Gadgets

You Can’t Knock This Wobbly Work Light Over

If you find yourself having to fix a plumbing leak in the middle of the night, the last thing you want is your work light falling over in the middle of the job. So Ridgid’s new task light, which looks like a floating buoy, features a rounded, weighted base ensuring that even if it does get knocked over, it will automatically stand back up again. We’re going to assume its design was partly inspired by Fisher-Price’s classic Weebles toys that…

Mobile

BlackBerry denies it talked to Samsung about a buyout

BlackBerry has flatly denied a report that it met with Samsung Electronics to discuss a proposed $7.5 billion buyout by the South Korean powerhouse. The Reuters news service reported on Wednesday that Samsung had offered to buy BlackBerry for between $13.35 and $15.49 per share. Its story cited documents and an unnamed source. The report sent BlackBerry’s stock up dramatically late in the trading day. Its shares on the Nasdaq (BBRY) ended at $12.60, up by nearly 30 percent. “BlackBerry…

Design

HP and Michael Bastian enter wearables discreetly with a stylish, semi-smart watch

HP and Michael Bastian are betting that style trumps substance for their first smartwatch collaboration. The MB Chronowing is a 44mm stainless steel watch for men. It has a monochrome LCD display, but with a metallic ring in one corner that encircles a small clock face. The rest of the screen is dedicated to tidbits of information from a paired iPhone or Android phone, while indicators for battery and connectivity sit just outside the right edge of the screen. The…

Technology

Wednesday night Microsoft confirmed what we all expected

Wednesday night Microsoft confirmed what we all expected—that it too, has a smartwatch that it wants you to wear 24/7, for work and for play, called the Microsoft Band. Looking as much like a hospital bracelet as anything else, the $200 Microsoft Band features a rectangular, 320 x106 TFT display that hovers over your wrist. Sensors—a continuous optical heart monitor, GPS, UV sensor, and more—track your activity while on the move and at rest, and send the data to what…

Science

Peering into the future of displays: Holographic glasses, 3D screens abound at CEATEC

Konica Minolta thinks it has something unique to add to the emerging smart glasses field—holographic know-how. The photocopier maker is showing prototypes of glasses that project holographic images at the Ceatec 2014 tech expo outside Tokyo this week. The glasses feature what the company calls a holographic optical element (HOE), a transparent film that sits on the right lens of the glasses while a bulky, cylindrical electronics module lies on top of it. A relatively large battery unit is connected…