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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...

This jewel is from the folks at Sportsman’s Guide, and they can be yours for just $45. A bulletproof vest makes sense, for sure, but you should also protect your bits as well. If nothing else you could spice things up in the bedroom. “When you’re in the heat of battle, these British Military Surplus Blast Shorts will keep you and future generations safe from dangerous...

Posted on Apr 5 2019 - 11:48am by gchoe
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The Apple AirPods are pretty great but they aren’t exactly cheap, so it’s no surprise some people want to add a layer of protection to the white plastic case. These leather AirPod cases from Air Vinyl Design are just the ticket for protection that is good looking. No more of those saggy and grippy neoprene cases. The Air Vinyl Airpod Cases ($17) come in a few different stylish colors and have an exterior that is made of top grain Napa leather....