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6 Problems And 6 Gadgets That Solve Them

published on October 12th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

PROBLEM: You want to start making your home a smart home but you are the least handy person in the world—what should you get?

 

SOLUTION: Switchmate – is the only snap-on smart lighting system in the world that requires NO TOOLS or rewiring. Switchmate installs in less than a minute to give you ultimate control over your lighting and home appliances. The smart light switch magnetically attaches over your existing switch plate, has built-in voice control, 2 customizable timers, and offers the exclusive ‘Welcome Home’ feature to automatically turn your lights on when you arrive home. The power outlet is just as easy to install and offers additional features. Control your lamps, fans, space heaters or appliances remotely with your phone. Each socket can be controlled individually, so you get 4 custom timers in one outlet. There’s even 2 built-in USB charging ports on the outlet, so you can charge your devices without taking up a wall outlet. The Lighting Power Pack, which retails for $129.99, offers 2 instant smart lighting switches and 1 smart power outlet, making it the perfect gift for grandparents, parents, renters, tech enthusiasts, college students and more. Download the free companion App from the Google Play and Apple App Stores, and use your smartphone to turn your house into a smart home in less than a minute. Switchmate light switches start at just $29.99 and are designed for standard Toggle and Rocker switches. The Power Outlet is priced at $39.99. Find Switchmate products on Amazon and at Walmart, Target, Home Depot & Costco stores. For more info go to www.switchmatehome.com

 

 

PROBLEM: So many remotes—how can you reduce your remote count when streaming video to your TV?

 

SOLUTION: Sideclick — is a slim universal remote for streaming devices that makes streaming much easier for the entire family. Sideclick is a universal remote that attaches to the streaming device remote so you can control the TV, sound bar, and streaming device all-in-one.  This remote is a simple add-on that eliminates the need to juggle multiple remotes.  Sideclick is available for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and many other streaming devices. This remote is great for anyone that is streaming their favorite Netflix shows using a streaming device, and it’s especially great for kids (and grandparents) who sometimes have a hard time managing multiple remotes or over-complex universal remotes. Available for $29.99 on Amazon and in select Best Buy stores.

 

 

PROBLEM: Looking to add a quality outdoor camera, but they’re all so pricey plus they all have a monthly fee— What should I get?

 

SOLUTION: Blink — is the most affordable U.S.-based security camera company on the market. Their newest product this year is the Blink XT, an outdoor camera with a highly-respectable 1080p, weatherproof, and HD video. It solves a number of problems homeowners face from keeping your home safe to preventing porch theft, which is a growing problem. What makes all of Blink’s products special is its 2-year battery that runs on AA batteries. Along with that, there are no added fees and is the only security camera on the market that gives you unlimited cloud storage for your video clips at no added cost. Blink XT starts at $129 and you can purchase it on their website here: https://blinkforhome.com/collections/outdoor-security-camera

 

 

PROBLEM: Trouble sleeping? Did you know lower temperatures encourage sleeping—What should I do?

 

SOLUTION: Tanda Mattress: Did you know approximately 1-in-3 adults don’t get enough sleep at night? Although often unacknowledged in today’s busy world, a restful night’s sleep is essential for good health and overall well being. It all starts with creating the best environment for sleep. Studies have shown that the optimal temperature for a comfortable night’s sleep falls between 65 and 72 degrees. That’s where the Tanda Mattress comes in. Tanda is the innovative new mattress that incorporates ATROS technology to pull cool air from the environment and transfer it to the mattress to help you fall asleep faster and then keep your core body temperature from climbing at night to help you stay asleep longer. In addition, the mattress features a breathable Opti-breeze foam core that also works to regulate body temperature so you do not retain heat throughout the night. The combination of ATROS and Opti-breeze makes Tanda just the right fit so every night is a good night. Available in all sizes from twin to California king, the Tanda Mattress is available online at tandasleep.com at a starting price of $550. You can see the cooling Tanda feature on this thermo-imaging video: https://youtu.be/PmHeY5C0qNA

 

 

PROBLEM: My kids are always on the Internet and I’m worried about what they are doing online?

 

SOLUTION: Circle Home — is a device that pairs with your in-home Wi-Fi, and is managed through a free smartphone app (iOS or Android). Circle Home gives parents the ability to control their children’s access to the Internet both at home and away from home.  Parents can filter content, set time limits, set a bedtime, and pause the Internet™. Each child has his/her own profile and settings.  Parents can completely customize Internet access for each child based on the child’s age and parents’ preferences.  Additionally, parents can add “Circle Go” to manage their family’s mobile devices outside the home on any data or WiFi network. Circle with Disney offers products to help parents stay informed about their kids’ online activities and limit screen time on connected device in the home and on-the-go, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles. Users can get more information and purchase at meetcircle.com or leading retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Amazon. Circle Home is $99, if you want “Circle Go” that’s $4.95/month.

 

 

PROBLEM: Seniors who are isolated tend to get anxious, depressed and lonely. What can be done to improve this growing problem?

 

SOLUTION: Qoobo – is a cat-like interactive furry pillow. It was recognized and honored with a show award at this month’s CEATEC Electronics Conference in Tokyo, Japan. By holding and stroking the pillow causes the tail to move and wag. Fun for everyone, the pillow designers believe isolated seniors will have the most to gain. Qoobo should reduce anxiety, depression and loneliness. Qoobo is expected to launch in 2018, but you can register now with Yukai Engineering. Once Qoobo is ready for consumers, you will be contacted, so you can decide at that time if you want to add Qoobo to your family. Qoobo is expected to cost about $100. To register or learn more, go to http://qoobo.info   QOOBO IS ALSO ON KICKSTARTER–CHECK IT OUT AT:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1477302345/qoobo?ref=thanks_link

 

***BONUS PROBLEM AND SOLUTION:

PROBLEM:  Love hard boiled eggs, but hate peeling them
SOLUTION: The Negg® – makes quick work of this dreaded kitchen chore.  The word Negg stands for naked egg, and there is nothing that will coax an egg out of its shell faster than the Negg.  Simply boil your eggs using the recipe included, add a ¼ cup of water and your egg to the Negg, snap on the top and shake.  After 4-12 shakes you will feel the egg soften.  Check frequently through the clear cylinder and when you see the egg white appear through the shell, you are done.  Simply pop the egg out and squeeze it out of its shell.  That’s all there is to it. The Negg which retails for $17.95, comes in seven different colors: red, yellow, white, black, green, fuchsia, pale pink and includes the recipe for the perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg and several other traditional egg recipes.  Oh, and if you don’t want to do your own shaking, hand the pre-loaded Negg to the nearest child.  They love using the Negg.  The Negg is available at TheGrommet.comHSN.comAmazon.comFreshFinds.com, and local retailers across the country.  For more information about the Negg, and a listing of local stores that are presently carrying the Negg, go to www.neggmaker.com,

 

 

 

BACK 2 SCHOOL means it’s time for SMART GADGETS

published on July 23rd, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Must-have Back 2 School Gadgets — These gadgets go to the head of the class!!!

 

MyQ Garage from Chamberlain – For more than 70% of kids around the country, the garage is the main point of entry/exit to and from their home. This school year, parents can use MyQ Garage from Chamberlain to better keep track of the comings and goings of their kids by receiving smartphone alerts when the garage door opens or closes, letting you know when the kids leave for school or return home from practice. Homeowners with most any brand of garage door opener made after 1993 can add smartphone control with MyQ Garage. The product includes easy-to-install hardware for the garage, and a free app for the smart device. HomeKit users will want to add the new MyQ Home Bridge device to integrate their garage into their smart home. With the combination of MyQ Home Bridge and MyQ Garage, HomeKit users will be able to open, close, or check the status of their garage doors, and turn MyQ-connected lights on or off using the Home app via their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch, or using Siri. MyQ Garage is available now with an MSRP of $129. The new Home Bridge device will be available soon from the Chamberlain website for an introductory price of $49. Chamberlain.com

 

 

 

TrackR — Keeping track of your child’s items is easy this back-to-school season with TrackR pixel, TrackR’s newest coin-sized Bluetooth tracking device. By attaching a TrackR pixel to all of your children’s valuables — backpacks, wallets, laptops, etc.  — you are employing a little memory butler to keep track of all of their stuff. This not only frees up space and time for you to focus on other obligations, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing that your children’s belongings will always be accounted for.  TrackR pixel lights up and rings loudly when you tap the Item Ringer  button in the free TrackR app. You can use this app to locate your items  in seconds, and you can press a button on your TrackR pixel to make your  phone ring, even if it’s on silent. If your item is lost outside of  Bluetooth range, TrackR’s crowd locate network can help you find it. Anytime another TrackR user is within range of a lost item, the user will  receive an update with the last known location of the missing item. Plus, with TrackR’s Amazon Alexa integration, anyone with the TrackR app can  ask Alexa to ring a misplaced phone at home (or if your phone isn’t in  the house, Alexa will tell you the address of its last known location). TrackR pixel devices are available in nine colors at www.TheTrackR.comwww.Amazon.com,  and select retail outlets worldwide.

 

 

Witti Beddi Glow Intelligent Alarm Clock – The BEDDI Glow is an intelligent alarm clock with a wake up light. With BEDDI Glow you can wake up naturally with sunrise simulating light, listen to your favorite music from Spotify or Apple Music, and customize your settings through the free mobile app. The high quality Bluetooth speaker can play your favorite music while the two charging USB ports can keep your devices fully charged for the day ahead. While rushing to get ready each morning, BEDDI Glow can inform you of real time traffic and weather updates. BEDDI Glow also contains an adjustable mood light composed of 16 million colors. The four alarms can be customized with snooze button settings. BEDDI Glow is available for purchase on www.wittidesign.com, Amazon and in Target stores nationwide.  Currently on Amazon for $69.99

 

Professor Einstein — Meet Professor Einstein by Hanson Robotics: The amazingly expressive robot who trains your brain and teaches you science. He connects to the cloud and interacts dynamically with an iPad or Android tablet to talk with you, share his passion for science, challenge you with brain games, and take you on a journey of fun and learning. With over 50 realistic facial expressions and gestures, he looks just like the real Albert Einstein and will make you smile with educational games and science facts. Professor Einstein loves to chat and will answer your questions on a range of topics, from the weather to scientific concepts like the theory of relativity. He is your Personal Genius and guide to a world of wonderment. You and Professor Einstein can both grow smarter over time. You can earn Genius Points by looking out for daily “Data Cards.” Each correct answer advances you up the ranks of genius. Professor Einstein will also notify you when he is ready to download a few more brain cells if you go to www.professoreinstein/stein-o-matic and sign up for new app alerts. Professor Einstein is available for $299 USD at professoreinstein.com. Professor Einstein is available on Amazon and at the direct link below for $299

Professor Einstein Robot with Voice Recognition & Wifi

 

 
D-Link EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-882) – Today’s students must learn to multi-task, and the D-Link AC2600 EXO router ensures that this school year’s must-do web surfing, streaming and gaming go uninterrupted. The AC2600 EXO router features dual-band high speeds of up to 2,533 Mbps, a high performance dual-core processor that provides powerful wired and wireless network speeds, and AC SmartBeam technology which tracks connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range. Easily stream stored music, movies, photos, files, etc. with the USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. Additionally, the latest MU-MIMO technology allows multiple devices, such as laptops, tablets, and cellphones, to get high-bandwidth Wi-Fi signal at the same time. The AC2600 EXO router is a must-have for the upcoming school year and is available now for just $149.99. For more information, visit: us.dlink.comhttp://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac2600-mu-mimo-wi-fi-router/

 

Red Cooper Flipwich – When school starts parents need snacks for their kids. Flipwich is the answer. This easy-to-use stovetop grill and press sandwich and Panini maker features twin chambers to create a sealed environment for cooking faster and easier.  Copper infused ceramic Red Copper Flipwich is the newest cookware item from BulbHead.com. Simply press, lock the stay-cool handle to seal tight, flip and cook right on your stovetop without the use of oil, butter or spray. Red Copper Flipwich makes perfect grilled sandwiches, toasty, gooey grilled cheese, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, s’mores, other fun desserts and more. Visit www.BulbHead.com. Red Copper Flipwich retails for $19.99.

 

 

WOW Cup — Won’t spill– perfect for lunch boxes. Drink through gentle sucking without the need to press buttons, move levers, or sip on straws and spouts. The 360° EVEN-SEAL™ drinking edge allows you to just pick up the cup and drink anywhere along the rim. After drinking, the valve automatically seals itself until you take another drink. The Wow Cup® is spill free, worry free and hassle free! Make a mixed drink with iced cubes and it won’t spill in your beach bag, on your beach blanket or under your beach chair. $9.99; 6 different colors– www.WOWCup.com

 

 

Summer is HOT — These Gadgets are COOL

published on July 23rd, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Gadgets to KEEP COOL !!!

 

FlashFan — this smartphone LED fan cools you down & spins away with 5 super brightly lit colored LEDs while looking cool at the same time. Dozens of light patterns fade & display while the high-powered led smartphone fan actually keeps you cool too. Uses very minimal phone battery.  https://flashwear.net/collections/flashfan $14.99

 

Bond — Smart products add so much convenience to our lives, but they usually don’t work with the remote-controlled appliances we already own, like ceiling fans and AC units – the things we depend on to keep us cool in the summer. It can cost thousands of dollars to upgrade to Smart versions of those devices. That’s where the Bond comes in. The Bond is the first Smart Home product that works with your existing remote-controlled stuff. No upgrades! And for just $99! The Bond can read, remember, and duplicate the signals from your remotes, and it connects to your home Wi-Fi. So, using your phone, tablet, Amazon Echo, Google Home – whatever you want – you control the Bond, the Bond controls your appliances, and you’ll never need your old remotes again! Available now for preorder at  www.bondhome.io.

 

WOW Cup — Won’t spill. Drink through gentle sucking without the need to press buttons, move levers, or sip on straws and spouts. The 360° EVEN-SEAL™ drinking edge allows you to just pick up the cup and drink anywhere along the rim. After drinking, the valve automatically seals itself until you take another drink. The Wow Cup® is spill free, worry free and hassle free! Make a mixed drink with iced cubes and it won’t spill in your beach bag, on your beach blanket or under your beach chair. $9.99; 6 different colors– www.WOWCup.com

 

GoPure Pod — is designed to make sure we all stay hydrated with fresh, safe drinking water throughout their day. This eco-friendly, NSF-certified + portable water purification Pod drops into any reusable water bottle for continuously clean water throughout the school day. It provides peace of mind that the water students are drinking is of the highest quality and fully purified. Each Pod lasts up to six months and removes lead, chlorine, chromium, among many other tap water contaminates commonly found in school water fountains through the patented technology PuriBloc. On an environmental front, one Pod replaces 2,000 single-use plastic water bottles that are slowly destroying our environment – it’s a simple, affordable way for students to practice and promote a green lifestyle. MSRP: $24.95  gopurepod.com

 

Evaporative Cooling Cap —  Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer, this is the cap that uses evaporation to keep your head up to 20º F cooler than outside air temperature. It is the only cap that cools the crown and provides cooling in the brim. Made by a supplier of cooling apparel to professional cycling teams, Olympic athletes, and the military, the hat is charged by submerging in cold water for at least two minutes, then wringing out the excess.  The cap’s patented fabric inner liner retains the cool water where it vaporizes over five hours, the evaporation process naturally drawing heat away from your head, keeping you cool. 100% cotton with 53% polymer/47% cellulose liner.     One size fits most; adjustable hook-and-loop back. $29.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/81941?promo=search

 

WindBrrrly – No need to blow on that hot mac & cheese. WindBrrrly was created by a Mom who wanted to keep hot food from burning her child and to provide an all-over cooling process that was effective in under-a-minute and is easy to use.  WindBrrrly has all of these features and it’s fun to use. $21.99 www.windbrrrly.net

 

ChairVisor — s the perfect gadget that helps you stay cool! It’s a portable sun shade made with high quality Sunbrella material, water resistant, does not fade and available in custom colors.  Gen 1 does not have solar power capibilites ($119.99)– Gen 2 has solar panels so that you can charge a phone or device via USB port. ($149.99)  Unlike anything on the market, ChairVisor allows the user to protect their face from the sun with UV resistance. No more throwing a towel on your face or a magazine at the beach to protect your face. ChairVisor™ provides the highest protection available from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. The sunshade has the ability to attach to almost any lounge chair to block your face no matter what angle the sun rays are coming from, making reading and relaxing in the sun a much more pleasurable experience. ChairVisor.com

 

Fruzen Ice Cream Scoop – I scream for ice cream! You scream for ice cream! We all scream for ice cream, but nobody wants to scoop it out of the container. Unless you’re a top chef or the frost whisperer quickly getting ice cream out of the container and into perfect scoops seems nearly impossible—that’s because you’re using the wrong tool. Urban Trend’s Fruzen™ Ice Cream Scoop will allow you to scoop like the pros at your favorite ice cream parlor every time. Its power tip can plow through the most frozen ice creams, yet is gentle enough scrape the bottom of small pints. Combine that with its unique shape made for scooping ice cream from the container’s hard reach spots—the Fruzen will help you create your best ice cream confections! https://urbantrend.com/product/fruzen-ice-cream-scoop/ $14.95

 

 

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

published on May 13th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

 

BBQ 2017 Gadgets

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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HOME INNOVATIONS

published on March 8th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Submitted by Williams Lucena

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

GET ORGANIZED — Today Show

published on February 21st, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Cut out the clutter and GET ORGANIZED

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

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

 

CES 2017 Some Random Finds

published on January 4th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

CES 2017 “Sounds” Very Cool

published on December 30th, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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Tech The Halls — Smart Toys & Gadgets for Smart Families

published on November 22nd, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Six Problems & Six Products That Solve Those Problems

published on October 14th, 2016 . by Steve Greenberg

Submitted by Williams Lucena

Looking for an improved rolling walker (rollator)?

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

 

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

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

 

Need to teach your kids to brush right?

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

 

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

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

 

Hate lumpy potatoes?

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

 

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

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

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