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.

If you think fidget toys are old news, you are wrong

NEWS – Fans of unusual fidget toy will surely be intrigued with the Mechforce gyroscope. Made of polished stainless steel with 5 bearings, it not only looks awesome, but it will keep your mind and hands occupied for improving focus or just for fun. The 2-inch gyroscope is a 3D top that folds flat when …

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This little lantern goes where you go and can shine in 4 colors

NEWS – The Radiant Micro Lantern from Niteize is the perfect lighting companion to add to your EDC. It can clip to your bag, the top of your tent, etc and has a 360º swiveling disc-shaped LED light that can shine in white, red, green, or blue. It features a water-resistant casing and a rechargeable …

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Lots of TWS earbuds, selfie sticks, air fryers, and more – Weekly roundup

NEWS – Hello fellow Gadgeteers! I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of posting these weekly roundups every Saturday evening and have decided to start back up. So without further ado, here is a listing of all the reviews, and news that we posted in the past 7 days. Enjoy! REVIEWS EarFun Free truly …

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MOFT X minimalist device stands and the Jura Anchor AirPod carabiner clip – Notable crowdfunding campaigns

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Today I have 2 Kickstarter campaigns for accessories that have been designed to improve the use of your smartphone, tablets, and Apple AirPods. Check them out. MOFT X – Invisible and Foldaway Stand for Phone/Tablet What is it? The MOFT X is a stand for your smartphone or tablet that sticks to …

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Deal – Save $105 on a Roborock S5 robot vacuum

DEAL NEWS – Have you been looking for a deal on a great robot vacuum? We’ve reviewed several Roborock vacs in the past including the Roborock S5 which Janet really liked it: The Roborock S5 robot vacuum is a great addition to my cleaning arsenal. It’s quiet enough that I don’t have to worry about bothering …

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ZHIYUN puts a powerful and smooth gimbal in your pocket

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Can you improve your smartphone videos by making them smoother with a gimbal? Yes! But most gimbals are big bulky devices that you won’t want to carry with you everywhere you go. That’s why the SMOOTH-Q2 is a mobile gimbal from ZHIYUN is worth checking out. They are currently seeking funding on …

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Wyze has added smart plugs to their line of home automation gadgets

NEWS – Wyze has easily become my favorite home automation company by providing quality products at crazy affordable prices. I have been using their Wyze cams for quite a while now and just recently started using their Wyze Sense motion and door sensors. Today they add yet another product to their line of easy to …

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ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 vacuum and mopping robot review

REVIEW – Getting started with home automation can start as simply as adding a remote-controlled light bulb. But if you have the budget for it, my suggestion for getting started with home automation is to invest in a robot vacuum cleaner. Once you get a robo vac, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without …

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HyperCube auto photo backup adapter for iPhone and Android review

REVIEW – Redundant backups are something you won’t use until you need them and if you’re not the type to worry about backups, at some point in your life, you’ll find out just how important they can be. Most of us carry 100s or even 1000s of photos in our pockets. Photos of our family, …

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This smart ring is supposed to help you fall asleep faster

NEWS – If you’ve ever had insomnia, you know that it’s a miserable experience. You’re so tired, but you can’t fall asleep. Some sleeping medications might help the problem for a while, but could a gadget help you fall asleep faster? That’s where Thim comes in. Thim is a wearable smart ring that is designed …

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Phone mounts don’t have to be ugly

NEWS – Why should you have to settle for boring black plastic phone stand when it comes to buying a hands-free mount for your favorite smartphone? VRS Design doesn’t want you to, so they have created some ultra-cool looking mounts like the one above that looks like it came out of a Lincoln Navigator. Does …

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Today is Read an Ebook Day so what are you waiting for?

NEWS – Today (September 18) is the 6th annual Read an Ebook Day when book lovers around the globe can celebrate the day by reading a digital book and sharing their love for reading via social media for a chance to win a Kobo Clara HD eReader. All you have to do is choose an …

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Julie’s gadget diary – T-Mobile Home Internet part 2

ARTICLE – It’s been a few weeks since I wrote a gadget diary post about being selected to join T-Mobile’s invite-only (right now) Home Internet pilot program and I thought it was time to post a follow up to let you all know how it’s been working out for me so far. What did they send …

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This carabiner is an all-in-one EDC multi-tool

CROWDFUNDED NEWS – Here’s an EDC tool that features a rugged design and hidden tools that will make your friends do a double-take when they see you use this carabiner to open a box or tighten a screw. What is it? The GPCA (which stands for General Purpose California) is an EDC multi-tool built into …

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