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Imagine being able to personalize almost anything with your own custom artwork via a laser engraver. Imagine no more, this technology has gotten much cheaper and easier to use. While the product name leaves a bit to be desired, LaserPecker, it seems to genuinely work well. This portable little laser etcher can be taken just about anywhere as it can run off of standard USB power. You can even power it off a battery power bank and take your etching...

ReadyMan Survival Total Surival Kit

This is the perfect gift for the person who likes to have their car, go-bag, or in this case wallet loaded with useful items for just about any circumstance. This is a 4-pack of useful ReadyMan Survival Cards, aka Total Survival Set ($52).

This 4- pack includes the hostage escape card, fisherman/survival card, wilderness/survival card, and the medical card. These cards are made in the USA of 301 stainless steel and measure 3.5″ x 2″ and weigh between 10 to 12 grams. Read on for what is included in each survival card. (more…)

Imagine a drone that isn’t much bigger than your cellphone. Imagine a drone that weighs just 0.55-lbs and can shoot 2.7k video (at 30fps). Still not impressed? How about a 30 minute flight time, 3- axis gimbal, stabilized camera, and a 2.5-mile range. This is the DJI Mavic Mini. Pretty awesome for such a pocket-sized drone. My favorite part, other than the battery life and range, is the fact that it is small/light enough to dodge the silly...

Too far away from April Fools to be a joke and way to elaborate. This yard robot autonomously patrols the yard looking for dog poop piles to scoop up. About time!

This cool robot is from Beetl Robotics and looks like a little green and white tractor. The Beetl Poop Robot uses computer vision and sensors to locate poop in your yard, hovers over the top and deploys its jaws and shears to scoop the poop. Pretty cool stuff. Video of the poop-bot after the break. (more…)

I like this one. A bit of recycling stuff that otherwise would have made it directly to the landfill. In this case, old roadside billboard advertisements get a second life as high-quality tarps. They are already UV treated and typically are thicker and stronger than the tarps found at the local hardware store. For a quick price comparison, I tried to find the closest size and thickness. Here goes – Amazon Tarp                                          Recycled Billboard Tarp

Posted on Aug 21 2019 - 10:01am by Pete M
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The tough case company, Pelican, has a new sling style soft cooler with a long name – Pelican Dayventure Sling Soft Cooler ($148). I prefer to call it the sling cooler. The Pelican Sling Cooler comes in light gray and coyote, holds 12-cans or 4 wine bottles (8.5-liters). It has the chunky style zippers which are leak resistant and can stand on its end. Pretty cool, but...

There are plenty of iPhone cases out there that do double duty as an extra battery pack. This kickstarter campaign plans to add a storage and charging solution for your AirPods as well. The Power1 iPhone Case ($99) has a 3000 mAh battery for an additional 34 hours of talk time (for iPhone X/XS) or up to 30 AirPod charges. Pretty clever. Power1 constantly monitors your devices and provides power...

Retevis RT45 Backlit LCD

Haven’t heard of Retevis? Give it time, you will. Retevis is making quite a name for themselves stateside with their high quality and low priced line of radios. They have everything from low to high-end radios from 0.5-watts up to a full 10-watts! On to the Retevis RT45 FRS/GMRS review. (more…)

If you have ever opened a glass bottle of soda, water, or beer and needed to reseal it, you need a Monopol Hermetus. This gadget was given to me as a gift and I and have grown to rely on it for opening and resealing bottles. The Monopol Hermetus is made of steel, has a rubber surface for an air-tight seal, and is made in Germany. Pretty slick, get a couple here for just $9.99.   ...

Posted on May 2 2019 - 9:07am by Pete M
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Tool mashups are great. Who doesn’t love the old Swiss Army Knives? The less I have to carry the better. This carabiner, dubbed the Firebiner, adds a few tools to the mix, the main one being the sparker for lighting fires. The Firebiner also has a stainless steel safety blade, screwdriver, and a bottle...