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Beach-y on Today

published on May 28th, 2011 . by Steve Greenberg

Life’s a Beach– as in BEACH GADGETS

Here’s my segment with Hoda and KLG on this morning’s TODAY Show:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29054368/ns/kathie_lee_and_hoda#43194106

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Looking for a Gift for that Special Dad or Grad?

published on May 13th, 2011 . by Steve Greenberg

Here are some ideas–

Dads & Grads Ground Tour 2011

Rain Bird–this controller is different from any other controller in that it is the first weather-based irrigation controller designed for consumers.  Basically this controller gets real time weather data from the weather sensor and has about 10-years of historical weather data built into its hard drive You enter your zip code– and then it controls your sprinklers accordingly.  Studies have shown that smart sprinklers can reduce water use by up to 70 percent, helping homeowners save water and money on their water bills. Starting price $139 to $159 depending on how many sprinkler zones–super affordable  www.rainbird.com

Energizer Triple Beam LED Headlight — When active outdoor activities require two hands and dusk sets in, the first thing for Dad to reach for is an Energizer® LED cap light or headlight.  The Energizer Triple Beam LED Headlight is Energizer’s newest headlight, featuring a bright white LED but also a green LED for accentuating minor details and a red LED to help maintain his night vision.  Access the different LEDs via the large dedicated buttons, so you don’t have to scroll through one lighting option to get to your preferred setting.  It’s available at Sears and Amazon.com   Under $40  www.energizerlights.com

Olympus LS-20M High Def Video/Audio Recorder—this is a “Flip Camera on Steriods”   Simple to operate and perfect for recording a live concert, creating home movies and uploading pristine audio and video.  The new Olympus LS-20M HD video and Linear PCM audio recorder literally does it all in a compact, handheld package.  On 32-gig card it can record 2 hours of hours of highest HD video/audio.  The LS-20M is the first Olympus recorder that captures and edits 1080p HD video while recording 24 bit/96 hHz Linear PCM stereo sound (better than CD—professional studio quality)  Combined with four different optional Magic Movie special effects features, the LS-20M allows users to create home movies that look and sound like professional productions in a device slightly bigger than a typical smart phone.  www.GetOlympus.com    Under $300.00

Zeo Personal Sleep Coach—is a tracking system designed to help users improve the quality of their sleep.  It’s composed of a lightweight wireless headband and a bedside display.  Users sleep with the headband on and can upload their data into the “My Zeo” website, where they’ll find tools and coaching tips that show them how their behavior or environment is affecting their sleep.  Better sleep leads to better health, wellness and overall performance in whatever you do.   80% of Zeo users report improved sleep quality and feeling better in the morning.    Dads of all ages are always in need of a little extra R&R, and the first step for dads looking to take control of their sleep is tracking it and discovering the hidden “sleep stealers” in their everyday life.  With the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach, users can track the impact of alcohol, caffeine, exercise, bedtime and other factors on their sleep quality to see what’s robbing them of a good night’s rest.  Graduates moving on to college or entering the workforce can also benefit from improved sleep quality to maximize their performance in the classroom and at the office.  Normally about $200, Zeo is presenting a special promotion for Father’s Day and will be available for 20 % off online at www.myzeo.com and at authorized resellers such as Best Buy.com and Brookstone for a limited time beginning June 1.

Black & Decker 12-cup Coffeemaker– Everyone needs their coffee fix, especially sleepless new dads and college students. Time, affordability and convenience are all things both dads and grads value.  The Black & Decker 12-CUP COFFEEMAKER offers that and more with wake up to features such as Sneak-A-Cup® which allows you to stick your mug under the coffee while it brews if you just can’t wait.  Other great features are the non-stick, warming plate that keeps the Duralife® carafe hot and ready for pouring, while the two-hour auto shutoff function will power down on its own. Available at Walmart and Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Black-Decker-12-Cup-Programmable-Coffeemaker/10574351)  All this at an amazing lower price under $20.

The Soda Stream FIZZ –has the hot new feature—Fizz Chip Technology.  Using an LCD Screen, it monitors the gas level—so you know when you are going to run out CO-2 and you can adjust your carbonation level– low/med/high.  SodaStream makes ‘Better for you’ soda–no high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame. About 60 Flavors and now a new line of all-natural flavors— made with cane sugar and other natural ingredients.  As before no batteries or electricity required so it’s perfect for boating, camping and BBQ’s.  No lugging soda cases and hardly anything to store – making it perfect dorm rooms with limited space.  It’s very earth friendly as well—the average family of four people can save over 2000 bottles/cans each year by making soda at home. Reduces transport emissions by over 90%.  And bottom-line, making your own soda saves money–less than $0.25 per 12-oz can. Usually a 12-pack of cans is anywhere from $3.99-4.99 (33-42 cents per can).  The Fizz costs under $150 and are sold nationally at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sears, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and hundreds of other retailers across the country. Check out www.sodastream.com

Energizer Inductive Charger — is an easy and convenient way to charge your smart phone without cords.  The Energizer Inductive Charger is built with the new UNIVERSAL wireless charging standard, called Qi (CHEE) or recognized by this symbol, and means that the Energizer® Inductive Charger will charge any Qi device, regardless of manufacturer.   Currently it works with several Qi-enabled smart phones and in near future many more manufacturers are going to add Qi-technology into their devices.  At this moment, there are Qi enabled sleeves and doors available for some of the most popular smart phones such as iPhones, HTC Thunderbolt and Blackberry Curve 8900,  the new LG Revolution and Droid Charge.  There is even a USB port to connect other devices such as MP3 players and digital cameras to streamline all your charging needs.  The cost is $89 and the iPhone 3G/3GS sleeves are $35 Check out:  www.energizer.com/inductive

Time Savers with Dr Oz

published on May 2nd, 2011 . by Steve Greenberg

If you missed my Time Saving Gadgets segment on Friday’s The Dr Oz Show (because of the “damn Royal Wedding”) –here’s the link: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/gadgets-do-everything-faster

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