Electronic Gadgets

"Gadget" is a catch-all word these days for nifty devices. We've covered the basics, such as clocks & watches, plus delved into the world of present-day and future high-tech gadgets, such as digital jewelry and restaurant pagers.

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People Still Use Fax Machines, But, Um, Why?

With the advent of email and scanning, why would anyone want to bother with faxing? Actually, it's still going strong in medical, insurance and government circles. Here's why.

How Rolex Came to Rule the Wrist

The Rolex name is synonymous with luxury and cool. But how did this watch company become one of the most famous brands in the world?

New MIT Headset Can 'Hear' Your Thoughts and Respond

MIT's AlterEgo allows you to control a computer and ask it questions without ever uttering one word. It could mean profound changes on how we communicate.

March Madness: A High-stakes Game for Virtual Reality

No tickets to March Madness? No problem. Virtual reality can put you at the games — courtside.

Our Apps Are Tracking Us 24 Hours a Day

A fitness tracking app that maps people's exercise habits exposed another lapse in our privacy — and critical risk for security of U.S. forces.

Virtual Reality Helps Distract Kids From Painful Medical Procedures

Virtual reality makes it easier — and a little more fun — for sick kids to deal with painful medical procedures.

Is It Time for Civilians to Start Wearing Their Own Body Cameras?

In an effort to capture a wider market, the makers of a police body cam have adapted their product and introduced the Venture wearable camera. Will it catch on?

Should Smart Devices Be Able to Automatically Call the Cops?

Suppose a smart home device was programmed to call the police if it heard certain words or sounds? Good idea or bad?

A Breathalyzer for Drugs? We're Not There Yet

It's a lot harder to develop a breath test for marijuana and opioids than it is for alcohol. But that hasn't stopped a lot of people from trying.

Here’s Something Else Your Smart Watch Can Do: Detect Irregular Heartbeat

Scientists have come up with an app that can detect atrial fibrillation.

Self-stabilizing 'Smart' Utensils Counteract Hand Tremors

What if you couldn't lift a spoon to your mouth without tipping out the contents? A robotic utensil may make this frustrating scenario a problem of the past.

How Amazon Echo Works

Amazon Echo might look like a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker, but could it actually be the voice-controlled computer that will finally walk us into the future?

Google Glass Can Teach You Morse Code in Four Hours

Light vibrations from the wearable make learning Morse code (and potentially many other tasks) a lot easier, according to new research.

Forget the Invisible TV: We Want the Invisible Cooktop!

Panasonic showed off some invisible products at an electronics show. How do they work?

Your Jeans Could Someday Power Your Phone

Chinese scientists have created the first fibers that can capture solar energy and survive the clothing manufacturing process.

Wearable Alcohol Sensor Could Text You if You're Too Drunk

Soon we might rely on flexible wearable monitors to replace breathalyzers and analyze sweat, notifying us if we've had one too many — or are near the limit.

Why Some People Are Refusing 'Smart' Utility Meters in Their Homes

The utility industry and environmentalists see smart utility meters as modernizing the nation, but some claim privacy and health risks. Is that just paranoia?

The Uber-popular Aeron Chair Was First Made for Grandma

Swiveling around in an Aeron chair can make a lowly assistant feel like an executive. But how did it get so big?

So This Might Be Why You Ditched Your Fitbit

When it comes to creating long-time users, one design does not fit all, study finds.

This 'Smart Jacket' Knows What Temperature Will Keep You Warm This Winter

Someone should invent a jacket that automatically adjusts to keep you comfortable no matter the temperature inside or out. Someone just did.

Running While Female: Safety Apps and Tech

Three attacks on female runners prompted us to check out what apps and tech are out there to help keep runners safe and logging those miles.

Watch: The Secret Life of Luggage — And the New Tech That Tracks It

What happens after your bags go on the conveyor belt? And how can you be sure you'll see them again?

Pretty Handy? Gloves Turn Sign Language Into Speech and Text

Two college undergrads have invented a pair of gloves that can track sign language and turn it into either spoken word or text.