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Without Wires or Bluetooth, This Case Lets You Add Buttons and Scroll Wheels to Your Smartphone

It won’t be long before smartphones ditch every last physical button, but is that necessarily a good thing? Fewer components in a device means more profit for manufacturers, but users are left having to learn awkward touchscreen gestures to compensate. Researchers at Columbia University are bringing back the button with a customizable smartphone case that works without the need for batteries, wires, or even a Bluetooth connection. Read More >>

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Will.i.am Is Back With Another Terrible Gadget

Noted gadget-liker Will.i.am has yet another new product for us: Bluetooth headphones with a preposterous name. Read More >>

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Video Annotates All the Buttons That Are Being Pressed on a F1 Steering Wheel During a Race

Racing Formula One is like being inside a fighter jet that’s zipping through impossibly winding roads at 200 MPH. There’s a lot going on. Piloting a powerful race car through the twisting roads requires a steering wheel that can control and handle all those changes on the fly. It also makes for a steering wheel that doesn’t look like a wheel at all. Read More >>

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Guy Builds Gorgeous Sequencer Just to Test Video Game Arcade Buttons

When Mike Sannikov was designing an arcade game controller and needed to test which brand of buttons would work best, he didn’t just read some online reviews—he bought a small sampling of buttons and used them to build this gorgeous music sequencer as a test bed. Read More >>

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Extra Hole Buttons Let You Spell Out Messages on Your Clothing

It turns out that with the addition of just two extra holes on a standard button and some strategic stitching, you can express yourself even more creatively with your fashion choices. Because these delightful Typo Buttons let you spell out messages down the front of your shirt, or on the cuff of a blazer. Read More >>

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No Time to Sew? A Clip-On Button is the Perfect Temporary Fix

Just because your collared shirt came with a couple of spare buttons hanging off a tag doesn't mean you always have time to sew a replacement back on when the need arises. So an emergency replacement button that temporarily clips onto your shirt like a paperclip so you can quickly do it back up needs to exist—and, like, yesterday. Read More >>

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This Sticker Adds Four Customisable Buttons to Your Android Device

Most Android devices don't have a physical home button like the iPhone or iPad, and while it reduces manufacturing costs and is one less thing to break, sometimes it's nice to have that tactile feedback. So not only does the Dimple give you a real home button, it also gives you three others that can be customised to do whatever you need. Read More >>

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“Orgasm Button” Inventor Fails to Achieve Investment

A man who claims that an experiment in 2001 led to the discovery of a "orgasm button" that could trigger sex-like levels of joy in women is still looking for investment, with the £3.5m or so needed to run a full clinical trial proving appropriately difficult to obtain. Read More >>

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I Want This DIY Mission Control Desk So Bad

Jeff High Smith is probably the best dad in the world. But it's OK other dads, you can take a shot at the king if you too build a mission control desk as incredible as this. What are you waiting for? Read More >>

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This Extra Button for Your Android Will Let You Program Secret Codes

We were super excited when we heard about Pressy—the extra button for your Android phone—a few months ago. Now its Kickstarter is hella funded, and it's getting one more cool new feature: it can give your phone secret cheat codes. Read More >>

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RIM Adds Dedicated BBM Button to its Cheapo BlackBerry Curve Range

RIM's latest update of its Curve BlackBerry series has all of the usual buttons we've come to expect from the QWERTY classic range, only now there's a specific hotkey for instant access to the company's BBM messaging service. Read More >>

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Will Your Android Phone’s Buttons Still Work With Ice Cream Sandwich?

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has been the talk of Android town, and rightfully so: it looks like the most promising version yet. But considering it doesn't require any physical buttons, how will your phone work once it's upgraded? Read More >>