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published on March 8th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

Check out these products/services– must-haves for the high tech home of today:

BOND — Spring is just around the corner and you’ll need the BOND if you want to keep your Smart Home cool. The BOND is the only device that connects your existing remote-controlled ceiling fans to Wi-Fi – letting you control your fans using Amazon Echo, Google Home, your smartphone, or your tablet. For example, you could simply say, “Alexa, turn on my ceiling fan.” You can even enhance your home automation by using BOND’s IFTTT applets, which work with SmartThings, Ecobee, and others. Replacing your ceiling fans with smart ones can cost hundreds of dollars more than traditional models and limit your design choices. At just $99, the BOND makes your existing fans smart. No replacement needed! No wall panels to install! No rewiring! In seconds, the Bond reads, records, and duplicates the signals from your remote controls. Change fan speeds, turn on lights, and do whatever else your remote can dish out. Connect up to six remote controlled fans with a single BOND unit, whether they are RF or IR. BOND sets up in minutes, so you can put all those remotes away in a drawer – you won’t need them! Check it out at Learn more:


ZVOX AccuVoice TV Speaker, AV200,  — The AccuVoice Speaker is the only TV sound system that uses hearing aid technology to make voices super-clear, even at low volumes. ZVOX uses patented technology to lift voices out of the soundtrack and promote them using complex digital algorithms — which were designed with the input of world-renowned audiologists. It also uses digital technology to tame loud commercials!  Only 17″ wide, it will fit anywhere -and with only one connecting cord, setup is simple.  If you’re having trouble hearing voices on TV, you’re not alone! Flat-screen TVs have tiny speakers that often sound tinny. And baby-boomers are the first generation to grow up listening to loud rock music — and their ears took a battering.  Plus modern Hollywood and sports mixing techniques favor drama over dialogue clarity. The result? Millions of people can’t hear what people are saying on TV! Try the AccuVoice Speaker for 30 days. It’s only $199.99, and if you don’t love it you can return it. Available at and Amazon.


Foreo Issa-2 Electric Toothbrush – FOREO’s ISSA 2 dares to do more! The improved electric toothbrush features a dynamic dual-design and is completely waterproof for use in the shower. By blending durable PBT polymer and ultra-soft silicone into one remarkable sonic toothbrush, the ISSA 2 delivers a more intense cleaning of plaque mass and offers a tender massage for the gums. On one single charge, the ISSA 2 lasts up to 365 days, keeping you smiling without a second’s pause. ISSA 2 represents excellent value as its brush heads last for whole 6 months, plus it comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty and a 10-Year Quality Guarantee. The ISSA 2 is available for $169 in Cobalt Blue, Mint, Pearl Pink and Cool Black at In-Your-Home Tech Repairs — Founded in 2015, Puls connects consumers with highly skilled technicians to install or repair smart technology devices anytime, anywhere. Whether you need a phone repaired at your office, an LED TV mounted in your living room, or a Nest thermostat installed, a Puls technician can meet you at your preferred location in as little as 60-minutes. Puls draws from a network of more than 2,000 Puls certified experts nationwide to ensure the right technician is matched to the right consumer at the right time for unparalleled convenience. TV mounting starts at just $89, most phone fixes are under $100, and there is no extra charge to have a technician sent to your preferred location. And for a limited time if you use the code FIXED, you’ll get $10 off the fee.  Best of all, goes the extra mile for each customer to ensure exceptional service and none of the frustration that is typically associated with waiting in line at local repair shops and retail store support counters. Puls technicians represent the best of the best – only 8% of those who apply are accepted into the technician network – and all parts and services are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Puls is proud to have thousands of five-star reviews on Yelp and Facebook. To learn more or book an appointment, visit or call (855) 256-3709.


The Mold and Germ Destroying UV Light Spheres — Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this is the pair of UV blue light emitting spheres that disinfect shoes, refrigerators, and humidifier reservoirs. About the size of a ping-pong ball, they fit unobtrusively in a drawer or bag, and use UV-A and 405nm blue light to combat mold, fungus, bacteria, and algae. Without using toxic chemicals, each waterproof orb disinfects surfaces within 10 minutes and destroys organisms in water when dropped into the liquid. Charging dock plugs into USB via included power cable. $149.95


The Video Capturing Flashlight — This is the high-intensity flashlight that captures a video of wherever you shine it and streams it to your smartphone. Preferred by building inspectors, the flashlight illuminates areas you can’t easily access, such as crawl spaces and behind refrigerators, while its built-in camera captures 30 fps video at 1280 x 720 resolution. Using a free app, the flashlight generates a Wi-Fi connection to your smartphone, allowing you to view live HD video and save time-stamped footage and photos for documenting an insurance claim or home inspection. Its three two-watt LEDs output 600, 300, or 150 lumens of bright white light, a strobe meant to disorient intruders, and an S.O.S. signal. The rugged rubberized body is IP54 rating for dust- and splash-resistance. An eight-hour charge of its 4,000mAh Li-ion battery via the included USB cable provides 1 1/4-3 1/2 hours of light depending on brightness setting. $99.95


The Towel Eliminating Touchless Hand Dryer — Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this is the automatic hand dryer that helps reduce cross-contamination in a kitchen or the spread of germs in a bathroom. It can be placed on a counter or mounted to a wall and hygienically dries hands in as little as 15 seconds using an integrated fan and heating element. Its fan and heater can be used simultaneously or individually and are activated by an automatic sensor. Plugs into AC. $109.95


Selfie-Stick-It — Selfie Stick-It ® is a smartphone mount that sticks anywhere. It can attach to wood, glass, metal, marble, and other surfaces to help you capture the perfect selfie. It converts any surface into a reusable instant photo booth! Simply attach to your phone, stick it to a clean flat surface, and click the included remote to capture your photo or video. When you’re finished easily twist it off the chosen surface, damage-free, and use it over and over again. Selfie Stick-It works with all sized phones, with or without a case, both iOS and Android, and even allows you to leave your Popsocket attached to the back of your phone. It weighs less than 1 ounce, provides a strong, temporary hold and can be used in portrait or landscape position. Whether you’re yearning for that solo selfie, want to capture moments with your spouse and family, celebrating an event or taking an action shot with your pet…simply “Stick It and Click It” with Selfie Stick-It.   MSRP: $19.99.  Also available at Amazon and in fine camera stores including Adorama.



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