An Ingredient Measuring Machine Is Like Insurance For Baking

When you're cooking, you can toss almost any series of ingredients into a pan and end up with something edible. But when you're baking, you need to pay close to attention to precisely measuring out ingredients so your creation turns out as expected. So as with anything requiring precision, it's best to leave it to a… » 7/28/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

A Self-Powered Bike Trailer That Pulls All Of Its Own Weight

They're a cheaper and often less stressful way to get around a big city, but compared to a car, bikes kind of suck when it comes to hauling cargo. A trailer certainly helps if you're willing to put in the extra effort needed to haul it, but there's now a better solution. Someone's created a self-propelled bike trailer » 7/23/14 12:30pm Wednesday 12:30pm

This Simple Contraption Lets You Make 100 Water Balloons Every Minute

Like with nuclear war, a water balloon fight isn't about pinpoint accuracy. What's most important is raining down as much soakage on your opponent as quickly as possible. Which means that the Bunch O Balloons, which promises to let you make 100 throw-ready water balloons every minute, could be the most important… » 7/22/14 1:33pm 7/22/14 1:33pm

This All-In-One Printer Churns Out Completely Functional Circuit Boards

Prototyping a new device without a factory at your disposal is as time consuming as it is expensive. Unless the crowd-funded Squink printer manages to become a reality. It lets hobbyists and aspiring Wozniaks print their own functional circuit boards using conductive ink and glue, for almost immediate turnarounds when… » 7/21/14 1:48pm 7/21/14 1:48pm

How Priority Bicycles Made a "Maintenance Free" Bike For Under $400

Buying a bike is all about compromises. You can get a cheap one at Target, but it'll be heavy and have low-end components. Or you could get a light bike with killer components, but you'll be paying through the nose. Priority Bicycles is a new company that thinks it's found the sweet spot: A cheap, light, "maintenance… » 7/15/14 8:00am 7/15/14 8:00am

​Kickstarter Potato Salad Guy Is a Hero

Late last week, amidst an agonizingly slow pre-holiday news cycle, CNET introduced the world to Zack Danger Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native who wanted to crowdfund the making of his very first potato salad on Kickstarter. He wanted $10. He got over $15,000 (and counting). And here, because this is the world we have… » 7/07/14 7:48pm 7/07/14 7:48pm

This Backpack Has an Emergency Raincoat That Deploys Like a Parachute

Designed for motorcycle riders and cyclists who quickly need to protect themselves from a sudden downpour, the Funnell backpack actually looks useful to anyone who commutes without a car. With a quick tug on a couple of straps, a full-on raincoat deploys from the top of the backpack, keeping both the wearer and the… » 7/07/14 2:20pm 7/07/14 2:20pm

A Tiny Mountable Power Bar Fixes Your Outlet's Most Annoying Flaws

No scientist has dedicated their time to the cause yet, but one day research will confirm that most outlets in an empty room will inevitably end up trapped and inaccessible behind heavy furniture. It's a common problem that the new MOS Reach doesn't necessarily solve, but does make less of a concern by letting you… » 6/26/14 2:43pm 6/26/14 2:43pm

Conductive Foam Darts Turn Your iPad Into a Shooting Gallery

Even with incredibly-realistic first-person shooter video games that make you feel as if you're in an actual war, toy guns that shoot innocuous foam arrows still remain popular. There's just something about nailing a target with an actual projectile that's incredibly satisfying, and that's why Snipe—a tablet game that… » 6/25/14 10:05am 6/25/14 10:05am

Chopsticks Made From Rice Are the Perfect Pairing

It's estimated that over 130 million wooden chopsticks are produced every day, and most are destined to end up in the trash after just one use. Sure, wood breaks down a lot better than plastic, but a couple of engineers from Barcelona have a better idea. They're producing chopsticks made from rice husks—an unwanted… » 6/20/14 12:40pm 6/20/14 12:40pm

Steaklocker Could Let You Dry-Age Delicious Beef Chunks at Home

Dry-aged beef. It's a phrase that gets fancy steak-lovers' mouths all drooly. The magic dance of enzymes and moisture reduction creates out-of-this-world flavor and tenderness that, unless you've got restaurant-grade equipment, you can't recreate at home. Steaklocker wants to change that, with a device on Kickstarter » 6/17/14 10:40am 6/17/14 10:40am

A Perpetual Slinky Treadmill Might Be Humanity's Greatest Achievement

The Slinky has always been at its most entertaining while walking down a flight of stairs. But it's a short-lived thrill—over as quickly as it started—given most staircases only rise a single story. And that's why some genius, working in some secret laboratory, came up with Project NESM—otherwise known as the Never… » 6/12/14 6:03pm 6/12/14 6:03pm

Keep an Eye on Rooftop Cargo With This Hood-Mounted Rear-View Mirror

Driving with anything strapped to the roof of your car—be it bikes, a kayak, or even a mattress—makes for a stressful road trip. The RoofScope promises to bring you a little more peace of mind with rooftop cargo, though, providing a constant view of how everything on top of your car is doing without having to leave… » 6/11/14 12:20pm 6/11/14 12:20pm