How to Choose the Best Mechanical Keyboard (and Why You'd Want To)

Mechanical keyboards, or keyboards with full, individual switches under every key, have exploded in popularity recently, although the technology inside is as old as the keyboard itself. There's really no substitute for that solid, clicking sensation under your fingers as you type, and the satisfying sound each key… » 6/04/13 3:56pm 6/04/13 3:56pm

Computational Devices of the Past Were Beautifully Complex

Long before anybody dreamed of a shiny iPad or glistening ultrabook, engineers and scientists used to get down to business with mechanical calculators to compute their solutions. While the concept of a mechanical calculator sounds ludicrously simple these days, a peek inside one reveals that they're anything but. » 3/21/12 5:50am 3/21/12 5:50am

A Pac-Man You Have to Hand Crank to Make It Chomp

What do you get when you make the classic Pac-Man fully mechanical? A Pac-Man that chomps only when you hand crank its gears. In other words: awesomeness. Just watch. The hand-cranked, mechanical Pac-Man, called Pactuator, is actually part of a bigger, much loftier project: a playable, mechanical Pac-Man cabinet,… » 2/09/11 10:20pm 2/09/11 10:20pm