Say “hello” to Elago’s new retro AirPods case

NEWS – Accessory maker Elago is known for tapping into Apple nostalgia, making retro-themed charging stands for both the Apple Watch and iPhone. In the past, they’ve made accessories that resembled an old-school, the classic iMac, and even an iPod classic.  This time, however, their nostalgia is aimed at Apple’s AirPods. Their newest retro design, the AW3, is the successor to the Macintosh inspired W3 Charging Stand for the Apple Watch.

The front of the case features the monitor screen complete with the iconic “hello” etched into it.

Made of flexible, impact-resistant silicone material, the two-piece case is compatible with all models of the AirPods. The front LED is visible through the case, and there’s a cutout on the bottom for charging with the Lightning Cable.

The case also fully supports wireless charging for the Apple AirPods Wireless Charging Case.

The Elago AW3 Apple AirPods case is available to purchase now from Amazon for $12.99.

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Say “hello” to Elago’s new retro AirPods case originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on October 18, 2019 at 10:00 am.

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Turn a pencil or pen into a stylus with this sticker

NEWS – TIPS is a sticker that you wrap around a regular pencil or a pen and it turns into a stylus for your phone or tablet. Sorcery? Sure seems like it, but it’s really using the electricity in your body/hand without needing to hassle with Bluetooth, batteries, etc.

Even more interesting is the fact that you can use the same pen or pencil to write on paper. So it goes from a mobile device to paper without skipping a beat.

As a sticker, TIPS is reusable and washable so it’s not a use it once and toss it kind of product. A 6-pk of TIPS Stylus Stickers is $17.95 from The Grommet or Amazon.

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Game Boy fans will love the Analogue Pocket which works with actual GB cartridges

NEWS – Dedicated handheld gaming devices seem to be making a comeback these days. There’s the Nintendo Switch and the various retro gaming devices like the Bittboy that I reviewed early this year.

If you’re into retro gaming – specifically Game Boy gaming and still have some cartridges and don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of emulators and ROM files, the just-announced Analogue Pocket looks like a dream device.

The Analogue Pocket is a modern-day Game Boy device that is compatible with your existing Game Boy cartridges and even Atari Lynx, Sega Game Gear, Neo Geo, and Pocket Color cartridges with an adapter which will be sold separately. It features a 3.5”, 615 PPI, display with a resolution of 1600×1440 which is 10x higher than the resolution of an original Game Boy.

Not a gamer, but into creating your own tunes? The Analogue Pocket has that covered as well. With a built-in synth and sequencer called Nanoloops, you can use the Analogue Pocket to create and capture music anytime you like.

There will also be an Analogue Dock that outputs directly to your HDTV. Pair a Bluetooth controller and you’ll be rocking Tetris on a giant screen.

The Analogue Pocket device will ship in 2020 for $199. Head over to their site for more info and to add your email address to their mailing list so you’ll know when it’s ready.

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Kano helps kids learn to program by channeling The Force

NEWSKano is a company that knows how to make products that will delight kids (and adults) while also helping them learn important STEM skills. Their newest products is the Star Wars The Force™ Coding Kit.

The Star Wars The Force™ Coding Kit comes with everything needed for your child to learn the ways of The Force by constructing a build-it-yourself Bluetooth connected motion sensor.

The step-by-step storybook leads them through lessons that will let them code a variety of Star Wars adventures that will bring to life a galaxy of characters, creatures, starships, and sounds with a wave of their hand.

The Star Wars The Force™ Coding Kit is available for $79.99 from Kano.

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Check out beamo, an affordable compact laser cutter and engraver for makers

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If you think you’re crafty now, just imagine what kind of cool things you can make with a tabletop cutter and engraver like the beamo which just launched on Kickstarter from Flux, the same company who had the successful Flux Delta 3D printer campaign.

What is it?

beamo is a small desktop CO2 laser cutter and engraver. It features a powerful 30-watt CO2 laser that can cut and engrave on organic materials and even engrave select metal.

Why do I like it?

I like beamo because it’s a compact tool that any DIYer, maker, crafter would love to have on their workbench or craft table. You can use it to cut or engrave materials like leather, cardboard, wood, glass, and some metals. It can even be upgraded to engrave on cylindrical surfaces like a glass cup.

The cool part is that you can draw something, take a picture of the drawing with your phone, upload it to beamo, and it will cut or engrave that drawing. How simple is that? The software supports JPG, PNG, SVG, and DXF files, so you can easily find and use existing clipart and images if you aren’t an artist.

Think about how you can customize your EDC like your phone case or wallet with an engraving of your favorite Avenger, your name, a quote, etc. within minutes.

Things to consider before pledging

You’ll need to vent the device because it creates fumes and smoke, but it comes with a hose that you can run to a window.

As is typical with all engravers and cutters, there are some consumables with this device. With good maintenance habits, the CO2 laser, lenses, and mirrors should last for 2-3 years with normal use. When it does come time to replace parts, you can go through directly Flux or a 3rd party. We’re talking around $175 (today’s prices) to replace all the consumable parts.

Where can I find more info?

The beamo campaign ends on 11/30/19 they are just getting started towards their funding goal of $25,000. You can pre-order a beamo laser cutter starting at $799 which is a savings of $700 when it goes to retail at $1499. After the beamo campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in December 2019. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.

They are sending me an early unit to review, so I’m already thinking of cool things to make. What would you make with the beamo?

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Introducing the Molekule Air Mini – Just as good as the Molekule Air, but in a smaller package!


NEWS – Last year, after trying many brands and models of air purifiers, I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to test the Molekule Air. Immediately after setting it up in my home, I began to feel the difference in my breathing and my allergy attacks. Even better, both of my children who had been through some tough bouts of prolonged and severe allergies that resulted in many asthma attacks seemed to immediately get relief when at home. I had finally found an air purifier that delivered, and it did so in an attractive package that would work with the décor of any room.

Now Molekule has done it again with the Molekule Air Mini. It is about half the size of the Molekule Air but just as good.


It features the same PECO technology as its big brother and is just as effective with the only difference being that it covers a smaller footprint and can blend in easily in smaller rooms.

The Molekule Air Mini is available today and can be preordered via the Molekule website for $399.

I was lucky enough to get an advance of this model to take it for a spin, and I will be submitting a review on it very soon.

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IrisVision gives people with low vision problems the ability to see clearly again

NEWS – If you thought VR goggles were only good for playing games, you would be wrong. The people at IrisVision are using VR headsets to give people with low vision problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and more the ability to have clearer vision.

Using a smartphone mounted to a headset, IrisVision helps the user’s brain access the parts of their eyes that still function properly and provides enough information to fill in the gaps and remap the scene captured by the smartphone camera into a complete picture. This scene enhancement is performed using multiple algorithms developed for various eye conditions.

The IrisVision headset allows wearers to zoom in on objects so that they can read their favorite books, watch TV, ride as a passenger in a car, and more. Note that the device is not designed to allow the wearer to drive a car or even walk around while wearing it.

IrisVision is an FDA Class 1 device that has been clinically validated and developed in collaboration with world-renowned vision scientists at Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, and UPMC Pittsburg and backed by the National Eye Institute. This system doesn’t come cheap at $2,950.00 but it’s hard to put a value on sight. Visit irisvision.com for more info.

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