companies like Satechi are working hard to… » 2/12/15 2:00pm 2/12/15 2:00pm

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner. » 2/12/15 1:35pm 2/12/15 1:35pm

Ingenious Infrared Microwave Shows Your Food Change Color As It Heats Up

After watching this video I feel like the best microwave I've ever used sucked very badly. What you see here is a concept for the Heat Map Microwave, which would have a built-in IR camera on top and a screen on the front, effectively allowing you to see exactly when your food has been heated all the way through. Get… » 2/11/15 12:00pm 2/11/15 12:00pm

When You're Not Cleaning, This Self-Standing Vac Is Also an Air Purifier

What do you do with your vacuum in-between visits from your parents? Does it just sit in a utility closet until you need to do a mad-dash cleaning the day before company arrives? That seems like a waste, and Mitsubishi apparently agrees because the company has created a stick vac that does double-duty as an air… » 2/11/15 9:52am 2/11/15 9:52am

A Camera Bag Divider That Protects and Charges your Gear

Unless you're heading out to shoot for National Geographic, you don't want to leave the house with a giant over-stuffed camera bag hanging off your shoulder. Everything you bring has to play a crucial role for your photography outing. Or, better yet, two crucial roles like this padded camera bag divider with a 3,000… » 2/10/15 5:20pm 2/10/15 5:20pm

Scrabble Twist Ditches the Tiles So It's Easier To Play On the Go

If you're hoping to quench your spelling lust while away from home, there are countless app versions of Scrabble you can download for smartphones and tablets. But Hasbro knows that part of the fun of board games is playing with others in the same room, so it's created an electronic portable version of the game called… » 2/10/15 1:20pm 2/10/15 1:20pm

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

There's No Wrong Side Up With a Flippable Vacuum

Canister vacuums are lighter and more maneuverable than a stick-style vac, but you often have to keep running over to rescue them when they get stuck or even flipped upside down. To help alleviate both problems, the Vax AirRevolve is designed as a self-contained cylinder with over-sized wheels that clamber over… » 2/09/15 5:42pm 2/09/15 5:42pm

A Car Bumper Laser Helps Prevent Rear-End Collisions in Fog

It's one of the most passive forms of weather on the planet, but fog accounts for countless pileups and accidents on roads and highways because drivers simply can't see the cars in front of them. But this simple bumper-mounted laser promises to help remedy that by shining a bright red line on the road, 15 to 20 feet… » 2/06/15 9:30am 2/06/15 9:30am

You'll Finally Understand Felines With the Meowlingual Cat Translator 

Many years ago the Bowlingual translator promised to finally bridge the communications gap between humans and dogs. But since a wagging tail and shredded toilet paper make it easy to figure out what a dog is thinking, it wasn't exactly a must-have gadget. Cats, on the other hand? That's a different story. » 2/05/15 6:40pm 2/05/15 6:40pm