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Product Spotlight: Smartphone Tool Case & Other Offbeat Tech Items

Companies send us products all the time, asking us to test them out and maybe share our thoughts with our audience. We've compiled a few of the more "offbeat' products that we've received lately.

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SwisstTech_Smartphone_Tool_Case_1024x1024First up this week is a product you might find in James Bond’s collection. Or at least MacGyver’s, if he had a cell phone. It’s the Mobile Tech Smartphone Tool Case from Swiss Tech. This unassuming cell phone case houses some pretty useful stuff.

Flip open a compartment on the back and you’ll find things like scissors, a pen, nail file, bottle opener and tweezers.

Towards the top, you’ll find another little compartment with a multi-screwdriver tool. If you’re a boy scout – or just someone who always likes to be prepared “just in case”, this might be the case for you. The Mobile tech Smartphone Tool case is available for several phone models, including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models. You can find it online for around $20.

Next up is a device perfect for the summer. Going to the beach or the pool and want to be alerted when you get a call, text or e-mail without exposing your phone to the water? You might want to ditto-color2check out a product like the Ditto from a company called SimpleMatters. The ditto is a tiny Bluetooth device that will vibrate when your phone goes off. You can throw this thing in your pocket, wear it on a wristband or even clip it to the inside of your clothing. Since it’s Bluetooth, it’ll work whenever you are in Bluetooth range of your smartphone – about 30 feet. It’s waterproof, so you can wear it in the pool and it uses a standard coin-sized battery, so you don’t have to worry about charging it. You can get the Ditto in white, black or clear for just under 40 bucks.

Now if you’re like me, you’re not allowed to have houseplants because you end up forgetting to water them and they end up dying. Luckily there are products to help. Enter the Dr. 51g6mxPIl6L._SY355_Frog Electronic Moisture Meter from P3 International. This little frog has two probes sticking out of the bottom. Just stick him in the soil of whatever plant you don’t want to kill and it’ll alert you by croaking when water is needed. Luckily, it also has a light sensor on it, so it won’t start croaking in the middle of the night. They say Dr. Frog will keep your plants happy and healthy. Dr. Frog sells for about 5 bucks.

These are just a few of the offbeat products we’ve come across lately. Stay tuned to our site at for more Product Spotlights and check out our This Week in Tech History videos, too.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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