Andrew Harmon



Gadgets to Keep an Eye Out For in 2013


Every year brings in a slew of new gadgets to get ready for.  Whether they have been announced or you know that there will be a new smartphone coming out every year, new gadgets are new gadgets.  Luckily for you I will show you a few great gadgets that are out RIGHT NOW and you can get your hands on and usher in 2013 in style and fun.  So now let us take a look at a few cool gadgets and one really cool toy you will want to play with all the time.


Like I said every year the major phone makers have a slew of phones that come out and will come out every year.  So what I want to do is show you a few great phones that are out now so you can have them going into the new year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – This phone is one that I absolutely love.  From its very large (5.5”) screen down to the very clever S Pen, the Note 2 is a great improvement over last year’s model.  Games look amazing and videos play very crisp and super clear.  Running a superfast 1.6Ghz Quad Core Processor this phone will easily handle your daily duties plus as an added bonus the battery life on this device is superb.

Price – Varies depending on carrier and contract.

Worthy Notables

Samsung Galaxy S3

iPhone 5


Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD



The bread and butter of so many people, with so many tough choices to go through from gaming laptops to just day in and day out performance laptop.  Here I figure I would just look at day to day laptops that can perform exceptionally well.

 Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

 Starting with the Retina Display down to the Nvidia GPU this laptop is a performance killer.  The Retina Display helps make images and text look amazing, the high resolution screen on the MacBook Pro really sets this apart from so many other laptops.  Along with some added new ports including the USB 3.0 and HDMI are very welcome.

Pricing – starts at $2,000 and goes up from there

Notable Laptops

Dell Inspiron 14z

Apple MacBook Air

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

So we looked at overall performance laptop now let’s take a quick look at the best Gaming Laptop that is out there.


Samsung Series 7 Gamer

This laptop is a BEAST.  With a 17” screen and a superfast processor the Samsung Series 7 Gamer is the hands down laptop to beat when it comes to gaming.  Plenty of ports to suit your needs, the only downside is the price which might make it too pricy for some but for those that can afford this rig you won’t be disappointed.

Pricing – starts at $1,700 and goes up with options


Notable Gaming Laptops


Digital Storm X17E



Now when it comes down to tablets it comes down to Apple iPad and everyone else.  Sure Microsoft is trying to create a splash with the Surface but it is too early to tell.  So my only recommendation is the Apple iPad with so many accessories to really push the interactive ability from the Pogo Connect that connects via Bluetooth 4 and works wonderfully with iPad’s Photoshop Touch app from Adobe that can actually sense the pressure you put onto the tablet.  There really is no comparison.  Prices vary depending on if you choose to go through a Mobile carrier or purchase from a store and also depending on how much storage you choose as well.

If you were thinking about getting a tablet for your child without having to shell out the big money for an Apple iPad let me direct you to this little device.

FunTab from Ematic

Ematic launches the FunTab, a 7” Android 4.0 tablet, for children.   It is an intuitive, touchscreen device that teaches your child about various subjects, sparks their creativity, and simply keeps them entertained for hours with access to thousands of popular, parent-approved apps and features.  

Preloaded with today’s most popular apps, the FunTab bundles an assortment of fun games such as Angry Birds, Where’s My Water, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and more.  Child-specific features include Art Studio which is a creative platform that allows your child to trigger their inner artist.  Parents can view the child’s art in the program gallery, and use gold stars to mark their favorite designs.  Also, Video Mail is a unique, interactive way for children to keep in touch with their family and classmates from  Users can record short video messages with the FunTab’s front camera.

•    Android 4.0 Operating System
•    7” 800x480 capacitive multi-touch screen
•    1.2 GHz Processor with 400MHz GPU
•    512MB RAM
•    MicroSD card slot adds an extra 32GB of storage
•    Built-in 3-axis gyroscope for advanced motion sensing
•    Ematic Kids App Mall
•    Front and back cameras
•    Battery allows 5 hours of continuous playtime

The FunTab is available in blue/green and pink/purple. 

Price - $119.99 at


Audio Gadgets

In this section I will take a look at a few choice audio gadgets that will enhance your audio experience.  So no matter how you decide to listen to your tunes you will have plenty of choices.

Epishock – I have talked about OrigAudio and some of their products including the Rock-It 2.0, which used vibration technology to turn almost anything you can stick it to into a speaker.  It worked best with hollow objects like plastic cups or milk jugs.  Well OrigAudio has come up with a new product that revolutionizes vibration technology with the Epishock.  What is the Epishock you might ask?

-  Turn any flat surface into a booming loud speaker

-  Epishock is ten times more powerful than the Rock-It

-  Built in rechargeable lithium ion battery that will provide 6+ hours of play time

-  Daisy chain capability: The more speakers you connect..the louder and louder they get!

-  Sounds the best on glass, wood, MDF, metal, plastic, etc.

-  Works with ANY device that has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack: iPhones, Droids, laptops, blackberrys, iPads, tablets, etc.

-  Size: 2.4 x 2.4 inches

Price - $44.99 – Check out for more products and more information

Adapt - Outdoor Tech, creators of intelligently designed outdoor centric consumer electronic gear brings you the latest in their line of products that you probably want with the ADAPT.  Clip the lightweight device to your jeans or anywhere else and enjoy Bluetooth technology with your audio products.  This colorful plug and play device effortlessly syncs and provides hours of playtime. 

There’s an unlimited amount of products that the ADAPT is compatible with – from headphones, to speakers to home theater systems - the products become wireless and controlled directly from the ADAPT.  The ADAPT also features a built in mic so those headphones or earbuds without an inline mic are now fully functional for crystal clear calls. 

The days of being tethered to your mobile device with all your corded accessories is gone with this simple solution. The colorful variety ensures that you will find a shade to fit your style and with a built-in li-Polymer rechargeable battery you’ll be enjoying wireless connectivity for hours.  Charging is also a cinch with a micro USB charger included.

Price - $39.95 – Check out for more information and products


Awesome Product To Check Out


Now this last little nugget of awesomeness is an amazing piece of Science.  Growing up your parents probably had a little thing called Silly Putty.  It was fun it would bounce, stretch it out and it could copy things off a newspaper, but really it didn’t do a whole heck of a lot.  Well putty today had become super amazing thanks in part to Crazy Aaron’s Putty.  Crazy Aaron’s Putty isn’t just normal putty.  Sure you can bounce it, stretch it, but you can also SMASH IT to pieces.

He has putty that can change color from the heat of your hands, Putty that can be magnetized and even “swallow” the magnet if you let it sit with the putty.  Metallic colored putty and even putty that is clear glass when you take it out and after playing with it the putty becomes cloudy, after you allow it to rest it becomes clear again.

You need to check out and just see for yourself some of the amazing putty Aaron has to offer.  Plus the best part I believe is that his putty is made by people with special needs and it is made locally in the Philadelphia Suburbs. 



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