Gadgets

Nerf's New Blaster Puts Four Spinning Barrels Inside A Spinning Barrel

If you’re going to call a toy blaster the “Doominator” it better deliver on a sense of despair and foreboding — at least for those on the wrong end of the barrel. And it looks like Nerf has done just that because its latest creation features a set of four dart-laden spinning barrels that revolve around a larger spinning barrel to deliver a near-endless barrage of foam projectiles.


Why Leatherman's Multitool Bracelet Is Beautiful But Useless

A multitool you can wear on your wrist? Neat! But, will it actually be useful as, you know, a tool? I don’t think so. This is manly wrist fashion, not a genuinely useful wearable. For the last couple of years, braided lengths of paracord worn on your wrist have been a thing. The idea is that they enable you to easily carry 6m or more of the multi-purpose rope with you anywhere, leaving you prepared to tie stuff up on a moment’s notice.


Nobody Puts This Robo-Vac In A Corner, Unless They Want It Clean

Unless you live in a retro-futuristic curvaceous bubble home, your house is probably filled with corners full of dust and debris and your boxy or round robotic vacuum can’t quite reach them. It makes you wonder why all robot vacuums aren’t designed like Panasonic’s new MC-RS1 Rulo with its triangular-shaped form factor that allow its spinning bristles to reach and clean deep into corners.


A Bolt-Action Torch Lets You Lock And Light

Instead of a more traditional push-button on/off switch, this 12.7cm torch from Foursevens uses a bolt-action mechanism to turn on and off, or toggle between one of four different output modes including an emergency SOS signal.


This Toaster Turns Tortillas Into Tasty Taco Shells

As far as kitchen unitaskers go, Alton Brown would be horrified at this toaster that’s actually only able to turn fresh home-made flour or corn tortillas into hard-shelled tacos. You cram a piece of bread in there and you’ll probably be getting a (much appreciated) visit from your local fire station.


A Fake Vibrating Bar Of Soap Promises To Hand-Wash Your Clothes For You

Is there anything worse than having to waste an evening hand-washing your clothes in a sink while on vacation? Absolutely not. So the creators of the Dolfi want their little contraption to do most of the work for you, passively scrubbing clothes clean using ultrasonic vibrations while you’re sipping Mai Tais on a beach.


This Android Tablet Is A Total Surface Ripoff

Another day, another Android tablet. This one’s got an 11-inch screen, magnetically-attaching keyboard, kickstand coming out the back… wait, that seems familiar.


The Bad Dumb World Of 'Lady-Tech'

The women in the photo above are modelling a smart bracelet. It looks good! It’s also a glorified beeper that costs $US500. This is the state of lady-tech (ew) today.


How To Take Care Of Your Headphones The Right Way

Headphones or earphones or whatever listening apparatus you have access to are crucial to having music and staying sane, so it’s important that you treat them with the care and respect that they deserve. Keeping them in top condition is good for both your hygiene and the audio fidelity, so we’ve put together a variety of tips for doing just that.


FLIR's New Tiny Predator-Vision Thermal Camera Now Fits Any Device

We loved everything about the compact FLIR ONE thermal camera the company announced at CES last year, except for the fact that it was initially only available for iOS devices, and it required your phone to be trapped inside a fairly cumbersome case. So the company decided to fix that, revealing a tiny new version of the FLIR ONE at CES this year that hangs off the bottom of either iOS or Android devices.