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Dads & Grads: “Dadgets” & “Gradgets”

published on May 16th, 2019 . by Steve Greenberg

Looking for that perfect gift for the Dad or Grad in your life? Check out my list–

KODAK SMILE Instant Digital Printer – The perfect gift for the new grad, or the dad who “doesn’t want anything.” The KODAK SMILE Instant Digital Printer offers a quick and easy way to print pictures with its intuitive design. 2”x3” sticky-backed ZINK® photo paper is easily loaded with a quick slide insert, with sleek and intuitive design elements that make loading paper one fluid motion. With the free companion app, compatible with iOS and Android devices, photos can be sent to the printer via BLUETOOTH connection. The app also features Augmented Reality capabilities – by simply scanning a photo printed on the Kodak Smile Instant Printer, the app will display a video that corresponds with the photo printed on ZINK (Zero Ink) photo paper. At just $99.99 for the printer and around $0.50 per print, the KODAK SMILE Instant Digital Printer makes taking photos both fun and affordable. And for those who love instant-print cameras, there is also the brand new Kodak Smile Instant Print Digital Camerawhich uses the exact same printing paper as the Smile Printer. Both products retail for $99 and are available at www.kodakphotoplus.com.

REMOBELL S Video Doorbell— This award-winning (PC Mag Editor’s Choice) offers you all the high-tech features you want from a video doorbell at the hard-to-beat-price of just $99. RemoBell S protects your home from unwelcome visitors and lets you greet your welcomed guests, no matter where you are. Slimly designed, this smart video doorbell monitors your front door in high-quality HD and sends push notifications straight to your connected smart device whenever an activity enters its 180º field of view. RemoBell S features infrared night vision and weather-resistant design so that you can see, hear, and talk with visitors 24/7, rain or shine. While most competing video doorbells require monthly subscription fees to view missed video events, RemoBell S offers free 3-day rolling cloud storage so that you can view all video recordings from the previous 3 days and download or share them with friends. And, of course, it works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. Never worry about missing a package again. For peace of mind, it doesn’t get better than the RemoBell S at $99. Buy it now at https://remoplus.co/(Power kit and mounting wedges included with each purchase.)  

RemoBell sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v33XPstN8qw&feature=youtu.be

OTTLITE Command Desk Lamp — Most dads and grads find themselves at a desk at some point during their day and probably experience eyestrain. In fact, three out of four Americans suffer daily from eyestrain, but most don’t realize that the lighting they use at work and at home may be contributing to the problem.  OttLite is the largest wellness-focused lighting brand in America. The affordable designs, ranging in price from $49.99 to $109.99, are packed with convenient, high-tech features like Qi wireless charging, connectivity with Google Home, touch dimming, and USB ports for quickly charging devices. The OttLite Command LED Desk Lamp with Voice Assistant is the perfect gift. The Command desk lamp pairs with your Google Home or Amazon Alexa device to voice control your lamp including on/off, 3 color temperature modes and brightness levels. It also features 5V, 2.1A USB port to charge smart phones and tablets and it lasts up to 40,000 hours. The Ottlite Command Desk Lamp is $89.99 on Amazon. For more information and to see other styles and models in the OttLite Wellness Series go to www.OttLite.com

ZVOX ACCUVOICE AV50 Noise Cancelling Headphones – ZVOX Audio, known for their pioneering work on dialogue-enhancing speakers and digital hearing aids, is now introducing noise cancelling headphones that also feature their “AccuVoice” technology. The AV50 headphones use AccuVoice to lift voices out of background sounds so you can understand dialogue clearly – even at low volumes. The AV50s have immersive, realistic, high-fidelity sound with tight, accurate bass, and use advanced noise cancellation technology to “cancel out” external noises. These headphones are great for listeners of all ages, and “super great” if you’re over 50!  If you’ve been waiting for high-performance noise cancelling headphones to be available at an affordable price, your wait is over. AV50s are $149.99 and is available on www.zvox.com 

ECO-POPPER Underwater Fishing Camera—  is a wireless underwater LIVE camera that shows you real-time video when you fish! Eco-Popper is a an underwater video camera designed for top-water fishing, that streams live HD video of the underwater action to your smartphone. Eco-Popper floats on top of the water (just like a regular fishing popper) and by using its unique 135×90 degrees wide-angle camera, it can take video looking down to 10-12 ft.  The Eco-Popper creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot, so there is no need for an Internet connection.  By streaming live video on the spot, Eco-Popper helps you take the right decisions instantly and catch more fish:

** Are there any fish in my area? What type and size?

** What is the right bait that I should use? 

** Discover underwater structures and best spots to catch fish

Eco-Popper is $189.99 at Walmart.com https://www.walmart.com/ip/Eco-Popper-Frogger-Lure-with-Live-HD-Video-Camera/771430267

And at BestBuy.com https://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?id=pcat17071&st=eco-popper

Eco-Popper B-Roll Video LINK:  https://youtu.be/stfclnIOIAE

ADD AN INCH— Here’s the problem— with a tape measure, it’s difficult measuring a distance that ends in a corner. You usually have to estimate and that can lead to an inaccurate distance. Here’s the solution the “Add-An-Inch” Tool.  It’s a universal tape measure add-on. By adding Add-An-Inch to your tape measure you can now get those exact corner measurements, hassle-free. Plus the Add-An-Inch has two built-in levels to help with hanging cabinets, pictures, blinds, shelving, curtain rods, towel bars and much more. From big projects to small, Add-An-Inch is a must-have. It’s $12.95 and available on Amazon 

https://www.amazon.com/Measuring-measurements-corners-accurate-repeated/dp/B07D7ZXGG5/ref=sr_1_1?m=A3PHA8T10SLV0D&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1558361027&s=merchant-items&sr=1-1

Smart Toys 4 Smart Kids

published on March 12th, 2019 . by Steve Greenberg

Here are some “toys” that are more than  just child’s play–

 

Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef — Winner of the Best Product at Toy Fair NY 2019.   Explore the wonders of food science with Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef.  Learn 18 fun delicious recipes while discovering how yeast makes dough rise, the difference between good and bad fats, how cheese melts, what’s gluten, blanching and more.  Using the free app, the 42-page book contains recipes that come alive with augmented reality.  Still pictures in the book turn into teaching videos using a smartphone/tablet.  Use the included goggles, and warp into the kitchen to watch the process in virtual reality! There’s a lesson behind every bite with Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef.  4D Chef is $39.99 and available on Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B07G2K3VY8

 

Artie 3000— is a drawing robot that helps kids learn to code. They can imagine simple or complex drawings and designs, and translate them into “drag and drop” code on any device. The fun makers at Educational Insights are sparking kids’ curiosity in coding with Artie 3000™ where coding meets creativity.  Kids then get to experience the payoff of watching Artie draw what’s been coded, line by line, moving forward, backward, and spinning in any direction while lifting and lowering four thin-tip, colored markers. With its own built-in WiFi server, Artie is compatible with any desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smart device with no need for an Internet connection to play. In addition to freeform coding, Artie comes pre-programmed with a variety of designs like numbers and letters, shapes, games, and line-art for coloring. Artie 3000 is noted for its unique ability to foster critical coding skills through artistic inspiration and expression. American Mensa, the world-renowned society for high-IQ individuals, has partnered with Educational Insights due to the unique skills that Artie helps teach kids. Artie 3000 will be the first robot and only the third character to ever receive an “honorary Mensa card,” following in the footsteps of Lisa Simpson and Mr. Peabody.  Artie 3000 is $69.99 at www.CodeWithArtie.com

 

Big-A-Bubbles from Zing— Make BIGGER bubbles with Big-A-Bubbles from Zing! Simply remove the bubble pouch from the packaging and pour one of the two bubble solutions into the pouch. Then dip the glove into the pouch, open the mouth of the glove with your hand, and watch GIANT bubbles form right before your eyes! The pouch is also re-sealable and refillable. Big-A-Bubbles comes in six different themed gloves, including, Lion, Crocodile, Pirate, Shark, Duck, and Bear characters. Big-A-Bubbles is for ages 3+, MSRP is $1.99 and is available at Target. Check it out: https://www.target.com/p/zing-air-bubble-dispensers/-/A-54155819

 

Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip— is a compact treasure chest of 60 fantastic games to play in the car. Say ‘goodbye’ to your backseat screen zombies. Say ’so long’ to boring games like counting cows. Get creative and get connected with the ground-breaking game that was a 2019 Toy Of The Year Finalist!  Play for 5 minutes or for 5 hours. Perfect for long road trips or quick jaunts across town.  With 60 games to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. Hilarious, addicting games include “Daddy Don’t Do Dat,” “My Compliments to the Jeff,” “Flip Dingus” and “Duck, Duck Bruce.” From Barry & Jason: the game show-addicted masterminds who brought you Game Night in a Can. Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip is $24.99 on Amazon.com.

 

Squishy Circuits— uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits, a perfect blend of play and learning! Our play dough kits, projects, and recipes teach problem solving and engineering concepts and inspire creativity and independent thinking. Bring your play dough creations to life with lights, buzzers, motors and more! Perfect for children age 8 and up. Kits come in 3 sizes– $15 Starter Kit, the Standard Kit is $35 and the Deluxe Kit is $75.  Kits are available on SquishyCircuits.com and Amazon

 

 

Early Finds at CES 2019

published on January 6th, 2019 . by Steve Greenberg

So what’s new at CES 2019?

With over 4,500 exhibiting companies–it is no surprise the Consumer Electronic Show is the largest and most influential technology event on the planet.

You can’t talk about CES without talking about PC’s

For example here’s a new one from Samsung, it’s the Notebook 9 Pen — available in early 2019.  It is a 2-in-1 PC meaning it’s a laptop and a tablet.  It has a built-in S-Pen that makes it easier than ever to jot notes, draw and even control the PC.  What makes it stand out is Intel processor, extensive battery life and durable, ultra-light design– so it is super portable.I also love the studio-quality sound from AKG speakers—incredible sound.  For more info go to: www.Samsung.com

SatPaq — this product could truly save your life—50% of country has no cell service—and after hurricanes floods fires earthquakes cell towers don’t work. SatPaq lets you text from anywhere using satellite technology—no cellphone signal— you can still communicate with family and friends—works with any smartphone—It costs $249, but no monthly fee  https://satpaq.com

Lucyd Eyewear — are sunglasses that are also a bluetooth headset–   that let you listen to music, voice texted, you can even take a phone call with these glasses.  Costs around $99– but I’m told a new version will be out later in the year that has a more tramline design and will cost $89. For more info go to: www.lucyd.co

And here’s Mute+ — this is amazing– especially if you’re worried about Alexa listening to everything going on in your home.  Mute+ can give you the privacy you want —Placed on top of Echo— you set the timer and it blocks your Echo smart speaker from hearing anything going on in the room— Mute+ is technology to protect us from technology.  It’s under $30 and for more info go to  www.mysmartelife.com

And finally, when we talk about CES technology it’s not just smart speakers, drones and 3D printers— CES has everything– even beauty products—

Check out Mia Smart.  It is Clarisonic’s most advanced skin-care device and compatible with all of Clarisonic cleansing brush heads and applicators – from cleansing to firming to anti-aging to under-eye massage and even makeup application.  Its patented oscillating technology when used with water creates a vacuum effect to remove dirt, oil and makeup from the skin’s surface and pores. PLUS you can even sync it with the Clarisonic app so you can customize your skin-care routine.  It’s $199 and for more info go to: www.clarisonic.com  

I’ll post more later during the week– AND follow me on twitter @stevetv

 

 

 

 

HO HO HO HOLIDAY TECH GIFT IDEAS

published on November 20th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

Looking for some tech gadget gift ideas?  Look no further– check out my HO HO HO Holiday List–

 

Ugly Holiday Sweater T-Shirt from Faux Real Brand– it is the perfect combination of quirky, funny, and scandalous apparel for consumers who want to stand out from the everyday fashion crowd.  The crazy designs and photorealistic images will make you look twice.  Faux Real photorealistic apparel is a novelty line that is sold to gift shops, boutiques and department stores around the world.  Faux Real’s fun selection of Ugly Holiday Sweater T-shirts are so much more cozier than those scratchy old sweaters and will give you the edge you need  to win first place at your next Holiday Party.   Check it out at www.fauxrealshirt.com  Also, for an additional 20% discount code use the discount code UGLY20 at checkout on their website www.fauxrealshirt.com

 

Kodak Mini Shot –  The KODAK MINI SHOT Instant Print Camera is the must-have accessory for anyone looking to make memories that will last, whether it’s by sharing printed photos immediately or posting them to an Instagram feed. It instantlyprints out photos and allows for creative digital editing through the KODAK Mini Shot App. Users of all ages will love transferring their photos from any smart device to experiment with fun filters, stickers, and templates! The Mini Shot operates on 4Pass printing technology for high-resolution photos that print directly from the side of the device. At $119.99, this unique camera serves to enhance both photo-taking and editing experiences for everyone! To learn more, visit KODAKand Amazon.

 

2K Carnival Games— brings the party back for the entire family – now for the first time on Nintendo Switch! With both fan-favorite and brand-new mini-games all in one package, Carnival Games offers fun for everyone and can be played alone or with up to three others. Hit home runs, pile the highest stack of cakes, and take your horse to the finish line. 20 total mini-games will have you and your friends stepping right up to win again and again!And with Nintendo Switch, the Carnival Games experience can be enjoyed wherever, whenever!Like a real-life county fair, Carnival Games bursts with exciting mini-games that you can play over and over. Classic mini-games such as shooting basketballs (“Swish”) and taking down unfriendly clowns (“Clowning Around”) are joined by brand new attractions like flying drone racing (“Light Speed”) and cosmic bowling (“Cosmic Strike”). With 20 total games Carnival Games is a fantastic time for all. Whether on the big screen or small screen, Carnival Games can be enjoyed wherever you want to play. Bring your family and friends in on the fun for a true Carnival Games party. Up to 4 players can participate simultaneously, bumping up the level of excitement and competition in all 20-carnival mini-games. Play games, win tickets, and trade them in for new outfits for your carnival guest characters. Dress them up to match your style or be as wild as you can with wacky headgear, shirts and bottoms. Created for ages 10+ and available at $39.99, Carnival Games is available at GameStop,Target,Amazon and 2K.com.

LINK to see VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/user91741646/review/301901516/68a2bfa3a2

 

JBL Link Series Speakers— The first Bluetooth-enabled speakers to merge JBL’s Signature Sound with the Google Assistant, JBL LINK Seriesgives users rich, full-range sound and instant access to their favorite music with the control of their voice. The LINK 10, 20, 300and 500speakers can be enjoyed individually or linked together to create an unforgettable multi-room sound performance. With built-in Chromecast and WiFi enabled, the JBL LINK series features crystal-clear, high-definition music streaming, elevating the overall listening experience.  The newest addition to the LINK family, the JBL LINK VIEW, offers an HD display and two side speakers. It delivers a combination of the Google Assistant, JBL Audio horsepower and a magnificent visual display, making it a must-have for all binge-watching audiophiles or the perfect kitchen gadget for those who love new recipes. The speaker series starts at $149.  The JBL Link View is $249.95 at www.jbl.com

 

Lockly Secure—  is revolutionizing the way individuals secure their homes, offices, and personal items with the launch of their new line of smart locks. Lockly is equipped with an advanced 3D Fingerprint sensor, as well as the only smart lock that is utilizing the PIN Genie™ Technology, making the Lockly Secure Plus virtually impenetrable. Built for today’s on the go lifestyle and perfect for businesses like Airbnb©, with the use of one’s smartphone, you can control and monitor the access to your door from anywhere in the world, securely controlling who comes and goes. Thanks to Lockly’s mobile app, one can easily create access codes for family, friends and rental property tenants to quickly lock and unlock the door, making the need for spare keys obsolete. Exclusive to the entire Lockly Secure line, the company’s “Offline Access” provides an additional level of security with its ability for the home owner to generate multiple access codes without electricity or an internet connection. Lockly Secure is $249.99 and is available on Amazon and Lockly.com

 

ZVOX VoiceBuds High-Performance Hearing Amplifiers – If you have trouble understanding voices in restaurants or crowded rooms, now there is a high-tech solution at an affordable price. ZVOX VoiceBuds are FDA Registered hearing devices and use American-made electronic components. They employ state-of-the-art hearing technology including their dual-microphone NoiseBlocker feature that is designed to reduce the volume of sounds coming from in back of you, while making voices in front of you more clear — ideal for noisy restaurants.  Smartphone wireless app control lets you choose between four listening modes, change volume, bass or treble, and check battery status. A 10-layer noise reduction system reduces the sound of air conditioners and car engines. Traditional hearing aids that include all these features typically sell for $600 each or more. But VoiceBuds are $299.99 each and backed by a 60-day home trial. Nearly invisible when worn, VoiceBuds come in three colors and include 12 ear domes so you can match your ears perfectly. You can order at zvox.com or amazon.com.

 

Adero Intelligent Organization System — Say hello to Adero, the first intelligent organization system that turns any bag into a smart bag. Forget about forgetting – Adero organizes your essentials so they are always there, where and when you need them. Adero is calming the chaos of daily life – be it your commute to work, getting the kids out the door, or traveling for meetings – through enabling a series of Smart Tags and Taglets on your bags and essentials, to communicate with each other. Setting up Adero is simple. First, download the Adero mobile app. Then, just place a Smart Tag on any bag, and stick Taglets on the things you never want to leave behind, such as the baby wipes case, your passport, headphones or your laptop. Now your essentials are in constant communication with your smart bag, letting it know if they are all together. The Adero Starter Kit (3 Smart Tags, 3 Taglets, 1 Smart Tag Charger and loads of accessories like adhesive cases, keyrings and lanyards) will be available on 12/3 on Adero.com or Amazon.com and will cost $119.99. Additional packs of Smart Tags and Taglets are also available for purchase. For more information, visit: www.Adero.com.

 

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY !!!

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6 Problems & 6 Problem Solvers 2018

published on September 28th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

Here are 6 problems– and 6 problem solvers–

Problem 1: Wrinkled Clothes

Solution:

CHI Easy Steam Garment Steamer — Smooth wrinkles and refresh clothes the simple, hands-free way.  The CHI Easy Steam is a de-wrinkling game changer. It smooths your clothes with powerful steam, and the best part is, you barely have to lift a finger. That’s because this innovative steamer eliminates the work of a traditional hand-held – no more standing over your fabrics, searching for that perfect angle or wondering if you missed a spot.  The magic all happens in the breathable, fabric garment bag. Simply hang from a convenient spot such as the back of a door, a shower rod or the closet. Then fill-up the easy to access water cup, located in the base of the bag. Next, place one item on the built-in hook and zip up the bag. With one tap of the button, the steaming begins. Most garments can be steamed in less than two minutes!  Available on Amazon for $149.99 https://www.amazon.com/CHI-Steam-Clothing-Steamer-11572/dp/B077GH3NJ7/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1537540003&sr=8-3&keywords=chi+easy+steam+garment+steamer 

AND at Wal-Mart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/CHI-Easy-Steam-Garment-Steamer-Model-11572/573025044

 

Problem 2: Out of Touch Seniors

Solution:

GrandPad Powered by Consumer Cellular — This device offers a simple, safe and secure way to stay in touch with senior loved ones. A recent study by AARP found that isolation among seniors is as detrimental to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. That’s why Consumer Cellular, the no-contract wireless provider ranked “Highest in Customer Service among Non-Contract Wireless Providers, Four Times in a Row” by J.D. Power, has launched GrandPad, a communications device to prevent isolation and loneliness.Unlike a tablet or iPad, GrandPad was designed specifically for seniors 75+ who don’t use a smartphone or computer. When a GrandPad is purchased, a family administrator is able to completely customize the device before it is sent to the user. The easy-to-use device allows seniors to video chat, make voice calls, send and receive photos and more. The large, bright-colored buttons are easy to navigate and the wireless charging cradle eliminates the need to hassle with cords. Additional features include an encyclopedia, flashlight, magnifying glass and weather.  GrandPad retails for $200, or $10 per month for 20 months with the Consumer Cellular EasyPay installment plan. The monthly service fee of $40 includes unlimited data and access to the award-winning Consumer Cellular support team. You can buy GrandPad online at consumercellular.com or at Target next month.

 

Problem 3: Affordable Home Security

Solution:

Ooma Home security system from Ooma – The easiest and most affordable way to turn your house into a Smart Home is with the Ooma Home Security Starter Pack, which comes in two versions. At $179.99, the starter pack provides an Ooma Telo base station, two door/window sensors and a motion sensor. At $299.99, the pack includes the Ooma Butterfleye – a smart home security camera with advanced features including facial recognition (which reduces false alarms), internal storage and battery backup for recording during power and internet outages, and more. You can build out the system by purchasing additional sensors – such as a water leak or garage door sensor – for as little as $25 each. Self-monitoring through your mobile phone is free, and the Secure plan, which offers advanced features such as remote 911 and geofencing, is only $5.99 a month with no burdensome contract. Learn more at https://www.ooma.com/home-security/.

 

Problem 4:  Home Internet Hacking

Solution:

Bitdefender BOX 2— simply plugs into a router to protect all internet-connected devices, from refrigerators to security cameras to laptops, phones and anything else that can ever go online. Whenever a new device connects to the network, it sends an instant notification so the user can take action and control permissions for the device. From that point Bitdefender BOX blocks malicious URLs to protect from phishing and online fraud, continuously scans for flaws in the users network security, fights cyber-bullying, online predators and other threats to children, ensures no sensitive data is sent unencrypted, and much more. The Bitdefender BOX 2 is $179 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bitdefender-BOX-Generation-Cybersecurity-router/dp/B076FML9B4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538082152&sr=8-1&keywords=bitdefender+box+2

 

Problem 5:  Can’t Read Small Print

Solution:

ThinOptics ThinOptics, the folks who brought you the world’s thinnest reading glasses you’ve seen your friends pull from the back of their phones, just launched their second generation glasses; the stylish and elegant Frontpage Collection.  Weighing in at 9g, the Frontpage Brooklyn and Manhattan styles are the lightest full-frame reading glasses out there. They come in a 4mm aircraft aluminum case that can slip into a pocket, or attach to the back of a phone, tablet, laptop or e-reader, so they are always with you. The Frontpage Collection comes in two styles – the ovular Manhattan and the rectangular Brooklyn, and in a multitude of colors and strengths.  Never ever be without your reading glasses again.  Glasses are $49.88 plus shipping and are available at:  www.thinoptics.com

 

Problem 6:  Too many videos and pics in your smartphone

Solution:

Yours.co— helps busy moms transform the hundreds of videos and thousands of images stored on their mobile devices into beautiful home movies with an easy-to-use mobile app. Yours.co uses an innovative technology to automate the video delivery process so families can re-experience life events and memories. There’s no editing on your part, no setting a sound track or inserting transitions all users do is upload video/images via the app and Yours.co adds the music, transitions and effects for family viewing. Family memories now get the attention they deserve and are delivered the way they were intended to the big screen in your home. Yours.co customers can access their movies through a personalized streaming channel (via Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Chromecast), in-app viewing or via DVD. Families can continue to capture and preserve every chapter of a family’s life and with Yours.co they can view them at anytime from anywhere.  It is $9.99 for each 30-min Home Movie. For more info go to: Yours.co

Sample Video: https://youtu.be/ZhAdNvU80S0

 

 

Yep– it’s BACK-2-SCHOOL time again !!!

published on July 25th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

Here are some fun BACK 2 SCHOOL gadgets/tools– all filled with fun– AND LEARNING

 

KiiPix™ from TOMY— is a portable, affordable and easy-to-use instant film printer, requiring no special apps and no batteries, making it a “snap” (pun totally intended!) to capture, print and share. This compact instant film printer turns your smartphone snaps into retro-stylized printed photos in three easy steps. Simply open up your KiiPix, place your phone on top, push the button and turn the knob.  KiiPix lets you create vintage-inspired printed photos to share special moments with family and friends or to frame and display—transporting your treasured images from the digital world into the physical. Unlike a traditional instant camera that often wastes film with blurry or bad pictures, you can enhance the contrast or play with filter options in your smartphone before you print your photos. With cell phones always in hand, capturing everyday moments has never been easier. However, as convenient as it is to snap a pic and share it socially in today’s digital age, the art of exchanging physical photos with friends and family or framing images to display has been all but abandoned, until now!  Available in three colors (pink, blue or black) for a suggested retail price of $39.99 (film sold separately) please log on to TOMY.com or Amazon.com to learn more.

 

Pop-oh-ver Play Kitchen— Play kitchens are a classic settings for solo or team pretend play and Pop-oh-ver is the hottest new twist.  Even if you don’t have a lot of space to dedicate to a permanent set up. The patented Pop-oh-ver is just what the name says— you pop the cleverly sewn canvas over an armless chair and it becomes a stove with four burners on the top, an oven with door that opens allowing the food to cook and a microwave at the top. Need counter space for prep? Bring home the Pop-oh-ver counter top and you’re all set with extra counter space, a shelf for storage, a pretend toaster and blender are ready to use. What do you need for food prep? Pop-oh-ver has 5 accessory sets; a wonderful set of stainless steel pots and cooking utensils. Textured cloth foods; breakfast, lunch, dinner and even deserts as well as a deluxe Chef jacket, measuring spoons wooden utensils.  Pop-oh-ver gives children the opportunity to use their imagination and have fun while they learn about colors, sizes, measuring, preparing food, working with others. When they are finished Pop-oh-ver easily folds up and easy to store. Pop-oh-ver was designed by a mother of 7 children and has earned 7 different children’s toy industry awards since its launch in February 2018 at the International Toy Fair in NY. Most notable award is the Oppenheim Gold Seal–given to the outstanding new products that enhance the lives of children. Price for the stove is $39.95 and accessory sets for $24.95.  You can find Pop-oh-ver at www.Popohver.com and on Amazon as well as specialty retailers across the country. Lightweight and ready to travel, Easy care, hand wash, air dry or spot clean.  Awards Pop-oh-ver has received so far; Family Review Center Gold Award, Moms Choice Awards “Honoring Excellence,” Oppenheim Toy Portfolio “Best Toy Award,” Pal Award, Tillywig Toy Award–Best Creative Fun Award, Hot Diggity Awards – Winner 2018, Creative Child Magazine–2018 Product of the Year Award.  See Pop-oh-ver demonstrated here https://youtu.be/7UJmJkHyWMc 

 

Playmobil’s Hidden Temple with T-Rex — Join Nick, Will, & Emma as they embark on a new adventure on Dino Island with the Hidden Temple with T-Rex. Once you discover the temple, use the ancient structure as your research base before heading out to explore the island with the help of the secret map.  Simply rub the map to reveal a hidden path where X marks the spot!  When back at the base, protect the team from the unfriendly T-Rex or enemy explorers with the functioning laser gun (batteries included)! The working temple gate also helps keep unwanted visitors out.  Beware of that T-Rex! His movable arms, legs, and jaw allow for realistic motion and make him one intimidating dino!  Use the functioning pulley to bring needed equipment up to the top floor. Kids can also use the included UV flashlight (1 x AAA battery required) to reveal cool glow-in-the dark features, such as with the ruin’s crystal eyes, jungle plant, and more! Set also includes the full team – Nick, Emma, and Will, their pet dog Sammy, T-Rex, laptop, camera, gold statue, microscope, backpacks, storage containers, hiking equipment, and lots of other accessories. Hidden Temple is for ages 4+, MSRP: $59.99 and it’s available at Walmart.  Check out https://www.walmart.com/ip/PLAYMOBIL-Hidden-Temple-with-T-Rex/836198340

 

smART sketcher™ Projector — empowers kids and parents to turn photos from their smart devices into pictures!  By using the free smART sketcher™ app, pictures are filtered and transferred via Bluetooth to the projector. Instantly users will see their desired image projected onto paper and they can trace and colorit like a pro. They can also choose to draw from a pre-loaded SD card that is filled with a variety of images and activities including step-by-step drawings, learn-to-write letters and numbers, early spelling skills, and more. Extension packs extend the play with themed pictures, letters, numbers, spelling activities, and even cursive writing. The smART sketcher™ Projector is available at major retailers, online and in store, including Target, Amazon, Walmart and Barnes & Noble. Ages 5+, MSRP $59.95. Feel free to check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LM54sbRfvM

 

Beaker Creatures— is a new line of science-themed collectibles from Learning Resources that combines the thrill of collecting with hands-on science experiments that build skills and spark curiosity. The only collectible line that incorporates hands-on learning through science experiments, Beaker Creatures is founded in real science, from the fizzing Reactor Pods that reveal the creatures to the classification cards that help children identify the species they have uncovered.There are 35 Beaker Creatures from 5 different families, including limited edition 24-carat creatures for children to discover, classify, and explore.  The Beaker Creatures set also doubles as a working lab set, complete with included science experiments that encourage more hands-on learning.Each Beaker Creature also comes with facts and quizzes about real-world creatures and phenomena that sparks curiosity in the world around us. Created for ages 5+, and priced at $24.99, Beaker Creatures is available on Amazon and www.LearningResources.com

 

UnbuckleMe – INVENTED BY A MOM — Kids car seat buckles are regulated to require 9 lbs. of pressure to release, so kids can’t get out while the car is moving. UnbuckleMe uses leverage to reduce the force to unbuckle, and does not attach to the car seat. Under adult supervision, kids can quickly unbuckle themselves in the carpool drop-off line, so mom doesn’t have to get out of the car to do it, or crawl to the third row. Kids 4 yrs+ can feel like “big kids” by unbuckling themselves, or their younger siblings. Keep it out of reach when the car is moving. Extra Bonus: Helps grandparents with arthritis, or moms with long fingernails who struggle with car seat buckles! For $14.99, buy it today buybuyBABY or UnbuckleMe.

 

 

Dads, Grads & Summer Fun

published on April 30th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

It’s a busy busy season– Father’s Day, lots of graduations AND of course summer is almost here–

Here are some gadget gift ideas for May and June–

 

Kodak Printomatic — A great gift for the entire family, the KODAK PRINTOMATIC Instant Print Camera is a simple and easy-to-use 10-megapixel camera that instantly and automatically prints pictures as you take them. Take and print multiple photos at the same time so you’ll never miss a moment. The KODAK PRINTOMATIC camera uses ZINK® photo paper, so no messy cartridges, toner or film are required. The ZINK® photo paper is resistant to smudges, water damage, tearing and fingerprint marks so you can print memories that truly will last a lifetime. At just $69.99 for the camera and around $0.50 per print, the PRINTOMATIC makes taking photos both fun and affordable. Check it out on Amazon and learn more about it from KODAK.

 

AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones— are the ultimate sport headphones inspired by the demands of elite and aspiring athletes. These wireless open ear headphones wrap powerful features in a functional, flexible and featherweight design, ignoring the limits set by traditional headphones.  Trekz Air sit on your cheekbones, just in front of your ear and use bone conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. This leaves your ear canals open, allowing you to remain alert and aware of ambient sounds, from traffic to training partners and more while you enjoy your music and calls. AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones are $179.95 and available at Best Buy, REI and Brookstone. For more information, visit www.aftershokz.com.

 

Brush Hero— is an innovative, water-powered cleaning tool that simply MAKES LIFE EASIER. Originally designed for car and motorcycle detailing, the Brush Hero can be used to clean just about anything. Filthy rain gutters, burnt on barbecue grease, yard tools, lawnmowers, sporting equipment, pottery, furniture…even pets. With no batteries or electricity required, the Brush Hero is fully submergible and keeps scrubbing even when under water…efficient, painless way to clean pool tiles and boats without the usual backache! It’s FUN and EASY to use. This is the PERFECT Father’s Day gift for your favorite car guy, motorcyclist, grill master, DIY rock star or all around clean freak. Brush Hero is a great alternative to another boring tie, pair of socks or coffee mug. The Brush Hero Starter Set sells for $34.99 and they sell gift sets and bundles ranging from $54.99 to $149.99. You can find Brush Hero at www.brushhero.complus Amazon, Walmart or Costco.

NOTE: Brush Hero B-Roll video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF_BzFuzUU8

 

Generac GP3000i Inverter Generator — Ideal for recreational and RV users, the new Generac GP3000i inverter generator is quiet while still being powerful enough to bring the conveniences of home to the great outdoors. The unit features Generac’s new PowerRush(TM) Advanced Technology, which is perfect for handy dads and grads who need extra power for their tools and appliances. There are also easy access ports to keep gadgets – like phones and tablets – charged on the go. The unit even provides a 30-amp locking outlet for bigger power demands.  In order to conserve fuel and further reduce sound, the GP3000i also offers an economy mode that automatically adjusts its engine speed based upon power demands. While dads and grads may love surprises, that isn’t the case for this generator. LEDs on the control panel will alert users if the unit is low on oil  or overloaded. It also monitors gas levels — taking the guess work out fueling. The compact size and light weight of the GP3000i coupled with the built-in handle make transporting the inverter generator painless. MSRP for the GP3000i is $899 and is available at home improvement stores across the U.S.   For more info, go to Generac.com.​

 

Watermelon Smash (YULU Toys) — The new Watermelon Smash game from YULU Toys is a hilarious twist on the water roulette challenge. Will you end up dry or soaking wet? Use your head to find out! Fill the watermelon with water or use the provided watermelon seeds for indoor play. Players take turns spinning the spinner to determine their fate. Follow the indicated instructions on the spinner and press the watermelon against your head. Watch out, you never know when the watermelon will crack and you will lose! The last player left in the game wins! Each Watermelon Smash game comes with a watermelon, seeds for indoor use, spinner, and game rules.    Share your videos with #WatermelonSmashChallenge.  It’s perfect summer game for the entire family and only $19.99.  It’s available at Target stores exclusively.  Check it out here.

Video of Steve doing a demo of Watermelon Smash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1cfsKpi2Tg

 

Glove-A-Bubbles (Zing) — Churn out oodles and oodles of BUBBLES with just the wave of your hand with Zing’s new Glove-A-Bubbles, new from Zing! Get ready to wave and play! Kids simply remove the bubble pouch from the glove and pour one of the two bubble solutions into the pouch.  Dip the glove into the bubble pouch. Wave your glove back and forth and watch tons of delightful bubbles form instantly, right before your eyes. Never ending bubbles for never ending fun! Glove-A-Bubbles come with one glove and two packs of bubble solution.  The pouch is also re-sealable and refillable.  Glove-A-Bubbles come in eight different animal-themed gloves, including lion, alligator, hippopotamus, elephant, dinosaur, panda, bunny and monkey and retails at $2.99/glove. There’s a Glove-A-Bubble for everyone! It’s available at Target and Walmart stores. Check out the awesome fun here.

 

Home Tech Home 2018

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 www.HomeDepot.com Learn more: www.bondhome.io

 

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 zvox.combestbuy.com 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 www.foreo.com.

 

Puls.com 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, Puls.com 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 www.Puls.com 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 https://www.hammacher.com/Product/91775?promo=search

 

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 https://www.hammacher.com/Product/91491?promo=search

 

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 https://www.hammacher.com/Product/91669?promo=search

 

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. www.selfiestickit.com   MSRP: $19.99.  Also available at Amazon and in fine camera stores including Adorama.

 

 

More from CES 2018

published on January 10th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

Here are a few more products from #CES2018

 

KOHLER ALEXA ENABLED BATHROOM MIRROR  — Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror brings Amazon’s Alexa into the bathroom.  Alexa not only controls the lights on the mirror but also lets you access news, weather, sports, music, spotify and much more from your bathroom.  Mirror also has a built in “way finder” light to help see in the bathroom during late night visits.  Verdera comes in 3 sizes and starts at $999  For more details, visit www.kohler.com/kohlerkonnect.

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FILTRETE BLUETOOTH CONNECTED A/C FILTER— Bluetooth connection to smart phone let’s users know when air filter needs to be changed.  Filter costs about $5 more than traditional filters and is still disposable
LINKSQUARE SPECTROMETER— You don’t usually find a spectrometer in the home— but it’s very useful— it can tell you if your meat, fish or poultry is fresh or more importantly NOT fresh.  It can determine the brand of liquor in a bottle, it can determine if that viagra you ordered from Canada is real or fake, it can tell you if that money in your pocket is real or phony.  Easy to use and very revealing. https://linksquare.io/basic.html   $299
IFLYTEK POCKET TRANSLATOR— Translate 6 languages to Chinese — works with or without WiFi  $399
SELF DRIVING CARS via LYFT and Aptiv — one US city will have self-driving Lyft cars in early 2019

 

 

 

Some “SOUND” Products at #CES2018

published on January 5th, 2018 . by Steve Greenberg

CES in Las Vegas remains THE best place to get a first look at a huge range of electronics heading your way in the year ahead. I’ll be at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas working with Harman and showing off some of my favorite new audio gadgets, electronics, and cutting-edge automotive tech.

First up is the Rinspeed Concept Car. It’s basically a high tech self-driving chassis with changeable “pods” to personalize the interior space. So, your car of the future would not only transportation but also a classroom, or an office, or theater. This concept has been built together with HARMAN — who is a specialist car technology– to demonstrate how we can get back more productive time in our daily commutes when autonomous cars become the norm.

Another near-future product are these Shape-Shifting Car Speakers. These are part of a customizable system designed for ride-share vehicles, like Uber and Lyft, and they literally change shape and sound depending on what the user wants to experience. So, it can go from high performance JBL sound to the more refined sound of Harman Kardon – the passenger controls the experience.

Moving to what will be available to consumers THIS year—

JBL Xtreme 2 – ($299.95) this powerful speaker is designed for roughing it—it’s waterproof—2 different users can connect to the same speaker—and another cool feature– up to 100 of these speakers can be linked together for a BIG event—and BIG SOUND.

We all know voice-control is huge—and two examples of that are here:

Harman Kardon Allure Portable ($199) – is a cool looking transportable speaker that is controlled by Amazon’s Alexa.

The JBL Link (Starting at $149.95) is a multi-room speaker series controlled by the Google’s Voice Assistant with HD Music Streaming with Chromecast built-in.

Last but not least there’s JBL’s Endurance Line of “sport earphones.” (starting at $19.99) These wireless earphones are designed to be tough and comfortable. 4 different degrees of durability—RUN, SPRINT, JUMP and DIVE. The last 3 are totally waterproof—so they can handle any weather conditions and after a sweaty workout your can just rinse them off. The DIVE earphone includes 1GB of onboard MP3 music storage for up to 200 songs so users can enjoy their music while swimming or catching a wave.

For more of what’s new at CES 2018, check out: https://news.harman.com/media-kits/ces-2018-media-kit

 

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