Microsoft Research has created a Snapchat clone called Windup, which is available for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. It lets you share pictures, videos and audio snippets, as well as text—and choose how long your friends get to see them for. » 8/15/14 3:45am 8/15/14 3:45am

These Shoes Can Walk Themselves

Walking! Some people like it so much they do it faster. Other people try to avoid it as much as they can. These motorized shoes are for the walking haters, because the shoes can walk on their own. » 10/02/10 5:00pm 10/02/10 5:00pm

Crank This Battery To Charge Up

The Wind Up Battery is a rechargeable battery with a little pop-out hand-crank to power up using some good ol' fashioned elbow grease. I'd probably looks like an idiot using it, but better than suffering without a AA. » 10/05/09 8:20pm 10/05/09 8:20pm

Ron Jeremy's Wind Up Toy: You Would If You Could! (NSFW)

Yes indeed, Ron Jeremy lives the life that other fat, hairy men can only dream about. I don't think I need to tell you what this wind-up toy does, but I can tell you that every man has secretly wished for this ability at one point or another. Haha...man, I wonder what the people who manufacture these toys tell other… » 10/24/08 6:30pm 10/24/08 6:30pm

Thanko's New MP3 Player Is Cranky for Power

Thanko has gifted its new MP3 player with an additional power source: you. Much like Trevor Bayliss' crank-powered player, but nicer-looking, this new device will give you ten minutes of tunes for one minute of cranking— it's also got an LED flashlight which'll run for 50 minutes for the same effort. And if you're… » 3/27/08 5:22am 3/27/08 5:22am

Hand-Crank Lighting For African Homes

With all of the emphasis on saving energy and eco-friendliness these days, hand-crank technology has seen increased use in devices ranging from cellphone chargers to the OLPC. If the Freeplay Foundation's LifeLight Project has its way, this old school technology may soon be used to illuminate the homes of Africa's… » 11/01/07 9:20pm 11/01/07 9:20pm

Trevor Bayliss' Eco Player is One for Worthies

Trevor Baylis, the Brit who invented the wind-up radio 16 years ago, has applied his not inconsiderable brain to doing the same thing for MP3s and videos and come up with a 2GB Eco Player that will give you 40 minutes of music on just one minute of winding. And that's not all it can do. » 8/10/07 2:00pm 8/10/07 2:00pm

Twenty-Second Workout Girl

If you thought you were the only one that lasted twenty seconds, check out these desktop workout girls. As the name suggests, they exercise like mad for a third of a minute, stop, and waits for you to wind her up again to repeat the entire process. » 2/22/07 3:30pm 2/22/07 3:30pm