I’m not very big on playing with toys, but when Brando offered the Nano Falcon R/C helicopter by Silverlit, it piqued my curiosity. It’s billed as the World’s smallest, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Having never attempted to fly a remote-controlled helicopter, I went for the new experience. What could go wrong?
One thing that’s almost certain is that the quality of the sound from flat screen TV speakers rarely equals the quality of the picture. It’s understandable, considering the size and location of the speakers. You can of course invest in a surround-sound system and wire up your TV viewing room, or there is the option […]
Got your Bluetooth speaker yet? Here’s another entry in the field, and it’s from Sherwood. The EXM-50 does everything you’d expect from a Bluetooth speaker, plus it has apps for iOS and Android to control the device and is claimed to be resistant to spraying water. Being new to the US market, we get to play […]
For those of us that are dependent upon the Internet for all the information that streams into our homes, battery back-up of the hardware that makes it possible is important. The BG500 by APC not only keeps the power on, but it also has features to monitor energy use, a watchdog function that can reboot […]
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Remember this quote from the 1976 movie Network? It sums up my feelings about the present state of pay-TV providers and forced me to do something about the ever increasing fees and poor customer service. Thanks to Aereo, I’ve been able to dump the […]
I’ve been searching for a way to keep an eye on my summer cabin while we’re not in residence, and the Xtreme Life Landscape Stone from KJB Security products would seem to be the answer. It claims to provide unattended surveillance with minimal operator intervention and ease of operation. I guess we’ll have to see about that…
I have a confession to make. Before this review, I’ve never consumed wine from a cardboard box container. It’s not that I’m a wine snob, it’s just that the limited number of wines I enjoy, only come in bottles. So, the makers of the Boxxle provided me with their 3 liter bag-in-box dispenser so that I could […]
I’m always looking for ways to cut down on my monthly expenses, and one of the areas I’ve been having a problem controlling is electricity consumption. The issue is that we don’t really know what’s keeping our bill so high, making it difficult to affect changes. There are energy monitoring devices available, but most of […]
I recently spent three days in Detroit, Michigan, as one of 200 guests at Ford Motor Company’s annual Trend Conference. The event was a showcase of several Ford products, but more importantly, it’s a look into the future direction of technology and environmental concerns for Ford and the auto industry as a whole. It […]
Personally, I’m a money clip-type of guy. I can’t remember when I last carried my cash in a wallet, but I still carry a wallet for the credit cards and identification items. When I discovered the J. Fold Pocket Wallet and Money Clip from TheWalletShoppe, it seemed like I could finally get rid of that bulge […]
Since the demise of the Heathkit, I’ve lived with an emptiness in my gadget life. However hope springs eternal, so when I heard about the Calculator kit from SpikenzieLabs, I was prepared to do whatever it took to review it. Thank goodness I was selected and could now feed my kit-building addiction. Hopefully my excitement […]
Have you ever used a pointing device that wasn’t a mouse? I’ve used a trackball and touchpad, but they didn’t make me change from my mouse. When I discovered the Pen Mouse by Genius, I figured it was worth a try, especially since I have been experiencing some wrist pain using the mouse. Who knows, maybe […]
This post brought to you by Intel. All opinions are 100% mine. I had the privilege this past weekend to attend an Intel sponsored event in Washington DC. It was a perfect day and venue. Its purpose was to highlight the finalists in a science competition. It was a half day event and showcased the projects of […]
When I purchased my current house, it came with a professionally-installed security system. I never used it because there is a monthly fee to monitor the premises, which I’m not willing to pay. Recently I heard about Oplink Security and their Triple Shield Home system which can be self installed and has an option that doesn’t […]
I’ve noticed that many of the new audio gadgets are now Bluetooth-capable, but what can you do about those that aren’t or are legacy products? Avantree provides a solution with their Saturn Bluetooth receiver and transmitter, a small portable device that can turn your wired audio device into a wireless device.