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Alexander Thickstun
Alexander Thickstun
Former Digital Trends Contributor

Alexander graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2005 and an MBA in 2011. He's an outdoor enthusiast and avid tech geek who started out filming his experiences with action cams, and now films product reviews for a wide-range of new tech, including cameras, quadcopters, and smart home accessories.

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Can this electronic ‘fish call’ really attract fish? We took it to a pond to find out

Can this electronic ‘fish call’ really attract fish? We took it to a pond to find out

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This rugged charger is water, dust, and shock proof — but how does it handle explosives?

This rugged charger is water, dust, and shock proof — but how does it handle explosives?

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PawsCam is basically a wearable GoPro for your pet that wirelessly uploads video to the cloud

PawsCam is basically a wearable GoPro for your pet that wirelessly uploads video to the cloud

The PawsCam allows you to see whatever your dog is doing no matter where you are.
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Want to be an ace pilot before you buy an expensive drone? Practice with this $120 quadcopter

Want to be an ace pilot before you buy an expensive drone? Practice with this $120 quadcopter

The Swann Xtreem Gravity Pursuit may be the perfect beginner's drone.
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The Booq Slimpack is the perfect camera bag for minimalists

The Booq Slimpack is the perfect camera bag for minimalists

The Booq Slimpack is a hybrid camera and computer bag that will hold a DSLR camera, a few lenses, a 12" MacBook, and accessories at the same time.
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Sense by Hello promises better sleep

Sense by Hello promises better sleep

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Buzzing around with the world’s smallest camera drone

Buzzing around with the world’s smallest camera drone

The Skeye Nano Drone is one of the smallest in-camera drones in the world right now. But how does it compare to some of the beefier quads on the market?
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Built-in thermal imaging gives Cat’s S60 smartphone superpowers

Built-in thermal imaging gives Cat’s S60 smartphone superpowers

The Cat S60 is the world's first smartphone with a thermal camera.
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This Kevlar iPhone cable is supposed to survive anything … so we blew it up

This Kevlar iPhone cable is supposed to survive anything … so we blew it up

Samsung SmartCam HD Plus

Samsung’s Smartcam HD Plus is a serious Nest Cam contender

Samsung’s Smartcam HD Plus is a serious Nest Cam contender

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Like a Swiss Army Knife for your car, the Intelliboost RG600 can jumpstart a dead battery or inflate a flat tire

Like a Swiss Army Knife for your car, the Intelliboost RG600 can jumpstart a dead battery or inflate a flat tire

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Drop the bass for days on end with the Geek Beats Jolt5 Bluetooth speaker

Drop the bass for days on end with the Geek Beats Jolt5 Bluetooth speaker

With its combination of ruggedness, good sound, and a large battery to last all day and top off your phone, the Geek Beats Jolt5 is made for the outdoors.
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Shooting smooth, sexy video footage is easier than ever with DJI’s handheld Osmo camera

Shooting smooth, sexy video footage is easier than ever with DJI’s handheld Osmo camera

Using the same technology found on DJI's iconic line of quadcopters, the Osmo is essentially a Zenmuse X3 camera incorporated onto a powered (and detachable) stabilizer handle.
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The Scosche Rhythm+ is a highly accurate heart rate monitor

The Scosche Rhythm+ is a highly accurate heart rate monitor

The Scosche Rhythm+ is one of the most accurate heart rate monitors you'll find
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Prone to losing your keys or wallet? Nut Find 3 will help you keep track of them

Prone to losing your keys or wallet? Nut Find 3 will help you keep track of them

We found that Nut Find 3's range notifications work better than most other Bluetooth trackers, and it doesn't issue false separation alerts as you move
scosche magicmount pro cell holder review

This might be the best $30 car accessory you ever buy

This might be the best $30 car accessory you ever buy

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NoonTec’s Zoro II wireless headphones boast premium style and great sound for a pittance

NoonTec’s Zoro II wireless headphones boast premium style and great sound for a pittance

The NoonTec Zoro II are premium looking wireless headphones that will barely hit your wallet.
TURCOM Acoustoshock 30 watt

This rugged speaker packs 30 watts of power to rock out in any weather

This rugged speaker packs 30 watts of power to rock out in any weather

For just over $100, the Turcom Acoustoshock 30 watt wireless speaker is a great choice for your outdoor excursions.
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Z Cam E1 is a small camera with filmmaking aspirations

Z Cam E1 is a small camera with filmmaking aspirations

The Z Cam E1 is a small video camera that packs a Micro Four Thirds sensor in a small body.
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FlyPro’s new auto-follow drone can live stream your adventures from a bird’s eye view

FlyPro’s new auto-follow drone can live stream your adventures from a bird’s eye view

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Thanks to a clever trick, this item finder can track things far outside of Bluetooth range

Thanks to a clever trick, this item finder can track things far outside of Bluetooth range

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Fat Shark’s newest FPV goggles make flying a drone feel more like piloting a fighter jet

Fat Shark’s newest FPV goggles make flying a drone feel more like piloting a fighter jet

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Supercharge your next camping trip with BioLite’s new solar panel and LED lantern

Supercharge your next camping trip with BioLite’s new solar panel and LED lantern

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Camping with BioLite’s new cook stove attachments is like having a portable kitchen in your pack

Camping with BioLite’s new cook stove attachments is like having a portable kitchen in your pack

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GoTennas keep you connected where normal cell phones fear to tread

GoTennas keep you connected where normal cell phones fear to tread

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Hands on: DJI Phantom 4

Hands on: DJI Phantom 4

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With a 4K camera and tons of features, DJI’s Phantom 3 Pro is a budget-friendly beast

With a 4K camera and tons of features, DJI’s Phantom 3 Pro is a budget-friendly beast

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Flying a drone with heat vision is like piloting your own personal Apache

Flying a drone with heat vision is like piloting your own personal Apache

keepkey bitcoin wallet video review

KeepKey Bitcoin Wallet video review

KeepKey Bitcoin Wallet video review

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Böhm B66 Bluetooth headphones prove style and substance can be had under $100

Böhm B66 Bluetooth headphones prove style and substance can be had under $100

We were please to get stylish, respectable-sounding wireless headphones for such a low price, but the active noise cancelling came as a surprise.
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Quick, agile and shockingly easy to fly, DJI’s Inspire 1 still rules the skies

Quick, agile and shockingly easy to fly, DJI’s Inspire 1 still rules the skies

Coin 2

Swiping and spending with Coin 2.0, the credit card that is all your credit cards

Swiping and spending with Coin 2.0, the credit card that is all your credit cards

Whether you're looking to tame an overstuffed wallet, or just carry fewer credit cards around, the Coin 2.0 packs the data from eight of your credit cards into one smart-card. See how it all works in this video review.
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See the world in predator vision with the Flir One

See the world in predator vision with the Flir One

Flir bakes military grade thermal imaging capabilities into a smartphone accessory. The Flir One turns your iOS or Android device into a thermal imager.
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Now you can control your GoPro with Apple Watch

Now you can control your GoPro with Apple Watch

GoPro's smartphone app is great, but having the same control and preview functions on your wrist makes using the action cam effortless.