Gadgets

One Of The Best Compact iOS Controllers Just Got Supersized

SteelSeries’ original Stratus — a compact game controller designed to complement pocket-friendly iOS devices like the iPhone — was revealed just a few months ago at CES. But the company is already rolling out an updated version that will appeal to anyone who felt cramped using the tiny original.


Cheap Motion Sensors That Tell You Your Windows And Doors Have Opened

With the release of Dropcam’s Pro webcam last year, the company set the scene for some interesting wireless accessories with the inclusion of built-in Bluetooth LE. With an API it hopes to get other companies to make accessories too, and to encourage development the company has just revealed its own official accessory: a cheap motion sensor that lets you know when doors or windows have been opened and closed.


This Piggy Bank Uses Gravity To Let You Know When You've Saved A Buck

If you use a piggy bank as an interest-free savings account, you’re probably happy to wait and be surprised at how much money you amass. But if you instead use a piggy bank as just a place to store pocket change, this simple weigh-scale bank will let you know when you’ve got enough money to buy a coffee or bagel.


FlaskScarf Protects Against Chilly Breezes And Sobriety

Who among us hasn’t wished for a fashion accessory that’s also a secret booze stash? Wish no more. FlaskScarf is here to literally hang your booze around your neck. Like a Saint Bernard, with style.


This Mystery Bike Lock's Hidden Keyhole Makes It Un-Pickable

Picking a lock is surprisingly easy with practice. So the makers of this mystery bike lock came up with a brilliant and novel solution: bury the keyhole deep inside the lock mechanism. It’s unpickable, because you simply can’t get your picks into the lock. And it’s got lock-picking hobbyists stumped.


A Full Set Of Keychain Cutlery Makes Picnics More Civilised

It won’t quite elevate your next picnic lunch to an experience akin to dining with the queen, but this compact cutlery set that includes a separate knife, spoon, and fork, is much better than eating with your fingers.


The Best Action Camera: Q2 2014 Edition

You can’t just do something dangerous and insane these days without filming it for posterity. And while action cameras let us relieve these life-highlights over and over, they aren’t all created equal. We decided to see for ourselves which one could handle your extreme adventures best.


Buy It For Life: Will Your Technology Purchases Last A Decade?

I own one pair of boots. They’re great boots. I know they’ll last me a decade, if I take care of them. I also own a backpack — a very expensive backpack — with a lifetime guarantee that I’m sure I’ll never have to use, because it’s built to last. I’m not really so sure that I can say the same for most of the technology that I own, though.


This Tiny Lens Promises To Transform Your Phone Or Tablet Into A Microscope

If you’ve ever felt compelled to randomly examine something at 150x magnification, look no further than the “Micro Phone Lens”. Helmed by University of Washington Thomas Larson, the Kickstarter project seeks to turn your regular tablet or smartphone camera into a piece of amateur science gear using a single light and an itty-bitty piece of plastic.


This Tiny MacGyver Emergency Toolkit Will Get You Out Of Any Situation

iFixit, the folks responsible for tearing down all of our favourite gear, also sell kits that include all the tools they use. But none will ever be as useful as this tiny $US6 “Action Hero Toolkit” inspired by TV’s most resourceful hero: MacGyver.