This week's gadget is from MEEM and it's a fresh new take on smartphone back up. It's a phone charger cable that automatically backs up personal data on a smartphone to the cable. It does that every time the phone is charged. With people using phones more and more for high quality photos and video and quick text communications, a phone’s storage fills up quickly with precious content and the more personal information stored, the higher the anxiety of losing or having that data stolen is. With MEEM, backing up your smartphone is a simple solution that fits into a daily routine.
The folks at Monoprice say that too often, getting a low-cost 3D printer can mean getting a box of ill-fitted parts with poorly written and incomplete documentation. You end up spending hours on the internet, searching forums and asking for help to get the printer assembled and operating properly. Monoprice operates differently and their MP Select Mini 3D Printer V2 is a perfect example. This 2nd generation model printer not only comes fully assembled, it has already been calibrated at the factory.
Dickie D's gadget of the week is the LEORX Cinematic LED Lightbox. A neat way to display a message or other text with the old-fashioned look of a movie marquee. Black letters are set up in tracks on a white box lit from within. Totally readable in the brightest light or in total darkness. The uses are as limitless as your imagination. Say "Happy Birthday" to a family member, or "I love you" to your spouse. Put a sign in your window so arriving guests will know they've found the right house. These are just a few of the endless uses.
Dickie D's gadget of the week is the JOI Lamp Tea Light Candle Powered LED Lamp. And yes, it does work! The JOI lamps doesn't use batteries, solar, or wall power to create its own light. It uses thermo-electric technology to transform the energy of a single tea light candle into enough light to illuminate your night. Within about four minutes of lighting it, JOI begins to convert the heat of the candle into more than 18 times the light generated by the tea light alone.
Instead of a tripod or a selfie stick, you can carry your smart phone on your head with Clip-A-Phone. With places like Disneyland banning selfie sticks, this is a good alternative. Just place the clip on your favorite cap, insert your phone into the clip and secure it with the strap. Then use the included Bluetooth shutter to record photos or video.
Dick went to the "Biggest Baby Gadget Show" this week and he saw this interesting new piece of furniture. It's the Bloom Fresco Chrome High Chair. Known as the world's highest baby chair, it's a breakfast bar an adult might eat at sitting on a stool. There's a 3-position recline system; fully lie-flat newborn cradle, semi recline and upright seat. Easy up/down height adjustments allow baby to join the family at the dining table or the modern breakfast bar. So it should be usable starting from birth, all the way to school age (which they give as 8 years old).
If you have a pile of batteries, this gadget from the Giz Wiz is for you. Ohuhu® Battery Storage Case keeps all your spare batteries organized and easy to see. It holds up to 72 batteries with a handy removable battery tester to quickly see if a battery still holds a charge. Hang it on a wall or slide it into a drawer or on a shelf for easy access. It's a nice deal at $10.99 (as of 5/20/17) and Amazon Prime, so free 2-day shipping for Prime Members.
If you have trouble sleeping, a white noise machine can help, and Dickie D is showing off the LectroFan Micro, which adds a lot of features if you're looking for a white noise machine. This one is actually great for travel! It has a built-in battery and Bluetooth! Charge the battery, and the Micro can provide 10 unique sleep sounds: 5 fan sounds, 4 white noises, and one ocean - for up to 16 hours. Pair it up with your Bluetooth device and you can stream your music through it for up to 8 hours.
This week's gadget is the Meyoung Airplane Foot Rest Hammock. On an airplane, it can hang from the snack table's arms to provide a hammock-like foot rest. And unlike some other travel gadgets, it doesn't make you look dorky, because probably no one will notice. It weighs only 3 oz and folds down to about 8" x 3" x 2" inch. The company says it will relax your feet and reduce pressure on your back. $13.99 on Amazon here.
Tapdo is Dickie D's gadget of the week and it lets you control technology with single-touch, personalized biometric interactions. Using a fingerprint sensor, Tapdo allows you to assign specific functions to different parts of your fingers, to control your music, dim your smart lights, and more. Powered by Bluetooth you can control up to 23 functions on each hand by touching various part of the fingers and palms to the Tapdo. It's on Kickstarter now (4/13/17) and should be shipping final units in Fall, 2017.