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.

Insect Lab uses real insects in their steampunk bug sculptures

NEWS – I don’t know if gears and springs make insects less scary, but they sure make them a heck of a lot more interesting. Check out these awesome sculptures from Insect Lab. Made from non-endangered, threatened, or black market insects, along with metal gears, springs, screws, etc retrieved from watches, sewing machines, and more. …

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Inertix Cyberpunk knife, Stay Safe Carabiner, and the Ekster Key Holder – Notable crowdfunding campaigns

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Today we have an EDC themed set of crowdfunding campaigns. If you’re a pocket gear fan, you’ll want to check out these three products that are seeking funding. Inertix Cyberpunk Pocket Exoblade Knife What is it? The Inertix is a knife that is unlike any knife that I’ve seen before. To me, …

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MagEasy Folio and Board review – A magnetic modular organization system for your office tools

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – I’m the type of person who performs and focuses best when my work area is neat, tidy, and all my needed tools are within reach. With many offices going to open concept working areas instead of cubicles with a desk and cabinets that are assigned to one worker, it can be tough …

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HeimVision HMD2 Battery Powered Security Camera review

REVIEW – What are the features that you look for in a good outdoor home security camera? A battery-powered or solar-powered wire-free design? No monthly subscriptions? Easy installation? Today I want to show you the HeimVision HMD2 Battery Powered Security Camera which ticks all those boxes. Let’s take a closer look. What is it? The …

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You can design the next Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

NEWS – Victorinox Swiss Army has launched its 10th annual Swiss Army Knife design contest. Submissions are open now and end May 29th. The theme for 2021 is “Patterns of the World.” In this contest, participants are asked to create cool designs for the scales/handles of the Classic Pocket Knife. Designs may range from popular and globally known patterns, …

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Marco Polo is my most used app while sheltering-in-place

ARTICLE – This is week 6 of working from home for my day job at Cummins, Inc. and I’ve told several people that social distancing and sheltering in place hasn’t really been an issue for me because as an introvert, I’ve been training for this for years 😉 Seriously though, even though I don’t mind …

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This 9-in-1 stylus pen multi-tool does everything but write

NEWS – I’m fascinated with multi-tools that look like a pen because they are easy to carry with you. Just slip them into a pen slot in your bag and you’ll always have a set of basic tools where ever you go. One example of a pen tool is the Friendly Swede 9-in-1 multi-tool which …

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Joby GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit review

REVIEW – Joby started out offering tripods with bendy legs that you could use to hold a camera in almost any position. They’ve since branched out to offer accessories for their GorillaPod tripods and the kit I want to show you today is their Mobile Vlogging Kit. What is it? The Joby GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging …

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The HaierTab Tabot robot vacuum is a game changer for pet owners

CROWDFUNDED NEWS – Another robot vac, who cares right? Not this time friends. I’m going to tell you about the HaierTab Tabot robot vac which different in three important ways from all other robot vacs that are currently on the market. What is it? The HaierTab Tabot is a robot vacuum that rolls around your …

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This 4 bit driver set fits in your pocket or pen pouch

NEWS – Here’s something for those times when you need a tiny screwdriver to tighten your glasses, etc. It’s the Megapro 4-in-1 bit driver that has a pen form factor so that it fits in your pocket or bag without taking much extra space. The Megapro has 2 double-ended bits that include 2 Phillips and …

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The Libby eBook reader app gets some updates and a new digital book club

NEWS – We’ve covered the awesome Libby by Overdrive before, but as a quick refresher, Libby is an app that will let you download free eBooks and audiobooks from your local library. All you need is a library card. Since we can’t actually go to our library right now due to COVID-19 shelter in place …

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