Kathleen Chapman

plantlink-lush

About two years ago, I reviewed the PlantLink on the Gadgeteer. The PlantLink is a device that monitors the amount of moisture in the soil surrounding your plant(s). Based on this information, the PlantLink sends out a notification (push, email, or text) to advise you that it is time to water. The PlantLink consists of [...]

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supersorter-extension

In the past, I had so many Chrome bookmarks that when I went to search for a particular bookmarked web page at a later date, I had great difficulty finding it again and would sometimes have to perform another Google search. My bookmark chaos was so frustrating that it drove me to hunt for a [...]

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drop-stop

You know that black hole in your car? It's that space between the driver's seat (or passenger seat) and the center console - the place where things fall and are sometimes never found again. I've dropped things down there and sometimes I was lucky enough to retrieve the object. The Drop Stop is a product [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, News
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water-strider-lego

When I was growing up one of my favorite insects to observe was the water strider (it still is). It was entrancing to watch this creature skate around on the surface of the water. "How does it do that?" I wondered. Now I know (well, at least, the very basic reasons). It uses the high [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, News
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anker-powercore+26800-1

When you think of 26,800 mAh battery, do you think "Do I really need that much battery"? However, what if the power goes out for days? This is an unusual scenario, but it happens. You may also want to have a large portable battery when you're camping or when you travel for business for a few [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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airing-1

There are many people out there that struggle with sleep apnea. For those of you who are not familiar with it, "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is typically caused by a blockage of the airway when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses during sleep" thus causing the person to temporarily stop breathing. [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
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foobot

Have you ever heard that your indoor air is more polluted than your outdoor air, and then wondered just how polluted is it? Foobot is an indoor air quality monitoring device that will monitor the following airborne particles and gas counts of your indoor air: Fine airborne particles count (0.03 pm to 2.5 pm) Total [...]

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mx3d-3D-printed-steel-bridge

3-D printing is certainly stirring the imaginations of people everywhere. A company located in Amsterdam, Holland called MX3D is using multi-axis industrial robot arms to eject molten steel to build a bridge across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam by 2017. Yes, that's right, a 3-D printed steel bridge. It is also notable that this [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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ricinus-vaderi

"You don't know the power of the Dark Side." Apparently, a new species of chewing louse didn't know either and thus succumbed to the temptation. Scientists Miroslav Valan, Oldrich Sychra and Ivan Literak, while revising "a collection of chewing lice deposited at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia" (from [...]

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britta-infinity-smart-pitcher

Wouldn't it be nice if all our consumables were always automatically replenished? That our furnaces would order and replace their own filters, that our printers would order and replace their own ink/laser cartridges and paper, that our refrigerators would order our staple food items, etc. Well, maybe we are one step closer to such a world [...]

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chromebit-cs10

How would you like to turn your TV (or any HDMI display) into a Chrome OS computer for only $85? Chromebit CS10 is an HDMI dongle that will do just that. It has a Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288C Processor, 2GB memory (2GB LPDDR3 at 1066MHz), ARM Mali-T764 quad-core GPU, 16GB of eMMC storage, one USB 2.0 [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News
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temperature-mug

I tend to be a little too eager to drink my hot tea on a cold day which always results in a burned tongue. If you're like me, then you might be interested in the Glantop LED Temperature Display Electric Stainless Steel Intelligent Smart Coffee Cup. It uses LED indicator lights to display the temperature (122°F-203°F [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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text-to-911

Although it is not available in most areas, the FCC has been working on providing everyone in the U.S. access to 911 via text messaging. Those who find themselves in a situation where a voice call may be dangerous or those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or have a speech disability, may find this [...]

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kokuyo-stapleless-stapler

Have you ever stapled anything only to pierce your finger on the misshapen staple? Perhaps you've experienced a staple snagging a favorite shirt. Or maybe you're frustrated with having to fix a jammed stapler or having to refill it. It's time to consider purchasing a stapleless stapler like the Kokuyo Harinacs Japanese Stapleless Stapler. This gadget [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Paper and Pens
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UE Megaboom review

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A couple of months ago, I was able to review the UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker. I found that it has wonderful audio quality but lacks bass and has a handful of relatively minor issues with the app. This time, I've been given the opportunity to review the UE Megaboom. I found that this speaker [...]

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