Hands-On With the $200 OneUp 3D Printer

OneUp

I first spotted the OneUp 3D Printer at the 2014 Bay Area Maker Faire (San Mateo, CA) this last May. What caught my eye was not just the simplicity of the printer but also the colors… a variety of colors of laser-cut acrylic made the little 3DP really stand out. Both kids and adults were gawking and squeezing in for a closer look. I made a note to myself to keep an eye on this company… Continue reading

Gadget Review: MobileLite Wireless G2 Media Reader

ML2

On our most recent family vacation, we ran into an offline storage dilemma. My son wanted some movies on his mobile device and my daughter wanted a few on hers – all while not deleting any of the apps or photos that they had stored… Continue reading

New Kickstarter Alert — Bitsbox Teaches Kids Programming

Bitsbox

A few weeks ago my oldest son (age 7) came up to me and asked one of those questions that many parents dread — “Dad, can you teach me to program?” While I’m half-kidding, I’m also half-serous. I’m not a programmer! I have some training (mainly in college, but some self-taught) and I’m comfortable hunting down a book when I need it, but, when it comes to teaching my son, I’m really at a loss. What I’d like to do is find a way to make programming fun and interesting, but also something he can do on his own or at least with me watching over his shoulder but providing minimum assistance. Continue reading

Geeky Gadget Roundup

Creative Soundblaster Roar

I’m kinda slow with gadget reviews—it usually takes me a while to see how well (or whether) a device fits into my life and really becomes useful. There are some devices that immediately become indispensable, and others that seem incredibly cool but just aren’t for me. And, of course, there are some duds that just don’t live up to the buzz. Here are a handful of gadgets and gizmos that I’ve gotten to try out in the past few months. Continue reading

Sugru’s 24 Days of Ideas Calendar

Sugru 24 Days of Ideas

It’s called the Advent Calendar of Ideas, and it’s just the sort of geeky idea I’ve come to expect from the folks at Sugru. For the next 24 days or so, Sugru will be offering up a daily tip or trick or just plain cool hack that can be done using Sugru. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Black+Decker 20V MAX Lithium Flex Vac Is a Mighty Mite

20v cordless vac

When Black+Decker reached out to see if I might be interested in trying out their new 20V MAX Lithium Flex Vac, I wasn’t all that stoked about it. I’m not a big fan of handheld vacuums, and the kind of mess my household produces — highlighted by active kids and enough dog hair to assemble a new canine every week — is notorious for killing full-sized vacuum cleaners, let alone the little ones. But the high tech MAX Lithium Flex convinced me a cordless vacuum can make quick household cleanup a lot more convenient and proved especially useful on a three week trip to Cape Cod, where a vehicle continually subjected to sand and snack crumbs was in constant need of cleaning. Continue reading

Kickstarter — Simplifying My Wallet

Simple Wallet Plus

When it comes to Kickstarter, sometimes it’s all about timing. Take my wallet. I’m not sporting a George Castanza-style wallet, but I do have a lot of extraneous stuff in my wallet that really needs to be left at home. It hit me last week when I dug through a dozen cards that I’ve used maybe once in 12 months, looking for one I use constantly. I’m all about simplifying and making my life less cluttered, so when the Simple Wallet Plus Kickstarter notice arrived in my Inbox… it took one viewing of the video and 30 seconds to make the jump. (I even got in on the Early Bird option… that NEVER happens.) Continue reading