I Wish This Official Scrabble Keyboard Kept Score of Every Email I Wrote

We’ve covered a few of Massdrop’s unorthodox keyboard upgrades over the years, but none as lovely as this officially-licensed Hasbro Scrabble keyboard that puts every letter of the alphabet at your disposal, instead of just seven you randomly grab at the start of a game. Read More >>

Swimming in a Canal? Beat the Elements With a High-Tech Wetsuit

Just how nutty do you have to be to get up at the crack of dawn, don a high-tech wetsuit and then try to swim your way through 420 metres of ice cold water and climb 18 metres over seven canal lock gates in the middle of Glasgow? Quite nutty we’d say, but around 600 athletes did that at the weekend as part of Red Bull’s Neptune Steps event, held in the Maryhill Locks area of Scotland’s largest city. The gruelling challenge is already in its fourth year and there’s no shortage of competitors, with twice as many people taking part this year compared to the 2017 event. Read More >>

‘Magic’ Twist in Stacked Graphene Reveals Potentially Powerful Superconducting Behaviour

High-temperature electricity without resistance could revolutionise electronics. It could take less energy to move electric charge, meaning better-performing, more-efficient electronics that are cheaper to run. It could cut down on energy costs, and might even help researchers realise better quantum computers. Scientists have gotten a step closer with a little “magic” twist. Read More >>

Dyson’s Pricey Cordless Vac Is So Good, It’s Killing Cords Altogether

The Dyson upright ball vacuum, an iconic piece of engineering and design that made vacs a gadget worthy of your lust, is being eliminated. In its place is Dyson’s latest cordless vac, the Cyclone V10. The company claims the V10's upgraded electric motor can suck better and last longer on a single charge. But can a rechargeable vacuum really replace a corded one? It has for me. The new Dyson Cyclone V10 may have a few issues, but this little cordless vacuum is so good it might finally justify Dyson’s premium pricing. Read More >>

This Cheap, Playable Smartphone Case Is Triggering my Eternal Love For the Game Boy

As an avid portable gamer, you might assume smartphones, and their app stores filled with million of titles, would be my ideal device. But part of me still yearns for physical buttons to mash, like my beloved Game Boy had. That’s probably why I find this case that puts a bunch of basic video games on the back of a smartphone so appealing. Read More >>

Mercedes’ Futuristic Headlights Shine Warning Symbols on the Road, and They’re No Longer Just a Concept

Heads-up displays that use a car’s windscreen as a sort of media screen are a good way to keep drivers informed while their eyes stay on the road ahead. But Daimler thinks it has an even better solution, and on its high-end vehicles it says it will soon introduce programmable, “million-pixel” headlights that project warning symbols and driving tips on the actual road itself. Read More >>

Modern Kids Can Barely Hold a Pencil

The young kids of today spend so little time drawing and colouring in that they're arriving at school with fingers too weak to hold pencils properly, with researchers warning that the new generation's love of technology is ruining their fine muscle control and finger dexterity. Read More >>

These New Harry Potter Wands Let You Play a Magic Version of Laser Tag

It’s all but impossible to reach the end of the Harry Potter books or movies without secretly pining for a wand of your own, but it’s probably best for humanity that we’re not all flailing magical sticks around. The next best thing would be JAKKS Pacific’s new interactive Wizard Training Wands that make it feel like you’re learning to cast spells, without wreaking havoc on Muggles. Read More >>

Someone Created a MagSafe Connector For the Rest of the Plugs In Your Home

As much as USB-C is a vast improvement over the USB connectors of yesteryear, we’re still bummed that it replaced the MagSafe connector on the recent generation of Apple’s MacBooks. We’re not getting any less clumsy, but these magnetic breakaway plug adaptors look like they could ease the fear of tripping over our other power cables. Read More >>

The reMarkable E Ink Tablet Is Way Too Good For Its Software (and Price)

Do you remember when everyone thought the arrival of the iPad heralded the demise of E Ink-based devices? Even yours truly far prefers the experience of reading books on the bright, full-colour LCD display of the iPad Mini. Consequently I’ve spent a lot of time questioning the need for e-ink devices like Amazon Kindle. But at CES last month I had an abrupt change of heart. It was there I was able to try out the reMarkable tablet for the first time, and after playing with it for a few minutes, I was excited at the thought of finally being able to go completely paperless; no more notebooks, no more misplaced scraps of paper, and no more sticky notes. I immediately begged them to loan me a unit to review, and after nearly two weeks with it I’m still in love—even if I know this thing has big problems. Read More >>

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With This R2-D2, You Won’t Have to Go to Toshi Station to Pick Up Some Power Converters

The next time you find yourself fleeing an oppressive regime across the galaxy, or to just another country, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to plug your lightsaber into some unfamiliar socket. This immobile version of R2-D2 from Brando hides an entire stack of power adapters for 40 different countries. Read More >>

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Some of the Most Absurd Gadgets From CES 2018

Far from the flashy mega-booths of companies like Samsung and Sony is a section of CES known as Eureka Park, filled with startups trying to bring truly innovative products to the market. But there’s just as many companies showing off products that will leave you scratching your head. Does the world really need a GoPro for babies? Or a fire extinguisher that looks like a video game blaster? Read More >>

CES 2018: The Pin Art on This Bluetooth Speaker Dances to Your Music

One of the recent trends in Bluetooth speakers is the addition of colourful LEDs that blink and flash along with whatever music’s playing. But a company called Victrola has done something way out of left field by putting an animated Pin Art display on top of its new wireless speaker. Read More >>

CES 2018: This Cellular-Connected Smart Credit Card Can Show You How Much Money You’ve Got Left to Spend

Unlike banks in the UK, where chip-and-pin and contactless payment technologies are the norm, big banks in the US have been very slow to adopt new credit and debit card technologies, with secure chip cards only being introduced in the past few years. Which is tragic, because Dynamics is introducing a new connected credit card with a cellular chip inside, and an E-Ink display, that’s no thicker than the cards already in your wallet. Read More >>

CES 2018: I Spoke to the Future and the Future Stared Back at Me, Blankly

The first thing you notice about Sophia, a robot, is the sound she makes. Like a late-90s Pentium processor struggling to load a video, she makes a whirring squeal that fills the room. Sophia talks, too. But what I’ll always remember about my recent conversation with a robot is her stare. Read More >>