Gadgets

This Life-Sized Iron Man Helmet Is Actually A Bluetooth Speaker

We all want our own Iron Man suit, complete with flying capabilities and palm cannons. The reality is none of us are billionaire geniuses, so we’ll have to make do with what we’ve got. And that’s this to-scale helmet from Tony Stark’s famous costume that you don’t so much wear on your head as, uh, listen to. Yes, it’s a speaker.


These Sping-Loaded Skate Trucks Make Me Wish I Knew How To Skateboard 

Skateboard suspension is an idea that sounds long overdue — modern skateboarding is a lot rougher than it was when my parents were young. Professional riders fly through the air, grind across metal rails and land on hard concrete after jumping down enormous flights of stairs. They do it all without suspension, forcing them to make hard landings. It sounds unpleasant.


30 Years Of Apple's Guided Tours, From Awkward To Amazing

The Apple Watch starts hitting wrists today with one of the most incredibly enormous user guides ever produced for an Apple product: 23 topics, almost 100 pages, not even including the 10 videos produced to teach people how to use this thing. Apple started creating “guided tours” for its new products back in 1984 — here are some highlights from over the years.


Huge Lack Of Local Support For The Nexus Player's Australian Launch

It’s all good and well Google’s Nexus Player is arriving in Australia very shortly, but one has to wonder what you’ll actually be able to use it for? Fortunately, Ausdroid’s Daniel Tyson has done some digging and discovered the answer is somewhat hit and miss.


A Comfy Compact Camping Chair That Packs Away Into Its Own Legs

Even if you’ve opted to spend a weekend car camping instead of truly roughing it with nothing but a pack on your back, you still don’t want to pack too much stuff. So in lieu of a couple of awkward folding lawn chairs for cosying up next to the fire, Therm-A-Rest has created the Treo chair which folds up into a pod as small as a thermos.


A Self-Inflating, Self-Propelled, Stand-Up Paddleboard

This high tech board, whose Kickstarter campaign runs until mid-May, is the brainchild of Slovenia-based startup SipaBoards. Claiming to be the world’s very first self-inflating stand-up paddleboard (who knew?), the device includes a fully-integrated electric motor that gives the paddler up to three knots of boost.


The Apple Store Fitted Me For A $15,000 Watch I Could Never Afford

This morning, I made a 30-minute appointment at the Apple store for a “fitting” of the Apple Watch Edition — a gadget which starts at $US10,000. I could never afford one, much less the $US15,000 watch I actually tried. Apple didn’t seem to mind.


This Device Shows Us 10,000 Years Of Lunar Cycles

If you often find yourself lying awake at night wondering what the moon will look like in a thousand years, you can rest easy now. NYU design student Yingjie Bei has built a device that will tell you everything you were wondering about the lunar cycle, and probably, much much more.


How We Underestimated The iPad

The iPad just turned five. That’s five years of reading emails at breakfast on slabs of glass and aluminium. Five years of wondering what the hell we were thinking when we first heard about this subtly transformative device. Five years!


Spire Fitness Tracker Review: Keep Calm And Keep On Walking

The Spire is a fitness tracker that also measures your breathing, so you can keep tabs on your lungs as well as your steps. Why would you want to do that? Creators Jonathan Palley and Neema Moraveji, of the Stanford’s Calming Technology Lab, claim it can help make you a calmer person.


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