It’s always interesting when a new brand of lawn equipment comes out of nowhere and captures the imagination—and wallets—of consumers. Introduced in 2014, EGO has spent the last ten years researching and developing the Power+ platform, resulting in a line of cordless outdoor yard equipment with the power and performance of gas without the noise, fuss, and fumes. Ego’s products were designed and engineered by a global organization with a 20-year history of delivering breakthrough technology.
I’ve recently become a front pocket wallet convert. Instead of carrying a bunch of credit cards, a wad of cash, loose change, loyalty cards, receipts and other flotsam in a zippered wallet that I carry in my gear bag, I’ve pared down to just a few cards and a few folded dollars in a wallet I can put in my front pocket. To carry these few items, I’ve been trying various minimalist wallets. The newest one to earn a spot in my pocket is the Ti5 Slim Wallet from Machine Era. It’s thin, simple to use and is made in the USA. Let’s take a look.
I’ve written about Braven so much over the past few years that it’s no surprise when they continue to release new speaker after new speaker. Do these people ever sleep? One look at their website and you begin to realize that Braven means Bluetooth. I will soon be reviewing their new small and chunky BRV-1M, but also the giant BRV-XXL—and it is XXL! And now there’s already another new speaker. Sheesh. The new BRV-Blade is a waterproof speaker made to be used outdoors without worry. While there are many other waterproof—and water-resistant (there’s a difference)—Braven speakers, the BRV-Blade is a bit different in a few areas.
As a driver, it’s your duty to be a safe one, and your job to avoid accidents. But what happens when you do get into an accident? Are you prepared for it? Can you make it out? No one wants to get into an accident, but they happen to the best of us.
Being prepared in an accident can be the difference between life and death. Or at least a trip to the hospital. The AutoXscape 1 from INGEAR is a small handy emergency escape tool for your car. From simple roadside emergencies like using the flashlight at night to more serious situations like being trapped in a disabled car after an accident, this is a handy tool to have. [click to continue…]
This week I feature three Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns that have caught my eye for being unique and worth checking out. Click through to check out my list of this week’s notable Kickstarter projects. [click to continue…]
Back in the day when touchscreen devices were not finger-friendly, a stylus was a must have accessory. Today, styluses have two main uses: note taking and drawing. Like pens and pencils, styluses come in all manner of shapes and sizes, but one thing holds true with today’s styluses… If you want a stylus with a fine tip, it will have to be an active stylus. The difference between an active stylus and a passive stylus is that active styluses require a battery to power the active circuitry. Lynktec sent me their new Apex Fusion fine point active stylus to try. Let’s see if it’s a good option iOS or Android device. [click to continue…]
Are you one of the millions of people who use a wireless camera to keep an eye on your home and property when you can’t physically be there? How did you decide which camera to buy when there are so many on the market to choose from? I’ve lost count of all the security cameras that I’ve reviewed over the years, but I do know that there’s a feature that I always look for when it comes to the cameras that I use in my home. I prefer to use cameras that have a wide viewing angle. Without this feature, it’s difficult to see enough area to make sure everything is safe and sound. D-Link has just announced the DCS-8200LH, a new addition to their mydlink connected home series of WiFi cameras. The DCS-8200LH has a 180-Degree 720p wide angle low distortion view that will allow you to see significantly more area than most cameras on the market. This camera also has a microSD card slot for local recording and it can be connected with other D-Link sensors and IFTTT to create a home brew security system. The HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8200LH) will be available in July for $139.99. For more info visit Dlink.com
Saddleback Leather Company has just announced a new line of their very popular rugged premium leather bags. They are calling it the Ugly & Limited line, but I disagree with the ugly part. These bags are made with the same quality materials and craftsmanship as Saddleback’s other bags, but they feature leather with cattle brands, scars and other “defects” that some may consider less attractive than a perfect blemish free bag. The bags pictured in the Ugly & Limited area of the Saddleback Leather Company website are the actual bags that are for sale. Each one is unique and once it’s be sold, you’ll never see another one exactly like it again. The bags can vary wildly in style and price, but they still feature SB’s 100-year warranty that covers against defects in materials and workmanship for a century. For more info and to see what bags they are currently offering, visit Saddleback [affiliate link].
It seems that most gadgets, in general, are available at different price tiers. Speakers, quad-copters, cameras, pens, and tablets are all available from tens to thousands of dollars. The more costly versions of each will have better quality, provide more features, and perhaps provide the brand recognition that the consumer desires. The characteristic quality, features and brand (amongst other attributes) are the benefits that the added cost affords the consumer, and the ratio of cost:benefit is one way I evaluate gadgets to see if they are “worth it”. Earphones are a subcategory of speakers and they range from the $6.00 department store brand to $1225.00 JH16 Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors. The Phiaton MS 300 BA is a mid-tier, $99 MSRP, design. I found they provided an enjoyable listening experience and would be well worth the cost for the benefit they provide. Read on to see what I think! [click to continue…]
Happy weekend gadgeteers! I hope everyone had a great week. We were busy posting news and reviews on the topic you like best – gadgets! If you didn’t get a chance to read everything we posted this week, now is the time to get grab a cold beverage, get comfy and click through to view full listing of all the articles we posted this week on The Gadgeteer. Enjoy! [click to continue…]
This summer I bought my son a remote controlled car. Soon, I thought “what if I could attach a camera to it?” I already had GoPro cameras, but I wasn’t sure mounting them to a zippy kid’s toy that’s prone to crashing. Fortunately, I had the chance to review the Campark Sports Camera, which boasts 4K video recording.
The Bellini Kitchen Master is kind of like a really gorgeous guy you always imagined would be the perfect boyfriend till he became your boyfriend, and you realized he wasn’t so perfect, though you still felt you needed to believe it because of all the wonderful packaging. Besides, everybody says he’s wonderful, so it really must be so. You’re obviously missing something.
Having an easy way to mount your smartphone in your car is important if you want to use the phone for navigation or for in-car audio entertainment. There are all sorts of solutions on the market to mount phones to windshields, air vents, CD slots and more. When I’m shopping for a car mount, I want one that is easy to install, easy to use, doesn’t get in the way of car controls and requires no special tools for installation. Today I want to tell you about the Naztech MagBuddy Cup Holder Mount. It ticks all my requirement boxes and is also affordable. Let’s take a look. [click to continue…]
IK Multimedia’s new iKlip A/V has been designed for people who do mobile broadcasting. It has an expandable holding bracket that can hold most smartphones with a screen size of 3.5″ to 6″. It also has a steady-shot hand grip so you can record wobble-free video on the go. If you’d rather use a tripod or monopod instead of handheld, you can do that too by using the built in UNC 1/4″ threaded socket. The iKlip A/V features an integrated high-quality mic preamp so you can capture and monitor pro-quality audio.
iKlip A/V is designed for mobile broadcast professionals to provide pro-quality audio to your mobile videos. It features an integrated microphone preamp with phantom power that lets you use a high-quality external microphone for audio capture. Simply plug your microphone or wireless receiver into the preamp’s XLR input, then plug the 1/8” TRRS cable into your smartphone’s headphone/mic jack. It’s that simple. Need phantom power to your mic? No problem! iKlip A/V provides 48v of power via two AA batteries, and also features built-in support for holding most popular wireless microphone receivers.
The IK Multimedia iKlip A/V is priced at $179.99 and is available now. For more info visit ikmultimedia.com
I’m a huge fan of home automation. Several of the lights in my house are programmed to turn on when a person walks in the room, turn off when there is no longer motion, or turn off at a specific time.
Although I love my setup, some of my lights can only be turned on or off through an app on my phone. While this usually isn’t an issue, sometimes my phone is dead, in another room, or misplaced. On those occasions, I could use an easy way to turn my lights on and off.
Enter the Pebblebee stone, billed as a “Swiss Army Button”, the Stone is a “Bluetooth-enabled device that let’s you easily program shortcuts to everyday tasks through an easy to use app”.
Will the Stone be the solution I’ve been hoping for?