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.

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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Reach out and touch something with the Shifu Orboot AR globe

Here’s a fabulous way to use augmented reality (AR) – on a globe! The Shifu Orboot is an educational 10″ globe for kids ages 4-10 that uses the Orboot app (iOS, Android, Kindle) to provide an AR interactive experience. The app provides information on cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, maps and weather for various countries. This globe does NOT have …

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Have an espresso anywhere using Nanopresso

You’re out camping enjoying your smokey campfire-cooked meal, but it’s missing something – an espresso! Now you can have one using a portable espresso maker called the Nanopresso. It doesn’t need electricity. All you need to provide is finely ground coffee and hot water. It uses a pump to extract the coffee, which provides upwards …

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Catit Flower Fountain – a water fountain for your cat

After watering your plants, don’t forget to water your cat with the Catit Flower Fountain! This 3L fountain offers three different flow settings and a triple flow filter which filters the water three times to remove “magnesium and calcium from tap water. These minerals can accumulate in your pet’s lower urinary tract and lead to …

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My First Lab STEM Starter Kit: Smartphone Microscope and 3D Slides review

As a child long, long, long ago, I remember longing for a microscope in order to study things that were too small for me to see and tragically, I never received one. I now have a marvelous stereo microscope but it is too large and heavy to carry around with me to investigate things while …

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Easily clean pet hair off of carpet with the OXO Good Grips Furlifter Carpet Rake

Pets shed a lot. Enough to make you think you could make a completely new Fido with all that fur, right? And cleaning up all that fur is the pits. It’s worse if your home has a lot of carpeting because that means you have to pull out the vacuum. If you dread this torturous …

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