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10 Fun, Geeky Gadgets Under $20

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Getting fun tech gear doesn’t have to break the bank. From VR headsets to tactical flashlights, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best tech deals on the Web, and they all on sale for under $20. Read on below for details.

1. Air Deck: 2-Pack

MSRP: $17.90

Sale Price: $13.99 (21% off)

Waterproof, lightweight, and ultra-durable, Air Deck playing cards are designed to keep up with you no matter where your travels take you. You can play poker by the pool or blackjack on the beach; either way, your Air Deck cards won’t fold.

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2. K-View VR Headset

MSRP: $99.99

Sale Price: $14.99 (85% off)

Designed for gaming on the go, the K-View VR Headset lets you take your VR adventures on the move with minimal hassle. It’s lightweight and compatible with almost all smartphones, and it boasts an adjustable focal distance up to 20mm.

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3. KlikR Universal Remote Control

MSRP: $29

Sale Price: $19.99 (31% off)

Stick this pocket-sized device on or next to any infrared remote controlled electronic product, and you can make it controllable from your smartphone. Plus, you can even give commands directly to your smartphone with voice control functionality for added convenience.

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4. Fiddle Stick

MSRP: $20

Sale Price: $14.99 (25% off)

Looking to burn off some excess energy and boost your concentration? This fiddle toy is packed to the brim with fidget features that can improve your focus, including a soft swivel joystick, loop, dot matrix, worry stone, lightswitch, rollerball, clicky buttons, smooth slider, and cogs.

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5. LED Flame Flicker Lightbulb

MSRP: $23.99

Sale Price: $14.99 (37% off)

Delivering all the ambiance of a fireplace with none of the risks, this futuristic bulb mimics flickering flames with a 1300K True Fire color temperature. It plugs in just like an ordinary bulb and can be set to a flickering mode like a flaming fire or a general, stable lighting mode for regular use.

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6. Electron Flow MFi-Certified Charging Cable

MSRP: $49.99

Sale Price: $19.99 (60% off)

If the people from TRON had iPhones, they would probably charge them with this cable. Three feet long and MFi-certified, this cable safely powers up your iPhone while emitting a bright neon light for some cyberpunk flair.

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7. Millennium Falcon Ice Molds

MSRP: $14.99

Sale Price: $9.99 (33% off)

Cooler than a carbonite prison, this dual silicone mold makes two fun, intricate ice Millennium Falcons. Pop these bad boys in your cocktails, and you’ll be drinking like a true intergalactic smuggler.

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8. Thermal Color Changing MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

 

MSRP: $29.99

Sale Price: $12.99 (56% off)

There’s no reason why your charging setup can’t be stylish. Fashioned from guilt-free vegan leather, these MFi-certified lightning cables change colors with the heat of your fingertips.

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9. Army Gear Tactical Flashlight: 2-Pack

MSRP: $59.99

Sale Price: $17.99 (70% off)

Housed in a weatherproof, indestructible and ultra-lightweight titanium alloy shell, these military-grade flashlights are capable of producing a powerful 800-lumen output that can be seen for miles. What’s more, you can use the tactical head to shatter glass or keep foes at bay in an emergency situation.

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10. Endoscopic Android Camera

MSRP: $49.99

Sale Price: $18.99 (62% off)

If you’ve ever had to fix a plugged drain, you understand that our hands, while nimble, aren’t made to be prodding around tight spaces. This one meter long, waterproof camera is a much better tool instead. Simply connect it to your Android or PC, and you can investigate narrow spaces you couldn’t normally reach.

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Nomad unveils its latest 2,800mAh battery for iPhone

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Nomad today announced the launch of an updated Battery Cable, which comes equipped with a slim 2,800 mAh battery to add a bit of extra juice to Apple’s iPhones and iPads.

The Battery Cable looks like a standard braided Nomad Lightning cable for the iPhone, but with the addition of a battery pack at one end that can be used for extra charging power when necessary.

Nomad’s 1.5M Battery Cable includes an integrated Nomad cable tie and support for passthrough charging, so you can charge up the battery while you charge your iPhone. Having the battery pack integrated into the cable is convenient because it ensures the battery is always full when you need it.

Compared to the original version of the Battery Cable, the new model has a higher capacity and a sturdier aluminum build.

Nomad’s Battery Cable can be purchased from the Nomad website for $49.95 starting today.

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Wi-Fi company Plume announces new mesh router technology

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Wi-Fi router startup Plume today announced an upgraded version of its mesh networking devices and a new subscription model for its customers. Plume first began selling its “Plume Pod” routers in late 2016, and today revealed a new tri-band router called the “SuperPod” (via The Verge).

Plume’s SuperPod works like any other mesh system, requiring users to connect the first Pod to their modem with an included ethernet cable. The rest serve as wall plugs that users permanently place in an outlet to enhance the Wi-Fi signal throughout their home. In comparison to the original dual band, four-channel model, SuperPod has a tri-band Wi-Fi radio with eight channels and two ethernet ports.

When connected and running, the SuperPod system learns the user’s home usage patterns “in a matter of days.” This means that the SuperPods will learn when you use Wi-Fi the most (getting news from a smart speaker in the morning or watching 4K films at night) and implement “Adaptive Wi-Fi” to actively optimize the network for more consistent speed and performance.

For users to take advantage of these features, they’ll have to subscribe to Plume. The company previously sold the Plume Pod without a subscription, but today is changing that by requiring customers to subscribe to its Adaptive Wi-Fi service before they can purchase a SuperPod, The Verge notes.

The service costs $60 per year and if users opt out of the subscription in a year’s time “the routers may not fully work,” although Plume CEO Fahri Diner said the company wouldn’t outright “brick” the devices if users decide not to pay down the line.

Diner says Plume wants to provide so many additional services as part of its subscription that customers will happily remain subscribed. “Our intent, our hope, is to make the decision a no-brainer,” Diner said in a phone call. “If the customer doesn’t want to renew, it won’t be because of the price. They will be unhappy for us for one reason or another.”

Plume is offering price discounts for it subscribers, however, selling a three-pack of its routers for $39, down from $179. Three packs come with two dual-band routers (the older models) and one tri-band router (the new model). In terms of adding supplemental Pods onto the system, the company will still sell its Plume Pod for $39 and the individual price for the new SuperPod is $99.

Potential customers can also choose to pay a flat $200 fee for a lifetime membership to the service, while existing Plume owners will be grandfathered in to the new features for free. Other features include parental controls, speed tests, service management, and “Plume HomePass.” This service creates unique Wi-Fi passwords personalized to guests when they visit. The iOS app can also detail Wi-Fi connections, freeze device connections to prevent kids from accessing the internet, data consumption charts, and more.

Wi-Fi mesh systems have become a popular solution for in-home Wi-Fi over the years, with options from companies like Linksys, Orbi, Eero, Google, and others. The technology is looking to expand as well, with the Wi-Fi Alliance in May announcing a new certification program called “EasyMesh,” which aims to allow users to build mesh networks in their homes across different brands.

For Plume, orders on the SuperPod will open June 15 and the device will begin shipping June 21.

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Microsoft officially announces its Xbox adaptive controller

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Microsoft’s previously announced Adaptive Controller for the Xbox is now available for pre-order for $100 USD and is expected to ship in September.

After an initial leak of the device, Microsoft has announced an Xbox controller designed for individuals with disabilities. The Adaptive Controler features two large buttons that can be programmed, as well as 19 jacks that allows connectivity with a range of joysticks, buttons, and switches compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

Its highlighted customization and connectivity aspects allow gamers to built a setup for all their needs, and although the peripheral won’t be for every game, with its system-level button remapping, its usage has endless possibilities to build upon for the gaming accessibility field.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will cost $99.99 USD and is slated to drop later this year.

In related news, a Black Panther-themed Xbox One X is coming.

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