Get ready for a spring spruce-up with tools that make the job a breeze. shark bait Many of us can’t live without our furry friends, but we could sure do without the fur they shed. The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum, with its mini motorhead brush, feeds on left-behind fur like jaws. $280. 800-462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com… Continue reading.
By Marc Rapport When temperatures start dipping and nipping at fingers and toes — indoors or out — these gadgets can bring the heat when and where you need it. PERSONAL SPACE OUTDOOR BUDDY Take it fishing, take it camping, take it out to the workshop. Wherever you go, the portable and powerful Mr. Heater… Continue reading.
By Marc Rapport While there will probably always be a place for the traditional electric train set around the Christmas tree, here are some newer digital delights to make your holidays a little more techy for everyone on your gift list. PLAY AND LEARN Baby Talk Baby’s smartphone entertains the littlest device users with colorful… Continue reading.
By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Now that winter is here, I’d like to make my home more comfortable by keeping cold air out. I’m planning to have a contractor inspect and seal air leaks. However, a neighbor mentioned that I could seal up my home too much and cause ventilation problems. Is this true?… Continue reading.
By Marc Rapport With gift-buying season upon us, the world of digital photography offers plenty of interesting gadgets to help the camera buffs on your list snap, record and share their favorite images. NEW TWISTS ON OLD CONCEPTS It’s a Snap Polaroid cameras were revolutionary, offering the instant gratification of photo prints right out of… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken Most babies born these days will live to see the arrival of the 22nd century. (That’s just 84 years away.) Give them a sneak peek of all the “star-techy” marvels they’ll be growing up with with some of the latest innovations in the baby-care market. EXTRA CARE High-Tech Peek-a-Boo Those early baby… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken Wake up and smell the high-tech coffee in kitchens equipped with handy devices that make morning meal prep a little more interesting. FIRST THINGS FIRST GOURMET GRIND If you like your coffee just so, starting with perfectly ground beans, you’ll want your own grinder. Cuisinart’s DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill offers… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken From headphones to speakers to home-entertainment sound systems, technology has improved the quality of sound and the way we listen. Tune in to some of the latest sonic electronics. HOME THEATRICS Surround Me As televisions grow to the size of movie screens, the sound quality keeps pace, along with the pricing. The… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken and Electric Consumer Though 1608 is the recorded year for the first telescope, which led to monoculars and binoculars, humans have tried to improve their ability to see long distances long before then. Roman Emperor Nero, it’s said, viewed the fights of gladiators through a natural magnifier made out of an emerald…. Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken Humans aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the latest in technology. Check out these gadgets designed to make your pet cuter, your house cleaner and your life easier. HEALTHY CHOICES ENCOURAGING HYDRATION Dogs and cats need plenty of water, especially during these coming summer days. The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain… Continue reading.
By Ron Aiken While we’re not quite to Batman’s utility belt just yet when it comes to having any conceivable gadget at our fingertips, smart watches, fitness trackers, health bracelets and more have brought the latest technology to your wardrobe closet. TIME HAS COME TODAY SMART SLEEK Samsung’s Gear S2 looks good and works smart,… Continue reading.
By Becky Billingsley As the body grows less nimble, technology can make many tasks easier for seniors, from caregiving to living life more independently. KITCHEN SAFETY UNCANNY Older hands will appreciate the light touch needed to operate the ergonomic lever on the Hamilton Beach 76606Z Smooth Touch Can Opener. Its side-cutting system leaves a smooth… Continue reading.
By Becky Billingsley Portable electronic gear lets you stay connected and equipped for adventure while biking, hiking, camping, boating or simply enjoying the great outdoors. TAKE CHARGE Hot pot A lightweight, 1.2-liter Powerpot 5 does double duty on your off-road adventures. While it cooks your food over a campfire, the pot generates an electrical current… Continue reading.