What did you guys grab this weekend for Christmas or whatever? I picked up a pretty cheap graphics card for my son, a pair of crazy cheap Adidas runners, and some LEGO. We’d love to hear what you picked up and what you’d like to see us review in time for the holidays.(more…)
Designed by Dieter Rams, this minimalist calculator made waves when it hit stores in 1986 and the reappeared, under a different guise, as the Apple iPhone calculator. Now, however, you can own a new version of this classic calc.(more…)
Remember Pixel buds? Google had this plan to sell earbuds that worked with Android to do real-time translation and Google Assistant. Reviews weren’t great. They had problems pairing, problems charging, and generally didn’t add to the experience, the way Siri via Apple AirPods seems to. Can Microsoft get wireless headphones right?(more…)
Japanese service providers have shut down the last pager network in Tokyo, ending a fifty-year method of communications popular with doctors and teen girls. In its 1996 heyday, pagers beeped on 10 million belts. Before the mobile phone they became popular with Japanese teens as a cheap and easy way to communicate.(more…)
Worried about leaving your leavings in the back yard? SmartCan has your back.
Created by Andrew Murray, the robot will drag itself out to the curb on trash day. It currently uses a sensor system to help the robot position itself on the curb. Interestingly, the system connects to almost any municipal trash can and is self charging via a dock.(more…)
If you’re anything like me you like to shirk, dilly-dally, and dawdle. But figures of authority like bosses, parents, and teachers are always asking you to focus! How better to thwart their vile ends than with a little box that hides your gaming as soon as they walk by.
This DIY project, called Daytripper, consists of a little sensor and a receiver. When someone walks by the sensor it sends a signal to your computer to hide all your windows or even shut down your computer. This means you can be browsing shopping sites and you’ll immediately be warned when someone who pays your bills walks by.
The kit is simple enough to build by hand but you can also purchase a ready-made kit on Tindie for $59. Some specs:
- Can detect motion within 120cm (4 ft).
- Has 5Hz scan rate, works best indoors.
- Works out-of-box with Windows, compatible with all major OSs.
- Has a 40-hour battery life, rechargeable via USB-C.
- Has a 100 meter (330 ft) communication range between TX and RX, open-air.
- Comes with a magnetic mounting kit.
Given the fact the Man is always trying to steal your time this might be the best solution for stealing it back.