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LECHAL launches haptic based footwear

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Initially developed to help people with visual impairments navigate the world, Ducere Technologies has launched LECHAL interactive haptic based footwear. Pronounced lay-ch-al, meaning “take me there” in Hindi, LECHAL footwear creates a hands-free navigation system through your feet, guiding the wearer towards their destination through simple vibrations in their shoes or insoles. Imagine exploring New York City… Instead of pulling out your phone and looking like a tourist as you try to find a popular restaurant or theater, you can comfortably walk to your destination while your shoes will vibrate to signal which way to walk and when you’ve reached your destination. Using Bluetooth to pair with a smartphone, LECHAL footwear can also be used to track fitness information like number of steps walked and calories burned.

Ducere Technologies have not forgotten their initial motivation to help those who are visually challenged:

“Every time you buy a pair of Special Edition footwear, one pair of LECHAL footwear will be subsidized for a visually challenged person, through Institutes like the world renowned L V Prasad Eye Institute, based in Hyderabad “

LECHAL footwear will be priced at $100 for the shoes or insoles. Each package will include a pair of footwear (insoles or shoes), a charger, and the application which can be downloaded on a smartphone (Android/IOS/Windows compatible). For preorders and more info, visit www.lechal.in

Five gaming keyboards that will elevate you to a video gaming god

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If you have ever been a PC gamer at some point in your life, you know how much of a difference that a quality gaming keyboard can make to give you an edge during gaming sessions. Most gaming keyboards use mechanical switches where each key is paired with its own spring loaded switch for improved tactile feedback. Gaming keyboards also have special gaming features such as macro keys that will let you save time by pressing one or two keys to perform a whole group of commands. Check the list below for some of Faveable’s top picks when it comes to gaming keyboards. The list includes some of the best models from leading brands like Razer, Logitech, Corsair and more.
Checkout: 5 Best Gaming Keyboards on the Market

Sorta adaptive notebinder review

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Does this sound familiar? You’re happily writing in your brand new hardbound journal when you suddenly make a mistake. Maybe you misspelled a word, your penmanship was sloppy or you just weren’t happy with an entry. Now you feel like you ruined your journal. If you’ve ever wished that you could remove pages, add pages or rearrange pages in your bound journal, I have a notebook that might interest you. It’s the Sorta adaptive notebinder. It changes for you instead of the other way around.

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booq Python mirrorless keeps a tight squeeze on your camera and gear

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Photographers with mirrorless cameras need a secure way to carry their camera and all its accessories. Enter the new booq Python mirrorless camera bag. It’s a compact top loading shoulder bag that comfortably holds either a mirrorless camera with a large lens or a compact DSLR with a small lens. Due to booq’s durable water-repellent 168 denier ballistic nylon exterior and densely padded interior, it has been designed to protect your gear from impact and weather. It also has room to hold an iPad mini or similarly sized tablet, cables, and chargers in its main interior, as well as papers, business cards, an extra battery, and wallet in its exterior pockets. The Python mirrorless is available today for $80. You can read more about the Python and other bags at booqbags.com

Tokyoflash Japan watch giveaway!

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Our friends at Tokyoflash Japan are offering one lucky Gadgeteer reader a free watch of their choice from their large collection high tech wrist watches. We feature their watches here on a regular basis, so you know that Tokyoflash watches are unique, fun and oh yeah, they tell time. Continue reading for full contest details.  Read More →

earhoox keep the buds in your ears

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earhoox didn’t let an unsuccessfully funded indiegogo project stop them from bringing their unique soft silicone earbud attachments to market. earhoox are designed to fit over your existing round earbuds from Apple, Sony and others. They feature a flexible hook that tucks into the crook of your ear providing a secure and comfortable fit that won’t fall out when walking, running, cycling, or just chilling on the couch. earhoox come in several colors and there’s even a version specifically for Apple’s earpods. They are priced at $10 for a pack of two pairs or $32 for a pack of ten parts. For more info visit earhoox.com.

Add some zombies to your workout routine

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If you are into fitness, you’ve no doubt heard of kettlebells, the cast iron cannonball sized weights with a single looped handle on top. This traditional Russian piece of exercise equipment has been around since the 1700′s and provides a wider range of motion than dumbbells. Standard kettlebells will get the job done, but kettlebells shaped like zombie heads have to be even better, right? Made of chip-resistant iron, Zombie Bells from Onnit are available in 18, 36, 54, and 72 pound versions. Each one has a different zombie head design and name: Brain Goblin, Staple Head, Ghostface Thrilla, and Mega Dead. By allowing both swinging and lifting exercises, Zombie Bells help build strength and endurance so you’ll be able to survive the coming zombie apocalypse. Prices start at $42.95 for the 18lb version and goes all the way up to $169.95 for the 72lb version. Zombies not your thing? Onnit also sells Primal Bells which are shaped like monkey and orangutan heads. 

Striiv to reach your fitness goals

striivOf all the activity trackers that I’ve reviewed over the years, and there have been a lot of them, the Striiv has been the most fun to use for a couple different reasons. First of all, it has a large color touch screen LCD that is easy to read and use. But the main reason why the Striiv is so fun is because walking 10,000 steps a day will allow you to play  games, donate to charity and compete with friends, all on the device. Those two reasons add up to an activity tracker that is not only fun to use, but one that will keep you motivated and active.

Now you can get one from Stacksocial for $59.95, saving 40%. This special price ends on March 3rd, 2014.

For more info about this device, check out my review of the Striiv.

Cool alarm clocks that ensure you get out of bed every morning

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Chances are that your regular alarm clock isn’t doing its job because it’s just too easy to hit the snooze button over and over. But what if you couldn’t do that? Our friends at Faveable have compiled a list of really funky alarm clocks that will ensure that you get out of bed and have fun doing it. Well, as much fun as one can have dragging themselves out of bed in the morning! From shooting your alarm clock with a toy gun, to a clock that will donate money from your bank account when you hit the snooze button. Click the link below to check the entire list.

Check out: 11 Creative Alarm Clocks To Get You Out of Bed

LYNKtec TruGlide Apex Fine Point active stylus review

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Back in the good old days of PDAs, fine tipped styluses were everywhere. When PDAs were replaced by smartphones and tablets, styluses went on the endangered gadgets list . However, it didn’t take too long for them to start appearing again, but they all had wide tips that made writing with them feel more like you were using a thick piece of chalk instead of a pen. Only in the last year or two have we started to see fine tipped capacitive styluses come on the market. But 99.9% of them require special apps, Bluetooth and an iOS device to work. The LYNKtec TruGlide Apex Fine Point active stylus doesn’t need any of those requirements. It will work with almost any device, any app and doesn’t need a Bluetooth connection. The word that comes to mind is finally!

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Grace Digital introduces the Encore Wi-Fi Music System

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Boasting clearer vocals and deeper bass compared to the industry standard, the Encore Wi-Fi Music System from Grace Digital features a 2.1-channel audio system with dual 3” tweeter/midrange speakers and a bottom facing 4” woofer powered by a digital class D amp. This system is designed to connect to your Wi-Fi network for access to thousands of internet radio stations with convenient one-touch presets. The Encore is also compatible with Pandora, and leading pay music services like SiriusXM. Besides offering premium sound quality and a  3.5-inch display that shows album art and Internet radio station information, the Encore also doubles as a clock radio, allowing you to set up to seven separate alarms with an adjustable sleep timer and a large snooze bar.  The system can be controlled using the panel of buttons on the top of the speaker, the included remote, or by using the free Grace app for iOS or Android.

The Grace Digital Encore (GDI-IRC7500) Stereo Wi-Fi Music System is available now on Amazon.com for $249.99.

Keep your eyes on the road with Garmin’s HUD+

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Using your smartphone to help you navigate while driving is obviously commonplace these days. But the problem with using your phone or even a stand alone GPS is that they require you to look away from the road to view navigation information. Garmin’s new HUD+ is a small device that uses Bluetooth to pair with your iOS, Android or Windows Phone to display important information right in front of you on your windshield. That means that your eyes stay forward, which is safer.

The HUD+ sits on your dash and its 2-color fluorescent display (green and red) reflects onto your windshield. With the Garmin HUD GPS navigation app installed on your mobile device, it wirelessly sends the navigation info from your phone to the HUD+ unit to display turn indicators, distance to your next turn, current speed and speed limit, estimated time of arrival and potential traffic delay warnings. The HUD+ requires a connection to power, but as a bonus, you can connect your phone directly to it for power.

The Garmin HUD+ is priced at $179.99. More info at Garmin.com.

Snag a copy of “The Ultimate Apple Free Reference Card Kit”

w_cusb48c4The The Ultimate Apple Free Reference Card Kit is an eKit with 9 printable reference cards that you can freely distribute and share. The cards cover the following Apple topics:

-iPad iOS 7
-iPhone iOS 7
-Mac OS Lion
-Appleworks 6
-Mac OS Snow Leopard
-Mac OS Tiger
-iPod Touch 4
-iPad 2
-iPhone 4

The “cards” are actually full 8×10 inch sized pages complete with graphics and text. I’m going to print off the iPad pages and give a copy to my Dad. I gave him one of my older iPads last year and he still has trouble remembering how to use it. He can fold up one of these reference cards and put it right in the case.

There are a few hoops to jump through to get this eKit and you may be signed up for a 30-day trial of CustomGuide training, but it helps The Gadgeteer to earn some some affiliate fees that can help us to bring you more cool product reviews.

Julie’s gadget diary – Is Gmail sucking the life out of your Android smartphone?

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This is a quick tip for all my fellow Android users. Have you noticed that your Android smartphone is always warm to the touch or that your battery life has taken a nose dive? When I was using the Samsung Galaxy S3 as my primary phone, it would often feel warm even when I had not used it in hours and I barely got a day out of a charge. I attributed the problem to the fact that I was running a custom ROM (Carbon) and I just learned to deal with it. But then a couple months ago I decided to switch over to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as my main phone and I started having the exact same issues. After some digging around, I was finally able to find the source of the problem – Gmail. Specifically the stand alone app.

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ToneRite claims to bring vintage tone to new instruments

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People who play guitars and other stringed wooden instruments often covet vintage instruments because they usually have better tone due to years of vibrations from being played. But no one wants to wait 50 – 100 years for their newer instrument’s sound to “open up” and resonate more. ToneRite is an electronic device that uses special frequencies to vibrate the wood, simulating playing the instrument without actually strumming the strings. There are versions of the ToneRite for the guitar, violin, mandolin, viola, cello, ukulele and double bass. The unit is placed to come into contact with the bridge without touching any of the instrument’s varnish. According to the claims, two to three “treatments” of 72 hours will result in added volume with a fuller and more balanced sound. The price for accelerated aging is $149 for guitars and $199 for ukuleles.

I’m actually waiting for a custom ukulele and think it would be interesting to try a gadget like the ToneRite to see if their claims are real or just imagined.

For more info, visit ToneRite.

Ladies, forget about backup batteries, the Everpurse is all you need

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We covered the Everpurse iPhone charging purse back in 2012 when it was a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. Now the folks at Grand St. have teamed up with Everpurse and the designers of New York based Stitch Collective to create a new version of the handbag which offers a built in Lightning charger dock that features a 2,800 mAh battery. The Everpurse is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c, and starts charging the device as soon as it’s connected to the inside dock. How do you charge the purse’s battery? Wirelessly. An induction charging mat is included which makes recharging as easy as can be. Just set the Everpurse on the charging mat and you’re done. No cables to plug and unplug. Wireless charging is definitely convenient. It’s all I use anymore and I just love it. That said, I think the $300 price tag for this purse is very expensive – way too spendy for me. If the price doesn’t scare you away, find more info or order at Grand St. (affiliate link).

Surfing Faveable for gadgets on a Friday afternoon

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It’s almost the weekend, so what better way to pass some time than browsing random gadgets! Continuing with our series of partnered posts from Faveable’s gadget discovery site, we have a selection of cool gadgets for you to check out. First up we have a 28″ 4K Monitor from Dell (coincidentally, they happen to be running a big sale this weekend offering a 20% discount). This monitor was revealed earlier this year at CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) and received a lot of praise and popularity thanks to its incredible $699 MSRP. Dell P2815Q has a 28″ diagonal screen size and offers four times the resolution of Full HD (1080p). It also doesn’t skimp on connectivity options.   Read More →

Help wanted – become part of The Gadgeteer team!

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Updated (02/14/17): Once or twice a year I post a help wanted notice asking for people to try out for a spot on our growing team of crazy gadget loving geeks. Right now I have 2-3 spots to fill. Are you one of them?
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Wizor – a pair of scissors you don’t have to search for

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Loose threads, labels and tags. Three things that require an ordinary every day tool to remove – a pair of scissors. But where is a pair when you need them? Probably at the bottom of a drawer, but which drawer? One way to solve this problem is with a Wizor. What the heck is a Wizor you ask? It’s a wall scissor of course! Wizors are peel and stick cutters that you can affix to a handy location so it will always be exactly where you need it to be. Wizors are made of plastic with a special blade behind a protective shield making this tool safe for even smaller kids to use. Instead if trying to break off labels or threads by pulling or biting them, you can just cut them with the Wizor.

Wizors come in packs of two for $8.99. For more info and to order, visit Wizor.com

Top 7 ergonomic chairs perfect for your office and your back

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It’s mid-February, and most of your new year resolutions about staying fit may not be going as per plans. But there is one thing you could still do to avoid undue stress on your body – get an exceptional ergonomic desk chair to make lower back pains and cramped neck a thing of the past. Our friends at Faveable have compiled one such list of best ergonomic chairs in the market right now. Check out the article linked below to find out which chair is best for you and why it’s worth the upgrade.

Reading the Faveable article has made me think about upgrading my own office chair at home. I’ve been sitting on the same chair for the past 20 years! I ended up buying the same chair that I used at my day job because I liked it so well. Back then I think I spent $600 or more on it. It was pricey, but worth it… But, it might be time to shop for a new chair for my next 20 years. #2 and #7 on Faveable’s list interest me. I’ve always wanted to try a Herman Miller chair.

Check out: 7 Ergonomic Chairs That Will Soothe Your Back

WaterField Designs gets rough with their new messenger bag

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WaterField Designs has just introduced the Rough Rider Leather Messenger Bag. It’s a gorgeous distressed leather bag that is available in one size: 15″ x 10.5″ x 3.5″ and with a choice of six different accent colors: black, copper, pine, green, flame and pearl. The Rough Rider easily holds a 13 inch laptop and features four additional pockets to hold your gear. There are two waxed canvas pockets on the inside and two soft-lined pockets under the flap that are large enough to hold a small tablet or phone. The Rough Rider Leather Messenger is designed to get better with age. All the scuffs and scratches will just add to its rugged good looks. You can pre-order now, with shipping scheduled to start on February 28. The price for the Rough Rider is $335. More info at WaterField Designs.

Forget about smartwatches, get a Comic Book Watch from ThinkGeek

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Smartwatches might be able to tell you when your wife is calling, let you read the latest text message from your BFF and buzz you when it’s time for your appointment, but they don’t look nearly as cool as these officially licensed Retro DC Comic Book Watches from ThinkGeek. There are two versions of the watches, one with Superman and another with Batman. Each watch comes in a gift tin and features a stainless steel case and a leather strap. Either watch would be perfect for the comics geek in your life. The $29.99 price tag won’t break the bank either. Find more details at ThinkGeek.

Starbucks Valentine’s Day giveaway!

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Our friends at Starbucks want to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day by offering one lucky Gadgeteer reader a Valentine’s Day gift box that they can share with their #1 sweetie. Included in the gift box are 2 ceramic mugs, one Sweetheart 2014 CD with some of your favorite romantic tunes and two boxes of Starbucks K-Cups (one Blonde Bright Sky Blend and one Blonde Aria Blend). What are you waiting for, hurry up and get your entry in!

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Carry a Lightning cable on your keychain

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You know the drill, your iPhone or iPad is warning you that the battery is about to die, forcing you to go on a scavenger hunt to try to find a Lightning cable. If you’re tired of having to scrounge around in a drawer or gear bag to find a cable every time your device needs to be charged, consider a Brando Key Chain Lightning Charger. It’s a very short charging cable that snaps into a keychain style “head” for easy storage and transport. The cable features a USB connector on one end and a Lightning connector for newer iPhones and iPads on the opposite end. The Brando Key Chain Lightning Charger is priced at $12.00 and is available now.

Faveable – a new site for men to discover cool stuff

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Today I want to announce our partnership with a new site called Faveable. Faveable is similar to Pinterest, but has its main focus on the coolest gadgets and “guy stuff” from across the web. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we’ll be bring you a short article like this one. The leading introductory post today is a compilation of unique camping gear and accessories to help you with your next hike or outdoor adventure. Depending on your location, it might be way too cold to even think about camping right now (it was -4F here in Southern Indiana this morning!). Reading about these outdoor gadgets is a good way to fight the winter doldrums and start thinking about warmer days. Head on over to Faveable.com to check what it’s all about and don’t forget to tune in again on Wednesday for more fun faves. And btw, just because the site is geared towards men, that doesn’t mean us girls can’t browse it too. :)

Check out: 20 Awesome Camping Gadgets