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Misfit announces new more affordable Misfit Flash activity tracker

on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Coming days after announcing compatibility with Windows Phone devices, Misfit has now released a new activity tracker called the Flash. The Flash sticks with the unique circular design of their popular Misfit Shine tracker, but this one comes in with a price that  is under $50. The Flash is constructed of a special soft-touch plasticRead More…

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Never trip over your tent’s guy lines at night again

on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

These tent stakes are made of 6000 series aluminum, so they are built to last.  The UCO StakeLights also have an LED light that marks the perimeter of your tent with light and makes the location of the guy lines clearly visible.  The LED is encased in a highly water-resistant TPE housing (IPX 6), and it usesRead More…

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The Cardiff Skate Company S1 skate review

on Monday, September 15th, 2014

Skate technology has come a long way since the first patented version of roller skates from the 1760’s. Things like polyurethane wheels over steel wheels, strap on skates over lace up boot skates and four wheel inline over the quad version skate. So, where’s the next big improvement? The Cardiff Skate Company thinks they haveRead More…

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Polar Loop activity tracker review

on Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Polar, who is well known for their heart rate sensors and sports watches, have a new wrist worn activity tracker called the Loop. The gadget category of activity trackers is so crowded that competition is fierce. Let’s see how the Polar Loop measures up.

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Misfit Shine activity tracker app is now available for Windows Phone

on Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Of all the activity trackers that I’ve reviewed (there have been a lot!), the one that gets the award for the sleekest, most fashionable and most unique design is the Misfit Shine from Misfit Wearables. The Shine started out only working with iOS devices and then later became compatible with Android devices. Windows Phone usersRead More…

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Make sure you look perfect before snapping that selfie with this brush

on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, somebody comes along with something like this…  The Selfie Brush for iPhone 5/5s holds your phone while you snap a selfie, after first brushing your hair to look your best, of course.  This paddle-style brush works as a protective phone case, too, so you can make calls,Read More…

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Track your family’s temperature readings with the Kinsa Smart Thermometer

on Monday, September 8th, 2014

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is a smartphone connected digital thermometer that is compatible with a variety of iOS and Android devices (see compatibility info). The name “Kinsa” comes from the words Kinder, meaning child, and Kin, meaning family. The thermometer is thin and flexible for comfort and plugs into the headphone jack of the mobileRead More…

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Sit comfortably in front of your computer, even if you don’t have a desk

on Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sitting at a desk while working on a laptop or desktop computer can be very tiring.  If your desk height and chair height aren’t right for you, you can get back and neck pain, and you can even develop carpal tunnel problems with your wrists.  You can take the desk out of the equation withRead More…

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Play games on your smartphone using only your breath

on Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Do you play games on your smartphone to relax and de-stress? The Zenytime Puck is a small handheld Bluetooth gadget that pairs with your iOS or Android smartphone and is used like a joystick to play games – but instead of manipulating it with your hands, you breath into it. No, I’m not kidding. TheRead More…

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Garmin vivofit activity tracker review

on Friday, September 5th, 2014

I have a thing for activity trackers, fitness trackers, pedometers or whatever other name you like to call them. I’ve reviewed at least a dozen of them in the last couple of years and don’t see an end to their popularity anytime soon. The latest tracker to track my steps is the vivofit from Garmin.Read More…

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This phone armband is a wallet, too

on Friday, September 5th, 2014

If you like to take along your phone or media player while you exercise outdoors, you probably have considered an armband at some point.  These Armpockets from Herrington are more than just a phone holder.  They have three internal pockets with room for IDs, cash, even keys in addition to your phone.  The Armpocket isRead More…

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Survival Pucks Compact Emergency Kits

on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Each of these little 3.25″ diameter X 1.1″ thick canisters contain emergency supplies.  The containers are made of 5000-series aluminum and have knurled screw-on lids; they are waterproof and have waterproof labels.  When you pull the label off, the the lid is a serviceable signal mirror.  What’s inside these little canisters are the kits that canRead More…

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Be ready for zombies or the hunger games with this folding bow

on Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Whether you’re preparing for the apocalypse, want to become the next Katniss Everdeen, rob from the rich like Robin Hood or just enjoy shooting arrows with a bow, the Compact Folding Survival Bow is a bow that takes up very little space when it’s not in use. Folded down it’s only 23″ long x 1.5Read More…

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Does your pet have an emergency preparedness kit?

on Saturday, August 30th, 2014

If you live in areas prone to natural disasters, you probably have made some preparations for emergencies.  Do you have an survival kit for your pet?  Quake Kare sells survival kits for dogs and cats, filled with products you’ll need to keep your pet healthy and fed until things start to return to normal.  The kits comeRead More…

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Monkeylectric Monkey Light M210 and M232 wheel light review

on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

My son finally took up an interest in learning to ride a bike, so I’ve been looking into ways to increase visibility.  Bright clothing and reflectors are important, but a wild array of LED lights on the wheel?  This could be hard to ignore!

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Tempo wearable monitor for seniors helps you keep a discreet eye on your elderly relatives

on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Do you have an aging parent or relative who wants to live on their own, but you are concerned about fading health?  They don’t want to live with you or in an assisted living facility, but you’d like a way to know what is happening with them on a daily basis?  There are various monitoring devicesRead More…

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The TANDA zap promises to zap your acne away in just one day

on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Eight years ago, The Gadgeteer reviewed the Zeno Acne Treatment device, and that review is still being read today.  Acne is a horrible thing that sits right there on your face, for everyone to see.  It can sap your confidence in your appearance, it can physically hurt, and it can leave scars.  People try all kindsRead More…

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MudFighter tools declare war on muddy shoes

on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The Mudfighter-series is a collection of tools that have been designed to help you remove mud and rocks from the soles / treads of your shoes. They are perfect for cross country runners, hikers, and even people that have dogs I could have used one of these tools several years ago when I had myRead More…

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FOOTbrake – Folding “shoes” for cyclists that fit in a jersey pocket

on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Hardcore cyclists wear special shoes with cleats that hook into the pedals of their bicycles. These cleats make it difficult to walk around when they stop for a break during a ride. The FOOTbrake is a pair of thin flip-flop style sandals that fold up and store in a water resistant cinch sack that canRead More…

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Spree Fitness Monitor review

on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Exercise has been an important part of my life for the past 17 years. My biggest challenge is staying motivated. I don’t like gyms or running and since I exercise at home using DVD programs (Insanity, Insanity The Asylum, and Tae Bo Get Ripped Advanced), I don’t have anyone to motivate me or hold meRead 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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Always be prepared with the M48 First Aid Kit

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

M48 is known for tactical and survival gear, and part of your survival gear should be a good first aid kit.  M48 has created a First Aid Kit, and ThinkGeek has them.  They’ve packed 56 necessities, like hand sanitizer, gauze and bandages, elastic bandages, antibiotic, gloves, sterile sponges, and more, into an 8″ X 5.25″Read More…

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Breathe clean, cool air in your personal space

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Most air filters are designed to clean the air in an entire room, but the Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan cleans your personal space at home or in the office.  When collapsed (bottom, left image), the fan  “removes ultrafine particles to provide a clean personal environment. Unpleasant odors are removed, as well as smallRead More…

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Signal your intentions with the Biking Glowes

on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Bicycles don’t usually come with lights on them, and the add-on kits are usually either reflectors or lights that just alert drivers that someone is cycling in front of them.  During the day, you can use the hand signals you learned in driver’s ed classes to indicate when you will be making a turn, butRead More…