Hands-free magnifier great for detailed hobby work


I use this magnifier to doctor playing cards for magic tricks, but I imagine a 2X magnifying glass with foldable legs ($10 on Amazon) has other uses as well. It also comes with a 10X spotter and has a handle when you need to use it like a traditional magnifying glass. Read the rest

Carabiners with built-in USB cables

The Nomadclip draws tons of praise from its users; Nomad also make lots of little charge-cable gizmos like straps that open into cables and cable/keychains. Our house is like Game of Thrones for working USB cables as we steal one another's precious wires. (via Canopy) Read the rest

Empty Epson "professional" inkjet cartridges are still 20% full

If you've wondered why it matters that the Internet of Things is being born with the inkjet printer business model, here's why. Read the rest

Behold the multi-ax

For the dwarf who has everything: the $550 Ti-Klax Ax, whose head incorporates 10 tools: Ulu blade, knife, hammer, cutting/gut hook, hex wrench, 1/4" bit drive socket, bottle opener, lanyard hole and carabiner. (via Bruce Sterling) Read the rest

This $1 head massager is awesome


When my family settles down at night to watch an episode of Project Runway or The Walking Dead, we give each other foot massages. It's become a habit that's good for us. Recently we found one of these weird scalp massagers in an old box in the closet. I think Carla's mom bought it we ended up with it somehow. Usually, it's not fun to give yourself a massage, but rubbing this thing on your own head feels great. It's tingling and calming at the same time. We don't use it while we watch TV because that would be kind of distracting, but I've been using it before we go to sleep. Amazon is selling two scalp massagers for $2 (free shipping) or four for $3. Get a bunch and hand one out to every member of your family. Read the rest

OXO's Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The $50 cold-brew maker makes some important design improvements over its pioneering competitor, the Toddy, but you get the same quality coffee with easier cleanup for $10 with my nut-milk bag method. Read the rest

Steampunk power-plant ring

Thinkgeek's new $30 Hi-Voltage Toric Generator Ring is a copper-plated pewter fancy that looks a tiny power-plant on your finger. Read the rest

Gory wound bandaids

The actual injury under your Boo-Boo bandage is almost certainly less disturbing than the one printed on its surface. Read the rest

This $3 illuminated jeweler's loupe comes in handy


Early this week I gave an online Arduino sensor workshop, and without this LED jeweler's loupe, I wouldn't have been able to read the tiny markings on many of the components. The battery has lasted for years. It's $2.72 on Amazon with free shipping even if you aren't a Prime member. I'm very happy with mine. Read the rest

WSJ: consumers should be allowed to repair their gadgets


Wall Street Journal columnist Geoffrey A Fowler: "There’s a fight brewing between giant tech companies and tinkerers that could impact how we repair gadgets or choose the shop where we get it done by a pro. At issue: Who owns the knowledge required to take apart and repair TVs, phones and other electronics?" Read the rest

Millennium Falcon quadcopter

Skinning drones with iconic spaceship shells is an absolute natural and I expect to see a lot more of it -- here's a salvo, Air Hogs's Millennium Falcon quadcopter, which hits stores on Sept 15 -- part of a family that includes landspeeders, TIE fighters, X-wings, and speeder bikes. Read the rest

Dissecting Sphero's Star Wars BB-8


Sphero's Star Wars BB-8 is sure to be the Cabbage Patch Kid of this Christmas, the ungettable gift that will spur mall fistfights, eBay price gouging, and plenty of crying kids (and adults). uBreakiFix cracked one open to see how it ticks. Read the rest

Your baby monitor is an Internet-connected spycam vulnerable to voyeurs and crooks

Researchers revealed ten major vulnerabilities in Internet-of-Things babycams from a variety of vendors ranging from spunky startups like Ibaby Labs to rock-ribbed (and deep-pocketed -- attention, class actioneers!) giants like Philips. Read the rest

“I caught a fish with my drone!”


I believe this to be very likely faked, but nonetheless fantastic. Read the rest

Review: NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

I love this $80 device and use it daily. The problem it solved for me: get produce in my mouth.

Light-up steampunk watch

Thinkgeek's $60 Tesla Steampunk Watch has it all: clock-winding key, silvery vacuum tubes (they light with an elaborate switch), brass housing, steam-pressure dial second-hand, and a sturdy leather strap. Read the rest

Amazon cutting back on making consumer devices, reports WSJ


After failed smartphones and other gadgets, Amazon's laying off people who work on consumer electronics.

Amazon.com Inc. flamed out with critics and consumers last year in its first attempt at a smartphone. Now, rather than forge ahead, as it has with other projects, such as its Kindle tablets, the online retailer is retrenching.

In recent weeks Amazon has dismissed dozens of engineers who worked on its Fire phone at Lab126, its secretive hardware-development center in Silicon Valley, according to people familiar with the matter.

For Amazon to quit, it must be very sure there's no place for it in whatever business it's muscled in on.

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