Smythe Richbourg

A gadget nerd from childhood, Smythe has always been drawn to solving everyday problems with clever tools. An Apple fan since his Mac Plus in 1987, he's sure the company will one day do great things, despite being perpetually doomed by their competition.

BrainTap headset review – Can it unlock areas of your brain with sound and light?

REVIEW – Hacking your brain is almost a cottage industry these days. From meditation apps to headgear with electrodes to audio that uses your hearing’s phase detection, there are a lot of companies trying to enrich your life in a solid, real way using their technology. We’ve covered a good bit of it here at …

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AfterShokz Xtrainerz Bone Conduction MP3 Swimming Headphones review – Fill your underwater world with sound

REVIEW – Listening to music can make exercising more tolerable. Witness the huge case market for sweat-resistant armbands, cases, and headphones. Listening to music when you’re outside running, biking, or otherwise being exposed to environmental hazards (i.e. cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles) can be dangerous to your situational awareness. Aftershokz, a company that specializes …

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Doqo iPad keyboard case review – adds ports to rival MacBook Pros

REVIEW – The iPad, introduced in 2010, changed the idea of “tablet computing” for many people. It’s often been said that there isn’t really a “Tablet Market”, so much as an iPad market with various copycat devices. However you feel about this, third parties have embraced the iPad wholeheartedly, and nowhere is this more visible …

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WFH or elsewhere with a portable magnetic workstation from MOFT

  CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Mobile Office for Travelers – (MOFT) has a new product, the Smart Desk Mat. I have backed several of their past projects personally, and have found the products to be very interesting. Since I’m not traveling as much as I did 2-3 years ago, however, the need has not been as …

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Worky Home Office in a box review – Everything you need to WFH

REVIEW – With Working From Home becoming the norm for many, what do you do if you don’t have a full-time space to devote to your work life? Rent a hotel room every day? Kick one of your kids out of their bedroom? Or use the dining table, and deal with tearing down the makeshift …

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Pillow Pad is a three-position stand for your tablet

NEWS – Way back in May of 2012, I reviewed the Wedgestand eReader stand. Over the near-decade since, I’ve mentioned it as a favorite device accessory at least twice, and it is out on my dining room table as I type this. It’s a great, simple design, and I thought it could not be improved …

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Hohem iSteady X2 gimbal for smartphones review

REVIEW – Creating steady video and moving around from various angles used to be difficult and physically intensive. I was recently sent the Hohem iSteady X2, a gimbal designed for smartphones, and it’s a huge creative boost. I’ve tested it in several use cases, and am ready to report. What is it? An electronics-driven gimbal …

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Elite Screens Yard Master 2 screen review – A screen as big as all outdoors

REVIEW – As we move into summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, more and more people are having outside get-togethers. If a movie would make a part of a good gathering for you, a sturdy outdoor screen will be in order. To that end, ProjectorScreen.com sent me the Elite Screens Yard Master 2 screen for …

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simplehuman CleanStation review – Deep cleans your smartphone

REVIEW – Be honest. How many times have you been in a public restroom and heard someone a few stalls over talking, and you knew they were on the phone? Or you’re hearing TikToks playing? Public restrooms are germy nightmares, and don’t tell me about washing your hands – you need to disinfect your phone …

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PowBuzz battery powered screwdriver review

REVIEW – If you’re reading this website, there’s a good chance you’ve used a powered screwdriver before. Building your own computer, Raspberry Pi projects, changing out the memory or storage on your device – having a power driver makes short work of those pesky screws. The folks at PowBuzz have responded to the increasing miniaturization …

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