Vogue Apple Watch Ad

When I think of Apple advertisements, at least the ones in magazines or on billboards, I tend to think of a minimalist single page product shot. Apple’s latest advertisement is big, in fact it gets a 12-page glossy print spread in the latest Vogue magazine. While the exact ad rates aren’t known, you can pretty much guarantee it wasn’t cheap.

Tesla Home Battery Energy Storage

Elon Musk and his team at Tesla Motors must never sleep. In addition to launching new models of the best electric vehicles on the planet, they are also about to unveil a lithium-ion based home battery storage system.

Why would a home owner (or business owner) want to store energy in a battery? There are many reasons. Some folks just want to be independent of the expensive energy grid, others want to have more control and savings of their solar production. I imagine the main users will be folks with solar arrays on their houses that are set up with Time-of-use (TOU) rate plans. Currently TOU customers (typically solar homes) have to draw power from the grid in the late afternoon and evening when electricity rates are the highest. With a Tesla home energy storage system they could lower their electricity costs by charging the battery during the day and using the stored energy during peak hours. I am sure the utilities are not a big fan of this system, but hey they have had a monopoly like hold on it for long enough. Not to mention solar and wind power with a storage system is better for our environment. Less pollution!

There aren’t a ton of details but Elon Musk did have this to say “”we’re going to unveil the Tesla home battery, or consumer battery, that will be for use in people’s houses or businesses, fairly soon.”, pretty cool stuff.

Dropcam Pro Review

There are so many home monitoring camera options available today, each with their own plusses and minuses. My hope is that the DropCam Pro ($199) could be my goto camera system for the home and small office. Read on for the DropCam Pro review to see if it hits the mark.

Kokuyo Harinacs Stapless Stapler

Gotta love Japanese engineered products. The Kokuyo Harinacs Stapleless Stapler ($11) binds up to 8 pages together with a bit of magical paper cutting and folding. All of this happens with a single squeeze of the handle. Just like a traditional stapler but without the staples. You also have to love the Japanese translations like this one, “Stapler that do not use the “needle and close the paper”. Video of the Kokuyo Harinacs after the break.

Kokuyo Harinacs Stapler

Posted on Feb 24 2015 - 9:09am by Adam E
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Spyderco-Dog-Tag

If you wear this little guy on a ball chain necklace it would certainly look like a military style dog tag. Sorta. The Spyderco Dog Tag ($93) is about the same size and weighs just 1 ounce. The knife is perfect for concealed carry and while it isn’t built for heavy duty work it should be great for opening boxes and smaller jobs. The handle is made of black titanium and the blade is made of CPM S30V steel.

  • Weight – 1 ounce
  • Overall length – 3.23 inches
  • Blade length – 1.23 inches
  • Closed length – 2 inches


The electric pedal assisted bike is gaining in popularity thanks to manufacturers like BESV. And while local commuters can get around on an EPAB, they certainly won’t be driving on the highway.

Rich Kronfield, a Minneapolis inventor, wants to change that with his Raht Racer. The Raht Racer is an electric assisted velomobile that essentially amplifies the riders pedaling power.

High output pedal generator – pedals are connected to generator, not wheels – pedaling generates electricity that goes back into the system to extend range & recharge battery.

Heck, if you aren’t feeling up to pedaling you can rely on the throttle for electric-only rides. The Raht Racer ($35,000 – $45,000) even has seat belts and an airbag. In other words, safer than a motorcycle or bike. Hopefully their Kickstarter campaign will get some wings.

VERT Jump Monitor Tracker
Fitness tracking is all the rage these days. I get it. It is addictive. At least it is for me. I like comparing my daily activity from day to day and week to week. But what if you perform a sport where tracking your vertical jump is important? Most fitness monitors don’t track your vertical jumps. In fact, I don’t know of any that track your vertical jump distance.
Enter the VERT Jump Rate Monitor which pairs to you iOS device to show you your jump height as well as frequency and intensity.

The VERT Jump Rate Monitor is a non-invasive, miniature inertial measurement unit (IMU), that allows athletes to perform in games and practices without discomfort. The device pairs with an iOS app that can be monitored by coaches during use, and instantly provides jump rate, jump height and any additional jump-related measurements. As an added benefit all users will have the ability to view and track VERT Jump data on smartwatches for quick and easier review. The device itself is unnoticeable to both observers and the user, but allows coaches to monitor player jumps in practices, games, tryouts and workouts.

As athletes — especially youth athletes — continue to intensify their training on a year-round basis, coaches, parents and players, alike, have come to understand the importance of safe practices. However, for those who participate in sports that require explosive jumping movements like volleyball, basketball and track and field, there was previously no efficient way to monitor the frequency or intensity of those jumps to ensure safe injury preventive practice habits.

Posted on Feb 20 2015 - 10:44am by Steve M
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Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer

I personally thought the banana slicer was a bit ridiculous. I mean it takes a few seconds, with a butter knife, to cut up a banana. Unless you are doing this several hundred times a day I don’t really see the need. I am apparently alone in this way of thinking though as this Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer has over 5,000 reviews! Heck, there is even a video review from a guy who’s deep voice could give Barry White a run for his money.


 

I have bought and played with too many quadcopter to list them all here. Let’s just say the price tags vary from $30 up to $6,000. Yes, it is a bit of an addiction. Luckily I am not alone in my love of the UAV quadcopters and have a few friends willing to test play with the new Dromida Ominus Quadcopter.

We tested played with 5 of these for about 30 minutes. Our goal was to see if some of these manufacturer claims were true, “…nearly impossible to break” and “Extremely durable: Sturdy frame stands up to abuse and comes back for more”. Long story short, we had the epoxy glue out in a matter of minutes. Read on for details.

Posted on Feb 19 2015 - 11:43am by Steve M
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Foot Gym

It almost looks like a gag gift, but it is the real deal. The Foot Gym provides 7 foot and ankle exercises and helps to build strength for better stability. If you have plantar fasciitis, foot pain, or achilles tendonitis you might just want to have  foot gym under your desk.