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  • Does Anyone Outside Silicon Valley Even Want a Smartwatch?

    07/14/2014 7:32:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Kevin Roose
    In the past week, Ive been called Inspector Gadget twice, had a near-calamitous accident involving spray-on sunblock, and felt my arm vibrate so often I started treating it as a phantom limb. All because Im part of the latest tech trend, a bona fide phenomenon in Silicon Valley that is inspiring the kind of pants-wetting excitement usually reserved for new iPhones and Grand Theft Auto games. Im talking about smartwatchesthe tech worlds quixotic attempt to mount minicomputers on your wrist. Ive been wearing two smartwatches for several days apiece, and so far, its been an enlightening experience. Though not necessarily...
  • 5 Top Sci-Fi Gadgets That Actually Exist

    02/04/2014 9:33:47 AM PST · by Heartlander · 43 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 01/27/2014 | Grace Noto
    5 Top Sci-Fi Gadgets That Actually Exist Science Fiction, meet Reality. Reality, Science FictionNowadays, the line between science fiction and reality has become almost microscopically thin, our newfound abundance of resources and knowledge having led to the creation of some truly dazzling gizmos and gadgets. So heres a list of the top five most amazing sci-fi gadgets weve come up with that wont lead to super-smart killer robots, because I spend, way, way too much time on those. (Although I wouldnt if inventors didnt seem to think were going for a Terminator-inspired and not a Star Trek/Wars-inspired future, but...
  • Cool Video of the World's Tiniest V-12 Engine Being Made by Hand

    11/29/2011 9:51:46 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 8 replies
    Gate ^ | 11/28/11 | Chuck Wolk
    Anyone who appreciates the precision art of engine design ought to get a kick out of this offering from a Spanish engineer named Patelo. Starting with hunks of aluminum, bronze and stainless steel, he spent over 1200 hours designing, milling, turning and drilling what he claims is "probably" the world's smallest V12 engine. Powered by compressed air injection (0.1kg/sq cm), this little marvel boasts a total displacement of 12 cubic centimeters from its twelve 11.3 mm diameter pistons and works like a charm. Built primarily for educational purposes, Patelo has no plans for selling the mini-motors. In fact, seemingly...
  • 7 Gadgets That Won't Be Around In 2020

    10/19/2011 5:14:47 PM PDT · by Jotmo · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-19-2010 | Seth Fiegerman
    Which Tech Gadgets Will Be Phased Out This Decade? Hindsight may always be 20-20, but you dont need particularly great foresight to know many of the gadgets on todays market wont be around in 2020 given how quickly the tech industry keeps changing. In the first half of the 2000s, retailers were buzzing about the prospects of MP3 players and netbooks, but by the end of the decade, those products had largely been replaced by smartphones and tablets. As tempting as it may be to imagine otherwise, some of the gadgets you may rely on most right now will likely...
  • Windows 7 gadget advice needed

    07/06/2011 9:32:01 AM PDT · by MeganC · 3 replies
    Vanity/Personal | 7/6/2011 | Self
    I need some help finding a 'gadget' for Windows 7 and Active Directory and I was hoping perhaps someone on FR could help. What I'm looking for is a simple gadget that shows selected Active Directory user account logons in real time. Meaning I'd be able to see at a glance a small table of users (up to ten maybe) who are logged on and, perhaps, for how long they've been logged on. Thank you for reading this and thanks for your help.
  • New York Lawmaker Moves to Ban Use of Distracting Gadgets While Walking

    01/25/2011 3:29:33 PM PST · by Baladas · 61 replies
    FOX News/Associated Press ^ | January 25, 2011 | staff
    New York state Sen. Carl Kruger wants to make his states streets safer. To do that, he's not proposing a tough new gun law or advocating for broader police search powers. No, Sen. Kruger sees a greater danger out there. Distracting gadgets. He hopes to ban the use of mobile phones, iPods and other gadgets by pedestrians in major cities while crossing the street.
  • CES Opens Tonight: What could it bring?

    01/05/2011 10:30:58 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 1 replies
    Me | 1/6/11 | Hoagy62
    Well, the Consumer Electronics Show (or CES as it's better known) opens in Las Vegas tonight. The keynote speaker, as it was last year, is Microsoft CEO Steve "I'm a bald, ugly guy who has more money than you know what to do with in your lifetime" Ballmer. According to those that follow such things, the two big things that'll be highlighted at the CES this year are A) tablet computers, and B) getting everything you own connected to the Internet. Tablet computers are starting to be a huge thing. Since the iPad was so successful, everyone wants to get...
  • Ruger Mk. III 24/45

    10/16/2010 4:17:23 PM PDT · by Captain Ray · 49 replies
    none | Captain Ray
    The Ruger MK. III 22/45 is a fine weapon.. for plinking.. killing small varmints, shooting at pop cans, and just an all around fun .22 to shoot.. It sure is hard to take apart and put back together! Not that there is any real good reason to take it apart and put it back together... It's just something I like doing with my down time. Helps me focus on lifes real problems.. I've owned this little shooter for several years.. but hadn't taken it out of the safe for a long time.. Just had the thought that I would put...
  • Your Brain on Computers: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price

    06/07/2010 9:37:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 53+ views
    NYT ^ | June 6, 2010 | MATT RICHTEL
    SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it. Not just for a day or two, but 12 days. He finally saw it while sifting through old messages: a big company wanted to buy his Internet start-up. “I stood up from my desk and said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,’ ” Mr. Campbell said. “It’s kind of hard to miss an e-mail like that, but I did.” The message had slipped by him amid an electronic flood: two computer screens...
  • 10 best gadgets of the past decade

    01/04/2010 8:29:30 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies · 1,220+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/02/2010 | Source:
    1. iPod (2001) 2. TiVo DVR (1999-2000) 3. Garmin GPS (2000) 4. Vodafone 3G Datacard (2004) 5. Wii Remote (2006) 6. Amazon Kindle (2007) 7. iPhone (2007) 8. Slingbox (2005) 9. Blackberry (2002) 10. XBox (2002)
  • My Most Memorable Gadgets, By Steve Wozniak

    07/03/2009 11:23:15 AM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 54 replies · 1,275+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Jul 3 2009 | Gizmodo
    We're kicking off our series exploring memorable gadgets from memorable people with one of the most influential tech giants: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. goes...For that definition, it was probably an electronics learning kit I got for Christmas at about age 8 or 9. As I recall, it didn't teach electronics formulas or resistor codes, but was full of projects to hook up input devices like switches and output devices like buzzers and lights. It was like learning how to connect all the devices to your hi-fi, or connecting all your peripherals to a computer. It also...
  • Top 10 Real-Life Spy Gadgets

    05/13/2009 9:08:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 769+ views
    The Times of London ^ | May 11, 2009 | Jeremy Duns
    With the news that MI5 is looking for a Chief Scientific Adviser, spy novelist Jeremy Duns reveals his ten favourite real espionage inventions 1. Poison-tipped umbrella Probably the most infamous real-life spy gadget is the umbrella used by the Bulgarian secret services with KGB help to kill dissident writer and broadcaster Georgi Markov. KGB technicians converted the tip of an ordinary umbrella into a silenced gun that could fire a pellet containing a lethal dose of ricin. On September 7 1978, Markov felt himself being jabbed in the thigh as he walked across Waterloo Bridge. A man behind...
  • Headless Dog Found In Topless Bar

    Bo (woof) In Commentary: I havent been happy with the sound my stereo has been putting out for quite some time now; plus its a bitch to turn on. The sound was as if I was listening to my old vinyl recordsnot the 33 LPs but my 78son Edisons original phonograph. I went online and did my research for a stereo that was easily switched on by a tail. Once found, all I needed was a set of speakers to reproduce highs well outside of human hearing range. Well lookie what I found. (This is functional kitsch; the wrong becomes...
  • Sony: Blu-ray-HD DVD War Is 'Stalemate' (Howard Stringer-CEO of SONY, says a "difficult fight.")

    11/10/2007 3:10:38 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 57 replies · 215+ views ^ | November 9, 2007 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2007) -- Sony CEO Howard Stringer says the high-def disc format between Blu-ray and HD DVD has become a "stalemate." That's according to an article by the Associated Press. Sony is the leading supporter of the Blu-ray format while HD DVD's backers include Toshiba and Microsoft. However, both high-def disc formats have struggled due partially to consumer confusion over the Blu-ray-HD DVD war. The two formats are not compatible with each other, meaning one disc won't play on the other's machine. While Blu-ray supporters have often declared victory in the war due to a 2-1 lead...
  • HD DVD Players For Under $200? (Wal-Mart employee posts evidence of $199 player for the holidays)

    10/18/2007 2:47:12 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 63 replies · 37+ views ^ | October 18, 2007 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2007) -- An HD DVD player could be available for the new low price of $199 this holiday season. Internet message boards are buzzing with the possibility after a Wal-Mart employee posted an upcoming store notice about a $199 Toshiba HD DVD player. The price has not been confirmed by Wal-Mart or Toshiba, but the drop would not be surprising. Toshiba's entry-level player is now $299, but industry analysts have forecast that a sub-$200 player is likely for the holidays. Additionally, Blu-ray manufacturers are expected to lower the price on its players. Sony's Blu-ray player is...
  • Top 10 'must have' home technology products

    02/11/2007 6:32:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies · 3,295+ views
    iWon News/Marketwatch ^ | February 11, 2007 | Amy Hoak
    The most technologically savvy homeowners bask in crystal-clear television screens when they're home and can control the lights while they're out of town. Without moving an inch, they can decide what music is playing in each room and can monitor the well being of their aging mother in a different city. So says Greg Hoshaw, owner of High Definition Systems in St. Charles, Ill., who presented the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's top 10 "must have" technology trends for homes at the International Builders' Show here this week. A home theater or media room. A home theater is a...
  • The Top 20 Weirdest gadgets of 2006

    12/20/2006 12:40:37 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 55 replies · 2,982+ views
    The Register ^ | 20 December 2006 | Tech Digest
    It's been one of those years when technology came on in leaps and bounds. Around the world, thousands of pointy-headed scientists and product designers beavered away in high-security laboratories, investing time, money and effort to create... more silly USB gadgets. Yes, 2006 has been the year when gadgets got a bit ridiculous. And it wasn't just USB devices either. Here's Tech Digest's ( pick of the year's gadgets that got us chuckling, frightened, or just scratching our heads in bafflement. 1. Gupi the robot guinea pig Complete with his animatronic carrot and 30 different sounds (most of which are presumably...
  • Giant Swiss Army Knife offers 85 tools

    08/24/2006 12:11:38 PM PDT · by weegee · 31 replies · 610+ views ^ | Aug 24, 2006 | conrad quilty-harper
    Wenger, the manufacturer of the classic Swiss Army Knife, has revealed a 9-inch long, 2-pound "knife" which carries 85 instruments, or: almost every tool that has ever been on a Swiss Army Knife, ever. The list includes seven different knives, a golf shoe spike wrench, a bike chain rivet setter, and a laser pointer with a 300ft range (but where's the freakin' USB flash drive?). Presumably this is so seasoned golfers can tune their bicycle's rivets before heading off on a deer hunt / cycling trip armed with blinding lasers and an entire collection of 3-inch knives. An equivalent...
  • Scouting survives: Even in high-tech age, youths learn to 'Be prepared'

    08/06/2006 7:41:01 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 712+ views
    Herald-Mail ^ | Sunday August 6, 2006 | CANDICE BOSELY
    Scouting survives: Even in high-tech age, youths learn to 'Be prepared' Sunday August 6, 2006 by CANDICE BOSELY TRI-STATE - These are a few of their favorite things: Cell phones and cookies, iPods and pop-up tents, video games and wilderness badges. Seeing teenagers - and children even younger - talking or sending text messages on cell phones, fiddling with mp3 music players and playing video games are common sights. Girl Scouting and Boy Scouting might almost seem pass, given the associated images of camping, surviving in the wilderness and sleeping in wooden cabins at camp. But it's not antiquated...
  • 20 strangest gadgets

    04/15/2006 6:22:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 68 replies · 2,415+ views
    Techeblog ^ | 04/06/06
    20 strangest gadgets Gadgets, Weird We bring you the gTop 20 Strangest Gadgets and Accessoriesh that our editors have come across in recent time. If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment. [ShoutIt]20. The Talking Lips Not your ordinary speakers, these gTalking Lipsh actually have moving lips that synchronize with your mobile phone or online chat conversations (Skype, etc.). They come in three different colors (silver/black/red) and connect to your phone or computer via USB. Fortunatley, therefs an on/off switch on the bottom that will come in handy after the few seconds of entertainment are up. [Source]19....
  • Gaming, Gadgets Spur Sales

    03/24/2006 7:01:15 PM PST · by CAWats · 257+ views
    For the chip industry these days, the consumer is king. Though chipmakers still rely heavily on the traditional computer field, consumer gadgets MP3 players, video game machines and the like have become their fastest-growing source of sales. Apple Computer's (AAPL) iPod music player alone sold over 14 million units in the fourth quarter, up 207% from the year-ago period. And there's huge pent-up demand for gaming machines. Microsoft (MSFT) has struggled to keep its Xbox game console in stock. And gamers are eagerly awaiting Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 3 machine, which recently had its release date set for November...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Beam Me Up, Scotty!!! ~ 7 Feb 2006

    02/06/2006 7:18:20 PM PST · by GummyIII · 689 replies · 4,366+ views
    Honor Our Troops! | Thank you for your service!!!! | We Support Our Troops
    We Support Our Troops! For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.The Future is now! FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT: Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allies military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before. Click Pictures for more information: Volkswagen AG's American unit is working with Nvidia on a prototype vehicle which features Google Inc.'s satellite mapping software to give drivers a bird's eye view of the road ahead. The car manufacturer showed off the prototype car at...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Half a Century of Gadgets, Part II ~ 31 Jan 2006

    01/30/2006 6:28:50 PM PST · by GummyIII · 521 replies · 3,607+ views
    Honor Our Troops! | Thank you for your service!!!! | We Support Our Troops
    We Support Our Troops! For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.Part 2 Today we'll look at some gadgets that changed the way we lived in the 1980's and 90's. Last week, we looked at the 50's, 60's and 70's. I'm sure you can think of MANY more gadgets in these eras. Please share them with us!FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT: Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allies military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before. 1982, Commodore64 : The...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Half a Century of Gadgets, Part I ~ 24 Jan 2006

    01/23/2006 6:14:40 PM PST · by GummyIII · 774 replies · 4,431+ views
    Honor Our Troops! | Thank you for your service!!!! | We Support Our Troops
    We Support Our Troops! For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.Part 1 Today we'll look at some gadgets that changed the way we lived in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. Next week, we'll look at the 80's and 90's. I'm sure you can think of MANY more gadgets in these eras. Please share them with us!*All single starred items below indicate that I had one of these. (If prior to 1973, my parents had one and I got to use it. I started young, folks!) **All double-starred items indicate...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ More Innovative Ideas for 2006 ~ 17 Jan 2006

    01/16/2006 8:00:26 PM PST · by GummyIII · 784 replies · 3,716+ views
    Honor Our Troops | Thank you for your service!!!! | We Support Our Troops
    We Support Our Troops! For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces "And the test of good technology is that once you use it, you can't go back. "quote by Intel CEO Paul Otellini We Support Our Troops!!! Apple added Intel processors to an existing Mac desktop and an entirely new laptop, updated Mac OS X and iLife, and introduced an FM tuner/remote control for the iPod. The new Intel-based iMac will feature Intel's new Centrino Duo processor. On the mobile side, the PowerBook is being retired in favor of...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Innovative Ideas for 2006 ~ 10 Jan 2006 ^

    01/09/2006 6:09:41 PM PST · by GummyIII · 804 replies · 5,220+ views
    Honor Our Troops | Troops: Thank you for your service! | We Support Our Troops!!!
    We Support Our Troops! For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces "And the test of good technology is that once you use it, you can't go back. "quote by Intel CEO Paul Otellini We Support Our Troops!!! The DocuPen RC800 from Planon makes 24-bit color scans, and weighs just 2 ounces. The $299 scanner has 8MB of on-board flash memory, plus a mini SD slot hidden beneath a small panel so you can really expand its capacity. Its rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery can be recharged via a USB port. The...
  • 15 Tech Concepts You'll Need To Know In 2006

    12/28/2005 9:22:01 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 25 replies · 1,269+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 1/1/2006 | ALEX HUTCHINSON
    Driver-Monitoring System Instead of just watching for hazards on the road, Toyota's latest precrash safety system is turning its attention to the most likely cause of an accident: you. This spring, Lexus models in Japan will be available with a camera mounted on the steering column that uses facial-recognition software to determine whether you're watching the road. If not, and the front-mounted radar sees you're getting too close to something, it will flash a light, then beep and tap the brakes if you persist in rubbernecking. Body Area Network (BAN) Like everything else, implantable medical devices are going wireless. A...
  • Culture and Technology: The myth of tech gadgets and social alienation

    11/16/2005 9:06:22 AM PST · by Revolting cat! · 20 replies · 628+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, November 16, 2005 | Jordan Kraemer
    As mobile communications and media devices proliferate, the nagging worry frequently goes unchallenged: Gadgets like iPods, cell phones and laptops produce an increasingly disconnected public sphere. This is a familiar critique -- last year, a fellow student expressed in the campus newspaper a similar dissatisfaction with the popularity of MP3 players. He argued that, lost in our private worlds of music, we fail to reach out and connect with one another. Certainly, I wonder about the social impact of new technology -- particularly, the contra...
  • Weirdest Cures on Show at Debate

    04/26/2005 8:07:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 346+ views
    BBC ^ | 25 April, 2005
    Weird and wonderful inventions will be on show during a debate on medical "quackery" at London's Science Museum. Devices once used to treat the sick are being taken out of storage for the adults-only event on Wednesday evening. Many date from the 1800s. They include Sir Hiram Maxim's Pipe of Peace, a precursor of the inhaler, and a hand-cranked electric shock machine used to treat toothache and tics. The debate will take place at the museum's Dana Centre from 1900 BST. 'Unique chance' Lisa Jamieson, head of Dana Centre programmes, said: "This will be a unique chance for our audience...
  • Honda unit to release motorcycle navigation system

    02/23/2005 12:31:32 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 18 replies · 624+ views
    Yahoo! Asia ^ | 2/23/05
    Honda unit to release motorcycle navigation system (Kyodo) _ Honda Access Corp., a Honda Motor Co. subsidiary, said Wednesday it will release a motorcycle navigation system costing 173,250 yen on April 28. The first navigation system for motorbikes in Japan will be initially offered as an optional part on large scooters of the Honda Forza series, Honda Access said. Designed to be installed on the handlebars, the system was developed jointly by Honda Access and three other companies including map maker Zenrin Co.
  • Plain Old Cell Phones Fading Away in U.S.

    02/03/2004 8:07:46 AM PST · by El Conservador · 48 replies · 330+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 3, 2004 | Ben Berkowitz
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As a fashion color, gray is the new black, thin batteries are in and you're not in vogue if you don't have the latest ringtone. As the U.S. wireless market grows, the cell phone is evolving into a phone in name only as calling becomes almost secondary to a host of other functions. After years of trailing Japan and Western Europe, where cell phones have long had color screens, e-mail, music, video games, cameras and other accessories that make American cell phones look backward in comparison, handset makers are finally pushing a new generation of units...
  • KEWL STUFF! Philips Electronics to produce roll up display screen.

    01/28/2004 2:22:43 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 10 replies · 173+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 1/26/04 | NA/ Reuters
    KEWL STUFF! CHECK IT OUT... Philips Electronics to produce roll up display screen. Dutch firm Philips Electronics said on January 26, 2004 it was preparing to mass-produce a slim, book-sized display panel onto which consumers could download newspapers and magazines -- then roll up and put away. The 5-inch display, which can show detailed images, can be rolled up into a pen-sized holder. If connected to a mobile phone, it can also be used to download web pages, a book or email. Examples of the display are shown. (Philips via Reuters)
  • Remotes in the classroom make big halls seem small

    09/22/2003 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies · 171+ views
    The Digital Collegian (Penn State) ^ | Monday, September 22, 2003 | Bridget Smith
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. To make large classes feel smaller, some Penn State professors are introducing new remote-control technology into their classes. During a lecture, the professor can stop at points throughout the class and ask students to answer a question about the day's topic. Each student, using a classroom performance system (CPS) remote, points the device at a receptor at the front of the room, and keys in an answer. Eliza Richardson, professor of geosciences, started using CPS this semester. She said she has used the remotes two or three times so far in...
  • Cyanide-Shooting Guns Found in Baghdad

    04/13/2003 3:51:57 PM PDT · by kattracks · 51 replies · 848+ views
    AP | 4/13/03
    Cyanide-Shooting Guns Found in Baghdad .c The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Soldiers searching homes in a Baath Party enclave on Sunday turned up weapons straight out of James Bond movies - among them suitcases that concealed submachine guns and air pistols that fired cyanide pellets. The men of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, found 21 briefcases specially designed to hold Heckler and Koch MP-5K 9 mm submachine guns. The guns could be fired by pulling a trigger on the handle of the case. There were also several silencers for 9 mm pistols and a gold-plated MP-5...
  • What Kind of Computer? (Pure vanity)

    04/15/2002 6:21:31 AM PDT · by American Dreamer · 62 replies · 748+ views
    My wittle, bitty brain | Tax day! | American Dreamer
    OK, all of you out there in internet land... The wife and I need to buy a new computer. Rather than let the boys down at Circuit City and/or Best Buy push the most expensive one onto us (with a lot of bells and whistles we don't need), I thought I'd see what my fellow Freepers recommend. We are looking for one that will not break our bank or be outdated next month. OUR NEEDS: We use our current system for surfing the web, creating documents, and the rest of the "basics". With the new system we will be doing...