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Putting you in the driver’s seat: the NAIAS Ford Blogger Experience

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as part of the NAIAS Blogger Experience with Ford. Now, you may wonder what an auto show has to do with The Gadgeteer, but if you look at how much our electronics have been integrated into our vehicles, it doesn’t Read More…

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What’s my ride? – Julie

on Friday, September 6th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

Last month I posted a short gadget diary entry about my new gadget transport system. Andy Chen suggested that the whole team should do a “What’s my ride?” series of posts similar to our “What’s in your bag?” and daily use apps posts. I’m up first with my brand new 2013 MINI Cooper S hardtop.

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CRKT ExiTool keeps you prepared for vehicle emergencies

on Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

We’ve covered a few vehicle escape tools in the past and they all suffer from the same problem – the tool probably isn’t close by when you actually need it. Although I haven’t needed to use one, I do carry one in my gear bag. But if I was in an accident and trapped in Read More…

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Go Further with Ford 2013 Trend Conference

on Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

I recently spent three days in Detroit, Michigan, as one of 200 guests at Ford Motor Company’s annual Trend Conference.  The event was a showcase of several Ford products, but more importantly, it’s a look into the future direction of technology and environmental concerns for Ford and the auto industry as a whole.   It Read More…

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Keep your coffee hot during your morning commute

on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Are you still trying to figure out what to give your dear old Dad for Father’s Day? If he’s a coffee or tea drinking commuter, the ThinkGeek Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug might be a good option. This insulated mug features a 12-volt DC adapter that you can plug into your car’s power socket to Read More…

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Prius will offer in-vehicle Qi wireless charging

on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

If you’ve been keeping up with my recent gadget diary posts, you’ll know that I’ve been interested in wirelessly charging my Samsung Galaxy S3. After a couple different cradles and a custom ROM, I’m happily charging without wires using the Qi wireless charging standard. That’s why my interest was piqued when I heard the news that Read More…

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2013 Kia Soul Test Drive

on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

It’s been almost a year since my last test drive, so I’ve really been missing that new car smell. Lucky for me, I was offered an opportunity to do another test drive a couple weeks ago. This time it was for a fully loaded 2013 Kia Soul. It was delivered to me with a full Read More…

Decrease your energy costs by up to 50% by converting your existing fleet vehicles to hybrids with the EchoDrive system

on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

This post brought to you by Echo Automotive. All opinions are 100% mine. Even if environmental factors don’t enter into your equation when purchasing vehicles, the continually rising cost of fuel surely does.  When buying a new vehicle, it’s easy to find a fuel-efficient or even a hybrid or electric vehicle that meets your needs. Read More…

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Automatica automatically syncs with the cloud to provide you with mobile tunes

on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear, News

  If your vehicle has a built in USB port, the Automatica might become your next favorite gadget. The Automatica USB device is a small computer that emulates a USB mass storage device connected to your car and constantly updated by an Internet WiFi connection. It syncs with cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Read More…

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Cobra JoyRide – Intelligent car charging system for Android smartphones

on Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Cobra Joyride is a 2.1 amp rapid charger that plugs into a 12V power socket in your car and helps make your phone interaction safer while driving. It automatically configures the phone for in-car usage by signaling the companion Android app when you get in and out of your car. A button built into Read More…

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FREEKEY Press to Open Keyring Review

on Saturday, May 19th, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, Reviews

I love it when someone takes an item that we all use everyday and reinvents it to make it more convenient. For example, when was the last time you thought to yourself that you love the design of the everyday ordinary keychain split ring? Probably never… More likely, you swear under your breath every time Read More…

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Julie’s Gadget Diary 05-02-12

on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

When you live in Southern Indiana like I do, seeing a celebrity is a rare event. Lucky for me, I work for Cummins Inc. and our Cummins Turbo Diesel engine just happens to power the Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 (TIV 2), featured on the Discovery Channel television shows “Storm Chasers” and “Mythbusters”. This vehicle has been designed to Read More…

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2013 Ford Escape Test Drive

on Sunday, April 29th, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Recently I had the opportunity to spend 4 hours test driving the new 2013 Ford Escape small SUV through Northern California’s wine country.  Ford has come a long way since the first Ford I bought, a 1956 Fairlane.  The Escape is quiet, solidly built, fuel efficient and loaded with tech and convenience features, none of which Read More…

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2012 KIA Rio EX 5-door Test Drive

on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been lucky enough to test drive a new car. The first car was a 2012 Mazda Mazda 3 and this past week it was a KIA Rio EX 5-Door. I loved the KIA Optima I test drove last year, so I was excited to try the smaller, more economical Rio.

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Devium Dash – Turns Your iPhone Into an In Dash Stereo

on Saturday, April 21st, 2012

The Devium Dash is an interesting concept in car stereos. It’s a two component system that consists of a faceplate and a body. The body (shown above in Black) is installed in your dash in the spot where your current car stereo resides. It interfaces with your vehicle’s speakers. The faceplate connects to the body Read More…

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 i Grand Touring 4-Door Test Drive

on Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Last week the same people that allowed me to test drive a 2011 KIA Optima SX Turbo last Fall, contacted me with an offer to do another 1 week test drive. I had a lot of fun with the KIA, so I was happy to accept their offer to take  a look at a 2012 Read More…

SwissRoomBox – A mini-RV inside your car!

By: Mark Adkins
on Sunday, April 8th, 2012
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

Earth Day (April 22) not only reminds us to think about our impact on the Earth, it also signals the beginning of the travel season, so it is only natural to think about how to vacation in a more eco-friendly manner. How about a way to use your car, SUV, or mini-van instead of a Read More…

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Satechi SoundFly VIEW Bluetooth FM Transmitter Review

on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The SoundFly VIEW Bluetooth FM Transmitter from Satechi is a car gadget for those of us that are not fortunate enough to own a Bluetooth enabled vehicle (like my 2006 Mazda 3). Here at The Gadgeteer, we’ve reviewed Bluetooth speakerphones before and we’ve reviewed FM transmitters. But I think this might be the first Bluetooth FM transmitter Read More…

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It’s Vegas Time, Baby…

on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear, News

I have reviewed some very cool and unusual devices, items and accessories here at the Gadgeteer. Everything from building lightsabers to lasers that can burn thru Legos to handmade leather bags from the far reaches of the Globe. But my latest assignment may be the most exciting and cool thing that I have done so Read More…

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2011 KIA Optima SX Turbo Test Drive

on Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

A few days ago I was given the opportunity to review a 2011 KIA Optima SX Turbo. This is undoubtedly the biggest and most expensive “gadget” that I’ve ever been offered to review and you all know that I didn’t even have to think about it for more than a second before agreeing to a Read More…

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Ford’s MyKey Do Not Disturb Technology Prevents Distracted Teenager Driving

on Monday, November 7th, 2011
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Ford is set to introduce their MyKey – Do Not Disturb technology into their cars  in 2012.  This innovative system is a further attempt to reduce the accident rate involving teenagers. Parents can have a special MyKey for their teenagers which restricts a number of functions while their own key has none of the restrictions. The Read More…

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Oxygen Audio O CAR – Car Radio Built for the iPhone

on Thursday, August 25th, 2011

If you’re an iPhone user that also happens to be shopping for a new head unit for your vehicle, you might want to check out Oxygen Audio’s new O CAR stereo which has been designed specifically for the iPhone. The O CAR features a built-in RDS-enabled AM/FM tuner, Bluetooth connectivity and a 4-channel, 55-watt amp Read More…

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Take the Energizer All-in-One Air Jump Power on your Next Road Trip

on Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Posted in: Car Gear, News

It’s summer time, and that means people all over the country are setting out on vacations. For those of you that aren’t flying to your destination, the Energizer All-in-One Air Jump Power looks like it might be a wonderful traveling companion to stow in the trunk of your car. This 12-Volt system can jump start Read More…

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Sony shows 3D displays with Dual-View capability

By: I Yarom
on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The jury is still out on the verdict regarding the usage of 3D TV’s at home. In the meantime, Sony has showed additional usage for the capability of showing a different image to each eye — Dual-View. Dual-View enables two players to watch one screen, but to view two different images (instead of the split Read More…

Gone Are the Days of Remote Start From a Key Ring

By: Karen Nelson
on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Viper has created technology that allows you to start your car from virtually anywhere with your smartphone.  Viper SmartStart works with iPhones, Blackberrys, and Android.  SmartStart allows you to heat/cool your car, lock/unlock doors, control multiple cars, personalize settings, and start remotely from practically anywhere.  There are three configurations:  VSM200, VSS3000, and VSS5000.  The configurations Read More…