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BACK 2 SCHOOL 2014

published on July 29th, 2014 . by Steve

Slingbox M1 – Just launched and with a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $149.99, the new Slingbox M1 is the most affordable Slingbox that Sling Media has ever produced. Designed for the mainstream user who wants to have remote access to all of their home TV channels and shows as well as access to DVR content on personal computers, tablets and phones, the Slingbox M1 is offered in a compact, unassuming form factor that fits easily into an entertainment system. In addition, the Slingbox M1 integrates WiFi for simple network connectivity and utilizes the new Slingplayer for Desktop app for PCs and Macs. The new Slingplayer for Desktop app dramatically improves setup and configuration, allowing users to be up and running in less than 10 minutes. Furthermore, Sling customers will now be able to configure their new Slingbox M1 with a mobile device via the Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad as well as Android-based phones.  Slingbox M1 is the lowest priced Slingbox we’ve ever introduced: $149.99  — no monthly fee.  Slingbox M1 is  available at www.sling.com  also at BestBuy, Amazon, TigerDirect.

 

Braven BRV-1 and BRV-X – two ultra tough Bluetooth speakers – Braven, the designer and manufacturer of the world’s most talented speakers, is dedicated to delivering stunning audio to today’s mobile consumers. The ultra-rugged and IPX7 waterproof certified BRV-1 and BRV-X portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal for students headed back to school this fall and are the perfect companion for any adventure. Both the award-winning BRV-1 and BRV-X speakers boom in any environment for over 12 hours of continuous playtime and also feature a built-in power bank for charging smartphones, cameras, and other mobile devices.  The BRV-1 is available for $99.99 and the BRV-X is available for $199.99 at AT&T stores nationwide and online at att.com. For more information about BRAVEN please visit braven.com.

 

Space Bar — Clear the clutter and own your desk with the Quirky Space Bar, available at your neighborhood tech resource, RadioShack and RadioShack.com. The space bar is a sleek desk accessory, which is great for dorm life, saving space, minimizing clutter and providing multiple USB ports for busy studiers. With six USB ports – four in the front that charge and sync and two that charge in the rear – the space bar can assist the toughest projects and papers. It also includes one mini-USB port and one AC adapter port. By purchasing your back to school gear at RadioShack, you have the opportunity to protect your new equipment by signing up for the It Happens Protection Plan. With protection from accidents, power surge or mechanical failure, a simple in-store claim process and coverage from Day 1, you can make sure you’re covered when #!+* Happens. Learn more, and purchase the Quirky Space Bar, at RadioShack.com.

 

The Fan Buddie — turns an ordinary box fan into an extraordinary whole room air scrubber that is highly effective, extremely affordable and easy to clean. Combining PollenTEC – an innovative new filtration material certified by the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) – with a dense layer of antimicrobial filtration support, the Fan Buddie is your first line of defense in the battle against pollen, allergies and a miserable Spring.  The Fan Buddie ($29.95) is so affordable you can buy one for every room in your home with effortless installation and maintenance. It works on most 20” box fans and 18” circular fans (Holmes, Camair, Galaxy, Sunbeam brands) and Vornado tower fans. For more information, or to purchase your own, visit: www.fanbuddie.com

 

Janome Sewing Machine — Color has made a splash into sewing machine! The Derby Line from Janome features six different color options: Pink Lightning, Turbo Teal, Buzzin’ Blue, Fastlane Fuchsia, Orange Blaze, or Purple Thunder. With 3 new colors coming out just in time for the holidays! Not only is there a Derby Line machine for everyone’s favorite colors, but the presser foot is specially designed to prevent little hands from finding their way underneath the needle.  Perfect for a child, someone sewing in a small apartment space, or during travel.  Whether this is a first sewing machine or a travel machine for someone who can’t ever be too far from their hobby, you can certainly count on the ability to create a wide range of projects from simple hemming or garment fixes all the way to quilt piecing and construction. Starting at just $69.99, adults and children alike can start a lifelong hobby right away! Available at www.janome.com   http://janomespecials.com/machines-specialty/index.htm

 

Pong Case – While the effects of mobile device radiation are uncertain at this time, 50% of the RF signal can be absorbed into a person’s head or body during normal use. Wireless energy is even absorbed when the device is in your pocket or on standby. Equipped with patented antenna technology, Pong cases are the only cases proven to reduce exposure to radiation* while simultaneously optimizing the outbound signal. The embedded micro-thin, gold-plated antenna redistributes the signal, pulling it away from your head and body. Customized for today’s most popular smartphones and tablets, Pong cases are available in Classic and Rugged styles and in a variety of colors. Pricing starts at $59.99 for phone cases and $99.99 for tablets. Available for purchase at pongcase.com, Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores, BestBuy.com, Amazon, and Staples. For more information on the technology, visit pongcase.com or check out Wired’s independent testing in their article “Inside a Cellphone Radiation Testing Lab.” *NOTE: Pong cases have been tested in several FCC-certified laboratories. Specifically, the Pong Case for the iPhone 5S was tested at CETECOM Inc. in Milpitas, CA. CETECOM is a CTIA Authorized Test Lab accredited to perform Radiated Power measurements for Over-the-Air performance and also provides regulatory SAR measurements that support FCC guidelines. After testing of the Pong Case with the iPhone 5S, CETECOM confirmed that outbound signal from the phone improved and SAR was reduced.

 

Steve’s Educational– and FUN DVDs—

You can see sample video clips from the DVDs at:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbIDeb-mVn_IR7YUdzhRROg

Steve’s Frog Jump Challenge   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFJu8kB-IW4

Is that You or Ewe?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwEW3EuUSbI

Baby Animals Open   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVd2V7Ss4J4

Gators Open   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCLx_Ux14qc

 

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

 

Lulu Jr. — has three great, fun ways for kids to make their very own story book or comic book: My Awesome Book, My Comic Book, and IlluStory. These book-making kits include everything children need to create their very own book: ready-to-use book pages, markers, a postage-paid envelope and instructions. Lulu Jr.’s book-making kits have won 17 parenting, educational and toy industry awards. The My Awesome Book kit also includes a Quick Start Guide full of ideas, tips, and inspiration, written by New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. Lulu Jr. brings kids’ stories to life – from their imagination to their mailbox! Lulu Jr.’s book-making kits are available at www.lulujr.com.

 

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MORE GIFTS FOR DAD

published on June 6th, 2014 . by Steve

Some say Dads are tough to shop for–  I don’t agree— I’ve got more “non-tie” gift ideas !!

First up, check out this LED TV from Sunbrite (46”= $2895; 32”= $1495, 55” and 65”).  Designed for outdoor use– SunBriteTV’s are fully weatherproof against rain, snow, salt corrosion, BBQ grease, and works in temperatures as low as -24 up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.  (pour water on TV) I would never do this with regular TV—With Sunbrite, backyard fun with Dad will never be the same!!

www.sunbritetv.com

 

You’ve got a great TV—and whether it’s on a TV or a tablet, with a click of button, you can buy a digital movie to watch with Dad starting at $14 from iTunes, Amazon, VuDu and others—Some great movie titles for Dad include:

–Lone Survivor

–Non-Stop

–Jack Ryan:  Shadow Recruit

–American Hustle

–The Monuments Men

–300

–The Lego Movie

 

If you want to make your own movies take a look at this camcorder from JVC It’s called the Everio (Eh-very-o)

Starting at $400 — uses SD card–not included

$450 with 8GB built-in memory plus SD card slot

$500 with 32GB built-in memory plus SD card slot

It’s an All-weather video camera ideal for outdoor activities—especially when shooting with a cell phone is too risky.  It’s waterpoof to 16-feet, shock-proof, dust-proof, freeze proof — and it FLOATS   Perfect for boating, hiking, camping, water parks or the pool.   (Long-life battery — 4.5 hours, perfect for extended use outdoors).  http://www.jvc.com

 

And so Dad looks good in those home videos– check out Gillette Fusion ProGlide with new FlexBall Technology—($11.49) –this first of its kind razor hits stores today (June 9th).  It has a new handle that pivots and responds to the contours of Dad’s face to shave more hairs comfortably.  AND with Gillette’s Blade Subscription—for about $1/week– Dad will get new cartridges all year round. www.gillette.com

 

And finally so you can stay in touch with Dad—think about getting him a smartphone— and with Straight Talk you can pick from some amazing phones such as Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S and Androids under $100—AND with Straight Talk you’re looking at just $45/month UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT or DATA—and no contract ever—that’s half the price of most contract deals.  www.straighttalk.com/

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What’s New for Dads (and Grads)

published on May 9th, 2014 . by Steve

 

Anki DRIVE –is the ultimate gift for any dad who’s a kid at heart or is looking for new fun ways to spend time with his kids. It’s a racing game that he can play on the living room floor. Only, unlike the slot cars of his youth, these cars are souped up with artificial intelligence and robotics.  It’s part racetrack– part combat zone– all out high-speed fun.  The computer smart cars don’t just try to outrun you, they try to outsmart you as well. To get started, simply roll out the track and pick a car. Then power up the app and engage your weapons. Dad’s now ready to battle it out with up to four family members (or friends), or he can play against the AI (artificial intelligence) car. The cars can even drive and strategize on their own. Like a video game, the more you play the more powerful your car becomes. Points earned in battle can be redeemed for upgrades to your cars’ weapons and capabilities. The starter kit is $199 at Anki.com, Apple Stores, Amazon.com, and Best Buy stores. And, brand new for Father’s Day – two new cars and tracks are available that make gameplay more strategic, more chaotic and all around more fun! All you need to play is an iPhone 4S and above, iPad mini or a newer iPad or iPod touch.  www.anki.com

 

UniKey powers the first Bluetooth Smart keyless entry system that can be integrated into just about any lock, the Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey. With the Kevo smartlock, your smartphone becomes your convenient, universal electronic key (eKey).  No more fumbling around for your keys; simply walk up to Kevo lock and without even having to remove your phone from your pocket or purse, you have touch-to-open access.  You’ll no longer have to juggle shopping bags, boxes, coffee, or strollers while looking for your keys. Through the iOS app or web portal, users can manage locks, send or revoke eKey access to family or friends, and even view lock history of who accessed the home.  The Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey is available now via the Apple Store and is also available through other retailers with an MSRP of $219  including Best Buy, Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowes.  For more info about the technology that makes Kevo smart, check out www.UniKey.com

 

Wahl Lithium Ion Grooming Products –Wahl’s powerful line of lithium ion grooming tools are just what you need to help dad stay—or get—in style.  The Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Trimmer and Lithium Ion Clipper both offer longer run time and more power than standard rechargeable tools. This, plus their patented blade technology, means a precise and even cut without any pulling or snagging. Both products come with all the accessories dads need—guide combs, interchangeable heads for custom grooming plus a handy travel bag. The Quick Style Lithium Power Trimmer is also a powerful, yet compact option to meet all dad’s grooming needs, including light facial hair trimming and detailing of the ears, nose and brows. Quick Style is $19.99.  The grooming lineup is available at major retailers nationwide for under $70. For more product information or grooming tips, visit www.wahlgrooming.com

 

Zazzle –offers amazing watches that can be customized with a photo or even with a name or a monogram.  These watches are perfect gifts for the graduate, or for Dad for Father’s Day. The Vintage styled eWatchFactory Watch is a big-faced timepiece that will never go out of style. Featuring a three-hand quartz movement and genuine leather strap, this watch’s classic look is great for formal or fun occasions. Customize the face with your name and designs to make a watch perfectly matched to your personality and style.  The May28th watches are glossy plastic and come in 14 different colors.  This watch can be customized with your photos and graphics, and bonus – you can mix and match the colors and finishes.  Zazzle – www.zazzle.com – is an online marketplace where you can buy and make anything customized from iPhone cases to shirts and more. Zazzle’s proprietary technology lets users create billions of unique products. Based in the Bay Area, Zazzle is making products to order, typically within 24 hours.  Zazzle’s vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world’s imagination.  Zazzle has more than 95 million different products!  The Zazzle watches start at $45.95 http://www.zazzle.com/photo+watches http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+gifts

 

Vor-Power™ Flexible Battery Strap — There’s no need to search frantically for an outlet again. Vor-Power is power that is with you all the time, it is easy to access and comfortable – integrated seamlessly into a padded shoulder strap for your bag. These battery packs are made for people who want to be able to charge their devices – phones, tablets, anything USB or microUSB compatible – without carrying around battery bricks. Great for travelers, commuters, or students. Ergonomically shaped and cushioned, Vor-Power can velcro onto existing messenger bag straps up to 2.5 inches wide, providing comfort in addition to power. With 7,200 mAh capacity, these packs can recharge phones up to 5 times providing over 50 hours of talk or browsing time. Available in a standard black edition and a Father’s Day “World’s Greatest Dad” edition, as well as with custom company logos. Vor-Power starts at $89.99 for more info or to order go to www.Vor-Power.com

 

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Openeris for Dads who want peace of mind and a lot more control over the biggest door into their home. Do you ever ask yourself if you’ve closed the garage door after you’ve left the house? Just a quick glance at the MyQ app on your smart phone shows you if the garage is open or closed, and one tap on the screen opens or closes it from anywhere.  MyQ can even send alerts if your garage door has been open for a specified period of time. Whether you’re vacationing thousands of miles away or across town at soccer practice, you can close your garage door if you forgot, and even open it to let the kids in after school.  MyQ Garage installs in minutes without touching any wires, and requires just WiFi to the garage, a screwdriver and step ladder. Just download the free app to your smartphone, pair the app to the device in your garage, and MyQ does the rest. MyQ is a great new product for Father’s Day, planning for summer vacation, and peace of mind anytime. You can find MyQ Garage online at Amazon.com, and at retail and online at Home Depot, Apple and Verizon stores. Price is $129.99 with one garage door sensor, and a second garage door sensor sells for $59.99.  For more info go to http://www.chamberlain.com/smartphone-control-products/smartphone-connectivity

 

PowerSpurz –Early morning and evening hours are often the only time Dads can fit in a run or a bike ride. For others, that’s when they walk to and from work or stroll with the dog. Either way it’s dark, and low visibility can make it a dangerous time to be out and about.  Night owls and 4id founders, Ron Biron and Rodger Bailey, strive to keep active people safe at dawn, dusk, or late at night with PowerSpurz and PowerArmz light bands. The bands are a great addition to regular exercise gear and slip on easily with no extra bulk. Simply wrap the Spurz around the heel of your sneaker or the Armz around your bicep, and toggle between flashing or continuous light options with the press of a button. Depending on the mode, the two replaceable coin batteries can last approximately 80-100 hours. Weatherproof too, these ultra bright LEDs are ideal for any kind of weather.  $19.95  http://www.thegrommet.com/4id-wearable-safety-lights

 

PowerCaps are cotton baseball hats with patented, ultra bright LEDs cleverly tucked under the brim for easy on/easy off, hands free light.  Created by avid outdoorsmen at Illinois based PantherVision, these high quality, comfortably fitting caps have built in bulbs that provide visibility for distances up to 42 feet. The lights can also be seen from a mile away, and with battery life up to 43 hours, these hats have long lasting power that lives up to their name. Whether you’re night jogging, grilling, fishing, camping, or fumbling around during an electrical outage, a PowerCap will come to your rescue. $18.95 http://www.thegrommet.com/powercap-hands-free-flashlight

 

The Ultimate Cookie Dipper –is a father and son invention that started 7 years ago.  Mark Cotter and son Justice came up with the idea while they were watching TV, dipping cookies in milk.  As they dipped their cookies and drank their milk, their fingers were soaking in the cup of milk and the cookie became harder and harder to dip.  This sparked the idea for the Ultimate Cookie Dipper.  The Ultimate Cookie dipper eliminates the need to insert dirty, germ infested fingers into the milk.  No more dipping fingers.  The attached disposable straw provides the opportunity to dip and drink at the same time.  Dunk It, Dip It, Sip It! Multiple size cookies are supported, such as an Oreo creme filled cookie and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie.   The Ultimate Cookie Dipper is made from FDA approved polypropylene material.  It’s available at www.UltimateCookieDipper.com for $3.00/dipper (includes shipping).  It comes in 6 different colors: Blue, Green, Pink, Red, Orange, & Yellow.  Justice is not only an inventor, but he is proudly serving the US Army on the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington.  Dip into the future with the Ultimate Cookie Dipper

 

Quirky’s Contort Power –is for the Road Warrior Dad.  It’s portable power and cable management all in one smart design. Two USB ports and an AC outlet offer versatile charging, while the angled plug and built-in cord management make it one of the most travel-worthy devices in your bag.  It’s from the folks at Quirky for $24.99 https://www.quirky.com/shop/573

 

AquaZinger –To make it more palatable, try spiking your water with fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. All you need is one handy gadget:Aqua Zinger. Created by Josh Lefkovitz, Aqua Zinger is a water bottle with an integrated grinder. To make your own vitamin-enriched water, you start by adding fresh fruits, veggies and herbs to the compartment in the base of the bottle, then twist the bottom cap to pulverize the ingredients. A few vigorous shakes will send the flavorful juices through a mesh screen and into the water. Strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, mint… you choose the ingredients and Zinger does the work. The AquaZinger is avialable on thegrommet.com for $25.95. 

 

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Going Green on TODAY

published on April 27th, 2014 . by Steve

I had the chance to show KLG and Hoda some money-savings Green Gadgets on Today– here’s the link:

http://www.today.com/klgandhoda/go-green-gadgets-reusable-bags-water-timer-more-1D79568518

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Home Tech Home !!!

published on March 15th, 2014 . by Steve

HOME INNOVATIONS

 

The new 100-watt Cree LED Bulb looks and lights like a traditional incandescent light bulb and is available at the Home Depot for a breakthrough price of just $19.97—the lowest priced 100-watt LED replacement bulb (BTW– the next lowest priced comparable LED bulb is more than twice as much). Using 82-percent less energy and designed to last 25-times longer than traditional bulbs, the new dimmable 100-watt Cree LED Bulb is ideal for applications that require the most light, while still providing unmatched energy savings. The traditional bulb shape and size make it perfect for nearly any open lighting fixture in the home including floor lamps, reading lights, high ceilings and dark hallways. For more info go to www.creebulb.com

 

Fire up your technology from any location with the Belkin WeMo Switch, available at your neighborhood tech resource, RadioShack and RadioShack.com. This easy to use smartphone controlled switch allows you to control your home technology from anywhere. WeMo is a modular system – so you can easily add-on multiple units to control your whole home.  For expanded control, pick up the WeMo Switch + Motion Sensor.  It not only lets you control your tech via WiFi but also has a 10-foot motion sensitivity range.  So you can use it to have a light go on when you enter a room or a fan turn off when you leave the room. With these devices, you can control your lamp, fan, stereo system, heater or any plugged-in tech from any location.  These remote controlled switches plug into any regular 120VAC wall outlet and are intuitive, easy to set up and use.  All part of RadioShack’s “Do It Together” campaign.  Belkin WeMo Switch/Wireless Home Actuator, $49.99 at RadioShack and RadioShack.com: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=15262716  Belkin WeMo Switch plus Motion Sensor, $99.99 at RadioShack and RadioShak.com:  http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=16236206

 

Dashlane — tackles the universal problem of passwords by offering what might be the world’s best password manager and digital wallet app. It provides users with a beautiful interface and a seamless way to manage and use all of your passwords, IDs and payment information. User data is stored locally in a securely encrypted AES-256 vault and the encryption key is never recorded, stored or transmitted anywhere. This FREE app uses tested security technology designed to allow only the user to access the data. Dashlane is available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android. The app is free to use on one device and a Premium version is available for $29.99/year which allows you to sync between multiple devices. Dashlane was as PC Mag 2013 “Product of the Year” and was called one of “The Coolest Gadgets of 2013” by CNN.  For more information, go to www.Dashlane.com

 

Little Luxury — is a mini water cooler that unlike any other product of its kind – both cools and more importantly filters tap water.  Quite simply, you pop in the easy to replace clinically proven filter, fill the spill-free water bottle with municipal tap water, plug it in and within 45 minutes you have great tasting, healthy, ice cold drinking water.  It is simple, it is unique and it is ideal for all bedrooms, kitchens, offices, gyms, bars and more! A must-have for a child’s bedroom.  All materials are environmentally friendly.  The Little Luxury operates in almost total silence and it the recipient of the Energy Star award for energy efficiency. The cooler weighs only 7 pounds, holds 1.85 gallons of water and has a fast flowing water outlet. The filter provides about 130-gallons of water before needing to be changed and removes all pesticides, contaminants and chlorine whilst preserving the essential minerals that are not preserved in bottled water. Little Luxury looks cool, operates beautifully and saves lots of money. Each gallon of water will cost only about 12 cents. The cooler with the first filter is very well priced between $99.99 to $129.99.  Little Luxury means you no longer have to lug heavy water bottles home from the store and it  reduces the need for plastic bottles which are harmful to our environment.  For more info go to: littleluxury.com

 

For the first time, GE’s new Brillion™ app allows consumers to control their GE Profile wall oven (models PT9050, PT9550, PK7000, PK7500), from outside their home using their smartphone. The app allows users to preheat, set the timer and temperature and check cooking status remotely. The app also allows you to turn off the oven. The connected app is available for free in the Google Play store and the Apple App Store under the name GE Brillion. GE’s remote-enabled wall ovens are assembled in LaFayette, Ga., and retail for an MSRP of $2,299 – $3,799. Models are available in black, white and stainless finishes, and single- and double-oven configurations in both 30 and 27 inches. For more information visit www.geappliances.com  To see the app in action—check out this video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ngajrsb99cyo4x9/GE_Wall_Oven_Broll_v4_1080p.mp4

 

Wilson Electronics’ DT4G Cell Signal Booster—just launched, this is the first consumer cell signal booster to boost ALL voice and data signals, including 4G, for ALL US carriers. Today, more than 80% of cell phone calls are made from inside a building. Many types of building materials make it difficult for a good cell signal to get inside, including low-e glass, metal roofing, brick, window coating, and more. The DT4G helps overcome these building materials by using a powerful antenna to pull in the good signal, boosting it, and then redistributing a usable signal indoors through a small, desktop antenna. The process is then repeated, but in reverse, sending a strong signal back to the cell tower. The result, a stronger, more reliable cell signal in the area of your home or office where you need it most.   The DT4G Cell Signal Booster is under $400 and for more information go to: www.wilsonelectronics.com/greenberg       The product is available on Amazon.com as well: http://www.amazon.com/Wilson-Electronics-Signal-Booster-Office/dp/B00HWX16GU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394471233&sr=8-1&keywords=dt4g

 

Did you know that over 80% of mobile phones have some form of bacterial contamination?  WHOOSH! Screen Shine is the next generation screen cleaner that not only cleans screens but makes them shine like new and resists to fingerprints.  In fact, WHOOSH! Screen Shine removes dirt, dust, makeup and skin oils while leaving a nano-thin, invisible coating that resists fingerprints and dirt buildup.  WHOOSH is  the ONLY screen and device cleaner that is safe for ALL screens, non-toxic, and fingerprint resistant.   WHOOSH! is perfect for your mobile phones, tables and all monitors and TV’s… ‘cuz no one should fling a dirty angry bird or crush a gross candy!  WHOOSH! Screen Shine GO?1FL OZ / 30ml + W! antimicrobial microfiber cloth?$9.99?Additional sizes available at whooshscreenshine.com, Fry’s Electronics, Amazon and will be available at Apple stores and online in the Spring 2014.

 

Keyport Slide www.mykeyport.com $29

 

PhoneSoap Charger https://www.phonesoap.com $59.95

 

Messless Chocolate Milk Mixing Mug aka Moo Mixer  — This is the battery-powered, child-friendly chocolate-milk mixer that does a body—and a clean kitchen—good.  It consists of a 16-oz. plastic tumbler that fits inside a Holstein-patterned holder with a trigger button on the handle.  Mixologists simply add milk and chocolate syrup or powder to the tumbler, then press the button.  A safe nylon whisk quickly whips up the bone-boosting beverage without creating dirty spoons, countertop spills, or the frustration of finding undissolved chocolate at the bottom of the glass. $14.95

 

Stupid Alert Button http://www.stupid.com/the-stupid-alert-button.html $10.99

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Greenberg Finds at CES 2014

published on January 6th, 2014 . by Steve
RZT S ZERO by Cub Cadet – is the only fully electric-powered zero-turn riding lawnmower with steering wheel control and four-wheel steering. Zero engine noise (no noise at start-up and amazingly quiet while cutting, the ZERO allows homeowners to mow any time, day or evening, without disturbing neighbors.)  Zero gasoline or oil, filters, belts (equals less cost to operate For more info:  www.cubcadet.com/zero     http://www.cubcadetrztszero.com   (please check link)

Litecoin Mining PC Tower aka “The Salary Machine”— by iBuyPower and AMD —this computer is designed to help you mine the digital currency called Litecoins.  These coins are hidden on the Internet and you need a power computer to crack the code to find them.  Once you have a coin you can use them to buy real merchandise.  It can bring in about $50/day — as of 1/6/14 a single litecoin is worth $28.50   www.ibuypower.com/site/coinmine

The World’s First Internet Connected Electric Toothbrush– Unlike anything else that exists today, this smart toothbrush has a unique technology which analyzes your brushing habits and displays them on a mobile dashboard you can readily access from your phone. Every brushing is recorded and all of your brushing data is trackable so you can improve your habits, learning how best to improve the health of your teeth and mouth. (Price to be determined)

SmartCharge Bulb— the world’s first LED bulb which you can turn on/off from the same wall switch even during a power outage   www.smartchargelight.com  $25/bulb
PhoneSoap — Did you know? The average phone is 18x dirtier than a public restroom? This is the first and only cell phone charger that sanitizes your phone using powerful UV-C light, it kills 99.9% of all germs.
 https://www.phonesoap.com/buy-now/   The cost is $49.95.

Spree Fitness Monitor – (wearable technology) —  http://spreesports.com    The makers claim it is the most comprehensive fitness monitor on the market – and the first to track body temperature, movement and heart rate without using a chest strap  Developed by Dallas-based Hothead Technologies, Spree is a cutting-edge device that stands apart from other fitness monitors, such as those worn around the chest or arms, by analyzing the three most important variables in every fitness routine – body temperature, movement and heart rate. The sleek and comfortable headband unit captures all the real-time data needed to optimize every workout and achieve ultimate performance, then streams the information to an easy-to-use smartphone app that charts exertion and provides visual indicators when each activity’s goal is reached. $299
NETATMO Urban Weather Station –With Netatmo, you’ll be able to remotely monitor and record (at 5 minute intervals) your home’s indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity as well as indoor CO2 levels, pressure, and acoustic comfort.  The Netatmo app uses push notifications to give you alerts on actions you should take based on the current environmental readings. For example, you’ll receive a push notification to open a window if your CO2 levels get too high.  The app displays your indoor temperature, CO2 concentration, noise levels and humidity, as well as your outdoor temperature and humidity. It also provides curves and data tracking on real time graphs when you rotate your phone so you can discover patterns and macro historical trends within your weather cycle. Netatmo made a smart decision to combine the outdoor sensor’s readings with external weather data so you can easily see a 7-Day forcast for your area as well as an overall outdoor air quality index $179 at  https://grandst.com/p/Netatmo.
Zepp Multi-Sports Sensor — Monitors your swing in all sports from tennis to golf to baseball
The PowerPot – is a lightweight thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. Simply add water to the pot and place it on a heat source appropriate for boiling water.  The PowerPot® will immediately start powering up your mobile electronics.  The PowerPot® comes equipped with a standard USB (5V) port, making it compatible with devices you already have. The cable has three feet of heavy-duty, flame-resistant wire.  The solid-state voltage regulator provides up to 5W of power to charge your high-tech devices. $149 www.thepowerpot.com

 

StriimLIGHT B-10  from AWOX  — This LED light bulb features an integrated Bluetooth speaker that makes it easy to play digital music throughout your home for a simple “smart home” upgrade. The long life, energy efficient bulb screws into existing lamp sockets and connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. Once paired to the StriimLIGHT B-10, use your Bluetooth-enabled device to stream music and control your tracks. Use the included IR remote control to turn the light on and off and adjust the volume of your music. The quick set up makes it easy for anyone to integrate sound anywhere there’s a light: no pulling wires, no changes to decor. Just screw-in, flick the switch, and play the music of your choice with crisp clear sound anywhere you can place a light fixture. Best of all, StriimLIGHT’s unobtrusive design makes it easy to add music to rooms where space is scarce, such as bathrooms, kitchens and walk-in closets.

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Gifts for Guys !!!

published on December 11th, 2013 . by Steve

Who says guys are tough to shop for??

I’m working with some great companies to come up with a guy-friendly holiday gift list–

 

First up — If you’re looking to WOW the kids and Dad too—check out  ANKI (ahn-key) DRIVE –this might look like just a fun racing game—but each car is really more like a robot with special abilities. Each car is souped up with artificial intelligence that allows them to move around the track— they even have weapons to make the race more exciting. It’s sort of like a video game brought to life on your living room floor.  You can play against the robot cars or up to three friends. ANKI uses the iPhone or any IOS device as the controller (starter kit is $199 in Apple Stores/Anki.com)

 

Next gift idea is perfect for a Man-Cave or for the whole family—its EPSON POWERLITE HOME CINEMA 2000 PROJECTOR –super compact, 1080p Projector—perfect for indoor use or even use it outdoors on the side of the house.  So you can watch content from streaming media devices like the Google Chromecast and it even has an MHL-enabled HDMI port so you can plug in a ROKU Streaming Stick— ($899, at Epson.com, Amazon, BestBuy.com, TigerDirect.com)

 

Now a lot of guys are going to be getting PC’s, Macs, Android Phones, various tablets etc this holiday season—if you’re looking to get them a great accessory –maybe skip the carry case and get them KASPERSKY INTERNET SECURITY MULTI DEVICE Protection.  This one software download will protect up to 5 different devices with anti-virus and anti-theft features. Just launched in September, it’s one of the best ways to protect your tech devices (starts at $79.95 for 3 devices and goes to $99.95 for 5 devices – 1 year)

 

Next I’ll let you in on a little secret—we guys like to look cool.  So grooming tools are a must-have.  Here’s WAHL’s Grooming Line-up and their newest product is this LIGHTED LITHIUM DETAILER –perfect for all of those hard to see spots—inside your nose and in your ears, plus your eyebrows.  And for the head and face, Wahl offers the Lithium Ion Clipper and Trimmer. Both offer longer run time and more power than standard rechargeable tools.

(Detailer $25.99, Trimmer $46.99, Clipper $69.99 at local retailers and at www.wahlholidaygifts.com)

 

OK, your face is covered—what about the rest—here are some hot gifts from HARLEY-DAVIDSON’s holiday gift guide—you’re sure to find something for everyone and up your cool factor in the process. They’ve got some of the most-wanted items like these Boundary Fleece Touchscreen Gloves with touchscreen compatible index fingers and thumbs to keep you warm and well-connected. The online guide has something for everyone, including favorites like this Heated Travel Mug – perfect for keeping your beverage hot!

Check out the gloves at http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/boundary-fleece-gloves

And check out this Roadway Leather Jacket  Cool, huh?

Ho Ho Ho

 

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Xmas Gadgets for TODAY SHOW

published on December 9th, 2013 . by Steve

Here are the links for the segments showcased on NBC’s Today Show –

Here are the links to the products showcased in my TODAY SHOW segment:

Here are the links to my Ugly Holiday Sweater and Dancing Santa Hat: 

Wine Lock 
 
Candy Cane Spoons 
 
Synchronized Musical Pathway Lights.
 
Chefs Choice Reindeer waffle maker 
 
This tree ornament alerts you when it’s time to water your tree so you don’t have to crawl around checking the water level.
 
Light Show Power Center—turn any string of lights into a remote controlled light show - http://www.skymall.com/light-show-power-centers/27254GRP.html#q=light+show&start=1  

 


 

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Black Friday Deals

published on November 23rd, 2013 . by Steve

First up—an incredible deal from STRAIGHT TALK –they are offering a Samsung Galaxy S-3 for just $399.  Straight Talk offers “Same Phones, Same Networks, at Half the Cost.” In addition, Straight Talk has partnered with Walmart to give fans a chance to meet and see Garth Brooks in Vegas. To enter for a chance to win a “Walmart All Access Pass,” go to www.StraightTalkSwitch.com/Garth

LIFEPROOF—famous for tough, drop-proof, dirt proof, water-proof cases—has just launched some new cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4.  There are two versions: the fre with a built-in scratch protector screen and the nuud, the only waterproof case WITHOUT a screen cover that allows you to touch the actual screen  —and you can do it when the phone gets wet.   It’s available for both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S III:  $79.99 for the fre version and $89.99 for the nuud version.  Product and purchasing info: http://bit.ly/lifeproofsg4  DISCOUNT CODE: STEVE10 (not case sensitive)

Black Friday is all about discounts. The free SHOPULAR app automatically notifies you of deals at your favorite retailers when you are entering a mall or store. One great tech deal found in the app:

***Target is selling a 50″ Element 1080P LED HDTV for $229 (regular price: $599; cheapest price for a 50” TV ever + it’s the lead doorbuster deal in Target’s Black Friday 2013 ad)

Shopular covers over 40,000 retail locations and you can customize it so you NEVER miss a deal at your favorite stores—such as Best Buy, Target and Macy’s. Download the app from the iTunes App store or Google Play or visit www.shopular.com

Other Shopular.com deals

- Walmart is selling a 60″ VIZIO Smart LED 1080P television for $688 (regular price: $998; currently the best price for a 60″ HDTV)

- Best Buy (Sale begins on THURS @ 6 PM) – AWESOME DEAL: Save $100 on an Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi 16GB for $299.99

- Walmart (Sale begins on THURS @ 6 PM) – UNBEATABLE PRICE: 32″ class LED HDTV 720p for ONLY $98 (brands vary by store)

- Target (Sale begins on THURS @ 8 PM) – Lowest Price EVER on Nintendo 3DS XL Game System: $149.99 (regularly $199)

- Sears (Sale begins on THURS @ 8 PM) – Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB 1.5 GHz processor for ONLY $139.99 (regular price $229)

- Staples (Sale begins on THURS @ 8 PM) – Save $150 on HP 14″ Chromebook (with Intel Celeron): $179.99! (regularly starts at $299)

- Target – Apple TV on sale for $89 (save $10.99)

- RadioShack – Save 25% on Roku 2 1080P Streaming player $59.99 (reg $79.99)

Next up the Duracell Powermat Powerset II –perfect for your iPhone5. This one-stop solution contains a case, Snap Battery and two-position mat to keep your iPhone 5 powered and ready with the  benefit of wireless charging.  The “GoPower’ series of backup batteries lets you take power with you on-the-go!  Use the Black Friday promo code “TAKECHARGE” for 20% off any item on www.Duracellpowermat.com

And finally check out the OLLOCLIP (Oh-Low Clip) “4-IN-1″ Photo Lens, a cool iPhone and iPod Touch accessory. Olloclip features four lenses  –a fisheye, wide-angle and two macro lenses – all in one small package for $70.   olloclip also offers a Telephoto Lens for only $100.  Both are lightweight and small enough to fit in a pocket or a Christmas stocking.  Get free shipping in the U.S. by going to http://www.olloclip.com/holidays

 

My holiday outfit

click on link below each item to learn more or purchase

Ugly Sweater    $38.99
Ugly Holiday Sweater: Laser Cat-Zillas
14” Dancing Santa Hat (Chantilly Lane)

 

 

 

 

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Ho Ho Ho — Tech The Halls — Holiday Gift Gadgets

published on November 14th, 2013 . by Steve

My holiday outfit

click on link below each item to learn more or purchase

Ugly Sweater    $38.99
Ugly Holiday Sweater: Laser Cat-Zillas
14” Dancing Santa Hat (Chantilly Lane)

 

Holiday Gift Gadgets–

Fitbit Force — Push yourself closer to fitness goals with the just launched Fitbit Force, available at RadioShack and RadioShack.com. The Force is rechargeable and water-resistant.  This digital fitness wristband is with all you the time, motivating you to stay active with a sleek design. With real-time stats right on your wrist, you can track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. When the day’s over, track your sleep and wake up with a vibrating alarm.  Other great features include instant access to your stats with a real-time OLED display AND your stats automatically sync to your computer and leading smartphones.  You can also

–Two colors available: black and slate

–Set goals, view progress and earn badges from Fitbit

Fitbit Force comes in two colors (black and slate). It’s $129.99 at RadioShack and RadioShack.com   www.RadioShack.com/FitbitForce

TiVo RoamioTiVo Roamio DVR, the all-in-one approach to live, recorded, on-demand and over-the-top television that gives consumers what they want on any screen, wherever they are. Out-of-home streaming lets you to stream TV and recorded shows to your iPad® or iPhone® from anywhere – all you need is Wi-Fi. The built-in TiVo Stream feature allows users to connect and watch recordings and live TV almost ANYWHERE. A refreshed and more elegant interface offers updated HD menu screens and fonts with nearly twice the performance. Browse and Search content even faster. The “What to Watch Now” feature on the DVR provides an instantaneous personalized dashboard that immediately shows you the best programming available…right now. For users who just like a good channel guide, Roamio offers guide filters to quickly break down the options into only content you want to see. Choose to browse the guide by something as simple as Movies or Sports, or as specific as romantic comedies. There’s now an all new application platform – leveraging the new HTML 5 platform to support TiVo apps. The TiVo Roamio runs the latest version of YouTube with more on the way. The new platform will enable faster, more frequent additions to the TiVo platform.  An improved remote boasts an RF connection, allowing Roamio to be placed behind closed cabinets or in another room altogether – no line of sight is needed to operate your TiVo. Still, the remote retains the capability of learning commands to control all of your other equipment, allowing for the true one-remote solution. Keep in mind anywhere you have an Internet connection, you have the ability to manage your DVR with your phone or tablet. The updated free TiVo mobile app available for tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android™) offers remote Season Pass® management, a recording scheduler that allows you to add or remove recordings and enhanced WishList® management. The TiVo Mini software has been updated to include Netflix and “dynamic tuning” to maximize the value of Roamio’s capacity. This feature allows all of Roamio’s tuners to be used for recording when they aren’t actually streaming content to another screen. It’s the ultimate whole-home DVR experience. The TiVo Roamio DVR Series includes three models: TiVo Roamio ($199.99), TiVo Roamio Plus ($399.99) and TiVo Roamio Pro ($599.99). Roamio features four or six tuners and unprecedented storage (ranging from 75 hours to 450 hours of HD content). It ensures subscribers never miss a show again and have plenty of space for recordings. The improved speed and performance of TiVo Roamio also includes integrated wireless and TiVo Stream functionality in certain models. To learn more, visit TiVo.com.

Seagate Wireless Plus — Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight smartphones or tablets with enough space for up to 500 high-definition movies, Seagate Wireless Plus will extend the limits of today’s mobile lifestyle. The new hard drive includes a 10-hour battery life to match that of most tablets and smartphones. With the integrated 1TB drive, you’ll have all you need to be entertained anywhere, including long road trips or flights – without an Internet connection. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices. The Seagate Media app has been developed for all major mobile devices, including Android, Kindle Fire HD, Apple iOS and will also work with just about any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network. Additionally, you can use Wireless Plus to enjoy video, photos, music and even documents on the big screen via Apple Airplay, DLNA or an app designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. A CES 2013 Best of Innovations Award Winner, Seagate Wireless Plus includes an option to save content and files to the drive wirelessly through the new Seagate Media app. For the first time, consumers will be able to capture a great HD video on their iPhone and then wirelessly upload it, in full resolution, to Wireless Plus with its 1TB of storage. You can purchase Wireless Plus for $199.99 at Seagate.comAmazon or Walmart.

Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ Cup-to-Carafe® Coffee & Tea Maker

combines two of the most popular trends in coffee makers – single serve and carafe-style – with a separate tea filter to rapid brew tea.

Always brewing piping hot, this compact model uses freshly ground beans in a filter instead of pods or capsules that often brew a weak cup. The Coffee à la Carte™ lets you add up to 60 grams of freshly ground beans to the filter for each single cup.  Your coffee can be mild or extra strong, depending on the amount of ground beans added to the filter.  Operation is easy and intuitive, with completely customizable brewing and sizing options.  There are four preset illuminated brewing buttons for Small Cup, Large Cup, Tea, or Carafe, which holds 42 ounces of coffee. Each single cup button can also be easily customized for volume with visual “press and hold” programming. Fast and efficient, it brews a single cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds, and a full 42-ounce carafe in less than 6 minutes. The quick-heat 2.2 bar Italian-made pump system always brews to the optimal temperature above 200 degrees F.  Tea lovers will appreciate the additional tea filter that is included to prevent any flavor exchange between coffee and tea. The programmable tea button rapidly steeps a cup from 5 to 10 ounces, and the quick brew system provides the fastest results while still maintaining maximum flavor.  The Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ has an actual retail price of $179.99, and is sold at BedBathandBeyond.com.

Boogie Board Sync 9.7 LCD eWriter  –You’ve heard of eReaders, now there are Boogie Board LCD eWriters. Improv Electronics makes several models of Boogie Board eWriters – and none of them use any paper or pens (you can even use your finger to write and draw)! The newest one, the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 eWriter, takes note-taking to a whole new level. Users can save hundreds of “pages” to internal memory (as vector .pdf files) or transfer them directly to a computer, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device instantly and wirelessly via Bluetooth. The bold, modern design is perfect for style-conscious business professionals and students. The 9.7-inch, pressure-sensitive writing surface (measured diagonally) provides the precision and control of a fine tip pen. Free mobile app (iOS/Android) and PC software (Windows/Mac) display writing/drawing in real-time, share files via e-mail and popular social media sites and integrate with Evernote to organize and archive files. Files can be edited in many popular illustration and image editing programs (e.g., Adobe Illustrator). Available at Amazon.com and other retailers for $99 MSRP. For more information, go to www.improvelectronics.com

Battroborg Motion Controlled Batting Robots —Remember Rock’em Sock’em Robots?  This is the 21st Century version—and now the robots are real robots and they are fueled by your fists. Wireless controllers transform your quick jabs into your robot’s swift hits! Battroborgs record battle wounds via an LED light that changes color with every strike received. Train by yourself, battle head-to-head, or engage 20 robots simultaneously in a Battle Royale.  Price has just been reduced to $79.99 for the 3-in-1 Arena set and it is  available all major retailers including Walmart, Target, and ToysRUs.  For more info go to http://us.battroborg.com/

Chillsner –keeps your brew cool from the first sip to the last drop. More effective than an ice-cold glass or a koozie, the Chillsner maintains the temperature of your beer from inside the bottle. Unlike ice, it won’t melt and dilute the taste. Simply freeze for 45 minutes, take a sip of beer to make room for the Chillsner, place it inside the bottle, and savor every refreshingly cool sip. With its bottle-mouth design, it’s easy to forget the Chillsner is even in the bottle. The only difference is that now while you’re chilling with your friends, your beer will be chilling too.  $29.95  http://www.thegrommet.com/corkcicle-chillsner-pack-of-2  The Grommet is a highly curated online marketplace and launch platform for products of great utility, style or inventions that haven’t hit the big-time yet. The Grommet seeks out these unique products, carefully tests them, and produces a video review of each one telling the story behind its creation. The Grommet is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce whereby regular people form the commerce experience by suggesting products that reflect their values and interests. Citizen Commerce turns the typical top down retailer approach sideways, encourages global product innovation from small producers, and satisfies the consumer’s need to know the stories behind and origins of favorite products. The Grommet is 100% advertorial free. The company was also just named one of the hottest sites of 2013 by Internet Retailer. For more information, visit http://www.TheGrommet.com.

Call Me Gloves  –These touchscreen winter gloves allow the wearer to wirelessly conduct cell phone calls by assuming the universal “call me” gesture. With a speaker inside the left thumb and a microphone inside the left pinkie, wearers simply hold the thumb to the ear and the pinkie to the mouth for convenient “two-digit” calling. The gloves pair wirelessly with a cell phone via Bluetooth technology and provide clear sound even 39′ from the phone. Buttons on the left cuff, easily maneuvered while wearing the right glove, answer or disconnect a call. To ensure users don’t have to choose between connectivity and warmth, conductive fibers woven into both thumbs and index fingers allow easy operation of a touchscreen while the gloves remain on. The battery lasts for 12 hours of talk time and recharges in only 30 minutes with the included USB adapter. The gloves’ knit acrylic fabric stretches to fit most sizes. Dry clean only. Black.  $79.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=84285&promo=Electronics-New-Arrivals&catid=1716

iPad To Foosball Table Converter   –This is the only foosball table that enables classic, rod-spinning ball-banking gameplay on the iPad. An iPad docks to the table and a free app displays a richly detailed pitch with eight rows of foosballers controlled by the table’s eight dual axis rods. The app’s realistic gameplay and the rods’ elastomeric handles provide the sure grip needed to perform pull, snake, and bank shots as if playing on a traditional table. When someone scores the app produces the classic “whap” sound of a foosball entering the net and players can relive the glory of every goal with a field-level replay backed by a roaring crowd. Buttons on both sides of the table dispense balls onto the iPad’s field while sliding markers allow traditional score keeping. App allows users to select different field layouts and customize player uniforms. For one to four players. Compatible with iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad running iOS 5 or higher. 12″ L x 7″ W x 3 1/2″ H. (2 3/4 lbs.)   $99.95  For more info go to http://www.hammacher.com/Product/83979?promo=search

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