Andy Jacobs

Husband, dad, biomedical engineer, and a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. Also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, rucking (goruck.com), travel, pugs, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

Samsung HM3200 Bluetooth Headset Review

For many of us, having our mobile phone grafted to our ear is more than a frequent occurrence, it’s a near constant activity.  It’s often useful to be able to multi-task while we’re gabbing, and many states now have laws prohibiting mobile phone use while driving.  Enter the hands-free headset.  There a wide range of …

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Organize your gadgets with GRID-IT!

Let’s face it.  Some of us gadgetophiles tend to be gadget collectors, even hoarders.  No shame in that, but how do you organize it all, especially your EDC, daily commute or travel items?  The GRID-IT! Organizer from Cocoon Innovations may be a good solution.  It’s a rubberized woven elastic object retention system for gadget organization.  …

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Sleepwalk at camp in toasty mobility with Selk’bag

Ever thought of sleeping bags as too restrictive?  Have a look at the Selk’bag Sleepware System (click here for US and here for UK).  Designed and tested in the Chilean Andes and redesigned for its 3rd-gen release, the Selk’bag features baffled construction; soft but durable ripstop, water-resistant nylon shell; leg vents; reinforced nylon soles with …

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Griffin iFM Radio Receiver for iPhone/iPod Review

One feature that has always been lacking in Apple’s iPhone and iPod family that many other MP3 player models have had is an FM receiver.  Though many may scoff and offer a flippant, “Who cares about radio?”, it’s a feature that was sorely missed when my wife switched from her Sandisk Sansa MP3 player to …

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PocketToolX Piranha packs a lot into a keyring tool

I’m starting to become an ECD (Every Day Carry) enthusiast.  While tons of items fit into this category, one that caught my eye is the Piranha from PocketToolX, which specializes in what I call keychain multitools.  It’s a single-piece, stainless steel, multi-purpose pocket tool with a built-in neoprene bit holder that secures up to 1.5″ …

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GEAR4 to bring its iPhone/iPod gear to US market

GEAR4, a UK-based iPhone/iPod audio brand, has announced its entrance into the U.S. market.  Its product range includes a wide variety of speaker dock systems, power and charging solutions, FM/connectivity and device cases.  GEAR4’s focus for its October U.S. launch is on its iPhone/iPod Touch speaker systems like the SoundOrb Aurora, as well it’s new …

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Konnet PowerEZ Plus iPhone battery pack & stand

From KONNET Technology is the PowerEZ Plus, an external charging solution for the iPhone and iPod family of devices, including the new iPhone 4.  While its main function is as a 1000mAh Li-Polymer rechargeable battery extender, its compact design includes a retractable kickstand that also lets it serve as a sturdy prop for widescreen movie-watching.  …

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Borders eBook app now on iPhone & iPad

The Borders eBook app, powered by Kobo, is now available for iPhone and iPad.  It offers the ability to browse and buy over a million eBook titles.  Readers can also search by title, author, topic, or keyword and enjoy automatic bookmarking, print quality resolution, smooth transitions between pages and chapters, and customized fonts and type …

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Teflon & Steel mouse surface for Fierce gaming

Ah, Teflon.  That wonder substance that makes burned, sticky crud slide off pots and pans with ease.  Such ease that Rude Gameware has adapted it for their Fierce Steel and Teflon Mouse Surface so your mouse will float with near frictionless speed during blitzkrieg gaming sessions.  Touting it as the “smoothest mouse surface ever,” it …

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iSkin intros premium iPad cases Duo and Vu

iSkin Inc., recently announced two new premium protective covers for the Apple iPad — the iSkin Duo and the iSkin Vu.  Duo = one-piece silicone skin design with Microban® antimicrobial protection, dock-friendly, side grips, two-tone color scheme, protected volume, home and sleep buttons.  Vu = hybrid hard/soft plastic, rear-bottom hatch allows dock access and also …

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Vuzix Wrap 920 – One step closer to VR?

Remember those virtual reality headsets that Hollywood teased us with for years?  Looks like Vuzix may have taken a step or two closer to making them a true reality.  Feast thine eyes (pun intended) upon the Vuzix Wrap 920.   Touted by Vuzix as the “world’s most advanced sunglass-style video eyewear”, it projects video from any …

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IOGEAR Bluetooth Optical Mini Mouse Review

I’m always on the hunt for spacing-saving, lighter-weight gadgets for my gear bag.    I’d been trying out a few different travel mice when a colleague at work showed me a “little dinky Bluetooth mouse” he had just bought, which turned out to be the IOGEAR Bluetooth Optical Mini Mouse.  It was even smaller than the …

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Easy wireless with iSkin Cerulean RX, TX

Dock. Pair. Play.  iSkin makes it that easy to enjoy audio from speakers up to 30 feet away from your smartphone.  Once plugged into your speaker system’s dock connector, the Cerulean RX waits to be paired with your iPhone or other Bluetooth-capable device — no drivers, downloads, batteries or charging needed.  It also automatically re-connects …

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