Howard Sneider

Howard Sneider lives northwest of Boston and consults in the Bioprocess field. Growing up, he took as many things apart as he could in the house to see how they work. (They weren't all reassembled.) These days, in nearly every setting he finds himself, he is the resident gadget guru. Howard lives with his wife, two children, and pet turtle. In his free time, he does what he can to stay active and, of course, play with gadgets.

Xcentz universal travel adapter review

REVIEW – World travelers are exposed to different cultures, languages, food, sights, and AC power plugs and sockets. The Xcentz universal travel adapter makes dealing with different types of plugs and sockets more convenient. As a bonus, this device has three USB-A ports and a USB-C port. Read on to see what I think! What …

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Hitcase Splash and TrueLUX iPhone lens bundle review

REVIEW –  Advances in technology and increased memory capacity means more people carry iPhones that are expensive to replace and that contain invaluable content. The Hitcase is a low-profile case that is compatible with magnetically mounted TrueLUX lenses, and provides protection from water and drops. Read on to see what I think! What is it? …

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Wacaco Nanopresso espresso machine review

REVIEW –  Espresso coffee is a rich full-bodied drink made by forcing water over coffee grinds under high pressure. Preparing the coffee usually requires a large and expensive machine to build sufficient pressure. In contrast, the Nanopresso by Wacaco is small and relatively inexpensive espresso machine but provides up to 18 bar of pressure. Read …

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PIQS Q1 LCD projector review

REVIEW – Technological advances and lower cost have helped make TVs bigger than ever. Even so, large projection screens provide an unmatched theatrical experience.  However, the noise of the projector cooling, A/V interface, low contrast, and trapezoid have always been detractors to casually using a projector – until the PIQS Q1. Read on to see what …

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A drone for the flipside of the horizon

NEWS – The Titan Underwater Drone will be displayed at this years CES conference. The drone is a product of  Geneinno, a technology company dedicated to the design of modern underwater equipment. They characterize Titan as the world’s first underwater drone with a robotic arm. I’m skeptical that this is actually a “drone” since it must operate tethered and …

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Showers Pass Transit waterproof backpack review

  REVIEW – The Showers Pass Transit waterproof backpack is a high-capacity backpack that is made with waterproof materials. It features a highly customizable design for a comfortable and secure fit and LED beacon lights for safety in the dark.  Read on to see what I think! What is it? The Showers Pass Transit waterproof …

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Make your own plea to Obi Wan with Litiholo

NEWS – While R2-D2 may make producing a hologram look easy enough, in reality, it is a technically challenging procedure. A laser and a recording plate must be set up to capture the interference pattern that occurs when an object is illuminated with a laser. The laser and object being recorded must not be moved more …

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SAM is a virtual alarm for a physical mailbox

NEWS – Smart Alert for Mail has developed a hardware gadget called SAM – the world’s first purpose-built cloud-enabled alert system for a residential mailbox. This patent-pending system is composed of a transmitter, receiver, and optional mobile app. The SAM transmitter is a motion activated switch that transmits a signal to the SAM receiver. This is mounted …

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BlitzWolf BW-P3 power bank review

REVIEW – Until the day when quick-charging long-lasting battery technology is commercially available to power all of our consumer electronic gadgets, an external power bank is required necessity. Blitzwolf makes a version with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Read on to see what I think!                            …

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Obi Wan, it is a Moon, and also a smart hub with levitating camera

NEWS – Technology startup 1-Ring Inc. has created the smart home hub called Moon. The first thing anyone (who hasn’t been under a rock for 41 years) will notice is that the camera part of the hub looks like the Star Wars Death Star. Then again, the first thing people may notice is that the …

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Sense home energy monitoring device review

REVIEW – Monitoring electrical usage is useful to reduce energy cost, to understand what electrical devices are being used in real time and historically, and to discover abnormal operation that may indicate current or anticipated problems with electrical devices.  Sense Home Energy Monitoring has the potential to achieve all of this. Read on to see what …

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Suaoki 14W portable solar charge panel review

REVIEW – The Suaoki 14W portable solar charge panel can keep your rechargeable items fully powered even when you’re off the grid. The lightweight, thin, water-resistant design features two USB charging ports with optimized power output. Read on to see what I think!                                …

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SpotCam video AI service review

REVIEW – SpotCam, purveyors of Wi-Fi video camera solutions for indoors, outdoors, and doorbell applications is an industry leader for innovative design,  free 24-hour cloud video recording, and connectivity with IFTTT and Conrad Connect. The cloud platform now features optional SpotCam video AI services that actively detect specified events and provide instant notification of the …

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