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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You're packed and ready to go to Disney World, but you live in New York -- can you keep the kiddies entertained? Sirius Backseat TV relieves beleaguered parents by streaming video clips onto your car's television.

By Akweli Parker

You know the calculation: number of miles on your trip odometer divided by your tank capacity. Mileage monitors claim to one-up such simple estimates with real-time feedback. Are such monitors really accurate, and does it even matter if they are?

By Julia Layton

Back in the days of the horse and buggy, you didn't have to worry about overheating the engine -- but you did get splashed with mud and slush. Nowadays, the dashboard is less for protection than for information.

By Molly Edmonds

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Thinking of outfitting your car with every electronic add-on the market has to offer? Inspector Gadget would approve. But let's make sure you do it in style.

By Molly Edmonds

Carmakers say RFID ignition systems are unbreakable -- at least by your average thief of average means. But what are the technology's flaws, and should you really protect your ride by wrapping your key in tinfoil?

By Julia Layton

Some Bluetooth users simply clip a headset on their ear to talk on a cell phone without the need to hold the actual phone. Others take advantage of the full line of Bluetooth technology, such as installing a Bluetooth car stereo.

By Jessika Toothman

Sure, we may need a car to get from point A to point B, but would we ever need our car to have an air purifier? How about leather interior ceilings? Or a bejeweled fuel cap? See five of the most extravagant amenities.

By Jane McGrath

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Turn left, now. If you weren't paying attention, that helpful command from your GPS device's faulty navigation might route you right into a lake, down a dead-end road or into oncoming traffic. GPS isn't the infallible autopilot some would take it to

By Maria Trimarchi

The ability to tell time has been around for centuries. What began as a fairly simple practice has evolved into a complex system of time, daylight savings and leap years. But where did it all start, and what was the role of sundials?

By Jessika Toothman

If you're one of those people who feels better when they can keep an eye on things, then maybe you need a security camera system for your home.

By John Fuller

Once only found in the movies, high-tech spy gadgets are part of our everyday lives. Is someone listening in on your conversation right now? Are you being followed?

By John Fuller

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The average person stuffs nine different cards into one wallet. What if you could consolidate all that card information into one thin little device? At the least, it'd save pocket space.

By Sarah Winkler

Learning how to play an instrument may be as simple as playing with blocks. You can get started with the reactable without even touching a user's manual.

By John Fuller

Technology has changed our lives, mostly for the better. But what happens when our inventions get the better of us? The results can be devastating.

By Chris Pollette & Dave Roos

The Dash Express married GPS and Internet technologies to give directions and up-to-date traffic information. Sounds good, right?

By John Fuller

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Electronic books have been out for years, though none of them met with much success — until the Amazon Kindle. What's so special about this little device?

By Jonathan Strickland & Chris Pollette

Depending on whom you ask, machines are running our lives. But what happens if they start to build more efficient models of themselves and get rid of us?

By Jonathan Strickland

Ever had to answer your cell phone in the middle of a busy street? You could shout above the din or let your call go to voicemail, or you could speak clearly into a noise-canceling headset.

By Tiffany Connors

Psychologists have created a number of tools to help them delve deeper into the mysterious human subconscious. What are these tools, and do they really work?

By John Fuller

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You're out shopping when suddenly a voice tells you to buy the product right in front of you. Brilliant gimmick or creepy invasion of personal privacy?

By John Fuller

Night vision is a popular military application with some very interesting civilian uses. Check out night vision equipment, peer through night vision goggles and learn about the technology with this image gallery.

Massage can have real health benefits for you, but what if you don't know a good massage therapist? Perhaps a massage chair might be the answer.

By Jonathan Strickland

Muscles aching? Perhaps you'd enjoy a session in a zero-gravity massage chair. You don't need astronaut training, but you'll need a fat wallet.

By Jonathan Strickland

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Freed by the latest technology and dipping prices, bands are now able to put together their own recording studios -- and take them on the road.

By Jonathan Strickland

In addition to protecting our electronics from lightning strikes and making it possible to run multiple devices from one wall outlet, can surge protectors actually conserve energy?

By Robert Lamb