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January 16, 2013
1 THE UP BAND: This is your life, as tracked on a sleek little bracelet from JawBone. Exercise, steps per day, sleep patterns, meals, even mood swings. How healthy can you be? Find out for $129.99, with supporting app. 2 HAPIFORK: Electronic utensil vibrates and lights up, reminding you to eat more slowly. Upload your stats via USB; track progress on phone or computer. Waterproof, comes in colors. Preorder for $99 at hapilabs.com. 3 FITBIT: Activity-tracking wristband, wireless motion detector, scale - this family of products, plus website and mobile app, offer multiple options to help meet your health and fitness goals.
NEWS
May 20, 2005 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
You have a choice to make, beachcombers. You could be that guy who wanders the sands with the knee-high socks and metal detector looking for nickels, or you could strive to be the hip son of a beach sporting gear that keeps you cool regardless of the temperature. Try some of these beach gadgets on your surf and sun getaway - we've even found some things on the Internet to make it easier for you. Those big umbrellas are old-school; try a beach cabana instead. Starting around $30 (and going up to $100 for a family-size enclosure)
NEWS
April 3, 2006 | By Froma Harrop
The mystery of the nightclub slobs may have been solved. It was a Saturday night at New York's fabled Algonquin Hotel. People were entering the Oak Room for a cabaret performance in the intimate space where smart cosmopolitans had gathered over the decades. When Cole Porter walked the Earth, the assemblage would have sparkled in evening wear. We don't expect that level of formality anymore. There was one stunning creature - an 80ish woman, whose neck was wrapped in pearls or a good facsimile.
SPORTS
May 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Life's a beach sometimes. But with some of the cool - and cooling - specialty gadgets we've dug out of the sand, you'll never want to run for cover, even on a blazing hot day.   Chill Out!   There's so much more to a portable cooler today than just keeping food and beverages at agreeable temperatures. IcyBreeze is a 38-quart cooler that doubles as a portable air conditioner. It uses on-board water and ice as the cooling agents, works up a mighty wind with a fan powered for up to six hours by an internal rechargeable battery pack (or AC or DC.)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | Kimberly Garrison
1. AB WHEEL Nothing beats a good old-fashioned $7.99 ab wheel for toning the abs, core, arms, shoulders and back. 2. JUMP TO IT I have always extolled the virtues of the jump rope. Done properly, jumping rope is a low-impact cardiovascular exercise that simultaneously works every muscle in the body. A jump rope is simple, efficient, travels well and can be used anywhere. Six minutes of jumping (at 120-1,140 rpm) equals 20 minutes of jogging. Jump rope for 15 to 20 minutes for an unparalleled total body workout.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
The salesman told me a snowblower would change my life, but so far it hasn't. What a snow job. Because it only snowed once thus far, for two whole inches. I'm not complaining, but that snowfall cost me $300 an inch. I didn't even use the damn thing, because I'm still not walking after bunion surgery, so I had to pay someone to shovel, and he didn't think there was enough snow to use the snowblower. Make that $350 an inch. You may recall, I thought about buying a snowblower after six impossible winters, then finally broke down and bought one a few months ago, and have evidently saved all of us from another impossible winter.
NEWS
July 13, 2006 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Edward L. Cohen, 89, of Voorhees, the founder of Edwards Creative Products, who invented more than a hundred gadgets, including the Magic Wand stick spot cleaner, died of heart failure Tuesday at home. Mr. Cohen took everyday problems and turned them into ideas for inventions he created in his Cherry Hill basement. For him, the residue on the bottom of a wet bar of soap was more than just a nuisance. It was inspiration. The result: Mr. Cohen's No Goo Soap Dish. In more than 50 years, Mr. Cohen developed products to handle drooping bow ties, stains, yellowing dentures and belt storage.
FOOD
February 28, 1990 | By Marilynn Marter, Inquirer Food Writer
It's hard to decide whether to laud some of the new kitchen products or to laugh at them. Some are designed almost strictly for laughs. Take the battery-powered Lazy Bones coaster ($18). Please. This is a gadget that literally "hand"-delivers drinks in its "palm," scooting across a counter or down a bar and automatically stopping when it reaches the edge. Some of the current crop of new kitchen gadgets serve a purpose while striking a silly chord, like the bell-bottomed steamer basket ($10)
NEWS
June 29, 1986 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Ford, the people who design auto interiors are playing with something called a "heads up display" - an electronic gadget that presents a digital readout of car speed and engine functions as a holographic image that literally appears right in front of the driver's eyes. "The idea," says Ford design executive Allen Ornes, "is to allow the driver to read this data without having to refocus, without having to take his eyes off the road. " At Chrysler, interior designers are experimenting with the use of electronic road maps and a pushbutton "memory" that will return the rear view mirrors and steering column to programmed positions, and tune in the radio to a pre-selected station and volume level.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
By his own admission, Jachai May, 16, is obsessed with his tech gadgets. "So much WiFi, so little time," the Germantown teenager opined. But Saturday afternoon, May left his iPod with his mother. A few days earlier, he had turned his beloved laptop over to his sister in Delaware. He wasn't going to risk being in the same state. Early Saturday evening, he was one of about 65 teens who turned out at the Kimmel Center with sleeping bags to take part in a challenge organizers hope will catch on elsewhere.
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BUSINESS
August 28, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
We love our four-legged pals to pieces, crave time with them, feel terrible when we're apart. Thank heaven (for little girl and boy animals) that a growing crop of innovators is working in the pet-tronics and pet-care space, helping to reassure us that Fifi and Fido are doing well even when we're many miles from home. Smile for the camera. Surveys suggest that "checking in on the pets" is a core reason for purchase and use of web-connected home- security cameras. Most video snoopsters also have a built-in speaker, so app-linked viewers can remotely coo words of comfort or bellow, "Get off the couch!"
BUSINESS
June 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
Uh oh, Father's Day is nigh. He might say "don't get me anything. " You don't have to listen. Déjà vu (all over again). Does Dad or Grandpop talk fondly of holding a transistor radio to his ear to listen to the ball game or Top 40 hits? Even if he doesn't, he'll get a kick from the CC Skywave from C. Crane, a more advanced example of the species. It tunes AM, FM, shortwave, weather, and air traffic bands, with favorites easily stored on the array of 10 preset buttons. With alarm clock functionality, it's apt for travelers.
TRAVEL
May 23, 2016
Raise your hand if you have never accidentally left behind a charging cable while traveling. Yup, pretty universal experience - and such a draining one. If only some kind of warning signaled your mistake before it was too late. Good news. The Skross Buzz Alarm Charge and Sync Cable does exactly that. Once the cable is connected at both ends, a rectangular sensor integrated into the 3-foot-long USB cable starts beeping if the phone is disconnected from the cable with the USB end still plugged in. To silence the alarm, you have to either disconnect the USB end as well, press a snooze button on the sensor, or reconnect the phone.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Summer's here, and the time is right for dancing on the sand, taking wet and wild photos, cruising for a bruising on a fantastic new beach bike. Gizmo Guy at your service! Zoom zoom For a cool, two-wheeling ride that really stands out from the pedaling crowd, Woody Bikes ' Max Samuelson is the man to contact and visit this season at his Cape May workshop. Instead of using mundane metal, Samuelson handcrafts bike frames for his handsome beach cruisers, commuter bikes, road racers, and kiddie tricycles from the best hardwoods he can score, shape, and assemble.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
Is it coincidence that major advancements in fitness trackers, home automation, and remote health monitoring are happening now, as the big bulge of baby boomers eases into senior citizenship? Or is it because there are trillions to be made from this needy, plugged-in crowd - estimated to account for 70 percent of the nation's disposable income by 2017 - as we strive to age gracefully? This is the gang that now declares - and often believes - that "60 is the new 50" and so on. Smart tech helps delay the inevitable.
TRAVEL
April 11, 2016
Protective apparel had better be more functional than fashionable if it's to travel with me. In the case of the ever-useful windbreaker, that means lightweight, efficiently insulated for serious chill resistance, but also breathable, and equipped with at least one sturdy zippered pocket for my cellphone and other small essentials. I want a bright color, too, for maximum visibility outdoors and in my luggage. The designers at Ultimate Direction, an athletic-gear manufacturer, happily take the same view.
TRAVEL
April 4, 2016
Once baby outgrows her initial bathing station and it's time for a transitional - and transportable - mini-tub, why not a duck? It's ideal for bath time inserted into a regular tub, but there's no reason the White Hot Inflatable Safety Duck Tub from Munchkin - designed for the 6- to 24-month-old set - can't go to the beach or other play area. Deflate and fold, and this all-weather fowl can go anywhere. The floor of the cushiony internal tub area has a non-skid, non-abrasive texture, the raised "tail" area of the vinyl duck makes a nice headrest for hair-washing, and the squeezable orange beak will grab your little one's attention.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2016
My sole feels soothed just looking at the Moji Foot Pro Travel Massager. Six stainless steel spheres rotate in sockets embedded in a slip-resistant rubber base, penetrating and alleviating sore or tight foot muscles and tissues when you roll your foot over them. The more rolling pressure you apply, the deeper the massage, and the center sphere is raised slightly higher than the other five for targeted deep massaging. The spheres, each about an inch in diameter, are especially effective at stretching tight spots under the arches and toes.
TRAVEL
March 20, 2016
The Kelvin Super Tool is classified as a multi-tool, but it's more like a whole toolbox that just begs to be taken along on car trips, cycling and boating excursions, or anywhere, just in case. Don't picture a Swiss Army knife. Picture instead a carbon steel hammer, a multi-position screwdriver with 15 interchangeable drive heads, a six-foot retractable metal tape measure, an LED flashlight, a liquid level, and a powerful alloy magnet to keep loose screws at hand - all compactly integrated into a 51/4-by-2-inch-by-1-inch-thick "mother" base.
NEWS
February 26, 2016
One of the simple yet overlooked joys of beer is that it comes in a bottle or a can, ready to drink. Grab an opener or just yank the pull-tab, and you're good to go. No assembly required. Which is why the arrival of any new, high-tech beer-dispensing gadget gives me pause. Put me in the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it league. That seems to be the case with the "revolutionary" Fizzics portable draft beer system, a Mr. Coffee-like contraption that sucks beer out of a bottle and pours it into a glass.
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