There’s a gadget for that! New gadgets and electronics can do things you never expected. Here are some new ones you might not know about.
This segment aired on Great Day Houston (KHOU, Channel 11 Houston www.KHOU.com/great-day) on December 15, 2010. We got so many cool gadgets for the Favorite Things episode that aired on Dec 8 and 14th, that we didn’t have time for all of it. Here is the rest. A link to the video clip is embedded below and further info about each of the gadgets is below that. Hope you enjoy it!
Reproductions of Historic Maps – Texas General Land Office
These colorful hand drawn maps (dating back to the 1700’s) are great gifts for history buff and proud Texans.
Each one tells a story of Texas, and shows historic details such as ghost towns, forts, Spanish missions, original Texas colonies, and the growth of Texas cities from their original settlements. Maps can be purchased online and delivered to your door, with all the proceeds going directly toward preservation of other Land Office historic maps and documents.
• Most maps are just $20, with larger maps costing up to $40.
• Order by December 15th for delivery by Christmas. http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/history-and-archives/index.html
Sunbeam Cupcake Maker
This cute cupcake maker cooks 6 cupcakes in 10 mins. $39.99
Bigfoot Networks – Killer 2100 online gaming network card
This card makes online PC gaming faster even faster. It’s so fast that it’s used by the top 5 professional gaming teams in the world. It also comes with software that allows you to control the bandwidth each program on your PC uses – this is great even if you’re not a gamer – when you’re downloading a big file, you can adjust the bandwidth so you can still use other programs like email or online chat programs at the same time.
• $89.99 MSRP at Microcenter and Fry’s or online at Bigfootnetworks.com
Balanzza: Mini Luggage Scale
This is great for frequent travelers. Pack smart and avoid overweight luggage fees at the airport by weighing your luggage before you go. It also keeps you from having to redistribute belongings at the airport check in counter.
Zoom: H1 Handy Recorder
Great recorder for musicians and speakers. It has two studio-quality mics, configured in an X/Y pattern, for stunning stereo imaging. It gives you professional quality in a light-weight device.
• 50 hours of recording time, 10 hours of operation on 1 AA battery
• $99 at www.zoom.co.jp
Lemur Monitors: SafeDriver
This is a new tool to monitor your teen driver from the moment they back out of the drive-way. It records real-time information of your teen’s driving habits such as maximum speed, distance traveled and any sudden braking.
• $79.95 Brookstone and The Sharper Image
Lemur Monitors: EconoDriver
This device displays real-time fuel consumption to help you drive greener and save money. Program in the current cost of gas and it will tell you how much money you spending by accelerating and braking too quickly or idling too often.
• $69.95 at: Brookstone and The Sharper Image
IOGear – Wireless HDMI Computer to TV Kit
No more cluttered cables. Now you can stream audio and HD video from computer to your tv wirelessly
watch movies, internet video clips, photo slide-shows or other media from your computer right on your tv
• $179.95 MSRP
• During the month of December, use Coupon Code GUW30OFF
for 30% discount at www.Shop.Viewsonic.com
Logitech Harmony 700 remote control
You can program this remote to control up to 6 devices like your DVR, TV, DVD player, Home Theater, Etc…It’s easy to program and to use.