Entries from Manifest Tech Blog tagged with 'Gadgets'

FINsix Dart Laptop Charger

Laptops have gotten wonderfully thin and light, but now the associated power supply seems awfully bulky and heavy in comparison. The good news is that new power technology can deliver much more efficient power conversion, which means more power with...

Zolt Laptop Charger Plus

Laptops have gotten wonderfully thin and light, but now the associated power supply seems awfully bulky and heavy in comparison. The good news is that new power technology can deliver much more efficient power conversion, which means more power with...

FlyShark iLepo 2 Folding Keyboard

The Flyshark folding keyboard folds down the middle (between the "H" and "J" keys) into a pocket-sized package, compacting to around 5.1 x 3 x 0.5 in. and 5.5 oz. The design has just four rows of letter keys,...

ZAGG Pocket Foldable Wireless Keyboard

The ZAGG Pocket is a wireless Bluetooth keyboard that folds up for travel -- or even to slide in a pocket. When folded, it's 9 x 2 1/2 x 1/2 inches, and weighs 6.8 ounces. And unfolded it's 85...

Australia to Zimbabwe

Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries is another recent children's book project on Kickstarter. This is a large-format children's A-Z book that is a "whirlwind romp around the globe." It's an amazing labor...

Progamming Languages ABC++

Yes, Programming Languages ABC++ is a toddler's ABC board book -- It indeed features a different programming language for each letter (although C++ actually is not one of the languages). The book obviously is not intended to actually teach...

NoPhone Zero

The NoPhone is exactly that, a plain black plastic rectangle about the size of a smartphone that was created as a Kickstarter project for people who are "addicted to rectangular devices." It has a thin, light, and "completely wireless"...

TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station

TYLT has expanded its product line of batteries, chargers, and other mobile accessories by using Indiegogo to crowdfund a new and larger TYLT ENERGI Desktop Charging Station. This is a desktop hub that plugs into the wall with the...

Sound Blaster Roar 2 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker

I'm a big fan of portable Bluetooth speakers to share the music from our portable devices. There are nice small more portable speakers for an office space or hotel room, and larger ones to pump up the sound for a...

Digitsole Warm Series - Connected Heating Insole

As an example of the kind of ingenuity that can be enabled by crowdfunding, the Digitsole Warm Series is a new "connected heated insole." If you're working outside in cold weather, just slide this replacement insole into your shoes...

Ozobot Bit - Creative Robot

The Ozobot Bit is a tiny one-inch wheeled robot that provides a clever path to get kids involved in programming robotic behavior. It starts with a stunningly simple idea -- The Bit simply follows the path of lines that...

Brookstone - BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero

The original Sphero app-enabled robotic ball that I covered two years ago (see earlier post) is lots of fun -- for driving, racing, programming, or messing with toddlers and cats on the floor. This season's addition is the Star Wars-themed...

Brookstone Cat-Ear Headphones

Yes, Cat Ear Headphones from Brookstone -- really. These are the brainchild of Victoria Hu and Wenqing Yan, recent graduates of the University of California at Berkeley who are also anime fans (think of Japanese cartoon drawings with waifish...

Holiday Gadgets 2015

My Holiday Gadgets 2015 selections include both commercial and crowdfunded products (see previous post). I've focused on some innovative gift ideas from both commercial and crowdfunded sources, to make your mobile technology both more efficient and more fun. These also...

Crowdfunding for Holiday Gifts and Gadgets

'Tis the holiday season, and this year the Internet offers a fascinating new aspect to holiday giving, through "crowdfunding" -- direct person-to-person support for things that you are passionate about.        This can be philanthropy for individuals and organizations in...

Holiday Gadgets 2014 - Wearables and Accessories

'Tis the season for Holiday Gadgets, and my annual coverage this year focuses on "wearables" -- fitness bands and smartwatches. The industry is making big bets that 2015 will be the year of the smartwatch -- with the impending arrival...

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