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.
This week's gadget fits into the wheel of your bicycle and writes in LED light. It's called the Fuze Bike Wheel Writer 2.0. It allows you to program messages using its iPhone app and then show that message through the LEDs you put on your wheel. Offers 63 different LED patterns that are built into the device, and it can be set to read out your current pedaling speed in lights on the bike wheel through an adapter. It's a great toy for kids. And it's only $19.99.
This week's gadget is the Travelon Anti-Theft Travel Wallet. This wallet is made from durable nylon with RFID blocking technology that protects your identity and credit card information from thieves that use radio frequencies to steal the sensitive information stored on your cards. This RFID blocking wallet has a flap front design with a Velcro closure and a secure lateral lock to protect against pickpockets.
This week's gadget are the Honeywell LED Magnetic Lights. These clever Mini-LED lights have a magnetic backing so you can stick them on tools, keys, scissors, pretty much anything magnetic. That way the bright LED light will shine exactly where you need it. Will come in a pack of three for under $5 in August.