Don't Hit Smartphone Batteries To Make Them Explode You Internet Idiots

For as long as there is an internet to upload videos to, there will be idiots to stand in front of cameras and do stupid shit. This time it’s more fools trying to see if smartphone batteries explode if you hit them with a hammer. Spoiler: they do, and it’s crazy unsafe.


iTime: Smartwatch Patent Shows Apple's Broad Ambitions

This morning, the folks over at AppleInsider discovered that Apple was granted a patent today for the iTime, which can only be described as a device-connected smartwatch that offers advanced functionality like arm and wrist gestures, as well as advanced proximity sensing, through a sensor-laden smart strap.


This All-In-One Printer Churns Out Completely Functional Circuit Boards

Prototyping a new device without a factory at your disposal is as time consuming as it is expensive. Unless the crowd-funded Squink printer manages to become a reality. It lets hobbyists and aspiring Wozniaks print their own functional circuit boards using conductive ink and glue, for almost immediate turnarounds when they make revisions to a design.


Hasbro Won't Mind If You Design (And Sell) Your Own 3D-Printed Toys

The advent of online file sharing made it easy for anyone to copy and distribute media for free, and many feel — and fear — that 3D printing will eventually do the same for physical products. So it’s surprisingly refreshing to hear that a corporation like Hasbro has decided to embrace 3D printing, and will work with Shapeways to allow fans to design and sell their own toys based on the company’s properties.


The Phones On Air Force One Look Like Iron Man Accessories

Despite Harrison Ford’s best attempts to enlighten us, Air Force One remains a mysterious place. Pretty much the only time you get to see the inside of the president’s awesome aeroplane is when the White House photographer offers a peek. Ever notice how weird the phones look?


Scientists Use Wireless Oculus Rift To Create Real-Life Holodeck

Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institut in Germany have created the closest thing we have to a real-life holodeck using a wireless Oculus Rift and multiple cameras distributed inside a 10m by 10m room. Of course, it’s still far away from Star Trek, but it works. Watch the video to see how.


Aussie Tech Behind New Low-Power, 802.11ad Chip For Mobiles And Tablets

With 802.11n the wireless standard of choice, the market is already gearing up for the deployment of its successor, 802.11ac. Not that Nitero — a company spun off Australia’s ICT research hub NICTA — cares that much: it’s just announced a chip based on 802.11ad, aimed at low-power devices such as smartphones and tablets.


You No Longer Have To Go To Japan To Buy These Beautiful Blue Toolboxes

Trusco toolboxes have long been an elusive item, something only seen by tasteful travellers who spotted them in Japan. They lusted after them enough to fill a few pages on Instagram. But now Hand-Eye Supply is selling a whole line of these beautiful blue boxes, and they’re surprisingly affordable.


The Hours Gracefully (And Vaguely) Tick By On This Ballet Clock

If your average work day feels like an un-choreographed dance of chaos, perhaps this graceful wall clock will bring some peace of mind while you wait for five o’clock to roll around. The Dancing Wall Clock’s hands have been replaced with segments of a ballerina, resulting in an endless series of poses and pirouettes while they rotate about its face.


Projectors Could Turn Your Tiny Apartment Into A Goggle-Less Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift promises to makeStar Trek TNG’s holodeck a reality, but only in your head. You can’t spend every moment of your life with a goofy visor strapped to your face, and that’s why this alternate approach to the holodeck — using projectors to make a tiny non-descript room appear massive — seems far more plausible.