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The Fuel Doctor slips into the cigarette lighter of the vehicle

The FuelDoctor FD-47 is a device that can help increase fuel economy by conditioning electrical signals (e.g., aberrant noise, harmonics, spikes).  It consists of a set of electronics filters encapsulated in a shell that is inserted into the cigarette lighter of the car.  The concept is sound:  filter out transient spikes and help the electronic [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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TCPW at work -- again, didn't notice it, no problems, not heavy, did not worsen car pool tunnel syndrome, etc.

The Thrifty Cell Phone watch ($80 and the price keeps dropping) is one of the first viable (i.e. affordable, portable) cell phone watches I'd seen in a while.  While not for everyone, the concept offers an easy way to carry a phone without really carrying it.  It's a nifty idea but is not something for [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Watches and Clocks
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kdx_org1

The new release of the Amazon Kindle firmware, 2.5, was downloaded to my Kindle DX the other day.   (It has been steadily downloaded to Kindles over the past several weeks.  If you own a Kindle, just turn on the wireless mode and then choose the Sync & Download New Items  option.)  Among other things, [...]

Posted in: eBook Readers, News
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sdv03_oncabinet

If you have a need to monitor the activities of your nanny, house sitter, house cleaner, or other part-time guests and need a no-brainer contraption to do so, the motion-activated SD-V03 Color Spy Camera from Spy Gadgets can do the duty.  While I don't have a need to monitor my kids' nanny, I do have [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews, Watches and Clocks
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satellite_1

Is it me or do I keep hearing the same stuff on satellite radio, no matter what channel I land on?  As Steve Earle would ask " . . . is there any body out there one-two-three on the satellite radio . . ."  Some great tunes out there, no doubt, but, considering that there [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous
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fretlight

Saw this on SlipperyBrick; the FretLight system is a learning system for guitar.  The specialized hardware connects to your PC via USB and has built-in lights which illuminate the frets to guide you through the fingering. This looks like something we need to review!   Sorry, doesn't come in ukulele size tho Julie.  Roughly $300 and [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, News
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Lower half = your view; upper quarter = rear view

Full-cover motorcycle helmets can restrict neck movement for the driver when attempting to keep an eye behind him/her.   Rear-view mirrors on bikes do not always reveal everything going on and can vibrate. The Reevu helmet (not available yet) may be a viable work around.  It has a set of mirrors effecting it into a [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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DIY scanners can be pretty complex

If you've decided that your e-book reader is your new body part, you may have stumbled upon some of the DIY book-scanner forums or sites such as diybookscanner.org.  While the designs presented on the internet are intriguing, they are not always practical for klutzes.  Ahem. So I was equally intrigued by this, the VuPoint Solutions [...]

Posted in: eBook Readers, News
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Amazon will soon be releasing a software upgrade which should provide a solution to one of the annoying nuisances of the device: the lack of a decent way to organize items. Currently, items on the Kindle are listed without sophisticated organization. Additionally, a zoom feature for PDF files is supposedly on its way. Currently, the [...]

Posted in: eBook Readers, News
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sprayring

Less deadly than the poison ring (review coming soon), yet more punch than the Kinext gear ring, the Stunning Ring is a nice in-the-middle choice for those with the discerning but not pretentious fashion sense.  This bauble from Defense Devices can shoot a 2-second stream of liquid 2-3 feet by pressing a switch on the [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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magimix

Well I think this is legit.  While most postings for a see-through toaster make note that the designs are just concepts, I found the Magimix Vision see-through toaster ("coming to Williams Sonoma stores in Spring 2010") on actual web sites, for sale as of right now.  JohnLewis.com claims it has "more than 10 in stock" [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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mp3_hr

As part of my "How Friggin' Lazy Are You??" quest, check out this Talking Heart Rate Monitor and MP3 player from Hammacher Schlemmer.  It reports your heart rate to you aurally while providing a 1GB MP3 player.  Neat idea, but 1GB may be too limiting for some.  Comes with a chest strap and USB cable.  [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
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Thrifty Cell Phone Watch

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You may have seen the various cell phone watches coming out on the market in the last year or so.  I remember scrounging for one a few years back with very little success: they were either too large or too expensive.  The Thrifty Cell Phone Watch (yes, that is its name) is a recent contender [...]

Posted in: News, Watches and Clocks
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Lip Stick Stun Gun

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That's what I thought too when I saw this on GadgetVenue.  But it's legit, and on sale for $30 at Defensive Devices.  These are actually rechargeable and includes an integrated flashlight and safety pin (in case, I guess, if you forget what it's for and try to do a quick touch-up).  It purports 350,000 volts, [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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cheep

The-Gadgeteer post for the getting-started-guide-for-Linux reminded me of this useful site: devcheatsheet.com.  The best thing?  You can post your own cheat sheets and help others grok perplexing and poorly documented libraries and programs.  The next best thing?  You can download many of them as PDF files and put 'em on your e-reader.

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
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Claims to offer knee support during runs

Opedix offers several interesting garments: the first is a set of tights that claim to provide knee support, targeted towards runners (there is also a set for skiers).  The second is a posture-improving-shirt.  I'm always on the lookout for knee support so I downloaded the Opedix running tights' information sheet. It looks like they may [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News
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Amp and guitar not to scale.

For those of you with electric guitars, this is kind of cool -- a portable mini amplifier.  Runs on a 9V battery, no A/C required.  So now you have no excuse not to drag your bass to parties. This one (the Ampu Plug-n-Play, $30) also has a headphone output and an extra input for, say, [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, News
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swix_logo

One of the nice things about The-Gadgeteer is that we review products that we have a passion for or that deserve attention even though the product may not require electricity.  Or wires.  Or Bluetooth compatibility.  Or a touch-screen display. The set of SWIX earmuffs shown here is one of those products.  Simple, subtle, compact and [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Travel Gear
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I gave in on the HD problem and just subscribed to HD.  Now I have another box and yet another annoying message.

For those of you with Comcast Analog service, you probably are aware that Comcast will be dropping most of its analog signals and will move to an all-digital delivery in a few months.  Comcast has begun rolling out digital set-top boxes (aka Digital Control Transceiver, Digital Cable Box, etc.) to analog customers and I received [...]

Posted in: Articles, Audio, Video, TV
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LED Sporting Goods

These use LEDs for illumination

What could be more fun than smacking a birdie into your friend's eyeball or dropping a horseshoe on your foot? Doing it in the dark!  Finally it looks like manufacturers have begun to put some good use to LED lights.  These two implementations, from Impact, look pretty cool and there are other such types of [...]

Posted in: Gaming Gear, News
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VUZIX iWear Goes 3D

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VUZIX iWear (reviewed by Julie in 2008) is designed to give you a large-screen video experience without all the equipment.  Or real estate.  This is an interesting concept to me not just because it is cool, but because my eye sight has deteriorated over the past 50 or so years and it's getting harder to [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News
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Yoke (cholesterol free)

This looks like a distorted tape measure, but the Yoke allows you to carry even more crap when shopping, traveling, picking up bags of leaves... It will free your hands for more important tasks like tweeting about the dream you had last night about your dog driving your car.  Ahem.  Never mind. Although my immediate [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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Adjustable Valet Reader

At first I thought "How friggin' lazy do you have to be??" when I saw this.  But then I realized its potential.  The "Infinitely Reading Valet" from Hammacher Schlemmer could be used while exercising, while cooking, while following instructions on knitting...  The most interesting aspect is that it is adjustable to fit a given situation.  [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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Shredder Scissors

In the continuous quest to find useful gadgets and make our readers' lives more productive . . . Ok, I got these on sale for ten bucks.  I've seen these before and thought they looked like a neat idea.  They are a neat idea.  And they work as well as electric shredders.   Or, they work [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous
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P-7000_216x144

While it is called a "multimedia photo viewer", think of the Epson P-7000 as a miniature quality control system for in-the-field photography.  If you've ever taken shots in a hard-to-reach location and tried to asses the quality of those shots in the field by squinting at your camera's LCD screen, you can certainly appreciate the [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, News
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