Humans adapt very quickly to new technology.  Take for instance our smartphones.  These days we’re almost appalled when we can tap the screen to zoom, or pinch to zoom out.  It’s just a matter of time until we expect that all of gadgets, gizmos, and toys can be controlled with the wave of our hands.   And feeding that every growing expectation, though in a very minimal way, is Black and Decker.

Last week the company announced the Gyro Screwdriver.  Using the same sensors found in a Wii controller, the Gyro Screwdriver can be controlled with the flick of your wrist.  So instead of using a traditional trigger system that includes two speeds settings and a direction control, you just simply rotate your wrist one-quarter turn in the direction you want to screw.  Additional flicks increase the speed, though we’re not sure how many “gears” there are.  The Black and Decker Gyro is of the 4V ilk, so it’s utility will be limited to the occasional odd job, though it’s battery can supposedly retain a charge for up to 18-months.

The Black & Decker Gyro Lithium Rechargeable Screwdriver will be available October 2012 for $40 at most major retailers.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."