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.

Exercise enthusiasts really need smarter socks…

Do your feet hurt after exercising? It could be the way you land on your feet. How would you know how to correct that? Well, obviously you need smarter socks. The Sensoria Fitness Socks may be what your aching feet need. The material of the socks incorporates sensors that connect via Bluetooth to an anklet …

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RCA Ultra-thin Multi-directional Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna review

It’s been about 12 years now since we’ve dropped cable TV. At the time, we were living paycheck to paycheck and decided that cable (among other things) was one of those expenses that was not necessary. We bought an antenna (rabbit ears style – they were cheap) to receive over-the-air (OTA) channels and dealt with …

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“The Vessyl with the pestle has the brew that is true…”

Most of our appliances communicate with us now, so it was only a matter of time before our dinnerware did too. The Vessyl, created by a company called Mark One, is a 13 ounce cup that contains sensors which can determine the type of drink (including sodas, alcohol, smoothies, tea, coffee, etc.) as well as …

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Get more GOOOOALS with the miCoach Smart Ball

Adidas has created the miCoach Smart Ball for young and adult soccer players who are serious about improving various dead ball shot skills (i.e. penalty kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks, etc.). The sensors inside the ball monitor statistics like speed, power, spin, impact points, and trajectory, which are then sent via Bluetooth 4.0 to the …

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Bem Wireless Boom Box review

It’s raining Bluetooth speakers! They’re everywhere, aren’t they? Ultra-portable Bluetooth speakers are handy to take anywhere, but they often sacrifice audio quality for size. If you don’t mind porting around a larger Bluetooth speaker, you can then become a little more discerning when it comes to the sound quality. The Bem Wireless Boom Box is …

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Nymi: use your unique cardiac rhythm to replace all of your passwords

Most of us have so many logins and accounts with passwords that it has become necessary to use password managers just to keep them all straight. The obvious intention for all of these passwords is to make sure you are who you say you are before you are granted access. Nymi, a new biometric authentication …

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CableBox by Bluelounge is an simple way to organize your cable mess

Who doesn’t have an absolute mess of cables around their entertainment center and desk? But the CableBox from Bluelounge has a “Why didn’t I think of that?” design for organizing (or hiding) your tangled mess of cables. The box and easily removable lid are made of fire retardant plastic and is 15.6″ long x 6″ …

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Soniclean VTplus Upright Vacuum and Handheld Vacuum review

A sonic vacuum cleaner?! No way! Yes way! When the opportunity came to test a sonic vacuum cleaner, the Soniclean VTplus Upright, I was intrigued and so I jumped at the chance to review it. And let’s just face it – most people don’t like to clean, but since it is a necessary task, we …

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Reclaim your valuable desk space using the IDAPT Wireless Charger i4w Qi

At one time or another throughout a day, desk space can easily become cluttered with gadgets galore sitting and charging (has anyone seen the mouse?). Rediscover the surface of your desk with the IDAPT Wireless Charger i4w Qi. When using this charger, you will use only a small amount of space to charge up to …

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RAVPower 30W/6A 4-Port USB Wall Charger review

I am always on the hunt for an open outlet to charge my devices. And where are they located? Generally behind some piece of furniture! It’s a wonder I haven’t become a contortionist by now after all the practice I’ve had squeezing into narrow spaces to plug in our phones and tablets. Older houses or hotels …

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Magically turn on your lights with a wave of your hand using the iON capacitive switch

You’ve just come home to a dark house and your arms are full of groceries. With the wave of an arm or hand over the iON capacitive switch, you can turn on (or off) your lights without having to set your groceries down! And for the germaphobes out there, you no longer have to touch …

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Yellow Jacket backup battery case/stun gun for iPhone 4/4S and soon iPhone 5/5S

Now there’s protection for your phone AND you with the Yellow Jacket rechargeable backup battery case /stun gun. This case comes with a removable stun gun pack and provides protection for your iPhone 5/5S using TPE soft plastic (PC/ABS hard plastic on the iPhone 4/4S case) and doubles the life of your phone’s battery (1800mAh). …

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FINIS Neptune – an updated waterproof MP3 player with Bone Conduction audio transmission

Like most of you out there, I don’t jump out of bed in the morning saying to myself “YES! I’m going to go and do a grueling workout RIGHT NOW!!” I need music to motivate me. So do swimmers. The Gadgeteer has reported on various waterproof music gadgets in the past like the FINIS swiMP3v2 and …

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