The iBlazr is a bright LED accessory that plugs into your headphone jack and provides far better illumination when you're taking pictures with your mobile device. It has it's own batteries, so it doesn't leach off the phone's power. 500 Flashes off a single charge and you can use your headphones to plug in and get an off camera flash angle. Starts at $49.99. Check it out at http://iblazr.com/
Dickie D is back and Leo is very thrilled to be featured in the October 2014 issue of Mad Magazine along with Lisa and a bunch of TWiT Staffers! This week's gadget is the Champ Survival Sidekick is an 8-in-1 Multi-tool and flashlight. In a single device that looks like a flashlight you’ll have these eight emergency tools ready when you need them: Glass breaker and seatbelt cutter. Hand crank and a USB connector for emergency mobile device charging. A 3 LED flashlight.
This week, Leo has a gadget for Dickie D ... it's the Humana Light, which is a light that can run for weeks on dead batteries! From ETOW.org, it uses a simple circuit that will run for weeks on depleted batteries, and they're being distributed in third world countries. What a great idea. And because LEDs are so efficient, they can work on a small amount of current still remaining in them.
With this Gyrobot kit, children can explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building seven motorized models, including a robot that can balance on two linear wheels and move along a tightrope! At the press demo I held one end of a string while I watched the Gyrobot walk perfectly balanced, from one end to the other. Pretty neat! With this kit kids can learn about the physical science principles that keep the robot balanced, making it appear to defy gravity.
Paul had a lot of gadgets he used in Windows 7, but they've disappeared. Leo says that's probably one of the reasons why Microsoft got rid of gadgets and replaced them with Apps. They have serious security vulnerabilities and instead of fixing the flaws, Microsoft just discontinued them.
Do you remember those original brick like cell phones from the 80s? Well someone has created a bluetooth phone headset that looks like one that works with your iPhone. It's called The Brick. It's a retro looking cell phone looking bluetooth handset that will let you go back into time and fool your friends. You can access smartphone contacts, music and call log via Bluetooth. The Brick also has SD card slot so you can play music right on built in speaker. Built-in also is the classic game of Snake and even an FM radio. But wait, there's more. There's even a flashlight and back-lit keypad.
This week's gadget is in honor of Scott's pinch hitting for Leo. It's the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Portable Bluetooth speaker. It's 4.6 pounds and has two 3-inch woofers, two 3/4-inch tweeters, and two passive radiators. There's no audio-in jack, as it works via Bluetooth. It's battery powered, and can last 5 hours on one charge. 15 watts per active speaker for a total output of 60 watts. Frequency response is stated as 60Hz to 20kHz. List price is $399.99, but discounts are widely available.
This week's gadget is the Impact Gel Grab Pad, billed as the “world's greatest sticky pad.” Dickie D said he took it down to his boat and tested it out vertically to see if it would fall off. And it didn't! It's available in several colors, and is available at Bed, Bath And Beyond for $7.99. Depending on what they charge for shipping, a better deal might be at the company website where on 6/17/2014 it was selling for $5.99 + shipping. Check out his Grab Pad Shock Test Video here.
Dickie D says that according to recent studies, the cell phone is the dirtiest thing people own. That's why Phone Soap is a great gadget. It's not really soap, it's an ultra violet light gadget that not only sanitizes your phone, but can charge it at the same time thanks to a USB port. When you close the Phone Soap Charger cover, the UV rays will sanitize the phone while the USB charges it. The sanitizing part takes under 5 minutes and will then shut off. The phone will continue to charge until it reaches 100%. Cost is $59.95.