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Author Archives: Meg Lynch

OhGizmo! Review – Jo Totes Stylish Camera Bags

Jo Totes Stylish Rose Camera Bag (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Meg Lynch

Since purchasing my first DLSR two years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for my perfect camera bag. There’s a plethora of sleek, black options available that seem to focus on cramming more compartments and pockets in than their competitors, but not so many that cater to photographers looking for a feminine touch. In fact I was losing hope with my hunt until I came across the line of camera bags from a company called Jo Totes. I recently had the chance to spend some time with their Rose camera bag, and I really think I’ve found the perfect solution if you’re as worried about protecting your gear as you are with how it looks. More photos and more of my thoughts after the jump.

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Bushnell Updates Their BackTrack With The Point-3 & Point-5

Bushnell BackTrack Point-3 and Point-5 (Images courtesy Bushnell)
By Meg Lynch

Once smartphones gained GPS functionality the makers of dedicated navigation units had to either step up their game with more elaborate and expensive devices to compete, or do what Bushnell did with their dead simple, cheap and easy-to-use BackTrack. The original model basically just allowed you to find your way back to a single marked location, but the new Point-3 and Point-5 models can remember up to 3 or 5 locations. You guess which does which.

They’re also both smaller than the original BackTrack but with larger backlit LCD displays, and the Point-5 model adds a digital compass and displays your latitude and longitude, the current time, your altitude and the temperature. And that’s probably why it’s $89.99 compared to the Point-3 which is $69.99. (For comparison the original BackTrack is still available for $79.99.)

[ Bushnell BackTrack Point-3 & Point-5 ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Bop-It! Bounce – The Paddle Ball Gets A Modern Makeover

Bop-It! Bounce (Images courtesy Hasbro)
By Meg Lynch

Apparently today’s kids can’t even enjoy something as simple as a rubber ball tethered to a wooden paddle with a piece of elastic. Noooo, they need some kind of interactive gimmick before the paddle ball concept seems interesting, and that’s exactly what the Bop-It! Bounce gives them.

The elastic tether is gone, though the core idea behind paddle ball is still there, namely trying to see how long you can keep bouncing a rubber ball. But thanks to 3 x AAA batteries the ‘paddle’ now talks to you, shouting out specific challenges like “how many times can you bounce the ball in 30 seconds?” or “how high can you bounce it?” And I assume it keeps track of the number of bounces for you, since asking kids to count for themselves would probably be an instant turn off. $19.99.

[ Bop-It! Bounce ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]

iCarpus Stand Works With A Plethora Of Handheld Devices

iCarpus Stand (Images courtesy Visual Factor LLC)
By Meg Lynch

A lot of accessories for handheld devices like smartphones are designed to work with a specific model, and even if you’re a die-hard iPhone or Android loyalist, you’re not going to be using the same handset your entire life. And that’s part of the reason we like this iCarpus stand so much.

In essence it’s just a big spring loaded clamp that can grab onto any device small enough to fit into its grip. The edges are coated with a non-slip rubber to protect your gear and prevent it from sliding around on a table, and when not in use it folds down flat and is easy to stash in a pocket. The other reason we like it? It’s just $12 currently being sold through Amazon.

[ iCarpus Stand ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

VuQube Portable Satellite Dish – When You Don’t Really Want To Get Away From It All

VuQube Portable Satellite Dish (Images courtesy SkyMall)
By Meg Lynch

Some people travel to exotic, secluded locales to get away from all the distractions of every day life. But others seem content to pull into a crowded campground in an RV that’s better appointed than the home they left behind. I’m going to assume one of the amenities that latter group couldn’t live without while on vacation is satellite TV, so the VuQube seems like the easiest way to stay on top of all your favorite shows no matter where you may roam.

The most expensive version, the VQ3000, is fully automatic so all you need to do is position it so it has a clear view of the southern sky. Built-in motion tracking allows you to stay tuned even while on the road, and as long as you have power, you can quite literally use this thing anywhere you can carry it. It’s compatible with Dish Network, DirecTV and BellTV, and in addition to your satellite bill you’ll have to cough up $1,699 for the VuQube hardware. Definitely expensive, but that’s the price you’ll have to pay if you want to join in the Mad Men conversation around the water cooler campfire.

[ VuQube VQ3000 Portable Satellite Dish ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]