Review: Kidz Gear Headphones With Mic

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If your kids aren’t just listening, but are also learning and creating with their devices in such a way that requires them to speak, they will need headphones that can do the complete job. But you’ll still want to protect their young ears from loud volumes. Continue reading

Kickstarter Review: MudWatt Getting Dirty With STEM

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MudWatt is a microbial fuel cell kit that is intended to teach and spark an interest in energy, biology, physics, chemistry, and engineering across a wide-range of ages. Continue reading

Grovemade Maple and Leather iPhone Case: Handcrafted Awesomeness

Grovemade handcrafted iPhone 6 case

I have another iPhone 6 case to write about his week, but this is one that I’m really excited about. I first heard about it just after the iPhone 6 launch, and I’ve been waiting ever since then for it to get past the prototyping stage. A few weeks ago, the Grovemade Maple and Leather iPhone Case finally arrived and man, was this one worth the wait. Clever design, handcrafted from 100 percent natural materials, flawlessly finished and a perfect fit. It’s not cheap, but this iPhone 6 case is worth the investment. Continue reading

Calling All Makers: Be a Part of the Denver Mini Maker Faire

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Fire up your soldering irons and sharpen up your scissors. The 2015 Mini Maker Faire is returning to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 13-14, and they want you. Continue reading

Unboxing Wil Wheaton With Quarterly.co

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Quarterly Co. is another contender in the surprise-in-a-box arena. Their unique take is that they have different subscriptions based on curators. When I heard that none other than Wil Wheaton was becoming a curator, I signed up immediately. Continue reading

Two Budget Tablets Worth Your Time

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My dear grandfather, the man who instilled within me a love of technology (and specifically consumer electronics), is fond of telling me that you just can’t skimp on hardware. Frank Zappa, on the other hand, famously declared “If we can’t be free, at least we can be cheap.” Continue reading

Aether Cone Gets Bluetooth Update

Aether Cone gets Bluetooth

I had the opportunity to review an Aether Cone “thinking music player” a few months ago. Still one of the cooler looking wireless speakers around, with decent sound and a “thinking” part that was a better stab at voice recognition/music curation than I was expecting. My primary gripe about the Aether Cone was its lack of Bluetooth support. Aether just fixed that. An automatic firmware update currently rolling out offers two welcome new functions: Bluetooth support and multiple Cone capability. The Aether Cone just got a whole lot better! Continue reading

‘OK to Wake! Owl’ Is a Sleeper Hit

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One of the number one issues most parents of small children, like myself, have is getting enough sleep. After about six months of much lack of sleep, we were lucky enough that our son started sleeping through the night for about 10-12 hours on average. Until two weeks ago. Continue reading

Switchmate for the Super Simple Internet of Things

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Switchmate is a smart lighting solution that snaps magnetically onto a standard light switch, allowing the switch to be flipped remotely via smart device. Continue reading

These Audio-Technica Earbuds Will Actually Stay in Place

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A lot of one-size-fits-all earbuds just won’t stay in place. Even the ones with interchangeable tips can sometimes wobble themselves out, depending on your activity. But you don’t need to move up to on-ear or over-the-ear headphones just to make sure they stay put. Continue reading

Doing the Two-Smartphone Shuffle

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You know who I’m talking about even if I’m not specifically talking about you. This is the person that comes into a meeting at work and plops down a stack of smartphones on the conference room table. I have recently joined the two smartphone club, and because I see so many others like me struggling to do this dance properly I thought it was time to help make things a little easier. Continue reading

Kickstarter Reminder — DuinoKit Jr. Electronics/Arduino Project Kit

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This is just a quick reminder that the DuinoKit Jr. Kickstarter project is down to less than a week. It’s already reached its funding goal, so any stragglers out there who might be looking for a fun all-in-one electronics style kit that teaches Arduino and programming, take a look at the DuinoKit Jr.

Project owner, Dan Alich, has finished two successful Kickstarter projects previously, both larger versions of this kit called the DuinoKit Essentials. Dan understands the issues with manufacturing and shipping, so he’s got the experience needed to delivery the products on time for a May 2015 delivery. Continue reading

Doxie Go Wi-Fi: A True “Take It With You” Scanner

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My fellow geek dads, friends, and family members know I am a scanner geek, through and through. This is a technology that continues to evolve and offer up more features to both home and office users. Armed with a personal scanner, you can get organized, reduce your clutter, and become more efficient.

I’ve got two scanners in my office, but they’re in no way portable. There are a number of smaller scanners out there that have a small footprint and are extremely light (in weight), but the one that’s been stowed in my truck and pretty much goes everywhere I go these days is the Doxie Go Wi-Fi. I’ve reviewed the Doxie Go in the past for GeekDad, but this new version has some improvements and now satisfies one of my biggest demands for a portable scanner — I don’t always have my laptop with me, but I almost always have my iPhone and/or iPad, and they both work great with the Doxie Go Wi-Fi and the matching iOS app. Continue reading

My Private Solar System

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I’ve wanted my own solar power system since the first time I learned such a thing was possible. A year and a half ago, I learned about a great program called Solarize Seattle. They team up with local installers and community organizations to make solar more accessible to homeowners in and around the Seattle metropolitan area. And more importantly, they help educate homeowners on how solar in Seattle was possible. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Inateck 4-Port Compact USB Charger

USB Charger saves electrical outlets but not cables

The bane of my existence is my kids’ constant battle over chargers for their portable devices. When we travel, the hassle is magnified, with fewer outlets and the need to lug around a bag of chargers. What’s the solution? Continue reading