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As air quality on the west coast has gone to complete $#!% with all of the fires, it has made daily life a bit more challenging, to say the least. As if this Covid-19 stuff wasn’t enough. For folks without air conditioning, they have been trapped inside with the windows closed. The unseasonably hot weather and pollution have made for quite uncomfortable and potentially unsafe conditions.

This has gotten me going down the path of researching air quality monitors. I have spent days researching and there are too many variables (VOC, PM2.5, PM10, temperature, humidity, CO2, portable, home units, etc…) to do a fair apples-to-apples comparison. With that said, here are my favorite units based on the following categories – portable, Homekit enabled, and feature set. Read on for the results.


As the camping season is upon us, its time to replace some old and worn-out gear. Don’t repeat my last years 4th of July BBQ where my chair broke and I ended up on my back in the dirt. Not cool. Speaking of cool – check out this folding chair that comes with a built-in cooler (can hold 12 cans) and side table with cupholder. Yep, it’s pretty slick. The Kamp-Rite Director’s Chair With Side Table & Cooler ($59) is made...

I sure hope this ambitious energy harvesting gadget becomes a reality. This floating platform, from Sinn Power in Germany, is still very much a concept. All of the parts exist, but they haven’t been put together in such a way, yet. This system is designed to provide power for coastal locations and creates power from wind turbines, solar panels, and floating wave energy harvesters. It is built in...

Cars, boats, planes, busses, helicopters and the like are getting electrified. It makes sense, assuming we can recycle all of the batteries. Another vehicle is about to join the electric party – the backhoe loader. The construction company, Case, has introduced the first fully electric backhoe loader named Project Zeus (or 580 EV). The Case 580...

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...

GoPro Max 360

GoPro’s latest camera, GoPro Max, is three cameras in one: a 360 mode camera, a screen-facing vlogging style camera, and a traditional HERO style camera. The latest video stabilization, Max HyperSmooth is amazing. No more jerky videos.

The GoPro Max has six microphones, four cameras, and built-in folding mounts. It is also waterproof to 16-feet and is loaded with features, too many to list here. Check it out here.

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…)

So you can’t afford a speedboat, no big deal, get yourself the 6-person Inflatable Bay Breeze Boat instead. As the name implies, it can hold 6-people it also has a rear swim-up platform with five handles, eight cup holders, and a built-in cooler. Perfect for tying off a few feet from the shoreline and sunbathing. ...

Posted on Jul 9 2019 - 8:20am by drakaal

Anyone can dig a circle and call it a fire pit. These fire pits from Fab Fours, take it to the next level. The Fab Fours Fire Pits are available in different models – Jeep Wrangler, Ford SuperDuty Truck, etc… They are made in the USA of 16-ga steel and are 1:3.4 scale.   ...