Every morning I fix myself a large mug of hot tea after getting to my day job or before a marathon of couch surfing on the weekends at home. I don’t drink the tea quickly enough to enjoy the full mug at a temperature that’s just right. I usually end up nuking it in the microwave a couple of times before finally finishing and starting on a new cup. That’s why the Ember mug looks pretty awesome to me. The Ember 12oz. mug that features a customizable temperature control that lets you set the stored liquid’s temperature from 120°F to 145°F with a twist of the base. [click to continue…]
Power for USB-charged devices has been the subject of many discussions surrounding the growing “mobile-first” mindset. Since we can (and do) use these devices pretty much anywhere, it’s a safe bet that a power outlet is not going to be near where we need one. Solution? Enter the large capacity portable power source – a battery that can recharge a device one or more times and can be accessed quickly and frequently. Aukey recently offered their 20000mAh PowerAll to us for a run-through. Let’s see how it fared. [click to continue…]
The iconic red framed Etch A Sketch from Ohio Art was one of my all time favorite toys when I was a kid. I can remember expertly turning the white plastic knobs with both hands to move the little etching point through the gray canvas of metal powder to create drawings. Draw, shake to erase and repeat. Fond memories indeed. But now Spin Master has ruined everything by turning the Etch A Sketch into what seems to be to be a rip off of the Boogie Board LCD drawing slate. This won’t be a huge surprise if you already knew that Spin Master bought both Etch A Sketch and Boogie Board last year. [click to continue…]
The coffee enthusiast will tell you that a good, consistent grind is essential to the perfect cup of coffee. That’s hard to achieve at home without a high-end coffee grinder. The Kruve Sifter is an ingenious solution that enables you to consistently get the most out of your beans with the grinding gear you already have in your kitchen.
The Kruve Sifter is ridiculously simple. A pair of sieves are inserted into stackable trays with a lid. Pour in your grinds and give it a shake. The ideal grinds for your brewing system are now separated from the larger and smaller particles (known as “boulders” and “fines” in coffee lingo), ensuring that you achieve the perfect flavor profile for your precious beans. [click to continue…]
I’ve owned many sets of headphones in my day: Over-the-Ear, On-Ear, Earbuds, Earhook, you name it. But I am a huge fan of the Senso ActivBuds S-250 waterproof Bluetooth headphones. They’re my go-to set for when I’m on the run. Why is that? They’re waterproof (IPX-7 rating), noise-canceling, Bluetooth 4.1, HD stereo earbuds with very light earhooks that provide stability, comfort, and confidence that your workout won’t be interrupted by an earbud falling out by accident. They sport a long-lasting battery that won’t quit for 8 hours – long enough to outlast any workout you can throw at it or a binge-watching movie marathon. [click to continue…]
I have met the future and her name is Alexa. Most of us know Amazon for their great Amazon Prime shopping feature. I mean who doesn’t love free two-day shipping. However, today I’ll be talking about Amazon’s foray into the future of voice activated technology. The Amazon Echo Dot. Specifically the second generation model. [click to continue…]
The night my wife purchased her iPhone 6 Plus a few years ago, she also wanted a case to protect her investment. Among the many iPhone cases in the Apple Store that night, the tech21 Impactology case was her choice. Although it was the color that initially caught her eye, she also liked that it seemed to provide a bit more protection against scratches and bumps than many other cases. How did she end up liking this case? Let’s check it out! Gadget on! [click to continue…]
Home automation has been a dramatic theme of science fiction for ages, yet few realize that this sci-fi premise is a day-to-day reality for many people. While most people are content enough to rely on the time-tested light switch and power button, many have invested in home automation to provide greater access to existing lighting and appliances, enhance their living spaces with new and creative lighting options, and program their lighting and appliances to behave according to a number of sensor triggers. There are many ways to get to an automated home, but one avenue involves replacing standard incandescent, CFL or LED bulbs with bulbs that have an integrated radio. Philips Hue probably leads this market share, but other contenders include LEDVANCE Sylvania Lightify, Belkin WeMo, Ge Link and CREE Connected. I’ll be reviewing the LEDVANCE Sylvania Lightify Bulb, Smart Hub and RGBW flexible light strip over the next few weeks. I’ve researched how easy they are to set up, how they look, and how they integrate with other automation hubs. But first, let’s look at the LEDVANCE Sylvania Lightify Bulb. Read on to see what I think.
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The Goggle Tech Virtual Reality Goggles are a no-frills, compact set of goggles for use viewing 360° videos or accessing Google Cardboard apps on any Android or Apple smartphone with displays up to six inches. [click to continue…]
Seven days have passed since the last weekly roundup, so you know it’s time to check out the latest listing of everything The Gadgeteer has posted in the last week. Click through for the full list. [click to continue…]
If you visit The Gadgeteer on a regular basis, you already know that we like to review wallets. As a matter of fact, Andy J. just posted a wallet review yesterday. I personally enjoy using minimalist wallets and thought I’d share my top 5 favorite minimalist wallets with you today. [click to continue…]
We have several wind chimes hanging from our front porch including the one shown in the image above. I love the relaxing sound of a wind chime as the breeze blows against it. But my wind chimes don’t play a recognizable tune. They make more of a tinkling, pinging, dinging, and donging type of sound. So imagine my surprise while watching the show Handcrafted America, when I learned that there’s a company that makes hand tuned wind chimes that incorporate 8 notes from your favorite song. [click to continue…]
I’ve been a gamer for years, though in the past few months I have taken it more seriously by tweaking my mouse sensitivity, which required me to get a bigger mouse pad. Just a few months after getting one, SubZERO Gaming offered their TYKA Extended soft gaming mouse pad to review, which I happily accepted.
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I’m an EDC (Everyday Carry) user. You know, those little tools, tech and other items that you use regularly to help with tasks throughout your day. However, EDC often consists of several items that you have no good way to organize while carrying. There are many pouch-type cases out there, but often these provide just an unorganized “black hole” of items that are thrown in together and end up banging around into each other. The military gear industry has given us “admin pouches” that include many pockets, slots and other ways to organize gear, but sometimes you want something a bit more streamlined or that could pass for a bit more of a civilian appearance. Enter: Triple Seven Gear. I bought one of Triple Seven Gear’s CORE Nano Wallets to hold several of my small EDC items. Let’s check it out! Gadget on!
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This week I’m bringing you info about five Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns that look interesting to me and might be interesting to all of you too. Click through to see this week’s collection of notable crowdfunding campaigns. [click to continue…]