Inside Quirky's Ambitious Plan to Smarten Up Your Home

When "invention machine" Quirky launched in 2009, it made a name for itself hocking plastic utensils and cord organizers—designed by you, for you. But over the past year, it's made a play to move into turning your home into a Jetsons-worthy utopia. And it's got the means—and brains—to do it. » 10/01/13 12:00pm 10/01/13 12:00pm

How Christmas Tree Lights Evolved from Major to Mild Fire Hazard

Before our Christmas tree lighting needs were taken care of with $25 and a trip to Target, creating the atmosphere meant placing candles—wax towers topped with fire—onto seasonal kindling. Think it's frightening now when your dog tugs a branch? Just imagine your living room bursting into flames for the sake of… » 12/08/11 8:00pm 12/08/11 8:00pm

The TSA Screener You'll Actually Enjoy (Maybe)

We all know the drill with airport security: Pockets empty, laptop out, shoes and dignity off. Degrading, but anything for safety, right? Next-gen Explosive Trace Detectors promise that we'll at least get to keep our shoes on. » 6/03/11 11:30am 6/03/11 11:30am

GE's Battery-Free Sensor is a Breakthrough in RFID Technology

GE's new battery-free sensor could be just the kick in the pants RFID » 10/15/08 3:50pm 10/15/08 3:50pm needs to start living up to its potential. The platform uses a conventional RFID tag coated with a chemically or biologically sensitive film that draws power wirelessly from a handheld reading device. Naturally, eliminating on-board batteries means…

GE-Branded Digital Cameras On the Way to Already-Overcrowded Me-Too…

As if we didn't already have enough digital camera brands, now GE has decided to enter into the fray, licensing its name to the General Imaging Company for a line of digital cameras to be rolled out in three weeks at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA, March 8-11) convention in Las Vegas. That's right, GE, the… » 2/14/07 8:01am 2/14/07 8:01am

General Electric Vapor Tracer: An Electronic Bloodhound for Busting…

This, my friend, is the Vapor Tracer, a device being used in the drug wars to sniff out narcotics. Its nose is a mass spectrometry sensor, which finds little bags of cocaine in your ass by detecting the "mass-to-charge ratio of ions". Yeah, neither do we. Anyhow, it's the coolest of all the hardware in this BusinessWeek… » 8/10/06 7:41am 8/10/06 7:41am