Product Review: Wii Fit U and Wii Fit Meter


We had a lot of fun with the Wii U and Wii Fit U. Loved the included games. And I liked the Wii Fit Meter much more than I thought I would. One concern below, but overall: Yup! it’s a go.

Product Review: QAK Thump Case Pack Bluetooth Headphones

The QAK Thump headphones are lightweight, sweatproof, and easy to use. Image: QAK.

I recently received QAK Thump Case Pack Bluetooth headphones to review. The company—named QAK to mean Quality in Accessories are Key—is right up the road from me in Boulder, Colorado, and they apparently embraced my living in Colorado as an opportunity to speak out about these headphones.

Canon Makes a Facebook App!

Image from Canon's North Pole PIXMA app.

Canon has released a new Facebook app so kids can send their drawings, photos, and wish lists directly to Santa!

Ion Makes Quality, Varied Audio Products

The Clipster. Image: Ion Audio

Sometimes you want or need an unusual audio product that doesn’t cost a fortune but does a very specific task. Ion Audio makes solutions for consumers’ every day needs.

Product Review: The Vaavud Smartphone Anemometer

Genius! The Vavuud anemometer and accompanying app does a great job giving you instant winds before your favorite wind-sensitive activities. Photo: Dave Vollmer.

The Vaavud anemometer is a handy little device fits in your pocket and makes it easy to see just how strongly the winds are blowing using your iOS device or Samsung Galaxy phone. Perfect for outdoor hobbyists!

Product Review: SunTactics sCharger-5 USB Solar Charger

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I was given the opportunity to review the SunTactics sCharger 5 USB solar charger. It’s by far the most lightweight portable device charger I have ever seen, which makes it ideal for backpacking and when you have to travel via air with just a carry-on bag. Read on about my impressions.

Review: Fujitsu Scansnap iX500


If you find yourself in the need for a high speed scanner, the ScanSnap iX500 is a very solid if slightly expensive choice.

AcuRite’s Professional Weather Center: Wireless Weather Data at a Great Price


Even though my family is moving in the month of June, we took the time to install the AcuRite Professional Weather Center (Model 1050C) and have it collect data side-by-side with our other professional-grade weather station for about 45 days. In this review I’ll go over what comes in the box, installation, data viewing options, and then I’ll present a side-by-side comparison with our incumbent professional weather station on our property: a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 that we first got in 2004.

Google Glass Demands Attention Even Though Hands-Free

Google Glass in action. (Photo by flickr user EricaJoy via cc by sa 2.0)

New research indicates that Google Glass and similar heads-up displays induce sufficient distraction to endanger the user’s navigating or other activities. Google Glass is intended to reduce problems such as trying to walk safely while also glancing down at a smartphone. However, research indicates that diffusing attention is dangerous in several ways that these devices may not address.

Is a Robot Takeover Around the Corner?

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Autonomous robots able to lie, kill humans, eat meat, and operate indefinitely using power pillaged by lasers aren’t waiting in some distant sci-fi future. No. That future is now.