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This Microwave Oven Is the Size of a Thermos

There’s a reason the microwave oven in your kitchen is a heavy brick: it uses a magnetron and vacuum tube technology that dates back to World War II. But since then, microwave technologies have been vastly improved (see cellphone towers) and a company called Wayv in the UK is finally using them to shrink the […]

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Speck’s Cardboard-Friendly VR Goggles Fold Flatter Than Your Phone

First revealed earlier in the year at CES, Speck’s ultra-thin folding Pocket-VR viewer is finally available for those who want to dabble in virtual reality and are looking for a cost-effective solution that falls somewhere between Google’s cheap Cardboard and Samsung’s pricey Gear VR. What your $70 alternative to Oculus Rift gets you is a […]

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Let Us Count Some Reasons Why You Won’t Want Will.i.am’s New Headphones

Will.i.am has a chequered history of making pieces of consumer technology that nobody really wants. Now you can add to that list a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Let us count some reasons why you probably won’t want these i.am+ EPs headphones in your life: They’re styled to look like vinyl records. Apple explains that there […]

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This Liquid Metal Watch Looks Like It Was Designed by a Terminator

There are a lot of good reasons to believe this watch that uses flowing liquid mercury to show the time is fake. A low-quality video, a questionable website, and product shots that look like photocopies of photocopies. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting a watch that looks like the T-1000 strapped to your wrist. […]

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Ultra Simple License Plate Sensor Adds Collision Protection to Any Car

If your car’s scratched and dented bumpers reveal a long history of you accidentally backing into things, you don’t necessarily need to buy a new vehicle just to get a fancy collision warning system. If you have a smartphone, and can use a screwdriver, you can easily install this license plate cover that serves as […]

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The Best Smartwatches for People Who Hate Smartwatches

Despite the name, smartwatches can be kind of dumb. Sure, they can do cool things, like control your music and put notifications on your wrist. But battery life woes and underwhelming platforms leave you questioning the real IQ of these supposedly “smart” devices. However, there is a road less traveled: an area unexplored by big […]