Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She has worked as an entomological 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.

These Frigidaire mini-fridges make “cool” gifts for the high school graduate in your life

NEWS – Do you have a 2020 high school graduate in your life who is heading off to college in the fall? Are you wondering what to get him/her? How about a Frigidaire 3.2 cu ft. Retro Mini-Fridge? This refrigerator has an ice cube tray that fits in the 0.25 cu ft. freezer compartment, two …

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Alter your voice with this Star Wars: The Last Jedi Kylo Ren Electronic Voice Changer Mask

NEWS – I have an awesome young nephew who loves to run around in grandiose style completely immersing himself in whatever warrior-type character he is currently dressed as. While wildly racing about, he constantly drops hilarious one-liners like “Who wants to get dead?!?” Perhaps you can relate. This Star Wars: The Last Jedi Kylo Ren …

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SuperCalla: a magnetic coiling data/charging cable that is also a fidget toy!

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Charging and data transfer cables are often an annoying messy necessity. Why not make them fun and tidier all at the same time? SuperCalla is a data/charging cable that has been redesigned. It has several ring magnets located at certain distances along the length of the cable so that the cable can …

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Pull your kids around on a JetKids suitcase and then use it to “upgrade” their airline seat

NEWS – One day, we will get back to traveling again and when we do, this may be the suitcase you need if you happen to have toddlers. The JetKids suitcase by Stokke is a hard plastic carry-on sized suitcase that is rugged enough to pull your kids around the airport so you don’t have …

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Anker PowerPort Atom III 60 W [PowerIQ 3.0 & GaN] Power Delivery USB C Charger review

REVIEW – I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has been waiting around a while for travel wall chargers to provide enough power for our power-hungry laptops and tablets. I recently got the opportunity to review the Anker PowerPort Atom III 60 W [PowerIQ 3.0 & GaN] Power Delivery USB C Charger. It …

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RAVPower PD Pioneer 65 W GaN Tech USB-C Wall Charger review

REVIEW – Travel wall chargers are starting to catch up to our power-hungry devices. Thankfully my Lenovo Yoga 730 laptop only needs a travel charger that will provide 45 W to charge it (my laptop came with a 65 W OEM USB-C charger). I recently received the opportunity to review RAVPower PD Pioneer 65 W …

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Crowdfunding campaign to fund studies on whether far-UVC light can effectively inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19

ARTICLE – I stumbled upon an interesting crowdfunding campaign while researching the germicidal effects of ultraviolet type-C light for my PhoneSoap Go review (review coming soon). The Center for Radiological Research (CRR) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is conducting a campaign to raise money to perform studies that will help determine how effective …

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Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB-C Ethernet Hub review

REVIEW – To make many laptops lighter and slimmer, manufacturers removed ports even though many consumers were clearly against it. But here we are. *Sigh* USB-C hubs are now a necessary accessory (and thus, a necessary additional expense) for many of today’s laptops. I was given the opportunity to review the Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB-C …

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RAVPower PD Pioneer 90W GaN Tech Type C Wall Charger review

REVIEW – One of my dreams is that someday, the companies that make our laptops will send smaller portable chargers with those laptops. Wouldn’t that make sense since laptops are meant to be portable? Until then, I’m stuck purchasing smaller more portable third-party travel wall chargers. I was excited to review the RAVPower PD Pioneer …

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Are smart contact lenses going to be the next big wearable of the future?

ARTICLE – Several years ago (2014), I read an article on Dezeen about how smart contact lenses coated with graphene would allow the wearer to see heat signatures in the dark (using the infrared spectrum). University of Michigan researchers had been working with graphene (a single atom layer of carbon atoms), which is an electrical …

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Use ModernStates.org to test out of a year of college for free!

ARTICLE – Perhaps you’ve heard by now about the student loan debt crisis. According to a Forbes article written in February 2019, about 45 million people owe a total of over $1.5 trillion in student loans here in the United States. That just blows my mind. If you happen to have high school-aged kids or …

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The Tombot Puppy is a super-cute, easy-to-care-for realistic robot companion for your loved ones

NEWS – Many people own pets because they provide them with precious companionship. But what happens if it’s no longer practical to care for a pet? The Tombot Puppy, “Jennie”, was created to fill this need and thus was not intended to be a toy. She is a realistic robot puppy created by Tom Stevens, …

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