3D Hubs + Thingiverse = <3

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3D Hubs + Thingiverse = <3

We here at Obsessively Geek are excited to announce that we are one of the partner hubs chosen for the 3D Print Anything, Anywhere - integration on 3D Hubs. This means that anyone surfing Thingiverse.com can have any of the 3D Printable files printed for them. It is extremely helpful for people who do not own a 3D Printer. Just go to Thingiverse.com and have any file you want, printed at a partner hub. For more information see 3D Hubs original post.

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Apple Watch's Killer Feature: Connected Home Control?

Apple Watch's Killer Feature: Connected Home Control?

There's been a lot of debate as to what the killer feature for the Apple Watch would be. A lot of people have said that there is none. A lot of people have decided that it's unneeded. In the end though, the conclusion that makes the most sense, is that the Apple Watch's killer feature will be decided by the developers that are making the apps for the watch. I've had my Apple Watch almost since launch and have myself gone through a few different killer features. Communications are fantastic, using it for commutes is pretty killer in itself, traveling with it is a great feature, and using it for rewards programs and Apple Pay also makes a really compelling case at a killer feature. Lately however, there's been a new breed of Apple Watch apps 

Amazon Echo Review

Amazon Echo Review

When I first purchased the Amazon Echo, I had just come off of a very bad relationship with an Ivee Sleek. A connected "Smart" clock that didn't really live up to its billing. It didn't really do much of anything actually. Frustrations with that appliance, Google Now, and Siri had almost completely put me off the voice activated virtual assistant thing. So it was with much hesitation and admittedly a lot of curiosity that I signed up for the wait list, and eventually bought an Amazon Echo.

Wearable Today Episode #79 Wearable and Home Automation Hand In Hand

Wearable Today Episode #79 Wearable and Home Automation Hand In Hand

Make sure you check out my second guest appearance on the Wearable Today Podcast. We talk about How Wearable Technology can go hand in hand with Home Automation, share some tips and tricks on getting things to work well, and I even talk about how I broke my first Apple Watch. Great show to watch if you're interested in wearable tech. Go to WearableToday.com to keep up with the podcast and check out the source link for video and audio only streams of this episode.

The Joys and Perils of the "Smart" Home

The Joys and Perils of the "Smart" Home

For a few years now, I've been toying around with "Smart" home accessories. I have Philips Hue light bulbs, and accessories, I've owned various Belkin WeMo switches, and have recently jumped into the Wink ecosystem with their Aros Smart Air Conditioner. In many ways "Smart" isn't the correct way to refer to these devices or a home powered by them. We're still in its infancy and many of these devices don't offer much more convenience than normal "unsmart" devices. A better way to refer to them are connected devices, which is a more apt description. They are connected to the internet, bluetooth, or both giving you unprecedented access to your appliances and in some cases more convenience. However, they do fall into a few pitfalls, and this is just my experience with the connected home, and integrating them into my life and my wearables.

3D Printed Compact Apple Watch Dock and iPhone Dock

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3D Printed Compact Apple Watch Dock and iPhone Dock

When I first received my Apple Watch I was annoyed that Apple didn't include or even sell some kind of dock with anything but the ridiculously expensive models. I know I only bought an Apple Watch Sport, but still, it feels pretty bad just laying it on a table. Any movement of the cord moves the whole watch, always leaving me struggling against my fears of it falling off of the table. I searched for docks, but none of them were available at launch. Thingiverse had a few, but most of them didn't meet my needs. I wanted a watch and iPhone combo dock, that was still compact. So I started designing one. My objective for the design were that it should be able to dock both my Apple Watch, and iPhone 6 Plus, yet still be compact, and look good while doing it. After a week of intensive designing, I settled on this design:

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Top 5 Most Useful Apple Watch Apps

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Top 5 Most Useful Apple Watch Apps

After using my Apple Watch for the first month or so, I feel like the novelty has worn off, and I've settled into a normal day to day with it. While there are already a lot of really great apps on the Apple Watch. These are the ones that I find myself using most often every day. The ones that I find make my life easier. These are the ones that I feel actually add to my life. These are the first apps I can think of, off the top of my head whenever I'm asked about the Apple Watch. I also won't be including any built in apps on this list because, what's the point of that?

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Apple Watch Unboxing

Apple Watch Unboxing

We thought it'd be nice to have a little fun with this Apple Watch unboxing. We still show everything you should expect when you unbox you Apple Watch Sport. 

Package includes:

USB Power Adapter
USB cradle charging cord
Apple Watch Sport
One extra watch band piece (not a whole extra band, just one side)
Nice plastic case that you can use to keep your watch in.

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3D Printing Now #1

3D Printing Now #1

Welcome to Obsessively Geek's new weekly show. 3D Printing Now, where we wrap up the week's biggest 3D Printing News. This week 3D Printing gets automated, Thingiverse gets a 3D Hubs button, and print with multiple colors using only one extruder. Hit Subscribe so you don't miss out on a moment of Obsessively Geek.

Amazon Echo Unboxing

Amazon Echo Unboxing

Today we are unboxing and setting up the Amazon Echo. It's an exciting new product from Amazon that is a bluetooth speaker, as well as an intelligent assistant, and home automation hub. Let us know what you think, and what other things you'd like to see from us in the comments. Also please subscribe to our Youtube channel.

Ivee Sleek Review, A Year Later

Ivee Sleek Review, A Year Later

About a year and a half maybe two years ago, I came across a kick starter campaign for a voice activated alarm clock/home assistant named Ivee Sleek. It promised Siri like assistant functionality with Google Now like voice activation features. It also promised to connect to connected home appliances and systems like the Philips Hue lights, SmartThings and the Staples connect hubs. It was a pretty big deal for me at the time. I had both Philips Hue and WeMo systems, I was and still am looking for the best connected home solution. It was a pretty tall order. The company behind the Ivee Sleek promised me and all kick starter backers the world. Remember the saying "under promise, over deliver?" this team did the exact opposite. They over promised big time, and sadly, also under delivered big time. 

Google Glass; The Undead

Google Glass; The Undead

Today I'm taking the unpopular side of the Google Glass argument, and pointing out that Google Glass is in fact NOT dead. It's alive and well despite taking a beating early in its life. If you like this video please subscribe to our youtube channel at: YouTube.ObsessivelyGeek.com

Lifeproof Nuud Case For iPhone 6 Plus Unboxing

Lifeproof Nuud Case For iPhone 6 Plus Unboxing

Today we'll be unboxing Lifeproof's brand new Nuud Case for the iPhone 6 Plus. It's a Waterproof, Dirtproof, Snow Proof, Impact Proof case. Full review coming soon, make sure you subscribe so you don't miss it.

Art With iPad, 3; Rubiks Cube

Art With iPad, 3; Rubiks Cube

This is the third episode of Obsessively Geek's "Art With iPad Series. Art made with Paper and Pencil by FiftyThree. Featuring Querina Torres and her original characters; Rubik's Cube and Puzzle Piece.

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Pebble Time; Too Little, or Just Enough?

Pebble Time; Too Little, or Just Enough?

Earlier this week Pebble, the company famous for releasing the first truly smart watch, announced it's newest product. The Pebble Time. The Pebble Time which has a color e-paper display that allows it to be always on, yet still get a week of battery life, and is readable in sunlight. It's also thinner and lighter then the original Pebble and Pebble Steel. It also has a new operating system which seems rather interesting. It's a timeline, kind of like Google Glass's much maligned interface.

Apple Watch Talk

Apple Watch Talk

Join us here at Obsessively Geek for our discussion on what we expect of the Apple Watch. We'll discuss our likes and dislikes, and get you prepared for what's to come.

Art With iPad, 2: Crash Test

Art With iPad, 2: Crash Test

Welcome to Obsessively Geek's Art With iPad Series. A series of videos showcasing different artists creating different pieces of art using iPads. Art With iPad 2: Crash Test features Querina Torres, with two of her original characters; Crash test and Jeremy.