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Tech The Halls — Smart Toys & Gadgets for Smart Families

published on November 22nd, 2016 . by stevetv

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 stevetv

 

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 stevetv

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 stevetv

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 stevetv

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

Ho Ho Ho Here are some fun Holiday Gift Ideas

published on November 14th, 2015 . by stevetv

Steve’s Ugly Holiday Sweater— Be a sure winner this year at an Ugly Sweater Party with either of these two show-stoppers. Look like a Christmas tree with ornaments, candy canes and lights on this green sweater from BuyCostumes.com. The green, long sleeve sweater lights up so you can twinkle and shine throughout the party. $44.99   Be a sure-fire winner with this Knit Crackling Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater Adult, available at BuyCostumes.com. See it in action at http://www.buycostumes.com/p/806027/knit-crackling-fireplace-ugly-christmas-sweater-adult Not only will you look spiffy and festive, but you’ll be as close to an open flame as possible without actually igniting on fire. Best of all, you can walk into any party and ask the predictable question, “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?” This exceptionally ugly sweater has a small pouch in the front that allows you to slide in your iTouch, iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3. With a knitted brick fireplace pattern, simply set your phone to any crackling fireplace video or app, slide it in and watch people around you get cozy. $54.99

 

BLINK — is a new, one-of-a-kind, totally wire-free home monitoring system perfect for renters and homeowners alike. As soon as motion is detected, Blink turns on instantly (within a fraction of a second) to record and capture an HD video clip that is then sent immediately to your Android or iOS mobile device as an alert through the Blink App. Prefer to just check in on your home? Blink also includes a Live View feature that makes instant home insight as easy as the tap of a button, any time and from anywhere. Ultra-affordable, Blink systems range from $79 to $289 (with no monthly fees unlike many other systems), allowing you to enjoy the peace of mind of a multi-room system for less than many others charge for just a single camera. And with its easy-to-expand design, you can add cameras as you see fit (up to 10!), to better build a system that fits your life, your needs. Blink is also compact in size and completely wire-free, meaning that set-up is simple and you have the flexibility to truly place it anywhere in your home – on a bookshelf or desk, flush on the wall, or in a corner – without having to worry about the nearest outlet or unsightly cords. And with battery life that lasts a year, as well as easy-to-replace AA lithium batteries, Blink makes system maintenance a thing of the past. For added features, it also includes night vision, free cloud storage, optional local USB storage, an auto arm/disarm function (both schedule-based and geofencing), a temperature sensor, built-in microphone, and an additional (optional) 105db alarm unit to ward off intruders. It is no surprise that Blink is a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree! Learn more at www.BlinkforHome.com.

 

BlissLights COLOR — is an indoor/outdoor laserlighting fixture that projects thousands of pin points of light on to any surface.  With the addition of the built-in 16-color LED and remote control,this product brings the magic of theme parks home by combining never-before-seen laser technology with a multi-color floodlight to create alluring displays for everyday home owners. It’s easy to use and the remote control lets users choose between using it as a “firefly effect”, a high-quality accent light, or to combine the two features to create a unique light experience. Additionally, the included remote control allows users to have the option to choose between one fixed color or the ability to pick from any of the additional LED effects. The BlisslightsCOLORis a great product for the Holidays,special events, parties, and for any occasion as it is both energy efficient and weather-resistant. The fixture installs within minutes, by simply staking it in the ground or placing it on a floor mount, and the built-in timer can also be turned off or on with a simple click of a button to allow stress-free installation. The COLOR is available for $139 and can be purchased at www.blisslights.com.

 

Adlens Interface™ – from Adlens®, the global leader in adjustable focus eyewear – is the must have accessory for anyone that’s spending a lot of time in front of their laptop, tablet or smartphone and at risk of digital eye strain. They are glasses that allow the wearer to adjust the optical power of each lens to focus comfortably at near, intermediate and distance vision. As well as having the adjustability to alleviate the pressure felt by eye muscles, their yellow-tinted lenses also filter out 80% of the most harmful blue light, relieving the symptoms of digital eye strain including headaches, blurred vision and eye fatigue.  At just $49.99, they make the perfect holiday gift for technology whizzes, gadget addicts, office workers and gamers. Pick-up a pair from Adlens.com and banish those tired eyes for good.

 

Seek Compact Thermal Image Camera –This holiday, give someone super powers with the Seek Compact thermal image camera. Plug it directly into your iOS or Android device and transform your smartphone into a powerful thermal imager that lets you see and read heat EVEN in complete darkness. Identify energy loss, water damage, electrical hazards, plumbing problems and more. The camera is also a personal safety tool for seeing people or animals in the night. The Seek Compact ($249) is available at Amazon and Home Depot stores nationwide.  www.thermal.com    @SeekThermal

 

Revell SnapTite Model Kits  – Revell, the leader in design and manufacturing of plastic model kits introduces four new model kits using the vehicles from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie made for kids 6 to 12. The SnapTite Kits require no glue or paint. The result: a fun hands-on activity that also helps build fine motor skills, the ability to follow instructions, and a sense of accomplishment as kids assemble a replica of a one of their favorite vehicles from the Star Warssaga.  Perfect for display. Available at all Michael’s stores. $12.99 to $24.99.

 

Star Wars Science: The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience — from Uncle Milton allows users to move Star Wars holograms with the power of their mind. Imagine you could raise an X-wing Fighter from the Dagobah swamp just like Master Yoda, or battle Darth Vader with just the power of your mind! These scenes are re-created through hologram images and a wireless headset with real brainwave sensors that read and interpret your levels of concentration. The more you concentrate, the more successful you are in moving the hologram image and successfully completing the Jedi challenge. The hologram images and Jedi challenges come through an included companion app and powered by the user’s own tablet device which projects these holograms into the unique Jedi training base. There are 10 different Jedi training levels, with Star Wars music, sound effects and voice instruction from Jedi Master Yoda. Star Wars: The Force Awakens challenges will also be available for download in Spring, 2017 after the release of the new movie.  For ages 8+ -SRP $119.99. Learn more at http://starwarsscience.com/product/the-force-trainer-ii-hologram-experience/  ·      Available at Toys R Us, Target and Amazon  STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. And/or its affiliates © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

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.

 

Blink B-Roll:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAzavgpMDf4&feature=youtu.be

Got a Problem? Here are some Solutions

published on September 25th, 2015 . by stevetv

Here are some gadgets and services that should solve some of your MOST pressing gadget problems

ecobee3 smart thermostat –from ecobee– designed for homes with more than one room, the Wi-Fi connected ecobee3 and remote sensors measure temperature and occupancy in multiple rooms, resulting in increased comfort when you’re home and energy savings when you’re away. The beautifully designed and easy-to-use thermostat is one of the first smart home devices compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, allowing you to control the device from your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch using Siri. The ecobee3 smart thermostat costs $249 and comes with one wireless remote sensor. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79. Purchase the ecobee3 at ecobee.com; Amazon; Home Depot; and Best Buy. To see if the ecobee3 will work in your home, visit www.ecobee.com/compatibility.

 

The Plane, Train, And Automobile Solar Backup Battery– This is the portable battery that attaches to a window and uses solar power to charge a smartphone or tablet. The device has a suction cup that allows you to mount it to a window in a car or plane and the built-in solar panel charges the internal 1,000 maH lithium-ion battery. A smartphone or tablet connects to the unit through its USB port (cable not included) and the device charges an iPhone 6 up to 44% and iPhone up to 56% on a full charge. The solar charger’s internal battery recharges in two hours via USB, it has five LEDs on the rim that indicate internal battery capacity, and it is only slightly larger than a hockey puck, allowing for unobtrusive storage in a carry-on or purse. 3 1/2″ Diam x 1″ D. (8 oz.) $69.95  http://www.hammacher.com/Product/87348?promo=search

 

Asurion Premier  Support— is the leading provider of connected life services, which includes device support and protection on all your favorite electronics.  When your smartphone isn’t working like it should, or you’re wireless printer isn’t talking to your laptop, Asurion can help solve the problem. Asurion can work across any device or platform and help with things as basic as resetting your iTunes password, to more complex things like syncing your smart door lock system with your smart thermoset to adjust temperatures when you’re not home. Asurion’s Premier Support isn’t just for when things aren’t working properly, they also offer proactive support to help you get the most out of your devices even before you have an issue. We are always monitoring operating systems, popular apps and services like Facebook and Gmail. If they see an issue, they’ll send you a push notification with the solution, in many cases before you’ve even realized the problem yourself.  Asurion partners with the leading wireless carriers, where white-labeled services are available. Customers can easily add premier support from their wireless provider right at the checkout and get instant support on any device that connects to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Price depends on carrier and device model but typically costs about $11 to $13 per month. Learn more at https://www.asurion.com/.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick — works with smartphones, tablets and computers1. Whether in a briefcase or in a pocket, this new flash drive allows you to wirelessly access media or transfer large files; save and share photos and videos; or stream HD videos and music2 to and from your mobile devices – up to three at a time.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is capable of supporting a single stream for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge3. With its USB connector, you can also connect directly to a computer to save and transfer files instantly.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick lets you access, share and transfer your photos, videos and files anytime, anywhere.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features an intuitive app, the SanDisk Connect app, which enables nearly effortless management of content between all of your favorite devices4 including, iOS and Android™ devices; Fire tablets; and Macs and PCs – all via password-protected Wi-Fi connectivity.  Available for download through the App Store, Google Play™ Store and Amazon Appstore for Android, the new app also enables other cool features like auto-back up of photos and videos from the camera roll to the drive. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a one year warranty5 is now available at Amazon, BestBuy.com and SanDisk.com in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB at U.S. MSRPs ranging from $29.99-$99.99.

 

Incipio Performance Series Cases for new iPhones–The new Incipio Performance Series of cases for the latest iPhones offer device protection at every level. Committed to defending your smartphone against drops,  the Incipio Performance Series offers 5 Levels of cases that allows customers to choose their desired level of protection for their new iPhone. Ranging from a sleek single layer, Level 1 case to an ultra-rugged, Level 5 case – With each level, another layer of superior drop protection is added. You can see the case in action at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW_d5Y_maLE&feature=youtu.be  Offered in a range of color combinations, the Incipio Performance Series for iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus provide intelligent drop protection, no matter what level you choose! Available on October 1, 2015 at incipio.com and in select retailers nationwide. Prices range from $24.99 to $49.99

 

Singtrix Personal Bundle — From the creators of Guitar Hero®, comes Singtrix® the next-generation karaoke makes bad singers sound good & good singers sound amazing! Everyone can now sound like a Rock Star!  Singtrix is revolutionizing the singing experience as we know it. For the first time ever, singers with average or bad voices are able to sing and sound great without countless hours of practice or expensive voice lessons.  Singtrix is a plug & play device that offers unprecedented studio quality vocal effects once available only to professional musicians, including live pitch-correction, harmonies, and extreme gender-bending & voice-morphing.  Singtrix truly makes singing attainable to the masses and provides the most transformative & immersive musical experiences for consumers.  Singtrix works with any music or device. Connect to the headphone output of your music device and play any song from your music library, YouTube karaoke videos, or apps.  The Personal Bundle is  a portable option offering the Singtrix Effects Console and Mic which can be used with your existing headphones or speaker system. The Personal Bundle is $229.99.  Singtrix is also available in the Party Bundle ($349.99) that includes the Singtrix Effects Console, 2.1 Multimedia Speaker with subwoofer, Mic, Mic Stand and music device holder.  Singtrix is available at http://www.singtrix.com/ and all TARGET stores!

 

Angry Mama & Angry Mama Wipes – Cleaning your microwave was never so much fun! NewMetro Design introduces Angry Mama, an easy to use gadget that blows disinfecting, dirt-cleaning steam from its top to effortlessly clean and refresh the interior cavity. Crafted to resemble a retro-style 50s era mom, Angry Mama tackles built-up crud and unsavory aromas that linger inside microwave ovens by steaming up a simple, non-toxic mixture of tap water and vinegar. The effective steam-cleaning action (activated by pressing the power on high for 5 minutes) softens dirt and stains for easy wipe down. Made of BPA free plastic and dishwasher safe, Angry Mama comes in three colors (Purple with Yellow, Blue with Orange, and Green with Purple), and is available on Amazon.com in October for $8.95 suggested retail. Also launching in October and designed to be used with the Angry Mama gadget is the super-absorbent Angry Mama Wipe, made from cotton-cellulose fiber. Angry Mama Wipe absorbs more than 16 times its weight in liquid and can be used continuously for up to 9 months. Dishwasher and washing machine safe, Angry Mama Wipe features a screened image of “Angry Mama” and comes in two sizes, medium ($5.95 suggested retail), and large ($7.95 suggested). Angry Mama Wipe is available in October on Amazon.com. Established in 2004, NewMetro Design is dedicated to seeking solutions to culinary conundrums, and adding smart design and fun experiences to food prep and time in the kitchen. For more information, please visit www.newmetrodesign.com

 

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror —This is the rear view mirror used by police officers and professional racecar drivers to reduce blind spots. The patented, seamless mirror has a 180° field of view (standard interior and exterior mirrors combined offer only 52°) that provides a distortion-free reflection of rear traffic across an entire five-lane highway. This panoramic view allows the driver to continuously monitor adjacent vehicles when merging or changing lanes without turning his or her head. The mirror automatically reduces the headlight glare of trailing vehicles by 50% and clamps over most standard rear view mirrors without requiring tools or adhesives. 15 3/4″ W x 2 3/4″ H x 3/4″ D. (10 oz.) $59.95  http://www.hammacher.com/Product/74978?promo=search

 

Back 2 School on TODAY

published on September 7th, 2015 . by stevetv

Make your kids life easier with latest back-to-school gear
Author Steve Greenberg shows Kathie Lee and Hoda nine great gadgets that will simplify your children’s school day and your morning routine–and some are fun learning tools too!!

Cool Tools for Back 2 School

published on July 21st, 2015 . by stevetv

BACK 2 SCHOOL 2015

Little Scholar Tablet — For 35+ years School Zone Publishing has paved the learning trail for toddler’s through grade school kids with proven tools trusted by teachers and parents worldwide. Their early learning workbooks, flashcards, and software are designed by educators and focused on developing success in math, reading, spelling and more.  All of School Zone’s rewarding educational knowledge is now available in Little Scholar. Little Scholar is designed to teach kids 3-7 the essential skills needed for school and is the only tablet that comes fully-loaded with 200+ uniquely fun apps, books, songs, and videos (a $390 value). Parents also love the A+ app that allows them to track progress and guide their child’s learning.  Suggested Retail $129.99— for more information go to Toys R Us (live demo in stores) www.Toysrus.com   or go to:  SchoolZone.com 

Greenberg 2 Award Winning Educational DVDs:

–Baby Animals, Mammals and More! This award winning video is filled with music, fun facts and lots of giggles. It is packed with ponies and puppies, camels and calves, manatees and monkeys and so much more. 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!  Fun-filled and a great learning tool—Only $9.95 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. Only $9.95 –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

 

XYZPrinting da Vinci Junior 3D Printer – Become a 3D printing pro and design your own creative products with the easiest 3D printer on the market, XYZPrinting’s most affordable 3D printer, the da Vinci Junior. Listed at just $349 with a one-year warranty (registration needed), the da Vinci Junior is designed for beginners to the 3D printing world, which is perfect for educators, families and hobbyist who want to make their 2D designs a 3D reality. Compact but capable, the da Vinci Junior is truly a plug-and-play 3D printer, requiring no assembly or complicated setup, unlike its competitors. For more info go to: http://us.xyzprinting.com/us_en/Product/da-Vinci-1.0-Junior You can purchase the da Vinci Junior at AmazonNewegg and Studica.

 

Dell Ultra Sharp 34 Curved Monitor —  As parents and students prepare for the school year ahead, technology continues to help students learn more and share their passions. The Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor is an ideally sized 34- inch curved monitor designed to maximize field of vision and minimize glare – it empowers students to stay ahead of the curve in their studies with its panoramic, immersive viewing experience.  Students will enjoy the beautiful color and sharp, cinematic clarity of the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor thanks to its WQHD 3440 x 1440 resolution and over 1 billion colors, and can collaborate on group projects thanks to its ultra-wide viewing angle that provides consistent colors across the expansive 34” screen. Add to this the rich, engaging sound of integrated 18W speakers and you have a truly great viewing experience for your dorm room. Dell monitors, #1 worldwide[i], transport students into a digital world, whether they are researching a term paper or editing a photo or video project. The Dell UltraSharp 34 Monitor is available for $1,199.99. For more info, visit http://dell.to/1J1KGGl

 

Bitdefender Family Pack Device Protection System– Protect your whole family – and all the gadgets, mobiles and tablets in it – from the dangers of the online world with Bitdefender Family Pack, from the creator of the world’s most effective anti-malware solutions. An unlimited number of PCs, Macs and Android devices in  a household are protected from malware, privacy intrusions, data loss and more with just one license! Bitdefender Family Pack is very easy to use and extraordinarily reliable. Plus, it won’t strain the battery or impact the performance of any of the family’s devices! Based on Bitdefender’s award-winning technology, Bitdefender Family Pack makes sure you can bank or shop online with the utmost safety, while Parental Control helps watch over the teens and the little ones while they venture forth into the sometimes wild online world. The Bitdefender Family Pack is $59.97. For more information, visit http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/family-pack.html.

 

Smartphone Alerting Bike Alarm –This is the bicycle alarm that automatically alerts a smartphone when it is stolen. The alarm looks like a typical bike light that attaches to the seat post and its built-in motion-sensor detects movement and instantly sends an alert to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The alarm’s built-in GPS allows you to track the bike’s location using the free app. When riding a bike, the alarm’s light can be turned on to alert drivers to your whereabouts. The alarm can notify a smartphone up to 80′ away and its rechargeable battery lasts up to two weeks after a two-hour charge via the included adapter. Compatible with iPhone 6, 5, 4S, 4 running iOS 6.1 and up.  Costs $99.95 and is available at www.Hammacher.com  http://www.hammacher.com/Product/87063?promo=search 

 

Quirky Pickup Power — is a desktop power strip with three AC outlets and 1080 joules of surge protection. The best part? It’s got a portable battery you can pop out and take with you in a pinch. Snag it with a 4000 or 6000 mAH battery to charge e-readers, tablets, phones, cameras, and more from anywhere. Like all Quirky products, Pickup Power was invented and influenced by real people like you. Denyveaus Sells of Tulsa, Oklahoma found himself stranded with a dead battery during the middle of his morning commute. He thought, “Why can’t I take power with me? Power that could charge my mobile devices anywhere at any time?” So he submitted the idea for Pickup Power and—zap!—now he’s got it. Pickup Power is available for $79.99 on Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/Quirky-PPUP1-60BK-Pickup-Power-6000mAh/dp/B002YUR3BI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437361601&sr=8-1&keywords=quirky+pickup+power

 

Video B-Roll

Greenberg DVD b-roll link: https://vimeo.com/99872048

 

Father’s Day– Are you looking for a Dad-get?

published on May 10th, 2015 . by stevetv

What to get Dad—when you know a tie would be a big mistake

 

Piper nv — is a DIY home security solution that you can easily personalize to focus on the things that matter most to you. With Piper nv’s 180-degree HD Camera, wireless accessories, and simple, intuitive mobile app, you see, hear and know exactly what’s happening in your home or office, all thanks to a live video stream sent directly to your personal mobile device. Piper nv provides peace of mind by allowing you the option to customize your system to your needs. Whether a working Dad checking in on the home or a small business owner keeping an eye on the office, with Piper nv, you can modify settings so that you’re alerted when, and only when, you want to be. If for some reason you won’t be available for a span of time, plan ahead by adding trusted family and friends to your notification network so that they can help you monitor what’s going on in your home.  With add-on automation options including door and window sensors, Piper and Piper nv are easy-to-use and affordable home security solutions at $279. For more info visit https://getpiper.com    NOTE: by using the promo code GADGETNATION, viewers will receive $25 off their Piper nv order.

 

Estes Proto X Drone — Winner of two international “Toy of the Year” awards, the Proto X is the world’s smallest drone, and one of the lightest weighing only four tenths of an ounce! Measuring only 1.8” x 1.8” (about the size of a U.S. postage stamp) this compact, beginner friendly drone is ideal the  for indoor flying. Available in 6 different color s including: green, red, purple, yellow, white and black. Bright, built in LEDs make it easy to see the Proto X in low-light conditions and enhances night flying experience. A 2.4 GHz radio not only allows for interference free flight — it makes it easy for multiple Proto X drones to fly at once. A gyro provides smooth, stable flight while the LiPo battery provides for long fly time. Compact, beginner friendly and ideal for indoor flying — Estes Proto X.  You can purchase Proto X at: www.estesrockets.com  $29.99

 

Incipio offGRID SHINE Battery Case for iPhone 6 — Power up your iPhone 6 on-the-go and take charge with the Incipio offGRID SHINE Battery Case for iPhone 6. The offGRID SHINE features a protective, one-piece design that delivers over 120% more charge and doubles the battery life of the iPhone 6.  The case is the perfect companion for all of your daily travels and adventures.  Looks great, strong and keeps you powered. It’s available at Best Buy stores nationwide and online for $89.99  http://www.bestbuy.com/site/incipio-offgrid-shine-external-battery-case-for-apple-iphone-6-black/5681216.p?id=1219655373751&skuId=5681216

 

weBoost Drive 4G-S — Whether you are on the go with the kids in tow and need to stay connected, or a road warrior who needs to stay connected for that important call, the weBoost Drive 4G-S allows everyone to stay connected wherever they go. Many enhancements have been made to the car to maximize miles per gallon, but one thing has remained the same: a cell signal is 50 times stronger outside than inside your car. Additionally with phone usage like GPS and streaming media becoming more prevalent, the need for a strong signal is much more important. The Drive is designed to keep you connected to all of what’s important in your life. $199.99   http://store.weboost.com/products/drive-4gs

weBoost Home 4G — We all have that room in our homes where we can’t make a call, send a text, or get data on our phone. Most of us suffer with it and just move to another room. As more and more Americans ditch the landlines, the need for a reliable signal is more essential than ever. With weBoost’s Home 4G you never have to worry about that again. Regardless of your carrier, the Home 4G fills in your indoor dead zones, so you can stay connected where you want it most.  $399.99 http://store.weboost.com/products/connect-home-4g

 

Nextbook Flexx 11 — Everything you need is at your fingertips with the new Nextbook Flexx 11 2-in-1 tablet with Windows 8.1. With a detachable keyboard with two USB ports, the Flexx 11 can be used as a tablet or a laptop, making it perfect for the entire family to share. Whether it’s typing an email, browsing the web, video chatting with a friend, or watching the latest movie, the new Nextbook Flexx 11 can handle any task and get more done while at home, at work or on the go. It features an 11.6” high-definition IPS screen with multi-touch and expanded viewing angles, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card up to 64GB, Bluetooth 4.0 and built-in WiFi, front and back cameras with microphone, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, and a 3-axis g-sensor for apps and gaming. The Flexx 11 will be upgradable to Windows 10 later this year.  The stylish Nextbook Flexx 11 tablet is available for $227 at Walmart stores nationwide and on-line at: Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nextbook-Flexx-11-with-WiFi-11.6-Touchscreen-Tablet-PC-Featuring-Windows-8.1-Operating-System-Black/44503406).

 

FreshTech™ line from Premier Accessory Group — combines the best of 3 worlds – charging, smartphone mounting and odor elimination. With FreshTech™ – Bad smells in your car are a thing of the past. The FreshTech™ USB Car Charger + Air Freshener combines charging your phone, tablet, GPS or other digital devices with FreshTech’s proprietary Scent Ring System that delivers up to 30 days of odor eliminating fragrance. Available as a Single USB or Dual USB model, the Car Charger plugs into a car’s 12 volt socket to charge your devices on the go. Both versions of the FreshTech™ USB Car Charger include one Scent Ring.  AND another option or odor elimination– FreshTech™ Vent Mount that securely clips into your vehicle’s air vent to hold your phone or devices and the FreshTech™ Scent Ring refills are available in 6-fragrances and come as 2 ring refill packs. http://www.amazon.com/FreshTech-Mount-Bonus-Smell-scent/dp/B00T4Y62IC  Dual USB – $12.99: http://www.amazon.com/FreshTech-Charger-Bonus-Smell-scent/dp/B00T4X9AVE/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2841CQPIZL1BY, Single USB – $9.99: http://www.amazon.com/FreshTech-Single-Charger-Bonus-Smell/dp/B00T4VFH5E/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2841CQPIZL1BY

 

Rego Gear’s Front Pocket Metro Sling Plus — puts everything you need at your fingertips. It improves on the traditional backpack with innovative, ultra-light front pockets that give you instant, and secure, access to your smartphone (iPhone 6 fits perfectly), wallet, keys, bottled water etc. Grab an energy bar while biking or hiking or your ID and passport at the airport without stopping to dig through a cumbersome backpack.  Retails for $80.00 www.regogear.com

 

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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