If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about using Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware to get into the IoT scene, today is your lucky day. Make: and Humble Bundle Books have teamed up to offer an extraordinary deal that not only rewards you with a great collection of geeky eBooks, but it also helps STEM education. [click to continue…]

The jet black version of the iPhone 7 has been very popular and has sparked rumors that Apple might offer a jet white version of the iPhone. If a shiny white iPhone appeals to you, but the thought of having to buy a brand new phone doesn’t, Totallee has you covered. Actually, they will have your iPhone 7 covered with an ultra slim case that transforms the iPhone into a jet white look without the paying an arm and a leg for it. If this case is anything like Totallee’s other thin cases, the price will be very affordable. Check out their frosted white scarf case which is only $19 to see what I mean. Totallee’s jet white case won’t be available until March, so keep an eye out for it on their site and Amazon.

This is the Brightech – DoublePlay HD Bluetooth 4.0 Transmitter / Splitter. This little wonder lets you pair two wireless headphones to it, enabling both people to watch TV as long as they want, and as loud as they want, without disturbing anyone else in the house.  [click to continue…]

The Ztylus Stinger looks like a handy gadget for your vehicle because it not only allows you to charge two USB devices at the same time but if you get trapped in your car due to an accident or some other reason, you can use the Stinger to shatter one of your side windows and cut through your seat belt. The Stinger fits in the vehicle’s 12V port and features two 2.4A USB ports, a spring loaded glass breaker and a blade that can slice through seat belts and other material. [click to continue…]

Have you been planning to order some items from Amazon this week? Don’t wait till later, do it now because Amazon is giving everyone $8.62 off orders of $50 or more. It’s their way of saying thank you to their customers after ranking #1 on a Harris poll for corporate reputation rankings for the second year in a row. This deal is ONLY valid for today (2/22/17) and requires that you to use the coupon code “BIGTHANKS” at checkout. What are you waiting for, head over to Amazon and order some stuff!

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…]