This week's gadget is an oldie but a goodie. The Griffin PowerMate USB control knob. Leo talked about it in 2006. It's now 2017, eleven years later and it's still available for sale! Plus there's a new Bluetooth version. First here's an explanation of what it does from Griffin: It spins like a knob. It clicks like a mouse. But it's so much more. You can use PowerMate USB to edit home movies, or scroll through long documents, or create your next audio masterpiece. How can PowerMate USB be this cool?
For those that like to make videos with a smartphone, then check out the Movo Smartphone Video Rig with a Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit for under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of smartphone video by letting one add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. Perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights.
This neat little gadget is called Port O Pill. And the company boasts: Pills + Water / Anytime, Anywhere! Never get caught without water or medication again. Leak-resistant, refillable container. Now the company says “Holds up to 10 pills” but that will surely depend the kind of pills. Chances are you'll carry this with just the pills you need for one day. Carrying only 1.5 ounces of water, it meets FAA plane rules for carry-on liquids. It's small enough for a backpack, purse, glove box, and maybe a pocket if you're wearing cargo pants. BPA Free and top rack dishwasher safe.
The Rosewill Compact Countertop Ice Maker can make ice cubes in about 8 minutes. They're more like ice-shaped bullets that are hidden at the center. You start the process by pouring water into the unit and selecting 'large or small' cubes. It makes the cubes in little batches and takes about an hour or more to fill the small ice tray. But they chill drinks quickly and don't get stuck together when sitting in the ice tray. Since this is not connected to a water supply it's perfect for a small RV, boat, kitchen, etc. It just needs a 110V outlet that accepts a 3-prong plug.
Every back-to-school season requires students to find a backpack. Dick found a unique backpack with a couple of unique features that is also incredibly inexpensive. It's the Inateck Laptop Backpack. It's good-looking and the company says it's made from waterproof, scratch-resistant, anti-tear special nylon fabric. It's also the first backpack with a slip-on waterproof cover. It's like a elastic slip-on raincoat for your backpack and it's included in the price.
Just in time for back-to-school, Dickie D has a gadget for students! Use just a tablet with this portable keyboard called the iClever Ultra Slim Wireless Keyboard. It's a tri-folding, aluminum alloy keyboard with Bluetooth and 3-color backlight. And, as the company points out, it's for iOS, Windows PC, Tablets, and Smartphones. You have your choice of using it wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, or you can have a wired connection to ordinary USB-enabled devices. It's full size, and folds to fit easily in the included carry bag.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.
Meet the Perfect Fit No Hole Dress Belt.The holeless pants belt buckle has a hidden ratchet adjustment system that features 32 different positions for a custom fit from waist sizes 28 to 48 inches. When you receive the belt, trim it down to the size you want for a the perfect amount of overlap. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and trim the straight end of the belt, not the tapered end that will be visible. The no-holes dress belt tightens with a gentle pull and releases by lifting the front of the buckle.
Logitech’s best webcam ever is the 4k Ultra HD Video BRIO. Record professional-quality video in stunning 4K Ultra HD. (4K requires Skype for Business, a USB 3.0 port and cable - cable not supplied.) With multiple resolutions, including 1080p and 720p, BRIO supports every video app, monitor and bandwidth. Logitech’s first webcam with an infrared sensor supports Windows Hello and other facial recognition applications for speedier logins with a higher level of security. MSRP $199.99.
The AirBar Sensor by Neonode turns your non touch screen laptop into a touchscreen computer. The sleek, lightweight device emits an invisible light field over a laptop screen that senses touch from any finger, stylus, paintbrush, etc. AirBar enables touch for most PC laptops running Windows® 10, as well as the MacBook Air 13”. The sleek matte black (PC) or brushed aluminum (Mac) bar attaches to the bottom of a display with magnets and connects instantly through a USB port.