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Got a Problem? Here are some Problem Solvers

published on September 26th, 2014 . by Steve Greenberg

From better vision to better sleep to water leak awareness to seeing who’s at the door to cell phone security to temperature control– you have a problem? Here are some cool Problem Solving Gadgets–

Adlens Adjustables™ and Adlens Sundials — provide instantly and continuously adjustable eyewear in seconds with the turn of a dial. The first of their kind, these innovative and revolutionary shades adjust for near, intermediate, and distance vision needs – all with a single pair – and can correct over 90% of spherical errors (from -6D to +3D) for wearers without astigmatism. Priced at $29.99 and $39.99 respectively, Adjustables and Sundials are a smart and affordable solution to the problem of lost or broken prescription glasses – be it on the road or at home. Small, permanent dials on each side of the frames make them continuously adjustable. This functionality allows the same pair to be as ideal for close-up activities like reading and sewing as they are for distance needs such as golfing or watching TV, and also means that multiple users can wear the same pair in a pinch. Adjustables and Sundials also provide a short-term solution for people suffering from fluctuating vision as a result of diabetes or following eye surgery.  Lightweight and durable and available in a variety of colors, they make the perfect spare pairs to tuck in your suitcase, carry on, purse, or toolbox. A must-have for travelers and lovers of the outdoors!  Check out https://www.adlens.com/product/adjustables/ and https://www.adlens.com/product/sundials/

 

ComforPedic iQ™ Mattress from Beautyrest — The worlds first and only mattress with the intelligence of patented, Smart Response™ Technology designed to help people fall twice as fast and experience increased REM sleep. The genius of the ComforPedic iQ™ is in the design. The Smart Response™ Technology utilizes a system of foam chambers within the mattress that automatically calibrate and automatically respond to your body’s individual weight and sleeping position without the need for need motors, buttons or even electricity. The Smart Response™ Technology was originally developed for pressure relief in the care of patients with severe mobility problems, and has been used in more than 1,200 leading medical facilities across the country. Now, ComforPedic iQ’s patented technology is available to consumers nationwide. ComforPedic iQ starts at $1999, for more information visit comforpediciq.com .

 

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat – After more than a century of innovation, Honeywell has introduced the Lyric thermostat ($279 MSRP), which takes controlling your home comfort to a new level. It considers your lifestyle and environment and adapts to your personalized preferences, allowing you to always be connected to your home. By syncing with your family’s smartphones, the Lyric thermostat’s geofencing feature knows when you’re home and when you’re away, and then sets the temperature accordingly, ultimately keeping you cozy and potentially saving energy and money. As a thermostat, the Lyric offers a more advanced way of keeping you comfortable with Fine Tune. The feature takes into consideration the indoor temperature, indoor humidity and outdoor conditions, so that 72-degrees really feels like 72-degrees.  The app is simple to use, and lets you change the temperature remotely, receive alerts about your heating and cooling system and more. On the thermostat, a special sensor knows when you’re approaching, and will briefly illuminate a halo of LEDs around the thermostat in orange (heating), blue (cooling), or green (away). If you want to change the temperature manually, you can use the familiar dial control, reminiscent of the iconic Honeywell Round. A weather button shows you the forecast for the next 12 hours, and an away button lets you trigger a savings mode, if you’re going to be out in the backyard for a few hours. The Lyric thermostat is available at Lowe’s stores and www.Lowes.com now, and Best Buy and The Home Depot stores later in October. For more information, visit www.Lyric.Honeywell.com.

 

WallyHome –According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the second most common homeowner insurance claim. And 93% of these claims could have been prevented if an automatic water leak detection system had been present. Enter Wally. Wally is a wireless, easy-to-install sensor network that detects water leaks, changes in humidity and temperature, and alerts you if anything is amiss.  What makes Wally so revolutionary is its SNUPI Technology inside each sensor. Using the copper wiring from your home’s electrical grid, Wally forms an ultra low-power wireless network. Once a sensor detects moisture or a change in humidity or temperature, they will send you an alert via SMS text, email and push notification from the Wally app on Android, iOS, and the web. Aside from its gorgeous design and presentation, another attractive quality of Wally is it’s price. $299 gets you get a complete kit with six sensors each with a battery life of over 10 years, and their free monitoring service. A better deal than the thousand of dollars and time a flooded kitchen or moldy basement would cost you. You can get Wally at www.wallyhome.com   

 

The Ring Video Doorbell — Your home is your most valuable asset, yet when you’re away from it you become completely disconnected. The Ring™ Video Doorbell is the simple yet powerful WiFi enabled doorbell that streams live video of a home’s front doorstep directly to a smartphone or tablet via the free mobile app. Benefit from convenience, home monitoring and security thanks to the sleek, all-in-one Video Doorbell. Motion-triggered mobile notifications and optional cloud recording ensure that you never miss a thing, and a night vision HD camera allows you to see everything crystal clear, even at night. With Ring, you’re always home.  The Ring Video Doorbell can be purchased for $249, but available for pre-order until November 3rd for only $199.  For more info or to place an order today, visit  www.ring.com

 

Lookout Mobile Security app — is an all-in-one solution for protecting your most personal computer – your smartphone! With all the highly sensitive data our smartphones carry, it’s important to keep them safe. Lookout protects your phone from bad apps and malicious links, helps locate your lost or stolen device, and backs up all your important contacts and photos remotely from Lookout.com.  The latest feature from Lookout, Theft Alerts (aka “Theftie), recognizes common actions thieves take after stealing a phone, and within minutes sends you an email with a photo of the thief and a map of the device’s exact location, alerting you that your phone may have been stolen. With 1 in 10 smartphone owners becoming victims of phone theft and 68% never recovering a stolen phone, this feature may just prevent you from becoming a statistic.  Lookout Mobile Security is the app that you never knew you needed and always wish you had downloaded when it’s too late. Download the Free version of Lookout for essential security to keep your device safe and secure, or upgrade to the Premium version ($2.99/month or $29.99/year) for comprehensive security for the device you just can’t live without. Lookout Premium is is available for both Android and iOS for just $2.99/month or $29.99/year.

 

KeySmart  — It looks like a small army knife, but instead of holding a bevvy of tools, this clever little invention contains keys. Smaller than a pack of gum, KeySmart is a compact key holder designed to neatly and comfortably fit in your pocket. No bulk and not one jingle or jangle.  Made from aircraft aluminum and stainless steel hardware, hand sanded and hard coated, the KeySmart is as lightweight as it is durable. Unlike traditional key chains, KeySmart makes it super simple to swap your keys in and out. It can even be expanded to hold up to 10 keys.  Based in Chicago, the inventor of KeySmart, Michael Tunney, wants to change the way people think about carrying keys. Minimalist styling. Maximum functionality. That’s the idea behind this patented problem solver made in the USA.   https://www.thegrommet.com/keysmart $21.95

 

Cool Flash Pillow and Body Pad – Unique gel technology that provides cooling for hours without refrigeration, electricity or cold water. Helps to bring relief from hot flashes, night sweats, exercise aches and sore muscles.  The pillow is $19.99 and the body pad is $84.99.  Check it out at http://www.coolcaretechnologies.com