If you have trouble sleeping, a white noise machine can help, and Dickie D is showing off the LectroFan Micro, which adds a lot of features if you're looking for a white noise machine. This one is actually great for travel! It has a built-in battery and Bluetooth! Charge the battery, and the Micro can provide 10 unique sleep sounds: 5 fan sounds, 4 white noises, and one ocean - for up to 16 hours. Pair it up with your Bluetooth device and you can stream your music through it for up to 8 hours.
This week's gadget is the Meyoung Airplane Foot Rest Hammock. On an airplane, it can hang from the snack table's arms to provide a hammock-like foot rest. And unlike some other travel gadgets, it doesn't make you look dorky, because probably no one will notice. It weighs only 3 oz and folds down to about 8" x 3" x 2" inch. The company says it will relax your feet and reduce pressure on your back. $13.99 on Amazon here.
Tapdo is Dickie D's gadget of the week and it lets you control technology with single-touch, personalized biometric interactions. Using a fingerprint sensor, Tapdo allows you to assign specific functions to different parts of your fingers, to control your music, dim your smart lights, and more. Powered by Bluetooth you can control up to 23 functions on each hand by touching various part of the fingers and palms to the Tapdo. It's on Kickstarter now (4/13/17) and should be shipping final units in Fall, 2017.
This week's gadget is the ONO $99 3D printer that uses your smartphone to act as the platform to print a 3D resin image. The smartphone is providing the visible light to harden the resin as it's printed. That means 3D objects can be created layer by layer using your smartphone’s screen as light source. A rough estimate of the maximum size of the 3-D build is 4.72" X 2.5" X 2".
Think vinyl is dead? Then you haven't heard of DigiVina! This company has a record making machine that can turn any or all of your digital music into vinyl records! And you make them out of old plastic bottles! (A special blackening agent makes them look just like an old vinyl record!) Yes, instead of ending up in a landfill, the empty bottles from your dining table end up on your turntable! The Digital to Vinyl Recorder does have some downsides: The cost is $499. But an interesting idea. Pity it's an April Fool's joke!
If you take pills, or even vitamins, there's an innovative way to help you keep track of when you last took your medications and vitamins. Called Timer Caps, they have a built-in stopwatch that keeps track of exactly how much time passed since it was last opened. It’s easy to use, with no alarms to program or buttons to press. The patented timer works like an automatic stopwatch -- every time you open the cap, the timer resets to zero. When you close the cap, the timer starts counting up again displaying exactly how many hours and minutes have passed.
This week's gadget is The LectroFan Sound Machine. It's a White Noise Machines,that can help you get to sleep when you're in a noisy area.Here's how the company describes it: “Lectrofan sound is not just a recording. It has been developed through a proprietary algorithm that dynamically generates unique non-repeating sounds. This steady stream of sound eliminates the distracting looping that is common among many competing brands.” --- The model that was on sale was the LectroFan international model that features plugs for the US, UK and EU.
The Eparé Pocket Wine Aerator promises to turn wine into better tasting, more expensive wine. The device enhances the flavor and finish of wine by releasing its natural bouquet. Just push the button, and watch the aerating motor create tiny air bubbles which rapidly introduce oxygen into the wine, freeing its tertiary aroma. It accommodates all styles of wine, with 3 aeration settings, and it's small enough to store in your pocket. (Take it to a restaurant, bar, and even a picnic, too.) Aerate your glass on demand in as little as 15 seconds.
Freshly back from the NY Toy Fair, Dickey D saw the new Schoenhut toy pianos. Digital that look like spinets, uprights, mini-baby grand, and even a twin butterfly piano that looks like a baby grand. The new line is being branded as New Tech Learning. If the name is familiar, Schoenhut has been producing toy pianos since 1872. The new line includes 25, 30, 37 and even a 61-key digital model. They range in price from about $100 to $500 or so. Every piano has a place to hold a smart phone or digital tablet to make it easy for the child to follow along as they learn.
You probably know about go-karts, but have you heard about Smart-Karts? Actev Motors has come up with the Arrow Smart-Kart: a fun go-kart (with many safety features) aimed at five to nine-year-old kids. Kids will not only love driving the Arrow, but they can also personalize their driving experience by downloading synthesized engine sounds. The single bucket seats boasts twin built-in speakers. The Actev App also lets kids monitor stats such as total driving time, total distance, and maximum speed. But wait, there's more!