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Jarvisen Translator Review: A translator for serious travel

Traveling and communicating in foreign lands isn't easy, but the Jarvisen Translator claims to be the best there is by translating up to 60 languages in real time.
December 24, 2019
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Hands on with the CM Translator, a pocket powerhouse for translation

At first blush, the CM Translator from Cheetah Mobile seems the answer to every traveler’s dream: Push the button and it speaks aloud in a foreign tongue. But does it work well enough to be worth your hard-earned dough?
July 24, 2019
CM Translator review

Loto Legend Vaporizer review

Induction heating is the future of cannabis vaporizers. Loto Labs wowed us with what likely is the best concentrate vaporizer on the market today. With a $500 price tag, it's expensive, but it should definitely be your next dab rig.
February 20, 2019
Loto Legend Vaporizer review

Dr. Dabber Switch vaporizer review

At $400, the Switch might be out of the price range of many cannabis users. But no other device we’ve tested so far has even come close in terms of efficient use of product – either flower or concentrates – and overall performance.
August 9, 2018
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Rock stars wear them, and so should you: A review of earplugs for concertgoers

We tried out a range of universal earplugs designed specifically for musicians and live music listeners. There are a few different approaches manufacturers take to attenuate dBs without distorting sounds. Here’s our non-exhaustive look at a few earplug options for live music.
April 19, 2018
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Like a shark with a saddle, Halo Board is sleek, smooth, and insanely fun to ride

Of all the electric longboards we’ve ridden over the years, the Halo Board Carbon Edition stole our heart with its smooth ride, sleek construction, solid brakes, and easy-to-transport design.
March 19, 2018
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Mekamon review

Have you ever wanted to miniaturize the spectacle of Battlebots, and bring it into your living room? Mekamon lets you do just that with its tiny-yet-intimidating, smartphone-controlled robots.
December 26, 2017
Mekamon review

Voltaic OffGrid Solar backpack (second-gen) review

We reviewed the first generation OffGrid solar backpack with fairly lackluster first impressions. Fortunately, the second generation OffGrid is the beast we originally hoped for.
October 13, 2017
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The funniest Amazon reviews

Online reviews are good when you need to evaluate a product and get honest feedback from buyers, but they can also be good for a laugh. Here are our picks for the funniest Amazon reviews.
July 23, 2017
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Voltaic OffGrid Solar backpack (first-gen) review

The Voltaic OffGrid is one of the more attractive solar panel backpacks on the market. We gave it a proper run for its money to see if it lives up to the supercharged hype.
June 17, 2017
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Aukey 20W Portable Foldable Solar Charger review

Aukey’s 20-watt Portable Foldable Solar Charger provides enough clean renewable to charge two mobile devices quickly and simultaneously.
April 25, 2017
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Skinners barefoot running socks review

Even those who prefer to run, walk, hike, and generally exist without traditional footwear still require protection from the elements. Skinners offers a radical new product as a solution.
March 11, 2017
Skinner Running Socks review

Vasque Coldspark Ultradry Snow Boot review

We loved the Vasque Coldspark hiking boot for its stylish comfort combined with a reasonable level of warmth, but a narrow fit and reliability issues made the boot less attractive after a month.
March 8, 2017
Vasque Coldspark review

The North Face Alpine 50L pack review

The first outdoor gear product in the North Face Summit Series is the Summit Alpine 50L Pack. FuseForm technology makes for the lightest weight, most durable, and most comfortable hiking, climbing, alpine, and mountaineering backpack.
February 15, 2017
The North Face Alpine 50L pack

Wicked Lasers FlashTorch Mini review

The FlashTorch Mini is a powerful flashlight that also has the ability to cook food and even start fires, but is it necessary and is it worth the price tag?
January 15, 2017
Wicked Lasers FlashTorch Mini review

Square Off: Our first take

Wizards in the Harry Potter universe don't need to move their chess pieces with their hands, and we're edging closer to parity with the wizarding world thanks to Infivention's chess board, Square Off.
January 9, 2017
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PicoBrew Pico review

Not meant for serious homebrewers, the PicoBrew Pico simplifies the process of making beer but still requires patience and effort.
December 25, 2016
PicoBrew Pico review

Vibram Arctic Grip Soles review

Found on a variety of shoes and boots, Vibram's new Arctic Grip sole promises to deliver a "whole new world of grip and performance on slippery, wet ice." We go "feet on" to find out if this Arctic Grip lives up to the hype.
December 8, 2016
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Styr Labs Fitness Ecosystem review

A fitness band, a smart water bottle, connected scales, and health boosting vitamins all controlled through a single app? Styr Labs fitness eco-system sounds amazing, but the reality isn’t so encouraging.
December 6, 2016
Styr Labs fitness system review

PowerUp FPV drone: Our first take

Half-drone, half-paper airplane, the PowerUpFPV flies with a livestreaming camera onboard and an FPV cardboard headset in tow to keep it in the air.
November 2, 2016
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Pax 3 vaporizer review

Unphased by the rise of CO2 pens and fancy oil rigs, the Pax 3 improves on the previous generation’s excellent design changes with concentrate support and a connected app, but is that enough to win over a new generation of smokers?
September 22, 2016
Pax 3

DribbleUp review

DribbleUp is a startup with an affordable smart basketball that can help players of varying skill sets master dribbling and crossovers without having to use hardware inside the ball to track progress and prowess.
September 19, 2016
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Feet on: Razor Hovertrax 2.0

Razor, the same company that makes those aluminum push scooters, also happens to make one of the few hoverboards with high-quality batteries that won’t spontaneously combust. So we rode one.
August 26, 2016
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Bluesmart Black Edition review

With a built-in smartphone charger, digital scale, and location tracker, Bluesmart's Black Edition is the 21st Century makeover travel luggage so desperately needed — for a price.
July 18, 2016
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Hands on: Hearshot Domio

The Hearshot Domio is a puck-shaped gizmo that sticks to any helmet and pumps music through the surface, while you climb mountains or flip 180-degrees on a BMX.
June 21, 2016
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Hands on: LittleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit

Budding engineers and inventors will find inspiration in the LittleBits Gizmos and Gadgets kit, as it offers a box of electronic components with easy-to-follow guides for projects.
November 20, 2015
LittleBits Gizmos & Gadgets

Origami meets standing desks with LEVIT8 on KickStarter

t is a surprisingly simple design that allows those people that are interested in a standing solution to take it along with them easily. It will also benefit those seeking a more expensive, permanent solution and want to give a raised work platform a try.
November 13, 2015
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Amazon Dash Button review

Amazon is making a play to change grocery shopping with the inexpensive Dash Button, but does it really make sense to have branded, web-connected devices throughout your house?
August 26, 2015
Amazon Dash Button

Karma Go review

The Karma Go is a 4G LTE hotspot with a twist: You don’t pay for data you don’t use, and sharing gets you rewards instead of burning up your data.
August 14, 2015
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Hands on: Bosch eBike Systems

We took Bosch’s high-end ebike system for a ride last week, and after whipping it around downtown Portland for a couple hours, we’re not sure we can go back to regular bikes again.
July 26, 2015
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Minecraft Gameband review

Gameband + Minecraft is Mojang’s first wearable, a USB bracelet that lets you take your creations anywhere and a high-quality, programmable LED watch.
May 28, 2015
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Myo Gesture Control Armband review

After being under development for well over two years, Thalmic's gesture sensing Myo armband is finally out on the market -- so we got our hands on one and took it for a whirl.
May 17, 2015
Thalmic Labs Myo Gesture Armband

Hands on: Starbucks wireless charging

Starbucks stepped into the future with its wireless charging trial at select coffee shops. It gives us a tantalizing glimpse at how convenient widespread public wireless charging will be, once everyone gets onboard.
May 11, 2015
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Hands On: Narbis

Narbis is a wearable that can train your brain to focus more quickly and learn on demand. We tried out the prototype to see what it's like to train your brain with a wearable.
May 2, 2015
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Hands On: Sulon Cortex

The Sulon Cortex is a VR headset that uses the physical dimensions of one’s surroundings and tailors content to it in an immersive and interactive way.
April 22, 2015
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Hands on: Intelclinic Neuro:on

Forget alarm clocks, the Neuro:on smart sleep mask will wake you up with an artificial dawn. The prototype still needs work, but it has the potential to change the way we sleep for the better.
March 15, 2015
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Disney’s latest project is an artistic beach robot

Finding Nemo has never been drawn at this scale before — the Disney Research Hub and ETH Zürich have worked together on a BeachBot robot that can magically create works of art on the beach.
January 11, 2015
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‘Subconscious’ Pizza Hut menu knows what you want before you do

A new tablet-style menu being developed by Tobii Technology and Pizza Hut uses state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology to work out your favorite toppings from nearly five thousand combinations.
November 30, 2014
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Man allegedly shoots down neighbor’s drone with shotgun

Perhaps attempting to create a live action version of Nintendo's Duck Hunt, a New Jersey man thought it would be an absolutely brilliant idea to blast away at a flying drone with his shotgun.
October 2, 2014
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Google said to be considering historic LA aircraft hangar for office space

Google could be about sign a deal to take over a massive aircraft hangar in LA where Howard Hughes' famous 'Spruce Goose' plane was built. A report Tuesday described the space as "atypical," suggesting it would be perfect for the Web giant.
August 27, 2014
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Hands on: UpDesk UpWrite Midnight

Can a standing desk really boost your metabolism, strengthen your back, and add years to your life? We’re not sure about that last one, but we’re definitely feeling better after a few weeks with UpWrite’s Midnight standing desk.
July 27, 2014
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SunSprite tells you if you’re not getting enough sunlight

Instead of tracking the number of steps you take each day, SunSprite clips onto your clothes and tracks the amount of sunlight you soak up throughout the day. Learn more here.
March 6, 2014
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Oh, **** – I lost my drone: The Blade 350 QX review that will never be

This was supposed to be a review of the fantastic Blade 350 QX quadcopter drone from Hobby Horizon. Instead, it's a cautionary tale of loss, regret, and what not to do when you have nearly $1,000 worth of equipment to test out.
January 23, 2014
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Hands on: Westone W60

Westone has debuted a bevy of new premium in-ears for CES 2014, including its W60, which pack an incredible six drivers into a tiny in-ear for one of the most brilliant experiences we've had with a headphone of their size in recent memory.
January 8, 2014
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Meet Vuse, the world’s smartest e-cigarette

New at CES 2014 is Vuse, an e-cigarettes are the first to pack a microprocessor that adjusts battery output 2,000 times per second to deliver a consistent vape no matter what. Click on to get our hands-on first reactions
January 8, 2014
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Step on the Runtastic Libra Scale and let your iPhone help you battle the bulge

Losing weight is a common New Year's resolution, and now you can accomplish it with the help of the Libra Scale from Runtastic, a smart scale with iOS connectivity. It's a little over ambitious but still a solid addition to any health-conscious person's routine.
January 5, 2014
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Hands On: Parrot AR.Drone 2 Elite Edition

Some say drones are scary. But after going hands on with the AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition from Parrot, we can say with full confidence that they actually offer the most fun of any high-tech toy on the market. Click the jump to see our full review.
December 25, 2013
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Going hands on and off-leash with Whistle, an activity tracker for your dog

The days of not knowing whether your dog is getting enough exercise are over. Whistle, an activity tracker for dogs, lets you keep track of how much exercise Fido is getting and, eventually, a whole lot more.
November 12, 2013
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This sleep mask let me lucid dream and now I live in ‘Inception’

The Remee sleep mask promises induce lucid dreams - giving you total control over them - using simple LEDs as a trigger. We gave it a shot to see if entering the world of 'Inception' could be that simple ... and it worked.
October 19, 2013
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Behind the scenes at the grand opening of MakerBot’s Brooklyn factory

MakerBot Industries continues to grow its 3D printing empire with today's grand opening of a production factory in Brooklyn, New York. Here's a look inside the 50,000 square foot warehouse.
June 7, 2013
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