Playdate is a game system with a b&w screen and a crank. Shut up and take my money!

NEWS – Do I consider myself a gamer? Heck no! The most exciting gaming that I’ve done lately has been a rousing game of Words With Friends on my phone. #Sad. That doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate when something new and interesting comes along and the Playdate certainly looks interesting.

Playdate is a handheld gaming system from Panic, a company who has been making macOS and iOS software for 20 years. The device features a hi-resolution 400 x 270 pixel 2.7-inch black and white display, a traditional D-pad controller, and a crank. Yes, a crank! The crank is an analog controller that looks wonky as heck but that’s what makes the Playdate interesting. How the heck will it work and what will the games be like?

It looks cool as heck and I want one right now! But unfortunately, Playdate isn’t available yet. We won’t be able to get our hands on one until 2020. ARGH! But when it is available, it will set you back $149 and you’ll receive a new game for it at no extra charge each week for 12 weeks. Want to know more? Head over to the play.date site and sign up to be notified when the device is available

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Playdate is a game system with a b&w screen and a crank. Shut up and take my money! originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on May 24, 2019 at 8:00 am.

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Electric Blackhead Extractor is gross but handy

NEWS – Where was this when I was a teenager? Actually- I still need this now!

Maswater’s electric blackhead extractor is essentially a safe way to clear your facial pores by removing gunky blackheads through the power of suction. Even those without prominent blackheads can benefit from the use of this product; however, because it also increases blood circulation, tightens up loose skin, reduces wrinkles, shrinks pores, and makes your skin smoother.

The electric blackhead extractor comes with 5 different changeable tips or “probes” that all aid in achieving different effects.

  • The oval mouth probe is to be used on the lips, corners of eyes, nose, or neck. It smoothes out fine lines and reduces wrinkles.
  • The small probe is to be used in all the same places, and it’s main purpose is to remove blackheads.
  • The big probe should be used around the eyes, and specializes in skin tightening.
  • The large round hole head (biggest) should NOT be used around the eyes, mouth, or neck and it increases sweat gland secretion which eliminates bodily toxins.
  • The cold ball probe can be used anywhere on the face, and should probably be used last. It relieves swelling and fatigue feelings and acts as a facial lifter.

This tool works on all skin types, and offers 5 progressive intensity levels of sucking. Those of us with sensitive skin should start on level one, and holding this product in the same spot for more than 3 seconds can cause bruising or redness. Total usage shouldn’t be over 5 minutes, and it should only be used once or twice a week. Slight redness or bruising is normal after the first couple uses.

For best results, remove makeup and open up your pores using a hot washcloth on your face before use. Apply a face-mask after to shrink your pores back down.

It takes about 1.5 hours to fully charge via USB, and the charge lasts about 3 continuous hours. It’s small enough for travel, so you can even take it on the go!

This product ships at about 4 ounces. It’s about 7.5 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Get yours on Amazon for $21.97 now, and enjoy free one day shipping through Amazon Prime.

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Electric Blackhead Extractor is gross but handy originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on May 23, 2019 at 10:00 am.

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WaterField’s new Tech Rolltop Backpack expands when you need it to and doesn’t when you don’t

NEWS – The new Tech Rolltop Backpack from WaterField Designs combines good looks with functionality. This backpack is available in two sizes and three colors. It comes in a blue or brown waxed canvas for a casual look or black ballistic nylon for a more professional look.

Besides the expandable main compartment, the Tech Rolltop Backpack offers a lot of extra storage options on the outside of the bag including two large water bottle pockets on the sides, a zippered pocket for chunkier items like power bricks, a magnetic closure pocket for smaller items like your phone, passport, earbuds, etc., and a zippered padded pocket next to your back for your laptop. Inside is another pocket for a larger laptop.

The Tech Rolltop Backpack is priced at $229 for the compact size and $249 for the larger size. They are both available now from sfbags.com

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WaterField’s new Tech Rolltop Backpack expands when you need it to and doesn’t when you don’t originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on May 23, 2019 at 8:24 am.

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Scrubba Wash Bag Mini – clean jocks and socks!

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – We previously reviewed the Scrubba Wash Bag, a mobile washing device that allows you to clean your clothes easily and environmentally in many situations where washing wouldn’t be an option but let’s face it if you’re traveling light you can put up with a few stains or dirty spots on your T-Shirt or pants. Or if you’re doing a multi-day bushwalk everyone is pretty much smelling the same bad way as you are (which you only really realize till you get back to civilization) so washing most of your clothes isn’t really that important. One thing that is nice however is putting on clean jocks (Australian slang for underwear) and socks every day. Scrubba has addressed this by releasing a Kickstarter campaign for the Scrubba Wash Bag Mini, a smaller, lighter version of their original bag. The original funding target of AU$7500 was surpassed in just 2 hours with over AU$55,800 pledged to date.

My original Scrubba has just spent the last year and a half doing duty in Vietnam.  I’ve used it both as a washing bag and also as a dry bag during diving trips and during tropical downpours.  Yes laundry can be found generally pretty cheaply in SE Asia (sometimes you’ve got to walk down that little, dark alley ) however with one of our experiences being losing half our underwear (and other clothes) and the stuff that did come back smelling horribly of cigarette smoke, it can definitely be a risky proposition.

At just 70g (3 oz.), this is a handy, dandy gadget for any traveller, from 5 star hoteller to a minimalist bushwalker, to keep their “personals” clean. Kickstarter pledges start at AU$40 (~US$28)

 

 

 

 

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Scrubba Wash Bag Mini – clean jocks and socks! originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on May 22, 2019 at 10:00 am.

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Soon, your car will update just like your apps and other hardware

NEWS – Cars today run on software.  Programs control everything from climate control to transmission shifting to air/gas mixture in the engine. Car manufacturers release software updates, just like other hardware manufacturers.  I get firmware updates for my Sonos speakers and my Kevo door locks.  They are delivered and installed pretty easily.

But…for cars, it always involved a trip to the dealer and some quality time in the customer lounge.  But why?  Most cars today have access to internet-based connectivity.  But still, updates have to be done at the dealership.  The sole exception to this is Tesla.  They figured out early on that customers hate going to the car dealer.  They changed the model for purchasing and for over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

General Motors (GM) is looking to continue the shift in that paradigm with its upcoming digital vehicle platform, being rolled out with the upcoming 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan.

Most of GM’s vehicles will feature this underlying technology ecosystem by 2023. The new electronics systems will have the capability of managing up to 4.5 terabytes of data processing per hour, enabling systems like GM’s Super Cruise autonomous driving system. This represents an improvement in processing power of up to five times beyond today’s cars.

By adding new OTA updates, GM is positioning its fleet to be able to add new functionality over the lifespan of the vehicles without an annoying dealership visit. This sets the stage for better performing electric and autonomous vehicles as well as improved features on traditional cars.

Of course, hacking is a concern – nobody wants anyone taking control of their car as it hurtles down the highway. GM has included new security measures in the system’s DNA to ensure overall system security.

Tesla set the stage and now GM, and other automakers are jumping into the party, bringing a needed change to the auto industry and I hope, an increase in the propagation of new and exciting features to new vehicles. It is a fun time for the auto industry.

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Soon, your car will update just like your apps and other hardware originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on May 22, 2019 at 7:59 am.

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Wilson’s new weBoost Drive Reach means no more cellular dead zones on your next road trip

NEWS – Today Wilson Electronics has launched a powerful new in-vehicle signal booster device that has been designed to improve weak cellular signals in cars, trucks, and RVs to provide better connectivity while on the road. The weBoost Drive Reach device is compatible with all mobile phones and wireless carriers in North America and allows drivers to enjoy strong call quality, fewer dead zones and faster data upload/download speeds while traveling.

The weBoost Drive Reach in-vehicle cellular signal booster features uplink output power capabilities of 29.5 dBm and 50 dB gain which is the maximum allowable gain under FCC standards. The device uses an exterior mag-mount 4G antenna that connects to the booster/signal amplifier inside the car to boost weak signals up to 32x. Of course, if the area you’re traveling through has absolutely no signal at all, this product or any other signal boosting device will not work. You just have at least some signal in order to boost it.

Priced at $499.99 and certified by the FCC, the weBoost Drive Reach is available for purchase now at weBoost.com

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Wilson’s new weBoost Drive Reach means no more cellular dead zones on your next road trip originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on May 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

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Own a little piece of Saddleback Leather history with the 20th Anniversary Briefcase!

NEWS – Back in 1999, Dave Munson created Saddleback Leather in his quest to design the perfect leather bag. Here we are at the 20th anniversary of that event, and Saddleback Leather is releasing a limited-edition briefcase based on the original design!

I love the stripped-down look of this design, which reads more like a traditional mailbag  or messenger-style design to my eyes. You can see plenty of elements that would be highlighted in future Saddleback designs like the double-gusset compartments and three-buckle closure system. The spec looks to be in the mid-size category at 11-1/4″ tall, 14-1/2″ wide, and 7-1/8″ deep with a double-gusset design that foregoes some of the external pocketing that came in later versions. It’s also a shoulder-friendly 4.5 pounds. I hope it’s got the ability to convert to a backpack as well; hopefully we’ll find out more as we get additional details on the release.

This will be a limited-edition piece. Orders are being taken through June 21, after which production will begin. The retail price is $499.

I remember buying a Saddleback briefcase when the company was relatively new and only offered the original style, and it was one of the most amazing bags I have ever owned. I’ve owned a number of Saddleback products since, but I still miss that bag. I may need to jump on this myself!

For more info, get to the product page for the 20th Anniversary Briefcase here!

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No pockets? No problem. Pocketbands to the rescue!

NEWS – Pocketbands are a solution to not having any place to put a key, cash, or other small items when you’re out and about. Especially handy for runners, bikers, or just about anyone, Pocketbands are adjustable wrist bands with hidden storage that are made of silicon and are available in a variety of colors.

Pocketbands are priced at $12.95. You can find more info at pocketbands.com and Amazon.

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No pockets? No problem. Pocketbands to the rescue! originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on May 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

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