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Problem Solving Gadgets

published on February 22nd, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

SMART SOLUTION GADGETS

Nio We all lose things, sometimes it’s inconvenient, other times it’s disastrous, nio makes it preventable. The nio system virtually chains your iPad/iPhone to a nio Tag to prevent your device and other valuables from going missing.   The nio Tag is a Bluetooth accessory that can be attached to almost any belonging you wish to keep with you like your keys, wallet, purse, laptop or carry on.  Your device and the nio Tag act like a buddy system alarming if they become separated.   And with the recent rash of “Apple Picking” the nio could be a phone saver. The benefit of having your iPhone connected to a nio, is that you can set it to lock as soon as the set distance between the phone and let’s say your keys has been exceeded, the wireless chain between them is broken.  Not only will an alarm sound scaring the theif, but it will also lock the phone instantaneously protecting the phone and the contents within in and disabling them from changing the pin. An automatic notification can also be sent with a geotag notifying where the where the theft occurred The nio Tag is sleek, small and lightweight and will last 2-4 months on a single charge.  This unforgettable accessory is available now at www.niostore.com for $69.95.

HomePlug Certified devices turn every power outlet in the home into an Internet access point. If you have a weak Internet signal in one part of your home, you can use a HomePlug Certified adapter to put your Internet signal into your home’s wiring, so you can get Internet anywhere in your home. If, for example, you want uninterrupted video streaming in your home, it’s easy. Just plug your router into a HomePlug adapter, and then the adapter into a wall outlet. Next step, just plug the second adapter into a wall outlet where you want Internet connectivity. Final step, connect the second adapter to a smart TV or set-top-box. It’s that simple to extend a wired connection to any device in the home.  HomePlug devices are also available as wireless range extenders – these products will use your electrical wiring to extend your Wi-Fi signal from any electrical outlet. This is especially useful in rooms far from your wireless router where you have a weak or nonexistent Wi-Fi signal. A pair of adapters starts at around $50. Look for the HomePlug Certified logo on any and all products that utilize your home’s electrical system to extend your Internet connection. For a list of HomePlug Certified adapters/extenders, go to http://www.homeplug.org/certified_products. For more information, go to www.homeplug.org.

The Sleek 4G is a cellular signal booster from Wilson Electronics that provides a strong, reliable signal inside cars, trucks, RVs, boats and other vehicles. And with the purchase of a home kit (MSRP $29.95), it can be used indoors too. It boosts signals for both voice and data, and works on the 4G networks of all major U.S. cellular providers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon – also boosts 2G  and 3G signals for all U.S. providers. This means it is boosting your voice and data signal even when 4G service is available. The Sleek 4G has an MSRP of $199.95 and is available at Amazon.com as well as AlternativeWireless.com, WPSantennas.com and other retailers. For more information visit www.wilsonelectronics.com/store/display/236/43/sleek-4g.

The Electronic Caregiver from LifeSupport Medical, saves the lives other systems can’t. Using a lightweight, sleek and ultra-durable emergency wrist pendant, a peel-n-stick emergency response buttons placed in common accident locations in the home, and a sensor that detects prolonged inactivity, The Electronic Caregiver summons immediate response for customers suffering from medical emergencies and accidents, including falls, strokes and heart attacks, worsening symptoms associated with chronic illness, and household accidents. The Electronic Caregiver features a 24/7 EMT-certified and EMT-staffed monitoring center, a daily medication reminder service, and 24/7 touch-button voice access to trained emergency medical technician operator. The Electronic Caregiver is a comprehensive home safety solution like no other.  It implements a multi-step emergency detection system so customers can get help when they need it most — reliably and professionally. This total service is $39.99/month.  For more information, go to www.ElectronicCaregiver.com

iSucker—crazy name, cool product.  Can’t find a comfortable way to hold your tablet?  iSucker is the solution. The iSucker uses a proven suction technology that secures to the back of your iPad or tablet making it easier to hold in your hands, rotate and share information with others.  You can also set it on a desk, tray table or any other flat surface and use the iSucker as a stand in portrait or landscape.  When using the iSucker the weight of the device ergonomically cradles in the palm of your hand, leaving your other hand  free to swipe and type. It is the easiest way to hold your iPad or tablet.  The iSucker is available in a variety of colors and retails for $24.95.  They are available online at www.isucker.com.

Groovebook is my new favourite app.  You have a camera roll filled with pictures, but no easy way to share and enjoy them?  Groovebook is the solution.  It’s a FREE App that prints your monthly camera roll into a beautiful 4.5” x 6.5” photobook for $2.99 and mails it to you monthly. Your photos are printed on glossy photo paper and are perforated for easy removal so you can share, frame or put into albums and they also include the location and date outside of perforation for reference. It’s easy to use – just review and select your photos. Upload and receive your GrooveBook in the mail in about 7 days.  More info go to: http://groovebook.com/