Julie Strietelmeier

I created The Gadgeteer in 1997 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets which began when I was a little kid. Some of my other interests include ukulele, photography, productivity hacks, and minimalism. Learn more about me and my favorite gear.

Put your favorite DC comics superhero on your finger

NEWS – Groove Life has been selling silicone rings as replacements for traditional metal rings for a while now. Why would you want to put a silicone ring on your finger instead of a silver, gold, etc ring? Silicone is much safer for certain environments and they just look super cool too. Well now, they …

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This device helps you shave the back of your neck

NEWS – If you have a very short hairstyle, you know that the hair on your neck can grow and look scruffy. That’s where the Scruffie comes in. This device features 4 individual razors on a flexible band that you can wrap around the back of your neck to shave those unsightly hairs. Another use …

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Travel cutlery that stacks together with magnets

NEWS – I’m not traveling again very much and I’m still working from home. But this Magware set makes me want to plan a reason to use travel cutlery. Magware from Full Winsor is a set of heat-hardened aluminum cutlery that has magnets in the handles that allow the fork, knife, and spoon to stack …

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New Balance’s latest sneakers have built-in whistles because…I have no idea

NEWS – While shopping for some new kicks, I stumbled upon the latest sneakers from New Balance that feature a built-in whistle in the heels of these rugged sneakers. Designer Salehe Bembury and New Balance collaborated to create the 574 YURT sneakers which are built for hiking and trail running. In an emergency or when …

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This tiny knife from Gerber will slice and scrape its way into your EDC

NEWS – For a little over $20, you can put the Gerber Key Note EDC knife on your keychain or in your pocket. This little guy has a tiny but mighty dual-use 1 inch stainless steel blade for opening packages and for scraping whatever needs to be scraped. The Key Note is available with black …

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This tiny box cutter doubles as a ultra basic multi-tool

NEWS – What is the main function of your multi-tool? How many of you answered “opening boxes”? Yep, me too. The Outdoor Edge Sidewinder is pocket-friendly box cutter that features a locking blade with easily replaceable standard utility razor blades, both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, a bottle opener, prybar, and pocket clip. This tool will …

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The Flic Twist home automation gadget has been revealed

NEWS – Five years ago I reviewed the Flic wireless smart buttons. These small buttons allowed for all kinds of interesting home automation funnery (I just made up that word – you’re welcome). I used one of mine to record the time I stopped eating at night so that I could figure out how long …

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Here’s a fire starting credit card sized kit that fits in your wallet

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – The Hot Shot Fire Starting Survival Card From Grim Workshop is a credit card-sized high carbon steel multi-tool that features a knife and a complete fire starting kit that is designed to fit into a wallet or an Altoids tin for convenient EDC. Why do I like it? I like Hot Shot …

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This multi-tool knife makes stainless steel sexy

NEWS – A few days ago I posted about the Kershaw multi-tool knife because I wanted to feature some multi-tools that make the knife the main feature. Today I have another one for you. it’s the Swiss+Tech Multitool Knife that has 13 tools in a very pocket-friendly form factor. This multi-tool features all stainless steel …

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iFMARS Magic Cable – weird name, great 3-in-1 cable for Apple fans

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – I’ve often called myself a minimalist, but a better term might be to call myself an essentialist. It’s not that I want to get rid of all my stuff as much as that I want to use only what I need and to optimize what I use. That includes device accessories like …

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NeoLAB LAMY Safari all black ncode smartpen review – Analog meets digital

REVIEW – I enjoy keeping a paper journal, notebook, diary, log, whatever you want to call it. I use one every day to write down 3-4 tasks that I want to accomplish because I’ve found that writing them on paper and checking them off as I finish them, actually makes me more productive than putting …

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Here’s a multi-tool knife that you will love to bits

NEWS – It seems like the vast majority of multi-tools include a knife as almost an afterthought. The Kershaw Select Fire flips that and makes the blade the main highlight of this EDC tool while including some extra functionality. The Kershaw Select Fire features a heat-hardened stainless steel blade, black glass-filled nylon scales, a fold-out …

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The SingMic is better than a hairbrush for aspiring Doja Cats

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – I’ve been doing more videos for YouTube for my reviews and one thing I notice other than the fact that I need to improve lighting is that I also need to improve the sound. For that, a microphone is needed and the Sabinetek SingMic which is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo looks …

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