Matt Sailors

I am a husband, father, and scouter. As the son of a farm-boy turned professional engineer and a chemical laboratory technician, I was thrust into the world of gadgets at an early age. I am biomedical engineer and a health informaticist specializing in data and information modeling, clinical decision support, and information quality. I am a life-long maker, a aficionado of 24-hour timepieces, a collector of pre-Golden Age and Golden Age science fiction, and a proud adult LEGO enthusiast.

Get steamed about dinner. Anova Precision Oven brings steam cooking to the home counter

NEWS – Innovating consumer cooking appliance company Anova looks to do for steam cooking what they did for sous vide. The upcoming Precision Oven will be an affordable steam cooking solution that fits on your kitchen counter. The Precision Oven is a connected device that will allow for monitoring / control from anywhere. Why steam …

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How to keep your phone from running off on its own adventure — Koala Super-Grip Phone Harness

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If you’re like me, one of your biggest fears about taking your phone on adventures is losing your grip on your phone or having it slip out of a pocket and go on its own adventure. The Koala Super-Grip Phone Harness from Hangtime on Indiegogo is currently sitting at 1500% of its …

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Thyrm DarkVault keeps your gadgets safe from harm

NEWS – Expedition, tactical, and adventure supplier Thyrm has added to their line of protective cases with a new gadget case to complement their battery and lighter products. The DarkVault comes in two flavors: DarkVault and DarkVault Comms. The DarkVault has battlefield-grade construction and a gasket seal to keep out dirt and water.  Both flavors …

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Nitecore NM01 Flashlight review

REVIEW – I’m what can be politely described as a “flashlight aficionado” or as my wife like to say, “you have too many flashlights.” Well, what’s one more? The Nitecore NM01 Flashlight is an excellent addition to my flashlight zoo. It uses an LED emitter, features multiple power levels, and is long running and rechargeable. …

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You otter check this out. The OtterSpot Wireless Charging System

NEWS – Not content to with just protecting out gadgets, Otterbox has just released their new OtterSpot Wireless Charging System.  This Qi-compatible wireless system consists of a charging base and one or more OtterSpot batteries (“charging coasters”) for your wireless devices. The 36-watt charging base can simultaneously recharge 3 of the 5,000 mAh batteries (only …

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Getting your stuff together and keep it that way with Colonel Littleton’s Zip It pouches

NEWS – Colonel Littleton has released a new series of organizational pouches call Zip It. The pouches come in three sizes, which are conveniently called (from smallest to largest) Zip It No. 1 Zip It No. 2 Zip It No. 3 All three pouches are made from high-quality, full-grain, dry-milled, vintage brown leather. Unlike in …

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Double your pleasure with the new Colonel Littleton No. 1 Bitsy Belt Bag

NEWS – The Colonel has just approved a new ladies’ bag that addresses one of the key problems of many of today’s carrying options for ladies: “Why do I have to buy different bags to wear / carry different ways?” The Colonel Littleton No. 1 Bitsy Belt Bag converts from a stylish belt bag (think …

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BluShark Pass-Through Watch Straps review

REVIEW – BluShark is a relatively young company that specializes premium pass-through (i.e. NATO-style) watch straps, but also makes traditional two-piece straps. I’ve been wearing pass-through straps on my watches for many years (for a variety of reasons discussed later) and have tried straps from most of the well-known brands. The opportunity to review BluShark …

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OLFA Professional 18mm Heavy-Duty Aluminum Utility Knife (MXP-AL) review

REVIEW – If you are like me, you are always looking for the utility knife that you just saw yesterday, and then when you find it, the knife blade is dull. Sometimes I end up just hunting down one of the snap-blade knives that I keep in my junk drawer for emergencies and half the …

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Rescue GoCLIP Yellow Jacket and Mosquito Repellent review

REVIEW – When enjoying the outdoors it is almost inevitable that you will have to deal with the biting and stinging pests with whom we share the outdoors. There are many options that may be tried to combat these flying and crawling menaces, but they all have their disadvantages. The Mosquito GoCLIP and Yellowjacket Repellent …

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Potensic AW30 (Navigator III) Drone with Camera review

REVIEW – I have been casually shopping for an entry-level camera-equipped quad-copter drone for a year or so. The opportunity to test drive the Potensic AW30 (Navigator III) came at a good time as my sons have recently expressed interest in camera-carrying drones as well. Let’s hope the AW30 fills our needs for a trainer …

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Just do it with your own style – Nike Metcon XD Patch trainers

NEWS – Nike’s updated Metcon XD Patch trainers are an update to Nike’s line of Metcon training shoes. They combine the proven construction of the rest of the Metcon line with an updated 3D print upper designed to improve durability. The inegrated Flywire cables lock your feet in place for improved fit during training. These …

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