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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.
FOOD
July 23, 2000 | By Maria Gallagher, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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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.)
BUSINESS
April 27, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Columnist
Drink to me only with thine eyes? Today, we have better ideas - tech-minded gadgets for gulping, preserving, and improving our beverages. So make it one for my baby, and five more for the road. Takes a miracle: Turning water into wine still takes a biblical miracle. Improving the flavor of wine with the wave of a hand? Almost any mortal can do that, working an aeration device that fits between the wine bottle's mouth and the glass, infusing the flowing juice with air molecules to "open it up," improve flavor and aroma.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2015 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Marivic Wright, a Philippine immigrant, was a return visitor Tuesday to the E-Gadget Help Desk at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She came for assistance in finding another e-book after poring through two on her Samsung Galaxy Note 8 "phablet. " Her latest: The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality. Calvin Moody of Germantown stopped by to get help with his Android tablet, which wasn't loading new e-mails. "I'm from the old school.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
"DON'T play with your food. " Sure, we all heard that as kids. But today, the kitchen is everybody's playpen. And food is fun personified - worthy of TV channels and specialty gadget shops celebrating food-as-entertainment. Gizmo Guy traces the trend back to last-century novelty peddlers like the Johnson Smith Co., the back-of-the-comic-book advertiser that introduced gag-gift dribble glasses, plastic ice cubes with a bug floating inside and kitchen aprons imprinted with "Beware of Chef" warnings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
Wanna please your Valentine? Gizmo Guy has been on the prowl for apps and gadgets to warm hearts, help make a magical Valentine's Day - or rescue you from a romantic disaster. 'Cause even the best laid plans for a Valentine's Day tryst don't always work out as expected! ROMANTIC APPTITUDE: Bad at advance planning? Even if you meet somebody on the eve of Valentine's Day, a slew of instant apps help make the moment special. The Valentine's Day Recipe app ( 99 cents in the iOS App Store )
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
LAS VEGAS - International CES, the world's fair of consumer electronics gadgetry, clicks into high gear today in Las Vegas. You're sure to see lots of media coverage, guaranteed to dazzle but also confuse with all that new-tech terminology much-used buzzwords (in italics, below). Here's a primer, ripe with product scoops, to help clear the ( ultra-high-definition ) picture. AUTONOMOUS DRIVING : Robotic cars that drive themselves autonomously are maybe a decade down the road.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2014
LADIES and gentlemen, I give you 10 beer things you never knew existed:     The Crowler If a growler is a large bottle of draft beer to go, what's a Crowler? That's a large can of freshly tapped suds. Oskar Blues Brewery, in Colorado, a pioneer in modern canned craft beer, developed a machine to fill and seal a 32-ounce can right at the bar. Locally, Village Idiot Brewing Co., in Mount Holly, N.J., has one and says it'll keep its contents fresh for 3 months.   The Knockout It's a bottle-top attachment that makes it possible to chug beer and smoke weed at the same time.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
"SELFIE, selfie, selfie, selfie!' You gotta laugh at Bruce Springsteen's comic exasperation - slapping his head and yelling - captured in a YouTube-posted video of a recent concert. The moment comes late in the show, after a slew of ladies invited onto the stage for "Dancing in the Dark" insist on cuddling up with the Boss and taking cameraphone photos, one after another after another, before exiting the stage. As if the thousands in attendance at the outdoor show wouldn't notice or mind the delay.
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
WHAT'S the cutest new smart watch? The most interactive electronic book reader? Hint: These items are not made by Apple or Amazon, don't cost a fortune and are targeted to the savvy crew of gadget lovers who like to be in bed by eight or nine. And aren't any older than that, either. VTECH TRUMPS THE COMPETITION: Likely to be a big item for holiday shopping this year (unlike that newly announced but six months delayed Apple Watch) the $59.99 (list price) VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is targeted to techie tykes age four and up. But don't be surprised to see big kids wearing one, too!
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