Andy Jacobs

I'm a husband to a great wife, a dad to two awesome teenagers, and a mechanical engineer for a biomedical device company in my day job. And as an engineer I've been a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. I'm also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, hiking, travel, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

“Ravage, eject!”

With an enthusiastic nod to the original 80’s TV show and toys, Takara will soon release the Transformers Device Label line of functional tech gadgets that transform into heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons.   Fans will recognize Ravage, the panther-like Decepticon who originally transformed into an audio cassette (remember those?), and has now been updated to …

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17-inch laptop? No prob with Timbuk2’s Breakout

On the heels of the itsy-bitsy T-Pack for netbooks comes Timbuk2‘s new Breakout Messenger, a generously-sized bag designed for your hulking 17″ laptop.  A cross between their Outtawhack Daypack and the Commute Messenger, this seems to be an answer to the critique that even the Large Commute was just not quite large enough for a …

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Motorola CLIQ with Android, MOTOBLUR coming to T-Mobile

Motorola recently announced its first Google Android OS-based smartphone, the Motorola CLIQ.  A 3G smartphone with full touchscreen and side-slide QWERTY keyboard, it is also the first device to feature MOTOBLUR, which syncs social networking and other media.  The Motorola CLIQ will be available in Titanium and Winter White colors and is due to be …

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New iPod nano shoots pics, video, plus FM & more

Announced just today at Apple‘s 09/09/09 “music event”, the new iPod nano.  The newest nano appears to be the same size as the “4th Gen” nano, but with a larger screen and a polished aluminum finish.  It will also feature a camera that shoots still images and video and a microphone.  Also added is FM …

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Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 Review

Like a lot of us, I travel for work fairly often, lugging my rotator-cuff rending Lenovo T60p (with extended life battery) and its builders-grade power brick through airports and hotels.  Because of this, I am rather fanatical about accessories that can help me save time, weight and space, both on my daily grind commute and …

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Low profile laptop backpack from BUILT

Gear bags are all the rage these days, most sporting voluminous cc’s of storage space and a plethora of pockets and compartments for storing our gadgety goodies.  The BUILT Laptop Backpack follows a bit different philosophy.  Looking like a cross between a sport parachute pack and a bullet-proof vest, this über slim and contoured carrier …

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BookArc MacBook stand

More companies have been producing accessories that attempt to seamlessly integrate with the functionality and aesthetics of Apple’s MacBook line (that “Mac Factor”), such as the mStand.  Behold the BookArc from Twelve South, which lets you to “turn your laptop into a desktop.”  The BookArc holds your MacBook in a vertical orientation providing a smaller …

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Now THIS is flatware…

If you’ve ever packed for a hike, camping trip, or other activity in which saving precious space is paramount, you know how difficult it can be.  Behold Fozzils ThinkFLAT!  Part origami, part tableware, each item–be it bowl, cup, spoon or otherwise–can hold hot liquid without leaking, but can be collapsed completely flat.  Made from durable …

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Cordfree, cradlefree charging for your devices

Wireless may be all the rage these days, but despite the portability afforded by many different types of devices, they still need to be plugged in or cradled to charge them.  WildCharge offers an interesting solution to this dilemma.  Consisting of an adapter that attaches to the device and a charge pad that is plugged …

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Guaranteed to de-clutter your workspace

Well, OK, maybe not guaranteed, but it might be a good start.  If you’re in need of de-cluttering (and we know who we are), check out the USB Drink Warmer with 4-port USB Hub from Vat19.  Although this is another of those gadgets which has been subtlety named to disguise its functionality, for the sake …

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Weird Al would be proud of this wallet

Keeping on The Gadgeteer’s theme of wallets that are non-traditional and “gadgety,” check out the Ögon Designs “Fan Shaped” Aluminum Wallet.  Similar in form factor and function to the Jimi, Flipside and Flipside 2 wallets, it has a few interesting differences.  This French-designed wallet features an aluminum shell (which Ögon claims can shield credit cards …

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