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 can use an iPhone to tune your guitar, learn chords, and even record new songs. But can you really replace your amplifier and effects pedals with the same device you used to book a show?

What if a piece of fabric could charge your iPod while you run, or fuel your flashlight when the power's out? Think how power felt could change your world.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Mystery clocks represent that enigmatic intersection between horology and magic. What makes their floating hands move and keep time so well?

By Linda C. Brinson

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So, you're a new parent and you want some high-tech baby gadgetry that'll make you standout at playgroup? This state-of-the-art stroller should do the trick.

By Jamie Page Deaton

The sales guy says you need premium audio cables if you want premium sound. Is he telling you the truth, or is he just trying to make a buck?

By Patrick J. Kiger

You've trained for 16 long weeks, and the day of your very first marathon has dawned -- exceedingly early, we might add. How are the race directors going to ensure that your premier time is clocked as accurately as possible?

By Robert Lamb

Audiophiles like to debate the pros and cons of speakers, headphones and earphones. When it comes to earbuds and headphones, though, they might just want at least one pair of each.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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These days, it's easy to get caught up in the pre-release hype surrounding the hottest new gadgets. Some devices look like they'll be duds even before they launch. Others look like sure bets -- and aren't.

By Jonathan Strickland

It's sort of like an MP3 player, only it's way more interested in tracking your vitals than in playing the latest Adele track. Ready to meet a device that could change the face of technology, according to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show?

By William Harris

Can you think of an instrument more influential in modern music than the electric guitar? How about the synthesizer? From analog to digital, synthesizers have changed the landscape of sound as we know it.

By Jeff Harder

Nope, it's not a tramp stamp that lights up, but this slim, circuitry-filled sticker could save your life someday. And that's pretty cool, isn't it?

By Robert Lamb

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As companies dream up better audio and video standards and storage media, they also add new ways to send it crisply from your gear to your ear, and optical audio is one of them.

By Nicholas Gerbis

The BrailleTouch allows touch typing for the visually impaired -- and more. Check out this innovative, game-changing tech in this article.

By Nathan Chandler

Of all the threats to your bodily health, cancer claims a top spot, and battling this chronic killer takes a heavy toll on the entire body. Could DNA robots eliminate that collateral damage?

By Robert Lamb

Will those crazy car chases look and sound better on a components or all-in-one home theater system? That is the question.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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If you've ever wanted to eliminate some of those pesky audio cables, wireless speakers may sound like a great idea. They have some advantages, but wireless speakers still come with some strings attached.

By Jonathan Strickland

Just like phones, automobiles and even homes, the watch has become "smart," too. What can a smartwatch do that your mobile phone can't? And is it worth having both?

By Patrick J. Kiger

That old record collection of yours is taking up so much space, but what if you could fit the whole kit and caboodle into something the size of a deck of cards? All you have to do is convert your LPs into digital files. We'll show you how.

By Linda C. Brinson

If all you do is swim in the pool and play the occasional game of Marco Polo, you are missing out. An underwater sound system could get you doing the electric boogaloo on land and in water. How cool is that?

By Robert Lamb

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Whether the mRobo Ultra Bass is getting the party started or gyrating along with you as you boogie around the kitchen and do dishes, he likes to shake it. Should he be crowned king of the dancing robots?

By Nicholas Gerbis

You don't need to pull out your electronic language translator to figure out that sign, no matter what language you speak. But rest assured that one of these gadgets could come in very handy in your adventures abroad.

By William Harris

The Solowheel is an impressive piece of modern engineering. But how were the inventors able to boil personal transportation down into something not much larger than a soccer ball?

By Christopher Lampton

If you love houseplants, but haven't had much success keeping them healthy, technology has come to save the day. Now you can buy or build a planter that takes care of all the plant care guesswork for you.

By Wesley Fenlon

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Fiddling with social media sites is the last thing you want to do while operating a motor vehicle. But what if you could drive and get your Facebook fix -- safely and automatically?

By Akweli Parker

According to Dr. Dre, "people aren't hearing all the music" when they listen to it on the average earbuds and speakers. What kind of sound do Dre's Beats Audio products deliver?

By Patrick J. Kiger