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A jumbo name for a small product: the pocket-sized Elephant Steady iPhone video stabilizer

Elephant Steady

I find as I am getting a little older, my hands just aren’t as steady as they use to be. Now for most things this is not an issue, but for shooting videos with my iPhone, this becomes a real problem. Elephant Steady, a Kickstarter project from ADPLUS Co., hopes to help the un-steady like me. Elephant Steady is an ultra small hand-held iPhone stabilizer for use when shooting video or pictures. Because it is designed to use the iPhones internal gyro sensor and an iOS app to compensate for movement, the Elephant Steady can be more compact than other similar devices on the market. The Elephant Steady features a compact design with a lithium-ion battery, a tilt control button, and a tripod mounting hole, and it is compatible with several models of the iPhone, even the iPhone 6. There are many pledge options for this project, with a pledge of $79 getting you an Elephant Steady. This project is seeking funding until August 14, 2014, and if successful, is slated to ship in the February 2015 time frame.

Pong iPhone case review

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When it comes to smart phone cases, it seems you must have an angle to be competitive in the market. Some are light weight, some super stylish, some are mega rugged. Pong cases have found their niche in protecting you from wireless radiation. Read More →

I-MEGO Maze headphones review

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Listening to music is big business. And judging by the amount of advertising I see, you need the proper listening devices, with the right amount of flash and style to be able to get the best out of your listening experience. At least that’s what the high-end headphone market want you to believe. Enter the MAZE headphones from I-MEGO, headphones that want to take on the competition without all the hype.

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You won’t need to ride the rails with the HOBOROLL

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Being in the travel business, I seem to find myself on the road more and more. Packing for long trips is fairly easy: I pull out the large suitcase, pack it up, and go. Packing for a short day trips or even short tours on my longer travels can be a real hassle. I tend to carry a Sackpack or Gymsack type of bag for this; my problem with it is there is no separation for articles I bring and no way to make the bag more compact when I only have a few items. The HOBOROLL, a Kickstarter project from Chez Brungraber, solves those problems. The HOBOROLL is a small nylon stuff sack with five internal compartments (think of the inside like a pie chart) to allow you to keep items separate and accessible. The HOBOROLL has drawstring openings on each end allowing easy access from both sides, outer radial compression straps so you can compress the bag, and a zippered compartment that allows the HOBOROLL to be stuffed inside of it and easily stored when not in use. The HOBOROLL is 11″ x 14″ and weighs 2.8 ounces.  It currently comes in two color choices. This project has several pledge options, with a pledge of $35 getting you a HOBOROLL of your color choice. This project is seeking funding thru August 14, 2014, and if successfully funded, will start shipping in the March 2015 time frame.

The Clutch, Slid and Anchor Links are three accessories to help you hold on to your camera

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So, you have that camera you always wanted and now you are looking for accessories to help make you a better shooter. Neck straps and hand straps are a couple of items that come to mind when I think of camera accessories and, the Clutch, Slide and Anchor Links Kickstarter project from Peter Dering and Peak Design are some rather unique ones. The Slide is a sling/neck/shoulder strap with a twist. Made out of tubular seat belt style webbing what makes this strap unique besides it versatility is the adjustment system that locks in place and makes it easy to adjust the Slide to whatever size you need.  Read More →

MBI HF flashlight review

 

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I would think it is fair to say that we have done our fair share of flashlight reviews at The Gadgeteer. We get them in all shapes and sizes, so for me to do a review on one it has to be unique or have an unexpected feature. The MBI HF from Match Box Instruments is both unique and has a suprise.

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When is a flashlight not just a flashlight? When that flashlight is the new Capsule Task Light

Striker Capsule

Now I know what you may be thinking, wow another flashlight and you may be right. The Capsule Task Light from Striker caught my eye not only for its design, but the accessories included with it. The Capsule Task Light operates on three standard AAA batteries, has an LED array that produces up to 60 Lumens of light, has two light modes, last up to 55 hours, is weatherproof, and comes with the following accessories:

  • Adjustable headlamp base
  • Spring steel clip
  • Flashlight lanyard
  • Magnetic adjustable base

So as you can see, the Capsule Task Light is ready for just about any situation, and after all, isn’t versatility what we are looking for in our devices? The Capsule Task Light costs $24.99 on the Striker website.

Change your golf game with the Garmin Approach S6

Garmin Approach S6

Summer has arrived and to me that means time to play golf. As a golfer I am always looking for ways to improve my game, so the Garmin Approach S6 GPS golf watch is a product that interests me. Garmin is known for its GPS systems and has a significant presence in the golf course GPS market, so it is only natural for them to parlay that into a color watch version of their golf GPS system. The Approach S6 features the following:

  • Swing tempo
  • Tempo training
  • Swing strength
  • Course view
  • Layup distance
  • Smartphone notifications
  • Stat Tracking

With more than 30,000 golf courses from around the world loaded onto the Approach S6 and a 180 x 180 high res color touch screen it makes almost the perfect golfing companion. Costing $399.99 on the Garmin website, the Approach A6 could just be that edge on the course that you are looking for.

It’s easy to score with Hat Trick BBQ tools

Hat Trick BBQ

Hockey season is over and you’re jonesing for some stick time, but the temperature outside could melt steel let alone your backyard ice rink. Hat Trick BBQ has the solution to get that stick back in your hands, or at least part of a hockey stick. Hat Trick BBQ has come up with a concept to repurpose old used hockey sticks into usable grilling instruments such as tongs, spatulas, brushes, forks and bottle openers. As stated, each item is made utilizing hockey sticks for the handle material making each tool somewhat unique. Hat Trick BBQ has several offerings on their site from a single bottle opener priced at $10 to a five piece set for $60. So, if you just need to have some stick time in the summer check them out.

HookUp quick release mini clip lets you easily swap out items on your keychain

HookUp

So, you like to carry all sorts of gadgets and gizmos on your key chain. You know the mini flashlight, the flash drive, even a USB to Micro USB charger. The problem is not carrying these items, but removing them from your key chain when you want to use them.The HookUp, a Kickstarter project from Magnus Macdonald and Cogent Industries hopes to be the solution to that problem. The HookUp quick release mini clip is a grade 5 Titanium clip approximately 1.181 inches long x 0.078 inches thick and weighs 0.038 ounces that makes it easy to attach and remove items from your key chain or anything else you want to clip things too. The HookUp features a unique lever design that allows easy removal from whatever it is attached to. The Titanium material it is made out of means it should not lose its tension so it will not come off accidentally. The HookUp has several pledge options with a $29 ($35 NZD) getting you one HookUp with an unconditional lifetime guarantee. Funding for this project runs through July 15, 2014 and if successful will ship in the September 2014 time frame.

MuseMini ClipR review

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We all probably have our favorite pair of headphones/earphones that we like to use with our smart devices. The problem I find is that I am often in situations that make it hard to use my headphones/earphones with my smart device. Situations like working out or traveling when I don’t want my cord to dangle all over the place, or I want to keep my smart device packed away and secure. MuseMini had the same thought and designed the ClipR, a Bluetooth device that allows you use your headphones/earphones in almost any situation.

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iPhone gaming gone flat? Get the thrill back with the Junglecat iPhone 5/5S game controller

Razer Junglecat

Ok, so you could say I am a gaming junky when I am not writing or recovering from my various ailments. The one thing that has eluded me in my gaming is a decent game controller for my iPhone 5. Enter the Junglecat from Razer an iPhone 5 and 5S compatible phone case and game controller all in one. Designed to slide into the phone case when not in use, the Junglecat controller is 5.9′ long x 2.5″ wide x 0.7″ high when closed allowing it to be compact and portable. The controller features a D-pad, ABXY buttons and shoulder bumpers similar to common game system controllers. The Junglecat will have its own iOS app allowing you to customize the settings on the controller and allows full access to all the buttons and ports on your iPhone while it is in the case. The one thing that makes this controller unique over others that I have seen is that it utilizes the lightning port to connect to the iPhone as opposed to Bluetooth. The Junglecat is available now on the Razer website for $99.99 and is available in white or black. If you are a gaming junky this may be just what the doctor ordered.

Losing your phone may make you squawk, so eliminate that fear with the Pluggy Lock

Pluggy Jack

Always concerned about losing your smart phone? How about not being able to answer it in time because it is buried in your purse or bag?  The folks at Erasnep LLC may have the solution to those problems with their current Kickstarter project, the Pluggy Lock.  The lock is a stud-like device that you plug into the headphone jack of your smart phone; with a few turns, it is securely locked into place. The design of the Pluggy Lock allows you to attach it to such things as:

  • Lanyard
  • Keychains
  • Pendants
  • Touch pens
  • Bags

without fear of it coming unattached. The Pluggy Lock will be available in many colors and comes with a magnetic cap and a lanyard. There are many pledge points for this project, with a $12 pledge getting you a Pluggy Lock in brushed aluminum. The funding period for this project runs through June 25, 2014, and if successfully funded, will start shipping in the September 2014 time frame.

Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Air review

 

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Summer is upon us and what better way to enjoy the day than to pull out the Ducati and take it for a spin. Now some of you may not be familiar with the smooth clean lines, red and black color scheme as well as the polycarbonate shell and Tech-Grip material used on this Ducati. By now you may have guessed I am not talking about a motorcycle, but what I am talking about is the Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for the iPad Air from Element Case.

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SuperTooth Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headset review

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If you are an old timer like myself (allegedly born, not hatched in the 60′s) then you probably remember early personal headphones. You know the ones, that were called “cans”, I guess because the looked like two cans on your ears. The ones with the coiled cords and the big plugs that went into your phonograph or if you were real high end, a reel to reel player. But as personal listening devices became smaller and more portable (raise your hand if you had a Sony Walkman) so did headphones. Now that we are in the digital age of music, we seem to have headphones that run the gamut of sizes, shapes and the ability to go cordless. The Freedom Bluetooth stereo headset from SuperTooth falls into the mid to large size wireless category.

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It may be impossible to swallow, but The Pill can make your golf game healthier

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As a golfer I am always looking for useful tools and ways to improve my game. When looking for training aids, ideally they should offer some form of instant feedback, a way to tell if you are doing it right or wrong. The Pill from The Pill Golf is one tool that meets that criteria. The Pill itself is an eye catcher, I had to do a double take when I first saw it. The Pill looks like someone put a golf ball into a press machine and flattened it. But that’s the beauty of this unique training device. Designed to be used in several varied golf training drills, The Pill is made with the same materials as real golf balls, so it is durable and long-lasting. The website for The Pill has several useful training videos and pages showing how to use The Pill, the “Basic alignment” being the first. If you are looking for a golf gadget to improve your game or if you are looking for that perfect Father’s day gift for your golfing dad, check out The Pill. Pricing for The Pill starts at $12.95 and is available on The Pill website.

Pop goes your smartphone on the Wezel leather wallet easel

Copper Urban Wezel

Wallets, I like them. I am always on the lookout for my next card carrier, and if you have been reading the site for a while you know that between us Gadgeteers, we have tried more than a few. To catch my eye a wallet needs to have something unique or utilitarian about it and the Wezel by Copper Urban, a Kickstater project, has done just that. The Wezel gets its name from it being a combination wallet and smartphone stand/easel; not the furry creature that Pauly Shore always refers too. The Wezel is a slim leather wallet (0.87″) that has the ability when opened up, to hold your smartphone. The clever design of the Wezel allows it to open up and reveal a stiff back stand and a flexible front stop that can hold your phone. There are many pledge points for this Wezel with a $37 pledge getting you either a black or saddle colored one. The Wezel is seeking funding through May 23, 2014 and if successfully funded will start shipping in the June 2014 time frame.

Your electromagnetic personality may not show through, but your iPhone’s can with the Lunecase

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We all have them, cases for our phones. They come in plastic, metal, with batteries, with lights, some are thin and some are fat. So what’s the next technology in cell phone cases? The folks at Concepter think it is the Lunecase, which is a Kickstarter product seeking funding right now. Designed to use the electromagnetic energy emitted from your iPhone, the Lunecase has LEDs embedded into the case that will light up and notify you of incoming calls or SMS messages by lighting up a phone symbol or text symbol on the back of the case. The Lunecase does all of this without any batteries, as I stated above, it uses the electromagnetic energy generated and given off by your phone. The bad news right now is that the Lunecase is only seeking funding for the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c and only GSM models. There are many pledge points for the Lunecase with a $29 pledge getting you a Lunecase for your iPhone 5, 5c or 5s. The Lunecase project is seeking funding through June 5, 2014 and if successful expects to deliver the case in the August 2014 time frame.

It may not have a name, but this compact cutlery set has many uses

Pro-Idee Cutlery

You might think you’re prepared for the zombie apocalypse or economic meltdown that sends the world into chaos, but are you prepared for office lunch? I mean, you have your plate, your cup, and your glass, but we are not heathens – we do not eat with our hands. So what’s a well prepared office type like yourself to do? The compact cutlery set from Pro-Idee has you covered. This 3 1/2″ x 1 7/10″ x 2/3″, 2.7 ounce set contains a knife, fork, spoon, bottle opener and carrying case with a lanyard. The knife, fork, and spoon are made from stainless steel, the bottle opener is made from zinc alloy, and the case is plastic. All the pieces fit together in one small package designed to be carried almost anywhere. At approximately $49.70 (£29.50) from the Pro-Idee website, but who can put a price on disaster lunch preparedness?

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat review

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Thermostats, in my day they only came in two varieties: round and rectangular . Today, thermostats are still available in rectangular and round, but now they also come in smart versions and programmable versions as well. With features such as digital and touch screens, humidity sensors and even some that will learn your habits. Thermostats have come a long way since my youth. So, when Honeywell offered us a chance to review their new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat I could not resist.

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Look ma no hands with the Hands Free iPad case

Hands Free

So, you have decided to take your iPad use to the next level and use it for working situations. If you’re in an office all day that’s no problem, but what if you are on the go or in the field a lot – how do you carry and keep up with it? The Hands Free is a case, strap and buckle system that will allow you to carry your iPad on a belt or like a messenger bag. The Hands Free comes in three parts the Case, Clip, and Strap. The Case features foam padding, metal zippers and cut outs for cables. The Case also has a seat belt type buckle so it can be attached to the Clip. The Clip is designed to hook to your belt and holds the case via the seat belt buckle. The Strap has several pockets to hold items such as sunglasses and a phone. The Hands Free comes as a total package for $115, or you can buy each piece separately from their website.

Tego CERA Wireless Portable Speaker review

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“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” is exactly what popped into my mind the first time I saw the CERA wireless portable speaker from Tego Audio. You may think that is a funny thought to pop into my head, but looking at the speaker and how its made, and being a child of the 70′s when our space exploration was in its infancy, the CERAs design makes me think that it would be at home in the 70′s, now or in the future. So, let’s see if reality has hit fantasy.

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Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Ballpoint pen review

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I am not much of a pen to paper writer, I use my iPad to write as much as possible. But I do own pens for those occasions when I do need to write something. So, for me to want to review a pen it has to be a little different in either design or function. The Monteverde One Touch Stylus Tool Ballpoint Pen sent to me from Pen Chalet hits both the design and function aspect of my interest.

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Brando Key Chain Lightning Charger review

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“On the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again” oh yes Willie Nelson has it right. I have been hitting the open road or friendly skies more frequently these days, so I have been outfitting myself with tools that I may need while away from my home. One tool both me and my other half use frequently, especially on bus trips, is a  backup battery for our iPhones. While I almost never forget to pack my battery, I have on several occasions forgot the charging cable. Enter the Brando Key Chain Lightning Charger, a small portable Lighting charging cable designed to be carried on your key chain.

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Dosh LUXE6 wallet review

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Wallet, wallet where is my wallet? Better yet what wallet should I be using? What we call a wallet today has evolved from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s when all you had was your leather bifold or trifold wallets. Then again, cash was king and we did not carry all the plastic that we do today. But today’s wallets are not only functional, they are also fashion statements, security zones, multitaskers and in a lot of cases unisex. All that being said, your wallet still needs to be durable and functional and the LUXE6 wallet from Dosh is not only durable and functional but also fashionable.

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