Bring a little piece of the Internet into your real-world living space with the LaMetric Smart Ticker. This nifty little gadget sports a slim, sleek build, a speaker for letting you know when it's updated, and a face that's dominated by an 8x8 pixel logo and a 29x8 pixel white information screen. What goes on that screen? Pretty much anything you want. Thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi connection and a nifty companion app, you can display anything from the weather or time — how boring — to countdown tickers, fitness metrics, facebook likes, stock prices, email subjects, live PayPal balances — you get the picture. And thanks to a trio of buttons on the top, you can tap your way through a few options if you get tired of seeing how many people didn't like your last Facebook post.
Let's face it: as cool as the Oculus Rift is, its limited utility makes it a tough sell for the price. But what if there was a way to make a VR headset for just a few dollars? Well, that's exactly the idea behind the Google Cardboard VR Headset. Using nothing but cardboard, a couple of lenses, a couple magnets, velcro, a rubber band, an app, and some very simple instructions, you can transform your Android handset into a full-on VR viewer, provided you don't mind having a piece of cardboard hanging off your head as you "ooh" and "aah" your way through the available demos.