Oh, how we love our pets. From cats and dogs to rabbits and reptiles, we spoil them as much as we can. And because they can’t do it themselves, we shop for them, too. by JAYNE CANNON Feline fun Keep your cat amused for hours with a classic hide-and-seek toy, featuring electronic mouse sounds…. 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.
By Becky Billingsley Feel like the king or queen of your castle while luxuriating in technology that turns your bathroom into a royal spa. LAP OF LUXURY SERENITY NOW Immerse yourself in relaxation in a sleek Ariel Platinum Whirlpool Bathtub. You’ll be treated to 15 massage jets, six massage modes, four intensity settings, a touchscreen… Continue reading.
Resolved to live a healthier lifestyle in 2016? There’s plenty of technology available to help you meet your activity and wellness goals. PERSONAL CARE KNOW BY HEART Wear your heart under your sleeve with a Garmin Vivosmart HR Activity Tracker. The slim wristband monitors heart rate and tracks your steps and calories to help you… Continue reading.
REAL ROBOTS Prehistoric Future WowWee’s Miposaur may be from the Mesozoic Era, but he’s very 21st century when he plays fetch, reacts to gestures and “feels” curious, excited or annoyed. Control the dino-robot with your gestures, its TrackBall or a phone app. He can also do battle with compatible robotic toys. $110. 800-591-3869; target.com Build… Continue reading.
COUNTER CULTURE BREAKFAST CLUB Hamilton Beach calls it a Breakfast Burrito Maker, but this handy two-layer tool can also keep houseguests happy with a ready supply of omelets, stuffed pancakes or crepes. $45. 800-851-8900; hamiltonbeach.com Hot off the grill Host a tabletop grilling party where guests cook up meat and veggie morsels and drizzle them… Continue reading.
As the seasons turn this month and the kids are back in school, you’ll want to keep track of the weather so you’ll know what to have them wear and how to prepare each day. ON ALERT CRANK IT UP When the power’s out, you can recharge a Sangean AM/FM WX Emergency Radio MMR-88 by… Continue reading.