October 22, 2013 |
SGT. DANIEL MOORE, of Australia's New South Wales Police Force, didn't expect he'd get to fulfill a lifelong fantasy when he came to Philadelphia for this week's International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. But there he was yesterday, in a suit and tie at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, waiting in the longest line at IACP's expo hall. "It's always been a dream of mine to shoot a Taser at an alien," Moore said. And so, he did. Taser's Alien Crash Site is one of more than 750 exhibits at IACP's expo hall, where vendors of police equipment and services are showing off the state of the art in high-tech crime-fighting gadgetry through tomorrow.
August 9, 2013 |
GOT THE textbooks, tablet, smartphone and backpack ready? Check. How about all the high-tech accessories that your back-to-schooler needs to stay happy and productive? If the kid is leaving town for university and, perhaps, a shared student apartment, the wish list for gadgets gets very long. Here are some essentials: TABLET TRANSFORMED : Tablets are the totable productivity tool of choice. But tapping class notes on a glass screen is tedious. And a tab is damage-prone. That's where the new Logitech FabricSkin Keyboard Folio ($180)
May 31, 2013
LOOKING FOR the means to easily share and store the photos, videos, music files and documents on your smartphone, tablet or PC? Sony's Portable Wireless Server WG-C10, coming soon at $89.99, is the ticket. Its Wi-Fi link allows users to transfer content to and through the device with up to eight simultaneously connected mobile gadgets. The Sony Server writes/reads on SD memory cards and also functions as a backup power source.
May 2, 2013
These inexpensive gadgets will help you maximize summer fitness goals. They travel easily, too. 1. ePulse2 The first strapless, continuous heart-rate monitor, pedometer and calorimeter. No more chest strap, no more complicated watch, no more periodic heart-rate measurements. Strap this baby on your arm and watch it go to work. Three for one, under $100. 2. WEIGHTED JUMP ROPE Takes personal fitness into the stratosphere - if you are up for a challenge. Torches calories, significantly increases strength and improves coordination, agility and endurance.
April 19, 2013
NO ROOM in the house is safe from a gadget invasion - not even the bathroom. Back in their hipster days, the horn-rock band Chicago introduced a song suite called "An Hour in the Shower," implying conduct "under the influence. " Today, all it takes to keep you stalling is the entertaining Moxie, a single-function showerhead from Kohler ($199) with a magnetically center-mounted Sound Capsule humming your happiest tunes. Waterproof shower radios have been available for decades, but this updated device is different, neater in form and function.
January 30, 2013 |
I RECENTLY DELIVERED a speech to two classes at a Pennsylvania high school (the name being immaterial). Going in, I was under the impression that these students had a serious interest (or at least had some interest) in going to law school and that that was the reason for my appearance (i.e., to provide advice or insight that would make their path to "the law" a little bit easier). I took time away from my job and literally spent hours on my presentation and preparing a handout for distribution.
January 18, 2013
WHO SAYS American ingenuity is dead? While it's true we still don't have jet packs and flying cars, we do have the Bierstick, a giant plastic syringe that can pump 24 ounces of beer into your mouth in less than two seconds. That's two full cans of suds down the gullet in less time than it takes to flush a toilet. And get this: It's made with "high-quality FDA-approved materials," so you know it's gotta be safe. Ah yes, the spirit of invention lives, especially when it comes to beer.
January 3, 2013 |
1. AB WHEEL Nothing beats a good old-fashioned $7.99 ab wheel for toning the abs, core, arms, shoulders and back. 2. JUMP TO IT I have always extolled the virtues of the jump rope. Done properly, jumping rope is a low-impact cardiovascular exercise that simultaneously works every muscle in the body. A jump rope is simple, efficient, travels well and can be used anywhere. Six minutes of jumping (at 120-1,140 rpm) equals 20 minutes of jogging. Jump rope for 15 to 20 minutes for an unparalleled total body workout.
December 20, 2012 |
Modernist cooking - call it "molecular gastronomy" only if you're willing to suffer the wrath of its pricklier practitioners - is gaining favor with more and more chefs who see value in the cuisine's vacuum sealers, water baths, and dehydrators. Home cooks, by contrast, happily cling to the classic techniques. Several factors play into the modernist movement's low impact with us house-bound hash slingers, costs and degree of difficulty prime among them. But as scientist-turned-cookbook-author Nathan Myhrvold recently noted, home cooks have long been at a disadvantage, too. They haven't had many resources to explain, in the necessary depth and detail, all the tools, gels, powders, and processes behind modernist cooking.