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Headphones that keep your ears warm!

The guys over at Firebox are now selling the perfect winter gadget, that will help keep your ears warm whilst you listen to you favourite tune, or make a call.

They’re called the Midland SubZero Headphones

Aimed at the iPhone, iPod and Blackberry users, these rather cool looking wrap-around muffs are lined with warm faux fur, which help keep your ears nice and cosy during that icy cold walk to work!

Fully adjustable and worn around the back of the head (so you can still wear your beanie!) they also feature a rather nifty cable-mounted remote control & mic, which allows you to make calls, adjust the volume and skip to your favourite tracks.

These awesome cans are priced from £34.99 and are available in black, white, camouflage and black leather.

Kymera Magic Wand Review

 

Since becoming part of team here at The-Gadgeeter, I’ve had the chance to review some fantastic gadgets.  However, this has to be one of the coolest gadgets I’ve ever had the privilege of reviewing.

It’s called the Kymera Magic Wand, from The Wand Company, which is a true work of art.  Not only does it look fantastic, but it’s also been designed to be used as a universal TV remote control!   Yes indeed, with a magical, Harry Potter style flick of the wrist, you can switch channels, turn the volume up and down… in fact, do practically anything that ANY of your remote controls do!  Read More →

Wind Up Charger & Torch Review

If you find you go camping quite a lot, then it’s more beneficial if you travel as light as possible and just take the items that you really need.  A mobile phone is a certainty these days, wherever you go.

But, when you’re in the middle of nowhere and you notice your mobile phone is running a little low on battery power, what can you do?  Unless you carry a mobile battery with you, which is always a good idea anyway, when it runs flat you need an alternative source of power.

Well, the folks at MobileFun kindly sent me the Wind Up Charger to review.  It’s a compact, sturdy hand-winding phone charger that also doubles up as an effective LED torch too.   Read More →

Loc8tor Lite – Mobile Phone & Key Finder Review

  

One my downfalls (so my wife tells me!) is that I constantly put things down, then can’t remember where I’ve put them!  Take my car keys as a prime example.  I’ll come in from work, put my keys down in my normal place (on the side of the unit in the kitchen), but when I go to find them the next morning, lo and behold, they’re missing!  

They always seem to turn up in places where I know I wouldn’t put them, so it’s either my mind playing tricks on me, or indeed I do move them and then just forget where!  

Well, now I have a perfect solution for the problem – the Loc8tor Lite.  In a nutshell, with a press of a button the Loc8tor will guide you to your lost keys, mobile phone, cat/dog, radio-control aeroplane, tent… in fact, anything that you can attach one of the remote tags to!  

How does it work?  Well, I’ll explain in more detail!   Read More →

Digital Video Memo Magnet Review

Long gone are the days of scribbling notes on a piece of scrap paper and sticking it to the fridge.  Well, that is of course if you have the Digital Video Memo Magnet from Find Me A Gift. Read More →

Never miss a Wi-Fi hotspot again

For you mega geeks out there (you know who you are!) you can now walk around town, safe in the knowledge that you’ll never miss a decent Wi-Fi hotspot ever again, all thanks to the Wi-Fi Detecting T-Shirt.

These cool, 100% cotton T-shirts have a Wi-Fi detector built into them, which is rather awesome I think.  Powered by 2 x AAA cells, the detector, which is hidden in a seam, is hooked up to a signal meter (in the shape of a laptop) on the front of the T-shirt.

When you wander into a Wi-Fi hotspot, the arrows light up and start spinning, with the signal strength meter indicating how good the signal is.

The Wi-Fi Detecting T-Shirt will set you back $29.99 and you can get it in either blue or green.  It’s also available  in various sizes from small, to extra large.

Check out Firebox for more info.

Keep cool this summer with your own slushie machine

During these balmy summer days there’s numerous way to keep cool and refreshed, but what better way to do it than with your very own slushie machine!

That’s right, thanks to the guys over at SlushieMakers you can now own your very own, retro looking, table top fruity ice drink machine, the Slushie Maker.

Use it on warm days when you need that perfect drink to keep you cool, or use it during parties and mix up your guests favourite alcoholic drinks into a perfect ice cocktail!    The Slushie Maker is very easy to use and will freeze any of your favourite flavours of juice.

The Slushie Maker comes with a two litre container, a drinks holder, drip tray and its own recipe book.

You can order one now for £49.99 ($80) via SlushieMakers

Texthook Smartphone Holder Review

When Julie asked everyone if they would like to review the Texthook, I immediately jumped at the chance.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to review a gadget when I’m ‘out and about’, so to speak.

I was quite intrigued by the Texthook to say the least.  It’s a gadget which allows you to attach your smart phone to your child’s pram/pushchair, your shopping trolley, bicycle or even your exercise equipment, so you can easily read the display when you’re on the move.   So, let’s have a closer look! Read More →

Wrapster keeps your earbuds organised!

Tangled up, messy earbud cords will be banished to the history books, thanks to the product development website Quirky.

Those clever guys and gals who have designed some awesome gadgets have now produced a rather neat product that will help manage your earbud cords much more effectively.

It’s called the Wrapster and it’s made from a durable plastic, which is designed to allow you to wrap up your earbuds so you can store them safely away till you need them.

When you do use them however, you simply unwrap them and let Wrapster hang whilst you listen to your favourite tunes or chat to your friends.

The fun doesn’t stop there however!  When you’re not using your Wrapster to store your earbuds, you can use it to stand your iPhone 3GS/4 up in landscape mode – very clever!

The Wrapster is available right now in a choice of three flavours; Orange, Blue or Charcoal and is priced at just $6.50.

Visit Quirky.com for more information.

USB Chatman Review

These days, there are more and more youngsters using the internet.  I should know, my oldest child is almost 8 years old and he’s always on the web.

He was recently chosen, along with a few of his friends, to help update his school website, so he likes to logon from home to check out how the site is looking now and again, aswell as looking on WWE sites and whatever else he enjoys browsing.

Don’t get me wrong, I know he’s still very young and the internet is full of potentially dangerous websites, so he’s not allowed to view any that we know are dangerous for youngsters to look at, but as we all know, if youngsters are left unattended and un-monitored on the internet, they can easily stumble across a vast myriad of social networking sites & chat rooms, which can be a very dangerous place for a child to be. Read More →

Battizer Alkaline Battery Charger Review

With today’s endless amounts of tech being utilised around the home, I bet you’re just like me and have quite a few products that use AA or AAA batteries.  If so, then this product could prove to be your very best friend!

In fact, if like me you also have children who enjoy playing with endless amounts of toys that use these types of batteries, you’ll be investing in one, I’m quite sure of it!    Read More →

Power from a Pebble!

Let’s picture the scene.  You’re sitting at the airport with your iPhone or iPod and you suddenly realise it’s rapidly running out of power.  So, you reach into your gear bag, only to find you’ve forgotten to pack your charger!  Not good!

Well, with the emergency backup battery ‘Pebble’ from VEHO sitting in your gear bag, you needn’t worry.

It’s stylish, hand sized (9.8 x 7.2 x 1.8cm) soft touch rubber case houses a whopping 5,000mA Polymer Li-ion battery, which will quite happily charge a 3GS battery (which is 1,200mA) under one hour and about three times over, without the need for replenishment!

On the top of the Pebble there is a bright blue, easy to read battery charge indicator, so you know exactly how much juice you have left to power your devices.

Along with the Pebble, you’ll also get a range of device connectors that will fit iPod/iPhone, Nokia & Ericsson handsets, plus anything that uses Mini and Micro USB.  Plus, a USB cable and a soft pouch to carry it all around in!

Now, there’s no excuses to run of power!

The Pebble costs £49.99 ($74) and is available directly from Firebox.

QDOS SoundFrame Speaker for iPhone/iPod

QDOS, innovative designers of iPad, iPod and iPhone accessories have launched their latest product, created for the iPhone and iPod Touch.  It’s called the SoundFrame.

Simply slide your iPhone or iPod Touch into the SoundFrame and you can sit back and enjoy your favourite music, which is pumped out of the two built-in 2.1W hi-fidelity speakers. The clever design of the SoundFrame also allows it to be rotated 90 degrees, so you’re device can be viewed in a horizontal position, perfect for watching videos.  The SoundFrame will even pause your video/song if you receive a call – clever!

Measuring just 155 x 155 x 38mm, the SoundFrame is very portable and comes with a re-chargeable lithium-ion battery, a remote control, a zipped carry case, AC power pack with connectors and a USB cable.  It’s perfect for when you’re on the move, or if you’re stuck in the office you can hook it up to the included AC power pack, which will also charge your device when it’s docked.

The SoundFrame is available now for £79.99 ($120) direct from QDOS

An iPad Lap Desk….with a Twist!

There have been quite a few cases released for the iPad since it started selling, but the guys over at Quirky.com have come up with something even better – The Quirky Cradle.

It has been designed to allow you to comfortably use your iPad when lounging on your couch, or even lying in bed!

Made from 1/4″ thick Plyboo (Bamboo Plywood, which is a sustainable alternative to wood), the Cradle has been designed to rest nicely on your legs and even has a woven, foam cushion on the underside, which allows for even more comfort.

Not only this, but on top of the Cradle you’ll see an integrated, soft-touch plastic plate which not only holds your iPad in place, but also allows you to rotate it from portrait to landscape in a matter of seconds.

Measuring just 21 x 4 x 13 inches, the Cradle is not only portable, but it’s very lightweight.  The modern design also compliments the iPad very well indeed.

You can get your hands on one for $52.50 as they are currently on pre-sale directly from Quirky

Keep USB cables neat and tidy with Cordies

We all know that the amount of USB cables that can clog up desk space can be a bit of a nightmare to control sometimes.

There’s nothing worse than unplugging your USB cable, only for it to fall down the back of your desk!

Well, you can take back control of the tangled mess that sits behind your desk and make everything neat and tidy once more, with help from a Cordie.

Made from weighted rubber, Cordies are only 3.5″ wide, however each one has three individual loop spaces that allow you to store your USB cables.  And, you can even stack cables on top of one another inside the loops, or even connect more Cordies together, giving you the edge on keeping your USB cables nice and neat!

They’re available from Firebox in four colours (Blue, Green, Pink and Grey) and cost £12.99 ($19).

Swiggies Water Bottle Review

Last month, I came across a Twitter user who was sharing details about a new type of water bottle, designed to be used during any type of activity, whether it be walking, running, horse riding, fishing or even if you’re hospitalised!

They’re called Swiggies and are bottles that you wear on your wrists.  I was quite intrigued to say the least, as I’m a keen long distance runner, so they appealed to me instantly. Read More →

Solar Powered Charging Case Review

As more and more new electronic gadgets are developed, the need to keep them charged and ready to use is becoming an even greater challenge.  When we’re at home, it’s quite straight forward, as many of us choose to power our gadgets via the computer, or direct from the electricity supply.    Read More →

A water bottle for the 21st Century!

As a long distance runner, I always take a drink out with me when running, especially as I know that I should be well hydrated before, during and afterwards.  I’ve tried many different types of drinks bottles, from straight forward sports bottles, to the more specially designed running varieties.  However, regardless of which bottle I use, after a few miles into my run, I always end up switching the bottle constantly between my hands. This is where Swiggies drinks bottles are just that little bit different! Read More →

Diamond DP1800 Mobile Battery Review

Last year, Julie was kind enough to send over the Artwizz Powerbat for me to review and I thought was a great piece of kit.  It was small, light, looks great and it’s a cinch to use.  And, since having done the review, I’ve used it countless times to provide power to my gear whilst traveling, without any issues whatsoever. Read More →

SmallTalk Mini Bluetooth Headset Review

Since Bluetooth was developed way back in 1994, its specifications have changed dramatically, and so have the devices that utilize it.

However, in my opinion, the vast majority of people who use mobile phones still prefer not to use Bluetooth headsets, even though their ease is quite straight forward.  People that I’ve spoken too in the past have always been deterred, mostly due to the size of the headsets on offer.   Read More →

New Panasonic Lumix cameras priced up and coming next month

Back in March, Panasonic announced two new cameras – the Lumix G2 and G10.

The latest additions will both feature a 12.1 megapixel sensor, a three-inch LCD touchscreen and will both be capable of recording HD video in 1280 x 720p at 30 fps.  They will also come packing an interchangeable 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 lens, plus a  host of other glorious, techy features!

Plus, as well as being used for capturing and autofocusing on a subject simply by touching the screen, the display on both cameras can also be used to change settings and browse through photos already stored on the camera by using slide gestures.  Nice touch!

Panasonic have said that both of these new models will now be available in May 2010 and will cost $799 for the G2 and $599 for the G10.

Source (Panasonic)

Latest walkman from Sony is great for fitness fans

Sony has recently revealed a brand new style of Walkman music player.  Worn like a neckband, it’s been specially designed for the fitness fans amongst us, so that when you’re working out, there are no cables for you to get wrapped up in!   The player, which looks like a Bluetooth headset, is worn around the neck and weighs in at only 43g.

A fast charge feature will allow owners to give a three-minute (yep, 3 minutes!) of power which will allow a rather stunning 90 minutes of playback.  If you’ve got more time on your hands though, Sony say that a full charge will give you around 11 hours worth of playback. More info after the jump. Read More →

Choose your favourite iPad position with the BookArc

Twelve South, the designers that brought you the BookArc MacBook stand (as posted by Andy Jacobs back in 2009) now introduce the BookArc for iPad.

It’s designed exclusively for the iPad and allows hands-free use, with four different viewing positions.  The BookArc is a beautiful slice of heavy gauge steel that provides a perfect perch for your beloved device.  It uses a soft silicone, reversible insert to hold the iPad securely.

Weighing just 1.4 pounds, it’s beautifully crafted and will suit any home or office.  You can even use it whilst charging your iPad, regardless of which position you have it in.

The BookArc for iPad costs $39.99 and can be pre-ordered from the Twelve South site now

Handcrafted splendour for your iPad

The masters at Versaudio have created a wonderful wooden case, if you ever fancy using your beloved iPad as a part-time picture frame.

It’s a stunning masterpiece, hand-crafted from solid woods and bamboo, reinforced with steel in order to provide extra strength.   There are also openings for the connections and it’s top loading slip-case design is easy to use.

It does cost £53 (Around $80), but that’s a great price to pay when your friends will simply swoon at the sight of your gorgeous new Apple toy.

You can pre-order a wooden case now by visiting the site, or for more information, drop them an email to info@versaudio.com

Find a Wi-Fi network with ease

With more people accessing the internet on the move these days, there are many (normally free) wi-fi hotspots popping up all the time.  So, without too much trouble you can now check your e-mail in a cafe, logon to your corporate VPN from a hotel lobby, or even check out the latest news on The Gadgeteer when you’re waiting to board your flight!  So, with all of these wi-fi networks available, what’s the best way to find a decent signal?

Well, I guess the only way would be to get your notebook out of your case, power it up, log on and check the connection, right??  Wrong!

Thanks to the guys at Soyntec and their latest additions to their range of wi-fi detector notebook cases, you can now safely carry your gear around with you wherever you go and with the help of a built-in wi-fi detector you can find out where the best wi-fi signals are. More info after the jump. Read More →