Gadgets

Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

Neonode AirBar turns any laptop into a touchscreen

A lot of laptops these days are moving toward having a touch screens. It's nice to have that functionality for certain tasks, but if your notebook doesn't already have that technology built-in, you're left out in the cold. However, Neonode has announced a new device that can bring touch technology to virtually any computer.

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Four kitchen gadgets that’ll make next Thanksgiving easier

Four kitchen gadgets that’ll make next Thanksgiving easier

Thanksgiving: there's festivities and friends and football, and if you're fortunate, lots and lots of food. Someone has to cook that food, though, and that someone is probably getting really tired of being inside a kitchen right about now. Fortunately, we live in the modern age and the modern age includes appliances as smart as they are efficient. There are many to choose form, such as these five lifesavers that'll make next Thanksgiving's prep work much easier.

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Pyro Mini shoots fireballs from your wrist

Pyro Mini shoots fireballs from your wrist

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a magician when I grew up. I'd practice card tricks and simple illusions while looking through magic catalogs (yes, they existed). For some reason, my parents never thought that any trick involving fire was safe enough for me to perform. After watching a video about the Pyro Mini from Ellusionist, I'm feeling like a kid again. And this time my parents aren't around to stop me from shooting fire from my wrist.

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Darth Vader Fridge defies the rule of two

Darth Vader Fridge defies the rule of two

How many times have you wanted to get an ice cold drink, only to find that your fridge is to far away to reach? After all, no one wants to keep a fridge on their desk. Sure, you might be able to cram a small one under the desk, but then you might lose some precious leg room. What you need is this Darth Vader fridge.

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Escort’s Max 360 uses tech to fight speed traps

Escort’s Max 360 uses tech to fight speed traps

Technology is driving the future. And with some of the recent automotive advances, that is quite literally true. For those of us that maintain full control of our cars at all time, there are still handy gadgets that help us out along the road. Using a GPS has been pretty standard for years now, but radar detectors have been around far longer, and manufacturers are still finding clever ways to upgrade them. Take the new Max 360 from Escort, for example.

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Smart glove translates sign language into speech, text

Smart glove translates sign language into speech, text

Saudi designer Hadeel Ayoub has developed the “SignLanguageGlove”, a so-called smart glove that wirelessly translates sign language as it is signed, doing so into speech or visual letters for those on the receiving end to understand. The idea is that someone who signs to communicate will have trouble doing so if the person with whom they are talking doesn’t read sign language. With the glove, what they sign becomes spoken language, removing the barrier.

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WallJax is a floating wireless charging shelf for your wall

WallJax is a floating wireless charging shelf for your wall

Wireless charging is upon us, and if you've finally picked up a device that supports the technology, you're likely in want of an adequate charging base. No one wants an ugly wireless charger sitting on the end table -- something embedded would be a better choice, as would a charger that doesn't, upon first glance, actually look like a charger. WallJax is one such example.

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Snooz “sound conditioner” aims for restful sleep

Snooz “sound conditioner” aims for restful sleep

Some people need total darkness to sleep, others need a little light. In the same way, some people need complete silence, but others need noise. That noise can come from a smartphone app, but the artificial nature of these noises make it ineffective for some. Others just flip the fan on, but that’s not feasible in certain situations, and is a waste of energy. That’s where Snooz comes in — it’s a relatively small saucer-shaped horizontal “sound conditioner” that provides white noise.

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‘Most-missed device’ study reveals gadget lust by age

‘Most-missed device’ study reveals gadget lust by age

Every generation has its favorite gadgets — we’ve seen studies that indicate, for example, that the youngest television viewers prefer watching on their phone or tablet while their parents, more often than not, prefer a traditional television. A big study by the UK’s Ofcom recently dug deep into the data about gadget preferences and broke the information down by age, giving a side-by-side look at every age group and how those in them feel about their devices. It chose to do this by ranking devices based on which one each age group would miss the most.

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MB&F Music Machine 3 looks like a Tie Fighter

MB&F Music Machine 3 looks like a Tie Fighter

A very cool and very strange music machine has turned up at Comic-Con and if you want one, you had better have some deep pockets and a lust for strange devices. It's called the MusicMachine 3 and it is a music box made from metal parts that looks like an Imperial Tie Fighter from Star Wars. Specifically, it looks like the bent side panel Tie Fighter that Darth Vader flew.

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Garmin Edge 520 bike computer offers Strava Live Segments

Garmin Edge 520 bike computer offers Strava Live Segments

Garmin, which recently introduced its new Edge 20 and Edge 25 devices, has just taken the wraps off yet another model in the lineup, the Edge 520. As with the other models, Garmin hails this as a “bike computer” with GPS and features relevant to cyclists in particular. This is its first bike computer that comes with Strava Live Segments, and it also brings with it various connected features for an overall feature-dense and lightweight tracker. Shipping starts in Q3.

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Bouncing tactical camera lets police peer safely into dangerous rooms

Bouncing tactical camera lets police peer safely into dangerous rooms

First responders and law enforcement officers often encounter dangerous obstacles on the job. They can't see through walls, but a new bouncing camera can be thrown into a dangerous situation to give officers a clear understanding of where any hostages or gunmen are located.The "tactical spheres" house a six-lensed camera that can record surroundings and stitch them into a single photo which is then sent to a responding officer's smartphone. The ball is also equipped with temperatures and carbon monoxide sensors.

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