Last week I made the case for my theory that we are in a year filled with gadget fads. But really, I think it's equally true that we are living with a great number of mature technologies -- gadgets that have paid their dues, and may even be on the decline.
But before these staples of technology became inextricably woven into the fabric of our lives, they all started out as crazy, laughable ideas. Everything from the laptop to smartphone was once considered science fiction.
So to honor those pioneering gadgets that paved the way for the mundane, yet … Read more
I can't help thinking that we are in the middle of a lot of overinflated, much-hyped tech fads right now. Smart watches, Google Glass, 4k TVs, and all manner of electronic novelties are poised to fill the silence as the party winds down with the maturing technologies of tablets and smartphones.
But as I can't say for certain which of these current trends will flop and which ones will stick around, I figured I'd take a look back at some of the biggest tech fads in recent history. These were the huge trends that seemed to point … Read more
As someone who spent five years carefully reviewing, testing and preserving gadgets here at CNET, it brings me no small amount of cathartic joy to watch them get casually destroyed every week by Molly Wood.
In each episode of her show, Always On, Molly and her team subject a new, popular product to a series of brutal torture tests. Only the best of them survive the blistering heat, freezing cold, drops, and spills that Molly can dish out. To honor those high-endurance, herculean gadgets, Molly dedicated a video to chronicle them.
But as I am one of those glass-half-empty sorts, … Read more