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  • Gadget of the Week - BossyMeet Bossy - the newest productivity gadget which blends the ever favorite sticky note together with Bluetooth technology for a cleaner and digital-optimized desk buddy.

    Bossy combines internet organization with a tactile satisfaction of finishing a task (like crumpling up a piece of paper or scratching an object off your to-do list). Bossy breaks up daily tasks into three top to-dos at a time, keeping you focused and enforcing prioritization.

    The gadget itself is structured with a soft, silicone surface. Your to-do items pop up on the surface of the device on a white background. Complete one, and it provides a "popping" sensation underneath your fingertip to indicate a job well done.

    Oh, and did you know it can also mute your distractions like your Twitter and Facebook feed notifications? Now, that's definitely something your average sticky note can't do!

    While Bossy appears to still be under further development, this is a product we hope to see up on Kickstarter in 2015.

    Learn more about Bossy here

     

     

     

     

  • Cardboard Smartphone Projector

    We all have that friend who insists that he show you the latest video, the one who passes around her phone so everyone at the party can get to see that too-cute picture of her puppy.

    Sharing images on phones has long been an inconvenience. Well, now there’s a cheap, inventive way to make huddling around a tiny smartphone screen a thing of the past.

  • ChefJet ProThis latest 3D printer is designed for... food. Print out candy in chocolate, vanilla, sour apple, watermelon and cherry. Choose or design your preferred shape, add in some water, sugar, and coloring, and then the ChefJet Prowill do the rest.

    This means designing everything from sugar sculptures, cocktail decorations, cake stands, interlocking candies, and more. It comes with a digital cookbook and software for a user-friendly experience.

    Learn more about the ChefJet Pro here.

  • Coravin Gadget of the Week

    Enjoy your bottles of wine one glass at a time, without ever removing the cork. Yes, Coravin is the unique wine system which allows you to access, pour, and enjoy your wine at any time without any fear of oxidation.

  • From barbecue to burgers to booze, everything tastes better with a little bit of smoke.

    But for years, the delicious, smoky flavor available in drinks at speakeasies and other serious watering holes was all-but impossible to attain in your own home kitchen.

    Enter The Smoking Box, part of the Crafthouse collection by Fortessa. This visually stunning piece of equipment promises to let everyone add rich, smoky depth to their favorite cocktails – no mixology certification required!

  • CuffCuff is the newest wearable piece of smart technology that keeps you safe and connected. This tiny device fits into a variety of jewelry, concealing it from obvious view. If you ever get in trouble, Cuff can be used to notify your friends and family that you are in trouble. It will notify them of your location, as well as audio of what is happening at the scene.

    Cuff can be customized to vibrate when someone important calls or when you accidentally leave your phone behind. It also monitors your fitness throughout the day, linking directly to the Cuff app on your phone to let you know how active you are, and how close you are to your personally set goals.

    Charge Cuff through their smart jewelry box at night, which can store and charge the device (and hold the rest of your Cuff-compatible jewelry!)

    Learn more about Cuff here

  • Driverless cars – also called self-driving cars, or autonomous cars – are all the rage right now in the tech world.

    A far cry from the science fiction vehicles of yesteryear, driverless cars are almosthere, give or take a few major hurdles standing in the way.

    What do you need to know about the next big thing in driving… or not driving, as the case may be?

    How Do Driverless Cars Work?

    One of the big questions that many consumers have about driverless cars is how exactly they work. It’s easy to see why this comes up again and again; in a lot of ways, the technology does still seem a little too good to be true. 

  • Gadget of the Week - Ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat (Source: ecobee.com)

    Everybody wants their home to be smarter, more efficient, and greener, but not everyone can afford to make those dreams a reality. For the cash-strapped Geek, there’s one option that offers exceptional features and a gorgeous design for an unparalleled price: The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat.

    A powerful “smart” thermostat for the more entry level geek, the Ecobee3 Lite is designed to integrate seamlessly into your home. It’s a hard-wired system, meaning that it’s compatible with most heating and cooling systems and won’t ever leave you scrambling to find a battery or replacement.

    Even better, the Ecobee3 Lite offers more smart home partnerships for the price than any other thermostat, according to CNet; your Ecobee3 Lite easily syncs up with the Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT, and Amazon Echo technologies.

  • Gadget of the Week - Eero

    Slow load times, sudden disconnections, endless buffering – for many of us (this writer included), getting a WiFi signal at home is a daily struggle. For some, the problem is so bad that they’re forced out into coffee shops or libraries for any online job bigger than a Google search.

    Shouldn’t WiFi work in our homes as well as it does in our offices? That’s the philosophy behind Eero, the new WiFi networking device system that promises to “blanket your home in fast, reliable WiFi.”

    How does it work? Unlike a typical home WiFi system – which relies on waves being broadcast from a single, central router – the Eero system creates a “wireless mesh network” with devices plugged in across your home.

  • Want a larger keyboard for your gadgets without all the heft? This bluetooth keyboard projector does just that. The Epic Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard projects a keyboard on a flat, opaque surface for your portable use. Talk about a gadget of the future!

    Learn more about the product here

  • Turn your handwritten notes into editable digital copies with the brand new Equil Smartpen 2. This regular pen with regular ink works on any type of paper you wish to use. The added bonus is that it has the ability to record your pen strokes and can recreate your notes/drawings into an editable computer file.

    Equil has the ability to sense even the most subtle difference in pressure between the pen tip and the paper. This information is stored directly within the pen until you transfer it to your compatible device (which includes Mac OS or Windows computers, Android or iOS tablets and handsets).

    It comes with a range of pen tips and colors for supreme versatility in writing - and yes, there is even a stylus option. The pen is rechargeable, going 8 hours on a single charge.

    It is paired with a software which seems to leave a little to be desired especially in terms of set-up, but the actual functionality of the pen is all that it claims to be.

    Click here or on the image for more information on the Equil Smartpen 2

  • Standing desks are now integrating with the tech world, thanks to Indieagogo-funded Ergo - the "world's first smart standing desk."

  • Often enough, figuring out temperatures is just a guessing game. And, as anyone who’s ever burned their hand on a stove, singed themselves on a hot iron, or waited for hours for an oven to heat up will tell you, it can be quite annoying when opting for “trial and error” goes wrong.

    There are all sorts of situations where a true “point-and-shoot” thermometer can come in handy – and the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 is the perfect tool for anyone looking for an affordable option to add to their toolkit.

  • Everything-Red

    Could your next gadget splurge actually help make the world a better place? Make your life easier and do some good by buying (RED)!

    Founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) is a charity organization that partners with brands and companies to raise money for the fight against AIDS around the world. According to the organization, (RED) has helped generate more than $465 million for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and in support of HIV/AIDS grants in countries around Africa.

  • Gadget of the Week - Father.IO Inceptor (Source: www.father.io)

    If you’re anything like our team here at Geek, you’re a massive fan of laser tag. What could be more fun than strapping on a pack and running through a dark, misty room, blasting away at your closest buddies?

    Father.IO has one idea that could make laser tag even better: Bring it into the real world.

    Billing itself as “the world's first real-life, massive multiplayer, first person shooter,” Father.IO uses localized maps and a handy peripheral, known as the Inceptor, to turn any smartphone into the ultimate gaming tool.

  • Gadget of the Week - Floatti Suitcase (Source: Floatti.com)

    When you’re in motion as much as our Geek team, you get used to some of the most frustrating sides of travel: The delayed flights, the long waiting times, the unexpected terrain, the misplaced bags, and all of the other little surprises and hassles that can make a sweet business trip feel sour. 

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have some luggage that came fully equipped to handle all of the ups and downs of traveling? Floatti, which bills itself as “the world’s first super suitcase,” is here to make your business trips more efficient and your family vacations more fun – by effortlessly bringing your bag into the digital age.

  • Gadget of the Week: FluidStance

    Working and moving haven't really mixed, until now. FluidStance brings constant movement to your workspace, allowing your feet to adjust to subtle yet constant movement designed to increase your range of motion and heart rate.

  • It’s no secret that the Geek team is a big fan of Amazon’s Alexa. We use the endlessly handy voice assistant to organize our schedules, blast out playlists, and conduct simple internet searches every single day, thanks to the Echo device we have stationed prominently in our office.

    But, for true Alexa addicts, just having the feature at home or at work isn’t enough. Sometimes, you need access to hands-free voice commands even when you’re on the go.

    Enter the Garmin Speak.

  • Gigs2Go is a flash drive pack that allows you to tear and share data with your friends at a moments notice.

    Made from recycled paper pulp, this inexpensive, credit card-sized flash drive pack is a fast, easy way to share large files.

    Packs come in a variety of options: "The Creative" (1GB tabs), "The Photographer" (8GB tabs), and "The Diplomat" (16GB tabs). You can further customize the tabs with your logo, or even pre-load data onto the tabs - such as your catalogs or sales materials.

    Eco-friendly, portable tech? What's not to like?

    Click here or on the image to learn more about Gigs2Go

  • Gadget of the Week - GoBone (Source: mygobone.com)

    Who says dogs can’t be geeks? Certainly not the makers of the GoBone, the cutting edge entertainment device built with dogs in mind.

    Rather than a TV or a tablet, the GoBone is an automated toy that you can set up and control remotely – meaning that even when you’re away, your dog can still play. Shaped like a bone and made from easy-to-clean, dog-friendly materials, the GoBone flips, rolls, and moves around on its own, challenging your dog to stay physically and mentally sharp.

    Feel like being a little more hands’ on? You can also use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control device, turning the GoBone into a fun interactive game. Owners can also customize their GoBone based around their dog’s unique needs, adjusting the gadget’s behavior to best suit their pup’s age, breed, and play style. Have a skittish pooch? You can also set the GoBone to “bonding mode” and let your doggo warm up to its new toy at its own pace.

Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).