Best New Problem-Solving Gadgets
Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg, author of Gadget Nation, stopped by to show off the latest and greatest problem-solving gadgets.
Dupli-Color Scratch Fix All-in-1 – Easily and quickly repair bothersome – and potentially very costly – automotive paint scratches, chips and nicks with Dupli-Color’s new Scratch Fix All-in-1. It’s the first touch-up solution of its kind to combine paint and a clear protective top-coat in a single package. The abrasive tip helps you prepare to paint by removing loose paint and rust. The one-coat prime and paint formula helps you restore vehicles back to the original factory finish quickly and produces an expert finish at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional. The patented Scratch Fix All-in-1 tool features two paint applicators – the first, a pin-point pen tip that offers precision and control for small scratches, and the other, a taper-tip brush for larger scratches or chips. Scratch Fix All-in-1 also includes a separate foam applicator for use with the included clear coat to seal, protect and ensure a perfect factory matched finish. Dupli-Color is also the only brand with a variety of colors tested and approved by vehicle manufacturers, ensuring a perfect match every time. Scratch Fix All-in-1 has a suggested retail price of $14.99. For more information, visit www.duplicolor.com.
zBoost SOHO and zBoost METRO -- zBoost, a leading provider of cell phone signal booster kits provides a solution for dropped, missed and choppy voice calls, eliminating dead zones and the need to say, "Can you hear me now?” The zBoost SOHO and zBoost METRO boost indoor signal for multiple carriers and multiple users simultaneously. zBoost cell phone signal boosters come in a kit with everything you need. Additionally, your cell phone does not need to be synced or connected to the booster. The zBoost signal boosters do not create a signal where none exists. Instead, they take an existing signal from outside or near a window, bring it into the home and amplify it to provide a stronger indoor cell signal. An added bonus is the battery life is extended, since the cell phone isn't constantly searching for a weak signal. The zBoost SOHO can increase indoor coverage up to 2500 sq. ft. making it the ideal choice for most homes and small offices. It requires a signal antenna to be mounted outside where good signal is present (at least 2 bars.) The zBoost SOHO can be found online through various etailers such as, Walmart.com and Amazon.com for under $200. The zBoost METRO can increase indoor coverage up to 1500 sq. ft. making it the ideal choice for apartments, condo’s, lofts and other smaller settings. It requires a signal antenna to be suction cupped to the inside of a window where good signal is present (at least 2 bars.) The zBoost METRO can be found online through various “etailers” for under $150. For more information go to zBoost.com
Ooma Telo – Ooma Telo offers free crystal-clear and reliable PureVoice HDTM calling anywhere in the United States. After purchase of the Ooma Telo, all you pay is applicable taxes and fees, which are usually less than $4 a month. It’s easy to set up and even easier to use; all you need is high-speed Internet and a regular home phone. With the Telo, users have access to voicemail, call-waiting, caller-ID, and more. Users can also gain some peace of mind with Ooma’s unique 911 Alerts feature, which immediately sends a text message or email to recipients when 911 is called from the Ooma phone number. Ooma Telo subscribers also have the option of upgrading to Ooma Premier service for only $9.99 a month. The Premier service includes more than 25 advanced features, such as blacklisting telemarketers and unwanted callers, voicemail-to-text so subscribers can read voicemail messages instead of listening to them, call screening and a multi-ring option to simultaneously ring or forward calls. The Ooma Telo was ranked the #1 home phone service for the third year in a row by the readers at Consumer Reports (2011, 2012, and 2013 issues). The Ooma Telo is $149.99 and available at leading retailers and online destinations, including ooma.com.
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control --The latest connected home innovation from Honeywell, the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is a first-of-its-kind device. Simply say, “Hello, thermostat” to activate, and the thermostat will recognize simple, intuitive commands such as “make it four degrees warmer” or “make it much cooler” – even from across the room and over the ambient noise of a busy household. The cloud-based thermostat will even get smarter over time, adding more commands based on its interactions with homeowners. In addition, the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control allows design-focused homeowners to customize it to match or accent their home décor. The thermostat also offers Wi-Fi connectivity that allows consumers to regulate their energy usage and home temperature through a smartphone, using the Total Connect Comfort smartphone app – which is the top-rated thermostat app on Google PlayTM or iTunesTM. www.wifithermostat.com/voice. $349
Netchef -- is a computer designed for your kitchen. With your home's wifi, it gives you access to over 2000 recipes. Touch the screen, you can watch cooking videos, and look through food apps and the popular cooking websites that have been preloaded so you get access to an unlimited number of recipes. You can even store and display your own recipes. With Netchef's built-in camera you can have video chat from your kitchen. Netchef also brings music, videos, photos, social media, and much more right to your kitchen countertop. The touchscreen makes it easy and very intuitive to use. Netchef can be purchased for $279.99 from Amazon.com, SkyMall, Rakuten.com, and other online retailers with more to come in the next couple months for the holiday season. For more info go to www.netchef-usa.com
Reviver Freshening Swipes - Reviver is the World's First Dry Deodorant for Clothes. Whether we smoke, eat, travel, work, or sweat, malodor always finds a way into our lives and onto our clothes and hair. While there are countless solutions for combatting bad breath between brushings – gum, breath mints, breath spray, and even breath strips – there are virtually zero ways to freshen our clothes and hair between washings. Astoundingly, consumers have lacked an effective and economical solution for on-the-go freshness – until now. Each swipe is packaged in a reseal-able packet and delivers multiple uses. The reseal-able packaging provides customers the convenience of storing it in a purse, pocket, briefcase, car or desk. To use, simply slip the swipe over your fingers and rub against your clothing or hair. The wiping action releases proprietary non-toxic compounds that safely neutralize odor-causing elements without damaging clothing. Each reusable Reviver swipe is $2.99 and available for purchase at www.Reviver.com.