grillight

BBQ masters with nocturnal grilling tendencies will no longer need to juggle a flashlight in one hand while flipping burgers with the other if they use the Grillight Grilling Spatula. Made of restaurant grade stainless steel, this two-in-one meat flipper is also a flashlight too. It features a bright high powered LED in the handle that illuminates the spatula and the surface of the grill. The LED replicates daylight so you can see the true color of the food you’re cooking and the Grillight is dishwasher safe so clean up is a breeze. Grillight also sells other grilling tools with built-in flashlights including a fish flipper, tongs and more. The Grillight spatula BBQ tool is priced at $24.95 MSRP and is available from grillight.com and Amazon.

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear

rumpl-blanket

What do you get when you cross a sleeping bag, a “puffy” style coat and a blanket? My best guess would be a Rumpl. Billed as “high performance blankets,” Rumpl uses technical materials designed for the outdoor industry to produce blankets for indoor OR outdoor use, making them great for snuggling up by a campfire or lounging on your couch. The outer shell is 20D Ripstop Nylon with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) and is water, stain and odor repellent. Synthetic insulation allows it to be washed in conventional washing machines as well as making Rumple very compressible, packing down into its included stuff sack. And the patterns give it a nature-inspired touch. Rumpl is available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors, ranging from $65 to $229. Visit gorumpl.com for more info.

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

wildkamera-11

If you want to capture images and video of wildlife, you need a camera that has been designed with weather resistance, motion detection and night vision. Trail cameras are designed specifically for this task. The WildKamera Wild-Vision Full HD 5.0 trail camera is my second trail camera review. Let’s see what critters it was able to capture. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

eachine-drone-1

Drones are becoming ubiquitous in society; you can buy them everywhere from Best Buy to 7-Eleven. There is an incredible amount of variety available should you be interested in a drone. I’ve had the opportunity to review drones big and small, expensive and cheap.

Recently I was given the Eachine E10C mini video drone to review. It’s a small, 720P video drone that should be fun to use.

Let’s find out how it compares to other drones I’ve used.

[click to continue…]

Posted in: Camera Gear, Geek Toys, Reviews

nest-outdoor

After years of offering one of the most popular indoor security cameras, Nest has introduced the Nest Cam Outdoors. This weatherproof camera has been designed for outdoors installations which means you’ll finally be able to see what’s going on at night. That’s the biggest complaint that I have with all the indoor security cameras that I’ve reviewed – you can’t point them out a window and expect to capture night vision footage. Why? It’s because the camera’s IR LEDs reflect off the window glass blocking the image through the glass. The Nest Cam Outdoors features 1080p resolution, 130° wide-angle view, 2-way audio, motion detection notifications on phone or email, and an easy install. It does require a connection to power, but it does connect wirelessly to the internet so that it can record video 24/7 to the cloud. Monthly subscriptions start at $10 a month with up to 30 days of continuous cloud recording. The new Nest Cam Outdoors is priced at $199 and is available for pre-order with shipping due this fall. For more info visit Nest.com

Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, News

lux-blox

Lux Blox are a snap and lock hinge building system that allows kids and adults to use their imagination by creating models that can curve, bend, flex, twist, turn and move while remaining strong and stable. The shape of the blox are built around nature.

We call Lux “the principled block” because we intentionally designed Lux to give the user nature’s own design principles. Lux are structural atoms and will organize, structure, and generate rules of complexity that will guide the builder into the amazing world of nature’s creative mind. Lux is literally a user interface with nature at the structural level.

Lux Blox sets are available in 88 – 900 piece sets that range in price from $29.99 up to $199.95. For more info visit luxblox.com and check Amazon for lower pricing.

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News

pokemon-go-1

On July 6, 2016, Pokémon Go was released here in the US and Australia. I heard about it last week when a co-worker brought his phone to my desk to ask if I’d seen the game yet. He immediately caught a Ratatat that was hiding on my desk. He was pretty excited about the app which no different than millions of other people who have already installed and played this augmented reality mobile video game.

Yesterday when I was on the phone with my dad, he asked the question “what is Pokémon Go?” I explained to him that it’s a game for your smartphone that uses your phone’s GPS and camera to let you see and then capture little cartoon creatures as you walk around your town. “So, this isn’t something that I’d want to do right?” he asked. I said, “No, dad, I don’t think so…”

You really know something has gone viral when even your 82-year-old non-techie dad knows what about it. So, has Pokémon Go changed mobile gaming forever? And is that a good thing? [click to continue…]

Posted in: Articles

Wand_Communicator_3

Imagine you’re a member of the crew of the USS Enterprise. You are part of an elite away team, along with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and for some unknown reason, Dr. McCoy. Aliens are attacking your team from all sides. You need suppressing fire power to rain down from above. What do you do? As this scene, or one similar, played out in my 9-year old imagination, I would always reach for and open my trusty Star Fleet Standard Issue Communicator. Unfortunately, the voices and commands were all imaginary as my Communicator was just a toy. Not any more!  43 years later, that “toy” has become reality with The Wand Company’s Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator.

[click to continue…]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Geek Toys, Reviews

waterfield-bolt

The new WaterField Designs Bolt Laptop Backpack has been designed to take you from work to play with its spacious interior, comfortable shoulder straps, and organized pockets for your gear and laptop. You’ll make it through TSA airport security in a flash with the quick access zippers that let you remove your laptop or tablet easily and quickly. The Bolt Laptop Backpack is available in versions made of waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with black, chocolate or grizzly full-grain leather accents. The Bolt laptop backpack is priced at $329 and is available today from WaterField Designs.

Posted in: Bags, News

timemachine

Today we have six quick review updates from Kathleen Chapman, our Texas-based Gadgeteer who has been on the Gadgeteer team for over two years now. If you’ve ever wondered how well some of the gadgets and gear hold up after we’ve posted our reviews, these update posts will answer your questions. We let you know how some of our favorite and our not so favorite gear stands up to weeks, months and even years of use after we’ve posted our reviews. Click through to see a list of Kathleen’s updates and then scroll to the bottom of each review to read her comments. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Reviews

audible-3month-trial

The title says it all – part of Amazon’s Prime Day offers includes a THREE month trial of Amazon’s Audible (Prime members only) in which you will receive one free audiobook per month AND a $10 Amazon credit toward your next qualifying Amazon purchase. After your three months are up, you will be charged $14.95 per month if you have not cancelled the service. The $10 credit will not show up in the “Your Account” section but will appear “in the payment section of checkout when you place a qualifying order for new items shipped and sold by Amazon.com.”  The promotional credit expires at 11:59 pm Pacific Time 90 days from the date the promotional credit is received. See the following link for the terms and conditions of this offer and sign up for Amazon’s Audible trial membership here. If you’re not a Prime member, you can also sign up for a 30 day free trial.

Posted in: News

gearbest-teclast-12

iPads and Android tablets from popular companies like Apple and Samsung can serve as easy to carry entertainment devices and as a light weight alternative to a traditional laptop. The only downside is that most tablets are expensive and they are unable run your favorite desktop applications. The TECLAST X80 Pro tPad tablet from Gearbest is an option for people who have a limited budget and want both a mobile OS and a desktop OS in a small form factor. At only $80, the X80 Pro should be a great buy right? Let’s find out.

[click to continue…]

Posted in: Android, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Braven_BRV_XXL_3

I’m getting tired of repeating myself, but here goes: Braven speakers make some of the best speakers I’ve reviewed, blah, blah, blah. With all the Braven reviews I’ve written, it’s beginning to sound trite, but it is true. Over the past few years, I’ve watched Braven evolve from a maker of the really good small, aluminum Braven 600 Portable Bluetooth Speaker to a company that offers a boatload of small, portable speaker choices. Up until recently, the Braven speakers only sounded big. Now, they are big in both sound and size! Meet the Braven BRV-XXL: the biggest portable Bluetooth speaker available—so far.

[click to continue…]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

amazon-prime-$67

Today is Amazon’s second annual Prime Day event, this is the day when Amazon Prime members can take advantage of special savings deals on 1000’s of products on Amazon. You’re not a Prime member? No worries, you can sign up now for a 30-day free trial so you can join in on today’s shopping frenzy. Here are just  a few deals:

Click through for more deal links. [click to continue…]

Posted in: News

crowdfund

This week I’m featuring four crowdfunding campaigns from Kickstarter that have caught my eye for being unique and worth checking out. Click through to check out this week’s list of notable Kickstarter projects. [click to continue…]

Posted in: News