Paul Grunwald

Combine a light with Alexa – what do you C?

GE and Amazon have developed the “C”, a lamp and clock that is Alexa enabled.  It has visual indicators for time on the ring where hands would go, a sleep enabled light with warm colors at night and cool colors in the morning, and tunable light controllable by voice commands for home and office environments. …

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The highly anticipated Monoprice Maker Select Mini 3D Printer V2 is now shipping

After teasing at CES in January, Monoprice has started shipping the Maker Select Mini 3D Printer V2. This is one of the most widely acclaimed entry-level 3D printers on the market. The V2 boasts some exclusive improvements to the V1 including an all-metal print nozzle and mainboard cooling fan,  as well as some ergonomic improvements. 

Securus SpotLite 2.0 GPS Pet Locator review

If your family is anything like mine, the dog is not just a pet, it is more like a child.  We celebrate birthdays, they get Christmas presents, and whenever possible, they are with us.  For dedicated pet parents, there is nothing worse than having a pet go missing.   Securus makes a number of GPS locating …

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Leatherman One Hand Tool (OHT) – Use it with one hand tied behind your back

Leatherman has released another tool in their Military/EMT-aimed multi-tools.  The 16-tool OHT is designed so that both the blades AND the pliers can be operated with one hand.  The OHT has both needle-nose and regular pliers with wire cutters, 4 blades including a strap cutter, saw, can opener, bottle opener, screwdrivers,  threaded attachment for  #8-32 Cleaning Rod, and O2 bottle wrench.  It …

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TSA relaxes ban on knives and sharp sticks on planes

Though you still can’t carry your complete Zombie Apocalypse toolkit with you on a plane (my personal favorite, the Dead On Annihilator Superhammer is shown), as of April 25th, 2013, the TSA is changing the rules on small pocketknives, toy bats, ski poles, hockey and lacross sticks, pool cues, and golf clubs. Now, if I …

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Saddleback Leather Company now offering an iPad Mini case

Saddleback Leather Company has released the iPad Mini case (affiliate links).  It has a hand strap on the inside cover for holding your iPad in a one-hand grip.   The cover also folds back to make a stand.   It is made from the same fine leather and industrial heavy-gauge marine-grade thread as their other products. …

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Google opens up Project Glass to non-developers

Google has announced that they are starting a contest for non-developers to purchase Glass ahead of the retail release.  Explorers are required to submit in 50 words or less to Twitter or Goggle+ what they would do with the interactive, web-enabled glasses.  The deadline for applications is February   27th, 2013.  It is not cheap however!  If …

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Ubuntu on Phones preview now available

IOS and Android finally have some real competition! Ubuntu has announced that the Touch Developer Preview will be available at the Mobile World Congress. The first phone to be supported with Debian Linux derivative operating system will be the Nexus 4. Other phones will, including existing models, will be support later in 2013. Detailed information …

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Wirelessly control your Celestron Telescope with the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter

New for 2013 is the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter from Celestron, which allows wireless control of most Celestron motorized telescope mounts that use the hand control computer. There is an IOS interface with telescope alignment mode and a planetarium interface that immediately aims at any celestial object you tap from the SkyView screen. SkyTour generates the …

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larklife tracking fitness wristband tracks activity and sleep patterns

lark has released the larklife tracking bands. The $149 package included a daytime activity band and a nighttime sleep tracking band integrated with a IOS coaching app for logging diet, exercise and alerts.  The application tracks the users actions, diet, and sleep patterns. The data is analyzed on the back-end servers and makes suggestions and tips to improve performance. …

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