The small device offers a huge library of more than 200,000 TV episodes and movies.
Amazon's Fire TV Stick
Now that such popular television and cable networks as CBS, NBC, ESPN, PBS, HBO and History are all digitally streaming programs to consumers, a number of devices have emerged to bring that HDTV content to your television set.
Apple TV and Roku were among the first such gadgets with their mini set-top boxes about the size of a large hockey puck. Lately, devices such as Chromecast, Roku and the Amazon Fire TV Stick have slimmed down to the size of thumb drives that plug into a TV's HDMI port.
The newest-Amazon's Fire TV Stick-is the most ambitious of the products in this expanding market.
This small device offers a huge library of more than 200,000 TV episodes and movies. If you're a member of Amazon Prime or Netflix or HuluPlus, even more streaming content, including some original programming, is available.
You'll also find sports, news, music and more than 300 games available on the Fire TV Stick. The device can also display content from your phone or tablet onto your TV.
To host all that content, Amazon built a device with a dual-core processor boasting six times the processing power of Roku's gadget and 8 GB of storage. Unlike Apple TV, the Fire Stick claims to play video almost immediately thanks to its Advanced Streaming and Prediction, making buffering video a thing of the past.
A palm-sized remote controls the content you watch, or Amazon has an app that lets your smartphone control the Fire TV Stick, including the ability to search for content by voice. Amazon also sells a wireless Amazon Fire Game Controller specifically designed to play games as well as control your TV content on the gadget.
As you might suspect, the Fire TV Stick is very portable and can hook up to any TV with an HDMI port, making this gadget a perfect travel companion.3Doodler Drawing Pen
You've heard of expensive printers that transform a 2D image into a 3D object. 3Doodler Drawing Pen can do something similar. Like a glue gun, this gadget emits a heated plastic filament that you can shape, or draw, into a 3D object. Your objet d'art will cool quickly into a solid object. The pen has two speeds at which the filament flows. It comes with 50 drawing sticks in 10 colors.PowerPot V
Campers use gadgets just like the rest of us, but what happens if you need to charge a device while in the wilderness? PowerPot V has the answer and it's as simple as boiling water. This product converts heat into electrical power so that users can power their phones (assuming there is cell coverage), GPS or any USB device. The pot delivers 5 watts of power and can charge a cell phone in an hour to an hour and a half.
Phil Pikelny is vice president of Dispatch Digital and chief marketing officer of The Dispatch Printing Company.