Gadgets

Hoverboard 101: What you need to know before you buy
December 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Ever since Marty McFly zipped around on one inBack to the Future Part II, people have looked forward to the day they could own a hoverboard. Here we are at the end of 2015 (the year in which that 1989 film was set), and though technically not a hoverboard, self-balancing boards are all the rage this holiday season and…

Kickstart this smart air freshener with 15 different scents
December 2, 2015 at 8:44 am

Let’s say you’re building the ultimate smart home. You might start with a Nest thermostatand a Nest Protect smoke detector to match, along with a handful of Nest Camsscattered around your house—or if you prefer there’s always Samsung’s SmartThings starter kit. Next pick up some smart light bulbs and maybe even a smart refrigerator and…

These awesome wooden robots transform into ships, cars, and trucks with a few twists
December 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Our kids are drowning in a sea of colored plastics, and while it may be the most versatile and practical of materials, there’s an undeniable retro charm to wooden toys. The WooBots are transformable wooden robots, carved from blocks of wood and held together with elastic. There are five vehicle designs, and each one can…

This self-powering e-watch could help solve the smartwatch battery problem
November 24, 2015 at 12:17 pm

The biggest issue with smartwatches right now is battery life – but it seems there may be light at the end of the tunnel after new technology created by university researchers has powered an e-watch with just wrist movement. The prototype device uses the wearer's movements to keep the watch working – it uses both…