Self-Destructing SSDs Will Nuke Themselves If You Text Them a Code Word

Losing a laptop full of personal files like family photos is upsetting, but losing a laptop full of private corporate info and trade secrets is instead downright terrifying. So when you absolutely can't risk misplaced data falling into the wrong hands, a GSM-equipped SSD drive that can remotely physically… » 9/30/14 12:15pm Yesterday 12:15pm

Disney USB Chargers Make Outlets Fun, Which, Uh… Guys?

For those us without kids, these Disney-themed USB chargers seem like an adorable way to replace the adapters that came with our smartphones. But to anyone with a toddler roaming the house, exploring every last nook and cranny, they also serve as an engraved invitation to start playing with power outlets. » 9/30/14 9:23am Yesterday 9:23am

A Solar Cell Snowboard Powers Your Gadgets While You Cruise

A couple of years ago the folks at Signal Snowboards tried their hand at making a board with a thin layer of solar cells on top to charge a battery while it careened down the slopes. Not only was their creation a success, it actually worked so well the company decided to put it into production, and it's now available… » 9/29/14 4:33pm Monday 4:33pm

GoPro Hero4 Hands-On: The Best Action Cam Goes 4K Beast, For a Price

After several gagillion leaks over the last few days, they're finally here: GoPro's 2014 line of action cameras. As rumored, there are in fact three models. There's the Hero, GoPro's new entry-level camera that comes in super cheap; the Hero4 Silver, which is basically last year's best action camera plus an LCD… » 9/29/14 7:58am Monday 7:58am

Sony Includes a Ring Remote With Its New Underwater Headphones

The biggest issue with wearing all-inclusive wireless headphones like Sony's new waterproof WS610 series is that the playback controls usually end up sitting somewhere near your ears, and completely out of sight. So to save users from having to fumble around to find volume and track buttons on their heads, Sony has… » 9/26/14 9:19am Friday 9:19am

The Seek Gives Your Smartphone Predator-Vision on the Cheap

Through apps and accessories our smartphones can be almost any digital tool we could ever need, including a thermal camera as FLIR showed us earlier this year. Not surprisingly, competing products to the FLIR ONE have started to appear, including the Seek thermal camera which promises a considerably smaller form… » 9/25/14 9:00am Thursday 9:00am

Heating Elements Inside this Suitcase Kill Stowaway Bed Bugs

If there's one souvenir you don't want to return from a trip with, it's bed bugs. Those little pests are a nightmare to eradicate, so someone has created the perfect luggage for travelers who frequent seedy hotels. The ThermalStrike suitcase heats up inside once you get home, ensuring your clothes are bed bug-free… » 9/24/14 4:50pm 9/24/14 4:50pm

Serve an 8-Bit Breakfast With This Poke-a-Pixel Wafflemaker

Quirky's approach of bringing user-submitted inventions to life pre-dates Kickstarter by quite a few years. And the company's track record at successfully producing these often highly original creations means you can actually get excited about a wafflemaker that lets you create custom pixelated images every morning.… » 9/23/14 4:07pm 9/23/14 4:07pm

This Tiny Transforming Travel Iron Should Be the First Thing You Pack

The internet's full of tips on how to pack your clothing before a trip so it doesn't get wrinkled while you travel. But none of them are foolproof, and like it or not, there's probably going to be some ironing in your future. But that's a chore made slightly more bearable with this rather ingenious travel iron that… » 9/23/14 12:23pm 9/23/14 12:23pm

Panasonic Goes Old School With Its Cassette-Shaped Voice Recorder

Panasonic is clearly targeting a certain demographic, or at least a specific age group, with its latest voice recorder. Because anyone who grew up before the age of MP3s, or even compact discs, will spot the RR-S30's uncanny resemblance to an audio cassette tape. To anyone younger, it will simply look like something… » 9/23/14 9:15am 9/23/14 9:15am

How to Hack an Inkjet to Print Custom-Colored Makeup

After graduating from Harvard, Grace Choi decided that she wanted to target the makeup industry with a low-cost device that would actually let consumers simply print their own. And while she's working on perfecting (and raising the needed funding) to put her Mink printer into production, she's created a tutorial on … » 9/22/14 5:30pm 9/22/14 5:30pm

Touch-Sensitive Outlet Shuts Down Power To Protect Kids From Shocks

Here's a wonderful mashup of existing technologies that promises to make it all but impossible for little kids to get shocked by a power outlet. The Guardian Angel Shockproof Safety Outlet uses similar technology as your smartphone's touchscreen to detect when it's being touched, and then automatically shut down power… » 9/22/14 2:59pm 9/22/14 2:59pm

GE's New Chip Lets You Easily Hack and Mod Its Appliances

At one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they're slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer,… » 9/22/14 12:21pm 9/22/14 12:21pm

This All-Seeing AC Unit Can Spot Room Obstacles and Blow Around Them

It seems like those of us on the American side of the Pacific ocean are missing out on some fantastic innovations in air conditioning. In Japan, Hitachi is introducing a new wall-mounted unit packed with cameras and sensors that's able to redirect its chilly blasts towards people, parts of a room that are too warm,… » 9/18/14 10:56am 9/18/14 10:56am

Philips Wants to Cure Aches With Wireless Drug-Free Pain Relievers

There are some pains that are easily resolved with a couple of aspirins and a good night's sleep. But there are other pains that are far more persistent, and Philips is hoping to provide those that suffer from chronic aches with some drug-free pain relief using a couple of new iPhone-connected devices. » 9/16/14 1:57pm 9/16/14 1:57pm

Moto X (2014) Review: Still the Android Phone For Everyone

The original Moto X, which debuted last year, was a different breed of smartphone. Rather than trying to build a beast with the best screen and the most horsepower, Motorola focused on the user experience above all else. The result was a phone that was so intelligent and comfortable to use that it almost didn't… » 9/11/14 3:34pm 9/11/14 3:34pm

Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: The Best Might Not Be Enough


Early this year when Google first announced Android Wear, it teased us with the Moto 360. It was by far the best-looking smartwatch we'd ever seen. Many months later it's here at last. It's the best Android Wear device yet, but with the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it's no longer clear if that's good enough. » 9/11/14 11:00am 9/11/14 11:00am