Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work Its Own Way Across a Page

With what has to be one of the most ambitious Kickstarter projects to come along in a while, the folks behind this Mini Mobile Robotic Printer want to revolutionize the mobile office. Because of instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a … » 4/10/14 9:27am 4/10/14 9:27am

Local Motors' Latest Is a Drifting, Electric Big Wheel for Grownups

The crowd-design gearheads at Local Motors are at it again, with a Kickstarter project that will make your inner eight-year-old hyperventilate: the Verrado, a motorized, grown-up sized Big Wheel that drifts. » 4/04/14 2:20pm 4/04/14 2:20pm

MIDI Software That Turns Your Voice Into Instruments If You Can't Play

MIDI—the Musical Instrument Digital Interface—lets anyone with just an electronic keyboard, or other simple interface device, recreate an entire orchestra's worth of sounds. But what if you can't even play a keyboard? That's where a new piece of software called imitone can save the day, turning your voice (or other… » 4/03/14 2:20pm 4/03/14 2:20pm

A Lensbaby For Your iPhone That Makes Mobile Photography More Creative

For photographers looking to get really creative with their gear, Lensbaby is well known for its various DSLR lenses that can create tilt-shift and other popular effects. But for the first time, the company is letting iPhone photographers get in on the fun too, with a tiny smartphone-friendly lens providing extreme… » 4/02/14 4:40pm 4/02/14 4:40pm

Tents Should Have Had Built-in Air Mattresses Since Day One

A comfy air mattress can make roughing it feel a little less rough, although wrangling one inside a tent that's a little too small for your queen size bed can be a huge pain. And that's exactly the situation that inspired Dan Robertson to create the Aesent: a tent with a built-in air mattress on its base that's always… » 3/19/14 12:20pm 3/19/14 12:20pm

It Turns Out Cyclists Only Really Need Half a Bike To Get To Work

According to the folks at Kolelinia, cyclists are spending twice as much money as they need to on a bike. The company has just designed a more compact alternative called the Halfbike that looks like someone stripped away all the comfy bits from a real bike, leaving us with the cyclists' equivalent of a standing desk. » 3/14/14 2:00pm 3/14/14 2:00pm

Sorry, But Smart Rings Aren't the Future

Smartwatch? Please. We've already moved on to smart rings, magical digit-wrappers that control your world with a wave of the hand. They're everywhere—except, oddly enough, on our fingers. That's because despite the extravagant promises they're pitched with, most smart rings simply don't work yet. And they may well… » 3/11/14 10:00am 3/11/14 10:00am

Every Outlet Cover Should Be an LED Nightlight By Default

It's ok to sacrifice an outlet to a nightlight in a child's room to scare away monsters, but elsewhere in your home they're far more valuable for other electronics and appliances. And that's exactly why these replacement outlet covers with built-in LED nightlights are so clever—and should eventually be standard in… » 3/05/14 11:20am 3/05/14 11:20am

I Would Have Killed to Have This Open-Source Laser Tag Game as a Kid

Even when it's just team deathmatch in a dark, smelly room inside the local roller rink, laser tag is awesome. So imagine how cool it would be if you could liberate it, and play an open-source version wherever you want with game-types you made up. It'd be like a video game in real life! Or paintball without the pain! » 3/04/14 12:40pm 3/04/14 12:40pm

How It Feels to Ride an Electric Citibike

If you've ever ridden a Citibike (or any similar bike-share bicycle) you know: those suckers are heavy. And, if you've ever ridden up anything near an incline, you know that heavy bikes absolutely suck on hills. Wouldn't it be great to just push a button instead? » 2/28/14 4:40pm 2/28/14 4:40pm

A Tiny Desktop Museum With Dinosaur Eggs, Moon Rocks, and Titanic Coal

Don't lament the fact that your tiny podunk town recently spent all its money on a new waterpark instead of a museum. Thanks to a lifelong dream of Hans Fex, with a donation of as little as $79 you can have a tiny museum of your own sitting on your desk, featuring everything from dinosaur poop, to coal from the… » 2/24/14 9:40am 2/24/14 9:40am

Color-Shifting Ferrofluid: Who Needs Aliens?

Even though it has many real-world applications—like as a self-sealing lubricant—ferrofluid's most common use is as one really awesome desktop distraction. But when you've seen one black spiky blob, you've seen them all. So the creators of the new Fluux LiquiMetal toy have breathed some novelty back into ferrofluid by… » 2/21/14 1:21pm 2/21/14 1:21pm

A Tiny Briefcase That Turns Citibikes Into Electric Scooters

The bike share programs that have popped up in major cities around the world make for a cheap way to get around town for a few hours—unless you're lazy. So if you find yourself suffering from "let's just take a cab" syndrome, you might want to consider funding this clever little briefcase called the ShareRoller that adds … » 2/20/14 6:20pm 2/20/14 6:20pm

This Modular Toy Car Has Steering and Suspension Like the Real Thing

Toy cars are a compromise: the simple ones "drive" like a roller skate, and the really serious ones are too intricate (and expensive) to just hand over to a mere child. Modarri Cars wants to change that with fun, customizable, modular toy cars with spring suspension and steering just like the real thing. » 2/19/14 7:00pm 2/19/14 7:00pm

A Matryoshka Bat and Ball Hide a Gym Class Worth of Sports Gear

How many times has a trip to the park been undone because you just couldn't decide what sports gear to bring with you? With the AryaBall kit, it's a decision you'll never have to make again because a simple bat and soccer ball turn into everything you need for playing frisbee, baseball, golf, and even football. » 2/16/14 2:36pm 2/16/14 2:36pm

This Genius App Would Turn Your Smartphone Pics Into Prints, For Free

Where are the dozens of pictures on your smartphone or tablet going? Nowhere, probably. Printing them at home looks chintzy, and getting professional prints is expensive. Flag wants to change that, with an app that would give you high-quality prints and mail them wherever you want, all for free. Cool! » 1/30/14 11:56am 1/30/14 11:56am