Julie Strietelmeier

Have you ever wanted to learn how the basic functions of your favorite gadgets work? What does it take to make an LED light up? This mini kit from Circuit Scribe can teach you the basics of electronics without also needing to learn how to solder and wire up components. Circuit Scribe kits include a pen… Read More

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I bet you clicked through just to find out what stippling is didn't you? If you're not an artist, you probably haven't heard of the term. Stippling is an art technique that is achieved by drawing dots. LOTS of dots. Thousands of dots. Maybe millions of dots. You get the idea. Using an ordinary pen… Read More

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I've reviewed and used two Pocket Hoses in the past few years and have liked how they are lightweight, don't take up that much space, and are so much easier to move from place to place compared to traditional rubber garden hoses. The only problem with the Pocket Hoses that I've used in the past… Read More

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This week we have six picks for for my notable crowdfunding campaigns list that include magnetic speakers, a wireless camera controller, construction set, and more. Click through to see this week's list of notable crowdfunding campaigns. What is it? The Omni-Wearable are water-resistant sunglasses with an integrated hands-free flip-out 1080P POV video camera. Why do I… Read More

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Building things with LEGO bricks is fun, but if you want to shed new light on the fun, you should check out Light Stax. Light Stax are LEGO and Mega Blox compatible bricks that light up without wires. Each Light Stax brick contains a LED and electrical contacts on the brick posts. Build your model… Read More

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I have a small collection of robots that I have included in photos in many of my smartphone reviews. I especially like retro robots, which is why this classic robot lunchbox from Suck UK caught my eye. Made of tin with whimsical graphics, this lunchbot lunchbox is small but functional. There's plenty of room in the… Read More

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Smartphone screens continue to get larger and larger, but face it, they'll never be as large as a TV's screen. Or can they? They can with the Smartphone Magnifier. This fun retro-styled cardboard TV magnifies your smartphone screen to the size of an 8" TV. The Smartphone Magnifier is made of cardboard and features a… Read More

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Maybe you're a camping enthusiast who makes sure everything that you put in your backpack is as lightweight as possible, or maybe you're an EDC fanatic who is looking for a portable lighting solution. The Goal Zero Lighthouse Micro is a lantern that can also be used as a flashlight and is recharged via USB… Read More

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Today we have 5 quick review updates from one of our newest writers, Bob Patterson. We regularly like to update our reviews days, weeks, months, and even years later to let you know how the product stands up long after the initial review. Click through to view the list of updated reviews and then scroll to… Read More

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When man's best friend gets scared due to thunderstorms, fireworks, car rides, etc. you can't just tell them to calm down and deal with it. For one thing, they don't understand English and for another thing, refer to the first thing. Seriously though, it makes us just as nervous when our pets are nervous and… Read More

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I don't want to stereotype an entire gender, but I feel like it's safe to say that when given a choice of colors for gadgets and tools, a typical male will almost always choose black. If you're one of those typical males and are looking for a new multi-tool, look no further than the Victorinox… Read More

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Add a little whimsy to your next breakfast with a Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan. Nordic Ware who has been in business in the US since 1946 sells several versions of fun pancake cooking pans, but I couldn't help but smile at this one. Each pan can make seven 3-inch diameter pancakes that are… Read More

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What is old is new again and again and again. Join the vintage styled keyboard trend with the Azio Mk Retro USB Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard which has a chrome plated body and round keycaps that harken back to the days when USB and even computers didn't exist. Unlike other retro styled keyboards that I've… Read More

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Here's a cool and relatively inexpensive EDC accessory for those of you that already carry a BIC lighter. The LighterBro is a slide on sleeve for standard sized "BIC" lighters that adds multi-tool functionality. LighterBro has four tools that include a pair of spring-loaded scissors, a razor sharp knife blade, micro screwdriver/poker, and a bottle… Read More

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Zipbuds, did extensive research to find out what customers what in a pair of wireless sports earbuds and 26 is what they came up with. 26 are wireless earbuds that feature a built-in subwoofer, 144 unique fit combinations for the best comfort possible, and 15-hour battery life. The wireless earbuds have QuickCharge technology that provides… Read More

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