Take This Quiz To Find Out How Much You Actually Know About Saving Energy (And Money)

This summer I definitely had a few electric bills that surprised me, which got me thinking: What do I really know about saving energy, and the money used to obtain it? Turns out, not much. And I’m not alone — there are a ton of people who could use a little assistance in this area. Take this quiz and see how your…

Here Are All The Chores You Find Strangely Pleasing

Looking at the types of chores readers said were their favorites, I wanted to chant, “one of us! One of us!” every time. I felt right at home with the readers of LaunchPad knowing that, even though none of us can prevent the messiness of daily life, we still find deep satisfaction when we have to thoroughly clean…

Silicon Valley And The Seniors

It doesn’t take a radical disruptor to know that the senior smart tech market is ripe with opportunity. Silicon Valley’s innovator class isn’t generally known for catering to the silver-haired crowd, but as the baby boomer population starts to experience the aggravations of aging, the benefits that smart technology…

Here's How To Stop Yourself From Losing Your Possessions

A non-exhaustive list of things I’ve lost over the course of my thirty odd years alive on this earth: countless socks; every decent hair-tie I’ve ever owned; approximately four hundred bobby pins; money at poker and blackjack and airport slot machines; an iPad Mini; a single pearl earring; an entire suitcase (full);…

Here Are The Security Systems That Will Keep You Safe And Sound

Home security systems used to be reserved for massive mansions, loaded with treasures and jewels ripe for the taking, Home Alone-style. Not anymore. Technological innovation has touched the home security frontier as well, transforming home security systems from behemoths reserved for the wealthy to tiny, customizable…

Watch The Trailer for HBO's Random Acts Of Flyness

Artist, musician, writer, and director Terence Nance has something unexpected up his sleeve with his new HBO series Random Acts of Flyness (premiering Friday, August 3 at midnight). Featuring interconnected short vignettes, musical performances, animation, and more, Random Acts of Flyness is unlike anything you’ve…

Here's How To Make The Most Out of Your Screen Time

At a dinner party, I’m definitely not one of those people who proudly proclaims, “oh, we don’t have TV” and go on a well-meaning diatribe about how it’s the root of all social degradation. I’m steadfastly loyal to Grey’s Anatomy, Empire, and Queer Eye — the holy trinity of must-watch TV in my book. I’ve gone to all…

Talking Process And Product With A Dyson Design Engineer

Andrea Lim is a Design Engineer at Dyson, which means she’s part of a team of innovators tasked with imagining how users will interact with their product — and then building something that can stand up both to that fantasy, and to all the ways people will find to mess up. For example, Lim was on the team that helped…

How To Work Out At Home Using Some Hardware And A Few Apps

It’s not just the grueling workout ahead of you that makes getting to the gym a chore — it’s all of the little hassles between home and the gym. First, there’s the planning. If you’re going straight from the office, you have to schlep your gym bag around all day. Then there’s making sure you arrive during a time when…

You're Going To Want To Watch This Vacuum Suck Up Sand, Dirt, And Grass

There’s something so weirdly satisfying about watching this vacuum suck up sand, dirt, and grass. It’s hard to explain, but it just feels good. It’s partially because the vacuum is just so powerful, so as it zooms through the debris, it gets every last bit of it. Go ahead, watch for yourself.