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.

Protect yourself from COVID-19 with this portable bubble – Ridiculous or useful?

NEWS – Contracting COVID-19 is scary and potentially deadly. That’s why I work from home, frequently use grocery pickup, haven’t eaten in a restaurant since last March, and I wear a mask whenever I leave the house and go into stores. I feel relatively safe with these new habits, but I definitely miss traveling. With …

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Your Apple Watch needs a camera. Here’s how to add one.

NEWS – I strap my series 6 Apple Watch on my wrist every morning. Even I’m surprised by how quickly it has become my all-time favorite watch. Could it be better? Sure! And one way it could be better is if it had a built-in camera for quick Facetime calls or for live streaming. Until …

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Use this projector to create washi tape art on your walls

NEWS – If you’re a stationary, bullet journal, or planner nerd, you will know what washi tape is. If you don’t, washi tapes are rolls of decorative low tack tapes that easily stick and restick to paper and now walls. The GrafiTape from Animi Causa is a small wooden projector that will project you or …

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Spy-Fy puts your iPhone’s privacy in your hands

NEWS – iPhone 11 and 12 owners who are concerned about privacy will want to check out these specially designed cases from Spy-Fy. In addition to protecting your phone from everyday wear and drops, these cases have built-in camera covers for the front and back iPhone cameras. When you need privacy, slide the cover closed, …

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WaterField Designs Zoom crossbody laptop bag review

REVIEW – Even though I’m not traveling or even commuting to work, that doesn’t mean that my love of gear bags has gone away. Heck no! I’m always up for reviewing new bags and today I have a new one from WaterField Designs. It’s the Zoom crossbody laptop bag. I guess I can use it …

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Bird Buddy is a bird feeder with incredible super powers

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – When my sister and I were kids, we would keep detailed notes on the birds that we would see from our bedroom windows. As an adult, I still enjoy watching and identify birds and this bird feeder is an awesome and fun tool for bird watchers. What is it? Bird Buddy is …

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BlendJet 2 cordless portable rechargeable blender review

REVIEW – I often like to drink a protein shake after I workout and getting my full-sized Ninja blender out of the cabinet each day is a little overkill to prepare one smoothie/shake. Being the minimalist that I am, I like appliances that are easy to use, easy to clean, and don’t take a lot …

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Rocketbook adds Cloud Cards to their line of reusable note taking products

NEWS – From the same company that makes the popular Rocketbook eco-friendly reusable notebooks comes the new Cloud Cards, index cards that you can use over and over again. Each card has lines on the front side and a dot grid pattern on the back. Use the cards for studying, note-taking, and more, and then …

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mophie’s Juice Pack Connect is a modular charger and more

NEWS – Backup batteries typically aren’t very interesting or newsworthy, but mophie has broken the boredom molded with the Juice Pack Connect. What’s so interesting about this backup battery for your smartphone? First of all, it’s universal for smartphones that have built-in wireless charging. It’s not a big bulky case that charges your phone’s battery …

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Relive the golden age of personal computers with this cool C64 case

NEWS – I have many fond memories of the Commodore 64. It wasn’t my first personal computer (that was the TI-99/4A) but it was definitely my favorite. I remember typing in assembly code from magazines, modding a 5 1/4 inch floppy disk drive to pirate games (shhh), and upgrading from a 300 baud modem to …

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Greenbelly Meal 2go review – Meals for hikers made by hikers

REVIEW – If you’re a regular here, you know that I have a thing for meal-replacement bars and drinks. The folks at Greenbelly saw one of my past reviews and emailed me to ask if I wanted to review their Meal 2go bars. Never turn down some free food, I said sure! Let’s check them …

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