Starting this off by saying that there are plenty of Google products that I like very much. I am an avid user of the Nest products, search engine, email, etc…  That doesn’t mean I won’t be looking for alternatives if they don’t keep turning up the creepiness. Google’s latest bout of creepiness and overreach are related to the latest version of Chrome, Chrome 69. First of all, Google is moving towards making logging-in for normal browsing almost a requirement.  Secondly, when using Chrome 69, if you log...

Posted on Sep 18 2018 - 10:06am by Pete M
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The Hitch Hotel (currently lives on Kickstarter) is a portable hotel for your car or truck, assuming you have a class 2 or higher hitch. It serves double duty as a storage box when closed (60 cubic feet of storage), and can hold three full sized bikes inside. When you are ready to convert the Hitch Hotel ($3,200) into a bedroom you simply extend the unit and deploy the adjustable legs. Inside you will find windows, vents, and a queen sized bed.   ...

The leaks and rumors were pretty accurate this year. Apple launched a handful of new phones packed with new technology and some new colors. Oh, and some awful naming conventions (XS, XR, and XS Max). They also launched the Series 4 Watch with a 35% larger screen while both the 40 and 44mm are thinner. The backs of the watches are a thing of beauty and are made of sapphire crystal and black ceramic. Apple has also managed to add much more information (complications) the the face of the screen. The Series 4 Watch has doubled down on health...

Impossible US-1 Drone Clear

Impossible Aerospace claims they have a drone hitting the market in Q4 of 2018 with a two hour flight time. The main structure of the US-1 is full of batteries which is why they have longer than average flight times.

The Impossible US-1 ($7,500 for basic and $9,500 for thermal) comes in a few flavors. Most of the differences are around the camera type (FLIR).

Flight details and telemetry are still unknown but we do have some specs. Details after the break.  (more…)

Posted on Sep 11 2018 - 10:14am by Steve M
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If you are serious about your whisky, or know someone who is, get out your credit card. Inspired by nature, digitally crafted, and meticulously refined with master distiller Jim McEwan, the Norlan Whisky Glass ($48 for two) has been designed to capture whisky’s complex flavors and aromatics and deliver them to the...

Giant Inflatable Fortnite Battle Bus 6If you are serious about your Halloween decorations, this monstrosity might have to make it to your house. It is a giant inflatable Fortnite Battle Bus. If you don’t know what Fortnite is, you clearly don’t have any contact with todays kids – it is a very popular game at the moment.

The inflatable Battle Bus is 17.5-feet tall by 18-feet long with 11 rows of windows. Pretty awesome, and yours for $399 here. More pictures after the break. (more…)

HP hasn’t been terribly relevant for a while but they haven’t thrown in the towel just yet. They are pushing the envelope in the 3D printer world. First they released the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, and now they have announced the Metal Jet 3D metal printer. According to HP, Metal Jet is a “voxel-level binder jetting technology” that’s up to 50 times more productive than existing 3D printing solutions. It also features four times the nozzle redundancy and double the printbars of the competition. Basically,...

Posted on Sep 10 2018 - 9:07am by Lisa C.
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These days gluten and peanut allergies seem to be on the rise. Some allergies bring about skin hives which is mildly annoying, but some are deadly. Now you can see if your food has peanut or gluten in it before chowing down. The Nima Peanut Sensor ($289) about five minutes for the results. Using...

A Florida-based company, Blu3, has launched a KickStarter for what they claim is the lightest and smallest (and cheapest) personal dive system.The Blu3 NEMO consists of a battery powered surface-supplied air (SSA) system with a 10-foot air hose. Dive time is 60 minutes and divers don’t need to...

Spry Waterproof Drone and Remote Control

As much as I love the DJI drones  , they still aren’t waterproof, they don’t float, and they certainly can’t submerge and survive. I have lost two DJI quads to the water and believe me, the feeling sucks.

Spry Submersible Drone

Well this KickStarter team hopes to solve a few of these problems with their orange drone, Spry. Spry flies, floats, and can even submerge. Everything on the drone is waterproof including the remote control. Water performance won’t be great (wireless signals don’t do well in water) but the drone is pretty quick in the air at 43 mph. The camera is 4k at 30 fps and stills are snapped at 12 megapixels.

Other Spry drone features include; Hold Position, Auto Follow, Object Orbit and Return to Pilot’s Position. Check it out at KickStarter. More pictures and video after the break. (more…)