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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design element eliminates the stigmatizing, cold medical-like look of a traditional walker that retains the original, outdated design as when it was used in hospitals during World War II.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, 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 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


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


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!


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