This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as I can remember and the Kid & I love building with them regularly to this day. It is impressive how once simple blocks have evolved into being able to create actual machines/robots capable of helping real people with real problems. Read More →
One of the perks of being a Gadgeteer is occasionally receiving (aka getting our grubby tech-loving hands on) a prototype of a product before the rest of the world. In this case, NKMOS has sent me one of their new all aluminum universal car mounts to give a try even before their Kickstarter campaign has closed. The Ultima Model S is similar in many ways to the original Ultima but with an all new a “front sticky-pad system” that, according to NKMOS, can securely hold devices the size/weight of an iPad. I love the original Ultima I reviewed awhile back and I continue to use it daily on my commute. My hope is that the new Ultima S only improves on an exceptionally designed product. Read More →
I have been a writer here at the Gadgeteer for over a decade. Hard to believe it has been that many years. It all started with a tech question in an email to Julie that led to her eventually asking me to join the team. I believe there were only four of us back in the day. Seems like forever ago… But I digress, I will begin with my desk itself; it is a heavy solid wood, turn of the century behemoth. My wife and I bought it decades ago in pretty rough shape and refinished it together as an ‘us’ project. As you can see, I prefer to keep it as minimalist as possible. I hate clutter and am always fighting the battle of keeping it tidy. Read More →
I have always wanted to try a SCOTTeVEST article of clothing for myself. Julie has reviewed many of their creations over the years. Jackets, vests, pants, etc…all designed to inconspicuously carry your gear with you, giving each article its own space to ride along in. I finally get my chance, SCOTTeVEST sent me their SeV Revolution Plus jacket to give it a try. It will be interesting to see how well it does against a wet, damp, windy winter and spring here in the Pacific Northwest. Read More →
I swear my wife and her friends are in search of the perfect bottle of wine (think of it as looking for the end of the internet), and they will be on this never-ending crusade to their dying days ;). Over the years, the conversation of aeration has come up many, many times. Our various circles have tried the classic methods of oxygenating: letting the bottle stand with the cork out, using a decanter, swirling the wine/liquor in the glass, etc. The Aermate Aerator is a device designed to aerate your bottle of wine or glass of spirits much more quickly and effectively. Read More →
Pley is a LEGO version of Netflix. At Pley you create a queue of desired LEGO sets that you want to build. They then send you one at a time, so you can enjoy building each set without the cost of purchasing them. Once you are done, you ship the set back, and they send you the next in your wishlist. According to Pley “every set is cleaned with an eco- and kid-friendly sterilization solution”, you are not charged for a missing piece or two, and each shipment includes a “Spare Piece Bag” of the 10 most-used pieces in the set. Pley has three monthly service tiers $15 for medium, $25 for large, and $39 for huge LEGO sets, all include unlimited LEGO rentals per month and free shipping each way.
I love things that help me organize and/or simplify my crazy, hectic life. I am typically overbooked and multitasking 90% of my day. So, a clutter-free world helps me be more efficient, which theoretically enables me to get more accomplished on any given day. So, when Julie offered up the simpleDock from the folks at Kanex, I volunteered to see if it would help me with my cable/device management. This 3-port, USB 3.0 USB hub with Ethernet and device charging should help me keep my desk a bit more organized and my many cables under better control. Read More →
Anyone??? I am so not the gamer… But I use to love playing X-Wing vs TIE Fighter for hours on end, back in the day, when the only HD you had was real life, hard drives were in single digit megabytes and connectivity was two modems barely holding onto each other over phone lines. For years, I have been hoping for a modern day follow up to what I consider one of THE SciFi dogfighting games of all time. Well, it seems that Lucas Arts and Disney are doing just that; they are releasing Star Wars: Attack Squadrons in the coming year. The game is a multiplayer dogfight/battle set in the Star Wars universe and features 3 PVP modes (free for all, team dogfight, and base defense) plus ship customization. You can sign up to be part of their beta program on the website’s main page – I have. Here is the trailer… Read More →