The ’80s and ’90s brought us some of the most watched and funniest sitcoms of all time. After producers like Norman Lear broke ground in the ’70s, characters could be more realistic, with human flaws, and loads of snark and sarcasm.
Somewhere in my basement, I have a box of old cassette tapes. Most of them aren’t store-bought ones, but custom made mixtapes that I created for myself, back in the days long before CD players, MP3s, and streaming media.
I think glass is one of the most amazing art mediums out there. It’s really difficult and dangerous to work with, but in the right hands, it can create amazing, intricate forms. If you’re into collecting art glass, but want something a little different, then check out these sculptures I spotted over on Etsy.
There are a million and one smartphone stands on the market, but how many of them look like a robot? Not many, I’d venture to guess. But here’s a cool robot phone stand I found from the crazy gadget guys over at Hong Kong outfit Brando.
It’s made almost entirely from metal, and holds phones in a horizontal or vertical position on its back.
These days, we use our mobile gadgets so much that we invariably need to carry a battery pack just to make sure we don’t run out of juice halfway through the day. There are thousands upon thousands of battery packs on the market, so how do you know which one to buy?
Looking for a cool way to change up your empty walls? Instead of putting up a painting or a poster, why not do something a little different? The Sony LSPX-P1 projector is a great way to take advantage of an open stretch of wall, and can throw images from just a few inches away onto any flat surface.
While there are projectors on the market designed for watching movies on a big screen, those must typically be placed on the other side of the room, and usually need you to run cables from your video source.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of a railgun, it’s a dangerous weapon which uses a massive electrical pulse, instead of gunpowder or other chemical propellants to fire its ammo. The US Navy is showing off the latest iteration of its railgun, and it’s a beast.
Thermal cameras are pretty nifty devices. They let you see the heat signature of objects by capturing infrared light. There are off-the shelf thermal camera devices like the ones from FLIR, but they’re kind of pricey, and not particularly friendly to hacking into your own projects.
I haven’t watched Saturday Night Live since Chris Farley was worried about living in a van down by the river. I much prefer the classic ’80s version with Eddie Murphy over all modern varieties because it was actually funny.
If you’re serious about PC gaming, you can always use a bigger, wider display as far as I’m concerned. It just makes things more immersive than playing on a small screen, when the image takes up a big chunk of your field of vision.
Stairs are the worst, right? Too much exercise. Especially if you are talking a multi-story building with no elevator or escalator. Well, the engineers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created stairs that will do all the hard work for you one day soon.
These energy-recycling stairs store energy as you descend, then release it to make it easier on the way back up.
Do you ever worry that you stink of BO, but you just aren’t sure if it’s you? Well, now an app that can measure exactly how badly you smell. Although why you can’t smell it for yourself, I have no idea.
Amazon Prime Day is here, and that means major markdowns on tons of electronics – from major products to little-known (yet still awesome) brands. Headsets to tablets, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals you can score today only thanks to Prime Day.
Amazon Echo Dot ($34.99,
Want an extra thumb? Check out the Third Thumb, a prosthetic extra digit designed by London’s Royal College of Art grad student Dani Clode. The idea is that the additional finger can provide more versatility for gripping and interacting with objects than with just five fingers.
Basically, this additional finger attaches to your hand with a strap and is connected to a bracelet with a motor and battery that powers the movement.
I’ve been riding bicycles for years, doing all of the hard work of pedaling all this time. It makes for great exercise, but it’s not necessarily the most efficient way to commute. Electric bikes (or “eBikes”) offer power assistance to make your ride faster and less exhausting.