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The GOPUCK line of USB reserve power banks have a very versatile geometry. If you want a clean, smooth shape with no belt clip protrusions, just completely and quickly remove the Active Mount clip that grips diagonally opposite corners of the 3″ square GOPUCK.

If you want to securely clip the GOPUCK to a strap, belt or cord, the beefy Active Mount will do that. You can also use the countersunk center hole to screw or bolt the Active Mount to a surface or to attach a camera or other device. And let’s not forget glue, tape and Velcro. Two Active Mounts can be attached to a GOPUCK.

There’s currently “3X” (4400mAh / 4oz) and “5X” (6600mAh / 6 oz) versions of the GOPUCK which indicate the number of times a small cell phone could be recharged. The next version, the “6XR” (9000mAh / 6.5 oz) will also feature a ~75% faster charge rate and will be out in early 2016.

All GOPUCKs have dual 2.4 Amp fullsize USB outputs, a micro USB input, 4 segment LED power level indicator, corner off/on switch and come with an Active Mount and 3′ micro USB cord.

(GearDb received a GOPUCK 5X for review/eval at CES 2016 and will post periodic real life usage updates here.)

aifi_speaker.gsenwkwokcyyfxjeny3eSwedish company aiFi has a wonderfully designed and implemented stackable speaker system.  You can stack the speakers either side by side or on top of each other and an IR port will link them.  Audio characteristics of the speaker array will adjust to optimum as speakers are added.  Each speaker unit is autonomous, has a ~ 8 hr battery life and Bluetooth, analog line-in (1/8″ /3.5mm plug) or  S/PDIF optical input.  The speakers have a gentle radius so if you have 20 speakers set side to side they will form a circle.   There’s also a multi-color LED bezel and an app to control the speakers.  I like to imagine a group of friends all using an aiFi individually but also getting together for parties and everyone brings their aiFi to stack together.

And here’s a cool stealth feature – if 2 “master” speakers, each with their own audio input are paired, one will randomly become the new master – because you know “there can only be one.”  So place your bets on which genre will reign supreme.


French-based E.Sensory is a CES 2016 Innovation Honoree for their B.Sensory “Little Bird” vibrator and control + synchronization app. The Little Bird will vibrate in one of 10 different modes as well as varying intensity based on settings in the ebook, audio file or video file. Currently the media files are prepared by E-SENSORY but the capability for authors and publishers to do the mark up is in the works. The Little Bird is intended to be inserted into the vagina and is sheathed in waterproof, body-safe silicone elastomer. It is USB rechargeable, can run for about 90 minutes and can be controlled both locally via BlueTooth and globally over the internet. The Little Bird is taking phone sex to a new level. The imaginative GearDb reader will of course realize many additional applications are sure to be found for E.Sensory technology.

Details and online shopping for the Little Bird are at and corporate information at

Securmate showed their concept pocket-sized & portable premise security system at the CES 2016 Eureka Park startup pavilion.  At a minimum, you have a control / communication unit about the size of a medium smart phone and a matchbox-sized sensor (2 AAA batteries) which communicate via WiFi.

You can secure the door(s) or window(s) of a hotel room, a motor home, a dorm room, an apartment or basement storage unit – pretty much any open / close access panel with one or multiple sensors. (no hard-coded limit!)  When a security breach is detected, the sensor signals the control unit which then can text ($3/mo) or email the designated entity.


RICOH had a nice elevated platform in their ShotShow booth to better try out their range of optical gear.  They had several sets of NV-10A digital color binoculars which have P.A.I.R. technology to help see through marginal atmospheric conditions such as fog, rain and snow.  P.A.I.R. stands for “PENTAX Atmospheric Interference Reduction” and seems to be a real-time image  enhancement/processing software filter.  The NV-10A also has near infra-red capability for low light conditions.

Here’s the specs: 6.6 to 13.2 magnification, 5 m minimal focus range, manual focus/zoom, ~80 min. battery life (uses RICOH BT-10 batteries), 800×600 pixel color organic EL display panel/viewing screen,  1 SD memory card slot to record 720 x480 30fps video or stills with GPS location tagging, electronic compass, image stabilization,  date/time logging, IP64 water/dust proofing, grippy rubber surfaces, weight ~3lb / 1.4 kg.   See for more details and extreme condition viewing examples.

It’s expected to have a ~$4k price tag when it becomes available late Winter in N. America.   The target market is more .gov, security agency, maritime vs the consumer Sony DEV-50.

First the disclaimer.  I’m a long time fan and follower of  FLIR.  When I was in elementary school, my father would bring me issues of Aviation Week magazine and that’s where I first saw the acronym FLIR which stands for Forward Looking Infra Red and was part of an airborne sensor suite for military aircraft.   Fast forward to this century and I started seeing the FLIR company booth at various trade shows and saw that they had some thermal imaging products that could be considered consumer level.  The prices were still fairly high  ~$1000 and up but hey, at least you wouldn’t get glow in the dark eyeball cancer like from the cheap Eastern Bloc gear.  And the FLIR analytic grade gear, costing significantly more, is so much fun to look at too.

Well, about a year ago FLIR acquired Lorex, a leading consumer grade security products company.  And not coincidentally, at CES 2014 the first wave of clearly consumer-priced products from FLIR was announced.   The FLIR FX is a modular family of cameras and accessories and the FLIR ONE brings thermal imaging capability to the iPhone 5 and 5s.  The FX received a 2014 CES Innovations Design & Engineering Award.

Boy, what a mob scene at the FLIR booth this year – sardine packed in the booth and overflowing into the aisles.  Obviously $350 to get thermal imaging and extra battery capacity on your iPhone 5/5s or $250 for a full-featured video security/action cam with both cloud or direct WiFi connectivity plus a bunch of  modular accessories has that effect on people. GoPro watch out!

I’m on the Android side of the fence so I am not allowed to say nice things about Apple or iPhonies.  But I can say the FLIR MSX feature is impressive – it is an overlay of visible light imagery on the thermal image.  The in-booth example was being able to see the outline of same temperature signage text (via MSX) along with a fresh, hot hand print next to the thermally neutral text.

Thermal imaging is not just about seeing in total darkness.  By dynamically displaying the temperature of parts and surfaces, perhaps the greatest utility comes from being able to see the relative change in temp. across a part or an assembly of parts – is there excess friction or inadequate cooling?  (How’s your BBQ doing!  Is shaken really better than stirred?) And you can store still images and video of these temperature deltas for future reference.

Both these products will be out in Spring 2014.  And hopefully at CES 2015 FLIR will be announcing the ~$300 FLIR FX thermal imaging camera.  FLIR will be making yet another product announcement at the ShotShow in a few days so I’ll be posting another entry soon about that plus a bunch of tech details for both the FLIR FX and FLIR ONE.

Nope, not SETI as in Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence but  Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.  This SETI specializes in designing, manufacturing and selling LEDs that emit Deep UV light for sterilization applications.  Fittingly, SETI LEDs have been used for sterilization on the International Space Station.

Closer to Earth, amongst the legions of *BORING* cell phone cases and accessories, a unique one emerges.  SETI is developing a rechargeable battery powered UV-C flip top case called the UVCLEAN for sterilizing cellphones.  Consider all the oil from your skin and face collecting on your phone, add on all the stuff that sticks to that oil and you better not imagine what’s growing there.

The idea is that with the UVCLEAN you can easily sterilize your phone multiple times a day and on the go with a ~3 minute exposure cycle that should kill 99.9% of the germs on every exposed surface – not just the screen.  Also, with no cleaning fluids involved, you don’t have to worry about flooding and damaging your phone via the buttons or switches.  (You should still wipe your phone to remove skin oil smudges.)  The UVClean case could be a must have device for health care and food service workers.

If your phone is shaped like an iPhone 5 (or smaller than one) then you’re good to go.  They are aiming for a late April retail sale date and a ~$80 price tag.  Cases for other phones and tablets are in the works.

CES – Day 3

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I’m opening this day’s summary with a BIG THANK YOU to the National Science Foundation which was one of the sponsors of the Eureka Park startup area.  The 1st floor had the early stage startups and Eureka Park: Next on the 2nd had companies a bit further along.  Our tax dollars well-spent I’d say. displayed several wearable, augmented reality glasses which they feel represent the next stage of development beyond Google Glass. stopped by for a very friendly visit in the Innovega booth and showed their Epiphany Eyewear product.  Good karma comes to those who share and play nicely. show’d their nicely-constructed, compact USB <=> Lighting connector cable.  It’s keychain sized and should sell for about $25. makes an AC-powered compact UV-lamp sterilizer.  It’s available for sale now for $50 and can handle large smart phones. just launched a line of USB cables that have a built-in alarm module.  If you forget your cable, it starts buzzing in ~3 seconds.  If someone unplugs your phone and runs off with it, the buzzing starts in ~3 seconds.  Prices range from $23-$30 depending on tip type.

If you’re tired about always hearing about KickStarter, then take a look at launched their crowdsourcing opinion judgement website.  Basically you post your position or statement, then someone posts a counterpoint and then everyone who gives a crap can vote on which side they agree with.  Bragging rights are earned and drinks are won? launched their combination dry box and waterproof speaker.  It’s about lunch box-sized  and has about 400 cubic inches of storage space.  It’s price is also just under $400.  You can connect your playback device via BlueTooth or an interior cable.  DryTunes will be at the ShotShow next week, so I’ll stop by for more info and hands on.

Stay tuned for detailed posts with images for these CES products as well as more news from the ShotShow – guns, guns, guns as well as all kinds of other outdoor lifestyle items.

CES – Day 2

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Another great day at CES.  The morning started with the FLIR press conference. makes and sells a wide variety of thermal and light amplification products – primarily for military and industrial markets because their products cost $1000 and up…until this week.  They announced both a $250 visible light device , the FLIR FX and the FLIR One, a $350 thermal imaging accessory for the iPhone 5.  I have been a long time fan and follower of FLIR products and I have never seen the FLIR booth so crowded.  It is great to finally have a top notch supplier in the thermal/night vision consumer market at the ~$300 price point.

Like yesterday, I’ll just be posting brief write ups and images and details will follow soon.

I visited another French LiFi company –  They have an online catalog, webstore and a product development SDK.  They also had an in-booth demonstration of an internet – LiFi telephony connection.

The people at have an interesting lower cost but still high quality spectral measurement package.  Basically they can supply a robust, affordable core module for any industry that needs to accurately determine color of static objects. showed a very compact (~2 C- cells plus cord) 65 watt power adapter for laptops.  It has an aluminum housing for heat dissipation and a projected retail price of $90. demo’d a consumer level 360 degree lens.  They had one mounted to a GoPro camera and displayed the post processed video (to correct the curvature from the lens.)   Don’t think “fish eye”, think “lighthouse.”

Case Western Reserve University had some student-started products on display. has a fuel cell powered bicycle and has a BlueTooth 4 enabled login bracelet. demo’d their microenergy harvesting control switch.  Just the motion of turning a knob on the handheld controller generates enough energy that is captured and used to send a signal to a remote switch.  In this instance, an electrical lamp.  Microenergy harvesting is going to be BIG! demo’d their modular high intensity flashlight.  They will soon have a storage compartment accessory so you can keep some items safe and dry. launched their PCKeeper product/support service.  It is subscription-based and they can protect, clean, optimize the operation of your PC remotely.  This includes  Registry evaluation and repair.  They are a Microsoft Gold Partner.

More to come!

Trojan Tri-phoria Vibrator assembled resting on black satin storage sack.

Trojan Tri-phoria Vibrator assembled & resting on black satin storage sack.

Trojan Tri-phoria battery compartment and top cover

Trojan Tri-phoria battery compartment and top cover

Trojan Tri-phoria with 3 tips top and panel interior view

Trojan Tri-phoria with 3 tips and top cover interior view

Trojan is probably the best know condom brand in the world and it looks like they are  growing even larger.  They’ve expanded their product line into vibrating accessories.  Pictured above is their “tri-phoria” whichs comes with 3 different screw on tips and has 8 different pleasure settings.  It is powered by a single AA battery.  You turn it on and off and cycle through the 5 speeds and 3 pulse patterns by pressing the ” – ” or ” + ” buttons on the top cover.

It’s a good thing we photographed the Tri-phoria before we passed it out to our female reviewer because she now asserts that she has misplaced it but promises to return it as soon as it turns up.  Now we didn’t just fall off the washing machine but who are we to question the  www-ww-w-words of a lady.  We bet she also misplaces the latest vibrating Trojan unit, the Twister, which was released to an eager pubic public on the first day of CES.  Her review www-ww-w-will be coming soon as well as an interview with The Good Dr. Condom. &