This week's gadget is the Tech Neck mobile device holder. Who could come up with such a weird gadget? You want me wear that crazy thing around my neck? Well, relax, it's not a real product. It's true, the Tech Neck Device Holder does not exist. It's a Prank Pack designed to fool the receiver into having to thank you for a really stupid gift. But, the box is empty so you can put your real small-sized gift inside. There's also a “You've been pranked note” inside the box.
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If you collect a lot of business cards you need a central place to keep them. Enter the miniature business card file cabinet. It provides storage for 800 business cards. It's made of sturdy plastic and available in silver or brown color. A-Z card index dividers are included. Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 6.5". It's a bit pricey considering it's just made of plastic, but it should help you save time finding business cards you need - assuming you take the time to file them as you get them. Under $16.
Dick resisted buying anything on Black Friday until around 10 PM, when he bought an Amazon Fire HD8 with Special Offers (and that means ads on your tablet) for $49.99. And ebates had an 8% cash back offer which dropped the price even further. But wait, there's more. Even at that price there was free one day shipping for Prime Members. It was amazing. As you'll see in the video, that low price includes ads, tons of ads! But you can pay $15 + taxes to remove them on Amazon. The new Show Mode is nice since it lets you see notices from pretty far away.
BRILLIANT PAD - World First Self-Cleaning puppy pad & dog potty. This could be perfect for seniors with dogs who are paper-trained, or anyone who can't get out of the house on a terrible winter day. Designed to handle #1 and #2, the highly absorbent BrilliantPad soaks up liquids and dries out solids. It wraps and seals waste to keep your home clean and odor free. A built-in timer replaces the pad automatically or you can refresh anytime at the touch of a button. A sensor won't let the machine start until the pad is clear of your pet.
The Heatworks Tetra, an internet-connected compact countertop dishwasher requires no plumbing and can be placed and used anywhere with a standard electrical outlet. With a smaller capacity than the average dishwasher, Tetra holds two full place settings, 10 plates, or 12 pint glasses. There are no faucet connections required and water is loaded by hand so users know exactly how much water is being used - about a half a gallon per load. Tetra is transparent so you can see exactly where in the dishwashing cycle it is. It's powered by Heatworks' patented Ohmic Array Technology.
A new technology, developed by Watergen, is an atmospheric water generator called Genny, which takes in ambient air through a filter, and cools at its dew point, extracting water through condensation. The water is then purified, mineralized, and is ready and safe to drink. The prototype unit was producing five gallons of clean drinking water per day, but the company expected the final production unit would produce eight gallons a day. It comes with a built-in reservoir and a water treatment system.
The Virtuali-Tee offers a guided tour inside your body! It's easy. Put the Virtuali-Tee shirt on, open the app and point your device’s camera at the Virtuali-Tee. The app scans the Virtuali-Tee and you'll see an image of the internal body system. Then you can – and kids will love this part – virtually dissect the organs in gross detail! Tap anywhere on the screen to peel back the layers of the body and interact with the different systems and organs by clicking on the hotspots.
The “Large 9” LED display alarm clock” is huge. Each digit is 3” high, certainly bigger than most clocks in the home. You set the time, alarms, snooze, etc. with UP and DOWN arrows near the top of the clock. The back of the clock features two USB 5V 1A charging ports for charging small devices like smartphones. A dimmer setting can be adjusted for the brightness you prefer for sleep. Dual alarms mean you can set two separate wake-up times. A snooze button on the top allows you to have 5-60 minutes (you set that too) more to stay in bed before the alarm sounds again.
The SmartFlower Solar system was another 'big' gadget at the Luxury Technology Show. They had a unit out in the street so the press could see it in person. The SmartFlower is a fully integrated, all-in-one solar system that can live anywhere, but certainly the sunnier, the better. SmartFlower uses GPS tracking aligned to the specific longitude and latitude of the site where it is installed. This precise tracking can increase productivity by as much as 40%. They do want it setup by one of their installers to get the full warranty.
If you're serious about your wine, then Dick's latest gadget is for you! Fresh from the Luxury Technology show comes The WineCab, a wine cellar that stands in any room of your house, assuming the ceiling is at least 9' 4” high. It's completely automated and it's a first from Calvary Robotics. They say their WineCab is the most advanced wine storage and inventory system in the world. A robotic arm uses advanced technology and data to store, serve and let you know everything about your collection. The 1300 pound 9'3" high, is 4' wide and 3.5' deep wood cabinet alone is impressive.