[Video] Holiday Travel Boredom Buster Mobile Hotspot

[Video] Holiday Travel Boredom Buster Mobile Hotspot

I took the AT&T Unite Pro by NETGEAR for a test drive through the back roads of Georgia. Having a mobile hotspot was really sweet on a road trip.

Holiday Travel Boredom Buster Solution

In our high-tech world it’s easy to bust the boredom during holiday travel. Planes, trains, and automobiles are the perfect place to have a mobile hotspot on hand for all the mobile devices. Save the expense of connecting to a public or airport network or spotty connection with your own mobile hotspot. (more…)

IOGear Mobile Charger Review

IOGear Mobile Charger Review

Being a family of gadgets junkies requires lots of device recharging. We have phones, tablets, laptops, and handheld games so there is almost a constant need. But there isn’t always an outlet available to recharge a dying phone or  tablet. This is especially true on a road trip so a mobile charger comes in handy.

I was thrilled when I was asked to review the IOGear On the Go Charging duel mobile  device charger below. The dual charger was perfect for us because we have gadgets times three.



For example, if my son gets his hands on my cell phone to play a game while we are waiting in a restaurant I know the battery is going to be drained quickly. A charger comes in handy and I don’t have to search for an outlet. The same thing  happens when I’m using my phone to take pictures and upload them to Facebook,  Instagram or Pinterest. The battery gets drained quickly.

I’m happy I have this device charger now because those problems go away. It is small enough to fit in my purse so I can charge my phone on the go. I even charged my Bluetooth device with it.

Overall it’s about the size of your hand and is a slim design. It retails for $79 for the duel charger and $59 for the single charger, but you can get it on sale over at Amazon.com. There are two slots that can be used to charge two devices at once. There is a third slot to charge the mobile charger itself.


To charge a gadget I connect with the cord that it came with or use the cord that came with the gadget. Next, I press the button located on the top of the charger. The green lights comes on so I know it is charging. There are four lights that indicate how much power the charger has. It will show all for if fully charged then go down to three, two, or one as the power is drained.


Overall I am very excited about this new toy. I show it to everyone because I think it’s so cool. Most people want to know what it is then the light bulb goes off when I explain it. I’m sure I’ll let people charge their devices if they need to because it sucks to be down to your last bar.

I can confidently recommend it to you because I’ve used it and know it’s a solid piece of gadgetry. Busy moms like us don’t have time to deal with a dead phone, now do we?

I received this charger to test at no cost to me. However, the review is my honest opinion.

Check Your Kid’s Fever with Your Cell Phone?

Check Your Kid’s Fever with Your Cell Phone?

I don’t usually talk about technology or apps even though I love all things techie. But I had to share info about a new infrared thermometer invention for smartphones. Just the other day I wondered if that kind of technology would ever happen. You know like they do it in Star Trek.

Seems the inventor, Dr. Jacob Fraden, of the popular ThermoScan thermometers has done that. I can’t explain all the juicy details so here it is from Dr. Fraden:

the Fraden Smartphone Sensing patented technology and IP (Intellectual Property) employs a non-contact infrared sensor built into a smartphone or tablet to instantly and accurately measure patient temperature in less than one second with absolutely no contact with the human body.  A priceless feature for parents with small children, nurses, doctors, caregivers or anyone that has ever had trouble taking a temperature, the sensor accurately detects infrared signals that naturally emanate from any surface.  Just aim the smartphone at the face and it automatically takes the internal body temperature.  A small infrared lens is positioned near the camera lens, with no protruding parts, making the device appear identical to existing smartphones. 


The sensor’s wide range, from -22 ºF to +400ºF, offers broad applications in taking temperatures of not only humans, but also of inanimate objects in the home environment, such as kitchen (cooking and refrigeration), bathroom (baby bath water temperature), school (science class), and industry (automotive and production machinery, chemical processes, energy management, and construction).


“Most smartphone models differ little from one another, with only small evolutionary changes.  The vendor with breakthrough functions for real world everyday use, like reading a child’s temperature, can distance themselves from their competitors.  We believe this new patent can be a significant competitive differentiator for a smartphone manufacturer,” said Dr. Jacob Fraden, President of Fraden Corporation, a co-inventor of the technology and expert in non-contact temperature measurements, a holder of over 50 patents and the inventor of the popular Thermoscan ear thermometer.”

I don’t know when it will become widely available so keep a look out for it. Pretty cool, huh?

Here are some basic and mom-friendly details:

Fraden Infrared Thermometer for Smartphone Technology Features:

·        Patented technology – U.S. issued and world pending patents.

·        No comparable products on the market – a great differentiator for the smartphone industry.

·        Minimal incremental cost.

·        Non-protruding, works with digital camera in smartphone.

·        Quick time to market.

·        Very easy to use.

·        Instant response, less than 1 second.

·        Computes the body’s inner temperature (medical mode).

·        Clinical accuracy meets ISO standards.

·        Measures temperatures of inanimate objects (food, water, buildings, machinery, circuit boards, etc.).

·        Small (2.5 mm) infrared (IR) lens is located next to the digital camera lens.

·        Technology is expandable to thermal imaging, UV and EMF pollution exposure and others.