Kathleen Chapman

Kathleen has always enjoyed technology and the sciences (biology and entomology). She has worked as an entomological research technician, end user services tech, home educator, and technical project admin. Her continued interest in technology led her to join the Gadgeteer team in 2014.

The Gingko Smart Book Light is a beautiful statement piece for your desk

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NEWS – I love it when people re-imagine the design of common-place things. The Gingko Smart Book Light is one of those clever re-imaginings. This particular lamp is an LED light that looks like a leather-bound book and is a beautiful statement piece for your desk. This book light has water-proof, soft-touch, and tear-resistant pages […]

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Cocoon is a innovative eco-friendly 3D-printed SAWDUST decorative light

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NEWS – Creatively-designed lighting seems to draw my attention. The Cocoon light by HagenHinderdael (Sofia Hagen and Lisa Hinderdael) caught my eye not only because of its sleek organic shape but also because it is a 3D-printed sawdust decorative light fixture. Yep, that’s right – 3D-printed sawdust. Just look at it! Can you believe it?

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The Surge Emergency Bulb stays on when your power goes out!

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NEWS – Power outages always catch me off-guard. So, when I saw the Surge Emergency Bulb, it piqued my interest as being something quite useful. This LED bulb fits into existing light sockets and contains a lithium battery that charges automatically when in use. When a power outage occurs, the light comes on automatically so you

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The Brush Wash is a handy tool to quickly wash your paint brushes

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NEWS – I’m ALWAYS trying to find tools that make jobs around the house easier. The Brush Wash looks like it would be just such a tool for easily cleaning your paint brushes. It’s a small plastic rectangular container that attaches to your garden hose or your kitchen faucet (with the correct adapter which is

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Relieve some stress with Uncommon Carry’s Ace Sniper mini crossbow

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NEWS – Need some stress relief? Uncommon Carry’s Ace Sniper mini crossbow can help you blow off some steam. This working mini crossbow is made of stainless steel and shoots toothpicks and BBs. Its self-loading toothpick chamber allows you to shoot several toothpicks at your target and help you hone your sharpshooting skills. The Ace

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Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 Wireless Color All-in-One Supertank Printer review – a nice photo printer for hobbyists

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REVIEW – Printing nice-looking photos on an inkjet printer can be a challenge unless you have a photo printer. I have been looking for an inkjet photo printer for a while now. Then, lo-and-behold, the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 Wireless Color All-in-One Supertank Printer was offered to the Gadgeteer. After much groveling and pleading (not

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Using the Da Vinci Code Mini Cryptex Lock is a great way to wrap a small gift!

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NEWS – Every now and then, I stumble upon some interesting things on Amazon. This Da Vinci Code Mini Cryptex Lock by Rainling is a really cool-looking metal lock cylinder. It measures about 1″ in diameter and 3″ long. The default password is “ILOVEU” but it can be changed to whatever you can come up

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Bring a hot lunch with you to the job site using the COZYEXPERT Electric Lunch Box

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NEWS – Did you know that you can bring a homemade hot lunch with you while you are traveling or out on a job site? The COZYEXPERT 60W Electric Lunch Box allows you to do that. This lunch box supports 110V home/office use, 12V car use, and 24V truck use and it can heat up

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Are you looking for a cool fidget toy? This sprocket and chain fidget toy is just the ticket!

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NEWS – Do you have a lot of nervous energy and love using fidget toys? The Bitopbi Sprocket and Chain fidget toy would be a great addition to your collection. This cool little toy (made for teens and adults) looks like a miniature bicycle chain and sprockets. You can spin it between your fingers, run

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A beautiful solar system crystal ball that will add unique flair to your desk

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NEWS – I’ve always had a fascination with crystal balls – they’re so beautiful! I’ve also always loved science. Why not combine them? The Erwei 3D Solar System Model Crystal Ball does just that! Even the names of the planets are etched inside the ball. This small solar system crystal ball (it only measures 3″)

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Here’s a working Stirling engine to entertain you and your kids!

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NEWS – Do you have kids that are fascinated by mechanical things? This SunnyTech Mini Hot Air Stirling Engine is something that might intrigue them (and/or the kid in you). Robert Stirling created the first Stirling engine in 1816. A Stirling engine is a device that turns heat into mechanical motion by externally heating a

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