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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Cell phones may be the modern pocket watch, but oscillating mechanism wristwatches are still evolving. So exactly how precise is the Precisionist?

By Matt Cunningham

The most expensive wrist watch in the world is embellished with 1,282 diamonds and costs $5 million. But can it really tell time better than a Timex?

By Patrick J. Kiger

What if there were no time zones, and every clock everywhere in the world read the same time? Swatch tried to float this idea in 1999. Why didn't it catch on?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Watching video still has its problems -- buffering, stuttering and proprietary software all conspire to make the experience less than ideal. Can DASH save the day and bring smooth playback to us all?

By Stephanie Crawford

Sometimes your watch is a little slow -- or at least that's what your friends insist. But down deep you wonder: Whose timepiece is really correct -- yours or theirs? And furthermore, just how accurate can anyone expect his watch to be?

By Patrick J. Kiger

Positive feedback can be the key to a regular exercise regimen. Motorola's MOTOACTV device collects sensor data, provides geographic location and even plays music to keep workouts going.

By Jonathan Strickland

Your wrist device links to a net of synchronized computers orbiting Earth to provide you with highly accurate data: It's not sci-fi; it's a GPS watch.

By Matt Cunningham

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Almost every household owns a toaster and this appliance have been used for many generations to toast your favorite foods like bread and waffles. Take a look inside this gadget to see how it works.

By Sharita Sykes

While practicing your swing, have you ever wondered how that tennis ball launcher could manage a perfect serve every time? Go to the next image to see how the tennis ball launcher looks on the inside.

By Sharita Sykes

When writing, you are making a visual recording of your thoughts. The Livescribe Pulse pen takes it a little bit further and makes a digital recording as well. See how this smartpen works.

By Sharita Sykes

The Little Green Carpet Cleaner is ideal for those tacky and stubborn carpet stains. Suction is necessary to clean. See how it works with these pictures.

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Technology moves so quickly that sometimes it seems like every new release is outdated the minute it hits store shelves. Which electronic doodads stood out enough to make headlines in 2011?

By Chris Pollette

If you have a lantern flashlight, you probably know about the enormous batteries they require. An you probably also know...they aren't rechargeable. Learn more about hacking your lantern flashlight to keep going and going.

By Jaymi Heimbuch

When VHS was big, I collected movies. I had a giant collection spanning several shelves, then a new device came out called a DVD player. Learn more about how to recyclem reuse and rid yourself of VHS tapes.

By Josh Peterson, Planet Green

Recycle old earbuds into DIY speakers. Learn how to recycle your old earbuds and turn them into DIY speakers.

By Megan Cohen, Planet Green

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My laptop is a great little workhorse, but it overheats like nobody's business. Learn more about the 5 cheapest & easiest DIY laptop stands.

By Jaymi Heimbuch

You can easily install many of these gadgets, no matter what your skill level, which enable you to monitor your vehicle's (and your own) performance and ensure you're getting the maximum efficiency out of every mile. Learn more about the top 5 green automotive gadgets to help you save gas and money.

By Eric J. Leech, Planet Green

10 ways to reuse or recycle floppy disks. Learn more about the 10 ways to reuse or recycle floppy disks.

By Josh Peterson, Planet Green

In all likelihood, there is at least one small box in the back of the closet full of cassette tapes that you just haven't gotten rid of. Learn more about these 8 great projects to resuse old cassette tapes.

By Jaymi Heimbuch

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Want to put that brain to work with some DIY that will actually help you in your day-to-day grind? From cooking with the sun to protecting the screen on your smartphone, these projects will satisfy your crafty techie side.

By Nathan Chandler

Technology waits for no one. But that's a good thing if you need to find this year's must-have gadget for the man (or men) on your shopping list. See what we chose as our top picks.

By Patrick E. George

Tech fanatics are notoriously hard to find the perfect gift for. It seems like there's always some new gizmo that captures their attention. What are some ideas for the gadget fanatic on your list?

By Jonathan Strickland

Go ahead and trash those stress balls and return your company-issued swag back to the PR department from which it came. It's time you injected a little high-tech fun into your work life, and this list should get you off to the right start.

By Robert Lamb

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Whether you're doing some serious holiday gift shopping or if you're just a little Bluetooth-curious, you'll find this list of devices includes something for everyone.

By Cherise Threewitt

Even though prices are lower than ever before, a laptop is still a significant investment. If you use the right criteria when shopping, you can feel confident that you're getting the best value for your money and the best machine for your needs.

By Wesley Fenlon