Today on Boing Boing Gadgets
— a site which we suspect you'll enjoy reading even if you often find gadgets tire- and irksome (so do we!) — we spotted these top-notch crank-powered greeting cards
from Hallmark, of all people; hacked sunglasses that block CCTV cameras
; a book about making LEGO weapons
; a human-powered party bike
, complete with lights and sound system; and the Venture Bros.
era-appropriate love of fancy chairs
A team of Israeli art students made a wooden coffee grinder
shaped like a cuddly tumor; a crappy newspaper made a crime spree
by stupid kids the fault of Grand Theft Auto
; ICANN unveiled a new plan for top level domains, putting me only $100k away from owning http://cluster.fuck
Rob documented BBG
's first word coinage
; John exposed a traumatic misunderstanding
of the nature of lumberjack hibernation; I got off my ass and started rounding up deals again
One of Pixar's own made a cute Wall•E in LEGO
. (And I'm going to see it tonight. I'm pumped!) AT&T may actually be adding MMS to iPhone
, which for the first time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple. Nokia released some new phones
, which for the second time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple.
Then there were the sexy stormtrooper boots
, our enthusiasm over which only slighted muted by the acknowledgement that every stormtrooper was a clone, then brought back into vibrant excitement when reader Rob Cockerham invented the term "Fett footish."
There was a Steampunk sonic rifle
. Despite indications to the contrary, use of the term did not cause the internet to implode. Yet.
Helio, a company that thought it could build a business by buying expensive phones and selling them to poor teens has — surprisingly — been sold for scrap
. Perhaps they'd have been better selling buckets for making dogsicles
Once again, someone made a dot-matrix toaster
, but only in their mind
. (Hey, MAKE:RS! You can do this!) World of Warcraft
added a real-world security dongle
to protect you from gold farmers stealing your account. Yahoo hiked domain prices in a fairly scummy manner
And someone made a lamp from dishes
which looks an awful like the stuff I used to make on the lathe when I was sequestered in wood shop for seventh-grade homeroom.
Here’s a small gallery of the East German secret police’s 26th Division, hard at work during the 1980s.
In Insurance coverage of customers induces dishonesty of sellers in markets for credence goods , a research paper in PNAS by German and Austrian economists, the authors show experimental evidence that electronics repair shops are more likely to overcharge for labor when their customers have insurance.
Techpowerup caught hardware giants MSI and Asus shipping them graphics cards that were preset for a software-based overlock mode, meaning that the cards performed better out of the box for reviewers than they would for customers.
Some truths are universal. For one, your phone will always run out of power when you most need it. For another, the charging cords that come packaged with your Apple device will fray, split, and rip faster than Usain Bolt in a game of tag.Instead, pick up a charging cord that anyone would have a tough […]
Some people say magic tricks are nerdy and best left to your 12-year-old asthmatic cousin. But others see value in perfecting the slight of hand and showmanship associated with a perfectly executed routine. We’re firmly in the latter camp. And now, we’re giving you the ability to put a few parlor tricks up your sleeve with the Penguin […]
Bluetooth speakers may be convenient to use, but many of them just aren’t that powerful. Sure, it may be fine if you’re seated in front of the speaker. But move across the room, and you may strain to hear what’s coming from those tiny drivers.There’s a reason why the G-BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Boombox (now $79.99 in the Boing […]