The Shapa Smart Scale Never Tells You How Much You Weigh

The scale of the future does not have numbers or dials. It does not tweet out your body fat percentage, nor does it calculate how much water you’re currently retaining. The scale of the future will not scream at you when you’ve come home after a long night of drinking and ordered an entire pizza, fully loaded, to eat by yourself. It knows when you’ve done this, of course. It just doesn’t tell you.

The scale of the future won’t even tell you how much you weigh. It doesn’t have a screen to display your weight because, if you ask behavioral economist Dan Ariely, weight is a metric of the past. Ariely has spent his career researching the invisible machinery of human choice: why we neglect to save money for things we know we need, why we lie to our friends, and to ourselves. Recently, he’s turned his focus toward the choices we make about our health. Why, Ariely wondered, do people have such a hard time making healthy choices?

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14 Gifts for the Cheapskate in Your Life: Raspberry Pi, Sugru, Nest, Ball Jars

Nice Laundry

Sock Box

They might be OK with the hole-ridden Hanes in their top drawer, but you love them too much to let that continue. In one fell swoop, Nice Laundry can upgrade their sock game with versatile, comfy, long-lasting footies. Best of all, it’s a killer style upgrade, too. Hopefully enough that nobody will notice the ratty New Balances they refuse to get rid of.

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Gift Ideas for Environmentalists 2017: Bags, Shoes, and Workout Gear

These are an all-day-on-your-feet, marathon-errand, 10,000-steps-before-noon kind of shoe. The cushioned sole makes them feel like sneakers; when they get stinky, you can throw them in the washing machine. Best of all: Rothy’s repurposes plastic water bottles to make the 3-D knit fabric on these flats, making these both stylish and sustainable. Did we mention they come in leopard print?
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2017 Cookbook Roundup: Pie and Whiskey, Craft Coffee, Dinner in an Instant

The cookbooks that resonate this year are the ones that get real. Whether encouraging you to use some kitchen smarts, or employing a brute-force meat-shredding method that relies on a sledgehammer, this season’s best cookbooks emphasize technique, authenticity, and the occasional bit of salty language. The fancy kitchen cookbooks are still out there but somehow feel less important, ceding their slots in our rankings to the tomes that focus on making better food at home, perhaps perfecting a long braise or getting a little philosophical instead of fussing with plating.

Pie & Whiskey

Edited by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon, Sasquatch Books.

This book is small enough to fit in somebody’s Christmas stocking, and it also contains a lot of swearing. Of course, those are both selling points for the right person. If all that and co-editor Kate Lebo’s recipe for Motherfucking Strawberry Rhubarb Pie doesn’t tick off the boxes for holiday gift giving, you might give thought to expanding your [...]  read more

Gifts Ideas for Travelers 2017: Luggage, Bags, Sleep Aids, Entertainment

Topo Designs

Travel Bag

Kind of a backpack, kind of a duffle, definitely the right luggage for just about any trip. Topo’s bag has plenty of pockets for your laptop, water bottle, and camera gear, plus a huge main section that zips open all the way. You know, so you can actually find stuff. If you do run out of room, you can latch things onto the front, or attach Topo’s Trip Pack to get some more space. And it fits in the overhead bin.

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Gift Ideas for Cooks From 2017: Kitchen Gadgets, Chefs Knifes, Kitchen Appliances, and Coffee Gear



Chef’s Knife Roll

Known for making messenger bags and urban commuter gear, Chrome has taken a stab at a knife roll. Co-designed by celebrity San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino—he of Boccalone, Incanto, and Cockscomb—this carrier holds up to 11 knives and has extra pockets for pliers, thermometers, pens, and notebooks. Get it for your loved one who’s also a cyclist; it’ll match their bike bag.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Favorite Gadgets From 2017

The editors of WIRED talk about some of their favorite products from 2017. Along the way, they also spot a few trends for the year.

Send the hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric, David Pierce is @pierce, Brendan Nystedt is @bnystedt, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.

How to Listen

You can always listen to this week’s podcast through the audio player on this page, but if you want to subscribe for free to get every episode, here’s how:

If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, open the app called Podcasts, or just tap this link. You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts, and search for Gadget Lab. And in case you really need it, here’s the RSS feed.

If you use Android, you can find us in the Google Play Music app just by tapping here. You can also download an app like Pocket Casts or Radio Public, and search for Gadget Lab. And in case you really need it, here’s the RSS feed.

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The Whirl Is Not Enough: Hundred-Dollar Fidget Spinners

By the time Trevor Hirschi decided to make a fidget spinner, the market was already saturated with $2 plastic devices that covered the shelves of toy stores and bodegas. So Hirschi, a machine tool technology instructor at Bridgerland Technical College and men’s jewelry designer, got to work on something a little more exciting.

After shuffling through a couple different concepts, he settled on an airplane propellor. He’d kept a World War II airplane model in his room as a child that would later inspire his first fidget spinner, the TiSpin Prop. To make it, he assembled a 3-D model and used a computer numeric control machine to carve grade 5 titanium into the shape of a propellor. That machine runs at up to 30,000 rotations per minute, which Hirschi says is necessary to create precise blades for his propellers.

You could call the TiSpin Prop a fidget spinner, but it’s not the kind you’re used to seeing in mall kiosks and convenience stores. The meticulously crafted device, [...]  read more

The Best 2017 Holiday Tech Deals: Audio, Gaming, TVs, Cameras

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday … they’re over and done, but the holiday deals continue. If you’re still on the hunt for affordable gift ideas, or just want to treat yo’ self to some new gear, look no further. We’ve gathered our favorite deals from around the web.

Also be sure to read our many Holiday Gift Guides.


1 Year of PlayStation Plus – $40 ($20 off)

Buy on Amazon

If you own a PS4, you need PS Plus to play online. It also gives you access to a few free games each month. This is an easy way to save a Jackson on a service you’re going to have to pay for anyway.

Xbox One S Console Bundle – $190 ($60 off)

Buy on B&H Photo, $190 on Amazon

Buy the Choose Your Own Edition model on Amazon

Anything under $250 is a great price for the Xbox One S, which is still the mainstream Microsoft console that’ll play all Xbox One games—just not in 4K.

PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB – $350 ($50 off)

Buy on Walmart, Amazon

The PS4 Pro is normally $400, and is Sony’s newest, most powerful PlayStation. If you own a 4K TV, this is the PS4 you’ll want to buy.

Blackout Yeti USB Microphone and Assassin’s Creed Origins Bundle – $85 ($55 off)

Buy on Amazon

If you’re hoping to get into Twitch [...]  read more

Gift Ideas for Artists, Writers, Musicians, and Photographers: iPad Pro, Roli, GoPro, Fujifilm

Apple’s most powerful tablet is made for any creative digital task: writing the next Great American Novel, sketching up something pretty, or making sick beats. There’s no shortage of apps to suit any artistic passion. If they love to draw, get them the $100 Pencil accessory, and if they are a writer, get them an add-on keyboard—Apple’s gets the job done, but Logitech’s is better.
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