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This Is What Lives On An 8 Year Old’s Hand, After Playing Outside

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Well then. That’s a lovely cornucopia of germs. See, you’re looking at a Petri Dish full of bacterial cultures found on the hand of an 8 year old kid after he played outside. It’s gross and beautiful at the same time. And it’s a great reminder never to have children. Or at the very least, if you do, to teach them good hand washing manners. But we’ll be honest, our hands are probably not much cleaner, and that’s without even having to play outside; have you ever seen what grows on an old keyboard? So we’ll just stop here, that’s enough germophobia inducing material for the week.

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When You’re Looking For A Deal, You Don’t Have To Go Much Further Than eBay

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of eBay for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Over the last couple of years, we’ve been bringing your attention to a good number of deals on the gadgets you love.  We know the feeling: here’s this awesome item you want to buy, no, you need to buy… but if only it wasn’t that expensive.  Well, one of the most obvious places to find items at a discount is eBay; this much we think you already knew.  What you might not have known is that eBay has a special section where they highlight some of the best ones they have, and it’s called eBay Deals.  That section is relatively general and populated with all kinds of stuff, so if you’re looking for more tech specific deals, you can head on over to eBay Tech Deals. Some examples of what you’ll find there include 25% off on an Apple iPad Air 2 9.7″ with Retina Display, down to $49 from its usual $599! Or the Garmin Nuvi 2595LMT GPS Navigation Assistant for $99, down from its usual $189.

The company is making an effort to raise awareness that there’s more going on in their platform than simple auctions.  For example, I’ve been given the opportunity to write a Buying Guide.  I chose to do it about the Top 4 Gadgets To Help You Train Your Dog.  It’s a list of items you might want to consider having if you’ve embarked on the potentially difficult road to having a properly trained puppy.

So that’s it, you should take a few minutes and explore the other things eBay has to offer, like great deals and buying guides.  It’s all just a few clicks away.

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The Roccbox Portable Stone Bake Oven Will Bake You A Pie In 90 Seconds

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Burgers, dogs, and kabobs are stapes at BBQs. But it’s not too often you’ll see people making pizza. That’s because tossing an uncooked pie on a regular grill might not get you the best results. But if you pack the Roccbox, everything changes. The innovative design features a slab of stone, and a specially designed rear burner that works either with gas or wood. In 15 minutes you can have a 500C (932F) oven, which can take your pie from raw to cooked in 90 seconds flat. The outer section is covered in a protective silicone shell, which helps in not getting your fingers toasted along with your pizza. But it isn’t only pizza that you can make in the Roccbox: “it enables the baking of breads, cooking of fish, roasting of meats, vegetables, desserts and much, much more.” It is portable at 20kg (44lbs), but not exactly super light. Still, for what it does, we are intrigued. And at £349 ($541USD), it’s not outrageously expensive.

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The Space Case 1 Is A Suitcase Loaded With Tech Features

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The Space Case 1 isn’t the first smart suitcase we’ve talked about, but as time goes on manufacturers learn how to add even more features, and this case is packed. Here’s a quick rundown of what it does:

– Digital BioLock
Forget about small padlocks or easy-to-forget number combinations. Press your finger against the reader and Space Case 1 opens up for you. We do imagine there’s a TSA override, though.

– Global Tracker
Know the location of your suitcase at all times.

– Digital Self Scale
Sensors built into the wheels make it possible to weigh your suitcase at any time.

– Power Bank
A 12,000mAh battery, hooked up to 3 USB ports (2 external, and 1 in an internal front pocket), means you can charge your devices during long haul flights, or extended layovers.

– Bluetooth Speakerphone
Take or make handsfree calls from your hotel room, or stream some tunes while you work. The Bluetooth speakerphone is integrated.

– Proximity Sensor / Anti-Theft
Get a notification when your luggage arrives at the carrousel. If someone were to leave with it before you get to it, the case locks down and sounds an alarm.

– And more

Prices start at $249 for a carry-on. It’s a fully-funded Kickstarter, with an expected November delivery.

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The Obvious Choice For Standing Out Is A Fresh Pair of PF Flyers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PF Flyers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


Long time readers of OhGizmo! will know that we try to set ourselves apart from the myriad other blogs out there by focusing on content that hasn’t already been rehashed tons of times elsewhere.  This means we’ll often eschew mainstream consumer electronics and talk about obscure items of marginal usefulness.  We do this because, well, it’s a lot more interesting to us, and we always hope you’ll feel the same.  And it’s also because at heart we like to stand out; we don’t want to follow the crowd. So when I was contacted by PF Flyers and asked to take a look at their shoes, I was intrigued.  Here is a brand with a venerable history, having been founded in 1937, and currently sitting under the New Balance umbrella. But it’s also a brand that not too many people have heard of, with an interesting array of styles to choose from. Their shoes are known for their comfort, the Posture Foundation insole, and they certainly display a keen sense of style.  I was graciously given a chance to get one of four pairs.

So, I decided to try out the Center-Hi Vintage model in black.  These are high top sneakers made out of a hearty canvas material, with a solid rubber toecap and bumper, and strong vertical ribbing.  The sole is white and thick, and contrasts strongly with the matte black of the shoe’s body.  I really liked them because of the old school look, and the confident allure of the front part of the shoe.  I don’t like shoes that are too pointy, and considering current pant styles favour skinnier cuts, I often feel like I’m wearing clown shoes if my footwear appears to be too long and thin.  The Center-Hi Vintage are rounder and slightly wider, which gives them a heavy and imposing stance. The company logo on the side further reinforces that old-school 60’s vibe that attracted me to them in the first place, and I feel like they just look good.

The real magic, however, begins the minute you put them on.  The Posture Foundation insole is a fantastic addition to these sneakers.  Your foot feels embraced and hugged, and your every step is cushioned.  It’s really hard to convey in words just how comfortable they are, so you’ll just have to take my word for it: they’re very comfortable. The sole isn’t too thin, so your foot is insulated from little irregularities in the ground, like tiny pebbles.  The rubber is super grippy, and I feel like I can bounce around in these all day.  The fit is just right; my feet aren’t wide or narrow, so there was absolutely no fitment issues.  That’s not to say they wouldn’t be able to accommodate differently shaped feet, considering the soft canvas that makes up the body.  When laced properly, you feel snug and secure, and that’s a great thing from what’s arguably the most important garment you wear.

You guys should consider visiting the PF Flyers website and picking a style that suits you best.  It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. They’re priced just right, and their styles are fresh and classy.  I know I’ll be wearing mine until they basically disintegrate, which could take a while considering the superior quality.

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Deal Of The Day: 26% Off On KeySmart 2.0 Compact Key Organizer

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Primitive as they are, metal keys are still very much a part of our lives. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your best to keep them neat and organized. The KeySmart 2.0 Compact Key Organizer seems to be able to do that job quite well.

Say goodbye to your annoying, bulky key ring—KeySmart organizes your keys in one convenient, compact, and lightweight place. The included expansion pack lets you easily attach up to 10 keys and is meticulously designed to allow for quick and easy key access.

– Frame crafted from quality aluminum for lightweight body
– Hardware milled from stainless steel for durability
– Design made to fit 2x the keys in half the space
– Size accommodates most sizes of key
– Made in the USA

Better yet, you won’t have to spend much money at all to get this, with a reduced price of $16.99, down from $23.

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uKeg Is A Pressurized Growler

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With the relatively recent growth of craft breweries and home brewing, growlers are also increasing in popularity. And while most regular glass growlers will get the job done, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement; they go flat once they’re opened, they let in air, which spoils your beer, and they don’t travel well. The uKeg pictured above solves all these issues. Think of it as a fusion between a keg and a growler, with a special pressure-regulating cap that fits 8-16g CO2 cartridges, so that your beer maintains carbonation at all times. Double-walled insulation also maintains your beer’s coldness when you take it out of the fridge, and a convenient carry handle makes transportation a breeze. The tap can be locked so it isn’t activated in transport, while a pressure gauge and visual sight dial inform you of how much beer is left and whether it’s pressurized to your liking. The uKeg comes in 64oz and 128oz sizes, and costs $99 and $129 respectively.

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WristBoom Is A Bluetooth Speaker You Wear On Your Wrist

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So… this exists. It’s a Bluetooth speaker, and it sits on your wrist. You can either stream music to it, or take calls. But you can’t make any because there’s only one button, and all it does is turn the device on and off, and accept incoming calls. It’s big. It’s bulky. And you’d be right in asking who in their right mind would ever want one. But Chris Davies from Slashgear makes a good point: what about grandmothers? We like to evaluate products from our own standpoints where a big, bulky boombox-on-a-wrist is stupid, but for someone with limited mobility, for whom the phone that’s ringing in the adjacent room is probably too long a trek to bother with, well, it makes a little more sense. Considering it’s $20, and probably easier to use than a pair of scissors, the WristBoom seems like just the kind of thing you’d get for someone like grandma. That’s of course if it ever does see the light of day, which seems unlikely considering their crowdfunding campaign appears dead in the water for now. Still, there are 10 days left, and you never know what can happen in that span of time.

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RC R2-D2 Fridge Actually Brings The Beers To You

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It’s one thing to have an R2-D2 fridge, like the one we wrote about back in 2008. It’s quite another to have one that’s capable of bringing its delicious contents to you at will. The R2-D2 mini fridge from Japan-based company Haier Asia’s AQUA brand is most probably the droid you’ve been looking for, as it’ll roll around wherever you want it to, while making all the appropriate sounds, and delivering its cargo wherever you are in your home. It looks a little slow, and we’re not sure how long the batteries last; we suspect it might have to be kept in a ‘home base’ of sorts while cooling your beer until you need it, since batteries alone wouldn’t cut it. And we don’t know how much it’ll cost either. All we know is it exists, at least in prototype stage, and Haier claims it’ll be available at some point in 2016.

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