You can’t exactly buy rain on Amazon but you can buy the RainMachine. This weather forecast sprinkler controller talks to the NOAA weather satellite service to find out about the coming weather and changes the amount of water the different areas of my garden get accordingly. It replaces my old traditional sprinkler controller that watered the same way, day in and day out. How does it know what my garden needs?  It knows me. […]

If you could see things the way we do… Shooting POV video is tough, especially in complicated environments where you need to have both hands available.  The ever-creative inventor, George Margolin who is known for tech products for Hollywood’s photo and movie biz has a solution.  In the photo at the left he models his latest invention, the SteadySnake(tm) NeckPod photo brace.  It has a bracket for the iPad, your […]

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the practical from the artistic.  Eames and Bauhaus chairs. KitchenAid mixers that are making a comeback in all colors. Depression glass juicers.  At the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art  through December 1, 2013, Kathleen Thompson Hill’s exhibit of culinary gadgets and ephemera, “Kitchen Memories” is not only an exercise in the whimsical and practical, but an experience that will stimulate memories going back to your childhood. […]

Now that the weather’s good and Father’s Day is just around the corner, here’s a waterproof audio player that’s a great last-minute father’s day gift that will make his time in the water so much more fun.  The UwaterK8 is a tiny one-ounce waterproof MP3 Player/FM radio audio player that can be worn on a swim cap, armband or goggles.The UwaterK8 comes with waterproof stereo headphones and has 8GB of […]

I have a lovely wallet with everything in its place.  But when I travel light, all that organization seems to fall apart. My currency is stuffed in one pocket, credit cards in another. It’s just not elegant. That’s why CardNinja caught my eye. It’s a stretchy sleeve that sticks on the back of your phone or your phone case and can hold enough credit cards, money and IDs to eliminate any […]

It’s always been difficult for more than one person to gather ’round a mobile phone, so maybe on this Valentine’s Day it might be time to think about moving what’s on your mobile phone to your tablet for easier sharing with your beloved.  At least that’s what a Harris Interactive study (PDF) released by The Search Agency may suggest. Yesterday, app developer, Spring Design announced (PDF) ScreenShare Browser Pro, an app that […]

Kubi, meaning literally “neck” in Japanese, is the next big thing in telepresence. This attractively styled robotic stand from Revolve Robotics for camera-enabled tablets fits as nicely on a table at holiday dinners as it does at board meetings or in classrooms.  And it represents: YOU. You control Kubi from afar, using web-based remote control and Facetime, Skype or other video calling or telepresence apps, tilting the stand up when […]

Have you ever been stuck with heinous roaming fees when traveling abroad? Kinda takes the fun out of posting pictures or watching videos when you’re not within WiFi range. Globalgig has just launched its carrier grade mobile internet service with a hotspot device that connects with local networks through your smartphone, tablet or laptop.  You don’t have to switch you SIM card, nor deal with your carrier to buy a […]

We all learned it in science class: a gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.  A bowling ball weighs about the same. So imagine trudging for miles, often in the hot sun, lugging water for your community.  And what if all you have is a gas can or bucket that may have been filled with toxic substances like paint or fuel.  Not a healthy picture if you’re trying to transport clean […]

  The other day a colleague sent me a gift card via Facebook for $5 to use at Sephora.  How sweet!  Well, yes, he’s the PR person for Wrapp.com but still, it’s a nice way for someone to stay in touch and even send out a little treat. So often I think of many people I’d just like to engage with a bit more than just an email.  A friend […]