Posts Tagged: ‘gadgets’

Back in July, I blogged about Discovery Expedition, the venture that aims to connect adventurous, outdoorsy types with the innovative lifestyle products they need. They’re looking for YOUR awesome invention ideas — ideas that might earn you a $2,500 minimum advance or 50/50 royalties. Well, we’re down to the wire now because the deadline is Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

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Today’s episode is something of a puzzle, and we need you guys to helps us piece it together. What happens when we plug into our electronic gadgets and tune out the rest of the world? What kind of world do we live in when everyone gets to pump their own continuous, custom soundtrack in and alter reality’s emotional decor. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the so-called Walkman Effect and the manner in which our precious music and personal electronics alter the reality we live in.

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On Friday we did PART 1 of the virtual CES walk-thru. Today we have PART 2 with another 20 amazing products seen in 2011 at CES: Alienware 3D Enabled M17x Laptop Razer Switchblade First Look – CES 2011 Motorola’s fast new Atrix smartphone Motorola Droid Bionic Walkthrough Hard drive vs. shot gun, M16 Audi R8 […]

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Here’s some of the most interesting stuff coming out of CES on January 6, 2011: Avatar Kinect CES 2011 CES 2011: Sony’s futuristic 3D head-mounted display Microsoft shows off ARM processors running Windows Scale That TWEETS Your Weight! Plus, Baby Monitor on Your iPhone! Withings CES Preview – Tekzilla Sony Ericcson Xperia Arc: Hands On […]

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The following video introduces a term – “conflict minerals” – that you may have never heard of before. It is an important term because, behind the scenes, conflict minerals are leading to death and destruction for millions of people….

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There are many places you can go to ferret out consumer products that do not work as advertised. But what about the stuff that actually does work? The stuff where you buy it and you are pleasantly surprised because it exceeds your expectations, or it provides a really good value. I came across one of […]

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TechStuff Live returns in 2010 with a special episode focused on what we expect to see at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Join us as we talk about the new gadgets and technology companies hope to bring to us this year. What’s hot for 2010? Will there be any huge surprises like last year’s watch phone from LG or the Palm Pre (the darling of the showroom floor last year)? And why aren’t Apple and Google attending?

You can watch us right here or grab our handy-dandy Facebook application.

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Can you guess what happens at 1:00 p.m. Eastern today? That’s right, it’s time for another hair-raising episode of TechStuff Live. Chris and I will bring you the latest, most interesting technology news and explain why it’s important. We’ll also continue our discussion about potential holiday gadget gifts. Want to buy someone a mobile gaming device but aren’t sure how the DSi stacks up against the PSP Go? Watch our show and we’ll break it down for you. Click through for video.

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My relationships with plants are often a bit strained. I manage to drown tomatoes. I wind up mistaking hibiscuses for weeds year after year and either hack them to death myself or pay the neighborhood kid to do it. If you’re a member of the vegetable kingdom, then I’m afraid you and me simply weren’t meant to be.

But it all comes down to communication, right? Why can’t you plants, say, just tell me when you need watering instead of passive aggressively withering on me when you’re thirsty?

Am I being unreasonable? Well, not according to the makers of Botanicalls, the new telecommunications system that enables your plant to send you texts, e-mails or tweets when they need watering.

Of course, your plant’s not actually going to send out tweets — though I can’t imagine their messages would be any more mundane than the average human Twitter user. Botanicalls makes use of an Ethernet-enabled soil probe. According to Science Daily, the probe sends out electrical waves through the soil and the amount of moisture in the soil affects the overall voltage level. TreeHugger has a good graphic of the system here.

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The new Apple iPhone has several advantages, including a GPS and 3G capacity. However, the iPhone is far from perfect, and still has some disadvantages. Learn more about pros and cons of the new iPhone in our HowStuffWorks article, ‘How the iPhone Works.’

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