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.

Backscatter X-ray systems are now used to conduct full-body security scans in many airports. But how does this new technology work? Does it invade your privacy? Is it safe?

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.

Right now, it's possible to send messages directly from one person's mind to another's. But it's not telepathy. It's technology. So how does it work, exactly?

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.

Every year it seems like there's a bumper crop of new electronics on the market, and lots more on the way. So how did we pick our favorites for 2009? It wasn't easy.

Some people feel you should live for today. Others believe you should think about your part in the seeming never-endingness of time. But how do you measure that?

The Dyson Air Multiplier works like a fan, but it has no blades. Can it be as effective as a traditional fan? What's so different about it?

These amazing timepiece pictures explore unusual and exotic time gadgets. Learn more and explore timepiece pictures.

These audio tech pictures cover your favorite music gadgets and more. Take a look at audio tech pictures.

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.

Traveling can be a lot of fun, but there's no joy in picking up a stomach bug from untreated water. What if you need to sterilize water on the go and you're traveling light?

If you travel and you like gadgets, chances are you've been on the road when the batteries gave out. What if you could generate power for your gizmos yourself?

Grocery shopping may be fun for you, yet for many others it's a pain in the neck. But electronic technology just might make it faster and simpler to run to the store.

If you're over the legal blood alcohol content, it's illegal to drive your car, not to mention unsafe. Is there an easy way to find out your blood alcohol level?

Two-liter soda bottles have been popular since they were introduced by Pepsi back in 1970, but there's just one problem. How do you keep the soda from going flat?

Maybe you have great cell phone coverage in the United States, but what happens if you need to leave the country for a business trip? Can you get a phone that will work everywhere you go?

It used to be that you could have boxes full of photos and no idea where you took them. That was the 20th century. Now we have GPS photo taggers.

A nice, hot cup of coffee or tea is nice, but what happens if you get interrupted before you can drink it? If only you had something to warm it up!

Your party is starting in 15 minutes, and everything's perfect. Except you forgot to chill the wine. What are you going to do now?

Cell phone calls while you're driving can be dangerous. But what happens when you absolutely must make or accept a call when you're behind the wheel?

Take a look at these car gadget pictures and see some of the cutting edge technology available for your car. Check out our car gadget pictures.