Gadgets

A Simple Ceramic Watch Born From Dieter Rams' Design Philosophy

At $US440 it’s not the cheapest or most functional timekeeper you can strap to your wrist, but if aesthetics are your priority when buying a watch, you’re not going to find anything simpler or cleaner than one created using Dieter Rams’ design philosophy.


16 Ways To Use FLIR's Incredibly Fun Predator-Vision iPhone Camera

There’s no doubt about it, being able to see more than just the visible spectrum is the closest thing most of us will ever have to superpowers. Seeing the world through its heat signature is almost like having x-ray vision, and let’s not forget, even the Predator made sure to bring his thermal camera with him on his hunting trip to earth.


The Largest Mammal On Earth Makes For The Perfect Pot Strainer

If adorable is the only criteria you look for in kitchen accessories, your hunt for a new pot strainer just ended. Taking inspiration from how a Blue Whale strains the ocean for krill using the baleen in its mouth, Fred & Friends’ $US10 Big Blue pot strainer quickly drains a pot leaving only pasta, veggies, or whatever you’ve boiled behind.


Coffee Table Ping-Pong Is More Entertaining Than A Stack Of Magazines

Who says coffee tables can only serve as magazine storage, beverage holders, or less than comfortable footrests? Huzi Design’s Ping-Pong coffee table proves they can also be a great way to entertain guests without resorting to breaking out your Catan board.


You Will Regret Handing Out Slide Whistle Straws At Your Next Party

Briefly: Like the harmonica, the slide whistle is one instrument you need no skill to play — you just blow in one end, and slide the other in and out. Unfortunately, that means that handing out a bunch of these adorable Wet My Whistle musical straws at your next get-together will result in a room full of amateur musicians trying (and failing) to play a tune.


Coffee-Brewing Clock Wakes You Up... To Wake You Up

Need an alarm clock? You’re spoilt for choice, depending on how eager you are to chase it around the bedroom. Loud noises aside, we all know the key to really waking up is injecting caffeine via one’s teeth, a task designer Josh Renouf can mostly help you with, if he ever mass-produces his “Barisieur” — an alarm clock and coffee-cooking station all in one.


What's Your Favourite Gadget To Aimlessly Fool Around With?

I just picked up a cheap infrared thermometer, a laser-aimed sensor that tells you the surface temperature of whatever you point it at. I didn’t really need one. But now I can’t put it down. I’ve been playing with it for days. And I’m sure there’s a gadget you find equally, aimlessly amusing.


Master Mobile Gaming With This Upgraded Bluetooth NES Controller

Touchscreens are fine for solving puzzles and flinging birds, but for action-based mobile games nothing will ever beat a physical controller in hand. The makers of the FC30, a Bluetooth controller that paid homage to the original Nintendo Famicom, are back with a new and improved wireless gamepad that now hearkens back to the NES.


That Predator-Vision iPhone Camera Case Is Finally Available

Back in January, we stumbled across one of the most exciting iPhone accessories we’ve seen in years. FLIR took the thermal imaging technology it sells to law enforcement and the military and squeezed it down into a compact iPhone 5/5S case called the FLIR ONE that will finally be available for pre-order starting tomorrow for $US350.


Australia's Fast Food Future: Will Wearable Tech Change Our Lives?

Smartphones have drastically altered the face of online takeaway ordering and delivery. With the rise of Google Glass, the revelation of the Android Wear smartwatch and rumours of the looming Apple iWatch, what changes will the adoption of wearable technology bring to the takeaway food industry?