Fight the Power

‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes

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Everyone from professional photographers to Martha Stewart is using little quadcopter drones to take stunning landscape videos and aerial photographs. But if you’re a glass-half-empty type — or maybe just a shoot-that-drone-out-of-the-air type — there’s now a handy tech toy to defend you from unwanted surveillance.

An upcoming device called Cyborg Unplug will allow you to disrupt the connections of drones, Google glass, wireless microphones, and other devices to your WiFi connection. The project is led by Glasshole-hater Julian Oliver, and lists the dystopian ‘Stop the Cyborgs’ campaign as an inspiration and “conspirator.” Read More

Wearable Tech

New Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Shoes Vibrate to Give You Directions

They're not the coolest looking shoes, but they vibrate to give you directions. (Facebook)

We can’t tell if these are better or worse than those godforsaken Vibram toe shoes.

Indian startup Ducere Technologies is about to bestow a new form of high-tech footwear unto the world, the Wall Street Journal reports. Called Lechal shoes, the Bluetooth-enabled smart footwear will sync up with an app on the user’s phone, which is connected to Google Maps. Once a user inputs their destination, the app will command the left and right shoes to vibrate, telling the user which way to turn to reach their destination. Read More

Quantify Your Kids

Sure Why Not: Let This High-Tech Sock Babysit Your Kid

Let's bounce, he'll be fine (Photo: OwletCare.com)

The latest development in bodily quantification is sure to please helicopter parents and their deadbeat counterparts alike. It’s a baby bootie that watches your kid for you!

The so-called “smart sock” will monitor your precious dumpling’s sleep position, temperature, sleep quality, and even whether it rolls over. It transmits that information to you via Bluetooth, so that you can either leave it alone and hope for the best, or call the babysitter and berate her for daring to allow little Sebastian’s temperature to dip below 98.6. Read More

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Hack This Toilet and Make It Spray Water All Over Someone’s Butt

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Hey, you pranksters. Have you ever wanted to use your smartphone to hack a toilet, freaking out whoever is enjoying their after-coffee ritual by causing the seat to open and close and water to spray all over their sensitive areas? We’re about to make your Friday: according to information security company Trustwave Holdings, the fancy Japanese toilet Satis is easily hackable using just your cell phone. Read More