By Peter james

Gear / News - 11 months ago

VR Ads Are Almost Here. Don’t Act Surprised

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re inside a virtual reality world. You look to your left and an open door appears, beckoning you to walk through it. You enter and suddenly find yourself in the middle of an advertisement—a branded world you can explore and manipulate. Forget banner ads and auto-play...

Gear / News - 11 months ago

The Wearables Giving Computer Vision to the Blind: Aira, eSight, MyEye

When he was in school, Michael Hingson created a Braille computer terminal so he could study like all the other students. Fresh out of college, he worked on the development of the Kurzweil Reading Machine for the Blind, the first commercial text-to-speech machine for the visually impaired. He's use...

Gear / News - 11 months ago

It’s Time for Amazon to Make a Phone Again

By the time Amazon finally gave up on its Fire Phone, it had $83 million worth of inventory gathering dust in its warehouses—even though at that point, the phones only cost a dollar on contract. It remains perhaps the biggest flub of Jeff Bezos’ career, a missed shot at getting a foothold in smartp...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

All the Gear You Need to Stay Secure While You Travel

With these accessories in your luggage, you can take your Opsec program everywhere you go. 1 Silent Pocket Dual Faraday Carryall Zip your phone into this Faraday cage of a leather clutch and its diamond-pattern shielding makes sure no wireless signals get in or out. No GPS tracking, no cell-tower p...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Meal Kits Reviewed: Amazon Fresh, Blue Apron, Purple Carrot, Home Chef

My wife Elisabeth wandered into the kitchen while I was testing a Blue Apron meal kit. She lifted one of the four-pound Nordic Ice bags that come in the box and gave the thawed, semi-glutinous thing a squeeze. "You could make a breast larger with this stuff," she declared, before investigating the...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Google’s New Feeds Show You the Internet You Want to See

Google's search box may be the internet's most powerful tool. Type a few words and you can find information on any topic ever considered. The box also takes requests: Set a timer. Flip a coin. Convert cups to tablespoons. Do a barrel roll. But what if you don't know what to type? Google has no plac...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

The Curious Comeback of the Dreaded QR Code

It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment QR codes became a joke. Was it the guy who scanned one of those black and white squares on the back of a Heinz bottle and landed on a page full of porn videos? Or when Gillette ran an ad inviting you to scan a code to "read Kate Upton's mind"? Maybe it was the...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

The First Alexa Phone Gets Amazon Even Closer to Total Domination

Amazon's Alexa has plenty going for it. Developers have trained the virtual assistant with over 10,000 “skills”—apps you talk to instead of tap—to do everything from hailing a Lyft to checking your stock portfolio. At home, Alexa can control the lights, set timers, play your local NPR station, and...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Nike Fe/Nom: Your New Favorite Sports Bra Is Made From Fancy Flyknit

To design a sports bra is to design for a constantly moving target. Breasts rise and fall with every jump. Run forward and they arc like a figure eight. “Breast tissue movement goes in many ways,” says Nicole Rendone, a Nike designer who spends most of her time engineering bras to mitigate those mo...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Rants and Raves: In Praise of the Humble Stick Pen

I have loved Paper Mate’s Ballpoint Stick Pens for as long as I've been able to scribble. The narrow barreled pens fill office supply closets and junk drawers, pockets and purses, college dorms and the front desks of doctor's offices. In a world full of retractable, hybrid ink pens with ultra-cushi...

Gear / News - 1 year ago

Oxo's Coffee Grinder and Brewer Make a Damn Good Cup

Not even wine snobs are as hardcore as coffee snobs. To pour a great glass of wine, you need a corkscrew and some money. To pour a great cup of coffee, you need beans, gear, time and patience. There is a process, you see. It is complex and requires study. Any gray areas must be marked off as person...