Articles by Perry Brauner

The Solo New York Altitude Backpack Is Ready for the Streets

We’re back with another Solo New York backpack review! This time we’re taking a look at the Altitude backpack; a bag made of lightweight parachute nylon, featuring protective pockets for all of your electronics. With aviator-inspired hardware and military-grade Velcro for attaching the included “New York” patch, the Altitude backpack is built for the streets. The Altitude retails at $79.99.


Cocoon Cam Clarity Will Bring Peace of Mind to Parents Everywhere

As a father of two young children, I know all too well the fear that all new parents have:  “Is my baby breathing?”  Cocoon Cam looks to ease all parents’ minds with their new innovative baby monitor, the Cocoon Cam Clarity.  The Clarity will be available for pre-order in Spring 2018 and will officially launch soon thereafter. 


SharkNinja Makes Adulting Fun with Their New Coffee Bar and IONFlex Vacuum

In July, our lives changed forever. We welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our family, but we lost our sleep and our clean, spotless floors. Luckily, SharkNinja’s newest products had us covered. Their sleek and functional Ninja Coffee Bar provided the energy we desperately needed while the Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean vacuum effortlessly restored order in the house.


SOLIS Debuts Impressive, Gorgeous Speakers

2017 was a big year for SOLIS, who debuted a number of attractive, connected, and stellar-sounding speakers.   From portable, smart Bluetooth speakers to gorgeous vacuum tube amplifiers, SOLIS has every audiophile covered. I had the pleasure of testing two of their offerings in my home and came away impressed. Read on to hear about the SO-3000 and the SO-8000.


Gear Diary’s Home Tech Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, with so many gifts out there and so many different wants, needs, opinions, and deals. To help our readers make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of great home tech gifts that you can turn to in your time of need. We have personal experience with each gift we’re recommending.


SharkNinja Rolls Out High-Tech Home Gadgets in Time for the Holidays

If you’re looking to shower your family or friends with high-tech gadgets to help in the home or kitchen, look no further than SharkNinja. Featuring everything from a robotic vacuum to a jack-of-all-trades kitchen system, SharkNinja has something for all of your loved ones. Read on to hear more about their new products, including a first-hand review of two!


Is Facebook Spying on You? Probably. Maybe?

Recently, Reply All, a podcast from Gimlet Media about the Internet, published a podcast centered around Facebook and its notoriously shady data collection practices, titled “Is Facebook Spying on You?” Users noticing strange coincidences regarding Facebook’s targeted ads are left wondering whether Facebook has been listening to their conversations through their smartphone’s microphone without their knowledge.


Eero Gen. 2: Still My Number 1 Whole Home WiFi System

Eero is back again with their 2nd generation hardware and they remain my favorite whole home WiFi system. Packing tri-band WiFi radios with wall-to-wall coverage and featuring eero’s typical easy-as-heck setup, you can’t go wrong. In the quest for the best WiFi system for your home, you can stop looking once you’ve found eero. Read on to find out why.


The Ring Video Doorbell Pro Is the Doorbell Every Home Deserves

We all want to feel safe and secure in our homes, and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a great place to start. With Ring, you can always keep an eye on your front door, even when you’re out of the country. Featuring motion sensors, infrared night vision, and two-way talk capabilities, Ring is the perfect 24/7 security guard.


Need to Paint It Black? Try BlackPods to Re-Finish your Apple AirPods

I’m a huge fan of my Apple Airpods. They’re small, light, and sound great for everyday use. But I wanted to differentiate myself from every other guy on the streets of New York City. Enter BlackPods, a New Jersey-based customization service that beautifully re-finishes those stark white AirPods Black.



The Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Kit: Fun to Fly, and a Price You Can Afford

I’ve piloted a number of drones in my day, and I have to say that the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV surprised me. Equipped with a 1080P video camera that can take 14-megapixel stills, a capable remote controller, and first-person-view glasses, the Bebop 2 FPV competes with the big boys when it comes to specs, footage, and fun.


The X-Doria Action Band Is a Terrific Third-Party Apple Watch Band

If you’re not enamored with the simple design of Apple’s watchbands or if you’d rather not spend $49, X-Doria has a great option for you. X-Doria’s Action Bands have a cool dual-color design and are made of soft, comfortable silicon with metal clasp and buckle. Best of all, they’re about $15 cheaper than Apple’s bands, at $34.95.


STATE Optical Co. Is Making Gorgeous Luxury Eyewear Right Here in the USA

Nothing says summer like a new pair of shades. If you’re looking for a great pair of American-made luxury sunglasses, look no further than STATE Optical Co. They are super high quality, beautifully designed, and made in Chicago. Fighting against notorious eyewear mega-corporations like Luxottica, STATE Optical is a breath of fresh air in a crowded market.


Airthings Wave Is the Most User Friendly Radon Detector on the Market

Like it or not, we live in a dangerous world. Some dangers are obvious and some dangers are unseen. Airthings developed the Wave in order to keep your family safe from one of the world’s silent killers, Radon. Syncing with a companion app via Bluetooth, Wave can keep track of temperature, humidity, and radon levels in your home.


Parrot Makes Fathers Day Gift Giving Simple and Fun

Are you looking for a last minute Fathers Day gift? Look no further than Parrot, as they have everything a tech-loving dad could want. Drones from toy, to consumer, to prosumer levels, headphones, and connected gardening solutions, Parrot has something for everyone. Check out the list below for our suggestions, but be sure to check out Parrot’s website for more.



Belkin Has You Covered for Father’s Day and Graduation

Belkin, one of the world’s leading mobile accessory manufacturers, has released a few new accessories that you should keep your eyes on. They’re perfect for Apple Watch users and travelers alike. From new Apple Watch bands, to charging docks that charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time, to a battery pack/surge protector, Belkin has you covered.


Long Haired Boy Makes a Fine Electric Skateboard

His name is Damon Wood, but he goes by Long Haired Boy or LHB for short. He’s the owner and mad scientist behind Long Haired Boy Fine Electric Skateboards, a company that designs and handcrafts the most badass electric skateboards. Starting at around $1,800, LHB will build you a completely custom electric skateboard to your specifications.



The Solo Rival Backpack: There’s a Place for Everything

The tagline for the Solo Rival Backpack should be “There’s a place for everything,” because that’s exactly how I felt when I took it on a trip recently. Though plain on the outside, the inside of this bag offers a slew of organizational features waiting to be utilized by the tech-enthusiast traveler. At $79.99, the Solo Rival offers serious value.