Garry Kolb

After a successful 35-year career in information technology in mid-Michigan, I am now happily retired and living the dream life in The Villages, Florida with my fun-loving and very tolerant wife of over 36 years. When not playing golf, pickleball or water volleyball, I like amazing our neighbors with our automated home and fiddling with new gadgets.

Hear audio without wires or headphones with SoundBeamer 1.0

NEWS – What’s the worst part of listening to personal audio?  The wires?  What if you’re wireless?  Then, it could be clamping headphones or uncomfortable earbuds.  What if you could listen to your audio – music, conferencing, GPS directions – whatever – all without anything in or around your ears?  That’s precisely what the Israeli …

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BodyGuardz portable 5-in-1 emergency hub review

REVIEW – If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we need to be prepared for anything. As a means to help simplify emergency preparations, BogyGuardz has introduced a new 5-in-1 portable emergency hub.  Let’s see how many issues it can help with. What is it? The BodyGuardz 5-in-1 portable emergency hub is a …

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Twinkly Music review – Animates your holiday lights to music

REVIEW – Last holiday season, I had the opportunity to review Twinkly Strings – controllable holiday lights. I really liked them and they became a prominent feature in our holiday display. This year, Twinkly is back with Twinkly Music – a wireless controller for Twinkly lights that adds audio reactivity to your Twinkly lights. Let’s …

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Coral UV 3-in-1 sterilizer review

REVIEW – Sterilization is all the rage these days. Soap and water, hand sanitizer, steam cleaning – anything to get rid of pesky germs and viruses.  The latest weapon in the germ wars is ultraviolet light.  Ultraviolet (UV) light is electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths between 100nm (nanometers) and 400nm. I should say “for home” as …

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Solve a first world problem with Burrito Pop

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Imagine this horror scenario – you’re out and about and spot a trendy food truck.  They offer tasty burritos, but…how will you keep it warm on the way back to the office?  Even more importantly, how will you eat it without dropping any of that burrito goodness on your clothes, desk, car, …

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Need to nail some storage? Seagate is bringing the HAMR!

NEWS – Gadgeteers keep a lot of stuff, and much of that is digital stuff.  Photos, videos, miscellaneous files – they all take up storage space.  For business, it’s even worse as all employees have that “can’t get rid of it” mentality. Seagate is bringing the HAMR down with their brand new Exos 20+ series …

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IFTTT goes “Pro” adding multi-triggers and actions – sort of

NEWS – If you’re into home automation, you’re probably familiar with If This Then Then (IFTTT), the multi-platform cloud-based automation tool.  With IFTTT, you can tie together disparate systems and make them work together.  For example, if my Ambient Weather weather station registers rain falling at 0.1″ per hour or greater, it will trigger my …

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Hydaway collapsible insulated tumbler review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Here at The Gadgeteer, we’re all about reusability and environmental friendliness.  In fact, we’re all about friendliness in general, but that’s for another article.  Hydaway is a maker of reusable, collapsable, portable, water bottles.  In fact, we’ve reviewed the original Hydaway bottle, their H2.O version, and their 25-ounce model. Hydaway is moving …

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AUTO-VOX V5 mirror dual dash cam review

REVIEW – Today’s newer vehicles have those spiffy rear cameras that you can use when backing up.  Some vehicles also have review mirrors that are display screens, showing realtime video from a read-facing camera instead of a reflection.  Auto-Vox has combined both of those features with a forward-facing camera and recording capabilities and created the …

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Ecovacs auto-emptying charging base review – Make the OZMO T8 vacs even better

REVIEW – I love my robot vacuum.  Specifically, it is an Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI that I reviewed in June 2020. What I don’t like is how often I have to empty the teeny, tiny dustbin that all robot vacuums have. If only there was a way to not have to empty that dustbin …

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Ecovacs OZMO Pro electrically oscillating mop attachment review

REVIEW – If you’re a regular reader, you already know that I love my Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI robot vacuum, even though it’s named like a Terminator and comes with lasers.  I love how well it vacuums and while I wasn’t initially impressed with the mopping, after using it for a while, I’ve determined …

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Always have a carry bag handy with Nanobag 4.0

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Everyone knows that reusable shopping bags are better for the environment than those disposable plastic bags that wind up in landfills or floating in the ocean.  In 2018, we featured the Nanobag 2.0 Kickstarter campaign. The Nanobag folks haven’t just been sitting around.  They are now funding their Nanobag 4.0 series of …

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