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Oreck Touch Bagless Vacuum

The Oreck Touch is an exceptional vacuum that left us all highly impressed. It's an excellent choice for anyone looking to upgrade to a high-end machine.

By Oct. 10, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Oct. 10, 2013

MSRP: $399.99


Pebble Steel declassified: Raising the smartwatch design bar without breaking the mold

The Pebble smartwatch has evolved from Kickstarter darling to retail success despite a somewhat homely appearance. This is the story of how the company's next watch, the $250 Steel, came to be.

By Jan. 6, 2014


What we want in 2014: Break the mold, tech companies

Heading into the new year, it wouldn't hurt for the high-tech powers that be to get a little more stupid and crazy. Seriously.

By Dec. 24, 2013


This is what it looks like when slime mold smiles

Researchers have translated the behavior of slime mold into "emotions" and displayed them, just as you'd expect, on a creepy robot face.

By Aug. 19, 2013


Slime mold a muse for science-minded designers

Design studio Nervous System uses computers to simulate natural processes and create unique designs. Slime mold has inspired tableware, and now fossilized octopus-kin yield jewelry.

By Apr. 18, 2012


MIT flow battery breaks mold for cheap storage

MIT researchers reinvent how batteries work, in a development that could lead to energy-dense batteries for electric vehicles and power grid storage.

By Jun. 6, 2011


Work in the mold--the Jello-O mold

Overgrown Jell-O mold serves as a portable workspace. Clear, fiberglass design promotes transparency.

By Sep. 26, 2008


Popular Mechanics picks products that break the mold (photos)

From electric cars to the latest smartphones, winners of the magazine's sixth annual Breakthrough Awards showcase the best of tech innovation.

11 Images By Sep. 27, 2010


Lenovo continues to break ThinkPad mold wide open

New processors and plenty of swiveling screens mark Lenovo's ongoing quest to play with the venerable ThinkPad brand, as evidenced by the W701DS and X201.

By Feb. 24, 2010


Breaking free from the action mold, here's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West tells the story of an unlikely pair tasked with navigating through a decaying New York City that is inhabited by an antihuman robotic race.

By Oct. 4, 2010