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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

 

Tech The Halls with Holiday Gadgets 2017

published on November 19th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

If you want to know about the ugly holiday sweater I’m wearing, and it is UGLY– I got this ugly sweater from Swap.com, the largest online consignment and thrifty shop.  Swap.com has more than one-thousand of pre-owned/pre-loved one-of-a-kind ugly sweaters for men and women, most for under 20 dollars. This one is around $20

 

Flitt Flying Selfie Camera (www.flittcamera.com)   Say “hello” to your new BFF (Best Flying Friend)!  Fly, shoot and share, Flitt takes aerial selfies and high-flying video of your social gatherings and with just a tap of a button you can instantly share those memories across your favorite social media apps.  Absolutely NO flying experience needed.  Seriously!  Download the free IOS or Android app, connect to Flitt’s private WiFi (no public, home or office WiFi network needed), and take to the air with the push of a button.  Flitt’s optical positioning flight technology enables it to hover in-place, indoors or out, while you turn your best moments into memories from an entirely new perspective.  Put creativity into your photos and videos with Flitt’s 1.3MP, 720p HD camera features: 0-90-degree range of adjustability, Friction Lock™ that prevents unwanted changes in your camera angle setting, a burst mode that captures up to 15- action images sequentially and a 3- or 10-second photo timer allows you to put your smartphone down and strike a pose.  Images and videos are automatically stored on your phone, in the Flitt app and on a microSD card (sold separately).  Flitt has a replaceable 1S LiPo battery that delivers up to 9-minutes of flight time, 25% more than competitors, and recharges in 60-minutes with the USB cable and battery charger provided.   Never worry about missing THE shot by using spare batteries, which are sold separately.  When not in flight, Flitt’s arms and propellers fold into the body leaving an easy to carry device about the size of a candy bar. Flitt fits perfectly into your pocket, backpack or purse.  Flitt is available on Amazon for $99. For more info go to www.flittcamera.com   For a step-up in technology check out C-me (www.cmecamera.com).  This flying 8MP digital still and full HD 1080P video camera uses GPS for outdoor flight, which enables flying features such as “follow me,” “find me” and “return to me.”  Smaller than a smart phone the C-me is also designed for take-it-anywhere use.  Its MSRP is $219 and available now at Best Buy.

 

Lightseekers — The hottest category in Gaming and Toys is “connected play” and Lightseekers is disrupting the industry in many ways.  Built for mobile devices, Lightseekers fuses together fantasy and reality, integrating video games (free downloadable App available on iTunes App Store and Google+) and the “smartest” smart action figures with the latest in technology including artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), interactive trading cards and so much more.  The FusionCore is the high-tech, powerful mini-computer that’s embedded within each action figure and the “brains” behind he smart connected toys, allowing the game to seamlessly connect to the smart action figure.   See for yourself as you use the action figure to control the game!  A crucial piece to the transmedia world is also the interactive collectible trading card game as it further enhances the Lightseekers universe.  Each card, when scanned into the game delivers immersive augmented reality experiences, rewards game players and unlocks powerful in-game abilities.  The Starter Pack includes one Smart Action Figure, a Weapon/Accessory, FusionCore Minicomputer and 5 Augmented Reality Trading Cards, 1 Unique Tribute Card and a mini USB Charger for $69.99 available now on ToysRus.com and Amazon. For more info go to: www.Tomy.com

Here’s the Lightseekers BRoll: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vowtwwx1dp0tf1n/LS%20GAME%20PLAY.mov?dl=0

 

Sharper Image RC Flip Stunt Rally – This remote control car is actually two cars in one! The dual sided flip design makes it easy to perform stunts like 360-degree spins and flips. Speed ahead with the high-performance rubber tires and extra-bright LED headlights. You can find the Sharper Image RC Flip Stunt Rally Vehicle exclusively at TargetKohl’s and Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99. It’s for ages 6 and up. If you’re in New York, stop by the first-ever Sharper Image pop-up location at 4 Times Square – open through the holiday season – and try the RC car as well as other products before you buy

 

 

Behmor Connected Brewer — is the world’s first Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) certified smart brewer, with brew temperature control, pulse pouring, pre-infusion, and more. The Behmor Connected offers the latest smart technology, with both Amazon Alexa and Dash Replenishment compatibility. Home users with Alexa devices can make up to 8 cups of barista-quality coffee from the comfort of their chair, simply by saying, “Alexa, ask Behmor to start brewing my coffee.” Through the Dash Replenishment Service built into the app, users can set the Brewer to automatically reorder coffee beans from Amazon whenever supplies are running low, meaning they will never run out again. This isn’t just about good coffee though, it’s also about doing good. Through the Behmor Inspired program, Behmor has donated $285,000 of equipment to coffee-producing cooperatives around the world – something that has the potential to positively benefit 200,000 people worldwide.  Behmor Brewer is $134 and is available at Roastmasters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel and Amazon.  Here’s a link to the Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Behmor-Connected-Customizable-Temperature-Control/dp/B015PE66T4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511182512&sr=8-1&keywords=behmor+connected+brewer   For more info go to: http://behmor.com

 

 

JBL Soundgear offers a whole new way to enjoy music on the go. This unique, wearable wireless speaker is designed to be worn around the neck so listeners can completely immerse themselves in JBL’s Signature Sound, while remaining aware of their surroundings. It connects via Bluetooth to smartphones, tablets and virtual reality headsets and packs in 6 hours of playback time. Whether tackling household chores, office work, walking the dog, engaging in virtual reality or watching movies and TV from a smart device, the JBL Soundgear creates a personal sound zone without disturbing others. The wearable device’s built-in echo and noise cancelling microphone also enables you to make crystal clear voice calls – for your ears only,  free of background noise, while providing the convenience of hands-free use. It retails for $199.95 and is available in black and grey at JBL.com and select retailers.

 

TouchPoints – Holidays have you stressed out? This could be the solution. According to the company—TouchPoints can significantly reduce stress in just 30 seconds. The company says it was developed over the last 10-years by a neuropsychologist and can safely and non-invasively reduce stress by 71% in 30 seconds, improve sleep, help focus and performance, and even reduce cravings. Gift sets come complete with two TouchPoints (one for each side of the body), dual chargers, a carrying bag, and a 30-day money back guarantee. Wear TouchPoints on wrists like a traditional wearable or hide them in pockets, socks, tank top straps, or clip them to waistbands or belts. Simply turn on both devices and TouchPoints helps your nervous system calm down while you go about your day. Give yourself or someone else the gift of calm, order yours now and enjoy the holiday season. TouchPoints kits begin at $135 and can be purchased at https://ilovetouchpoints.com

 

RunLites — are a perfect solution for any type of nighttime or low-light activity, from running, cycling, dog walking, hiking or other everyday activities where you need to see the road and be seen by motorists and pedestrians. RunLites are patented wearable safety products in the form of gloves made of breathable fabric with lightweight Velcro-secured rechargeable LED lights, that go from 40 to 80 lumens with a push of the button. The gloves have reflective strips and accents to help the pedestrian be seen. The RunLites LEDs provides a 135-degree radial arc of light up to 40 feet ahead to increase the wearer’s visibility. As a runner and full time working mother, founder Mary Tiffin could only find time to exercise at night and was frustrated by the inefficiency of flashlights and headlamps, but knew running in the dark was dangerous. RunLites replace clunky and uncomfortable head lamps, light-up vests, clip-on lights, and handheld lights that limit the use of your hands. Runners, Cyclists, Dog walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts all love this latest solution to see and be seen in low light areas. Runlites start at $40 and are available at https://www.gorunlites.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tech Out the Holidays

published on November 14th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Check out some cool tech gift options–

Go to: http://killerapps.tv 

Ho Ho Ho

 

 

6 Problems And 6 Gadgets That Solve Them

published on October 12th, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

PROBLEM: You want to start making your home a smart home but you are the least handy person in the world—what should you get?

 

SOLUTION: Switchmate – is the only snap-on smart lighting system in the world that requires NO TOOLS or rewiring. Switchmate installs in less than a minute to give you ultimate control over your lighting and home appliances. The smart light switch magnetically attaches over your existing switch plate, has built-in voice control, 2 customizable timers, and offers the exclusive ‘Welcome Home’ feature to automatically turn your lights on when you arrive home. The power outlet is just as easy to install and offers additional features. Control your lamps, fans, space heaters or appliances remotely with your phone. Each socket can be controlled individually, so you get 4 custom timers in one outlet. There’s even 2 built-in USB charging ports on the outlet, so you can charge your devices without taking up a wall outlet. The Lighting Power Pack, which retails for $129.99, offers 2 instant smart lighting switches and 1 smart power outlet, making it the perfect gift for grandparents, parents, renters, tech enthusiasts, college students and more. Download the free companion App from the Google Play and Apple App Stores, and use your smartphone to turn your house into a smart home in less than a minute. Switchmate light switches start at just $29.99 and are designed for standard Toggle and Rocker switches. The Power Outlet is priced at $39.99. Find Switchmate products on Amazon and at Walmart, Target, Home Depot & Costco stores. For more info go to www.switchmatehome.com

 

 

PROBLEM: So many remotes—how can you reduce your remote count when streaming video to your TV?

 

SOLUTION: Sideclick — is a slim universal remote for streaming devices that makes streaming much easier for the entire family. Sideclick is a universal remote that attaches to the streaming device remote so you can control the TV, sound bar, and streaming device all-in-one.  This remote is a simple add-on that eliminates the need to juggle multiple remotes.  Sideclick is available for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and many other streaming devices. This remote is great for anyone that is streaming their favorite Netflix shows using a streaming device, and it’s especially great for kids (and grandparents) who sometimes have a hard time managing multiple remotes or over-complex universal remotes. Available for $29.99 on Amazon and in select Best Buy stores.

 

 

PROBLEM: Looking to add a quality outdoor camera, but they’re all so pricey plus they all have a monthly fee— What should I get?

 

SOLUTION: Blink — is the most affordable U.S.-based security camera company on the market. Their newest product this year is the Blink XT, an outdoor camera with a highly-respectable 1080p, weatherproof, and HD video. It solves a number of problems homeowners face from keeping your home safe to preventing porch theft, which is a growing problem. What makes all of Blink’s products special is its 2-year battery that runs on AA batteries. Along with that, there are no added fees and is the only security camera on the market that gives you unlimited cloud storage for your video clips at no added cost. Blink XT starts at $129 and you can purchase it on their website here: https://blinkforhome.com/collections/outdoor-security-camera

 

 

PROBLEM: Trouble sleeping? Did you know lower temperatures encourage sleeping—What should I do?

 

SOLUTION: Tanda Mattress: Did you know approximately 1-in-3 adults don’t get enough sleep at night? Although often unacknowledged in today’s busy world, a restful night’s sleep is essential for good health and overall well being. It all starts with creating the best environment for sleep. Studies have shown that the optimal temperature for a comfortable night’s sleep falls between 65 and 72 degrees. That’s where the Tanda Mattress comes in. Tanda is the innovative new mattress that incorporates ATROS technology to pull cool air from the environment and transfer it to the mattress to help you fall asleep faster and then keep your core body temperature from climbing at night to help you stay asleep longer. In addition, the mattress features a breathable Opti-breeze foam core that also works to regulate body temperature so you do not retain heat throughout the night. The combination of ATROS and Opti-breeze makes Tanda just the right fit so every night is a good night. Available in all sizes from twin to California king, the Tanda Mattress is available online at tandasleep.com at a starting price of $550. You can see the cooling Tanda feature on this thermo-imaging video: https://youtu.be/PmHeY5C0qNA

 

 

PROBLEM: My kids are always on the Internet and I’m worried about what they are doing online?

 

SOLUTION: Circle Home — is a device that pairs with your in-home Wi-Fi, and is managed through a free smartphone app (iOS or Android). Circle Home gives parents the ability to control their children’s access to the Internet both at home and away from home.  Parents can filter content, set time limits, set a bedtime, and pause the Internet™. Each child has his/her own profile and settings.  Parents can completely customize Internet access for each child based on the child’s age and parents’ preferences.  Additionally, parents can add “Circle Go” to manage their family’s mobile devices outside the home on any data or WiFi network. Circle with Disney offers products to help parents stay informed about their kids’ online activities and limit screen time on connected device in the home and on-the-go, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles. Users can get more information and purchase at meetcircle.com or leading retailers such as Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Amazon. Circle Home is $99, if you want “Circle Go” that’s $4.95/month.

 

 

PROBLEM: Seniors who are isolated tend to get anxious, depressed and lonely. What can be done to improve this growing problem?

 

SOLUTION: Qoobo – is a cat-like interactive furry pillow. It was recognized and honored with a show award at this month’s CEATEC Electronics Conference in Tokyo, Japan. By holding and stroking the pillow causes the tail to move and wag. Fun for everyone, the pillow designers believe isolated seniors will have the most to gain. Qoobo should reduce anxiety, depression and loneliness. Qoobo is expected to launch in 2018, but you can register now with Yukai Engineering. Once Qoobo is ready for consumers, you will be contacted, so you can decide at that time if you want to add Qoobo to your family. Qoobo is expected to cost about $100. To register or learn more, go to http://qoobo.info   QOOBO IS ALSO ON KICKSTARTER–CHECK IT OUT AT:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1477302345/qoobo?ref=thanks_link

 

***BONUS PROBLEM AND SOLUTION:

PROBLEM:  Love hard boiled eggs, but hate peeling them
SOLUTION: The Negg® – makes quick work of this dreaded kitchen chore.  The word Negg stands for naked egg, and there is nothing that will coax an egg out of its shell faster than the Negg.  Simply boil your eggs using the recipe included, add a ¼ cup of water and your egg to the Negg, snap on the top and shake.  After 4-12 shakes you will feel the egg soften.  Check frequently through the clear cylinder and when you see the egg white appear through the shell, you are done.  Simply pop the egg out and squeeze it out of its shell.  That’s all there is to it. The Negg which retails for $17.95, comes in seven different colors: red, yellow, white, black, green, fuchsia, pale pink and includes the recipe for the perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg and several other traditional egg recipes.  Oh, and if you don’t want to do your own shaking, hand the pre-loaded Negg to the nearest child.  They love using the Negg.  The Negg is available at TheGrommet.comHSN.comAmazon.comFreshFinds.com, and local retailers across the country.  For more information about the Negg, and a listing of local stores that are presently carrying the Negg, go to www.neggmaker.com,

 

 

 

BACK 2 SCHOOL means it’s time for SMART GADGETS

published on July 23rd, 2017 . by Steve Greenberg

Must-have Back 2 School Gadgets — These gadgets go to the head of the class!!!

 

MyQ Garage from Chamberlain – For more than 70% of kids around the country, the garage is the main point of entry/exit to and from their home. This school year, parents can use MyQ Garage from Chamberlain to better keep track of the comings and goings of their kids by receiving smartphone alerts when the garage door opens or closes, letting you know when the kids leave for school or return home from practice. Homeowners with most any brand of garage door opener made after 1993 can add smartphone control with MyQ Garage. The product includes easy-to-install hardware for the garage, and a free app for the smart device. HomeKit users will want to add the new MyQ Home Bridge device to integrate their garage into their smart home. With the combination of MyQ Home Bridge and MyQ Garage, HomeKit users will be able to open, close, or check the status of their garage doors, and turn MyQ-connected lights on or off using the Home app via their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch, or using Siri. MyQ Garage is available now with an MSRP of $129. The new Home Bridge device will be available soon from the Chamberlain website for an introductory price of $49. Chamberlain.com

 

 

 

TrackR — Keeping track of your child’s items is easy this back-to-school season with TrackR pixel, TrackR’s newest coin-sized Bluetooth tracking device. By attaching a TrackR pixel to all of your children’s valuables — backpacks, wallets, laptops, etc.  — you are employing a little memory butler to keep track of all of their stuff. This not only frees up space and time for you to focus on other obligations, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing that your children’s belongings will always be accounted for.  TrackR pixel lights up and rings loudly when you tap the Item Ringer  button in the free TrackR app. You can use this app to locate your items  in seconds, and you can press a button on your TrackR pixel to make your  phone ring, even if it’s on silent. If your item is lost outside of  Bluetooth range, TrackR’s crowd locate network can help you find it. Anytime another TrackR user is within range of a lost item, the user will  receive an update with the last known location of the missing item. Plus, with TrackR’s Amazon Alexa integration, anyone with the TrackR app can  ask Alexa to ring a misplaced phone at home (or if your phone isn’t in  the house, Alexa will tell you the address of its last known location). TrackR pixel devices are available in nine colors at www.TheTrackR.comwww.Amazon.com,  and select retail outlets worldwide.

 

 

Witti Beddi Glow Intelligent Alarm Clock – The BEDDI Glow is an intelligent alarm clock with a wake up light. With BEDDI Glow you can wake up naturally with sunrise simulating light, listen to your favorite music from Spotify or Apple Music, and customize your settings through the free mobile app. The high quality Bluetooth speaker can play your favorite music while the two charging USB ports can keep your devices fully charged for the day ahead. While rushing to get ready each morning, BEDDI Glow can inform you of real time traffic and weather updates. BEDDI Glow also contains an adjustable mood light composed of 16 million colors. The four alarms can be customized with snooze button settings. BEDDI Glow is available for purchase on www.wittidesign.com, Amazon and in Target stores nationwide.  Currently on Amazon for $69.99

 

Professor Einstein — Meet Professor Einstein by Hanson Robotics: The amazingly expressive robot who trains your brain and teaches you science. He connects to the cloud and interacts dynamically with an iPad or Android tablet to talk with you, share his passion for science, challenge you with brain games, and take you on a journey of fun and learning. With over 50 realistic facial expressions and gestures, he looks just like the real Albert Einstein and will make you smile with educational games and science facts. Professor Einstein loves to chat and will answer your questions on a range of topics, from the weather to scientific concepts like the theory of relativity. He is your Personal Genius and guide to a world of wonderment. You and Professor Einstein can both grow smarter over time. You can earn Genius Points by looking out for daily “Data Cards.” Each correct answer advances you up the ranks of genius. Professor Einstein will also notify you when he is ready to download a few more brain cells if you go to www.professoreinstein/stein-o-matic and sign up for new app alerts. Professor Einstein is available for $299 USD at professoreinstein.com. Professor Einstein is available on Amazon and at the direct link below for $299

Professor Einstein Robot with Voice Recognition & Wifi

 

 
D-Link EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-882) – Today’s students must learn to multi-task, and the D-Link AC2600 EXO router ensures that this school year’s must-do web surfing, streaming and gaming go uninterrupted. The AC2600 EXO router features dual-band high speeds of up to 2,533 Mbps, a high performance dual-core processor that provides powerful wired and wireless network speeds, and AC SmartBeam technology which tracks connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range. Easily stream stored music, movies, photos, files, etc. with the USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. Additionally, the latest MU-MIMO technology allows multiple devices, such as laptops, tablets, and cellphones, to get high-bandwidth Wi-Fi signal at the same time. The AC2600 EXO router is a must-have for the upcoming school year and is available now for just $149.99. For more information, visit: us.dlink.comhttp://us.dlink.com/products/connect/ac2600-mu-mimo-wi-fi-router/

 

Red Cooper Flipwich – When school starts parents need snacks for their kids. Flipwich is the answer. This easy-to-use stovetop grill and press sandwich and Panini maker features twin chambers to create a sealed environment for cooking faster and easier.  Copper infused ceramic Red Copper Flipwich is the newest cookware item from BulbHead.com. Simply press, lock the stay-cool handle to seal tight, flip and cook right on your stovetop without the use of oil, butter or spray. Red Copper Flipwich makes perfect grilled sandwiches, toasty, gooey grilled cheese, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, s’mores, other fun desserts and more. Visit www.BulbHead.com. Red Copper Flipwich retails for $19.99.

 

 

WOW Cup — Won’t spill– perfect for lunch boxes. Drink through gentle sucking without the need to press buttons, move levers, or sip on straws and spouts. The 360° EVEN-SEAL™ drinking edge allows you to just pick up the cup and drink anywhere along the rim. After drinking, the valve automatically seals itself until you take another drink. The Wow Cup® is spill free, worry free and hassle free! Make a mixed drink with iced cubes and it won’t spill in your beach bag, on your beach blanket or under your beach chair. $9.99; 6 different colors– www.WOWCup.com

 

 

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