When the world's best chefs want something that defies the laws of physics, they come to one man: Dave Arnold, the DIY guru of high-tech cooking
By Ted AllenPosted 07.28.2008 at 10:37 am 2 Comments
See Ted Allen and your favorite Popular Science editors on "Food Detectives" every Tuesday night.
Dave Arnold would like to fix you a gin and tonic. Sound good? It will be. It will be very, very good. It will be like no gin and tonic you have ever seen or tasted in your life. It will also be considerably more involved, shall we say, than cracking open the Tanqueray and Schweppes.
This cycle’s shock adjusts itself to suit the ups and downs of your terrain
By Berne Broudy Posted 07.17.2008 at 5:49 pm 3 Comments
To power up a mountain, you need a stiff bike frame that transfers pedaling force straight to the wheels. But zooming downhill without jolts or spills calls for more cushioning. So Kona's Coilair bikes feature a lever that automatically shortens the shock when you pedal and lengthens it when you coast. The lever also pushes the seat closer to the ground, lowering the center of gravity to match the stability of a dedicated downhill racing bike.
By Harry SawyersPosted 07.11.2008 at 12:23 pm 2 Comments
It’s hard to tell if you've sanded a board smooth when you can't feel your fingers. That’s the dilemma with random-orbit sanders, which work the wood's surface using a round pad that not only spins but also slides from side to side randomly in all directions—in effect orbiting the center of the device. That shaking motion is great for removing material without gouging the wood. Unfortunately, it also rattles your hands, causing numbness and even lasting nerve and circulatory damage.
Engineer loses his cell phone charger, decides to create an eco-friendly adapter for all
By Holly OtterbeinPosted 07.08.2008 at 5:33 pm 9 Comments
It’s about time we get the adapter equivalent of the Universal Remote Control. Ever since engineer Doug Palmer lost his cell phone charger (a hardship that has practically become part of the shared human experience), he has sought to develop an adapter that supplies power to every last iPod, laptop and digital camera.
New outdoor gear lets you hike faster and farther—and then get a good night’s sleep
By Berne BroudyPosted 07.07.2008 at 6:04 pm 2 Comments
Camping's a blast. That is, until your sleeping bag turns into a sweat-soaked biohazard, the massive boots rip up your feet and a weak headlamp sends you stumbling through a patch of poison oak. Enter technology. The newest camping gear utilizes ultra-advanced material—everything from high-lumen LEDs to ceramic particles to chemical coatings—to make the lightest, strongest, and most comfortable gear yet. Meaning you can devote your energies to something important. More s'mores anyone?
We brought the latest technologies out of the lab to create the phone of the future
By Christopher NullPosted 07.02.2008 at 4:30 pm 8 Comments
Next-generation super-phones won't just be slimmer versions of today's devices; they will be entirely different machines. Chipmakers are reinventing every processor that powers your portable. From PS3-quality videogames to built-in cameras that can fill in for your current point-and-shoot, a chip for it is in the works. And thanks to shrinking transistors, the new phones won't be any larger or more power-hungry than today's ultrathin models. Below, we've pulled together the technologies being released in the next year and a half to build the smartest smartphone possible.
New paintball gear lets you spatter your enemies faster and more accurately—without even leaving your cover
By Eric AdamsPosted 07.01.2008 at 11:28 am 6 Comments
Paintball has become the perfect way for gadget geeks to unleash their inner Rambo. The latest carbon-dioxide- or compressed-air-powered guns, known as "markers," have computerized controls and electronic firing mechanisms that can blast out 1,200 balls a minute at speeds of up to 300 feet per second. Add in a quick reloader and a sneaky scope, and your buddies won't stand a chance.
Upcoming ways to foil hackers and catch computer thieves
By Matt SchneidermanPosted 06.25.2008 at 12:53 pm 1 Comment
Identity theft used to involve someone rifling through your garbage. But now more than half a million laptops—full of tax returns and love letters—are stolen every year, estimates computer insurer Safeware. And even if your computer never leaves your sight, hackers can weasel into it over the Internet. Here are three technologies that will safeguard your digital data, whether it's on an office desktop or a stolen laptop.
Forgot Father's Day? It's gonna take a heck of a gesture to win him back
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.19.2008 at 2:05 pm 3 Comments
For 18 years you fought a nightly crusade for control of the television. Like a samurai with his sword, your father protected his remote during dinner, while seated on his porcelain pedestal and while snoring loud enough to wake the dead. An air horn wouldn't rouse him, but a mere footstep towards the volume setting was perceived as a sign of aggression. Yep, Dad's a pretty special guy. Yet you, like so many other sons across this great land, forgot about Father's Day. And forgiveness comes at a cost. So what better sign of devotion than to purchase your pop that which you so brilliantly battled for throughout your childhood—a remote.
Not just any remote, mind you. No, your father deserves more: the ultimate remote branded with four letters that mean so much to men and their television rituals: E – S – P – N. Yes, for a mere $299 you can purchase you father the ESPN Ultimate Remote (currently only available on Amazon.com).