Wireless home speaker systems use a home’s existing WiFi to stream music throughout many rooms in a home or to just a few rooms. It all depends on how it’s set up and budget constraints. Sonos is one of the first and more popular brands of wireless speakers. As streaming music has become more viable and dependable, many companies such as Denon, Yamaha, and Bose have begun to offer systems to compete with Sonos, who is currently the leader in this market. Now there’s Raumfeld, a German audio company who have entered the US market with a (loud) bang by offering a wide array of speaker options with a Teutonic sense of design and usability.
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It’s time for a new batch of review updates. This time, I have updated three of my past reviews including the iRestore which is a long term review. I’ve also updated my favorite gear page with some new items that I’m using on a regular basis. Click through to see the list of updated reviews. Each update is at the end of the review. [click to continue…]
Over the years of reading and writing for The Gadgeteer, I have seen a fair amount of combo eating utensils. While most of these have a spork like configuration, only a few have had a knife or cutting blade. KA-BAR (known worldwide for their Marine fighting knife) has come up with their version of a field eating utensil, the Tactical Spork. The Tactical Spork is made from food and water approved Grilamid and has a serrated knife hidden in the handle. The Tactical Spork is 6.875 inches in overall length with the blade of the knife being 2.5 inches (legal for carry in most states). The price of $6.93 from the KA-BAR web site is nice, but you must make a minimum order of three sporks ($20.97 before shipping) or you can order one for about $18 from Amazon.
I can be kind of lazy. Case in point, we didn’t have a working doorbell for at least a year because I was too lazy to replace the battery in the outdoor push button. Instead of buying a battery, I just ordered an ultra cheap wireless doorbell from Amazon and used it for less than a year before the battery died. If my doorbell was hardwired, this wouldn’t be an issue, but since I don’t have that option, I either have to order the non-standard batteries from Amazon or just buy a new doorbell every time the batteries die. Wasteful? Yes. But I already told you that I can be lazy. Luckily for me, I was asked to review the Inateck DB1001 Battery-Free Doorbell. No batteries you ask? I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s true. Let’s check it out.
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Blue’s new Raspberry microphone is a professional studio-quality microphone for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC that features patented microphone technology and new patent-pending internal acoustics that make it perfect for podcasts, on-location interviews, live streams, voice-overs, audio for YouTube, music recording and more in a small, portable format that allows for easy recording on the go.
“Raspberry is the ultimate microphone for modern creators looking to extend their recording capabilities beyond the desktop studio,” said John Maier, CEO of Blue. “With our patented circuitry and internal acoustic design, Raspberry delivers the performance of a professional studio microphone—anywhere. People today are creating outside the box and outside the studio, and with Raspberry, they have a professional USB and iOS mic that provides performance to match their ambitions.”
The Blue Raspberry microphone has a built-in volume control and a headphone jack for easy monitoring. It also folds up for transport.
You can find more information at www.bluemic.com/products/raspberry and order a Blue Raspberry for $199.99 (MSRP) from Amazon.
One of the most interesting innovations that the Apple Watch brought, in my book, is the method for attaching bands to the main unit. Rather than loop materials through a spring-loaded pin inserted into the ears of the watch body, you simply slide the band into place and it locks there. To remove it, there is a button on the underside which releases the band and allows you to easily slide them out of the socket. No more tweezers, magnifying glasses, and having the pin eject itself into the carpet. I have hated changing watchbands my entire life, owing to the same method my grandfather and father used to attach them. I think due to this sudden ease of band swapping, many Apple Watch owners have become “bandinistas,” collectors and obsessive swappers of bands. Recently, we Gadgeteers were given the assignment of testing and reviewing the X-Doria mesh band for Apple Watch in black stainless, so I asked for the assignment and received it just a few days later. I’ve been wearing it exclusively for about three weeks now. [click to continue…]
What features make one mouse better than the next? Bluetooth? USB dongle? Programmable buttons? Adjustable DPI? Light effects? Rechargeable battery? I’ve been testing a Satechi Edge 2.0 Wireless Gaming Mouse for several weeks and it has some of these features. Is it just another mouse, or is it a Gadgeteer worthy cursor mover? Let’s find out. [click to continue…]
Last year Julie and I reviewed the Jabra Sport Coach and Sport Pulse wireless headphones, respectively. Both are sweat-proof Bluetooth earbuds with a built-in virtual coach designed to not only stream your motivational music but provide verbal feedback on how your workout is going. The Jabra Sport Pulse earbuds add the ability to monitor and wirelessly stream your heart rate data to your smartdevice running the Jabra Sport app. Recently Jabra has released follow-on Special Editions of each of these sport-centric headphones, hopefully raising the bar even higher on their flagship devices. [click to continue…]
This week we feature five Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns for products for your house, deck, office and your pants! Click through to read about this weeks’ notable crowdfunding campaigns.
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I decided not to write a traditional smartphone review because you can read any one of the eleventy billion iPhone 7 reviews on the internet right now. I thought it would be more interesting to write about my experiences using the iPhone 7 and trying to adjust to iOS after using Android for the last several years.
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Every summer we read tragic stories about children dying from heat-related causes when their parents or caretakers forgot them in the backseat of their car. According to the company Rear View Safety,
29 children have died from vehicular heatstroke in 2016. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside of a car can reach 125 degrees in a matter of minutes. Death occurs when core body temperature reaches 113 degrees.
Congress has already taken the first steps to combat this horrible problem. The Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2016, H.R. 6041) was introduced yesterday. This bi-partisan act would require passenger vehicles to be equipped with technology to alert the driver that a passenger, most likely a child, remains in the rear seat.
You don’t have to wait for this act to be passed in order to add reminder technology to your vehicle. The Brilliant Backseat Reminder System from Rear View Safety is a complete kit that issues an audible alert when you turn off your car if you had opened the back door open for at least 3 seconds before starting out on your trip. The switch to cancel the alert is located in the backseat area and if you fail to turn off the alert, the car’s horn will start beeping after 40 seconds, making it almost impossible to ignore. The Brilliant Backseat Reminder System is $99.99 and can be purchased from Rear View Safety.
I’ve always loved remote controlled toys, and my son (age 10) has always had a fascination with tanks. Recently he made a Lego tank of his own design, complete with the treads. When I saw the Galaxy ZEGA remote control tank game, I knew I had to give it a try.
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Another week has come and gone and with it a new batch of gadget reviews, news and articles. Did you get a chance to read everything we posted last week? If not, click through to see a full listing of everything we published in the last seven days.
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You just spent mega money on Apple’s newest and most bestest iPhone ever and now you need to buy a worthy case to protect it. You don’t want to settle on a plastic case with a laughable price tag of $10 do you? That would be so wrong when you can be the envy of your pals if you cover your new pocket rocket with one of these stone cases from MIKOL. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because I reviewed their stone notebooks earlier this year. These iPhone 7 cases from MIKOL are one of a kind retirement savings busting luxury cases like the $699 Amethyst gemstone case above (purple) that features a hand cut and hand sanded slab of Amethyst mounted in a not so luxury setting of ABS plastic. Too expensive? Then you’ll want to go for the sodalite Laguna Blue marble stone from Bolivia at a bargain price of $629. Make sure you don’t forget to add your name or initials for only $25 more engraved below the MIKOL logo. Visit MIKOL for all the details.
Chromebooks laptops are both light weight physically and technically. They are powered by Google’s Chrome OS which provides long battery life and ease of use. One thing they didn’t offer until recently was access to the Google Play store and the ability to run Android apps. The Acer Chromebook R 11 is one of a select few that can do this. The R 11 features an 11.6″ touchscreen display with a 360° hinge that converts the clamshell laptop into a tablet for $299.99. [click to continue…]