Back in 2011, I reviewed the then new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speaker/Dock. It was—and still is—an incredible speaker that blows away most wireless speakers. After the review, my wife “helped herself” to it, so it now sits on top of her piano facing the kitchen where she can use Apple Airplay to stream her favorite music. It’s still a great looking speaker, but now that it’s half hidden behind open music books, few people ever see it, but they can certainly hear it. Well, there’s a new elongated football-shaped kid in town and I’m keeping this one for myself. Meet the new B&W Zeppelin Wireless speaker. [click to continue…]
How do you deal with stress or a bad mood? Exercise and listening to music might be some common responses, but if you suffer from chronic stress or have experienced a life-threatening or negative external life experience, you may want to consider actually listening to your brain waves. Just as you use a mirror to tame your morning hair, so you can use the BRAINtellect 2 (B-2) headband to reflect how your brain is feeling and tame its stress. [click to continue…]
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again…I love security cameras. There is a certain peace of mind in knowing that if someone breaks into your home, you will know about it instantly. Additionally, most newer cameras have some type of DVR function, allowing you to provide Police with footage if bad guys ever break into your home (hopefully a feature you will never need though). Plus, as my wife and I have come to learn, security cameras can be useful parenting assistants. On multiple occasions we have reviewed footage to determine if a child left their room, the upstairs, or the house with a favorite toy that’s gone missing, to try and narrow down the search area. Recently, I was given the chance to review the Canary all-in-one security camera. It promises high quality audio and video, with an easy setup. [click to continue…]
With over 25,000 people on a wait list to get these little gems, it may be awhile until you can get your hands on them. These initially crowdfunded earbuds which were named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2015, promise the ability to augment the sound in your life…yes, they may just rock your world – literally. Imagine the ability to use an app on your phone, along with these earbuds to tune out distractions at the library, or tune up your jam session in the garage to sound like you’re in a huge amphitheater. You will be able to adjust the EQ, the volume and the sound effects of everything around you to personalize your world to suit you. This could give teenagers the ability to turn up the volume of music when their favorite song comes on without everyone having to suffer through it, however…I suppose they could also tune out the voice of their parents as well. The $249.00 price tag seems hefty to me, but if they are still around when I’m older, they are they kind of hearing aids I would want! For more information, or to get on the waiting list visit Doppler Labs.
When I reviewed the LG G2 three years ago, I wasn’t convinced that LG’s decision to locate buttons on the back of the phone was a good idea. Who ever heard of putting volume buttons on the back of a phone instead of on the side? At that time, no one had done it before, but then one year later I ended up buying a LG G3 and quickly learned to love that unique feature. LG kept the same button location when they released the LG G4, and now three phones later, LG’s has a new flagship Android smartphone, the LG V10. Guess what? It also has the uniquely placed volume buttons. Verizon Wireless sent me the LG V10 to test for a few weeks and I found that the back buttons aren’t the only feature that’s unique to this phone. Let’s find out else what sets the LG V10 Android smartphone apart from other current smartphones. [click to continue…]
With all our electronics nowadays, two-port wall outlets are woefully insufficient; a power strip is pretty much a must. The problem is that you only actually have access to about half the sockets on that power strip due to the traditional linear configuration where bulky adapters will cover adjacent outlets. It feels like I’m playing Tetris, rotating and shuffling around the adapters, trying to maximize my ports. The MOGICS Power Donut solves this issue with a clever circular design that houses 5 US AC sockets and 2 fast-charging USB ports. The main cable is a generous 3-feet long and tucks away neatly when wrapped around the unit for storage. Designed for travelers, the center of the donut is a pop-out universal travel adapter. Also, there is a built-in safety fuse (with accompanying spare) so that you can plug in your devices worry-free. Last but not least, this all fits in a compact package measuring only 3.2 inches in diameter. If you’re interested, the Kickstarter campaign is underway and will end February 28. Also available is the Power Bagel which is the international version, featuring 4 universal sockets and 1 US socket. Both the Power Donut and Bagel can be had for a $39 pledge. Estimated delivery is April 2016.
Minimalists should appreciate the thought that went into designing the LifeLink USB charge cable from Australian based PlusUs. This USB charging cable is thin and compact for easy integration into your EDC. But is this cable worth the hefty price tag? I’m skeptical, but let me show you more about it and then let you decide.
When I was a little kid, we didn’t have money for LEGO building toys, so we had Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys which were both made of wood. Although I would have loved to have bucket of LEGO bricks back then, I enjoyed the toys I did have. Wooden building toys may seem too old school in this day and age, but I’m happy to report that new wooden block toys are still being invented like Bokah Blocks. Bokah Blocks are made in the US from premium basswood and consist of two building elements. There are blocks called Bokahs that come in 4 different lengths from 1.25 – 8 inches long, and Bendys which are flexible connectors that join two Bokahs. Using a combination of these parts, kids (and adults) can create rotating and moving models that are only limited by the builder’s imagination. Bokah Blocks come in a 219 piece set that stores in a backpack and is priced at $149.00. For more info visit bokahblocks.com
I generally like things simple, functional and cool-looking. I am also a fan of bags for carrying all my gadgets and gear. I’ve tried out a lot of bags for various purposes over the years and I’m sure I’ll try out many more. Although used messenger-type shoulder bags for many years and have recently switched over to my trusty GoRuck GR1 rucksack (AKA backpack) as my EDC bag for a few years now, I find that there is a place for a good duffel bag amongst my carry repertoire. So I was very interested to try out the Bomber Barrel Duffel Bag, Mini Travel Kit and Firestarter Paracord Bracelet, all from Bomber & Company. How did they fare? Let’s find out! Gadget on! [click to continue…]
Quick! You can now get the Eyefi Mobi 16 GB class 10 Wi-Fi SDHC card for $34.50 from Amazon. That’s a discount of $10.45 (down from it’s recent price of $44.95). These cards have been around for a while, but if you are not familiar with it, you might be asking yourself “Why do I need this?”. Well, the built-in WiFi on this card allows you to connect your non-WiFi cameras to your device (iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android or desktop/laptop) allowing instant transfers. Just install the card in your camera, download the app and follow the prompts to input the card’s code, and you’re ready to go! This is NOT the Pro version of the card which provides additional features like automatically uploading RAW images or being able to select which photos to transfer, but in a pinch, it works. It also comes with 90 days of Eyefi Cloud Service to sync your pictures to all your devices. Purchase yours at Amazon for $34.50 before they sell out.
The words digital and sundial don’t usually go together, but a French maker has changed that with a cool 3D printed sundial that “displays” the time like a digital watch. The way sundials traditionally work is that they cast a shadow from the sun across a dial with numbers. You have to read the number next to the shadow to tell the time. It is sort of like an analog watch with minute and hour hands. The Digital Sundial also uses the sun to cast a shadow, but instead of having to see which number the shadow is touching to know the time, the shadow actually displays the time in a digital format – with the hour and minutes. All without any batteries or electronics. Impressive? You betcha! How does it work? The magic is in the gnomon, the long piece that the sun shines on to produce the shadow. The gnomon has holes in it that allow the sun’s rays to shine through creating pixels. As the sun moves across the sky, the light shines at an angle through different holes causing different numbers to display below. The only caveat is that the Digital Sundial can only display the time from 10:00 – 16:00 (10am – 4pm) in 20 minute intervals. Each sundial takes up to 35 hours to print on a 3D printer because it requires a lot of precision. For more info visit mojoptix.com. If you want to print your own Digital Sundial you can find the free plans here or buy a DIY kit with all the parts from Etsy for $80.23.
To increase awareness for Safer Internet Day 2016, Google is giving users 2GBs of free Google Drive storage space when they take a quick online security checkup today. Don’t groan, the checkup is actually quick, painless and really useful. You’ll see what devices and services are using your google account and will have the ability to delete them. The whole process only takes a couple of minutes and after you’re done, 2GB more space will have been added to your Google account. This extra space doesn’t expire, so this is a great deal. I’m really very happy to have found this because my Gmail account only had 2GB left before it was full. So now I have a larger buffer. Be aware that this free space offer isn’t mentioned anywhere during the security checkup and the 2GBs of extra space make take a little while to show up once you complete the checkup. At least it took awhile for it to show up in my account. But it did, so yay! Be sure to complete the checkup today as it’s not clear when this special offer will expire. To get your free space, head over to https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount
As the years roll by, I appreciate the finer things in life more and more. I enjoy taking time with good friends, a nice glass of scotch with steak, a long run on a crisp fall day, or in this case a nice close shave. I have been wet shaving for decades now and truly enjoy the daily ritual. For this review we’ll be looking at how the Chisel Shave Club makes it even easier to always have the perfect, pampered shaving experience every time. [click to continue…]
Instagram, the popular photo sharing app has finally added multiple account support on mobile. You can now add up to five accounts to switch back and forth to, and be able to tell which account you’re logged into at any given time. This will be available as part of Instagram version 7.15 for iOS and Android. Read more about it on Instagram’s blog and their help center.
Do you like the sleek look of the Mac Pro’s cylindrical case but are more of a PC person? Well, with the Dune Case, you no longer have to look on in envy. This cylindrical high-grade aluminum case is 260 mm tall x 215 mm in diameter and weighs 2.6 kg. It is smaller than standard ATX cases and supports mini ITX motherboards, standard ATX RAM and CPUs, SFX power supplies, and max GPU lengths of 185 mm. It also has four USB 3.0 ports, one headphone port, one microphone port, two HDMI ports, one Ethernet port, two 2.5″ hard drive mounts, and includes a 140 mm case fan. The fan is located at the top of the case with vents at the bottom of the case to draw air vertically to cool PC components more effectively. The Dune Case is a Kickstarter project that will end on March 16, 2016. A pledge of $159 will get you a beautiful case either in black or gold with an estimated shipping date of July 2016. The general public can look forward to wider distribution in September 2016 (estimated).
Most of us think of a computer keyboard as a tool for inputting letters and numbers, but for gamers, a good keyboard can be the difference between their character living or dying. Am I being overly dramatic? You betcha. I can’t help it because the new Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (wow that’s a mouthful) is one dramatic gaming keyboard. This full-size USB keyboard features keys with Logitech’s Romer-G mechanical switches that deliver near-instant responsiveness that registers key presses up to 25 percent faster than traditional mechanical switches. This keyboard also has dedicated media controls keys including a roller bar that can be used to adjust the volume, or skip to the next song. The keys are nice, but what really makes this keyboard a stunner is that the backlight color of each individual key can be customized from a spectrum of more than 16.8 million colors. This gives you a cool way to mark keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands. The keyboard comes pre-loaded with custom lighting profiles for over 300 games, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time customizing it if you don’t want to. The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is expected to be available this month and will have a retail price of $159. For more information please visit gaming.logitech.com.
Photography tools have changed considerably over the past fifteen years. Used to be, you had to have a large camera body, many varied lenses, and dozens of filters, flashes, and meters to capture the perfect photo. True photogs shot on film, so there needed to be a place to hold unexposed rolls and exposed rolls. While this is still true for a small percentage of the photographing population (minus the film holders for those not just being nostalgic or artistic), for many of us, we’re moving towards smaller mirrorless cameras, a few good lenses, rather than a huge assortment of them, and usually a laptop or tablet for photo editing/distribution or post-production work. Tenba, a long-time producer of photography-centric baggage, has created a great bag that can operate as a pro camera bag for a moderate kit, or an overnight bag for those who need a bit of bulkiness and a laptop or tablet digital workstation. They call it the DNA 13 bag, and I was sent the Cobalt color to test. [click to continue…]
T-mobile is currently offering several outstanding deals:
- Simple Choice Family Plan with 4 lines of Unlimited Talk, Text & Data for $150 per month (including 14GB of tethering per line).
- Simple Choice Family Plan with 4 lines of Unlimited Talk, Text + 10GB data per line for $120 per month.
Both offers are valid for all new and existing customers with a minimum of three active lines. Available for a limited time. [click to continue…]
Cooking is fun if you know what you’re doing. But if you are a cooking novice, it can be an anxiety and smoke filled nightmare. Can a special frying pan help you learn to cook? Only if it comes with Gordon Ramsay attached to it you might think. The Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan doesn’t come with Gordon Ramsay, but it does come with a cooking coach and some built-in tech that should prevent the smoke alarm from going off. The Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan is a 12 x 2″ non-stick fry pan that has a built-in temperature sensor in the base that pairs via Bluetooth with your iOS or Android device. A companion cooking app gives you step by step instructions on how to cook various foods while monitoring the temp. It will tell you when to add the food to the pan, when to stir, when to flip and if you need to adjust the burner’s temp. The fry pan which is powered by two AAA batteries located in the handle which will last for over a year. The pan can be used with electric and gas stoves, but is not compatible with induction cooktops. It is priced at $174 and will be available in March. You can find more info at pantelligent.com.
All parts of my home may not be organized and clutter free, but I try to keep my Gadgeteer HQ workspace as neat and tidy as possible. It’s tough for me to feel inspired to write when my desk is a mess, so I’m always looking for ways to keep things organized in my small workspace. Raising peripherals like monitors and printers is one way to add extra storage space that allows you to easily move things like keyboards, USB hubs and mice out of the way when you want to use the desk space for other tasks. Satechi’s new Aluminum Monitor Stands do just that. They are available in gold, space grey and silver, and feature a slim but strong design that can hold up to 31 pounds. The new stands are available now for $39.99. For more info visit satechi.net and Amazon to order.
Samsung isn’t a name that normally comes to my mind when I think about security cameras brands, so I was surprised when I was offered the chance to review their SmartCam HD Plus. Since this camera is made by Samsung, it has to be good right? Let’s find out if Samsung is the next big thing in wireless security cameras.
Hello Gadgeteers! I hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far. My internet connection which has been down for the past 6 days here at home (Gadgeteer HQ), was finally fixed this afternoon, so I’ve been catching up on some surfing, emails, and other net related fun. How about you? If you haven’t had a chance to visit the site every day this week, you’ve problem missed some of our news, reviews and articles. Now is the time to catch up! I’ve created a full listing of all our content from the past 7 days. Click through and enjoy. [click to continue…]
I can’t seem to recall the last time I read an actual physical book. You know the kind I’m talking about, the ones made of paper with pages that you turn with your hands instead of with a swipe of a finger. I still love real books, but carrying around my latest tome is easier and more convenient when it’s on my phone or tablet.
For those of you who still enjoy real books, the Crocomark from Animi Causa is sure to make you smile. This cute marker is made of plastic and has been designed to slip between pages on the top edge of the book. I’m not sure how well the bookmarker will stay in place if you carry the book around, but it’s a unique and fun way to mark the page. You can buy the Crocomark for $9.99 at Animi Causa.
I know I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite things about reviewing products is being pleasantly surprised because a product performs better than I expected. It also makes it harder to review, because it is much easier to explain why you don’t like something than it is explaining why you do like it. Tibo fits into this category. I have tested and listened to their Plus 3 active speakers for a few months and have realized that for the sound and the size, they give you quite a bit for the money. Unfortunately, you cannot buy Tibo speakers in the US … yet. Tibo is working to make their speakers available in 2016. So why would I review speakers you can’t buy in the states? Simple—they asked me and I can’t say no. Plus, The Gadgeteer has readers in Europe and the UK. [click to continue…]
If you’re an eBay or Etsy seller of small items, a product reviewer like me or someone who just likes to goof around with photography gadgets, you will want to check out the Foldio360 turntable project on Kickstarter. Made by the same guys that brought use the Foldio portable photography studio, which earned a spot on my favorite gear page, the Foldio360 is the perfect companion to the studio. It’s a smart turntable that pairs via Bluetooth with your smartphone. Using the Foldio360 app, the turntable will automatically spin as the phone snaps pictures. Then the app will combine the individual images to create a 360 degree spinning image that you can use on web pages. The Foldio360 also features a special lighting system called Halo Edge to make the spinning image appear as if it is suspended in space. The Foldio360 Kickstarter project’s goal has already been surpassed by almost $100,000. You can reserve a Foldio360 for $89 or a Foldio360 Studio set that includes a Foldio Studio for $149. Shipping is estimated for July, 2016.