It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a spy satellite! Before the dawn of aerial photography, pigeons did the job. Flying over enemy territory with a camera on autoshoot, pigeons could provide crucial information without getting lost along the way. Beyond photography, the birds also carried messages at times when radio communication was spotty or down. Pigeons sent through enemy fire up until the 1950s had a 95 percent success rate and were duly decorated with medals of honor for their service.
Drone news at CES so far has been weird. GoPro announced it was done making drones completely after its Karma drone suffered technical issues that hampered sales. DJI introduced some rather awesome looking handheld stabilization systems for cameras and smartphones (called gimbals). And now Yuneec has introduced a trio of new drones that cater to curious pieces of the market.
“It’s a classic,” Boghardt says of this 4.5 millimeter single-shot weapon, presumably taken from a KGB agent in the mid-1960s. While it’s unclear whether this dangerous “kiss of death” was ever used, a cyanide pistol was used for assassination in that era. These covert weapons are surviving examples of the “active measures” that were taken in this time period, unlike many of their intended targets.
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You’ve heard of pigeons carrying messages. How about pigeons taking pictures? The CIA invented a small camera that was light enough to attach to pigeons. As the birds flew over a target, the camera would take detailed images of a target area.
Disrupting communications is essential for carrying out the kind of chaos that covert operations demand, and thankfully in our increasingly wireless world much of that communication is done over cell phone. We’ve been able to interfere with those signals for some time, but there are hand-held devices that let you blow out 4G / 3G / 2G / GPS transmissions in your vicinity with the press of a button.
I live in an apartment building with humongous, dumb industrial washers and dryers that burn everything and are a big Hercules Laundry Monitoring fail, so I don’t get all the fuss about multicompartment smart washer/dryer combos. But our smart Smart Home folks think these are “the wackiest innovation we’ve seen yet” and not just because it has two washer compartments and two dryer compartments. It can operate off a single water line even when washing two loads simultaneously, has customizable temperature zones for the small dryer, and can be controlled by your phone.
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To gather a list of what is truly necessary for the modern man, we pulled our collective resources — Gear Patrol co-founder Eric Yang, staff writers, contributors and steadfast friends like Jeff Carvalho, partner and executive editor at Highsnobiety. We asked them to limit their choices to 20 essentials — those pieces that truly make a substantive improvement in everyday life. The resultant list is full of globetrotting gadgets like power banks and compact cameras, as well as more stable fixtures for the home, such as 4K TVs and home speakers; no matter which of the bunch calls to you, there’s something sure to make your life better.
We couldn’t these little interactive finger monkeys any than we do. Oh, and your kids will them too. This year it’s all about the Fingerlings Baby Monkeys. These are quite possibly the cutest interactive toy this year (sorry Hatchimals). These colorful baby monkeys simply hang out on your finger, hang from […]
The world’s most powerful games console is entering its new chapter. It may look a little like a Playstation, but the Xbox One X outdoes Sony’s PS4 Pro on almost every level. Under the hood, the One X is running an 8-core 2.3Ghz processor, 12GB DDR5 RAM (shared between GPU and CPU) and 6TFLOPS graphical horsepower (compared to PS4 Pro’s 4.12). Backward compatibility means you can choose from over 300 existing Xbox titles, and the console supports UHD Blu-rays and Dolby Atmos.
Since it is connected to the internet, it will keep getting better and better. Over the last couple of years, thousands of commands have been added, and many more will be added in the future, making it smarter and smarter. I, for one, welcome our robot overlords from the future.
The Lenovo Smart Display comes in 8-inch and 10-inch versions, each with a touchscreen and a speaker along the side. The JBL Link View is vaguely blimp-shaped and includes speakers on both sides of its 8-inch screen. Both of them do pretty much what you’d expect a device like this. You can watch YouTube videos, display weather information, and get visual results when you ask Google Assistant questions.
…because you’ve been hearing all about this magical air frying machine that can quickly make fried chicken without oil and, well, you’ve been curious. Read on! We’ve been researching all things “air fryers” for quite some time. We’ve seen them everywhere lately (hello Today Show!) and wanted to some of our best picks on […]
While this might look like an average wristwatch, it is more or less an all-in-one chronological management tool. It incorporates multiple functions such as a watch, a stopwatch, a calendar, an alarm clock, and even backlighting to make it easy to read in the dark. It also offers a stylish presentation that goes well with both casual and sporty attire. In addition, it evokes an easy and intuitive user interface that makes it a pleasure to wear.
This digital sports watch can easily become the go-to for the sports fanatic in your family. The design is sleek and sporty, everything you would want in an athletic look. Yet, the band is so lightweight, the wearer will hardly notice it is on. Plus, it is waterproof allowing for fun water activities. Furthermore, you can’t beat the price.
If you’re a frequent tablet user or you wish you could get some work done using just your smartphone, you might want to consider picking up a bluetooth keyboard. And, the best bluetooth keyboard on the market is the iClever Portable Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard. It is uniquely broken up into three sections, allowing it to be folded up and stored away into one smaller section. This makes it perfect for the traveling businessman. Instead of having to lug around your laptop and your tablet (which you would likely be doing anytime you go out of time), you can just take your tablet and this small keyboard. I’ll also note that, as far as bluetooth keyboards are concerned, it’s one of the sturdiest and strongest builds I’ve come across; it’s not flimsy nor does it feel cheap. It has a 10m operating range, too, so you can hook your tablet up to your TV if you’d like and sit back on the couch.
Samsung’s newest smart refrigerator recommends recipes based on your family’s food preferences, allergies and, thanks to the integrated cameras, the ingredients you have on hand. And the new Deals app saves sale-priced groceries to your shopping list.
Care to be Wolverine shredding his meats to bits? Or how about Freddy Krueger and his signature 4-bladed claws? Regardless of who you adore as a claw-wielding character, you’ll find the Grill Beast Pulled Pork Shredder Claws to be exceptional at pulling and shredding pieces of grilled meat so you get to enjoy the most delicious pulled pork sandwiches in town. The Grill Beast is made of high quality polymer, allowing it to withstand 450-degree heat without ever breaking, melting, or even curling. And if you think the Grill Beast is only good for shredding, it’s excellent for holding and piercing other foods, too.
It is the best fitness watch to come out of Garmin, and the company has made a lot. The watch has all the features you need in a fitness gadget, including GPS tracking, sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring. What’s more, it comes with an attractive colour display that you’d usually pay a premium for.
It’s not just a cool-looking voice assistant like the Amazon Echo and countless others. The Pebble’s twist: Melody, your guide, can recognize voices and change its activities based on the individual who’s talking. Plus, it really is an assistant, with the ability to manage your calendar.
While this watch might come off looking like a classic wristwatch, it is actually a cleverly disguised smartwatch. Its design is more suited towards business and elegant attires, without any indication of sportiness or leisure. However, it is still capable of tracking your movements, alerts and notifies you, changes time zones automatically, and comes with a battery that can last a little longer than an average human lifetime. Make no mistake about it – this is a testament to the cleverness of the designers and engineers at Fossil. They were able to disguise a rather complicated and sporty smartwatch into a simple and elegant business retro style watch.
If you have the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy Note 5 or even higher versions of the smartphone, you can say goodbye to cumbersome wired charging and say hello to a revolutionary new way of powering up your high end Samsung and LG devices. The Pleson PLS-WR-C400 is a splendid piece of charging equipment that employs dual charging coils that effectively powers up your devices up to 1.4 times faster than conventional charging. The Pleson features a safety temperature control technology which helps protect the integrity of your device’s temperature-sensitive circuitry. The design is also made especially for non-obstructive charging.
Yes, it is true, this is a vinyl record player; however, it also has a bit of a twist. It is fully kitted and completely configured in order to be connected to modern entertainment setups and computers. It even has a small PC port on the back of it, which allows it to be connected directly to a PC via USB. Moreover, it comes with line-in and aux connection capabilities, making it compatible with any form of home theater or media setup that you might have. While all this s going on, it is also able provide top-notch record playing capabilities and actually excels at doing so.
With a sleek design, an elegant look, great compatibility, and clear sound features along with a powerful and clear microphone, this headset is able to take personal and multiplayer gaming to the next level. By default, this is compatible with any and all 3.5 mm audio jack connectors, making it great for both PC and console gaming; however, it still manages to bring an adapter and extender to the table. Furthermore, it can connect to older TV sets and even media stations. It is also very comfortable to wear, which makes it easy to spend hours of gaming, watching videos, or listening to music without feeling any strain on your ears.
The URPOWER Running Belt is a multifunctional waist bag that comes with several zippered pockets for storing a great number of your personal items such as smartphones, car keys, money, and credit cards, among others, all while enjoying a good run, a bicycle ride, or any other outdoor activity. The URPOWER Running Belt is constructed of water resistant materials to provide for a more effective weatherproofing. It also comes with two pockets for holding your water bottles, giving you the means to stay hydrated during long runs. At any rate, URPOWER empowers you to lead a healthier lifestyle while keeping your valuables close by.
This Is One Sneaky Flask This is the perfect accessory for any woman who wants to look great and keep a little liquid courage on hand. The original design was to accommodate women at concerts and outdoor venues, but let’s be honest, women got creative with where this…
There are absolutely better-sounding, better-looking and better noise-cancelling headphones out there, but none of them do everything better than the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, which makes them the best overall pair of headphones around right now.
The Gamer: Just as Apple has creative professionals cornered, Alienware is a dominant force in the gaming industry. Really, if you’re going to build a custom PC yourself, there’s not much better out there. This one features a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, an AC wireless card (for cable-free online gaming), 8 gigs of memory, and a beastly 1 terabyte hard drive.
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