Loki the Smart Wi-Fi Meat Thermometer Review


Not to be confused with Thor’s half- brother, this Loki is the high-tech gadget to make your grilling great!

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This gadget looks like it’s straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s actually a useful tool for cooking. This sphere with a glowing ring is a meat thermometer that works with your smart phone to tell you when your meat is exactly the right temperature.

What’s in the Loki Box?

The carrying case is very classy. It has a hard shell covered with a mesh-type material, and it zips shut. The foam is shaped to hold everything, although, after it’s used I think the foam could come out, as it’s hard to fit everything back in perfectly. When you unzip the case, you’ll find:

  • A magnetic Loki Sphere
  • 1 Loki Probe (extras purchased separately)
  • 9 volt battery
  • 6 foot USB cable
  • Wall power supply

The Loki Sphere

The Loki Sphere is magnetic, which makes it great for sticking to your oven or metallic grill. It has a flat bottom so you could just place it on a table as well. The dimensions of the sphere are 2.85″ x 2.85″ x 2.4″.

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Each port, which is actually color coded, will fit a different probe if you are doing up to four different meats at the same time. The LED color ring will light up different colors when the meat is done. There’s also a port for USB charging if you don’t want to use the 9 volt battery to power the sphere.

The Loki App

When you are ready to use Loki, you’ll need to download the app and pair Loki with your wi-fi. A 2.4gHz network is required. I have seen reviews where people had issues with pairing. My wi-fi network picked up Loki immediately.

I had problems installing the app on my Samsung Galaxy S7, but I think it might have more to do with my stupid phone, which I’m going to be upgrading soon. On TechnoMark’s LG G6 phone, the app installed perfectly.

The app is nice. It allows you to determine the right temperature to cook your meat up, find recipes, and share photos on social media. Most importantly, it will help you determine cooking time, and let you know when your meat is done if you don’t want to hang around and watch the cook. Here is more info on the app.

Purchasing Loki

On the Loki site, it’s currently on sale for $129. This is a good time to purchase- just in time for Thanksgiving. If you want more than one probe, you’ll have to purchase them separately. The probes are also on sale for $19. You can buy a bundle with all four probes for $219 on Amazon, but that’s more than you would spend if you got everything on sale at the Loki site. That price might make sense if/when the sale stops. You would also get free shipping through the Loki site.

Disclaimer: We received a free product for the purpose of our review. No other compensation has been given.

PowerUP 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane

This is a fun Christmas gift for the hobbyist in your life. The PowerUP 3.0 kit will allow you to take paper airplanes to a whole new level!

This project started out on KickStarter several years ago. The inventor is a pilot. It was originally iPhone only, which is limiting for some people, but now there is an app for Android. Some Android users report having issues with app connectivity on Android. The box says it works for iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 3rd Gen or newer and iPad Mini. Android version 4.3 or newer with Bluetooth 4.0 devices are supposed to be what works for those phones. If you have issues connecting, it is suggested to turn off Wi-Fi on your phone.

With the app on your smartphone, you can control the rudder by simply moving your phone from side to side. You can also control the throttle on the app by sliding it up and down.

Now the plane won’t fly with a propeller and rudder alone. You have to make sure that you make a good paper airplane, of course. Just in case you are a visual learner, there are YouTube videos on how to make the planes.

 

Each kit comes with

  • The PowerUP 3.0 smart module
  • 4 printed templates(including the Cardinal template as shown above)
  • Instructions for 2 airplane designs
  • Spare propeller
  • Spare rudder
  • Quick start guide
  • Micro USB charging cable

You can also download airplane designs for free on the PowerUp Toys website.

The battery life lasts up to 10 minutes per charge, and you can control it to around 200 feet. It’s carbon fiber body is sturdy and made to withstand some crashes, but you can buy replacement parts for $10. Also available for purchase are waterproof templates- which can be useful if you live in a humid area.

The basic kits are $50. For $20 more, you can get another kit for dogfights. People may balk at the $50 price tag, but for this novelty item, it may be worth it if you are looking for something more than a drone.

Thanks to PowerUP for sending us a kit for review. Our reviews are not influenced by the companies we review for.

Lovehandle Gives you a Handle on Your Phone

LoveHandle is a company out of Texas that gives its customers a stylish way to keep a grip on their phones. LoveHandle has been around for a while, but this is the first that we’ve heard of it. So here’s our review of this product.

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The 2.5″ x 1″ dimensions on the LoveHandle grip for phones make it a great size for slipping into pockets. Those round products that are out on the market for gripping phones seem to be all the rage these days, but this one will give you the ability to securely hold your phone and be able to carry other things in your hand as well. With many colors and styles to choose from, you can make LoveHandle your own.

Installing/Removing LoveHandle

Installation is easy. Once you clean your phone backing, simply figure out where you want the grip to be. The 3M adhesive has removable backing, and it’s easy to remove and stick on. When you want to remove it, dental floss, a credit card, or blunt knife can lift it off. Any remaining residue will easily roll off as you rub your fingers over it.

Other Aspects of LoveHandle

LoveHandle also comes in larger sizes for tablets. You can customize them with your own designs as well. Businesses looking for swag to give out can personalize them and get a discount on bulk orders.

You can also get this phone mount to slide your LoveHandle on for placing on your dashboard, wall, or wherever you want to mount your device.

This old commercial for LoveHandle is a must-watch

The prices for the LoveHandles vary with size and pattern, but you can check out your options on the LoveHandle website. There’s a lot to choose from- anything from floral to camo, and more!

Thanks to LoveHandle for sending us some product to review. All opinions on our site our solely our own, and are not influenced from any companies who send us products.

 

 

Nixplay Seed Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame

I remember a time when digital photo frames were all the rage. They seem to be making a comeback these days. They’re a lot more digitally apt than the ones we had way back when. Here’s the last digital frame I reviewed. The frame we’re reviewing today is the Nixplay Seed WiFi Cloud Frame.

photo credit: Nixplay

The specific model we got to review is the 13 inch widescreen monitor. There are other options, which I’ll touch on later, but we’re reviewing this one currently. The 13.23(w) x 8.39(h) x 1.30 inches(d) frame, with a weight of 730 grams will fit nicely on a coffee table, desk or wall. This frame does not use SD cards or any external thumb drives. Instead, it works all on Wi-Fi/Cloud-based. This has its pros and cons. Obviously, you’ll need a Wi-fi connection in order for it to work. On the other hand, you’ll never run out of room.

This frame features instant sharing with the Nixplay app or e-mail. This frame would make a perfect gift for grandparents who aren’t technologically savvy. You can put pictures on their frames from far away. It also features a high resolution display, and a motion sensor to save power when you’re not in the room. You can display it in landscape or portrait mode.

It supports JPEG and PNG photos with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. A speaker on the back will allow you to listen to music with your picture slideshow. Also a nice feature is that it smartly adjusts to the lighting in your room, so you will always see the pictures at their best. The power cable also doubles as a stand that works in either orientation.

We can recommend the Nixplay Seed digital frame. It does come in different sizes and colors, but in the biggest size(13.3 inches), it is only available in black for now. $209.99 will buy this frame, although there is a discount on their website if you buy multiples through the 4th of November. We would suggest getting in on this deal right away!

Thanks to Nixplay for sending us this product to review. Our honest opinions and views are not based on any compensation.

Wow! It’s the Waterproof WOW-SOUND Speaker!

World of Watersports (WOW) has come out with a speaker for those who like to live on the water.The company is known for making inflatable products for the water, but they’re throwing their hat into the speaker ring. We’ve been given the opportunity to try this baby out.

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WOW-SOUND Speaker Features

The first thing you are going to notice about the WOW-SOUND is the size. This thing is 9.8 x 9.8 x 8.8 inches in dimension, and about five pounds. I’m thinking it might have something to do with the battery life- which depending on the use, could last up to 50 hours. It does have four 2 inch Neodymium speakers in a 360 degree fashion, and also a 4 inch passive bass on top under the handle.

You wouldn’t expect this thing to be able to float, but it does! There’s also the 360 led white light around the bottom that has 3 different brightness settings.

What’s in the WOW-SOUND Box?

You get an inflatable holder for your speaker. The speaker is made to float, but it doesn’t sit directly on top of the water. A little submersion of the speakers distorts the sound a little, so the floaty helps.

You also get a floating, waterproof phone holder. I think that was brilliant to include. Gotta keep the device that holds your tunes dry and safe as well. A charging cord is included. Keep this thing in a safe place. It’s not the usual micro- USB charger, so you don’t want to let this thing wander away.

And you also get a manual- though this speaker is pretty self-explanatory and sets up easily right out of the box.

The Good and the Bad of the WOW-SOUND

I think this speaker has some great sound. I listened to some Pentatonix on it, and the music was crisp and clean with great bass. There have been complaints that the speaker doesn’t get that loud, but it filled up my house.

If you are in a large outdoor area, far away from your speaker, maybe you’d like it to be louder. It CAN be paired with another WOW speaker, but that could get spendy.

The speaker is meant to be able to fit in a cup holder, but I think with the circumference of this thing that it might not make a good fit for cup holders. That’s not really the end of the world, though.

With the length of the battery life, I would like to see the ability for this speaker to charge other devices. There’s not an option to do so, however. All- around, I do think this is a great product for the outdoors- at the beach or the pool. You can get it for $206.77 on Amazon. 

Thanks to WOW for sending us this product to review. Our opinion is our own, and has not been influenced in any way by the company.

Eufy Spaceview Baby Monitor Review

It’s been several years since we’ve reviewed a baby monitor. We’ve reviewed various security cameras, and this product from EUFY is similar to what I’ve seen, but it also has some nice features. So without further ado, the Spaceview Baby Monitor.

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Spaceview Baby Monitor and Camera Features

The Spaceview Baby Monitor is a very futuristic looking device that keeps watch over your little one while you are not in the room. It consists of the Spaceview Baby Camera that gives you a 330 degree view of the room. It has a 110 degree vertical tilt to allow a view from down low to up high. A wide angle lens is included to give you the option of a wider view if you’d like. A 720p resolution gives you clarity that other baby monitors don’t have. There is also the 2x zoom feature.

The Eufy Spaceview Baby Monitor itself has some great features. A five inch screen allows you to see more of your precious baby. A mic and speaker are built into both products so you can have two way communication.

A smart alert allows you to set the volume at which you want to be notified if attention is needed. This is great for parents who don’t want to be woken up for every breath and movement. Also, you can see what the temperature in baby’s room is at all times. This monitor has a long lasting rechargeable battery, so you can take it all over your house without being tethered to a power cord.

What’s in the Box?

Besides the monitor, camera, and wide-angle lens, you also get a sturdy wall-mount to set the camera on. I wouldn’t suggest the corner by the crib, though, as is pictured on the box. It has a cord running down, and when baby gets older, that thing will get tugged on.

There are plenty other options you could use for mounting, though. Two micro USB charging cables, mounting screws, 2 AC power chargers, and the usual instruction manual also comes in the box. The product is simple to set up, and you can use it right out of the box.

Should you buy the Spaceview Baby Monitor?

This high-tech gadget would be a great gift for future parents of little ones. The price tag is more than the average baby monitor at $169.99 on the EUFY site, but the security and craftsmanship is worth it for those who are seeking a high quality product.

Disclaimer- The views of this review are not influenced by the company in any way. We were sent a free model to review in exchange for our unbiased and honest opinion.

RapidX X4 Home Super Compact 4-Port Charger

The Geek Church has had an opportunity to review RapidX products in the past. The product we’re reviewing today from RapidX is a 4-port charger for your home and office.

photo credit: RapidX

The X4 charger is basically a station where you can charge all your products in one place. It has 3 USB- A ports, and 1 type-C port. The power adapter converts down the 110V from the power source. This will send only 14 volts to the charger. You still get the full charging speed, but it will provide a better, safer charge than other charging stations that run the 110+ Volts directly to the charging devices.

When you purchase the $39.99 device, you are getting the choice of a black or white alloy finished device. A portable stand that can be mounted to different surfaces like the wall or desk will hold the charger in place. It also has a six foot long cord so you can run it anywhere. The small size (4 inches by 0.87 inches) also has a benefit over desk charging ports that are less expensive.

If this is something you need in your life, visit the RapidX website.

RapidX sent us this product for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Headset Review

Here we go with another gaming headset review. This one is the new Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Headset. We’ve been the recipients of some Turtle Beach products in the past. The most recent was the Ear Force Recon Chat headset. These headphones are on the higher end of the spectrum of gaming headphones.

photo credit:Turtle Beach

What you get With the Elite Atlas Headset

In the box, you will see

  • The Gaming Headset for PC(also works with other gaming systems and mobile devices)
  • Headset audio cable with inline controls
  • PC splitter cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Removable microphone
  • Turtle Beach sticker

Elite Atlas Headset Build and Comfort

The headset has a great build. The ear cups are soft and very padded. The material on them gives the wearer a long lasting comfort to wear for hours. The headband is nicely padded and very giving. They are flexible and durable. The removable microphone is easy to adjust and twists and molds into different positions suitable to the user. The ProSpecs™ design will eliminate pressure on those who wear glasses.

Elite Atlas Headset Sound

Because of the padding of the earcups, the headphones are great for blocking out other noises. With the 50mm Nanoclear speakers, you get quality sound. The braided wired cord does make a little noise when it brushes your clothes, but it’s only noticeable when there is no other sound coming through the headphones. Truspeak™ technology gives the microphone excellent sound quality.

For $99, these quality gaming headphones have great sound, and I think they would make a great Christmas gift for the gamer in your life. You can check them out some more on the Turtle Beach website, and get free shipping there as well.

Disclaimer: Turtle Beach sent this free product to TheGeekChurch in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received, and this review is not influenced in anyway by the company.

The Presidio Grip Case and Toast Wood Cover Review

I’m doing a review tonight that is a combo of different companies. One is a case, and one is a skin. Yeah, kind of a weird mash-up, but this is what I’m going with. They both have to do with phones, so here you go:

Presidio Grip

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This case, available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $44.95  protects your phone while preventing slips. It has a rubberized surface with texture for easy grip. This case is drop tested up to 10 feet.

It comes in many different colors, and is actually available for many different types of phones. For the Galaxy Note 9, it comes in this Microchip Grey/Ballpoint Blue, Black/Black, Charcoal Grey/Graphite Grey, Eclipse Blue/Carbon Black, and Black/Dark Poppy Red. Check it out for your Note 9 and more on the Speck site.

The Toast Wood Cover

This product is different than most phone accessories we have reviewed.  It’s not quite a protective case, but it’s a little more durable than a skin. This adhesive product basically sticks to your phone, buttons and camera- giving it a real wood texture that can be customized.

We’ve reviewed this product in the past for different iPhones, and even the Surface Pro. Fans of the past Toast skins will like that you can now get one for the iPhone X / XS / XR / and XS Max.

The cases start at $34.00, but you can add little customized things for slightly more. There are different wood combos you can choose for the cover and buttons. The colors come in Walnut, Ash, and Ebony. The thing that I like about the cover is that it has that nice wood smell.

If you want to see all the styles you can add to this beautiful skin, check the Toast site out.

Both of these products were sent to us free of charge in exchange for our unbiased and honest reviews. No other compensation was given.

Nomad Cases Offer Stylish Ways to Protect Your iPhone: Rugged Case, Rugged Folio, Rugged Tri-Folio, and Carbon Case

If you are interested in “seeking adventure” and protecting your new iPhones, we have some cases from Nomad to introduce to you. Nomad is a company that we’ve reviewed in the past. Today, we’ll be showcasing four different cases.

The Nomad Rugged Case

all photos credited to Nomad

The Rugged case protects phones from 6 foot drops while looking stylish and rugged. It is made of Horween leather, which weathers with a patina over time. It also has a sleek rubber bumper on the edges. We have reviewed similar cases in the past, but this case for the newest iPhones are made to be 33 percent thinner. This will give you some better portability. They also have the ability to be charged wirelessly. These are available in black or brown for $44.95 on the Nomad site.

The Nomad Rugged Folio

Also made of Horween leather, this case gives you a little extra. The fold-over front will hold up to three credit cards, or drivers’ license, etc. There is also a slot for cash. It is recommended that you get a screen protector to protect from potential scratches should you choose to store cards. This case is available for $59.95 for new iPhones in black and rustic brown.

The Nomad Rugged Tri-Folio

For $79.95, you can go another step up and do the tri-fold case. There isn’t much more to this one besides another card slot, and an extra fold with another cash slot. This one would probably negate the need for a screen protector since your cards aren’t scratching up the screen.

 

The Nomad Carbon Case

This case looks pretty basic, but it does have a sleek design, and protection from up to a six foot drop as well. It mostly has a semi-gloss, satin finish, but it also has 1/4 matte finish. This case is strong and sturdy, but also thin and lightweight. $34.95 will buy this case for the iPhone X, XR and XS Max. 

So there are some more great cases from a good company to consider for Christmas gifts.
Thanks to Nomad for sending us some product to test in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.