One of the best parts about the Austin Healey Sprite is the styling feature that gives the car its famous nicknames: Bugeye or, in its British homeland, Frogeye. These names, of course, come from the distinctive upright headlights of the car. But what if, instead of those simple headlights, you could have something wildly overcomplicated? Wouldn’t that be much better? Of course it would. Interestingly, the Sprite was supposed to have hidden headlights, but money issues forced Austin to take the cheaper route of fixed-position lights, which is how the Sprite’s friendly, distinctive face was born. Inventor T.E. Killeen seems to have not been satisfied with this decision, which may be why he engineered this solution: he’s developed hidden headlamps, but they’re radically different from how these normally work. The headlamp sealed-beam unit itself is set into the bodywork facing upwards, and the cover over the light has a mirror inset into it. So, when you turn on … [Read more...] about You’ve Got To Admire How Amazingly Overcomplicated This Headlight Design Is
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Surge protectors often look just like power strips, but not all power strips are surge protectors. Only surge protections actually help protect your gadgets against power surges. Many power strips are just glorified extension cords without any protection. But you can tell whether a strip provides surge protection with just a few seconds of examination. Not Every Power Strip Provides Surge Protection RELATED ARTICLEProtect Your Gadgets: Why You Need a Surge Protector A power strip plugs into a wall outlet and offers outlets for multiple devices. But that’s all a simple power strip does. It’s essentially an extension cord with multiple outlets and no fancy features, although it might have a switch to quickly cut power to all connected devices. Connecting a device to a power strip is just like connecting it to a wall outlet, at least in terms of safety. A surge protector (sometimes called a “surge suppressor” instead) often comes in the shape of a power strip. … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between a Power Strip and a Surge Protector?
PC gaming is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, but most people still use their machines as utilitarian web and email access points rather than a platform for video games. But even if your computer has all the graphical power of a sedated hamster, there are plenty of great options for gaming. What You’ll Need RELATED ARTICLE10 Alternatives to Steam for Buying Cheap PC Games To start, you’re going to want Steam, which is still the premier PC gaming store right now. Any Windows-based machine (even tablets) or Mac can download the program, and creating an account and browsing the store is free. You might want to look into alternatives, too, especially Good Old Games’ Galaxy and EA’s Origin, both of which are filled to the brim with older games. Check out this article for a list of stores that should work even on old or low-power machines. RELATED ARTICLEWhy You Should Get an Xbox Controller for PC Gaming You’ll also want some kind of … [Read more...] about The Best Games for Your Low-Power PC or Laptop
It’s all but impossible to reach the end of the Harry Potter books or movies without secretly pining for a wand of your own, but it’s probably best for humanity that we’re not all flailing magical sticks around. The next best thing would be JAKKS Pacific’s new interactive Wizard Training Wands that make it feel like you’re learning to cast spells, without wreaking havoc on Muggles. Inside each wand—which will be available later this year for $25 in Harry, Dumbledore, and Voledemort designs—is a motion sensor similar to what you’ll find in smartphones and video game controllers. It tracks the movements of an aspiring wizard’s hands and arms as they learn to master the unique gestures and motions needed to trigger 11 different spells. But don’t get too excited about pretending to finally eliminate your enemies with the flick of a wrist because Avada Kedavra—the unforgivable killing curse—isn’t included. These … [Read more...] about These New Harry Potter Wands Let You Play a Magic Version of Laser Tag
When Apple launched the MacBook Air at the end of January 2008, it was an overpriced marvel of design and tech. The laptop, a silvery sliver of machined aluminum, was .76 inches at its thickest and weighed less than three pounds. In an impractical but effective on-stage demonstration, Steve Jobs unveiled the the $1,800 computer by removing it from manila interoffice envelope to demonstrate just how svelte it really was. “What is the MacBook Air?” he asked while pacing the stage. “In a sentence, it’s the world’s thinnest notebook.” Ten years later, the market is flooded with slim laptops, and while Apple has kept the Air on shelves, it let its guts languish as it shifted focus to other, more profitable products. In the decade since the company first released the Air, it’s made a handful of faster, slimmer, and more powerful laptops. But despite all of this, none have changed the trajectory of mobile computing quite as much as the Air. When … [Read more...] about How the MacBook Air Changed Laptops Forever
If you hear a distinct “clicking” or tapping coming from your PC, it’s probably worth investigating. Let’s take a look at some problems that can cause your PC to make a clicking noise. PCs make a lot of sounds. Some of them—like the hum of an optical drive spinning up or whine from a coil—are pretty normal. Others, like cracking or popping sounds from your speakers, are frustrating, but not necessarily something to worry about. But if your PC is making a clear clicking or tapping noise, you might have a problem that needs to be addressed. Most of a PC’s moving parts have something to do with spinning—fans, disk drives, CD drives, that sort of thing. Clicking noises often come when one of those parts is blocked, or even failing. So, let’s take a look at some of the problems that cause this sound. RELATED ARTICLESWhat Is Coil Whine, and Can I Get Rid of It on My PC?How to Fix Crackling or Popping Sound on a Windows PC A Failing … [Read more...] about Why Is My PC Making a Clicking Noise?
I’m sitting, peddling, shaking, typing - all at my desk - in search of the “zone.” The zone, you see, is an ellipsis. It’s when you’re deep in a project, busily ignorant of your surroundings, centered and focused on the task at hand. Enter: the Flexispot Deskcise Pro. A graceful mashup of desk and exercise, the Flexispot Deskcise is a low impact stationary bike with an adjustable desk replacing the handlebars. For 2 days, I rode the Deskcise while working from the Gizmodo offices in New York. My goal was to fall into some sort of zen where I wouldn’t realize I was pedaling a stationary bike in the middle of the office. Cheaper than a desk treadmill, the Flexispot similarly teases an ideal scenario: focusing on work, while the effort and tedium of traditional exercise fades away. It gets there, mostly. The Flexispot’s price point, $499, is much lower than the flashier counterparts in this space, which range from around a thousand to top shelf … [Read more...] about Working at This Desk Bike Didn’t Make Me Any Fitter
There’s a reason why you never see bats or earthworms or naked mole rats driving, other than because they (generally) have terrible credit ratings and can’t afford cars: their lack of vision. Driving is a very sight-oriented activity, and humans are, of course, very vision-oriented creatures. But what if evolution had taken us down a different, non-sighted path? Would we still have cars? Of course we would. And I think I have an idea what they’d be like. I’m pretty convinced that building and driving cars is an innate human ability and desire, and no lack of any major sense could have kept us from that goal. So, with that in mind, let’s imagine an alternate universe where the sense of vision never arose on Earth: no light-sensitive eyespots on paramecia, no compound eyes on insects, and certainly no complex eyes in mammals and cephalopods. In place of light-based vision, let’s say the senses of touch and hearing were more developed than in our … [Read more...] about This Is What Cars Would Be Like If Humans Never Evolved Sight
Tablet sales are slumping at the moment, probably as a result of big smartphones and convertible laptops chip away at a tablet’s usefulness. But if you have one or more tablets at home gathering dust while you happily poke away at your giant smartphone, there are probably some good ways to put them to use rather than selling them or recycling them. Here are a few ideas. Turn It Into Streaming Media Machine RELATED ARTICLEHow to Set Up Your New Chromecast Android and iOS apps for most streaming music and video services are readily available, even if they’re not specifically for tablets. So why not augment a hi-fi stereo or a Bluetooth speaker with a dedicated tablet controller? It’s much easier to manage than, say, a remote control, and in a kitchen a tablet is easier to press buttons on than a smartphone. Pandora and Spotify are obvious examples, but in a living room a shared tablet can be paired with a Chromecast or Roku for easier Netflix browsing or streaming. … [Read more...] about 10 Handy Uses for Your Old iPad or Android Tablet
If you’re anything like me, you love working on a big, beefy desktop PC with as many monitors as will fit on your big, beefy desk. And if you’re anything like me, it also drives you crazy when the colors and image settings on those monitors don’t match exactly. I won’t lie: getting your monitors to match each other is a tough chore, especially if they’re from multiple manufacturers or product lines. It’s doubly difficult if you’re trying for color accuracy, a crucial component if you’re working in media production. But there are a few tips you can use to get your multiple screens as close as possible. Why Don’t My Screens Match? There are a variety of reasons why the images on your different monitors don’t match each other. The simplest is that each monitor is different; production variables and assembly flaws can mean that even monitors with exactly the same model won’t have colors that match up perfectly. Even if you … [Read more...] about How to Match Colors on Your Multiple Monitors