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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Manhattan Toy Little Jurassic Chomp Dinosaur Plush


This is soft and cuddly.  The weighted feet are kind of strange but they do able it to stand up right easily.  I am somewhat concerned about the eyes though.  I removed that type of eye from the last plush toy I got for a grandkids due to my concern about them biting off the eyes and swallowing them.  I embroidered eyes on the other dinosaur.  I will have to check with the parents before I give this as a gift as the eyes are, in my eyes, a possible safety issue. $22 at Amazon also seems a bit pricy for the size of the toy. 

From the vendor:
·        Stuffed animal dinosaur features ultra-soft fabric that begs to be held and is impossible to put down
·    Weighted feet for plush toy to stand comfortably in place while not being toted around the Jurassic jungle
·    Durably constructed stuffed animal to withstand years of love
·    For all ages, surface washable only
·    Measures 7" x 15" x 4"



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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Delsey Luggage Passenger Lite Expandable Trolley Suitcase Carry On Color: Merlot


This is an attractive suitcase in a color that should stand out if on a luggage carousel.   The handle pops up easily and seems very sturdy.  The four caster wheels swivel smoothly and the suitcase pulls with ease.  It has an expandable feature utilizing a separate zipper that increases the size by about 3" in depth so roughly 800 cubic inches more.   Considering it is roughly 2520 cubic inches without the extra 3 you get roughly a third more storage.  I did the math in my head so if you use a calculator and I am wrong, such is life.  The suitcase has a nice feature that one half is separated by a zippered compartment so when opening, everything doesn't just fall out of the up side.   Overall this is a very nice carryon.  If after I actually carry it on to an airplane and have any negative issues, I will report back here.

From the Vendor:
Extremely durable and lightweight and is made of 100 percent ABS with a protective polycarbonate film
Features a TSA approved lock for maximum security
Fully lined interior, dual locking trolley handle and four spinner wheels
Fully featured at a great value
9.4x14.2x20.7

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Armani Exchange Men's 'Smart' Quartz Stainless Steel and Leather Automatic Watch, Color:Brown (Model: AX2324)


This watch will have high appeal to the traditionalist and the technophobic.  It is a watch.  That's it, it doesn't interface with your computer or count your steps.  It doesn't have multiple time zones or a plethora of hands.  Three hands, clear face and easy to set are what you get.  It is good looking and functional without the wealth of gimcrack and gewgaws found on so many watches today.  What a concept, simplicity and style. 

·                        Movement- three hand
·                        Features a durable mineral crystal
·                        Analog-quartz Movement
·                        Case Diameter: 44mm
·                        Water resistant to 50m (165ft: in general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Uniify Verge Lite VR Headset


Uniify Verge Lite VR Headset UV005: 3D Virtual Reality Headset Glasses for iPhone 6/Plus, Galaxy S7, Note 6 Compatible with Google Cardboard and Daydream, Blue

If this is representative of VR I am disappointed.  However I do recognize that this was $14.88 when I purchased it compared to $70ish for a Samsung Gear VR rig so there is a pretty big price spread.   Now that it is $10.88 it is really cheap but... you do get what you pay for.  When I opened it's box one of the lens was rolling around inside.  I put it in the headset but that may be why things don't focus very well.  I downloaded lots of VR aps from the Google playstore and some of them were ok.  Most were like looking through an old ViewMaster if you are old enough to remember what that is.  Kind of 3D ish but no real great.   The still photos of places where you can look up at say the Eiffel Tower and then look around you in a 360 degree manner were the coolest thing but again, not really clear or in focus. I had hoped for a walking type tour through some place cool but I didn't fine one.  I wasn't interested in games so maybe there are good.

It was interesting the way you could focus a spot on a target to change scenes.  I did hook up a Bluetooth mouse to my Samsung S4 and it worked in some of the programs.   The S4 seemed fine.  My S7 seemed a little big for the unit.  

 You can wear glasses but it is very snug with glasses and was quite uncomfortable with my glasses on.  I did not find more clarity with or without glasses. For the money  this is adequate.  I didn't want to spend $75 to see what VR was all about but if this is all there is to it, I'm not impressed.

From the vendor:
Offer the best pixel per inch compare to other vr headset on the market
Optimize for movies and videos viewing, light weight, ergonomics design
Ipd adjustment 55-65mm, user able to wear glasses while using our virtual reality headset
Support 4, 7-6 inch smart phones: Iphone 6/6 plus, galaxy s6/s5 edge above and most smartphone
Include customize google cardboard vr qr code for viewing optimizations
$10.88 & FREE shipping at Amazon

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TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug (2-Pack), Wi-Fi, Works with Alexa, Control Your Devices from anywhere (HS100 KIT)


Sadly I'm seldom grinning when I review a tech product.  Mostly because of the frequency with which they are difficult to set up and have abysmal instructions.  Wow, was I surprised with this product.  I have that giddy smile that accompanies a successful product test.  This works GREAT!  It configured easily and worked as advertised.   It is annoying that I can seldom report that but in this case I am happy to inform the world and TP-Link, JOB WELL DONE.   I scanned the QRC code on the quick start guide, downloaded the software into my phone, set the plug up and tested it in less time that it will take you to read this review.  What is even better is that the configuration holds even if you unplug the smart plug and plug it in elsewhere in range of your network.  Frankly that flexibility makes the product far more valuable as there isn't a need for constant re-setting the software.

Even better is that this product interfaces with the Amazon Echo.   I am impatiently waiting for delivery of my Echo and I can't wait to try it with this smart plug.  This is a product I can cheerfully recommend.


·                        2X Hs100 smart plug
·                        Remote access - control devices connected to the smart plug wherever you have internet using the free kasa app on your smartphone
·                        Away mode - turns your devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home
·                        Amazon echo voice control - Amazon echo (sold separately) lets you control devices connected to the smart plugs just using your voice
  • 2X Hs100 smart plug
  • Remote access - control devices connected to the smart plug wherever you have internet using the free kasa app on your smartphone
  • Away mode - turns your devices on and off at different times to give the appearance that someone is home
  • Amazon echo voice control - Amazon echo (sold separately) lets you control devices connected to the smart plugs just using your voice


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Contigo AUTOSEAL Chill Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 24 oz,


I put ice and water in this and 4.5 hours later even after leaving it in a hot car for over an hour, I still had ice and water.  That is pretty impressive.  This fits into a car cup holder even though it looks like it won't.  This is ONLY for cold liquids not hot.  I like the auto close feature too, it saves a lot of fumbling around.
Later: I decided to see how long this would keep ice in water without the ice melting completely.  Over 24 hours after I filled the bottle with ice and water, there was at least 50% of the ice left.  That is pretty darn amazing.
From the vendor:
Our Lids Are Sealed - AUTOSEAL technology is leak and spill proof (Yes, there is a difference!)
For the Long Haul - Drinks stay cold up to 28 hours with Thermalock Vacuum Insulation
Carry On - Carry handle for easy transport
Cleaner Drinking - Spout cover to help keep out gross dirt and germs
Lend a Hand - Easy one-handed drinking with the push of a button; Clean Up - Top-rack dishwasher safe lid, hand wash body

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ravensburger Science X Smartscope











This seemed like a really good idea.  A kid friendly microscope type tool that incorporates their phone or tablet for display purposes.   I got it this afternoon and couldn't wait to put it together to see which one of my grandchildren  would find it the most enjoyable.  I now know none of them would.   You need to hunt through the instructions to find the english language version.  Then there is a separate sheet that should say read me first and might in one of the other languages that accompany it.  The separate sheet tells you how to install the magnifying lens into the holder, kind of tells you.  They tell you to install the two lens in the holes but then they tell you to use the hole on the right and then the diagram seems to show putting two lens into the hole on the right.   I'll never know as the lens are significantly smaller than contact lens and when trying to insert both of them in one hole, one lens went flying.  I spent as much time searching the room for the missing lens as I did reading the instructions.  I now have one lens, I have decided this is no fun and I don't want to subject any of my grandkids to a do it yourself magnifier.   This might be a good idea and looking at the rest of the instructions if the manufacturer would have installed the lens, the frustration factor would be minimal.  As is, with one lens, who knows if this will work.
from the vendor:
·                        Explore the amazing world of microscopic with Smart scope
·                        Take pictures of magnified objects to share with your friends or stream them to your big screen TV
·                        No app download or in app purchases
·                        Features: 2 magnification levels, removable light source and travel pouch
·                        Smartphone or tablet required (not included!)

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Thames & Kosmos Remote-Control Machines: Custom Cars with Configurable Gear Box





It is nice to see a product that was well thought out.  This isn't only a fun car building kit, it is a teaching tool.   The excellent manual, yes you are no doubt as shocked as I,  I repeat manual is excellent.  Not only are the instructions good, there are teaching moments between each set of model instructions.  I like the fact that things are explained and done so in easily understandable terminology. This could be just handed to a child but it really provides the opening for all sorts of bonding and teaching between parent and child.  Note, engineers you may want to keep this for yourself but it is better if you share it with your kid.  You may think this is pricey but the teaching aspect alone is worth the price while the fun aspect of building different vehicles is a bonus.

·                        Construct ten different remote-controlled cars
·                        Build a fast race car that can speed across smooth floors and drive around the room using a precision steering mechanism
·                        Reconfigure the parts to build other vehicles with different gear ratios
·                        80 page full-color experiment guide and instruction manual
One of the models you can build.
·                        Explore the physics of speed, acceleration, energy, and aerodynamics

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Monday, March 6, 2017

4M Tin Can Edge Detector Science Kit


This is kind of cool.  I like the idea of it being science focused.  It is more of a model building experience than science project though.  The directions are a bit obscure but not hard to follow.  I do think it is a project for an adult and a kid unless the kid is pretty sharp.   It does go off the edge of my desk occasionally so it isn't perfect but when it works it is fun to see.

  
·                        Part of the Eco-Engineering/Green Science Series
·                        Fun science project creates a edge detecting robot
·                        All you need is a small crosshead screwdriver and empty soda can
·                        Requires 1 AAA battery, not included

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Panasonic KX-TGL432B Dect_6.0 2-Handset Landline Telephone, Black


This is a pretty slick phone system.  It is useable right out of the box without touching the manual.  However if you open the manual you will find a world of complexity.  The symbols in the manual could be a bit clearer.  For example one symbol is a wrench and that was difficult to tell in the printed manual.  The wrench takes you to where you can make many changes.  In fact there are pages and pages of things you can program the phone to do.  You can set it for Voicemail through your service provider rather than the answering machine. 
Specific features I liked are:
►Large clear screen that backlights when the phone is answered or any key is touched.
►It has a shoulder grip which is a knobby projection on the back for ease on holding next to your shoulder.  However the speaker phone works very well and I have not had anyone ask if I was standing in a barrel when using it.
►Night setting allows you to disable the ringer for specific hours but also allows input of specific phone numbers that are allowed to get through the night time setting. Which is good for early to bed folks who still want to hear from family members or crucial business affairs.
►Call blocker is a feature that allows you to block unwanted calls from telemarketers or old girl/boy friends.

There is also a feature that I don't plan on using but seems well thought out is a sound activated baby monitoring function.  That is pretty cool.
Overall this is a phone system with a level of features that should satisfy the most discerning buyer.

From the Vendor:
Two Handset cordless telephone with Answering machine
   Talking Caller ID in English and Spanish
   Quickly block unwanted calls with easy call block, up to 250 numbers
  Convenient paging system on base unit and handsets
  Talk time 12 hours/standby time up tp 8 days


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