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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Music effects like Auto-Tune may have taken over the airwaves, but the talk box was one of the first devices to make musicians sound like robots. Do you feel like we do?

By Jane McGrath

You need to travel with a projector, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to travel with a projector in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

If you know how to use a condenser microphone, your audio will come out crystal clear. Learn about how to use a condenser microphone in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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Your son would like to build a laser flashlight that can burn paper. Follow the instructions in this article, and learn about how to build a paper-burning flashlight.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

There are some people who believe that it won't be long until humankind has the technology to enable people to live forever. What would it take to make that happen? And would we really want to?

By Jonathan Strickland

If you've ever played an instrument, you've probably had to keep time with a metronome. How do these mechanisms give musicians a steady tempo?

By Gerlinda Grimes

A guitar can come across a little thin if it's plugged into just an amplifier with a clean sound. Add a few pedals to the mix, though, and you could be stomping out some gnarly effects.

By Gerlinda Grimes

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Ever wonder what's inside a shaker flashlight? Take a look at this image gallery and take a look inside a shaker flashlight.

By Kaliyana Finney

Ever wonder what's inside a vending machine? Take a look at this vending machine image gallery to find out.

By Kaliyana Finney

Every wonder what's inside your music keyboard? Take a look at these pictures to explore and learn about music keyboard components.

By Kaliyana Finney

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?

By Nathan Chandler

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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.

By Candace Keener

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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Josh Briggs & Wesley Fenlon

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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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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?

By Jacob Clifton

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.

By Chris Pollette

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.

By Nathan Chandler

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?

By Josh Briggs

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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?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler & Nathan Chandler

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

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?

By Josh Briggs

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?

By Ed Grabianowski

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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.

By Josh Briggs

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?

By Jonathan Strickland