Smythe Richbourg


Security cameras are nothing new. Even internet connectable cameras are pretty easy to find at this point. What can a new company bring to the table? Vimtag has put together a handsome weatherproof cloud-based IP camera that can be set up by most anyone. It offers 2-way voice, compatibility with a private cloud server, and [...]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews

If you work at a company or go to school where a lot of folks have MacBooks or other pretty much identical laptops, you know the feeling: in a class or meeting, there's no way to tell which one is yours. Rather than have the same blank laptop, folks add stickers, decals, or snap-on plastic [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, Laptops and Gear, Reviews

In this new world of touch-enabled devices that we are constantly checking, having to manage them, your passport, SIM cards, credit cards, cash and other small items during travel can really be a chore. Even traveling around town, you need coupons, business cards (yours and those you collect), maybe a notepad - loads of things [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear, Wallets
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I'm a sucker for a good infomercial. My Lovely Bride is always scolding me when I purchase something wacky online or from TV. Lately, with the numbers of projects being released on crowdfunding sites, I've not had too bad a streak, though. So, imagine my delight when Julie offered the team the Insta-shiatsu massager. I [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

Sandworms.  Admiral Ackbar. Dual-lens Camera. These are a few of the things folks said this Bluetooth speaker looks like. I thought the speaker market was nearing its endpoint with different designs, but this tubular doughnut came out of nowhere. SumSonic calls it the LLX-01 - which is not helpful in imagining what it looks like. But, the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Music Gear, Reviews
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I've got a water bottle I've carried for about 5 years. I don't think I've biked anywhere without it since I bought my current bike. It's steel, has one of those pull-up spouts, and sweats worse than I do in our Southern humidity. So when the opportunity to test the AVEX thermal water bottle with [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

I recently reviewed a unit that I've been using for almost a year to recharge my Apple Watch on the go - the Pod from Nomad. This week, though, I was sent a test unit of a similar device that not only does what the Pod does, but also fixes the few qualms I had [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, Reviews, Watches and Clocks

Kickstarter continues to be one of the places you find items that device manufacturers should have included with their new items. My most recent sponsored item is the ILDOCK for iPhone 7. While I don't have an iPhone 7, I do use a 6s Plus, and really want the ability to use SD, TFT, or lightning [...]

Posted in: iOS, News

Bluetooth, the de facto standard in wireless connections, is really getting a workout these days. Speakers, keyboards, stylii, headphones, and even key-fob trackers all depend on this tech to attach to your smart devices. The D700 Sport earbuds, a recent entrant into the field of BT earbuds was sent to me from a company called Syllable [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

One of the most interesting innovations that the Apple Watch brought, in my book, is the method for attaching bands to the main unit. Rather than loop materials through a spring-loaded pin inserted into the ears of the watch body, you simply slide the band into place and it locks there. To remove it, there [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Watches and Clocks

About a year ago, Nomad, those folks who understand wandering Gadgeteers and their need for on-the-go charging, released a product called the Pod for Apple Watch. It's basically a battery that has an internal spool to hold a charging puck (not provided) in a compact, hockey-puck sized case. I was working at Apple at the [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, Reviews, Watches and Clocks

A while back, I reviewed the KeyMiK, a key holder/smartphone stand/carabiner from Ronin Energetics. It was a Kickstarter campaign at the time, and is now funded and fully delivered. (I can't say that about some other projects I've backed! Still waiting...) They have a new project, the Quanta Clip, and this one's going to benefit the [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Most of us who bike, work and live in places where we have to interact constantly with motorized vehicular traffic. Since it's very important for the drivers to know you are present, safety reflectors are a part of almost every bike sold. And most of them are cheap plastic things that get easily damaged, look [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

I upgraded my first generation Apple Watch the night after updating all my iOS devices to iOS 10. (For those who have never done it, you have to have the watch charged to at least 50% and it has to be on the charger. Also, your phone has to be on wifi.) While the initial [...]

Posted in: Articles, iOS, Watches and Clocks

Managing cables and dongles is getting easier, but the curse of mobile battery usage and the need for chargers is still with us. Traveling with your full kit for a few days can really escalate that, since you usually have to dig out the chargers that live under your desk, or under/beside your bed. As [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, Reviews, Travel Gear