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This Gadget Told Me How Wimpy My Punches Are, Please Don't Fight Me This Gadget Told Me How Wimpy My Punches Are, Please Don't Fight Me

You ever get in a fight? No, not on Twitter. I mean a real fight, you know, with your fists? If not, then Hykso’s $150 FightCamp punch trackers probably aren’t your bag. The wearable is designed to provide the hard-hitting boxer within you valuable insight about your performance, and show you how you stack up compared…

I Love Sharp's New Steam Powered Oven Even If My Steak Was Soggy I Love Sharp's New Steam Powered Oven Even If My Steak Was Soggy

As Moe the Bartender proudly reveals his new restaurant’s Navy surplus deep fryer that can flash fry a buffalo in 40 seconds, Homer laments: “Forty seconds? But I want it now!” He was right. In a time when instant messages and same day shipping are the norm, waiting for food to cook feels like an inconvenience. But a…

Roccat's New 'Membranical' Keyboard Tries to Be Everything to Everyone Roccat's New 'Membranical' Keyboard Tries to Be Everything to Everyone

The humble keyboard has risen in popularity in recent years; the seemingly infinite variety of models has turned the input accessory into something like watches for people with Newegg accounts. With companies trying to cater to every preference and price point, maybe it was inevitable that we’d end up with something…

A Self-Hating, Animal Version of Walt Disney Goes to Art-Camp Rehab in a New Graphic Novel A Self-Hating, Animal Version of Walt Disney Goes to Art-Camp Rehab in a New Graphic Novel

Sometimes it can be hard to remember that the word “Disney” comes from a real person’s name. The company that the legendary mogul built is frighteningly powerful and ubiquitous—and his last name has come to connote, sometimes pejoratively, a certain artistic sensibility. A new graphic novel called Von Spatz is a…

The New Lost in Space Has a Lot of Potential But Needs a Little More Time to Find Itself The New Lost in Space Has a Lot of Potential But Needs a Little More Time to Find Itself

Let me preface this review of Netflix’s new Lost in Space series by saying one thing: Whether your father watched the original campy TV series of the ‘60s or saw the critically-panned 1998 movie reboot starring Matt LeBlanc, this is not your daddy’s Lost in Space. Anyone wanting a campy nostalgia-fest about a nuclear…

Upgrade Offers a Subversive, Self-Aware Update to the Classic Scifi-Action Formula Upgrade Offers a Subversive, Self-Aware Update to the Classic Scifi-Action Formula

Upgrade lives up to its name in more than one way. It presents a series of tropes you already knew and polishes them up with modern executions, giving us a main character ready to star in updated version of the Six Million Dollar Man.

Waking Up to the Game Boy Super Mario Land Theme Is the Best Way to Start Your Day Waking Up to the Game Boy Super Mario Land Theme Is the Best Way to Start Your Day

The original Game Boy was the first device to push my fascination with gadgets to an obsession. I saved for months to buy one, and to this day it’s still one of my favorite gaming platforms. That explains why, despite every gadget I use having an alarm clock built-in, I now prefer waking up to this adorable Game Boy…

Hereditary Is a Horror Masterpiece That Shows a Family Losing Hope and Their Minds Hereditary Is a Horror Masterpiece That Shows a Family Losing Hope and Their Minds

Hereditary revolves around one simple premise: You might not really know your family at all. The people who’ve raised you may all have insidious secrets writhing around in remote corners of their lives—and those secrets can be shaping your life in ways you can barely perceive.

The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch

“That’s a nice watch,” said my colleague, about an hour after I strapped the Fitbit Versa to my person. The new fitness tracker, the company’s third pass at a smartwatch you can wear for days at a time, is a welcome update to its butt-ugly predecessor. The $200 Versa will more than likely satisfy any fitness…

My Ultra-Competitive Side Loves This Sensor-Packed Smart Ball

A Bluetooth-connected foam ball packed with sensors and a battery you need to charge sounds like one of Silicon Valley’s worst ideas. Haven’t balls been adequately entertaining kids for centuries already? But it only took one toss of Play Impossible’s Gameball for me to understand why a ball upgraded with…

My Family Died of Dysentery in the Palm of My Hands—and I Loved Every Minute of It My Family Died of Dysentery in the Palm of My Hands—and I Loved Every Minute of It

Before kids hunted for Carmen Sandiego, in a time when computers could barely muster a few on-screen colors, a game called The Oregon Trail taught students about the hardships of pioneer life. The graphics were terrible, the sound effects were awful, and more often than not, all your characters died. But it was the…

Ready Player One Is an Orgy of Nostalgia in All the Wrong Ways Ready Player One Is an Orgy of Nostalgia in All the Wrong Ways

The early reactions to Ready Player One after its screening at SXSW were mostly positive, but don’t count io9's among them. It isn’t so much a movie about loving old video games and other cultural artifacts. It’s about loving to love those things, which makes Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestselling novel…

Voltron: Legendary Defender's Fifth Season Tears Down Its Old Universe to Create a Weirder One Voltron: Legendary Defender's Fifth Season Tears Down Its Old Universe to Create a Weirder One

Four seasons into Dreamworks and Netflix’s excellent reboot of Voltron means we’re pretty established with the basic premise: Even as characters shuffle about and villains develop, it’s still all Voltron vs. the Galra Empire, forming robots and saving the day. The recently released season five, however, changes that…

Altered Carbon Is Solid Cyberpunk, But It's Not Netflix's Game of Thrones Altered Carbon Is Solid Cyberpunk, But It's Not Netflix's Game of Thrones

Depending on who you ask, Altered Carbon is either Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones, or a Blade Runner knockoff. But the truth is, it’s neither. It’s an entertaining show that, unfortunately, never manages to break out and become that genre-spanning hit Netflix was surely hoping for. Cyberpunk fans will love it,…

DJI's New Osmo Gimbal Is the Rare Phone Accessory That's Actually Worth It DJI's New Osmo Gimbal Is the Rare Phone Accessory That's Actually Worth It

Running around the office with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, I got a lot of questions. Specifically I got exactly two questions repeatedly. The first was about what I was holding. Each time, I explained that the weird selfie stick-like contraption I’d put my phone in was a mechanized gimbal that automatically stabilizes my…

Sony A7R III Review: The New King of Mirrorless Cameras Sony A7R III Review: The New King of Mirrorless Cameras

For three years now I’ve been using the Sony A7S as my primary camera. It’s compact and it’s incredible in low-light, but in certain regards the camera is starting to show its age and doesn’t really fit all my needs: It’s limited to 12-megapixel photos, and it can’t shoot 4K video without an external recorder. As…

Razer's Powerhouse Phone for Gamers Is Delightfully Different Razer's Powerhouse Phone for Gamers Is Delightfully Different

While its original mission was to make high-end gaming mice, Razer’s line of products has grown over the years to include everything from keyboards and fitness bands to entire desktops, laptops, and pretty much anything else the company could put RGB lighting in. However, up until now, there was one glaring hole in…

GoPro's Hero6 Is Still the King of Action Cameras GoPro's Hero6 Is Still the King of Action Cameras

GoPro has been the leader on action cameras from the very beginning, and its brand has attained a kind of Xerox-like omnipotence—despite the company’s ongoing struggles in recent years. Amongst GoPro’s problems is the difficulty in making the improvements to its line look like anything more than iterations. With its…

Huawei's Mate 10 Pro Is a Valiant Attempt to Slay the iPhone With AI Smarts Huawei's Mate 10 Pro Is a Valiant Attempt to Slay the iPhone With AI Smarts

A few months ago, Huawei passed Apple to become the second largest smartphone maker in the world, (Samsung’s number one). Yet you don’t see Huawei ads on TV in the United States, and its phones are seldom sold in any of the big carrier stores. Even when they are, they are often hidden behind a bigger brands like on…

This Little Box Can Make Even the Junkiest Laptop a Gaming PC

You are probably surrounded by more computers than you know what to do with, whether it’s the phone in your pocket, the old clunker at home, or the sleek little ultraportable you got from work. And while they are more than enough for everyday tasks, when it comes to real graphics prowess, I’m talking about serious…

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