The Covert Compass from Shomer-Tec is a genuine nickel that has been modified to function as a simple compass that will point to magnetic North. The nickel has a groove around the edge that is used to suspend the coin from a thread. You supply the thread and when dangled, the heads side of the coin will point the way North. This extremely basic compass was inspired by similar compasses used by allied service men in WWII. No one would guess that this coin is a compass, making it the perfect addition to your spy gear toolbox. The Covert Compass is available from Shomer-Tec for $24. They also offer a Euro coin version for $29. They are going to send me one to try, so l’ll have a full report soon.
Have you ever found yourself with a plate of food but no fork or spoon to help you eat it? The Pro-Idee Picnic Cutlery set makes sure you never find yourself in that situation again. It’s a handy tear drop shaped container that holds a fork, spoon and knife. Let me show you how it works.
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Google Glass (Sort of)
We give you, Google Glass! Super fun and super tongue in cheek! This is a simple and inexpensive DIY version of Google’s virtual reality glasses that was announced at the most recent Google I/O. Check them out for only $14 from Amazon!
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I don’t know about where you live, but where I am in Columbus, Indiana, people have horrible driving skills. I constantly see people run red lights and cut in front of you with little to no time to brake. I’ve often thought that I should consider buying a dash cam to use an insurance policy in case I get in an accident where I’m not at fault and need evidence to prove it. When the Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam with Wi-Fi (CDR 900) was offered to me, I happily agreed to take it for a joy ride - literally.
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If flinging your 3×5 inch pocket notebook on your desk is no longer an option for you, I have a solution to keep your workspace more organized. It’s called the Writer’s Block and it’s a new Kickstarter project from the makers of Word. notebooks. The Writer’s Block is made of a solid piece of brass, cold-rolled or stainless steel that has been designed and machined to hold two pocket notebooks along with your favorite pen. The project is seeking $3000 which it’s already raised. With 26 days left in the campaign, you can reserve a Writer’s Block by pledging $35 – $55 depending on the type of block you want. Visit the Writer’s Block Kickstarter page for more info.
This past week we seemed to focus on two different themes. For reviews, we had not one, but three charger reviews. And for news we had quite a few video game related posts. If you’re not interested in either of those two topics, never fear because we had posts about tools, lifelogging cameras, LED lamps, camera gear and more. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.
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I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a book about a woman who hiked the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail) all by herself. It made me wish I could do something like that. But the problem is that my idea of camping is sitting on my front porch in my pajamas while surfing my favorite gadget sites and drinking a cup of tea. If you’re more outdoorsy than I am, you might want to look into buying a VSSL Supplies survival kit for your next outdoor adventure. The VSSL kit consists of an 8 x 2 inch diameter anodized aluminum tube that holds individual tins of supplies like an LED flashlight, oil filled compass, beeswax candle, razor blade, water purification tablets, fishing kit, saw, whistle, fire starter, signal mirror and more. This kit will be priced at $89 when it becomes available this fall from VSSL.
Today we have some money saving deals on an Android smartphone, a mount for a smartphone and a backup battery for a smartphone. Today we are also happy to provide three deals for our UK readers.
HTC Desire 816, 5.5″ Android Phablet on Virgin Mobile
Part phone, part tablet, the 816 is perfect for those wanting a mini computer in the palm of their hands. Huge 5.5″ diagonal display and HD visuals, two cameras, wireless capability’s (obviously) & runs on the Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system. What more could you want?
1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor
8GB internal memory
5 Megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
13 Megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording
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How many times has this happened to you? You’re hiking the Appalachian Trail and are ready to make camp for the night only to discover that your matches are soggy, your lighter is out of fluid and you’ve lost your firesteel. Now you can’t make a fire to toast your marshmallows! What will you do? What WILL you do? Don’t panic, you can use your boot laces if you happen to be wearing RattlerStrap Flint Laces. These 7 strand 550 paracord boot laces which can be purchased in either black or brown and come in a good selection of lengths, have a rubber capped 1 inch ferro rod housed in each lace end. Pull out the rod, strike it with a piece of steel to create a spark and you’re well on your way to make a campfire. Crisis averted. Bring on the s’mores!
Of course you won’t be using these laces as your only means of making fire. They are there for emergency purposes only. The RattlerStrap Flint Laces are priced $13.95 per pair from Amazon.
Apple iPad Air
Snag an iPad air for 30% OFF – $489. So far 450 eBay’ers have picked up the deal in the past 24 Hours, with another 350 people watching the item. Grab one while they last! (They also have an Apple iPad 2 for $219 – 51% OFF)
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You can never have too much battery power, so here’s a deal on an external power supply from Lumsing that has a capacity of 6000mAh that is enough juice that you can use it to recharge an iPhone 5S three times, a Galaxy S4 twice, or an iPad mini once. It features an ultra slim case made of brushed aluminium alloy and two USB outputs (5V 1A & 5v 2.1A) so that you can charge two devices at once. The Lumsing 6000mAh ultra slim power bank is normally priced at $23.99, but you can save $5 by using the coupon code LUMSING6 at checkout on Amazon. The deal expires on 8/15.
We’re going to experiment with posting regular gadget deal posts again on either a daily or weekly basis. However, we only want to do this if you find these posts useful. Unlike the deal posts we’ve run in the past, these aren’t sponsored (I’m not being paid to post them), but in the interest of full disclosure, the links in these posts are affiliate links. That means any sales coming from clicking through and buying the products listed here will earn The Gadgeteer a small percentage of money. Please share your comments below with your opinion on deal posts.
11″ Apple MacBook Air
The Ultimate gadget. Super-slim with an super-fast processing speed. A feather weight laptop that can pack a punch where it counts. As Steve Jobs once said: “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent”.
- 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz)
- 4 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
- 128 GB PCIe-based flash storage
- 11.6-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display; Intel HD Graphics 5000
- OS X Mavericks; Up to 9 hours of battery life
I still love my 13″ Macbook Air even though it’s over 3 years old now. This deal is very tempting…
Apple MacBook Air, $854.99 from Amazon
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The Mudfighter-series is a collection of tools that have been designed to help you remove mud and rocks from the soles / treads of your shoes. They are perfect for cross country runners, hikers, and even people that have dogs I could have used one of these tools several years ago when I had my Corgi. Walking in our front yard was always “fun” because of the little doggie “presents” she’d leave. Back then I used a hi-tech stick to clean out the treads of my sneakers… ick.
The collection of tools includes:
MudBall – Scraper and brush in one (shown above)
MudBlade – Shoe scraper with a foldable blade, remove pebbles or mud from the sole of your shoe (shown below on left)
MudFighter – scraper and brush that snaps together for easy attachment to a bag (shown below on right)
MudFighter tools are priced at €7.95 for the MudBall and MudBlade and €12.95 for the MudFighter. That converts to $10.60 – $17.27 USD.
Do it yourselfers, handy men and women and just about anyone who needs to measure and mark something will want to check out the PencilMan tape measure from Smith Works Tools. The PencilMan is a 25 foot metal ruler that features an easy to use thumb activated tape brake lever, a belt clip and best of all, a pencil holder. The PencilMan can accept a variety of marking tools from regular pens and pencils to carpenter’s pencils, Sharpies, and markers up to 5/8″ diameter. With a pencil attached to the tape measure, you can do all sorts of marking tasks like parallel slide marking, arcs and circles, single-handed marking and more. If you don’t know what those types of markings are, no worries, just head on over to the Smith Works Tools website and watch the short demonstration video and then you can buy one for $19.95.
The Neolid Twizz is a plastic 12 ounce cup made in France of light weight, waterproof and insulating plastic. So far that sounds pretty boring right? The interesting feature of this cup is the specially designed twisting lid that opens and closes with a twist. The lid opens like an iris or camera shutter and can be used with or without a straw, making it great for travel and kids. You can learn more about Twizz cups at neolid.com. They can be purchased from Newegg for is $16.80 or eBay for less than $10.
The ClockONE from Twelve24 is simple and beautiful. It’s a wall mountable 39.37 x 13.78 inches (1000 x 350 mm) clock that features a digital display that uses E-ink. The clock runs for one year on one CR2450 button battery and mounts to the wall with a magnet. I love the look of it and have had the company’s site open in a tab in my browser for a week. Every other day or so I go back to the tab to look and drool over it. The ClockONE is available for pre-order but I didn’t see the price listed on the site, so I finally emailed them. The price for this very cool clock is a whopping $499. Yikes, I’d lover to have one, but I sure don’t love it that much! It will be available in different colors starting September 2014. Visit Twelve24 for more info.
When you’re using a pair of pliers in a dimly lit area, a flashlight can be real handy. But holding a flashlight in one hand while using the pliers in the other hand can be both inconvenient and awkward. An alternative could be a hands-free head lamp, but then you still have use two devices instead of one. A better solution might be a pair of pliers with a built in flashlight like the ReadyMax NightHawk Outdoor Pliers. These 7″ pliers are made of aluminum with Tungsten Carbide jaws and feature a waterproof sealed LED flashlight that is powered by three standard #392 watch batteries. Now you can shine a light on your work with the press of a button.
ReadyMax NightHawk Outdoor Pliers are available for $39.99, with even more light enabled tools coming soon.
Each week we try to bring you news and reviews of gadgets and other unique products that you’ll find interesting. This week Andy Jacobs brought you an exhaustive review of the SCOTTeVEST SeV Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Men, Dave Rees and I told you all about the LG G3 Android smartphone, Janet told us about fun LEGO sets for girls and there were lots more news and reviews that should keep you entertained and informed. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.
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Or at least that is what the SpreadTHAT! Heated Butter Knife claims to be able to do. The unique thing about this hi-tech kitchen gadget is that it doesn’t use any electricity to warm the knife. It uses a non-toxic titanium coating to conduct the heat from your hand down to the blade, allowing you to cut through and spread cold butter like a … well… hot knife through butter! I’m not sure how well it might work if you happen to be a person who has a warm heart but cold hands. That’s something I’ll find out soon because the folks at UsefulThings.com are going to send me one to review. But if you don’t want to wait for my review, you can head on over to their site and buy the SpreadTHAT! knife for $19.95. And if butter doesn’t excite you, they also have a similar product for scooping ice cream that I’ll be covering too.