Star Trek Mark IX Science Tricorder Replica Can't Tell Chroniton from…

Forget the iPhone, real gadgetphiles carry a tricorder. You never know when some damsel in distress is going to need a lighting quick ruling on whether her Miata is made of Duranium or Tritanium. This life-altering, limited-edition diagnostic tool, complete with authentic sounds from the Voyager and DS9 series, can be… » 3/29/08 7:30pm 3/29/08 7:30pm

Life-Size Star Wars Droids Can Speak, Drain Wallets

Sideshow Collectibles stopped just short of encasing Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker in fiberglass when they created these life-size C-3PO and R2-D2 collectibles. Due out later this year, the authentic figures are powered by lowly AA batteries and have working lights. They also make sounds from the movies and utter… » 3/29/08 4:00pm 3/29/08 4:00pm

Akva Sound Musical Waterbed Adds Soundtrack to the Motion of the Ocean

Waterbed manufacturer Akva wants to help you with your rhythm in the bedroom with the Akva Sound. The Sound comes with all the squishy goodness you've come to expect from a waterbed, but with the added bonus of being able to carry a tune. Using speakers located in a built-in base plate, Akva Sound can pump all sorts… » 3/29/08 2:40pm 3/29/08 2:40pm

Motorized Monocycle Eliminates Need for Pedals, Humility

This monocycle from rich man's playground catalogue Hammacher Schlemmer is a few phalluses short of a South Park episode, but I think even Mrs. Garrison would appreciate the fact that this 1869 throwback is now available at retail for a modest $12,999.95. And the best part? The wealthy sops whipping around the… » 3/29/08 12:40pm 3/29/08 12:40pm

Nikon's Flagship D3 DSLR is Fastest Ever

Click to viewThe rumors were true: The newest Nikon flagship DSLR is the D3. For starters, it's the DSLR with the "fastest start up time, shortest viewfinder blackout time, and shortest shutter lag" of any. And it sports a 12.1-megapixel FX format (full frame) CMOS sensor, a 3-inch, 920,000-pixel VGA viewfinder with a… » 8/23/07 12:01am 8/23/07 12:01am

Nikon D300 DSLR Announced, Rocks 12.3 Megapixels and Live View Goodness

Click to viewNikon also announced the D300 today, as was heavily rumored. Its latest prosumer DSLR is loaded with a 12.3 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor (the one Sony just announced), 6fps burst-it goes up to 8 with the optional battery pack, HDMI support with 1080i playback, 200-3200 ISO range, live view and a 3-inch… » 8/23/07 12:01am 8/23/07 12:01am

Super Safe Cooktop Automatically Turns Off When Left On

With safe operation features, Thermador's line of all-induction cooktops can detect changes in surface temperature and will automatically shut off for spills or prolonged use. Along with a cool-to-the-touch surface, quicker heat up times, and much easier cleaning, this cooktop is making us despise our current gas… » 8/14/07 10:14pm 8/14/07 10:14pm

MIT Plans to Steal Your Energy to Light Public Buildings

Two MIT grad students want to install devices in public buildings that generate electricity from footsteps. They want to install a type of floor that will power train stations and other commuter-heavy areas. The problem is that this energy has to come from somewhere - you. This type of floor will depress slightly when… » 7/26/07 7:34am 7/26/07 7:34am

180mph Car Treadmill Great for Designers, Dangerous for Pilots

Check this full size Nascar sitting on top of a steel belt sliding at 180mph. While wind tunnels have been used to design cars for years, the results can be affected by the fact that the ground is still. This machine solves that problem, in truly dramatic and dangerous fashion. Just like NASCAR itself. The image after… » 7/26/07 6:32am 7/26/07 6:32am

Amateur Helium Balloon Reaches 28km Altitude

That's a picture taken from a helium balloon at 28km in altitude. To put that in perspective, the average airliner flies at only 9km. The balloon, created by Jean-Sébastien Busque, carried a video camera, still camera, GPS and a ham radio, but sadly Jean didn't get to take a joy-ride himself. Probably because he… » 7/26/07 4:58am 7/26/07 4:58am

BarbieGirls MP3 Player Unlocks Chat Rooms, Content, Peer Pressure

These BarbieGirls MP3 players are bizarre for more than their creepy doll shape: Apparently they are designed to teach your kids about exclusion and peer pressure. When you plug the $59.99 device into the included dock, they unlock exclusive content and chat rooms that only other kids with dolls can access, making… » 7/25/07 4:00am 7/25/07 4:00am

Sleek O2 Cocoon Plays Music, Transforms into Bedside Clock

Yes, it's no iPhone and it's British, but the O2 Cocoon's has a blue LED screen that shines straight through its retro-'70s white clamshell design. It can display time, caller or track information, while simultaneously looking awesome. Best of all, it can transform: It comes with a dock that converts it into a bedside… » 7/25/07 3:56am 7/25/07 3:56am

Ferrari Home Gym Protected From Annoying Oxidants

The Ferrari home gymnasium, titled 'Unica', is a muscle caviar—an onslaught to the senses and so elite you'll be out of pocket if you so much as glare in its direction. Constructed from nothing but the finest Italian materials, it will set you back a cool $20,290.

The ultra chic gymnasium is preloaded with 25… » 7/15/07 11:20pm 7/15/07 11:20pm