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Dads & Grads Gadgets aka Dad-gets & Grad-gets

published on May 13th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

GE Sol Lamp – “Let there be a voice for that light” GE just unveiled the FIRST lighting product with Amazon Alexa Voice Service directly inside, allowing you to use a contemporary table lamp to order your dinner, listen to the latest headlines, check the weather or give a host of other voice commands. GE’s Sol lamp brings all of the skills you’d find in a traditional Amazon Alexa product without the need for a stand-alone Alexa-device, plus tunable white light, sleep-based light and more. Homeowners need only plug in the C by GE lamp and connect to Alexa to unleash a whole new world of tech functionality and smart device interoperability throughout the home. Consumers signing up as Sol early adopters here will be first in line when product ordering goes live, also receiving a 20% discount off the suggested retail price of $199.99. Product is expected to ship in September from Amazon.com and CbyGE.com.  Go to www.cbyge.com/sol  for the early order discount !!

 

LeEco’s Le Pro3 Smartphone — It’s the smartphone where you get the whole package: sleek design, 3-months free of DIRECTV NOW and incredible performance all rolled into a smartphone with a 5.5-inch full HD display— at an AMAZING price, $350 (that’s almost a third of the price of other comparable smartphones). With the Le Pro3, you get more done with up to 33-hours of call time, 49-hours of music playback and over 13-hours of streaming video with its 4070mAh battery.  The processing power of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821, coupled with a generous boost of RAM offers lightning fast connectivity, this all-star chip set packs power to run multiple apps seamlessly. And, juice up quickly with the rapid refueling technology of Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0.  Don’t just watch your favorite shows, get immersed in them with stellar sound. The Le Pro3’s premium sound features dual speakers, the surround sound effects of Dolby Atmos®, and Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) technology, which delivers a pure audio experience.  The Le Pro3 is exceptionally designed on the outside as well with, a fine, brushed metal backing and a tough Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen with 2.5D curved edges for a smooth finish.  Like LeEco’s other smartphones and smart TVs, the Le Pro3 is available directly from www.LeEco.com  or through retail partners including Amazon.comTarget.comBestBuy.com, Red Pocket Mobile, Brandsmart USA, and coming sooFry’s.

 

Waterpik® Aquarius Water Flosser­­ – If the Dad in your life doesn’t like to floss— here’s the perfect gift, the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser.  This is the FIRST water flosser to ever receive the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance based on Safety and Effectiveness. The Waterpik® Water Flosser is a great option for those who don’t like to floss but still want a beautiful and healthy smile.  It combines water pressure and pulsations to clean deep between teeth and below the gum-line.  In fact, it’s clinically proven to be more effective than traditional dental floss.   The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser is $79.99 — check it out on https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/

 

Atomic Beam Lantern/Atomic Beam Flashlight – Atomic Beam brand from www.BulbHead.com now offers the Atomic Beam Lantern providing 12 hours of 360-degree LED illumination using three bright white LED bulbs. Perfect for camping, backyard BBQs, boating or emergencies.  Brighter than other lanterns on the market, it’s great for carrying, placing on a table with its magnetic back, and ideal for sticking to the hook of your car or truck. Atomic Beam Lantern stands on a base or hangs from a built-in handle with ease.  Atomic Beam Flashlight is up to 40 times brighter than ordinary flashlights and illuminates up to 5,000 LUX, the unit of measurement for brightness. The tactical-grade aluminum case is supremely durable, lightweight and waterproof. The beam adjust from wide to narrow focuses and includes a strobe light for self-defense.  The Atomic Beam USA Flashlight, Atomic Beam USA Lantern and Atomic Beam USA Headlight each retail for $19.99 and are available at Walmart, Target and retailers nationwide. https://www.bulbhead.com/outdoor-auto/atomic-beam-flashlight-lantern.html  https://www.bulbhead.com/atomic-beam-lantern.html

 

ROVA SELFIE DRONE — has been designed to capture unique perspectives that were previously impossible to shoot, making ordinary selfies extraordinary – all while being easy to set up and fun to fly. With obstacle avoidance technology and a user-friendly app, ROVA is changing the way you take selfies forever. Launched and controlled through IoT Group’s ROVA App (available for iOS and Android), ROVA allows anyone to fly with confidence. Its “object avoidance technology” and enclosed propellers make every flight a safe flight. For extra security, ROVA comes with four bumpers that can be attached to the polycarbonate frame, adding an extra layer of safety and absorbing any impact. ROVA redefines what it means to be social with one touch sharing to all your social media, and with 1080P video at 60fps and 12MP camera, your memories have never looked better. Save your photos or videos directly to your smartphone or store them on the included 16GB MicroSD card. Each ROVA comes with two batteries offering 8 minutes of flight time each, as well as a portable carry case and USB charging cradle. ROVA is ready to go wherever your adventures take you, anywhere, any time.  ROVA is currently available on IOTGroup.com  for $299. For more information, visit https://theiotgroup.com/pages/rova

  

Binoglas Hands-free Binoculars — Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer, these are the easy-to-use wearable binoculars that enable hands-free magnified viewing. Unlike traditional binoculars that require one to constantly keep their head and hands steady, this liberating unit is worn like traditional eyeglasses. The binoculars’ 15mm objective glass and plastic lenses provide optimal light gathering for their size while individual focusing knobs on each telescopic lens grants 4X magnification and provide an 8.2º field-of-view of 467′ at 1,093 yards. Their lightweight design makes the binoculars comfortable for extended use, enabling one to enjoy magnified visibility of a sporting event, concert, or live theatre. $99.94 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=87657&promo=Category-NewArrivals

 

GEKKOPOD –  GekkoPod is the world’s most flexible mount for your smartphone or action camera. The secure hold will keep your smartphone or action camera safe as the Gekkopod is made from a durable silicone construction with a steel internal structure designed to survive the wear and tear of everyday use. Gekkopod can be used as a selfie stick, compact camera protection, an underwater camera mount, a car mount or iPad stand. Simply secure the legs of GekkoPod around the desired surface and capture the picture you’ve always wanted. Available at www.gekkopod.com Go Pro Mount, Mobile Phone Mount with Bluetooth remote and Gekkopod is $34.95 and the Mobile Phone Mount and Gekkopod online for $19.95.

 

 

BBQ 2017 Gadgets

 

SLOTDOG —  The slot dog creates perfect criss-cross slices, which expand when cooking, allowing smoke and grill flavors to penetrate deeper into the hot dog.  Juices caramelize for a crispier dog exterior and the “slots” hold your favorite condiments so they don’t slide off.  The Slotdog is very easy to use and dishwasher safe. You can now buy SLOTDOG on www.slotdog.com for $15.00.

 

SLAWSA —  is a condiment innovation like no other. This cabbage-based relish with addictive heat undertones (or slaw-salsa hybrid) is the newest must have to top your hot dogs, bratwurst, burgers, pulled pork and more this grilling season. SLAWSA is all natural, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, low in sodium and kosher and comes in four delicious flavors: Original, Spicy, Garlic and the new Habanero Fire.  Dump those boring relishes and give your guests a condiment to truly rave about.  Price is $3.49-3.99 per jar and SLAWSA can be purchased online or at thousands of retail stores listed on their store locator at SLAWSA.com.  (In Houston at Randall’s)

 

T-fal Ingenio 5-Second Chopper — Manually powered and doesn’t require electricity, this gadget is a must have this summer! The T-fal Ingenio 5-Second Chopper features two independent blades that provide efficient and progressive chopping, perfect for whipping up salsa, slaw or fruit salads for your BBQ. The chopper is as easy to clean as it is to use, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company at your BBQ gathering.  Available on Amazon for $22.95

 

The 6-Minute Gentle Thawing Tray — This is the thawing tray that relies on cutting-edge engineering principles to safely defrost meat up to 3-times faster than traditional methods. The tray operates without batteries, harsh chemicals or an external power source for an quick, even thaw on the countertop. Salmon or tilapia fillets can be ready for pan roasting in as little as six minutes. The embedded heat pipes dissipate cold and draw ambient warmth to the surface for a process that is more sterile than soaking in cold water and gentler than microwaving. Flavor, nutrients and freshness are preserved, assisting in the chef’s preparation of healthy, gourmet meals. The chef will also appreciate the luxury of last-minute menu planning. Rugged aluminum construction is dishwasher safe.  $59.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=88934&promo=Home-Living-Kitchen-Entertaining

 

Marinade Infusing Meat Tenderizer — This is the meat tenderizer that infuses food with marinade. A built-in plunger releases marinade into meat via three needle-like applicators, quickly saturating the interior of food with flavor enhancing ingredients. Twenty seven stainless steel blades sever tough connective tissue, softening the meat. It holds up to 3 oz. of marinade (enough to flavor 2 lbs. of flank steak), the tenderizing blades have two depth settings for optimal penetration of thick roasts or steaks, and unlike tenderizing mallets it will not alter the meat’s thickness. The unit disassembles for simple cleaning in the top rack of a dishwasher and it locks with the blades inside and has a cover for safe storage. $49.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/83605?promo=search

 

Personalized All-in-one Grill Tool — This is the personalized grilling tool that incorporates six functions into one. Operating like a Swiss army knife, this grill tool contains a stainless steel spatula and fork, silicone basting brush, cork screw, and two bottle openers flip out from the sanded hardwood handle and lock in-place for dutiful grilling service. The handle separates easily for cleaning and reassembles—ideal for post-barbecue bash tidying up. The handle can be personalized with up to three letters to provide a unique gift for a master griller. $39.95 at http://www.hammacher.com/Product/12893?promo=search

 

7-1 Stingray BBQ Multitool from TNK Brand — With only one-hand it’s very easy to flip, grab and pierce anything on the BBQ or even open a beer with it. When you’re done grilling, only one utensil to wash and store. Really fun to use and only $24.99 at Tnkshop.com

 

Grill Daddy Brush Company – This BBQ cleaning tool uses the grills heat to create steam to help the cleaning process. The newest innovation in grilling safety, it is composed of a special weave of metals which fuses the bristles to the brush, preventing them from coming loose and avoiding accidental digestion. It’s $14.99 at www.buygrilldaddy.com

 

Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper —  Strip an entire cob of corn in seconds using one twisting/pushing motion, Sharp stainless steel blades do all the work. Top rack dishwasher safe available on Amazon and on Chefn.com http://www.chefn.com/catalog/product/view/id/326/s/cobtm-corn-stripper/category/23/ $7.99

 

 

 

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HOME INNOVATIONS

published on March 8th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Submitted by Williams Lucena

Gourmia GCM5000 Multi Capsule Coffee Machine — This first-of-its-kind coffee maker allows users to enjoy the convenience of being able to use just about ANY brand coffee pods including K-Cups and Nespresso capsule. It is an all in one sophisticated machine that is perfect for home or office. For a taste that rivals your favorite coffee shop, there’s an added automatic milk frother that will put the finishing touch on your cappuccinos, lattes & more. The GCM 5000 features an easy read digital display for custom temperature & cup size, used capsule collecting system, espresso shot glass tray, and more. It’s $279.99 and you can check it out on Gourmia’s website http://www.gourmia.com/item.asp?item=10083

 

 

Ooma Home Security —  A comprehensive easy to set-up do-it-yourself home monitoring solution that protects and alerts users of events within their home. Designed to work with the Ooma Telo smart home phone that provides FREE nationwide calling and standard features such as caller-ID, call-waiting, voicemail, 911 calling and 911 text alerts, the system includes motion detection, smoke/fire detection, water/leak alerts, door and window sensors to provide an all-encompassing protection for your home.  Ooma is the ONLY service provider that lets users remotely trigger a call to 911 from their home. If user is not at home, he/she receives an alert of an emergency situation in the home, presses the “Home 911” button in the app and call is placed from the home Telo to 911, with user’s cell phone being conferenced into the 911 call. This is a critical difference between calling 911 from a mobile phone because a home phone is registered to the home address, down to the apartment number and floor, so dispatchers know exactly where to locate the emergency. 911 calls from mobile phones are often unreliable and 911 calls made from a remote location will not go through to your local emergency 911 dispatcher without Ooma Home Security. Ooma Telo smart home phone is $99 plus monthly taxes and fees ($4-$7 per month).  Ooma Home Security is FREE if you are a Premier subscriber ($9.99 per month and includes 35+ features including call blocking, free calling to Canada and Mexico, instant second phone line, etc.) or Ooma Home Security is $5.99 per month for Basic customers. Sensors range in price from $25 to $35 depending on which one you use. You manage the system using an app on your iOS or Android smarphone. http://www.ooma.com/home-monitoring/

 

HD LED Light Bulbs – The first high-definition lighting designed around the mood of your rooms at home. Here’s a simple 30-second decorating tip: put all of the features of your home in high definition – simply by changing the bulbs. GE’s new HD light bulbs are engineered with the highest CRI, or color rendering index, for greater color contrast and boldness over an average bulb. That means the colors and features in each room can look brighter, bolder and better. And, they offer all the great energy savings and long lifespan of LEDs. GE has 3-categories of bulbs to create just the right mood in every room. The 3-categories are Relax (warm & comforatable), Refresh (cool & energizing) and Reveal (pure & clean). Price $4-5/bulb, for more info go to www.gelighting.com/hdlight and Home Depot.

 

 

Gender Reveal Kit — What’s the trendiest pregnancy event? A Gender Reveal Party! Family and friends gather and the expectant parents pull a stuffed animal out of the box—if it is wearing a tutu then the baby will be a girl — if the stuffed animal is wearing a bow tie then the baby will be a boy. Mom brings the kit to her ultrasound and asks the tech to secretly dress the animal before the party. This special stuffed animal has the added bonus of carrying the baby’s pre-recorded heartbeat. It’s a keepsake that will be cherished forever. The kit includes an adorable stuffed animal (choose from a bear, bunny, fox, puppy, elephant, or lamb), tutu, bow tie and a 20 second heartbeat recorder that will easily preserve the sound of your baby’s heartbeat. For more info go to http://mybabysheartbeatbear.com/gender-reveal-kit.html $39.99-$44.99

 

 

Rapid Photo Album Scanner – Convert your old dusty photo albums into space saving digital images. This uniquely designed scanner with patented anti-glare technology converts photographs into digital images without having to remove them from a mounted photo album. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the converter rests on an album page, displays its subject on its built-in 2.4″ TFT color LCD, and uses a 14 MP CMOS sensor to scan the photo in as a 700 dpi JPEG. The digital image can be stored on an SD card up to 32 GB (not included) or imported to a computer with the included USB cable. The device also converts slides and 135 film negatives into digital images with 3200 dpi resolution using included trays. Accepts photographs up to 4″ x 6″. Plugs into AC with included adapter or can also be powered via a computer using its USB cable. $199 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/89917?promo=search&cmp=cel&trigger=ac&query=photo%20album

 

Frywall — is the revolutionary NEW kitchen product that keeps the sizzle in the pan and the mess off your stovetop! No more greasy, sticky mess whenever you cook. No more useless splatter screen. Bacon to fried chicken, latkes to tofu steak, Frywall keeps it clean. It can also turn a skillet into a WOK.  Frywall is made of FDA-certified high-temperature silicone, the same material long used for bakeware. Like glass, it is composed primarily of silicon, an element that’s practically inert. Frywall contains no BPAs, plastics, or toxins.  It’s also incredibly tough, able to withstand sustained temperatures of up to 450°F (230°C). That’s well above normal cooking temperatures or the smoke point of most oils. So you can cook as you normally would. Just avoid exposing Frywall to an open flame. Frywall is Dishwasher safe. Best of all, when rolled up, Frywall takes up as much storage room as a large cup.  For more info or to purchase, go to: www.frywall.com 10-inch pan is $21.95 and the 12-inch pan is $28.95.  It’s available in 4 colors: red, black, green and orange.

 

Evercare Lint Flip — The inventor of the lint roller, Evercare, is now offering the newest innovation in the category with its Lint Flip Compact Lint Roller. Featuring bright colors and fun patterns, the Lint Flip is easy to store, easy to use and easy to carry. Additionally, though it comes in a smaller size, its every bit as sticky.  Plus, it’s perfect for a purse or handbag, as its handle flips shut to act as a cover, protecting the sticky sheets and preventing the lint roller from becoming attached to anything or attracting debris. Retail Price: $3.79 https://evercare.cleanerhomeliving.com/

 

 

GET ORGANIZED — Today Show

published on February 21st, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Cut out the clutter and GET ORGANIZED

Steve Greenberg, author of “Gadget Nation,” shows Kathie Lee Gifford and co-host Jenna Bush  gadgets that will organize even the most scatterbrained home. From charging electronics in a neat and easy way, to quickly removing stains, these items will have everything in its proper place at home.

http://www.today.com/video/cut-out-the-clutter-with-these-great-organizational-gadgets-881585219819

 

CES 2017 Some Random Finds

published on January 4th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Westinghouse Smart 4K Ultra HDTV – Amazon Fire TV Edition  — Featuring the Amazon Fire TV experience and support for voice remote with Amazon Alexa, the new TV line from Westinghouse Electronics, simplifies TV viewing for customers by delivering a great selection of streaming and over-the-air content in one place. Customers can access more than 7,000 channels, apps, and Alexa skills and over–the-air broadcasts when used with a separate HD antenna. An on-screen programming guide makes finding what to watch easy, and with the included voice remote with Alexa, customers can use their voice to launch apps, search content, play music, control smart home devices and more. Price right now is TBD and will be available for purchase in the spring. Retail locations will be announced shortly—but it appears a 55-inch LED TV will be under $600.

 

Obsidian™ is a sleek, modern smart lock designed by Kwikset®, manufacturer of smart lock products Made for the World You Live In. Obsidian is Kwikset’s first low profile, key-free smart lock that provides smart home capabilities in a modern design with enhanced security features. Obsidian is available as a standalone touchscreen lock for $179 or a connected smart lock compatible with Z-Wave enabled security and smart home automation systems for $229. The lock will be available for purchase in Spring 2017 and viewers can find a list of retailers at kwikset.com.

 

IOTea or the Internet of Tea – there are over 1500 types of tea but most people don’t know how to prepare each one properly. This silicone cube will teach you. Under $100 http://www.42tea.io/en/

 

Giroptic – Turn any iOs device into a 360 degree streaming VR camera  $250 https://www.giroptic.com/us/en/

 

Hair Coach – the first smart hairbrush that empowers you to track and improve your hair health over time. Price TBA http://www.withings.com/us/en/products/hair-coach

 

JBL Soundgear ($199.95)—offers a whole new way to experience personal sound — the wear-able sound device is designed to be worn around the neck for hands-free and ear-free listening—it connects via Bluetooth to smartphones, tablets and virtual reality headsets such as the Google Daydream or the Samsung Gear.

 

HARMAN is partnering with prototype concept vehicle manufacturer, Rinspeed, to offer an intelligent, autonomous self-driving vehicle. With the complete Microsoft Office suite and voice-controlled virtual assistant, full-windshield “head-up” display technology and lots more, this vehicle offers the ultimate user experience.

 

 

 

CES 2017 “Sounds” Very Cool

published on December 30th, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

For 50 years, CES has served as a launch pad for the newest tech innovations. This year, the conference is celebrating its Golden Anniversary with a lineup that won’t be short on “WHOA” moments.

 

First up—another brand celebrating a milestone—70 years’ young, JBL is announcing several exciting products—Check out the new JBL Pulse 3 ($199.95)—this portable Bluetooth speaker gives you 360° of surround music pleasure—you can actually pair the sound to a fully customizable LED light show—AND it’s waterproof, so it’s the perfect for the beach/pool. And it’s built-in rechargeable battery keeps going up to 12 hours.

 

JBL is also showcasing the JBL BassPro Go ($599.95)— the first audio system that can be used both inside and outside the car—whether listening through your car audio system or as a portable Bluetooth speaker, this powerful bass goes where you go.

 

This next one—JBL Soundgear ($199.95)—offers a whole new way to experience personal sound — the wear-able sound device is designed to be worn around the neck for hands-free and ear-free listening—it connects via Bluetooth to smartphones, tablets and virtual reality headsets such as the Google Daydream or the Samsung Gear.

 

Next—the AKG N60 NC Wireless ($299.95)— is the ultimate travel companion with no wires to hold you down—PLUS with Active Noise Cancelling technology, you can tune out annoying sounds like the hum of a plane or train.

And a look at the future of driving —HARMAN is partnering with prototype concept vehicle manufacturer, Rinspeed, to offer an intelligent, autonomous self-driving vehicle. With the complete Microsoft Office suite and voice-controlled virtual assistant, full-windshield “head-up” display technology and lots more, this vehicle offers the ultimate user experience.

 

And finally for that “head-up” display on your own car TODAY—check out NavdyHARMAN is partnering with Navdy to offer an augmented reality driving device—this one is a real “whoa moment”—Navdy is the world’s first AFTERmarket heads-up driving (HUD) device—leveraging.  I’ve had it in my car– and really love it.

Using “Augmented Reality,” it projects car, phone, navigation, texts and music info directly into the driver’s line of sight—so no more looking away to see your phone or a dashboard screen—all the info is right there in front of the windshield and you don’t take your eyes off the road to see it.

 

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Tech The Halls — Smart Toys & Gadgets for Smart Families

published on November 22nd, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

My Ugly Sweater is from ‪Swap.com–the largest consignment and thrift store online. ‪Swap.com has the largest inventory of one of a kind, pre-owned ugly holiday sweaters, most priced under $20! With more than 3000 ugly sweaters in stock, ‪Swap.com is the place to get this year’s ugliest holiday looks– AND where you can sell them next year !!

 

Revell Junior Kits – the new Junior Kit line allows kids to polish their mechanical skills and have a blast doing so. The product line includes a racecar, convertible, police car, off-roader, and a firetruck. Boys and girls as young as 5-years old can assemble these models thanks to an innovative design that allows all of the parts to easily screw together. No glue needed and no additional tools needed. After building, you can zoom the cars all over town. These easy to build vehicles include 21-41 pieces along with enhanced features such as fun decal stickers. They are $17.99 to $29.99 at Hobby Lobby and are also available on Amazon. For more info go to: Revelljuniorkit.com

 

CogniToys Dino — If you have a curious child who loves to ask lots questions and play games, then CogniToys Dino may just become your child’s new best friend. Quite possibly the most interactive toy on the market, the award-winning smart toy dinosaurs learn alongside your kids, creating an ever-evolving, customized learning experience — all without the need for a screen. The CogniToys Dino explores a wide variety of topics during playtime and participates in educational activities like storytelling, games, questions and answers, and guided meditation. Parents will love that the Dino provides kid-friendly, intelligent responses to questions using a combination of IBM’s Watson technology and Elemental Path’s Friendgine. The Dino is available in a fun green color and can be purchased at your local Toys ‘R’ Us store for a suggested retail price of $99.99. For children 5-9 years old and for more information please log on to www.CogniToys.com

 

Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources — Looking for a holiday gift for children that satisfies their desire for playtime fun while teaching them skills that can help them succeed in school—and in life? Look no further than the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources, available online at Amazon.com and at your local Toys “R” Us stores. The Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set is an award-winning toy that offers a fun way to help kids 5 and up start to learn coding. They’ll love building a maze and then programming Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse, to race through it to get the cheese. When Colby finds it, he lights up and makes sounds! The play is open-ended, so children can build the maze any way they want, or they can follow the design of the included activity cards. This deluxe set includes over 70 pieces and comes with an Activity Guide and coding cards to help guide the play. The game can be played alone or with family and friends, and was named a Best Toy by Good Housekeeping Magazine and FamilyFun Magazine! It’s $59.99

 

SAM’s Curious Cars by SAM Labs — Empowering youngsters worldwide to get hands on with smart tech, SAM Labs makes smart construction kits of clever little blocks and a fun app that gives boys and girls the power of technology to build awesome inventions. With the SAM’s Curious Cars building blocks and the SAM’s Curious Cars free app (available across all iOS and Android devices), boys and girls will be stretching their imaginations to create not only cars, but also projects, games, inventions and cool hacks in no time. Designed for youngsters 7 and up. SAM’s Curious Cars kit is $199 at samlabs.com or at Barnes & Noble, SAM’s Curious Cars is a total fun “EdTech” toy to have this holiday season.

 

TrackR bravo – We spend too much time looking for misplaced stuff—TrackR bravo is all about helping us find those lost items. By attaching a TrackR bravo device to all your valuables — keys, wallets, backpack, remotes, even pets — you are employing a little “memory butler” to keep track of all of your things so you don’t have to. TrackR’s Crowd GPS network will help you find your item if it’s outside of your Bluetooth range. When an item is truly lost, the entire TrackR Network is activated and will anonymously in background update the last known location of your lost item. TrackR bravo is the first and only tracking device that is integrated with Amazon’s Alexa. So you can use Alexa to find your phone– even if it is on silent mode. TrackR devices are available at www.TheTrackR.com, Best Buys and other select retail outlets for $29.99.

 

Navdy Head-Up Display –No more looking down at your phone while driving. Navdy has created the first driving device that projects information from your phone directly in your line of sight, on the road ahead. Navdy incorporates popular Head-Up Display (HUD) technology and its breakthrough user interface projects a transparent image on the road ahead, incorporates Hand Gestures to accept calls with the wave of your hand, a specially engineered Dial, and advanced software that lets you control your phone hands-free. With maps, calls, messages, notifications, music, and car information projected directly in front of you, you’ll never miss a turn or an important message again. For the first time, drivers can Look Forward© while Staying Connected©, and enjoy seamless integration of their phone into the driving experience. Starting on Black Friday, you can purchase Navdy for $33/month through Navdy’s 24-month 0% financing special or pay $799 today. Plus, it also comes with free shipping, and free same day delivery and installation in certain cities (NY, LA, SF, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Houston). www.navdy.com

 

 

Cord Buddy — turns any surface into an organized center for all your mobile gadgets and devices.  The small, portable device can be used at home, office or anywhere you go.  Cord Buddy is a “paper-weight” for charging cords.  This patented and innovative device uses magnets housed in a plastic decorative holder that snaps together to hold your charging cord in place.   The strong magnetic closure keeps your cord in place while the weighted base keeps your cord from falling to the floor or worse yet, behind your desk or nightstand!  Cord Buddy Retails for $8.95.  Cord Buddy Glow Retails for $19.95.  Cord Buddy can be purchased at The Container Store, TheGrommet  https://www.thegrommet.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=cord+buddy  Amazon.com/cordbuddy , Houzz.com   More info at www.CordBuddy.com.

 

Kurio Watch — from the makers of Kurio kid-safe tablets, Kurio Watch is a real, working Bluetooth smartwatch made specifically for kids, though there’s nothing kid-like about this high-tech wearable.  It has a sleek, modern design with smooth rounded edges, a brightly colored, adjustable soft silicone band sized to fit kids’ small wrists comfortably, and a responsive touch screen with excellent resolution. Kurio Watch tells time and has all the basic smartwatch functions i.e. alarm, calendar, calculator. But, more than that, it’s packed with play value: kids can take photos and videos, including selfies with its front-facing camera; listen to music; and play single- and multi-player games, including motion games that are played using precise wrist movement. Other apps include a fitness tracker with built-in accelerometer, encouraging kids to get up and active; a translator app that teaches kids how to say words in many different languages; a drawing app and photo retouch app; a voice recording/changing app; and the Kurio Watch Messenger app. Additionally, when connected to a parent’s smartphone, Kurio Watch becomes a hands-free way for kids to take phone calls i.e. “Say ‘hi’ to grandma!”  with no additional phone plan required. It includes 128 MB of internal memory (expandable by microSD card) and is available in blue, pink and purple. It retails for $59.99. For more information, go to www.kuriowatch.com.

 

 

 

Six Problems & Six Products That Solve Those Problems

published on October 14th, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

Submitted by Williams Lucena

Looking for an improved rolling walker (rollator)?

The Motivo Tour — the world’s most innovative walker- The Motivo Tour is a mobility device that provides greater independence, ergonomics and personal style. So, gone are the old days of walking around while hunched over some flimsy bent aluminum tubing attached to tennis balls as you move along. The fix is ingenious and simple: The Tour’s patented design allows the user to walk naturally inside and upright, as opposed to behind and hunched over the walker. With a better body positioning inside the walker, it also becomes easier to reach everyday items because the walker itself is no longer an obstacle. A clever stow-away seat is padded for comfort, an easily accessible storage compartment keeps things safe, and a convenient tray with cup holders are all integrated into this new walker. Borrowing technology from the aerospace industry, the Tour is constructed of durable, yet lightweight materials and folds nicely for easy transport. Contributing to a user’s sense of pride and dignity is the automotive-inspired styling of the Tour. This intentional design element eliminates the stigmatizing, cold medical-like look of a traditional walker that retains the original, outdated design as when it was used in hospitals during World War II. The graphic and color options offer customization, allowing users to make it their own. Proudly made in the USA, the Tour retails for $749 and is available for order on the Motivo website, www.motivolife.com and at-home medical dealers across the country.

 

Hate the thought of getting a colonoscopy? Who doesn’t?

Cologuard – Getting screened for colorectal cancer has never been easier. Exact Sciences offers an FDA-approved, non-invasive, screening test for this preventable yet deadly cancer. Prescribed by a healthcare professional, the Cologuard collection kit is shipped to your home. You collect a single stool sample using this kit, send it to Exact Sciences Labs via prepaid UPS shipping or pick-up. Your healthcare provider provides the results in 1-2 weeks. Cologuard is covered by Medicare and an increasing number of health insurers nationwide; $649 if not covered. Cologuard is for people 50 years or older, at average risk of colorectal cancer with no family history of the disease. Please visit www.cologuardtest.com or call 1-844-870-8870 for more information about Cologuard, including indications for use. Rx Only.

 

Need to teach your kids to brush right?

ShakaShaka Toothbrush Accessory – one of the nominated products at October’s CEATEC Tech Conference in Tokyo. ShakaShaka solves the dental dilemma of teaching your kids to brush properly at an affordable price. Instead of buying an expensive “smart” Bluetooth toothbrush, ShakaShaka attaches to a child’s existing toothbrush—and many children can share ONE ShakaShaka. Once attached to a toothbrush it sends location, movement, and duration information to a smartphone or tablet using a free app. ShakaShaka makes toothbrushing fun while it monitors how your child is brushing. Is he/she brushing the proper way, the proper duration, all of the teeth? ShakaShaka has the answers—and should give parents a reason to smile. ShakaShaka costs $89.00 for the first unit and $59 for each additional unit purchased, and the app is free (there are app options with more brushing games for an additional charge). For more info go to www.temarii.com

 

You’re a couch potato who doesn’t have a good spot to rest his/her beverage—what do you do?

CouchCoaster –Cars have had cup holders forever—but what about a couch drink holder? Chances are, you put more miles on your sofa than the road. CouchCoaster has your kicking-back-at-home beverage needs in mind. This adaptable drink holder drapes over the arm of your favorite place to sit. Its weighted sides keep your glass balanced and secure. It fits all standard mugs, glasses, cups, bottles, and cans, features an integrated mug handle slot and has a removable drink adapter for smaller drink-sizes. Plus the design is flexible enough to fit over any width or shaped furniture arm—flat to curved, slim to wide. Whatever you’re drinking, and whatever is on the telly, with CouchCoaster you can settle in and relax. $19.95 https://www.thegrommet.com/couchcoaster

 

Hate lumpy potatoes?

Smood — As autumn is upon us, the season of hearty mashed potatoes and sweet potato dishes, perfect for Thanksgiving, is drawing nearer. Luckily, Dreamfarm has created the ultimate tool for producing the perfect silky smooth potato mash in seconds. Meet Smood ($24.95): it traps the potato or sweet potato and forces it through thin gaps between the collapsing stainless steel spring coils. Voila! Light and fluffy mash! The soft multi-grip handle is ergonomically designed to be held in several comfortable and efficient hand positions, and the unique spring design eliminates jarring on the wrist by absorbing the downward force. The silicone scraper makes it easy to clean the pot or bowl and is heat resistant to 260°C / 500°F. This tool is great for Thanksgiving mash, guacamole and even baby food! https://dreamfarm.com/us/smood/

 

You hate getting soaked when you get out of the car when it’s pouring, right?

The Better Umbrella — This is the patented umbrella with an inverted design that enables one to fold it inwards—trapping residual raindrops inside its double-layer water-repellant canopy. Unlike a standard out-folding umbrella, this model’s unique construction enables one to open it through a slightly ajar car door or nearly shut doorway, providing extra protection from precipitation when exiting or entering a home or vehicle. When folded, it forms a waterproof cone that ensures any remaining water stays inside, preventing potential floor puddles and allowing for controlled drainage. The umbrella is windproof up to 24 mph. A single button unlocks the umbrella for manual folding and unfolding. With a pinchless runner, straight handle, and non-slip ergonomic hand grip. Blue/Black. Open: 30″ H x 41 1/2″ Diam. Closed: 30″ H x 2″ H. (1 1/4 lbs.) The Better Umbrella comes with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee at no additional charge. If this product ever disappoints you, for any reason, you may return your Hammacher Schlemmer purchase for exchange, credit, or refund. Should you have any questions, they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reachable at 1-800-321-1484 to speak with a product specialist.   The cost is $29.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=89954&promo=Category-NewArrivals&catid=60

RING RING– it’s time to go BACK 2 SCHOOL

published on July 19th, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone — Are you prepared to send your kids out into the big bad world without a way to contact you? According to the FBI there are over 800,000 children in the USA reported missing every year that equals one child every forty seconds. It’s time to change these statistics!  When it comes to your child’s safety, you want to make sure you have the best tracking device ever. That’s why we developed the KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone.  The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone is an all-in-one device that lets your child safely explore their world without the anxiety of losing contact. Unlike other GPS trackers and simple Bluetooth tags, The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone allows parents to set a custom Geo-Fence, track three days of location history, voice monitoring, four pre-programmed speed dial numbers, a twenty number phone book, an S.O.S. button for emergencies, parental control of all incoming and outgoing numbers, no texting or Internet, program rich calling, many alert features and so much more. Plus with our intuitive Free App, available on the iOS App store and Google Play, you can monitor everything from your smartphone, tablet or computer. The KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone is easy to carry with the included neck lanyard and is available on our website http://www.mykidsconnect.com for $79.95 and service plans are available for as low as $8.33 per month (average) with an annual plan and a $20 activation fee, giving parents total piece of mind for an affordable price.  You can SAVE $10.00 off your order when you enter the coupon code SGSAVE10 in your cart.  Learn more about the KidsConnect GPS Tracker Cell Phone at http://www.mykidsconnect.com

Two Lunchbox Options — Perfect for younger kids going Back to School, BUILT® introduces the Big Apple Buddies Lunch Backpack (SRP $19.99) – an insulated lunch bag designed to wear and carry like a backpack.  The Lunch Backpack has padded adjustable shoulder straps, a wipe clean interior, a zippered front pocket, quick grab top handle, and interior name tag. Made from durable polyester fabric, the Big Apple Buddies Lunch Backpack is food safe, lead safe, and phthalates and BPA-free. Available in four characters: Cornelia Kitty, Delancey Dog, Lafayette Ladybug, and Allen Alligator.  For older kids (and adults), BUILT® introduces the IceTec™ Freezable Lunch Bag (SRP $19.99).  IceTec™ helps keep food and beverages cold for hours and eliminates the need for separate ice packs.  The patent-pending, reusable Lunch Bag features a food safe freezable gel sandwiched between an insulting outside layer and cold-transmitting inside layer.  To use, fold the bag flat and place it in the freezer overnight to activate the freezable gel and it’ll be ready to use in the morning. Tested for lead safety and phthalates.  PVC and BPA-free.  Great for school, field trips, work, road trips, and more. www.builtny.com

Hamilton Beach 3-in1 Spiralizer — Back 2 School means it is time to go back to making healthy lunches.  Heres a new must have helper, it’s the first electric spiralizer that makes healthy cooking easy with no hand fatigue. Create fun and nutritious meals with fresh vegetables and fruit by transforming them into spirals or ribbons.  Use zucchini, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, apple and more. The 3-in-1 Spiralizer includes spiral, ribbon, and grater discs. The ribbon and spiralizer discs produce long, nearly continuous “ribbons” or “strings” – perfect for making delicious “pastas,” curly fries, salads and garnishes in seconds. The grating disc grates hard foods, such as Parmesan cheese or nuts. Blades are easily changed and are stored inside the base when not in use. With two speeds and a comfortable grip handle, spiralizing is as simple as adding the food to the chamber and pressing a button. With 200 watts of power, making a large batch of homemade potato chips or zucchini noodles is no problem. Hand-crank spiralizers can be time consuming and cumbersome to use, ours makes spiralizing quick and easy.  The Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Spiralizer is $39.99 and available at Bed Bath & Beyond stores, bedbathandbeyond.com, Amazon.com and Hamiltonbeach.com.  Inspired? Want to learn more? Click here to watch the Hamilton Beach 3-in1 Spiralizer in action!

Catalyst Case — Let’s face it kids are tough on tech. Catalyst creates products that enable families to have the freedom to go anywhere and learn on their devices, free from worry.  An essential accessory for the new school year.  Catalyst products help families enjoy their every day adventure. Catalyst cases for iPad are 100% waterproof tested, designed to meet military?standards for impacts and are precision built for total protection wherever you go. With a grippy rubber bumper, these cases feature a clear front and clear back to showcase and compliment the design of the iPad. An integrated screen protector provides access to all features including Touch ID, Control Center and swipe notifications and generously sized ports accommodate most aftermarket charge cables and headphone jacks. Catalyst’s unique air and watertight acoustic membranes allow clear sound transmission into and out of the case while a bonus stand packs flat for convenience and makes watching movies or FaceTime calls a breeze.Through Labor Day, Catalyst is offering a 10% discount for back to school purchases of all Catalyst products on www.catalystcase.com –   PROMO CODE STEVETV10  http://www.catalystcase.com The pricing is as follows: 12.9” is $149.99, 9.7” is $119.99 and the Mini 4 is $89.99

 

Enbrighten LED Cafe String Lights by Jasco — Transform the entire look and feel of a dorm room with Enbrighten LED Cafe String Lights by Jasco. The stylish bulbs are made of solid acrylic that won’t break if dropped or stepped on and are rated for year-round use. Not only do you not have to worry about them shattering, but you also never have to worry about changing the bulbs because Enbrighten LEDs are built to last a lifetime and will never burn out. Another defining feature that makes these perfect for dorm life are the advanced cool-to-touch LED bulbs that don’t get hot, so they’re much safer to use than traditional Christmas lights or fairy lights, which often put off heat and are not rated for permanent use year-round. Adding Enbrighten Cafe String Lights turns cold cave-like dorm rooms into a fun inviting space for students. Whether you drape them across the wall, wrap the bedposts or light up a study space, the soft ambient glow is perfect for those long study nights or just relaxing with friends. With a plug on one side and outlet on the other, you can connect multiple lights together to fit any space. By plugging them into easy to use accessories like a Bluetooth Smart Switch or TouchSmart Timer means controlling the lights from the free app or with the touch of a button and not having to unplug them from the outlet under the bed. These accessories also allow you to set up schedules and set times you want the lights to shine creating an affordable, customizable, chic lighting option that is loved by college students everywhere. Enbrighten Cafe LED string lights are available in 5 different sizes ranging from 12 ft. up to 48 ft. Starting at $39.99, they are available nationwide at Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon.com, Meijer, and others. Learn more at www.CafeLights.com.

Luci Color — is an inflatable solar light that collapses flat so you can take bold vibrant light wherever you go! Just place it in direct sunlight for 7 hours and Luci Color will last up to 6 hours on a single charge. Luci Color shines in eight shades: red, green, blue, purple, yellow, cyan, orange, white, or you can cycle through them all in the color-changing mode. A convenient battery level indicator located near the light’s highly efficient solar panel lets you know just how much power is left so you know when it’s time to charge it in the sun again. Like all Luci lights, it’s completely waterproof – so go ahead, throw it in the pool, bring it to that concert, and turn your kid’s bathtime into playtime. Because it’s solar and completely safe, Luci Color is great for a playroom or used as a night light. The super colorful LEDs make it just the right accessory to deck out your dorm room, or string some together and take your party to the next level. Home decor never looked so colorful. MPOWERD is a socially-conscious company that wants to empower the 1.5 billion people in low-income countries still living without electricity by delivering Luci lights at prices they can afford. The more we sell, the greater impact we make, so every purchase makes a difference. Luci Color retails at $24.95 and is available at www.mpowerd.com

 

ChargeLeash – is the first Charge &Sync Smart USB cable designed to eliminate the loss of chargers for portable devices. It also reduces e-waste, reduces vampire power and offers anti-theft protection for expensive cell phones and other mobile devices. The ChargerLeash Smart cable with Loss Prevention Technology is equipped with an audible alarm that reminds its user to take the charging cable with them when they disconnect their mobile devices.  This electronics accessory was created specifically to solve the problem of forgotten chargers. Just as the name implies, this cable “leashes” your device to its power source, issuing an audible alert when you unplug your device. ChargerLeash is the perfect cable for the business traveler that does not want to lose their charger or cord while on the road… or at home. The cost is $15.99-$19.99 and available at Amazon, in airport Inmotion stores, TheGrommet.com and Www.chargerleash.com .

 

thingCHARGER — takes your average wall socket and turns it into a universal charging station. Slip it over your three-pronged plugs, and there’s no need to negotiate between your alarm, lamp, phone, and laptop. Aside from two standard outlets, thingCHARGER has two built-in USB ports and a top that doubles as a charging dock for your phone or tablet. To use the dock, the included lightning and micro-USB tips let you power up Apple and other brands of devices. That comes in handy for friends and family with different digital allegiances. $39.95  https://www.thegrommet.com/tech-gadgets/thingcharger

 

PowerCube – is a modern reinvention of the traditional power strip. It offers more functionality—like two added USB ports—and is made to look better, too. Charge your smartphone, tablet and more with this USB outlet adapter that also offers four traditional power outlets. The clever cube shape erases the problem of having two plugs that are too big to fit next to each other. On PowerCube, you can use every single outlet. You can even stack PowerCubes to get more outlets as needed. PowerCube looks better than power strips or extension cords, and it’s far easier to keep within reach. With optional mounting accessories, it can be put on a desk, under a table—wherever you need power. No more crawling behind furniture to reach outlets. $14.95 or $30 with USB  https://www.thegrommet.com/tech-gadgets/powercube

 

Tablift – Using your tablet in bed or on the couch is less than ideal for viewing—not to mention uncomfortable. But we all try to do it anyway. Tablift holds your tablet for you, safely mounting it on top of bendy legs that stay stable on uneven surfaces. Your tablet fits in the tray and is secured by a bungeed clip. Adjust the legs to whatever height is ideal. It’s that easy—your tablet is elevated to eye level, and you’re ready to relax without holding it awkwardly or cramping your neck. $39.95  https://www.thegrommet.com/tech-gadgets/tablift

 

SunJack – Electronic devices are supposed to make us more mobile, but instead often tie us to a power outlet. Thanks to SunJack, that’s no longer an issue. This durable, high-efficiency solar device charger powers phones and tablets at wall-socket speed. Everything you need is included: a foldable solar panel with 2A USB ports, an ultra-slim lithium-polymer battery, a fast-charge battery cable, and carabiners that let SunJack hang in a variety of ways. Founder Harold Tan has spent years in the solar industry, and set out to design a robust, portable solar power source. SunJack folds to about the size of an iPad and can fully charge most phones in 90 minutes—twice the speed of standard solar chargers. It holds enough energy for up to eight smartphones after just five hours in the sun. $150  https://www.thegrommet.com/tech-gadgets/sunjack

 

ChatLight – is portable selfie and video chat lighting—it uses a soft, flattering LED to enhance your FaceTime sessions, Skype meetings, and even selfies. $29.95   https://www.thegrommet.com/chatlight-rechargable-portable-lighting

 

Verilux Portable Sanitizing Wand — Like magic, this sanitizing wand uses powerful UV-C technology to kill up to 99.9% of viruses, germs, certain molds and allergens on hard, non-porous surfaces. A Verilux wand destroys odor-causing bacteria in its tracks, and also kills up to 99% of H1N1 and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in just one second. You’ll feel like a magician when you whip out your CleanWave portable sanitizing wand and kill bacteria and germs in your hotel room in a flash. From the ATM to the office, and the hotel room to your own home, this CleanWave wand is one powerful UV-C light wand that unlocks antimicrobial power on non-food, non-human and non-pet surfaces without the use of harmful chemicals or residues.  The wand is safe on hard, non-porous surfaces (not for use on food, humans or pets) 4 AA batteries required, but not included. Available at Squix.com $49.95 http://www.squix.com/cleanwave-portable-sanitizing-wand.html

Bondic – can fix virtually anything in 4-seconds! The world’s first liquid plastic welding tool, which debuted on Discovery Science Channel’s All-American Makers, has been compared to having a 3-D Printer in your pocket. Bondic® can fix everything from phone chargers to glasses, fishing lures to jewelry. Unlike glue, Bondic stays in a liquid state until a special UV light is applied, and turns it into 100% carcinogen-free hard plastic. YES, it stays liquid and won’t dry out like most glue on the market today. Bondic® is the perfect stocking stuffer and unique holiday gift, and has thousands of uses. Bondic® is a very simple 4-step process (clean, fill, cure and shape) to fix almost anything, saving you money by not having to replace stuff that is broken. Bondic® works on repairing and rebuilding almost every material, including wood, glass, plastic, metal, ceramic, and much more. Once it has been cured, it can be sanded, shaped, and even painted! Buy Bondic® at http://notaglue.com, at local retailers, or on Amazon. Starting at $20.

 

Baby Animals, Mammals and More! is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! includes ponies and puppies, camels and calves, manatees and monkeys and so much more. This award winning video is filled with music, fun facts and lots of giggles. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! has been seen on PBS television and more than 50,000 copies have been sold nationwide. It’s a proven winner!  Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Animals-Mammals-More-DVD/dp/0965060330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483715&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+animals%2C+mammals+%26+more

 

Gators, Crocs and other Yucky Swamp Creatures is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Kids will meet alligators, crocodiles, exotic birds, turtles, snakes, opossums, tree frogs and a lot more–all up close and very personal. This information packed video has won a Telly Award, a Communicator Crystal Award and an EMMY Award for best Children’s program. Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gators-Crocs-Other-Yucky-Creatures/dp/0965060306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483790&sr=8-1&keywords=gators%2C+crocs+%26+other

 

 

 

Dads & Grads 2016

published on May 20th, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

hum by VerizonWith features including boundary and speed alerts, pinpoint roadside assistance, an ASE Certified Mechanics Hotline and real-time vehicle diagnostics, hum helps you create a safer, smarter, more connected vehicle. Hum makes cars smarter by monitoring and communicating information about a vehicle’s health through near real-time diagnostic data alerts via an easy-to-use mobile app and customer web portal. Subscribers also benefit from GPS-based Pinpoint Roadside Assistance for advanced emergency assistance and an ASE Certified Mechanics Hotline which can help drivers save time and money on automotive services. Hum’s geofencing technology allows subscribers to establish boundaries for their vehicles and receive notifications when the vehicle enters or exits an area in addition to speed alerts, with the ability to select a maximum speed limit and receive alerts when exceeding that limit. Hum costs $50, along with a $20 activation fee and monthly payments of $10 (plus taxes & fees). Hum is available online at hum.com, VerizonWireless.com and in Verizon Wireless stores.

 

Honeywell Second Generation Lyric Thermostat – After more than a century of innovation, Honeywell introduces the perfect solution for home comfort, savings, and control with its second generation Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat ($249 MSRP). The Lyric thermostat unlocks a new wave of simplified home technology with more refined, secure, and easy-to-use features, including compatibility with Apple HomeKit and Watch, Samsung SmartThings, and even IFTTT (If This Then That) recipes.  Syncing with your family’s smartphones, Lyric adapts to your lifestyle using geofencing technology to keep you comfortable at home, and save you energy and money when you’re away. With Apple HomeKit, you can securely control Lyric using Siri, set up special actions, and even connect to other HomeKit-enabled products in your home. Lyric even has Fine Tune technology to account for outdoor conditions, indoor temperature, and humidity, so that 72 degrees really feels like 72 degrees. To purchase the Lyric thermostat, visit http://yourhome.honeywell.com and major retailers.

 

Intel-powered mini PC’s — This year, give your dad and grad the gift of powerful computing in a small, affordable device. We’re no longer looking at large desktop towers that take up significant floor or desk space, but instead, we have Intel-powered mini PCs like the Acer Revo One ($429.99) and the Dell Alienware Alpha ($449.) that provide all of the power of a desktop that your dad or grad needs, but without the tower. It’s the ultimate space-saver (small enough to fit in your hand) and it packs the punch of a full-fledged PC into an ultra-portable device, allowing you to take it with you from room to room, use it with your TV in your cramped dorm room, or even take it with you outside of the home. You can find both of these mini PCs and more Intel-powered devices for your on-the-go dads and grads at shop.intel.com.

 

Fizzics  — To date, the home draught beer system has been restricted to Kegeraters and overly complicated homebrew kits, which has forced consumers to purchase expensive CO2 canisters, consumables and non-returnable, proprietary kegs only to be forced to consume a single type of beer or home-brew which can quickly skunk if not adequately conditioned or consumed shortly thereafter. The introduction of the Fizzics Draft Beer System represents the first universal beer system that is ushering in a renaissance in beer and lets the drinker experience a premium draught pour from any variety of beer that comes in a bottle, can or growler.  To achieve the best possible beer drinking experience, Fizzics uses high-frequency sound waves and oscillation to create a dense, long-lasting head with increased flavor and aroma. In comparison to a hand pour of beer which creates foam of randomly packed bubbles of non-uniform shape that are inherently less dense and frothy, and result in a grainy mouth-feel which limits the taste potential. Up to 75% of the way taste is perceived comes from its smell, so by increasing the aroma and bouquet of a beer through the Fizzics system a person’s olfactory system is heightened creating a more delicious beer experience. It’s $169 and available at www.fizzics.com, Target.com, Target stores, BestBuy.com, BestBuy stores, Cabela’s, Total Wine & More and Brookstone.com

 

SpillFix — (made from coconut husks) is an all-natural Miracle of Nature. This multi-use spill absorbent is a must-have for every Dad.   SpillFix is an extraordinary spill absorbent solution to deal with all types of spills.  SpillFix will absorb every common household spill; from detergents and softeners in the laundry room, oils, greasy sauces, dairy, soda and juices in the kitchen, all automotive fluids in the garage to vomit and body fluids from your pets and other accidents. SpillFix should be in every kitchen, car, houseboat, trailer and motorhome. Completely safe for animals, humans and the environment, SpillFix is non-abrasive and will not scratch any surface.  SpillFix is being recognized around the world as an industry disrupter that can also be used on all types of dangerous chemical spills. It has proven to reduce clean up time and costs by 80% and creates 70% less waste than traditional clay absorbents.  If you value our environment and choose to use products that are sustainable with a low carbon footprint then SpillFix is the only spill-cleanup solution you should turn to. SpillFix is available in 3 sizes ranging from $8.99 for a 3q shaker jar to $30 for a large 2 cubic foot bag.   Home users can purchase from JEGS: https://spillfix.com/jegs/ <https://spillfix.com/jegs/> or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=spillfix <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=spillfix>   Industrial users can order through Fastenal: page-18 of the online catalogue:http://www.digiedition.fastenal.com/NationalPromotions/2016/Canada/02February/ <http://www.digiedition.fastenal.com/NationalPromotions/2016/Canada/02February/> or visit www.spillfix.com <http://www.spillfix.com/>

 

ChargeLeash – is the first Charge &Sync Smart USB cable designed to eliminate the loss of chargers for portable devices. It also reduces e-waste, reduces vampire power and offers anti-theft protection for expensive cell phones and other mobile devices. The ChargerLeash Smart cable with Loss Prevention Technology is equipped with an audible alarm that reminds its user to take the charging cable with them when they disconnect their mobile devices.  This electronics accessory was created specifically to solve the problem of forgotten chargers. Just as the name implies, this cable “leashes” your device to its power source, issuing an audible alert when you unplug your device. ChargerLeash is the perfect cable for the business traveler that does not want to lose their charger or cord while on the road… or at home. The cost is $15.99-$19.99 and available at Amazon, in airport Inmotion stores, TheGrommet.com and Www.chargerleash.com .

 

ChatLight — is portable selfie and video chat lighting—it uses a soft, flattering LED to enhance your FaceTime sessions, Skype meetings, and even selfies. $29.95   https://www.thegrommet.com/chatlight-rechargable-portable-lighting

 

Full Face Easy Breathing Snorkel Mask — This is the full-face mask with an integrated snorkel that allows you to explore underwater realms while breathing as naturally as you would on terra firma. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the mask covers your entire face, making it easy to breathe comfortably through your nose or mouth, and eliminating the discomfort of biting down on a traditional snorkel’s mouthpiece. The center-mounted snorkel features air vents in its shaft and a ball valve system that prevents water from entering. Freed from the hindrances of ordinary gear, surface snorkelers can observe aquatic life across a 180º vista thanks to the mask’s crystal-clear polycarbonate lens. A silicon gasket and adjustable head strap create a tight, yet comfortable seal and in the rare event of seepage, water drains from a purge valve when you raise your head so you needn’t remove the mask. The snorkel detaches for easy packing. One size fits most. Blue. $129.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/88654?promo=search&cmp=cel&trigger=ac&query=Full%20Face%20Easy%20Breathing%20Snorkel%20Mask

 

Home Tech Home

published on March 4th, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

Ring Stick Up Cam — is the world’s first and only battery operated outdoor security camera featuring two-way audio, motion detection, cloud HD video recording, and night vision and is totally wire-free. When used with Ring Video Doorbell, Stick Up Cam provides a full ring of security around customers’ homes.  Unlike traditional home security systems that only over video monitoring, the $199 Stick Up Cam also enables users to engage in two-way conversations with whoever is on their property in real time via their mobile devices. It is common for burglars to make sure no one is home before bringing it by simply ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door. Ring customers have seen burglars ring their doorbell and, if no one answers, break in through a back or side door in order to not be visible to the street. With the addition of Stick Up Cam, homeowners are provided another point of contact with visitors, and are better able to monitor, interact, and protect their entire home. With Ring, homeowners can give unwanted visitors the impression they’re home, even when they’re not, and prevent burglaries and crimes from ever occurring.  While Ring Video Doorbell creates a ring of security around users’ front doors, the wire-free Stick Up Cam, extend that ring around the entire home. Visit www.ring.com for more information and to purchase Stick Up Cam for $199.  With Ring, you’re #AlwaysHome

Water Pik Cordless Freedom –- Brushing alone is not enough!  The Waterpik Water Flosser is the easy and more effective way to floss giving you healthier gums and brighter teeth in just a minute a day.  The Cordless Freedom is the most convenient and versatile Waterpik Water Flosser to date.  The best feature about the new portable unit is that it delivers the same clinically proven benefits as advertised for a counter-top Water Flosser.  Due to its small size and because it doesn’t need to be plugged in, it is perfect for travel or small sinks.  The unit can easily be stored in a medicine cabinet at home.  And because it is fully waterproof, it is perfect for use in the shower. Plus it includes three AAA batteries and three Water Flossing tip accessories.  Also included is a microfiber travel bag and travel water plug, making the Cordless Freedom the perfect oral healthcare travel companion.  The Waterpik® Cordless Freedom Water Flosser is available at Amazon.com and Waterpik.com for $44.99.

Bitdefender BOX — is the first cyber-security solution that can protect all you internet connected devices, from laptops, smartphones, tablets to smart locks, smart TV, thermostats, and more. These little smart devices (door locks, thermostats, etc.) add convenience to our lives, but are also the weak links in our home personal network. It’s way too easy for hackers to access your personal data. The Bitdefender BOX is the first and only solution available on the market that can truly protect your personal data.  The BOX scans traffic going in and out of your home’s router and blocks online attacks before they reach your devices.  Protecting your personal private information. On top of that, Bitdefender BOX is an easy way to manage all of your family’s devices. Through Bitdefender BOX you can see if the device is protected with a password, you can push updates, clean your hard disk, limit the access to the internet to a certain time frame, and more.  The BOX is currently free but requires a subscription of $99/year. For more info go to: http://www.bitdefender.com/box/

Eve Room — monitors indoor air quality, temperature and humidity using sophisticated sensors that analyze volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Eve Room goes beyond CO? by analyzing substances that directly affect your well-being, like alcohols and chemicals, molds, paints, smoke, and more to ensure users keep their home safe. Eve Room is now available in Apple stores worldwide and on www.Apple.com for $79.95. The Eve app is available as a free download from the App Store.

Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight— These Energizer® high-performance headlights are lightweight, versatile and perfect for walking the dog, camping, or spring home improvement tasks that require two hands. The Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight is just one example of the Energizer® line of high performance headlights. The Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight  features a 250 lumen powerful beam with 3 light modes, including night vision, digital focus and memory recall and a pivoting functionality to direct light where you need it. It runs up to six hours and has a beam distance of 240 feet. The Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight is water resistant and drop-tested to stand up to harsh conditions. Price of the Energizer® high-performance headlights varies from $10 to $25 depending on the model of your choice. Energizer® high-performance headlights can be found at most major retailers. Learn more about Energizer®  headlights at www.energizer.com/lighting/headlights.

Energizer EcoAdvanced – is the world’s first AA battery made with four percent recycled batteries – nearly 10 percent of a key active ingredient – and is Energizer’s longest-lasting alkaline battery. A battery made with any percentage of recycled batteries while maintaining high runtime was thought to be an impossibility for decades – and is now reality – thanks to Energizer scientists, breakthrough technology and exclusive partnerships. It is another step in Energizer’s journey to bring performance and responsibility to the world. By using longer lasting & reliable batteries, including those made with some recycled content, consumers use fewer batteries, create less waste, and have less impact on the planet. Energizer’s future innovation will continue to reduce the impact Energizer batteries have on the environment. By 2025, the vision for Energizer EcoAdvanced is to increase the amount of recycled battery material ten-fold to 40 percent. Energizer EcoAdvanced is the perfect battery to have in your home or on-the-go, powering high-tech products with less impact on the planet. When you’re purchasing the latest battery-powered gadgets, for kids and adults alike, make sure you choose Energizer EcoAdvanced. Not only does Energizer EcoAdvanced contain 4 percent recycled battery content, but consumers have also recognized it as 100 percent awesome. With a vote from 40,000 consumers, Energizer EcoAdvanced was named a 2016 USA Product of the Year. In addition, it is the first-ever winner of the Sustainability category. AA/AAA 4-pack is just $4.99. Join Energizer’s journey of innovation and learn more about Energizer EcoAdvanced at www.energizer.com/ecoadvanced.

HEOS by Denon — is where home audio is heading, it’s a wireless multi-room sound system. HEOS  brings incomparable audio quality into your home through smart speakers that easily connect  to an existing Bluetooth or Wi-Fi network via the HEOS app, available for iOS, Android™* and Kindle Fire™. HEOS flawlessly delivers users’ favorite music from leading cloud sources like Pandora®, Rhapsody™, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, TIDAL, Spotify®, SiriusXM, Soundcloud® and Amazon Music or stream content stored on your smart devices, PCs, Macs or NAS drives. Instantly you have multi-room audio control at your fingertips, commanding music in every room from any device, by grouping several rooms together to play the same song- or play a different song in every room for a true wireless multi-room audio experience. Smallest in a full line of speakers, the HEOS 1 ($199) wireless speaker works both indoors and outdoors. This compact, portable speaker plays audio tracks via Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi audio streaming add the HEOS 1 Go Pack ($99) and it makes it possible to take HEOS 1 anywhere with this Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. The HEOS 3 ($299) is ideal for smaller spaces such as bedrooms, offices, dens, kitchens and dorm rooms, users can lay it down or stand it up – it can be placed virtually anywhere.  http://usa.denon.com/us/wireless-multi-room-music-system

PlusUs LifeLink –-The LifeLink from PlusUs is a must-have accessory for your mobile device. The LifeLink is the world’s thinnest and most portable USB cable! Its patented design enables the cable to easily fit in wallets or clip onto a key ring to charge and sync devices. The LifeLink is made of durable, flexible Teflon with an inter-locking lock design and at only 3.5” long when folded, it’s perfect for compact storage. It is ideal for use at work, in the car, at home or on-the-go! It comes either as an Apple Lightning Cable or Micro USB cable and is available for $29.95 at www.plusus.co

Energizer high-performance headlights — are lightweight, versatile and perfect for walking the dog, camping, or spring home improvement tasks that require two hands. The Vision HD Headlight is just one example of the Energizer® line of high performance headlights. The Vision HD features a 150 lumen powerful beam with 3 light modes, a dimming feature, and pivoting functionality to direct light exactly where you need it. It is water resistant and drop-tested to stand up to harsh conditions. Other headlights in this line include the Energizer Vision LED Headlight, the Energizer Vision HD+ LED Headlight and the Energizer  Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight. Price varies from $10 to $25 depending on the model of your choice. Energizer high-performance headlights can be found at most major retailers. Learn more about Energizer headlights at www.energizer.com/lighting/headlights.

 

SMART VIDEOS FOR SMART KIDS (Little kids):

Baby Animals, Mammals and More! is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! includes ponies and puppies, camels and calves, manatees and monkeys and so much more. This award winning video is filled with music, fun facts and lots of giggles. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! has been seen on PBS television and more than 50,000 copies have been sold nationwide. It’s a proven winner!  Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Animals-Mammals-More-DVD/dp/0965060330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483715&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+animals%2C+mammals+%26+more

 

Gators, Crocs and other Yucky Swamp Creatures is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Kids will meet alligators, crocodiles, exotic birds, turtles, snakes, opossums, tree frogs and a lot more–all up close and very personal. This information packed video has won a Telly Award, a Communicator Crystal Award and an EMMY Award for best Children’s program. Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gators-Crocs-Other-Yucky-Creatures/dp/0965060306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483790&sr=8-1&keywords=gators%2C+crocs+%26+other

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