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Gear Diary’s Best of CES 2020 Awards

Another CES has come and gone, and as we have in the past, we’ve sorted through hundreds upon hundreds of products to bring you the ones we thought were the most exciting, useful, disruptive, or clever. Take a look at our Best of CES 2020 award picks, and see what you think!


Segway-Ninebot Unveils Futuristic New Personal Transportation Options

Remember the scene in Jurassic World where the protagonists tour the island and —spoiler alert — are eventually attacked by dinosaurs inside futuristic-looking gyrospheres?  Well, Segway was inspired by these vehicles to create the Segway S-Pod, a safe, self-balancing personal transportation vehicle built for enclosed campuses like airports and malls.  Segway-Ninebot is also debuting the new Kickscooter Air T15 as well.


Segway Ninebot Poised to Debut New eScooter and eMoped at CES 2020

Having already established itself as a leader in “last mile” innovation, Segway Ninebot plans to expand its foothold on the market with two brand new electric micro-mobility vehicles in 2020.  The Ninebot eMoped and Ninebot eScooter will help travelers get from point A to point B much more efficiently and cost-effectively thanks to intelligent safety features.


For Better or Worse, the Mustang Mach-E Is (Quietly) Coming This Sunday!

Ford recently trimmed down their sedan offerings to the Fiesta, Fusion, and of course, Mustang. Otherwise, it’s all SUV and trucks, all the time. This raised some eyebrows, especially with pressure and shifts to electric and hybrid vehicles, but Ford has an interesting solution. What if you reimagined the Mustang … as an electric SUV?


Woken Compostable Espresso Pods Remove the Single-Serve-Coffee-Making Guilt

Everyone likes the convenience and choice offered by using a single-serve coffee maker, right? But one of the biggest problems is that single-serve coffee makers produce unrecyclable waste. Some coffee pod makers offer to recycle used pods, but you have to return those used pods to them. Woken Coffee makes user compostable pods that reduce waste with minimal effort.



Birksun Boost 2 Solar Backpack: Clean Power on the Go

I split my time between writing freelance, playing music, and helping my entrepreneur wife run her makerspace. So as you can imagine, I’m on the go a lot. I visit a steady rotation of local cafes, bookstores, and libraries — laptop and smartphone in hand so I can do my work, stay in contact with clients, and work on music.



2018 Lexus LS 500h: Living Green in the Lap of Luxury

This is the most incredible experience I have had in my 20 years reviewing new vehicles…and that is just the audio system. The stereo is the new Mark Levinson 3D sound system complete with 24 speakers and 2,400 watts of power, and the car is the 2018 Lexus LS 500h luxury hybrid sedan.


2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan Is the Perfect Family Vehicle

Sorry, but I make no apologies for liking minivans. I find them the absolute best overall vehicle for hauling every member of the family including (grandma and Fido) as well as everything you can fit in a few baskets at the big box stores. Combine that with awesome fuel economy and comfort and you have the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.


2018 BMW i3s Electrifies Luxury

Truly one of the most unique vehicles I have driven in some time, the 2018 i3s from BMW was as fun as it was quirky, and all the while quite impressive. Think of a luxury electric golf cart with windows and infotainment center and add an onboard power generator to calm range anxieties.


2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Is the Way to Go…Everywhere

A while back, I recommended the new Acura MDX to those of you shopping for a new premium utility vehicle. Now less than a year later, I am back to recommend its greener sibling, the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid complete with four motors and electronic all-wheel drive.



2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Is a True Contender

Somewhere between Iconic and Ironic in Wikipedia you will find the Hyundai Ioniq. What the heck is Ioniq, you ask? This is the new hybrid vehicle from Korean automaker Hyundai that will give the iconic Prius a real run for its money.


2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Is Toyota’s Best Family Utility Vehicle Yet

Toyota rolled out the third-generation Highlander utility vehicle in gas and hybrid form a few years back and the automaker – and consumers – couldn’t be happier. It appears Toyota actually listened as they ironed out all the little kinks and quips with the previous generation model and they proved just that with our recent 2017 Highlander Hybrid tester.



2017 Kia Niro Is a Hybrid Hit

Kia has been in the hybrid gas/electric propulsion game for about six years now and for 2017 they have released the brand’s first dedicated hybrid model dubbed Niro. The Kia Niro is described as an urban crossover hybrid vehicle that combines utility with excellent fuel economy.


This Gadget Turns Food Scraps to Compost in 24 Hours

Many eco-minded people argue if you want to get serious about reducing your waste, it’s necessary to have a compost pile for the food waste. However, composting can be complicated, and it could take over a year to bring a compost heap to fruition depending on how involved you are in the process.



Mistbox Brings Evaporative Cooling to the Home to Reduce Cooling Energy Costs

Mistbox was invented to help your air conditioner keep up with the heat while also saving you money on energy costs. Using evaporative cooling, Mistbox creates a fine mist around your AC unit to cool the surrounding air, therefore allowing your AC unit to work less. With a built-in solar panel, Mistbox recharges itself. Purchase yours from Mistbox or Lowes.


2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Finally!

What do you get when you drop a Toyota RAV4 body on a Prius powertrain? The RAV4 Hybrid. And surprisingly, even though both RAV4 and Prius have been on the market for some time, it was not until this past year Toyota put the two together to form the newest gas/electric hybrid vehicle in its showroom.