Just in case you don't think it is really cold outside at this moment when you see plenty of snow and an unforgiving cold wind blowing away, there is always the Solar Powered Outdoor Thermometer to do the dirty job for you. This 43" tall home contraption will display which level the mercury is at currently, with solar-powered white LEDs shining away at night so that you can still get a reading long after the sun has gone halfway around the world. There is no need to pull some extra wiring or power cords - just make sure you have a patch of soft soil to jam this baby in and you're good to go. Solutions is carrying the Solar Powered Outdoor Thermometer for $39.95 a pop.
Here is yet another GPS navigation system from China that packs pretty much the average specifications inside an uninspiring case design. The RoadEX N-3500 from Waysion might use the highly-accurate SiRFStar III GPS chipset, but it is let down with a meagre amount of memory, clocking up just 32MB of flash ROM and 64MB of SDRAM. Features include a 3.5" touchscreen LCD display, an integrated speaker, USB connectivity, an SD/MMC memory card slot for expansion options, and a generic 3.5mm headphone jack. There is no word on how much the RoadEX-N3500 costs nor whether it will be available outside of China.
The spanking new Infinity Telesmart System from Dräger Medical coud bring about a revolution when it comes to patient-doctor relationships. This unique device offers the performance of a full-size patient monitor that has been crammed into a portable package that the patient can wear no matter where he/she goes. Features include a built-in color display that shows all monitored ECG leads, the heart rate, and pulse oximetry. Integrated WiFi technology ensures that the TeleSmart System will send data to the central station at constant intervals for better healthcare and patient monitoring. Not only is Big Bro keeping an eye on you, but your doctor is as well.
Some of us suffer from poor spatial recognition, which makes parking our cars an extremely difficult task. Thankfully, the Bosch driver assistance system that is found in Citroen's C4 Picasso is capable of letting the driver know whether the intended parking space is large enough for the vehicle. This ensures you do not leave a mark of your bumper on somebody else's paintwork ever again, thanks to the standard quartet of ultrasound sensors at both ends in addition to sensors that specifically measure parking space. Hopefully this innovative system will make its way as a standard feature in all vehicles in the future, making mankind one step closer to relying on technology fully.
If you are one who loves getting a tan during summer but do not have any idea on exactly how much UV rays your body should be absorbing, perhaps getting the Suntimer from Minox is a good idea. This unique device will sound an alarm when your time in the sun is up to prevent you from staying out longer than you should. Alternatively, you could always slap on more sunblock if you just want to frolic in the sun. Each Suntimer comes with a universal fixing band that makes it easy to strap it on various places like your upper arm or a backpack. We say get the Tan-Timer Bikini instead.
Nearly everybody and their grandmother has heard of the VoIP revolution which spawned a slew of VoIP-based products such as VoIP phones, hybrid phones, dual-mode phones, video phones, and even WiFi phones. A quick search around the Net unveiled the presence of VoIP Pay Phones. Despite their lack of presence in the West, there are a few companies producing such phones, signaling the fact that there is some demand. The VoIP Pay Phone probably caters to frequent travelers and unconnected users, which is an extremely niche market. Do you think that having a VoIP Pay Phone in your area is a great idea, or is this yet another product that just will not work?
Samsung, CyberLink, and Siano Mobile Silicon have entered a joint-venture to develop the SuwonExpress ExpressCard that enables notebooks to watch mobile digital TV no matter where you are. The SuwonExpress digital TV card takes plenty of technology based on the Siano MDTV SMS1000 receiver chipset and supports a quartet of spectrum bands that are used for mobile TV as well as five standards of mobile TV, consisting of DAB, DAB-IP, T-DMB, DVB-T, and DVB-H. Each purchase comes with a full software suite from CyberLink. You can expect to see the SuwonExpress in its full glory at CES 2007.
Some pets get anxious whenever you're out of town, and they cannot be soothed by their favorite treat or even a walk in the park unless they hear your voice. You can now introduce voice therapy by feeding them food in the Chatterbowl. The Chatterbowl consists of a food bowl and a TalkBox that can store up to 10 seconds of your voice. The TalkBox is fitted under the food bowl, where a photocell will play back your message whenever your pet approaches the bowl for some chow. Needless to say, the Chatterbowl works best for dogs and to a certain extent, cats, as any other pets basically couldn't care less if you left them a message or not - all they care about is getting enough to eat. At $20 a pop, there is no harm in picking one up.
The Genius Navigator 380 takes a three-pronged approach when it comes to functionality. Not only does it act as a 1200dpi optical mouse, it also boasts VoIP functionality while doubling up as an Instant Messaging device, all nicely packaged into a tiny clamshell format. Incomnig calls are denoted by either a ringtone or a flashing LED light. The Genius Navigator 380 can support up to half a dozen Instant Messengers in a single window, making it a truly comprehensive communications solution. I guess only road warriors would want to pick up the Navigator 380 as home users will be more comfortable with individual devices for each function. No idea on how much it costs though.
Sometimes, we just leave our appliances running without a second thought of how much power it consumes and its impact on the environment. Designers have developed a prototype plug that aims to stem power wastage and dubbed it "Fused". The Fused is capable of calculating the projected one-year cost of an appliance, displaying the final tally on an LED/LCD screen on the back for you to see. Once you have a visual clue of where your money is going into each electrical appliance, it will definitely move you to do your bit to conserve energy, saving more than a pretty penny in the process. The Fused even comes with a central adapter unit that can connect in a honeycomb format for the total value.