In a perfect world, everyone would have a seat on public transportation, but sometimes you're packed in like sardines on a bus or crammed in sideways into a mass of humanity on a subway. In those instances, you usually end up hanging onto a handrail.
Justin Choy has dealt with too many similar situations, so he invented the Rail Reach and launched it as a Kickstarter project that some people will find practical and others will find amusing. It's a foldable device that attaches to a handrail to keep your hands off the surface and make riding a crowded bus more comfortable.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Smartphone shootout: Which phone has fastest camera?
- Apple and the iPhone 5S: As good as gold?
- Why a gold iPhone makes sense.
- Brooklyn art gallery will use crotch shots in upcoming photo exhibition.
At the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, today, Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 game console would be arriving November 15 in North America, followed by a European launch date of November 29.
The company said the console would launch in 32 countries overall in time for the holiday season, but didn't specify any other dates worldwide. Sony also mentioned that 1,000,000 preorders have been placed already.
As previously revealed, the PS4 will cost $399. Check out our hands-on PS4 first take for more information on the console.
At the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, today, Sony announced that its fledgling PlayStation Vita portable gaming console would get a price cut from $249 to $199.
This cut is effective immediately with U.S. retailers like Best Buy and Amazon already selling the Vita at its new lower price.
This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more details.
Bow ties and I don't get along well. I graduated from clip-ons long ago, but my tying efforts still result in something resembling a neck-slung cabbage.
But what if bow ties had some funny function? Say, warding off boozy party people when they lean in too close to deliver a back slap?
Well, say hello from a respectful distance to the Personal Space Defender.
Instructables user Aleksei Sebastiani created this 3D-printed bow tie to preserve his personal space. As seen in the tongue-in-cheek video below, the Defender flashes warning LEDs when people stand too close for comfort. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- CNET update: Disney Infinity goes mobile with apps, featuring Justin Yu!
- Researcher posts Facebook bug report to Mark Zuckerberg's wall.
- Get a monthly mystery care package for nerds.
- 404 listener Mark e-mailed us to show off these floppy disk transport sleeves at his local dollar store!
"Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door" is a misquotation of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While the poet actually referred to chairs and knives, doubtless he'd feel the same about keyboards.
I love alternative keyboard designs because they're trying to innovate a ubiquitous device bound for obsolescence.
Ergonomic keyboards have been around for ages, but KeMice is yet another attempt to modernize the hoary QWERTY. It's split in two and is supposed to be easier to use than portable Bluetooth or virtual keyboards; it's also got a built-in mouse. … Read more
Being careless with your wallet or purse is an easy way to have your cash -- and your identity -- stolen. Here's a smart wallet that will tell you when items have been removed or not been returned promptly.
Ping is a minimalist aluminum case for your ducats, debit cards, and credit cards that links to your phone and alerts you in case of theft or loss.
Summer is the time for getting outdoors and wearing out the batteries in your mobile gear. I've been messing around with two Energizer-branded chargers for the home and car on a recent road trip.
Made by Bright Manufacturing, the cup inverter is billed as the smallest of its kind in the world. It has a compact form that fits easily into a cup holder in your car or boat. … Read more