Wanise Martinez

5 gadgets we'd love to see as 'Back to the Future Part II' Day arrives

If you’ve seen the movie “Back to the Future Part II,” you’re probably jealous of its future of flying cars, hoverboards, auto-fit clothes and holographic cinema. The date Marty McFly arrives at is October 21, 2015. Here it is and, of course, none of that has come true. (Well, save a hologram Tupac...

Monday, October 19, 2015, 7:05 PM

Hugo Barra: The global face of Xiaomi, a.k.a. the ‘Apple of China’

It’s the world’s biggest tech company you’ve never heard of: Xiaomi is fast becoming a leading smartphone juggernaut, selling affordable yet snazzy units like hot cakes in markets as diverse as India, Indonesia and Brazil.Last year the Chinese brand sold over 60m handsets across the globe, behind...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:49 PM

'DrumPants' lets you make music with your pants

If you’re the kind of person who taps your hand to a song’s rhythm, you’ll find this device quite "striking:" The wearable gadget DrumPants allows the user to create drum rhythms simply by tapping pressure-sensitive buttons built into straps. The gizmo connects to any mobile device or tablet,...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:03 PM

5 clever gadgets for disabled people

Tech isn’t just about having more toys; assistive technology is evolving, too. We found five wearable gizmos, apps and other digital devices offering a meaningful way to change life for the disabled.​Smartstones TouchThis palm-sized, pebble-like wearable is designed to give people the ability to “...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6:00 AM

TECH: The 'KeySweeper' will let you spy on your colleagues

It looks like a standard USB wall charger for your phone, but there is more than meets the eyes with this insidious invention. The KeySweeper is an Arduino-based device that is capable of recording every single keystroke typed on a wireless Microsoft keyboard and transmitting them back to a host....

Monday, June 8, 2015, 9:43 PM

'Smarter' coffee machine will let you make make a cup of Joe with your smartphone

Making your morning cup of joe just got 'smarter' thanks to a new coffee machine that syncs with your phone. The Wi-Fi Coffee Machine by British startup Smarter can be triggered, via a smartphone, to not only make you a hot drink tailored to your specific taste, but it can have your brew ready for...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 1:47 AM

Top 5 indie video games to play in 2015

They may not have the same graphics or complexities of the titles from big gaming companies, but independent games pack plenty of gameplay, likeability and even arguably more creativity. And thanks to easy-to-use developing software and platforms, indies have never been more accessible than now...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 1:03 AM

5 apps to save time, simplify your life and get things done

Nowadays, the greatest commodity is time, so why waste it going to the post office and sifting through piles of paper to find that important telephone number? These effective apps will assist in saving those precious minutes for something more meaningful. Like enjoying another glass of eggnog!Have...

Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:53 AM

Bitcoin Cyborg keeps currency under his skin

A Dutch entrepreneur has had computer chips implanted into his hands to securely store currencies like Bitcoin. Martijn Wismeijer, the co-founder of the start-up MrBitcoin, which operates crypto-cash ATMs in and around Europe, underwent the painful procedure earlier this month. The NFC (near-field...

Monday, December 1, 2014, 4:32 AM

Addicted to your smartphone? There’s an app for that

Gadget addicts know this too well: No amount of willpower will ever get our prying eyes and hyperactive thumbs away from our smartphone screens. So how about an app that will break the cycle for us?Offtime blocks certain phone features like email, texts or social media for set periods of the day....

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 3:54 AM

5 gadgets to protect you from sharks, concussions, mosquitos

The SharkStopper claims to protect anyone in the water from shark attacks.Credit: Getty ImagesThe medical industry is inundated with devices looking after all aspects of your wellbeing, from monitoring your sleep patterns to warding off shark attacks. We round up some of the quirkiest, most...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:48 AM

A sports bra that monitors your workout and more smart fashion

A dress that can charge gadgets through solar energy, a hoodie that’s acoustically transparent and sports underwear that monitors every bit of your health. No, we’re not describing the wardrobe of a sci-fi movie. These are only a handful of “intelligent” clothes that are going to be part of our...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 11:43 PM

People are using drones to take pretty aerial photographs now

Fans of drone photography take the contraption for a spin.Credit: ProvidedLook up in the sky and maybe you’ll see one of them: little flying robots with cameras. No, they’re not UFOs or props from sci-fi movies. They’re drones, but the good kind, used to produce aerial images from a unique...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 8:37 PM