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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…

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Dash 3.0 (AKA Trim) wallet review

on Friday, May 16th, 2014

Minimalist wallets seem to be the rage on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. You know, those uber-slim, ultra-small wallets that help you carry less in a smaller, lighter-weight package (and avoiding the dreaded Costanza Wallet syndrome). Steven Elliot is no stranger to slim wallet projects, having already successfully run two of them, and his latest Kickstarter campaign, theRead More…

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Add 3 programmable hardware buttons to your Android phone

on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Back in the day, the most important feature of any mobile phone was its buttons. Now that we have touch screens, physical buttons have all but disappeared. If you are like me and wish your phone had a real buttons that you could press to do tasks like send a quick text, call a specific contact,Read More…

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Pop goes your smartphone on the Wezel leather wallet easel

on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Posted in: Crowdfunded, News, Wallets

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 andRead More…

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This iPhone 5 case will make you smell like roses

on Friday, May 2nd, 2014

It must be kooky case week. First it was an iPhone case with a built in cigarette lighter and now this. The latest iPhone 5/5s case that makes me scratch my head in wonder is the Atomyzer, an Indiegogo project seeking $20,000. What makes this case so kooky? Because the Atomyzer houses a refillable cartridgeRead More…

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Your electromagnetic personality may not show through, but your iPhone’s can with the Lunecase

on Thursday, May 1st, 2014

We all have them, cases for our phones. They come in plastic, metal, with batteries, with lights, some are thin and some are fat. So what’s the next technology in cell phone cases? The folks at Concepter think it is the Lunecase, which is a Kickstarter product seeking funding right now. Designed to use theRead More…

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Rack up some XPs by brushing

on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

What better way to encourage brushing in kids (and some adults) than by gamifying the twice a day chore?  A team of inventors is seeking crowd funding to make the Grush (Gaming-toothbRUSH) into a reality.  The toothbrush itself doubles as a motion sensing controller which pairs with a smartphone running one of the brushing games.  Games are gearedRead More…

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Why buy three accessories when one smartBandStand will do everything?

on Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The smartBandStand is an indiegogo project.  It’s an impact-resistant smartphone case with connector button, a fully-adjustable stand with tilt-screen feature, and an armband with Velcro or bungee-hook closure in one.  It will be available to fit various iPhone, Samsung, HTC, and LG smart phones; standard colors are black, white, or red.  It can stand on aRead More…

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Save your MacBook charger with a Juiceboxx

on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

If you have a MacBook, you know the chargers have built-in cord winders.  The problem with the winder is that it can put a lot of stress on the thin cable where it attaches to the charger.  This stress leads to broken cables, which leads to purchasing an expensive replacement charger.  The folks at JuiceboxxRead More…

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Magically turn on your lights with a wave of your hand using the iON capacitive switch

on Friday, April 11th, 2014

You’ve just come home to a dark house and your arms are full of groceries. With the wave of an arm or hand over the iON capacitive switch, you can turn on (or off) your lights without having to set your groceries down! And for the germaphobes out there, you no longer have to touchRead More…