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Viatek Night Stars Landscape Lighting review

on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Ever since my granddaughter visited Disney World, she’s been asking when I was going to put “Fairy Lights”  in the trees around the house.  I’ve been able to deflect, usually with the promise of ice cream, but now I can answer her request using the Night Stars light.  Although my initial thoughts were “who needsRead More…


Emitips give your favorite gloves capacitive touch capability

on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I don’t know how the weather is in your part of the world right now, but here in southern Indiana, we’re already having some sub 30 degree mornings.  That means glove weather for me. Regular gloves and smartphones with capacitive displays don’t get along well together. I’ve reviewed a couple different capacitive friendly gloves inRead More…


Cook up Some Pork & Beans and Charge Your Phone With the Same Device

on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

The PowerPot is a Kickstarter project that has already earned funding with 8 days to spare. What is it? It’s a portable thermo electric generator. Take it camping, fill it with some water or food, place it on your  campfire and you’ve got instant power.  There are two versions: the PowerPot V and the PowerPotRead More…


Black and Decker’s PlantSmart PCS10 Plant Sensor Review: The Gardener’s Fish Finder

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Fish Finders, to those who don’t know, are these electronic mechanisms that either assist greatly in not having to stop by the fish shop on the way home or are a blasphemy on the sacrosanct sport of fishing. Depends on who you talk to. Electronic gardening equipment quite possibly could be seen in the sameRead More…


Fido can stand under my Dogbrella ella ella ay ay ay

on Friday, February 25th, 2011

If you have a dog, you have stood in the rain with him while he does his business. No big deal for you, if you have an umbrella, but what about Fido? If you want to avoid wet dog smell, get your pooch his own umbrella – the Dogbrella. It’s a 29″ diameter canopy (thinkRead More…


Britta LED Solar Garden Lights Review

on Friday, July 9th, 2010
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

LEDs aren’t just for flashlights in your pocket or lightbulbs in your home. They can also be an easy way to add some flare to your garden without having to run wires or even use electricity to power them. Today we are going to take a look at 3 different solar powered LED garden lightsRead More…


Ionic Clean Washing System Review

on Saturday, June 26th, 2010

The HomeRight Iconic Clean Washing System is a large blue canister that takes your tap water and turns it into de-ionized (DI) water. The canister has a 20 foot hose with a soft bristle brush attached, and a three way (Off – Bypass – DI) switch on the end. You’re supposed to be able toRead More…


Bicycle + Skateboard = Magic One Wheel

on Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

If skateboards, inline skates and bicycles no longer excite you, combine all their elements and check out the Magic One Wheel from Brando. I’d probably break my neck trying it out, but it looks like it would be a lot of fun. The price is a little spendy though at $222.00.


Camp with confidence with the AltusLumen LightGear Gre

on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

AltusLumen has just launched their latest LED product: the LightGear Gre. It’s an 18-in-1 LED light with built-in survival tools that make it handy for campers, hikers, travelers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The flashlight has 4 LEDs that output 80 lux. The tools include an aluminum whistle, a storage compartment for storing items like needlesRead More…

The Exotac MATCHCAP keeps your matches dry

on Sunday, December 20th, 2009
Posted in: Gear, News

The Exotac MATCHCAP is a waterproof aluminum match holder can carry all sizes of matches from standard kitchen matches to NATO lifeboat matches and even the extended length matches sold by REI. It has a dual-striker design so that you can use safety matches, strike-anywhere matches, or a combination of two. An O-ring keeps bothRead More…

Sanyo Eneloop Kairo Review

on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

Not too long ago Julie posted a news spotlight on Sanyo’s Eneloop Kairo hand warmer.  I love the beauty of winter but hate the cold.  I always enjoy going outside with my big coat with many pockets to keep my gadgets in, but my hands are always cold even with gloves!  So I went outRead More…

Orbitwheel skates

on Sunday, December 6th, 2009
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Orbitwheels are an interesting cross between inline skates and a skateboard. Just flip out the foot platform, step in and away you go. They look a bit awkward to use since you can only roll sideways, but what do I know, I can’t even skate using regular roller blades Orbitwheels are available for $99.95.

Further proof that Americans are lazy or brilliant – Remote Controlled Rolling Cooler

on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News, Reviews

How about a rolling beverage cooler that you can control with a handheld remote control? Is this the product for obese tailgate party attendants or brilliant geeky party hosts? Either way, it’s a fun product that has room for 12 cans or bottles with ice. It can roll up to 40 feet from the hostRead More…


Sanyo can warm your heart and hands – eneloop Kairo

on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Sanyo’s eneloop Kairo (‘eneloop’ = ‘energy’ + ‘loop’ and ‘kairo’ = ‘pocket heat’ (translated from Japanese) may sound like a weird name for a product, but your hands won’t care. They will love this small rechargeable hand warmer that is great for indoors or outdoors. It has high and low settings at 38˚C (102˚F) andRead More…


The FaucetLock by Flow Security Systems

on Monday, November 23rd, 2009

This morning I was taking a shower when I noticed a drop in the water pressure.  We have an old house, and this always happens when someone turns on the water somewhere else in the house – but no one else was using any water.  After a couple of minutes, the water pressure returned toRead More…

Hobo knives – For chowing on the go

on Sunday, November 15th, 2009
Posted in: Gear, News

Here’s a nifty gadget for your gear bag. It’s a replica of a hobo knife from the early 1900’s. This one from W.R. Case has a bone handle with a knife, spoon and a fork with a can opener. It’s pretty expensive at around $80 or so at various online retailers. However, I did findRead More…


Filter your tap water on the go with a H2Only water bottle

on Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News

The H2Only 25 oz. water bottle from US Canteen has a built in Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration system that removes toxic chemicals, detergents, pesticides, and agricultural waste, as well as dissolved solids such as arsenic, aluminum, zinc, asbestos, copper, lead, mercury, and chromium 6. It also removes dirt, sediment, E-Coli Bacteria, DDT, MTBE, Benzene, and Chloroforms, whichRead More…


Launch a 2 liter bottle 100 ft – Aquapod Water Bottle Launcher

on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets

Summer may be officially over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still play outside. Need some motivation? How about the Aquapod Water Bottle Launcher. It’s the first professionally manufactured bottle launcher on the market that can launch a 2-liter plastic bottle up to 100 feet in the air. Get yours for $24.99. Full pressRead More…

Transportation for lazy lovebirds – PEDEGO Electric Tandem Bike

on Monday, September 21st, 2009
Posted in: Travel Gear

The next time you want to go for a ride with your sweetie, skip the sweat producing manual bicycle and go with a PEDEGO tandem e-bike. It features a beach cruiser design with two wide, cushioned seats, relaxed handlebars and a rear motor. It operates much like a regular tandem bicycle but utilizes a parallelRead More…

MacGyver jewelry – Survival Straps

on Sunday, September 6th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

The next time you’re in the jungle being chased by Nazi soldiers, you can take off your Survival Straps bracelet, unravel the 16 feet of paracord and rappel off the side of a cliff to safety. Oh wait, I think that was from an Indiana Jones movie, not a MacGyver episode. Anyway, you get theRead More…


Glarewear – Sunglasses for outdoor laptop viewing

on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Using your laptop outdoors on a sunny day can be difficult because the sunlight can cause the laptop’s display to look dark or washed out. Putting on your normal sunglasses usually makes matters worse. Glarewear sunglasses are sporty looking glasses that have special polarized lenses that allow you to see the display even on aRead More…


Keychain flashlight that can find scorpions

on Monday, July 13th, 2009
Posted in: Gear

Scorpions give me the creeps. Luckily, I don’t live in an area where we have those evil looking critters. If I did, I’d want a Photon Scorpion Finder Freedom Micro keychain light. How can an LED flashlight find a scorpion? A unique feature of nearly all scorpions is that their bodies will fluoresce brightly underRead More…


A fishing rod in your pocket

on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

Check it out, it’s a telescoping fishing pole that collapses into a pen sized container. I’m not sure how well it really works. I doubt you could catch anything too large with it, but it sure is cute! You can find them through Amazon and I want one of (UK). There’s even a siteRead More…

Hydro-Industries ReelSmart Automatic Hose Reel

on Monday, August 21st, 2006
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

August in Southern Indiana can be both hot and humid. Temperatures around 100 degrees are not unusual for us. As a result,
it’s normal to see people watering their outdoor plants in the evenings, to keep them from frying to a crisp. I’ve been
known to shirk my watering duties due to the fact that I hate wrestling with the garden hose. Unwinding it usually isn’t
a big deal, but winding back onto the reel can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. Since I’m all for trying a product
that has been designed to ease my frustration level, I was happy to review the ReelSmart Automatic Hose Reel from Hydro-Industries.

La Crosse Technology WS-7038U Wireless 433MHz Miniature Rain Monitor

on Thursday, June 15th, 2006
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

Mother Nature and gadgets. The two of them are a match made in heaven. There are gadgets that measure wind direction and velocity, gizmos that measure changes in the barometric pressure and gadgets that display the temperature. Today I’m going to tell you about the La Crosse Technology WS-7038U Wireless 433 MHz Miniature Rain Monitor. Sent to me by the folks at SmartHome, this kit comes with everything you will need to keep track of how much precipitation falls at your location.