Inside Jim Henson's Creature Shop: Where Gadgets and Dreams Collide

It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades… » 4/14/14 3:00pm 4/14/14 3:00pm

How Criterion Collection Brings Movies Back From the Dead

There are few names that represent a commitment to the distribution of classic films like the Criterion Collection. Since the 1980s, they have remastered and released hundreds of movies on Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray. We recently visited the Criterion headquarters in New York to get a first-hand look at the meticulous… » 2/14/14 1:00pm 2/14/14 1:00pm

How the Video Age Was Born, Decades Before YouTube

Video is the defining medium of the 21st century, thanks to the rise of the internet. But its origins go back way further, to the late 1960s, when the first portable video devices emerged. It was a watershed moment in history—and our short documentary explains why. » 2/05/14 3:00pm 2/05/14 3:00pm

Whiskey, Toys, and Holograms: Our Best Original Videos of 2013

It's been a fun year for Gizmodo's video operation. We've gone inside distilleries and toy factories, and met some really interesting people in the process. The following is a compendium of moving images from 2013 for your listening and viewing pleasure. Grab an armchair, sip some 'nog, and enjoy. » 12/26/13 12:30pm 12/26/13 12:30pm

That Time We Turned Coke Into Whiskey

Think you can only make whiskey from rye or barley? Think again. At least at Brooklyn's Kings County Distillery, they've made the spirit with some crazy components. When Gizmodo stopped by for a visit earlier this week, we spent a fascinating day with co-founder Colin Spoelman as he pulled some transubstantiating magic … » 12/13/13 5:00pm 12/13/13 5:00pm

Coffee Mastery Lives in Counter Culture's Geared Out Training Center

Behind the veneer of bearded hipsters that floods the world of high-end coffee lies an intricate field of science, gadgetry, and taste requiring years of experience to master. Counter Culture is at the forefront of coffee education, and their new NYC training center is the apex of techniques and technology. » 10/28/13 2:40pm 10/28/13 2:40pm

Introducing GizShorts: All Our Best Videos In One Place

We've made a lot of videos over the years—sometimes absurd, sometimes insightful, sometimes just to embarrass and torment our staff. For the productions we work extra hard on, the ones that probe the depths of tech & design, we are introducing a new moniker. » 10/28/13 2:30pm 10/28/13 2:30pm

Light Waves and Lasers: A Short Narrated History of Holography

Last week we brought you inside the kooky but wonderful Holographic Studios in New York City. While we were there, we learned a whole lot about the history of hologram technology. It's a sprawling story with many facets—and also lasers. » 9/16/13 4:44pm 9/16/13 4:44pm

The Art of the Hologram Is Alive in This Underground Laboratory

Holograms occupy a strange place in our visual culture. Encountering a genuinely innovative holographic image can elicit wonder and joy, yet the technology has struggled to transcend election night gimmicks and Tupac exploitation. But for those who run the Holographic Studios in NYC, creating 3D images remains an… » 9/13/13 2:00pm 9/13/13 2:00pm

This Silk-Screened Art Glows With Electroluminescent Ink

When someone brings up silk-screening, you might think of hand-made t-shirts or concert posters. What you probably don't think of is electric current and glowing surfaces. But at the University of Pennsylvania, traditional screen-printing and high technology are colliding to create incredible, eye-melting artistic… » 6/27/13 4:13pm 6/27/13 4:13pm

The Wildly Functional Studio of Video Wizard Casey Neistat: Part III

For the final leg of our tour, Neistat brings us into his studio within a studio, where work and play collide. From a old-timey fire extinguisher, to a foldaway speed-bag, the miscellany extends from floor to ceiling, reflecting the same personality that comes across in Neistat's movies. » 6/21/13 3:19pm 6/21/13 3:19pm

The Wildly Functional Studio of Video Wizard Casey Neistat: Part II

Being creative doesn't mean having access to the latest and greatest gear. It's often a matter of thinking outside the box to find the best solution. Casey Neistat's studio—including his self-built shooting table—is a perfect example of that. » 6/19/13 3:20pm 6/19/13 3:20pm

The Wildly Functional Studio of Video Wizard Casey Neistat: Part I

Casey Neistat makes movies. His products are homegrown and eccentric, as though they were built from sticks and stones. But they are also often brilliant, and have clearly caught on, at least enough to garner a presence on The New York Times website as well as HBO. Much of Neistat's magic is concocted in a bright SoHo… » 6/17/13 3:40pm 6/17/13 3:40pm

Inside the Printing Studio Where Obsolete Tech Will Never Die

Before computers became the sole progenitors of almost all our visual artifacts, printing was a labor-intensive task that involved applying incredible pressure to inked blocks using machines weighing thousands of pounds. At the Common Press, in the basement of the University of Pennsylvania's Fine Arts Building,… » 6/14/13 1:10pm 6/14/13 1:10pm

Espresso 101: The Methods and Machines Behind the Perfect Shot

Espresso is a mysterious drink. Not many people really know what it really is, how it’s made, or even what it should taste like. We've all been lured into a haze of misunderstanding and misinformation by the likes of Starbucks, Nespresso, Krups, and countless other brands looking to make espresso easy and cheap. Don't … » 5/24/13 11:00am 5/24/13 11:00am

Where the Toys Come From: Inside Hasbro’s Model Workshop

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Designing toys takes sketching and planning and imagining, sure. But what's even more impressive is the actual making—still a much more industrial and craftsmanlike process than you'd imagine. It requires, essentially, a whole factory condensed into a few rooms of Hasbro's headquarters outside of Providence, Rhode… » 4/22/13 1:06pm 4/22/13 1:06pm

Autobots Assembled: How Transformers Come to Life

Transformers. There's maybe no more iconic toy, especially if you're a child of the 80s and 90s. And while the memories of making them shapeshift are indelible, the process of actually building one from scratch is far more involved (or exactly as involved, if you spent your entire childhood dreaming of this) as you'd… » 4/18/13 1:00pm 4/18/13 1:00pm