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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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.
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 →
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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:
- Touch pens
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.
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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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.
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.
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?
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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“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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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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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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So, we are well into the new year, and how many of you have already scrapped that new year’s resolution to get fit or work out? I know you are busy, or lack the proper motivation. One way to motivate yourself is a fitness tracker, but often they are a little too noticeable or limited by water-resistance or lack functionality.
The Goccia, a Kickstarter project from G-Wearables, is trying to change that. I hate to say it, but fitness trackers seem to be a dime a dozen, so what makes the Goccia an item that caught my eye? First was the size; the Goccia is about the same size as a dime. The next thing that caught my eye was that it is 100% waterproof, and very few activity trackers on the market can say that. The third thing that stood out to me was the LED light synching technology. Even if the first two reason didn’t catch my attention from a gadget geek’s perspective, the LED light synching would have. Some of the Goccia’s key features are:
- LED synching
- 100% waterproof
- Wireless charging
- Lasts 14 days on a charge
- Small size
- Multiple accessories
There are several pledge points for the Goccia, with a $60 pledge getting you one Goccia and a clasp to carry it on. The Goccia is seeking funding until April 24, 2014, and if successful, it will start shipping in May 2014.
Bags for this and bags for that. I have specialized bags and cases for almost all of my daily use items. The problem with all these bags and cases is that they lack versatility. While some have the ability to carry other item besides the items it was designed for, there is usually no easy way to make the bag larger or smaller for specific carry situations. Enter the MIXBAG by Alex Krovin, a duel modular bag system that adds flexibility to your carrying needs.
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