Bill Gates's New Patent Would Keep Glassholes From Spying On Your Screens

Google’s big Glass free-for-all has come and gone, but whether or not anyone actually bought the damn thing, cameras are popping up all over the place, and people are starting to get (perhaps rightfully) paranoid. Fortunately, there could be tech in the future to save your screens from prying camera eyes. And Bill Gates has the patent.


A Clever Lamp Without A Bulb That Still Projects A Classic Silhouette

You can buy lightbulbs with every kind of colour temperature, brightness and finish you can imagine these days. So the need for a lamp shade to diffuse, soften and direct their light is all but unnecessary — unless you yearn for that classic lamp silhouette. In that case, this LED lamp from YOY design is a clever compromise.


This Intricate Creature Skitters Across Your Desk On 3D-Printed Legs

As a genre, “desk toys” are usually pretty corny, from Newton’s Cradle sculptures to creepy meditation balls. But these tiny creatures — which are miniatures of the giant self-propelled sculptures designed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen — are anything but.


A Smiling Backup Battery That Gets Sad When It Loses Its Charge

We’ve come to rely on blinking dots and obscure icons to tell when a device’s battery is low, but the human face is just so much easier to read and decipher. You wouldn’t want to have to flip a baby over and check a set of LEDs to see if it was happy, so the expressive face on this Mr Pow backup battery reflecting its charge level just makes sense.


This Glass Toaster Costs $1000 -- But It Can Cook Steak

It’s fair to say, not all toasters are created equal. But the Bugatti Noun is a god amongst toasters, a futurist but elegant combination of glass and chrome that would stand out in any kitchen. And it does more than just toast.


An Erasable Whiteboard Elephant That Never Forgets Your Grocery List

Random text files can get deleted, sticky notes can go missing, but the chances that this seven-inch ceramic elephant goes missing from your desk are slim to nil — who would dare steal such a thing? And that’s why it makes for the perfect spot to quickly jot notes and things that need remembering. Well, that and it functions like an erasable whiteboard.


This Could Be The Largest Flying X-Wing Model Yet

At 1.5m in length, Rodger Cleye’s X-wing could be the largest flying Star Wars model to date. Except that since it’s built with a framework of PVC piping to keep it light, it’s the last thing the Rebels will ever want to take into battle.


Forget The Freezer, This Device Frosts A Beer Glass In Just 10 Seconds

When you want a frosty cold one, you usually don’t have the time to wait for your pint glass to actually get frosty sitting in a fridge. So you probably settle for a less satisfying can or bottle — a compromise you’ll never have to make again with this countertop glass frosting contraption.


A Vortex Tap Adds Much Needed Excitement To Washing Your Hands

Since most taps are nothing more than a metal tube, you rarely get a glimpse of the magic inside when cold and hot water come together to create warm water. So Philippe Starck designed the Axor Starck V, a crystal clear tap that creates a vortex as the streams of water mix and bubble up and out.


Latest Update Brings KitKat To Google Glass

It’s been a while since we last heard of a software update for Glass and now I guess we know why. The team over at Mountain View has been busy updating the face-computer to run on the latest version of Android (4.4.2 a.k.a. KitKat).