Famous notebook maker, Moleskine, has come out with new smartphone and tablet accessories. You can turn your iPhone or Android phone into a Moleskine notebook with a booktype case that includes a paper notebook, or just have a hard case shell to protect your device. They also include universal tablet cases, ranging in many colors to suit your style. You can find out more over at Moleskine.com.
If you don’t already know (or if you have not reserved your copy) Windows 10 is launching tomorrow July 29, 2015. Although that in itself is not groundbreaking or earth shattering news, the fact that you can get it for free is. Now, don’t get me wrong I am not the biggest Windows fan, but this new version looks rather promising. The new Windows 10 from Microsoft will have such features as;
- Cortana, a personal assistant
- Microsoft Edge, a new browser
- Xbox Live and the Xbox app, the ability to stream from your Xbox to your PC
- Windows Hello, a biometric authentication system
Get your kids excited about going back to school with the Minecraft Creeper Backpack. Girls and boys love the game and can now take a part of it with them to school. This officially licensed backpack is made of 100% polyester, is water resistant (it should be washed by hand), and has three compartments: the main compartment (11″ wide x 14″ tall x 2″ deep with 360° padding), the front compartment (10″ wide x 13″ tall x 1″ deep plus 5-pocket organizer and pen holder), and middle compartment (11″ wide x 13 1/2″ tall x 2 1/2″ deep). It also has a padded base, a padded back, padded straps, and padded dividers. And, if the kids should forget their Creeper backpack, it may just chase after them and flag them down with a “Hisssss”. The Minecraft Creeper Backpack is available from ThinkGeek for $39.99. Please visit their website for more information.
Is it me, or does just about every device I own now plug into a USB charger? My cell phone, my camera, my Bluetooth headphones, even my flashlight batteries. I love my devices, but I never seem to have enough USB ports or USB ports with enough power to charge my items in a timely manner. iClever knows this is an issue and has developed the iClever 6-port USB Travel Wall Charger.
Holding a tablet for an extended period of time can fatigue your hands and negatively affect your posture. The EzilStein (pronounced “easel + stein”) is a uniquely designed minimalist universal tablet stand that you wear for hands-free tablet viewing. The stand is made in the USA of lightweight anodized aluminum and wood that easily folds up into a small bundle that fits in your gear bag when you’re not using it. Once setup, your tablet will feel like it’s floating in front of your face at the perfect level for easy viewing. The EzilStein hands-free universal tablet stand is priced at $39.95 and is available now. Visit handsfreetablet.com for more info.
Are you the owner of a shiny new 2015 Apple MacBook with the USB Type-C port? As you’re building up your collection of USB Type-C accessories, the USB 3.1 Type-C to SATA Combo Adapter from Brando is a handy device that you might want to consider adding to your gadget toolbox. Although flash storage is swiftly becoming more popular than physical hard drives, you never know when you might need to have the ability to transfer files from a hard drive to another type of storage. This adapter not only allows you to connect a SATA hard drive to your computer, but it also can be used as an USB 3.0 2-Port Hub and it even has built-in SD and micro SD card slots. This adapter is priced at $30. For more info visit Brando.
Messenger bags are my favorite style of bags because they are casual, don’t fall over when you set them on a flat surface and can hold all my gear with room to spare. Thousands of other people must also like messenger bags because Peak Design’s Everyday Messenger Bag Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $1M in the four days since it was launched. After checking out all the features that this bag offers, I can understand the excitement. First of all, the bag looks great. It is made of water-resistant waxed canvas and will be available in charcoal and tan colors. But the little details are what interest me most. The expanding capacity, pivoting shoulder strap, magnetic latches and foam dividers are just a few things I can’t wait to see in person. This bag has been designed for everyone, from photographers to travelers to gadgeteers like you and I. A pledge of $195 will reserve one bag in your choice of color, with shipping estimated for December. Peak Design has had several successful campaigns, so I have no worries of recommending this product even without trying one in person. For more info head on over to their Kickstarter campaign page.
So, you have a Star Wars charger for your house, but what about your car? The Stormtrooper USB car charger could be that gateway gadget to your new “Death Car”. Designed to be plugged into your car’s 12V power socket, the Stormtrooper USB car charger delivers 2.1 Amps of power to charge your gadgets. This officially licensed product is approximately 2″ tall by 2″ wide and 4 1/2″ deep. It’s available at ThinkGeek for $19.99, and if a Stormtrooper is not on your level, they also have a Darth Vader version. Visit ThinkGeek for more info.
Aside from my car, I generally don’t listen to music unless I have headphones on. I don’t know why this is. I think I’m embarrassed by my strange taste in music. Since earbuds are uncomfortable to me, I decided to take a look at the Samson SR550 Over-Ear Studio Headphones.
Remember the Pilot FriXion pens with their erasable ink? Now Pilot is offering FriXion stamps that can be used to decorate your journal, paper calendar, etc. Just like the FriXion pens, these stamps use the same type of thermo-sensitive ink that will disappear with friction. The Pilot FriXion stamps are available in several ink colors and stamp styles. There are birthday, present, drink, hospital and other stamps. The Pilot FriXion stamps are priced at $3 each from JetPens.com
Minimalists will love this product because it’s a mirror that conceals a big screen TV. Use it as a mirror by day and at night it becomes a TV. The TV Mirror mounts over your existing TV and uses beamsplitter TV mirror technology to turn the black screen of your powered off TV into a backing for this special glass mirror. When the TV is powered off, it performs like a traditional mirror, but as soon as you turn on the TV, you can watch movies and shows as you normally would through the glass. TV Mirrors are available in a variety mirror types and styles that will fit over HDTVs sized 10 to 105 inches. It’s a cool idea that I saw on a Tiny House Nation episode a few weeks ago. I like the idea of having a large mirror and a TV that can use the same space. What I don’t like is the price. TV Mirrors are Oprah expensive. Prices start at $1400 and go up to over $3000, and that price doesn’t even include the TV. Ouch! If you want more info, head on over to framemytv.com
When traveling, I like to have light versatile products to use when I am out and about touring. While I almost always carry some sort of bag or sack for souvenirs or goodies, they are not waterproof or do not offer a waterproof storage area. The Matador Droplet Wet Bag can solve that issue, it is a 9″ x 10.5″ three liter, waterproof bag that folds compactly into a droplet shaped silicon keychain holder when not in use. Although I see this as a great traveling companion Matador views it as a great companion for the gym, pool or the beach. Designed to keep moisture in or out depending on your use, the Droplet Wet Bag seems to be very versatile. At a price of $14.99 from the Matador website, the Droplet Wet Bag may make a great traveling companion.
BiasFX, an iOS app from Positive Grid, promises to turn your iPad into a world-class guitar amp and effects processor. With dozens of high-quality amp simulations, stomp boxes, and rack-like processors, this software aims high. Does it hit the mark? This review is guest-written by my husband, Butch, who will help us answer this question.
Messenger bags are my favorite style of everyday bag because they can pretty much hold everything but the kitchen sink you need them to. If you’re as much of a fan of WaterField bags as I am, you’ll be interested to know that WaterField has recently introduced their new Vitesse messenger bag. The bag is made of waxed canvas with leather accents and comes in three colors including the brown version that is pictured here. The Vitesse features a grab handle on top, side pockets that give you access to important items without having to lift the flap, and four internal pockets that will hold a laptop and other smaller items. The Vitesse messenger bag is priced at $159.00 and is made to order within five business days. Visit WaterField for more info.
Walmart and Evenflo have teamed up to announce a new baby car seat that has built-in technology to alert the driver when the child’s harness clip becomes unbuckled and when the child is still in the seat after arriving at their destination. Last summer it seemed like each week that passed we were hearing about a child who had been left in a car and had died due to heat-related issues. According to an article on CNN:
On average, 38 children die every year as a result of being trapped in hot cars. In about half the cases, children are forgotten in the back seat, according to the nonprofit KidsAndCars.org. Often, a parent has forgotten to drop a child off at daycare.
Distraction and fatigue are just two factors that parents deal with on a daily basis. The Evenflo Advanced Embrace DLX Infant Car Seat with SensorSafe has a special receiver that has been designed to plug into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. This receiver syncs with the harness clip that secures the baby in the car seat. It will alert the driver with a tone when the clip becomes disconnected and when the clip is still connected once the car arrives at the destination and the ignition is turned off. This reminds the parent that the baby is still in the back seat. The connection method doesn’t require a smartphone or use of Bluetooth, making it easier to setup and use for non-technical parents.
The Evenflo Advanced Embrace DLX Infant Car Seat with SensorSafe is available in three colors and is priced at $149.88 through Walmart’s online store. For more info visit Walmart.
Time flies when you’re having fun or at work all week not having any fun at all. Yay for the weekends when you hopefully have time to get caught up on all the news and reviews that we posted here on The Gadgeteer. Grab yourself a nice cold drink, get comfy in your stretchy pants and click through to see a complete list of everything we posted this week. [click to continue…]
The German designed SOI bag light is a great idea for people who carry large gear bags, backpacks or tote bags. It’s a 3 x 1 inch disc shaped LED flashlight that you keep in your bag. When you stick your hand in the bag to retrieve an item, special proximity sensors can tell when your hand is close and will automatically turn on the light for about 10 seconds so that you can see the contents. If you’ve ever needed to find something in your bag at night, in a dark theater or other dark area, you can imagine how useful this little light might be. SOI is powered by two AAA batteries that will last for up to 6000 light cycles. The SOI bag light is priced at $35.49. For more info visit SOI or Amazon to order.
If you’re a fan of the Dark Knight, this Batman logo shaped mirror should be perfect for you. At least until your wife makes you take it down 😉 The Batman mirror is based on the circa 2003 logo – if you keep up with things like that. It’s made out of acrylic so it shouldn’t shatter if you’re carelessly practicing with your batarang skills indoors. The mirror is 27.5″ x 13″ (70cm x 33cm) and includes mounting hardware. The Batman mirror is priced at £29.99 with free shipping inside the UK. For those of us in the US, the price works out to $71 with shipping. For more info visit The Fowndry.
I still don’t own a laptop. Somehow, the iPad has worked out well for me. There are times I wish it had a keyboard, so I’m always on the hunt for a decent keyboard, but not a laptop. Is the Felix WriteOn Bluetooth Keyboard the one?
The Minecraft wolf can be a vicious creature until you tame him; then he’ll fight to the death for you. Bring that same fierce protection to your iPhone 6/5/5s, iPad mini, or Samsung Galaxy S5. This ThinkGeek exclusive, officially licensed Minecraft Wolf Character Case is made of silicone and has a lip on the front to keep your screen from touching the surface when placed face down. The cases have the following dimensions – iPhone 6: 3.1″ wide x 5.5″ tall x .5″ deep, iPhone 5/5s: 3″ wide x 5.3″ tall x .6″ deep, iPad mini: 6.3″ wide x 8.3″ tall x .6″ deep, Samsung Galaxy S5: 3.6″ wide x 6.0″ tall x .6″ deep. The Minecraft Wolf Character Case may be purchased from ThinkGeek for $19.99 for the phone cases or $24.99 for the iPad mini case. This little guy will protect you and your phone from everything but Creepers (disclaimer: I can not say if this case is impact resistant or provides any protection for your devices). Oh, by the way, ThinkGeek also has Creeper and Pig cases. Please visit their website for more information.