Recently on Boing Boing Gadgets we've looked at an upcoming exhibit showcasing the plush electronics of Blythe Church; Penny Arcade's new indie games download platform; the all-too-timely death of Richochet wireless; Nike's new iPod-less SportBand training bracelet; the ClarityLife phone for the elderly; a way to send hot leaden death from the mouth of a plush kitty cat; Creative's campaign against a driver hacker, as well as his first public response; 9 common phrases that come from technology; Babbage's Difference Engine coming to California; baggage handlers stealing gadgets from luggage; a cute line of handmade clay robots; Microsoft's latest failure to convince the FCC that White Space devices can work; video of the "awesomest Finder bug of all time"; a snap-on glove radar for checking baseball pitch speeds; Comcast's latest HD over-compression disaster; a simple way for African villagers to shell peanuts without pain (top hat and cane optional); a British newspaper's attempt to wheedle stories of videogame sociopathy; a clever twist-cap for instant tea; the old Kodak disc cameras; a thumbs-up for a Kyocera mandoline; and Denmark's latest contribution to childish sniggering, DONG Energy.
Sydney, Australia is known for its elaborate fireworks and exuberant NYE celebrations, but this year's event was out of control. Imagine how time-consuming this was to engineer and how difficult to orchestrate. Image: Screengrab READ THE REST
For about $2000, Dave and Brooke Whipple built this lovely cabin at the edge of a meadow. It's so relaxing to watch them work together to create something inexpensive and attainable for many people who may have never done a project like this before. He also explains how they were able to put $1000 down… READ THE REST
Louis Weisz tackles an enduring question that has consumed reddit and YouTube, creating several iterations of his Meat Beater 9000 device and his upgraded Poultry Punisher. He's able to raise the temperature of a chicken almost 30 degrees Fahrenheit, but slapping problems start to emerge above those temps. It turns out that the question is… READ THE REST
Sometimes, you'd really rather just boost the temperature in your bedroom or home office by a few degrees without firing up your central heating and paying to pump that heat throughout the entire house. In that case, you just need a portable heater that can wrap a cocoon of warmth around a relatively small, contained… READ THE REST
Earlier this month, stargazers were dazzled by a rare celestial event as The Great Conjunction offered a view of Jupiter and Saturn huddled close together in the night sky. The planets themselves aren't actually in closer proximity to each other, but just the idea of seeing this optical convergence that hasn't been viewed from Earth… READ THE REST
None of us are getting any younger. And while the ravages of time work differently on everyone, there seems to be one area where everyone from seniors down to the way-too-young start feeling discomfort first. Oh, that aching back. A lot of that may have to do with how many of us spend huge portions… READ THE REST