Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She's worked as a research technician and an end user services tech before becoming a stay-at-home mom and home educator. Her continued interest in technology led her to join the Gadgeteer team in 2014.

Act quickly and you can get the Fingbox for $69

NEWS – I reviewed the Fingbox in December 2017 here on the Gadgeteer. It is a small hockey puck-sized device that you connect to your router (it is NOT a firewall). It helps you to keep an inventory of the devices on your home WiFi network and will detect when a new device connects to your …

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Saddleback Leather Slim Laptop Briefcase review

REVIEW – Mmm, leather. The look. The smell. The durability. What’s not to love? I’m a huge fan of high-quality leather bags and wallets. Saddleback Leather updated their Slim Laptop Briefcase and I was given the opportunity to review it. What’s my impression? Simply put, it is a wonderful laptop briefcase – Saddleback bags are …

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Ovie Smarterware tells you when your food is about to spoil

NEWS – Do you have science experiments growing in your refrigerator? Do you throw away food before its time because you just don’t want to risk it? Ovie’s Smarterware was developed to help us clean up our refrigerators, take the guess-work out of our food storage dilemma, waste less food, and save money. Smarterware is …

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Jaybird Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones review

REVIEW – Jaybird recently came out with a couple of new in-ear headphones, one of which were the Jaybird Tarah Wireless Sport Headphones. I was excited to try them out because I’ve had such a good experience with the Jaybird X3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones over the past year and a half. I think that my …

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The Lofree QTV Wireless Speaker is designed like a cute palm-sized retro TV

NEWS – The Lofree QTV Wireless Speaker is a 5W 40mm Bluetooth 4.0 speaker designed just like a tiny retro TV. It’s a speaker. It’s an alarm clock. It’s a timer. It’s cool! This cute speaker was reviewed at CNET and according to Mr. Broida, the speaker only shows 24-hour time and the screen goes …

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Eliminate carrying multiple cables with the Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 cable

NEWS – Anker has a created the PowerLine II 3-in-1 charging cable (3 feet long) to help us eliminate the need to carry multiple cables around. It is a micro-USB cable that contains Lightning (MFI certified) and USB Type-C adapters. It is made to be universally compatible for “laptops, phones, game systems, and more…” In …

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It’s a “party in your pants”, or rather around your pants, with the Hidden Flap Belt

Hyddin has developed a Hidden Flap Belt in which the flap is stored on the inside of the belt or behind the belt. It may not be high tech, but it is a cool idea. Having the flap hidden ensures a slimmer profile and a tidier, more professional look. The belt is currently a Kickstarter campaign …

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ICON A5 aircraft UPDATE – “Awesome comes standard”

Hey, guys, do you remember the ICON A5 aircraft that I wrote about in 2015? It’s a wonderfully innovative Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) that “reinvents recreational aviation”. This aircraft is designed for people who like to fly for fun (it is classified as an S-LSA or Special-Light Sport Aircraft). The A5 has all kinds of …

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Bishop Curry’s “Oasis” device, which will save children from hot car deaths, is in the next stage of development!

NEWS – Last year, I wrote a post about a 10-year-old boy, Bishop Curry V, who came up with an idea for a device he calls the Oasis. This device is intended to save children from hot car deaths. He felt driven to help put an end to such tragedies after having heard about a …

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Understands Evo Walnut Live Edge Desktop Computer Stand review

REVIEW – Monitor stands are just the kind of gadget accessory that suits me. They lift your monitor up to a level to help ease any neck discomfort and they help to free up space below the monitor. Since I love small gadgets like the Apple Wireless Keyboard (or Apple Magic Keyboard), the space below …

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Satechi Type-C Multi-port Adapter 4K with Ethernet V2 review

REVIEW – As newer laptops become thinner and more portable, they have fewer and fewer ports available. As a result, users have to purchase USB hubs to provide the missing necessary ports. My Lenovo Yoga 730 only has two USB Type-C ports (Thunderbolt 3), one USB 3.0 Type-A port, and a 3.5 mm audio input/output jack …

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A beautiful multifunctional fire hydrant for the future

NEWS – When you think of a fire hydrant, a certain image pops into mind, doesn’t it? It hasn’t changed in, like, eons. But is it time for a change? Dimitri Nassisi thinks so. According to an article in Dezeen, as an industrial designer, Mr. Nassisi redesigned the fire hydrant to provide drinking water for …

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Momentum Niro WiFi Garage Door Controller with Built-in Camera review

REVIEW – Here was a typical scenario in our household: We’re getting ready to go somewhere and hop into the car parked in the garage. We open the garage door, back out, and drive away. “Did I close the garage door?” my husband asks me. After thinking about it, I respond, “I don’t remember.” We …

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