"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.
From devastation in Haiti to jubilation in New Orleans, 2010 was a pictorially poignant year. We won't soon forget the massive not-a-sinkhole in Guatemala or Lady Gaga's meat dress. Take a tour of the year's most unforgettable events in images.
On Sept. 5, 2010, podcasters from HowStuffWorks.com led a panel discussion called "HowStuffWorks.com Podcasts: From Medici Murders to Linux and Lightsabers" at Dragon*Con, a convention celebrating science fiction, fantasy and popular culture.
Tech pundits said Apple couldn't make a consumer tablet that would succeed. But then the iPad sold more than a million units within 28 days. How did Apple prove the naysayers wrong, and how has their tablet evolved?
In science fiction, characters sometimes see a world that's completely different from the reality underneath. But how do you know that's not true in what you think of as real life? Is what you see really what you get?
Calculators may show up anywhere in our lives that numbers do -- from calculus class to restaurants -- but the technology that powers these devices is fairly recent. What made it possible, and how does it work?
Do you have a smartphone? How about a digital camera? A portable music player? We bet you'll be surprised by how many of these 'essential' gadgets you actually own. Take a look and see whether yours made the list, or if we omitted any of your favorites.
What do you think of when you hear the words virtual reality (VR)? A clunky helmet wired to a computer with thick cables? Or funky goggles and high-tech feedback gloves? Explore the many virtual reality applications and technologies.