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Keystone key holder review

on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Got keys?  Sure you do!  Today let’s take a look at another everyday key carry solution, the Keystone.

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This iPhone charger is so clever, MacGyver would be impressed!

on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

There is a world full of backup batteries and charging accessories for your smartphone, especially for iPhones.  There are cases with built-in backup batteries – but they add a lot of bulk to the iPhone.  There are backup batteries – but they are big, and you’ll need a cable, too.  And if your backup batteryRead More…

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Stay alive and pop open a brew with SlideBelts Survival Belt

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

I’ve watched the TV show Survivorman enough to know that in a survival situation, sometimes having the right tool can mean the difference between life and death. The folks at SlideBelts know this too. They took their already innovative no-hole belt design and are amping it up with new survival-type features in a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. In addition toRead More…

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The Bolstr is smaller than a gear bag but bigger than a holster

on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Crowdfunded, News

Men seem to like to carry lots of stuff in their pockets, and sometimes they have too much stuff and need a bag.  But many men have aversions to bags that are much smaller than a laptop bag or to bags that don’t look like they can be carried into war.  Sometimes neither of thoseRead More…

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NKMOS announces latest Kickstarter project: the AirStand

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

The folks at NKMOS are at it again… they have created a new high end smart-device accessory. The AirStand is a high end minimalistic, CNC machined aluminum universal tablet stand. It is capable of folding flat but has a support that can rotate 360 degrees. It uses the same sticky pad technology that is found in their premium in-car mountRead More…

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The Solar Strap lets you wear your solar charger

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

There are a lot of solar chargers on the market, and most of them seem to require you to set them up and leave them in direct sunlight.  Those types are more useful if you have set up camp and will stay around the same place for a long while, but they aren’t so usefulRead More…

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Here’s a Writer’s Block that you won’t mind having

on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Posted in: Crowdfunded, News

If flinging your 3×5 inch pocket notebook on your desk is no longer an option for you, I have a solution to keep your workspace more organized. It’s called the Writer’s Block and it’s a new Kickstarter project from the makers of Word. notebooks. The Writer’s Block is made of a solid piece of brass,Read More…

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Make a statement with the OM/ONE levitating Bluetooth speaker

on Saturday, August 16th, 2014

One thing I used to daydream about as a child is having the power of levitation/telekinesis. To this day, that would be my super power if I could have one. And guess what? Now there’s a LEVITATING Bluetooth speaker in the works! The OM/ONE is a small orb speaker that measures 3.6 inches in diameterRead More…

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Peak Design Slide, Clutch and Anchor Links camera accessories review

on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Peak Design ha built a company by holding three successful crowd-funded Kickstarter campaigns for their innovative Capture and Capture V2 Camera Clip mounting systems and Leash & Cuff accessories. Having reviewed the Peak Design CapturePRO a while back, I found it to be well-engineered and well-built and I was impressed enough that I wanted toRead More…

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Turn any light bulb into a WiFi-connected bulb

on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This Kickstarter project gives you the tools to turn any dimmable light bulb into a WiFi-controllable bulb.  You don’t need hubs, and getting your house connected is as easy as signing the bulb into your router.  The emberlight is a screw-in base that you can use with any of your current light fixtures or lampsRead More…

Elephant Steady

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

on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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 likeRead More…

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Protect yourself with the pd.id: Your Personal Drink ID

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

My daughter is leaving for college soon, and I reminded her of two things:  1) She’s too young to drink alcoholic beverages, and 2) never drink anything at a party or gathering unless she broke the seal on the bottle or can herself and it has never left her hand and her direct sight.  TooRead More…

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Knock ‘em dead with iPunch

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better… stronger… faster” (cue the 6 Million Dollar Man theme). Responsive Sports has developed this exciting new sports training tool to help you improve your punching skills with the 4 ounce MMA style iPunch smart combat gloves. They have sensors incorporatedRead More…

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

on Friday, July 18th, 2014

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 tendRead More…

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

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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 andRead More…

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Swich wireless charger will make you want to switch to Qi charging

on Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I am definitely a fan of wireless charging and worthy Kickstarter projects. In this case, the folks at Lutman Design have created the Swich, a very unique and innovative Qi charging stand that is currently seeking backing in its Kickstarter campaign that ends later this month. The Swich is constructed of a ceramic base and mount platform withRead More…

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Past meets future with the Qwerkywriter mechanical keyboard

on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

When I was a kid, I used my mom’s old Underwood typewriter to write my own stories and newsletters that only myself and my sister read. I loved that typewriter, fitting in a piece of paper, twisting the knob on the platen to position the paper, pressing down the keys and seeing the individual typeRead More…

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Cartegram is a global scavenger hunt game

on Monday, June 30th, 2014

Cartegram is a Kickstarter campaign for a scavenger hunt game that gets you off the couch and outside exploring your own town. Don’t worry, it’s not like geocaching where you have to use a GPS and sometimes cryptic clues to find the cache. Cartegram looks to be a significantly easier than that because everyone who plays will haveRead More…

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TiMaG Titanium magnets review

on Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Reviews

My fascination and love of magnets goes way back. As a kid I used to dismantle the motors of small appliances and toys with the sole purpose of extracting the magnets. I don’t destroy things anymore to get magnets, but I still like them – a lot. I was very happy to accept the offer toRead More…

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TKS: Titanium Key System review

on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I love the concept of Kickstarter, enabling those with ideas to bring them to life and put them out there for the world to see.  If others agree, they put their hard earned money down to fund the creation of something new and (hopefully) innovative. Occasionally, the Gadgeteer gets to tryout Kickstarter projects before theirRead More…

HookUp

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

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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 fromRead More…

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Safely charge your mobile device while blocking data syncing and “juice jacking”

on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

You’ve got a full day of travel ahead of you, and your phone is beeping to let you know its battery is nearly dead.  You start looking around the airport terminal for a charging station to give the battery a shot of power while you’re waiting to board the plane.  Have you heard the warningsRead More…

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Strong Like Bull Throw Magnets offer a fun fling at your fridge

on Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Posted in: Crowdfunded, Geek Toys, News

Ever toss a magnet at something to watch it stick? Simple but fun, right? Until you scratch or gouge the surface where the magnet lands. Brian Conti wanted to capture the fun of tossing magnets and watching them stick to things while avoiding damage to the magnet or the surface, so he created the crowedfunded KickstarterRead More…

Pluggy Jack

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

on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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 plugRead More…

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Drop protection for your iPad minus the case

on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Two of my favorite things about the iPad Air and iPad mini are their size and style. Even though I’m more drawn to Android devices these days, I still really prefer the way Apple products look and feel. No one does product design like Apple. That’s why I never can figure out why you would ever wantRead More…