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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It can decode an entire human genome quickly and cheaply. Could this sequencer be the one that pushes DNA sequencers beyond labs and into hospitals?

By Eric Seeger

Remember the bygone days when you were forced to watch television in real-time as it aired? Streaming boxes and other tech renders that a distant memory, and now, Roku is shrinking the game.

By Bernadette Johnson

Watches come in all shapes, sizes and designs. While some of them are fancier than others, the Harry Winston Opus Eleven brings something more to the table.

By John Kelly

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Have you ever imagined yourself walking around your town like a sci-fi hero, with a heads-up display showing you details of the world around you? Google Glass aims to make that possible for all of us.

By Jonathan Strickland

Imagine if readings of your heart rate, temperature and other vital signs could be collected, processed and analyzed by medical professionals, without any need to bother or even wake you. LOBIN wants to make that vision a reality.

By Jacob Clifton

It resembles a sporty looking contact case, and it just may save your life if you find yourself in trouble in the wilderness. Curious yet?

By Robert Lamb

Wristwatches are starting to go the way of the VHS tape, but sales revenue has actually gone up in recent years, thanks to meticulously crafted -- and ridiculously expensive-- timepieces like the C1 QuantumGravity watch.

By Ed Grabianowski

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It sounds like something out of a spy movie, but the Golden-i headset computer is much more practical than that. Are these wearable, hands-free PCs the wave of the future?

By Nathan Chandler

Although the idea of "thinking" underwear might make you snicker, the U.S. military isn't joking around. Find out how smart underwear could help monitor soldiers' vitals -- and more.

By Shanna Freeman

Looking rather like a fridge for fabrics, the Styler is a clothes manager that's designed to freshen up your duds. How does it work?

By Nathan Chandler

Sure, we're all obsessed with our phones, but does everyone think that strapping a timepiece to the wrist is redundant?

By Nicholas Gerbis

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Don't declare it dead just yet. These advanced time tellers may help you get fit (and let you know if the train is on time).

By Nicholas Gerbis

Although we love our mobile gadgetry, all those charging cords are annoying to keep up with and carry around. Wireless chargers eliminate the need for extra cables, but how do they power up your gear?

By Jonathan Strickland

Living with a nerve disorder can be extremely challenging, but there may be a new hope on the horizon. Can a garment called the Electrodress change the lives of patients forever?

By Maria Trimarchi

In September 2011, CERN announced that researchers had measured a particle moving faster than the speed of light. How did those initial findings hold up under further scrutiny?

By Wesley Fenlon

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When you start talking about potentially shooting particles around faster than the speed of light, it's natural for people to wonder how on earth you can time such tests. So what does CERN do to make sure their instruments all have the same time?

By Wesley Fenlon

You may have heard about quartz and liquid crystal in reference to wristwatches, but do you know how the two materials make the time tick by?

By Jeff Harder

If you left your house at all in the last couple of years or so, you've seen QR codes all over the place. Scan one with your smartphone and you can check in with friends, buy a new shirt or even brag about the sex you just had.

By Linda C. Brinson

Here's a new pollution fighting idea: What if our clothing could clean the air it touched, while we were simply walking around going about our business?

By Cherise Threewitt

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Nanomaterials can be used to improve everyday objects in ways you might normally take for granted. But are nanomaterials dangerous, too?

By Cherise Threewitt

A product with a name as audacious as "The Board of Awesomeness," had better be, well, awesome. So, does Chaotic Moon's latest creation deliver?

By Patrick E. George

All smartphones have a speaker so you can hear what the person on the other end of the line has to say. But what if your smartphone didn't have a speaker?

By Patrick E. George

Let's say you like to go shows. You also like to have your smartphone all juiced up so you can tell everyone how hard you're rocking out. This funky phone charger could help out with that.

By Nicholas Gerbis

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Goggles is a Google invention that allows you to search for information using visual clues from the real world. Take a gander at Goggles in this article.

By Nathan Chandler

Thanks to nanotechnology, you may no longer need to live in fear of dropping your smartphone in the toilet or sink. Is dependable waterproofing for smartphones and tablets really happening?

By Wesley Fenlon