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The 10 Best Things From January 2015

Some things are just ... better<p><i>This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Obsessed".</i>

Prynt Wants To Be A Polaroid For The Smartphone Age

No shaking required<p>When I was a kid, Polaroid cameras were the height of technology: take a photo, it pops out of the camera, and then a minute or two later—with some optional shaking—you've got your picture in your hand. These days, all photos are essentially instantaneous, but one crowdfunded …

With Anki Overdrive, You Can Race Toy Cars Anywhere

Modular tracks let you build out more racing scenarios<p>When I was a kid, I always coveted those slot-car racetracks, where you could face off with miniature motorized cars on a scale track. Technology has progressed over the years, but that's done little to diminish my desire; when Anki Drive showed …

Build An 'Honest ETA' Device--And Never Be Late Again [Video]

Our first project with electronics maker and partner littleBits<p>One moment, you're on the way home from the office. The next, 30 minutes have slipped by because you tried to finish that <i>one last thing</i>--and oops, you forgot to tell your significant other.<p>I love my job as much as the next workaholic, …

Indiana Jones

Suit Up With These 3 Pieces of Bulletproof Clothing

Just try to keep them in one piece this time, 007<p>If you're a businessperson traveling to dangerous regions--or you are, perhaps, a tuxedo-wearing superspy--you probably want to stay safe <i>and</i> stylish at the same time. That's a tall order, but it's one that can be met with a few pieces of bulletproof …

Coats

Go Ahead, Drive Over This Coffeemaker

The Oxx Coffeeboxx is tough enough<p>Worried your coffeemaker might find its way beneath a pickup truck? Or get blasted by a water hose? Well, now there’s the Oxx Coffeeboxx. Complete with an IP55 rating (which means it’s protected from dust and water), the coffeemaker has an internal framework that …

This Russian Camera Looks Like A Gameboy Crossed With A Gun

Just say “shoot”<p>With a click of the trigger, the gbg-8 shoots! Except it's not expelling bullets; it's taking a picture. In essence, the gbg-8 is a camera masquerading as a gun. After taking a photo, with a camera mounted inside the "barrel," the image become visible on the cannibalized screen of a …

This Smart Stereo System Plays The Songs It Thinks You Want To Hear

No DJ necessary<p>Not everyone enjoys being a DJ. Many music fans just pick a playlist and leave it running. That’s why Bang & Olufsen created a smart music-streaming hub to anchor its high-fidelity BeoLab 18 wireless speaker system.<p>The BeoSound Moment is a two-sided tablet and dock that plays songs …

Audiophile

Aluminum-Ion Batteries Are Flexible, Fast-Charging, And Won't Catch On Fire

But don't expect to find them in Costco just yet<p>Almost all of the electronic devices that we carry around with us all day now rely on one key, but increasingly antiquated, technology: the lithium-ion battery. A mainstay of rechargeable power for the last couple decades, this battery technology has …

The Sony Walkman Is Back And Better Than Ever

Hi-fidelity sound in a portable package<p>Portable music players are everywhere you turn: smartphones, tablets, iPods, and laptops. But to the true audiophile, it’s all junk. That’s because most play compressed sound files--great for jam-packing your hard drive with music, bad for sound quality. The …

Consumer Tech

Video: Star Wars Fan Builds Tiny Working Droid

BB-8? Great!<p>Full-length trailers for the latest Star Wars film aren’t even out yet, but a new character is already fast become a fan favorite. BB-8, an orange droid that looks like a half-dome head resting on top of a ball, appeared onstage earlier this month at the Star Wars Celebration in …

3 Tiny, Rugged Cameras For Every Purpose

Find the right one for you<p>First intended for BASE jumpers, mountain bikers, and skateboarders seeking YouTube glory in crisp HD video, action cameras have grown way beyond their original purpose. Compact and lightweight, they have become an unexpected favorite among daily commuters, casual hikers, …

Gear & Gadgets

This Sheet Of Rubber Generates Power As It Stretches

Soon we will all have trampoline-powered homes<p>It may look like a Fruit Roll-Up from a kid's lunch box, but this stretchy rubber sheet could help power the Internet of Things one day.<p>Japanese electronics company Ricoh says the rubber generates electricity while it stretches. When crystalline …

Clean Energy

Spro 2 Is The Perfect Projector For Streaming

Backyard movie screenings just got a lot easier<p>Setting up a backyard movie screening sounds like a great idea--until you try it. You need an outlet or extension cord, and even more cables to connect a computer or streaming box to your projector. The ZTE Spro 2 frees you from that. An update to last …

Gear & Gadgets

10 Things We're Obsessed With In June

Some things are just ... better<p><i>This article was originally published in the June 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Obsessed.”</i>

Backcountry Gear To Save Your Life, And The World

Clean water, light, and cooked meals all with almost no resources<p>Cooking burgers, purifying water, and lighting a campsite all require cleverly designed gear. But that doesn’t have to be exclusive to the backcountry. Similar conditions exist all over the developing world. Now the gear that outdoor …

World Bank

Shaper Makes Perfect Wood Cuts

A hand-held router with computer-aided precision<p>It can be hard to follow guidelines precisely when cutting wood, especially if you’re tracing a perfect circle or punching unsightly knots out of a floorboard. You could solve the problem with a $10,000 CNC machine, a large device with range …

Woodworking

Our Favorite Car Design Of August: The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR

It's so fast<p>The 2016 Dodge Viper American Club Racer unabashedly exploits every downforce-enhancing body attachment imaginable. It sports a massive carbon-fiber rear wing, a detachable extension for the front splitter, sinister-looking dive planes, and a hood with removable louvers. At 177 mph, …

Sports Cars

Rat Rod Cruise Build *New Epic* Rat Rods Tow Truck

INSANE 57 Chevy Wagon RAT ROD!

Vintage

Chevy Rat Rods

5 Expert Grilling Tips for Better Holiday Cookouts: DIY Guy

There are few subjects that can incite an argument as quickly as how best to grill food. It seems that everyone has a preferred, surefire method for grilling the perfect meal. And that's especially true of guys.<p>(Photograph by Merle Henkenius)<p>There are few subjects that can incite an argument as …