interview

Meet The 'Real-Life Q' Who Built Secret Spy Gadgets For A Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favourite part was always the same: the part where “Q” would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond movies too — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for secret agents in the field.


This Guy Went Around The World In 80 Days The First Time He TravelledĀ 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt’s world. So, he did what any logical 44-year-old would do and set out on an an 80-day round-the-world trip. It was the first time he’d ever left the United States. This is what he learnt.


How This Tiny Startup Plans To Dethrone Gore-Tex

For nearly 50 years, Gore-Tex has defined rainwear. But now, thanks to an innovative new process that builds water resistance straight into any item of clothing, Voormi is aiming to end that domination. Here’s how their technology works.


How To Catch A Freight Train Ride To Freedom

Ever wanted to pack it all in, become a hobo and ride the rails? Dusty Blackthorn’s been doing that for the last 16 years. We caught up with the American in Guatemala and asked him how. He shared his best photos too. Don’t be an oog.


Qualcomm Says Wearables Aren't A Fad, And It Might Just Be Right

“This trend is not going away,” says Pankaj Kedia, the head of Qualcomm’s new wearables business unit. “This is not a fad.” Of course he’d say that — his job depends on it. But who other than Qualcomm — the company which dominates the mobile industry — would know for sure? So I grilled Qualcomm’s wearables boss about our sensor-equipped future.


I Went Camping With Bear Grylls And Survived

“Hey, you want to come camping with Bear?” That’s a pretty random email to get on a Thursday morning, and it contained no other details. So, I said yes, packed a bag and hopped on a plane to New Mexico. Here’s what happened over the next few days.


What Tactical Tomahawks Are For And How To Use One

From the Native Americans to Vietnam War soldiers, the venerable Tomahawk is finding new favour in this era of asymmetric warfare and, well, with the guys who prepare for battle when they go camping. This is what they’re for and how you can actually find a use for one.


Photographing The Most Challenging Mountains On Earth

Cory Richards, a NatGeo photographer and The North Face team climber, was the first American to summit an 8,000-metre peak in the winter. We asked about his life as a climber and adventure photographer.


Inside The New HTC One Duo Camera: A Whole New Way To Shoot

There’s been loads of speculation about the HTC One M8′s strange new camera. With one large lens on the back and a slightly smaller one just above it, no one quite knew what to think. Is it just a 3D camera? Is one telephoto and one wide? Is it a light field camera like the Lytro? None of the above.


11 Satellite Views Of Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Overhead satellite views are nothing special in this age of Google maps — but then, there’s Daily Overview. From brick-making kilns to Nepal to Danish suburbs, the site’s one image a day is consistently beautiful, weird and illuminating of a larger story of how the Earth came to look this way. Here are some of Daily Overview’s greatest hits.