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.
May 20, 2005 |
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)
April 3, 2006 |
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.
May 16, 2015 |
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.)
January 3, 2013 |
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.
February 5, 2012 |
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.
July 13, 2006 |
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.
February 28, 1990 |
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)
June 29, 1986 |
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.
July 23, 2000 |
What: Kernel Kutter Manufacturer: Kernel Kutter Inc. Where: Kitchen & Co., Christiana, Del. Price: $5.99 What: Corn Stripper Manufacturer: Made in China for Fox Run Craftsmen Price: $3.49 These tools both have a sharp, circular, sawtooth cutter at their center, designed to strip kernels from a corncob. The test. Both tools were awkward to use. They got stuck on thick ears, cooked or raw. They could cut all the way through if two hands were used to push down hard on the long handles.