Wuvo Spot helps you keep track of stuff

I was recently given a chance to test the new Wuvo Spot, which is a Bluetooth device that allows you to track and find things. My hilarious husband suggested I put it on my phone, which wouldn’t work very well, since you need the phone app to find the Spot. Anyway…

I decided to put the Spot in my briefcase. The setup was quick and easy. I downloaded the app, connected it to the Spot, and headed out to work.

Wuvo Spot tracker
Wuvo Spot tracker

The Wuvo Spot’s main selling points are low price and ease of use.

One Spot is $29.95, and you can buy 10 Spots for $99.95. If you need to keep track of lots of things, the bundle is definitely the way to go. You could put them on bags, wallets, keys, cars, kids, cats, dogs… Pretty much anything.

The Spot is quite easy to use, as well. Pairing and setup were quick and simple. If you’ve used another Bluetooth phone accessory, you’re already familiar with the pairing process. The app is easy to use, and you can set up preferences as to how far away you can get from your Spot before receiving an alert that it’s out of range.

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Wuvo on a bag

If your Spot/item does get lost, you can find its last known location in the app. If somebody finds it, they can notify you online by entering the unique Spot code on the Wuvo web site. Since I haven’t lost my Spot yet, I don’t know how well the lost-and-found system works.

The Review

The only problem I had with my Wuvo Spot was that it devoured my iPhone battery. After just a few hours of use, my battery was down to 20%. I suspect this was due to the constant Bluetooth communication between the Spot and the phone, and the need to have location services enabled. I looked for a place to change the location settings so the feature was only enabled during use of the app, but it looked like the only choices were always/never. Perhaps Wuvo will change this in the future.

Wuvo Spot app
Wuvo Spot app

If I were tracking something extremely valuable, like a child at a theme park, I’d say the battery drain was definitely worth the inconvenience of having to recharge frequently. But for everyday tracking of my bag, which is usually right beside me, it’s a little annoying having my phone die before the workday is done.

The Verdict

If you want to track something very valuable, the Wuvo Spot is affordable and easy to use. You will sacrifice some battery life, but depending on what you are tracking, that might be worth it.

For more information about the Wuvo Spot, check out www.wuvo.com.

Thank you to Wuvo for giving me a free Spot to try!

Free Phone Case Giveaway for Mother’s Day

Tech21 iPhone 6 case
My Tech21 iPhone 6 case

Geek Mom’s Review

Looking for an affordable accessory for Mother’s Day? I have three new Tech21 gadget cases to give away! I’ve just slipped a new Tech21 FlexShock™ case onto my iPhone 6, and here are my first impressions:

  1. It’s hard, but flexible. Easy to slip onto the phone, because it bends a little bit.
  2. Shiny and colorful. Reminds me a bit of those plastic “jelly shoes” from the 80s. Or a phone-shaped gummy candy. Very pretty!
  3. Interesting looking texture. I can see through the case to the Apple on the back, but there is a nice polka-dot texture overlay.
  4. Excellent fit on the phone. Fits like a plastic glove.
  5. Screen protector not included. The case covers the back, sides, and buttons, but leaves the screen and ports open.

So far, I’m enjoying my free phone case. I’m tempted to taste it, because it looks like candy! It’s shiny, but not slippery. It’s hard, but not rigid.

How to Win a Free Tech21 Case

Want one for yourself? Or to give to the woman who brought you into the world? Leave a comment to enter, and three people will win a free case (for any major mobile device), provided by Tech21.

Thanks to Tech21 for sponsoring this giveaway! Tech21 is the leader in impact protection for smartphones, tablets and laptops. Tech21 has a suite of protective cases featuring Tech21’s scientifically proven material, FlexShock, and are backed by a lifetime warranty. The new Tech21 EVO range featuring FlexShock delivers thinner (by nearly 30%), lighter and more stylish impact protection than ever before. Learn more at Tech21 or follow @Tech21_UK on Twitter.

Winners will be randomly selected, and will be contacted via e-mail, so be sure to use a functioning address when you submit your comment. Winner’s choice of case will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

Another Minecraft Party, Coming Up…

minecraft-cookiesMy son had a Minecraft themed birthday party back in September, and now my daughter wants one, too! This means I’ll need to come up with some new ideas for Minecraft treats, decorations, and activities. Since I know other parents are looking for similar stuff, I’ll post what I find here. Maybe it will help you with your Minecraft kids, too!

I found this Minecraft cookie cutter set today! I think it will be great for birthday treats, although the decorating will be a bit tricky. The shapes aren’t necessarily recognizable without the colored icing in the right places. Well, except for the Creeper face cookie. I’m pretty sure that will be easy enough.

The cookie cutters are $19.99 at ThinkGeek right now. Let me know if you get them, and how you do the decorating.

Minecraft Cookie Cutters

Educational Robot Toy – Science Gift Idea!

My daughter saw this solar robot kit in our Hearthsong catalog, and she is hoping Santa will bring it for Christmas. Ever since she saw the movie Wall-E, she’s wanted her own robot!

This one is a solar powered robot that can be configured into 14 different shapes. It includes parts that allow it to move on land and/or water. And it does bear somewhat of a resemblance to Wall-E! It’s $31.98 at HearthSong.

From the description:

Our solar-powered pal can assume 14 different modes, ranging from comical to educational, including a wagging-tail dog, running beetle, walking crab, surfer, and speedster. Yet it asks only for direct sunlight.

Here’s a video that shows how the robot works.

I’m kind of hoping Santa brings this robot for my daughter for Christmas. And maybe an extra one for me!

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Brilliant Balance Bikes

If you have a youngster who wants to learn to ride, this is a great first bike! No greasy chain, no pedals to confuse the matter. Just wheels, a seat, and a developing sense of balance.

I’ve seen some kids in my neighborhood using these cool balance bikes. They didn’t exist when I was learning how to ride a bicycle. I had a second-hand two-wheeler with wobbly training wheels. I wish I’d had one of these.

Your Choice – Boot Scoot Balance Bikes 2-Models 4-Colors

Now, kids learn to ride on bikes without pedals or chains! Why didn’t I think of this?! No greasy chain, no pedals to confuse the matter. Just wheels, a seat, and a developing sense of balance. If you have a youngster who wants to learn to ride, this is a great first bike!

Woot is featuring these bikes today, for almost 50% off. Go check it out!
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Win an iPhone 5 from EmergencyLink

EmergencyLink, the free emergency ID network, is hosting an iPhone 5 “Ultimate Safety Device” giveaway and so far have given away phones to seven lucky winners! The giveaway is wrapping up this week and they have one more iPhone 5 to give away, so hurry up and enter now!

For a chance to win, enter by:

Be prepared and stay safe!

GeoPalz Pedometer Makes Exercise More Fun

GeoPalz are pedometers designed for kids. Recently, I bought a pedometer for myself, and I was looking for one that would be suitable for my children. I was thrilled when I found out about GeoPalz!

The kid appeal goes beyond the fun designs (ladybugs, basketballs, pirates, oh my!), and extends to the online tracking of steps. My son has been very enthusiastic about entering the number of steps he’s taken each day, so he can see his progress in the online tracker. GeoPalz online not only tracks his steps, but it also shows his progress toward nearby cities. He also earns badges for his GeoPalz profile, when he achieves big milestones.

The thing he likes most about GeoPalz is the reward system. Every step counts as a point toward rewards. Once enough points are earned, he can redeem them for real rewards, such as frisbees, water bottles, sports equipment, and more. The combination of game elements, the cute gadget, and real-world activity and rewards, is perfect for this geek family.

Here’s a great video introduction on the GeoPalz system:

I received one GeoPalz activity tracker for free, to review for this post. My other kids want their own, so I think I’ll be buying a couple more. They’re so cute, I might get myself one, too! 🙂