Product Reviews

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Daily XL Travel Pill Organizer and Reminder

MedCenter Gets the Job Done
MedCenter helps you remember in the hurry of your everyday life. Have you ever forgotten to take a pill? Chances are the answer is yes, but with IoT (Internet of Things) y […]

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SOBERLINK SL2

I Can’t Blow
First, I want to applaud SOBERLINK. The concept the company has for an M2M/IoT (Internet of Things)-enabled alcohol-monitoring device is a great one for those individuals who need a syst […]

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Tagg Tracker

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Keeping Tabs on Spot
Anyone who has owned a pet has probably encountered the immediate worry and frustration that occurs when that precious member of the family escapes from your home or yard and goe […]

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Papago P3 Dashcam

A Dashing Dashcam
The Papago, fully loaded P3 Dashcam, is really something else. Even though there are many other dashcams on the market today, the P3 is leading the pack in the technology world. Spo […]

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HISY Wireless Smartphone Camera Remote

Remote Selfies
Pictures are a great way to hold onto great memories, memories that occur during one’s lifetime. How awesome is it to be in that group picture or class reunion or even family picture. […]

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ColorTouch Thermostat

When you live in Chicago, one minute the weather outside is too hot, and the next it’s too cold—something we have experienced all too much of this year. But, one place you should always count on being […]

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Snapshot

Progressive Snapshot: Deal or No Deal?
Have you seen the fictional character Flo that appears in the Progressive Insurance Snapshot TV or radio commercials? Dating back to 2008, Flo has been explaini […]

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Scanadu Scout

Whether the term “DIY” scintillates or sends waves of anxiety through your body, Scanadu Scout is sure to intrigue and excite. A sort of DIY vital-signs health monitor, Scanadu Scout is like a combina […]

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Viiiiva

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Viiiiva from 4iiii Innovations is a heart-rate monitor that straps around your chest and keeps a constant watch over your ticker. No matter what your reason is for wanting to keep track of your heart […]

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Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony got a jumpstart on the smartwatch market, releasing its first iteration of the device in 2012, and has since built on its capabilities, releasing Sony SmartWatch 2.

Working with any device run […]

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Pebble

Already popular among many consumers, Pebble has 85,000 ‘pebblers’ and counting. The epaper watch launched on Kickstarter last year, and generated more than $10 million from roughly 68,000 backers in […]

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BLACKSOCKS

Smarter Socks
True fashion is a head-to-toe endeavor—and yes, that includes your socks. According to BLACKSOCKS, mankind is made for greater things than sorting socks. That is why t […]

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SteelSeries H

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At a $269.99 price point, the SteelSeries H Wireless Headset is by far the best option currently available for serious gamers, movie watchers, or audiophiles. Beyond good looks and comfort, the produc […]

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EMBRACE+

Wearable technology marries fashion and function. The EMBRACE+ connected bracelet is a piece of smart wearable technology that uses light and color to cater to your personality and changing moods, […]

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Misfit Shine

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Some wearables go for function. Others go for fashion. The Misfit Shine strives to be the sleekest-looking activity monitor out there—the best of both worlds. Shine is an all-metal disk about the […]

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Mio Alpha

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A strapless heart-rate monitor built for performance, Mio Alpha is a silicone wristband that helps endurance athletes stay within their target heart-rate zone. Mio Alpha relies on sensors and algorith […]

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Jawbone UP

If knowledge is power, then Jawbone UP challenges you to get to know yourself. That way, you can make the best, most informed choices possible when striving to live a healthy life. Jawbone UP is a wri […]

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Samsung GALAXY Gear

The Samsung GALAXY Gear appears to be mixing efficiency with a certain “cool” factor. The device is meant to look sleek and fashionable (it comes in black, gray, orange, beige, gold, or green). But it […]

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Garmin HUD

There is a product that can project my directions onto my window? Ok, that’s pretty cool, right? But there’s a catch; it’s going to cost you $149.99.

But did I mention you have to pay an extra $49. […]

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Fitbit Flex

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Wearable connected devices can help integrate fitness into the wearer’s daily lifestyle. With Fitbit Flex, a sleek-looking wristband, you can easily keep track of stats such as distance traveled, numb […]

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Securus eResponder

Recently I was presented with the chance to test out a brand new product from Securus of a somewhat new variety—mobile PERS (personal emergency response system). I have had the opportunity to review m […]

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Philips Hue

No kidding, up and running in only a few minutes. After screwing in the bulbs and connecting the bridge into my wireless router, my journey with Philips hue began with ease. I’d say the company has ma […]

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eTrak GPS Tracking Device

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It’s getting more and more difficult these days to distinguish between the different GPS trackers on the market. These devices come in all shapes and sizes and are targeted at various different user b […]

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Car Connection

Making the Car Connection
In order for technology to have an impact, it needs to be voluntary on the part of the end user. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. In other words, force something on […]

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Samsung TecTiles

I must say I was excited when I first heard smart NFC (near-field communication) tags can be purchased for the low price of $14.99—and even more eager to try out the stickers first hand.

In this ca […]

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Aetrex Navistar GPS Shoes

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If you’ve ever been charged with the care of person with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another cognitive disorder, you know the importance of keeping a close eye on your loved one. But even the most devot […]

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Direct Connect 911

The thought of a house fire can be terrifying, especially if you’re a caregiver. In the event there is an emergency in your home, connected solutions such as Direct Connect 911 fire alarms by PlugNPro […]

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VueZone

You can’t be everywhere at once, but with all the connected devices and systems available to consumers today, there’s no reason you can’t check in on the people you care about—even when you must be so […]

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SonambaPro

For many senior citizens, the goal is to age in place for as long as possible. However, living independently can be a stressful concept for both the senior and the family. Connected products such as S […]

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Garmin Swim/FINIS Swimsense Swimming Performance Monitor

Making Sense out of Swim Data
What would happen if you tried to take your favorite fitness device for a swim? Angry fizzing as the innards collide with water? While the market for connected fitness d […]

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Magellan GPS Car Kit

In the debate between dedicated PNDs (personal navigation devices) and navigation-based apps on smartphones, Magellan has come out with a solution that essentially blends the best of both worlds. We h […]

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Swingbyte Golf Swing Analyzer

The Swingbyte Golf Swing Analyzer is a product we cannot get back from one of our editors (he refuses to give it up). For $149, this golf-swing analysis tool will provide realtime feedback to a golfer […]

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Kindle Fire HD

Building off the success of its Kindle Fire tablet, which made it to market just in time for last year’s holiday rush, Amazon once again is offering an option for those looking to jump into the tablet […]

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Dropcam HD

Dropcam HD, a tiny Wi-Fi-connected video camera, lets you monitor your home, or anything else that’s important to you, from afar. Via the free Dropcam app, you can stream live 720p HD video of your so […]

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Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo’s next-gen Wii game console, Wii U, will do more than just play games. Its wireless connectivity allows you to browse the Internet and even stream services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus to yo […]

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Samsung LED 8000 Series Smart TVs

Ultra-clear, ultra-crisp picture. When it came down to selecting top gifts in TV this year, Samsung’s reputation for screen quality was a deciding factor. Samsung’s LED 8000 Series Smart TVs feature f […]

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Garmin fenix

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What makes Garmin’s latest fitness watch, the fenix, stand out this holiday season? The company says it has harnessed the GPS technology for which Garmin is famous and applied it to its new functional […]

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Nest Learning Thermostat

The next-generation Wi-Fi-connected Nest Learning Thermostat helps you work with your home to save energy. It pays attention to your commands and programs itself in a week’s time to carry on without y […]

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Karotz

I’ve found a friend in a talking rabbit, but it isn’t 6-foot tall and its name isn’t Harvey. Its name is Karotz, it’s about 1-foot high, and my rabbit friend is actually more like a personal assistant […]

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Y-cam Eyeball

Rest at Ease
Don’t trust the pet sitter? Can’t relax until you know your baseball-card collection is still safe? Connected home-surveillance solutions give you the peace of mind you need while away f […]

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MOTOACTV Golf Edition

Golf and Fitness Tracker
Next time you plan on playing a round of golf, bring Motorola’s MOTOACTV wireless fitness watch. The Golf Edition comes preloaded with golf software that lets you track your […]

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GreenGoose Pet Starter Kit

A Sensor-y Life
When a company invites you to “live more playfully,” it’s a difficult proposition to refuse—especially when connected technology is involved. This is exactly why I’ve been so excited […]

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chumby8

Multitasking Photo Frame
chumby8, by chumby industries, is like a photo frame on steroids. The sleek-looking device is 8.7 inches wide and 6.75 inches tall, with an 8-inch 800×600 LCD touchscreen. ch […]

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ZOMM Wireless Leash

Your Phone’s Little Helper
Are you forgetful? Do you wish you had a personal assistant who followed you around and reminded you to take your phone with you wherever you go? If so, you would probably […]

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Wine@lert

Like a Fine Wine
“Let me show you how this is done. First thing, hold the glass up and examine the wine against the light. You’re looking for color and clarity. Just get a sense of it. OK? Thick? Thi […]

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PocketFinder GPS Pet Locator

Locate Your Loved Ones
I truly hate to admit this, but I am one of those dog people. You know the people. When they are with other ‘dog people,’ they can easily have long in-depth conversations about […]

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ContourGPS

GPS Adventure Cam
The ContourGPS cam records full-HD 1080p video, plus features embedded GPS connectivity. The device can be mounted on a helmet (or just about any apparatus you’d like to risk your l […]

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Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Fitness Monitor

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Athletes don’t make excuses, and neither does the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Fitness Monitor. The 610 displays run stats with a tap or swipe of its touchscreen. After capturing a workout in realtime, t […]

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DT Cell Phone Signal Booster

Tired of dropped calls? Aren’t we all. Wilson Electronics offers the DT (Desktop) Cell Phone Signal Booster to improve the performance of your cellphone by more than 15 times. How? By boosting your wi […]

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Sleek Cell Phone Signal Cradle Booster

In a society that requires connectivity, there’s little to no room for cellular “dead zones.” Whether you’re driving cross country or through a tunnel, you count on your cellphone’s ability to keep yo […]

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BackTrack Point>5

Back to Point ‘A’
Always find your way back, thanks to Bushnell’s BackTrack Point>5, a GPS personal location finder. The device features a digital compass that shows latitude and longitude coordin […]

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Samsung Portable Blu-ray Disc Player

Blu-Ray When You Want It
The ability to watch blockbuster movies from your own couch has changed home entertainment forever—first through VHS, then DVD, and now Blu-ray and even 3D technology. Samsun […]

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inMotion Air

Music on Your Terms
Like listening to your digital music collection even while you’re not at your computer? Prefer listening to tunes from real speakers, not earbuds? Altec Lansing offers inMotion Ai […]

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Sony DASH

Web DASH-Board
If you access the Internet on a daily basis, enjoy fresh Web content, and covet sleek-looking devices, put Sony’s DASH Personal Internet Viewer on your most-wanted list. DASH delivers […]

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Cobra iRadar Detection System

Smart Radar Detection
If you’re concerned about radar guns, speed cameras, and red-light cameras while out cruising, invest in Cobra’s iRadar Detection system. The detection system consists of the De […]

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itablet Thumb Keyboard

The Go-Anywhere Keyboard
Be prepared to interact digitally anyplace, anytime! The itablet Thumb Keyboard from AHX Global is a Bluetooth keyboard with patented rear-facing touchpad that aims to replac […]

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Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS

Serious GPS for Golfers
If there is a golfer in your life, or if you find yourself playing a round to unwind, Bushnell offers a connected device perfectly suited to make your next 18 holes your best […]

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Logitech Squeezebox

Unchained Melody
Now you can listen to music anywhere in your home, no matter where the files are stored. The Logitech Squeezebox is a wireless radio that can find music on multiple computers and the […]

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iBike Dash CC

Cycling Buddy
Take your bike ride to the next level with the iBike Dash Cycling Computer. It’s designed to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a cycling monitor that can analyze all the details of yo […]

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Wireless Complete Health Monitoring System

Three-Part Health
Healthcare could very well be the most exciting area when it comes to connected technologies today. More specifically, home health, which includes things like glucose monitors, agin […]

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Kodak PULSE

Connected Digital Frame
Mom likes to receive pictures of you and the grandkids; she understands this is the digital age, and even encourages receiving pictures in this format; she wants a cool digita […]

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Nike+ SportBand

Running Goes High-Tech with Nike+
Sure, technology can be frustrating. Remotes have too many buttons, cellphones drop your calls, and GPS units promise there really is an IKEA at the end of this aban […]

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WattStation

The “gas stations” of the future will be sleek, stylish, and smart. WattStation is GE’s line of freestanding EV (electric-vehicle) chargers that making charging your electric ride a reality–both at h […]

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TomTom GO 740 TM Live

TomTom Helps You GO
If you like to stay slightly ahead of the technology curve (when your friends got a cellphone, you got a smartphone; when they bought a notebook, you got a netbook, etc.), then yo […]

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BodyBugg

Catch the Exercise “Bugg”
Be forewarned: If you commit to using the BodyBugg, you commit to using the BodyBugg. But that’s okay, because those that are willing to pay the price—$199—are typically pre […]

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Roku HD

Rok(u) Your TV Experience
Streaming Internet movies and TV shows and surfing the Web straight from your television screen certainly seems great, but who has the money to just replace their television […]

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Eye-Fi Connect X2

Instant Photo Sharing
Digital cameras are cool. Spending time uploading and organizing photos isn’t. The Eye-Fi Connect X2 memory card puts the “cool” back into digital photography. All you have to d […]

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Garmin nuvi 3790T

A Slick GPS Unit for the Tech-Savvy Traveler
Will navigation apps for smartphones eventually supplant standalone GPS units? Who knows. But for now, the Garmin nuvi 3790T can give you a bit of both wo […]

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Fitbit Tracker

Fitbit Tracker is essentially a small clip you can affix to your clothing or even place in your pocket. From there it tracks useful information about your daily activities. The device senses your moti […]

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WHERE

Three Days with WHERE
Let’s say you are out of town for a couple of days or maybe you’re unfamiliar with your own city because you really don’t get out much. How are you going to find your way around […]

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CEIVA Pro 80

Photo Sharing Made Simple
Okay I’ll admit it; I’m that girl. You know, that girl who doesn’t go anywhere without her camera? In fact on a day with a particularly good chance of memories being made, I […]

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Schlage LiNK

Schlage LiNK Provides Peace of Mind
Security, comfort, and convenience: The average consumer doesn’t need to worry about these issues when they are at home. That’s right. M2M (machine-to-machine) tec […]

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Maya

Taking My Pills on Time
If you think about it, taking a pill shouldn’t be that hard of a task. So why is it that every time my doctor prescribes me medication with the simple instruction of taking ‘o […]

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Universal A-GPS Locator

Zoombak: Ending the Argument on Speed
My wife’s driving is a topic of continued debate between the two of us; particularly the speed at which she drives. In her opinion, she drives just fine; “just k […]

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Samsung SH100

Capturing memories is an important part of making memories. With the Samsung SH100 14-megapixel Wi-Fi digital camera, you can share life as it’s happening by emailing photos to family and friends whil […]

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BackTrack D-TOUR

Perfect for the outdoorsy type, Bushnell’s latest personal GPS device, the BackTrack D-TOUR, fulfills your basic navigation needs and is still incredibly easy to use. Long after your smartphone has lo […]

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VINCI Tab II

Entertain Your Little Genius
Are we there yet? If you’re traveling with kids, expect a fair amount of whining, fighting, and crying—unless, of course, you’ve invested in a connected device to enterta […]

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iGrill

Prepare for next summer by gifting iGrill by iDevices Inc., a connected solution for grilling and cooking. First, stick the thermometer’s probe into your meat and select a desired internal temperature […]