To make sure that you didn’t accidentally miss any of our gadget news and reviews from last week, I have this handy dandy list for you so you can see at a glance all of our posts from the past seven days. Click through to see the full list. [click to continue…]
In my recording/audio booth, I’m constantly finding ways to make things a little more efficient in such a tiny, 5×5 foot space. I like to keep my hands free when recording, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try out the Kinesis Savant Elite2 Dual Pedal.
Every year when Jeanne and I go to Florida for vacation, we talk about taking along one of our metal detectors to hunt the beaches for “treasure”. So far we’ve never actually taken one with us because we’d have to dismantle it to put in our luggage. That wouldn’t be a huge hardship, but we’ve been too lazy to do it. I think I may have found an alternative to taking one of our older heavier detectors. The Minelab GO-FIND Metal Detector is a small 2.3lb metal detector that folds up for easy carry in a suitcase or for storage when you’re not using it. The GO-FIND features a 8 inch waterproof search coil and an easy to read meter that shows whether your target is trash or treasure. Just unfold it, press the power button and start looking for treasure. Their detectors are powered by 4 AA batteries and some models can even pair with your smartphone. Prices start at $225 and go up to $299. Visit Minelab for more info and Amazon to price check / order.
When the opportunity to review the iBobber from ReelSonar was presented, I took the bait. I was excited to try a fishing bobber made for the 21st century that was also a fish finder, a waterbed mapper, GPS tagger & trip logger, and weather station. We already had a fishing trip planned so it was the perfect opportunity to try it out in several environments. [click to continue…]
I love leather. Whenever I am strolling and shopping as a tourist, I always stop in leather shops. So when I had the chance to spend some time with a Burkley Leather case for my brand new iPad Pro 9.7, I quickly volunteered. A week later, I “woke up” and discovered I really wanted only a one night stand with the iPad Pro and returned it. The next day the case from Burkley arrived. Oops. [click to continue…]
Whenever I look like I need help carrying things, which is quite often apparently, I tend to hear, “Hey, let me help you with that!” My snarky response if I have the situation well under control is, “C’mon, I could do this with a baby on each hip, but thanks for asking.” Sometimes it turns out good, sometimes I end up losing a few items along the way. I’m thinking this Loopy Case will have me looking like a hero the next time I haul in my groceries.
Here are some details from their website: 1) Durable, Crack Resistant Outer Shell 2) Patented Interchangeable & Fully Adjustable Loops for easy changeability 3) All Ports Fully Accessible for all of your favorite accessories 4) Shock Absorbent Wrap-Around Bumper to protect your phone on all angles 5) Easy-Press Buttons because pushing your buttons should feel like nothing’s there 6) Raised Front Lip to protect your screen when placed face down & also work with tempered glass screen protectors.
They have cases for iPhones and some Samsung smartphones. Their third wave of pre-orders is shipping for $32.00 beginning in mid-May. Visit loopycases.com for more info.
I’ve been using the LG G5 for almost a month now and posted my first impressions two weeks ago. As far as looks and feel, I still don’t think that the G5 lives up to the same standard as LG’s previous flagship smartphones like the LG G4 and the LG V10. For a high-end phone it just seems a bit blah when it comes to overall style. I didn’t want to base my opinion of this smartphone based solely on the way it looks though, so I’ve continued using it as my primary phone and am now ready to share the rest of my thoughts. [click to continue…]
The Alexa voice service has been set free from the confines of the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices and is now available in the Invoxia Triby. On its own, the Triby looks like a portable radio or Bluetooth speaker. It’s actually both! It has a built in carrying handle, control buttons and an easy to read e-paper display. This device has been available for awhile now, but as of today, it will work like an Amazon Echo device that is constantly listening for your questions and commands. Triby has built-in magnets that let you stick it to the side of your refrigerator making it the perfect addition to your kitchen. Tell Triby to play your favorite internet radio station, Spotify play list or asking it questions like “how many tablespoons are there in a cup?” The device can run for up to 2 weeks on a charge and using the companion app on your iOS or Android device, you can send handwritten notes and doodles right to the Triby’s display, making it a family message center. Triby can also be used to make hands-free and free internet calls to your family network with no subscription plans. Triby has an MSRP of $199 for the grey version and $209 for the red, yellow or blue versions. Visit invoxia.com for more info and Amazon for a lower price and order.
I’ll have a full review of the Triby soon!
Dash cams are the type of gadget that once you setup, you hope you never need to use it. That’s because they are typically only used after you’ve had an accident or witnessed some other unusual event while driving. I like having a dash cam in my MINI Cooper because I never know when bigfoot might run out in front of my car on my way to work in the morning. Seriously though, have you seen some of the insane dash cam videos on YouTube from Russian drivers? I doubt I’ll ever capture a meteor falling to earth, but if one is in my sight line while I’m driving, the event will forever be immortalized. The latest dash cam that I’ve been testing is the Cobra Drive HD Full HD dash cam. I reviewed an older model ( CDR900 dash cam ) two years ago and it remained my favorite until recently, so I was curious to see what new features were been added to their latest camera. Let’s find out. [click to continue…]
For today only you can save $5 off Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Stick is a small module that plugs directly into a HDMI port on your TV to let you “cut the cord” with expensive cable and satellite providers by giving you access to over 4,000 channels of entertaining content. Some of the channels that you’ll be able to watch include Amazon Video, Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu, NBC News, NBA, Sling TV, which includes ESPN, CNN, HGTV, AMC, A&E, Cartoon Network, and more. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you will get unlimited access to Prime Video and Prime Music. Chromecast owners might want to check out the Fire TV Stick because it offers 4x the storage, 2x the memory and has a dual-core processor with 1 GB of memory. I recently bought a Chromecast and am thinking about buying the Fire TV Stick so I can do a comparison review. Remember, this $5 off deal is only good through today (4/28/16), so act fast so you can buy the Fire TV Stick for only $34.99. Visit Amazon for more info.
Earlier this year I told you about Taylor Guitar’s TaylorSense module and app combo that can be added installed into a guitar to help you monitor the instrument’s health stats. Health stats for a wooden instrument like a guitar, ukulele, mandolin, violin, etc, are usually temperature and humidity ratings. When the air is dry like in the winter months or all the time in some areas of the country, the wood can dry out and crack. That’s not something you want to happen to a favorite or very expensive musical instrument. The TaylorSense product is interesting, but the Humiditrak from D’Addario does not require you to modify the instrument itself. It’s a Bluetooth module that clips to the side of the instrument’s case or Velcros to the case’s interior. The app on your mobile device will keep a constant stream of temperature and humidity levels and will alert you with a push notification when conditions reach levels that could cause damage to the instrument. The Humiditrak uses a CR2032 battery which powers the device for up to 2 years. The D’Addario Humiditrak is priced at less than $50. Visit planetwaves.com and check Amazon for prices and ordering.
I’m a big fan of LED technology. I have replaced many of the bulbs in my home with them, as well as all my flashlights. One place I’ve not upgraded to the brighter, more energy-efficient tech has been in the outdoor lights around my home. When we were offered the chance to test the Lifestance Security light, a weatherproof, solar, LED security light, I quickly volunteered. [click to continue…]
The iPad Pro has been off my radar, but I should probably be embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even know that the iPad Pro had a special charging connector that doesn’t require a cable. The Smart Connector is the closest Apple has come to wireless charging for a mobile device (I’m not counting the Apple watch). I’m huge fan of wireless charging because it keeps things tidy and is easy to use. The Logi BASE is a new iPad Pro charger from Logitech that does double duty as both a device charger and a device stand. It’s made of solid aluminum that match the look of the iPad Pro and has a weighted base to keep it from sliding around. The BASE features magnets that align the iPad Pro with the Smart Connector and hold the tablet in landscape orientation at the perfect angle for comfortable viewing. The Logi BASE is compatible with the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro and is priced at $99.99. It is available now from Logitech and Apple. For more information, please visit Logitech.com.
If I’ve said once, I’ve said it a hundred times: One of the first rules in audio is to put the sound where the people are. The same goes for microphone placement. Sometimes, the microphone built in to your smartphone just won’t cut it. The iRig Mic Lav microphone kit allows daisy-chaining two lavaliere microphones to the same device. [click to continue…]
This week it is my turn to post some quick updates to some of my past reviews. I have realized that I don’t continue to use that many items after I review them. So can be tough for me to come up with a handful of reviews to update. I don’t know if that means I’m pickier than the average Gadgeteer, or if I continue to pare down my collection of gear to just the essential items that I really enjoy using every day. Regardless to which one it is, you can click through to see a list of the reviews that I’ve updated. Just scroll down to the bottom of each review to read my latest notes. [click to continue…]
Most, if not all states, have laws specifying cell phones must be used hands-free while driving. Most people want to obey they law, but considering how integrated our phones have become in our daily commute, many people struggle with this law. Until car manufacturers begin making vehicles with built-in phone mounts, we are forced to rely on third-party accessory makers.
Satechi wants to help you avoid a traffic ticket with its compact and magnetic vent mount.
Every adventure has its mundane aspects. Packing and getting there qualifies as mundane, if not downright unpleasant. It becomes even more of a challenge when strict weight and size limits are imposed as on my recent trip to the Rio Parismina Lodge in the jungles of Costa Rica, for a week of tarpon fishing. https://www.sfbags.com/collections/canvas-duffel-bags/products/vitesse-duffel
Do you work in a harsh environment, participate in extreme sports or just happen to be extra clumsy with your devices (like me)? If so, you deserve a portable charging solution that is as tough as your demands. Check out the myCharge All Terrain series of portable chargers. This IP68 rated, military-grade charger is designed and built to be water-proof, temperature-proof, dirt-proof and shock-proof and to withstand the toughest environments and most extreme conditions. It’s available in two versions, the slimmer All Terrain, which has a 3000mAh battery and a single 2.1A USB output port for $39.99, and the All Terrain+ (pictured above) which as a 6000mAh battery and two 2.4A USB output ports for $59.99. Visit myCharge.com for additional details and Amazon to check prices and order.
I’m not new to robot vacuums or more specifically, I’m not new to Neato Botvacs. I’ve been using the Neato Botvac 80 for over a year now and love it. No longer having to manually vacuum my 2-level home several times a week not only saves me time, but makes the house feel and look cleaner without me having to do any of the work. What’s not to love? When I heard that Neato’s latest Botvac model included the ability to control it with a smartphone, I crossed my fingers in hopes that I’d be asked to review it. Lucky for me, my gadget wishes came true and I couldn’t be happier with this new model. Let’s take it for a spin. [click to continue…]
I’ve been using D’Addario NS Micro clip-on tuners on all of my ukuleles for a few years now because they are small enough to leave on the head stocks of my instruments without getting in the way of my playing or when the ukuleles are stored in their cases. D’Addario have a new version of the NS Micro tuner that clips to the sound hole of guitars, ukes and other acoustic instruments. The NS Micro Sound Hole Tuner is an accurate chromatic tuning device that uses vibration to read the string’s pitch. This tuner features a non-marring clip and a backlit display that shows the pitch of the string when you pluck it. A small power button toggles power to the tuner which also automatically powers down after 10 minutes of inactivity. Priced at $19.95, the D’Addario NS Micro Sound Hole Tuner looks like a cool little tuner that doesn’t stick out on your head stock and is easy to see in all lighting conditions. You can find more info at the D’Addario site and order one through Amazon.
There are so many minimalist wallets on the market that it’s tough to keep track of all of them. There are minimalist wallets made of plastic, metal, elastic, leather and even special paper like Tyvek. I’ve reviewed quite a few wallets over the years, and it seems like there’s always something about them that ends up annoying me enough to shove them my gadget cast-offs drawer not long after I’ve posted my review. When I was offered the opportunity to review the Trayvax Summit minimalist wallet I wondered how long it would take me to find something I didn’t like about it. Is this wallet now in my cast-off drawer or is it in my pocket? Keep reading to find out. [click to continue…]
Hoverboards are two-wheeled self-balancing electric scooters that you stand on to ride around like a minimalist version of the Segway. Two wheels are cool, but what if you would rather sit down but still get from point A to point B? Check out the HoverSeat from BoatsToGo. It’s an aluminum frame with two additional wheels that has been designed to attach to the center bar of your existing hoverboard and then hold your favorite beach chair to turn it into a new mode of transportation. The HoverSeat is compatible with 90% of most popular hoverboard models that have 6 or 10 inch wheels. Once attached, you navigate the hoverboard using your feet to ride the four-wheeled electric cart on pavement, grass, hard packed sand and even gravel without worries.
The HoverSeat comes in three colors, is priced at $69 and is available from BoatsToGo.com. They are currently out of stock but more will be available in the next month. Get your name on their waiting list if you’re interested.
Amazon has several money savings deals to help you shop for Mother’s Day which is coming up on Sunday 5/8. Good today through 5/7, the deals will let you save from $20 up to $50 on various Amazon Kindle tablets and Kindle e-Reader devices. There are five separate deals to check out:
If you’ve been looking for gift suggestions for things to buy dear ol’ Mom, these deals should give you a few ideas. And even though Mother’s day is for mom’s, the deals on the Fire Kids Edition and Kindle for Kids are useful for upcoming birthday ideas.
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Audio company Denon has gone after multi-room speaker maker Sonos in a big way with their revamped HEOS HS2 line of speakers. When I reviewed the original Heos 1 wireless speaker, one of my complaints about it was it lacked Bluetooth—unless you bought the Heos Go Pack, a $100 addition which also included a rechargeable battery. I’m happy to say that the new Heos 1 speaker now includes Bluetooth at no extra cost. In fact Denon has added Bluetooth to all of the HEOS HS2 speakers: the Heos 1, 3, 5, and 7.