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Ever been stuck in the dark with a dead flashlight? I have. What I do recall is having every size and style of battery but the one that the flashlight needed.  Panasonic has a new flashlight that will make it almost impossible to be without the right battery. The “Panasonic Any Battery Light will run on any combination of D, C, AA, or AAA.  You can fill the Any Battery Light with batteries or run it on just one AAA.  Pretty...

The Pyro Pen looks and works like a real Sharpie market, but it has a tiny button which activates a little flame-thrower. Think of it as a good party trick. Is it safe? Pyro’s secret is that the barrels are filled with ‘flash’ paper. A specially-treated tissue paper that burns extremely quickly and is gone in the blink of an eye. Magicians have used flash paper in their acts for decades to get huge reactions from a tiny burst of fire. Every...

Big Mouth Billy Bass With Alexa

The famous Big Mouth Billy Bass from yesteryear has been modernized with Alexa’s voice assistant built-in (You have to already have an echo device in the home). The Alexa Big Mouth Billy Bass ($39) can respond to voice commands and let you know about the weather, the news, your commute, as well as set alarms, notifications, and more. Guess what you are inevitably getting for Christmas this year?

SmartNudge

I personally think the toilet seat should be left in the up (vertical) position. I know, I am going against the grain here but hear me out. Guys will be messy pigs guys and would you rather they ‘accidentally’ pee all over the bowl or seat? The last thing you want to do when visiting the bathroom to sit down, is have to clean off a bunch of disgusting sticky urine. If the seat was up, it would be clean and protected. OK, I am done with my rant about that – on to this cool product for the rest of the world who likes pee on seats.

The SmartN?dge, currently a Kickstarter campaign, is simple genius. This little robot runs on four AA batteries and sticks to the toilet lid via adhesive tape. After 90-seconds of the seat being in the up/vertical position it flicks the seat down. This is great for folks who already have a slow-lowering toilet seat. For those who don’t have a slow-lowering toilet seat, they will hear a loud slam shortly after finishing their business in the bathroom.

Rylo 360 Video Camera Top

This tiny action camera, the Rylo, manages to record 6.8K video in 360-degrees. That means you get super high resolution video that never misses a beat. Rylo packs in quite a few features in a very small package, like image stabilization, horizon leveling, front/back picture-in-picture, camera perspective control (after-the-fact), time-lapse, and more. Check out more details, pictures, and a video that sums it all up nicely after the break. (more…)

Keurig-Drinkworks-Drinkmaker

Keurig collaborated with Anheuser-Busch for this cold beverage machine. It will make cocktails, beer, and wine form those little plastic pods in under one minute. The Keurig Drinkworks Drinkmaker is only available in St. Louis for the launch. Current pods include daiquiri, cosmopolitan, gin & tonic, lime vodka soda, long island iced tea, margarita, mojito, moscow mule, sangria, white russian, old fashion, man tai, and a few beers. More to come. Is this the future of drinks at home? Time will tell.

You know the giant wacky waving inflatable tube guy that you see out front of the mattress company that is having perpetual going out of business sales? Well now you can have your very own wacky waving inflatable tube guy… for your desktop! This little guy runs on a 9V battery or a wall power adapter (not included). Get your desktop wacky waving inflatable tube guy here. ...

Wosports W600

The Wosport’s W600 multi-function range finder is an amazing piece of technology.  It is light weight, but durably with a firm rubberized exterior.  And, the most important part, it is accurate. Read on for the full review. (more…)

CrowPi_Diagram

If you have wanted to start tinkering with the tiny Raspberry Pi mini computers, this kit will make things easier and much neater. This tiny briefcase comes loaded with a 7-inch touchscreen, a camera, power circuit, vibration motor, matrix LED, buzzer, sound sensor, ultrasonic sensor, tilt sensor, servo interface, RFID module, and tons of other bits and pieces. More details and video of the Elecrow SES14004K Crowpi Advanced Kit after the break. (more…)

Last week was a massive user-data breach. This week Facebook enters smart display business with Portal, a wireless speaker, camera, LCD, and Alexa integrated gadget. Great timing Facebook! I think I will take a solid pass on Facebook having an open microphone and camera in my home. I will be massively surprised if this product succeeds at gaining mass user adoption. Ask yourself if you trust Facebook with this type of device in your home. I certainly don’t. There will be two Portal configurations: a 10.1-inch 720p version ($200),...