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.

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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Always find your keys with the OxyLED Mini Motion Sensor Light with Key Rack Organizer

When we enter or leave our house, we always go through our tiny laundry room to get to the garage. Upon entering the dark laundry room there are two switches, one for that room and the other for the garage. Without fail, I always hit the garage light switch then I have to fumble around to …

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Buckle & Seam Sierra 15″ Messenger Bag (2018) review

I recently reviewed the Buckle & Seam Sierra 15″ Messenger bag, but they have since updated the product (they made it with thicker leather).  Is it a vast improvement over its predecessor? My opinion is that it is somewhat better, but far from what I was hoping for. What is it? The Buckle & Seam …

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Loop High Fidelity Earplugs review

Over the last several years, I’ve noticed a problem developing in my left ear when exposed to continuous loud sounds (it sounds like there is cotton constantly moving around in my ear). I haven’t gone to a doctor about this because it happens infrequently. I’ve tried using inexpensive protective foam earplugs (those intended for use …

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Go Forth Goods Leather Charging Cable Tool Roll review

Leather products attract my attention, but it takes a really well-made leather product using high-quality materials to maintain my interest and entice me to purchase it. Recently, I received the Go Forth Goods Leather Charging Cable Tool Roll to review. Is it a high-quality leather product? Indeed, it is! But I’m not sure it will …

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A recording microphone and a shouting caterpillar – two great things that go great together!

I know nothing about recording microphones and I have often wondered, “What would I use a microphone for?”, until I read about a screaming caterpillar on Curiosity. The above video was obtained from Science News. Okay, so it’s not really shouting or screaming as we know it, but apparently, the Nessus sphinx hawkmoth caterpillar makes a …

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Celebrating the life and humor of Stephen Hawking – see the Quantum Chess showdown with Paul Rudd

Stephen Hawking, a renowned theoretical physicist, and well-known author passed away on March 14, 2018. He may have been one of the more famous and brilliant scientists of our time, but isn’t it wonderful to know that he had a fabulous sense of humor? It makes him a bit more human to the rest of us. I …

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Need to watch your mobile data use? Try the Datally Android app by Google

Datally is an app created by Google to help Android users save on mobile data. “It blocks background data and lets you control which apps use data.” It also helps you find WiFi networks nearby and lets you know how other Datally users have rated that WiFi network before you connect. When you install Datally, you must …

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Bacteria killing stainless steel of the future

I love technological advances of all kinds and I loathe illness-causing bacteria. So when Professor Dennis Hess, Associate Professor Julie Champion, Postdoctoral Fellow Yeongseon Jang, and Postdoctoral Fellow Won Tae Choi at Georgia Institute of Technology developed a new nanotextured surface for stainless steel that kills common bacteria I was thrilled. This isn’t a coating that …

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Keep it together with the Leather Charging Cable Tool Roll

Cables and earbuds and batteries, oh my! I struggle to organize my tech gear especially if I have to travel. But with the Leather Charging Cable Tool Roll by Go Forth Goods, you can organizer these things easily. It combines two things that I love: organization and leather!! This leather roll is made with 6 …

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