This week'd gadget comes from Underground Toys and it's the Darth Vader Cookie Jar, which includes sound effects from Star Wars. Darth Vader Breathing Sounds Cookie Jar Under $25. Open the lid and you'll hear the scary deep breathing Darth Vader sounds which right from the original movie. R2-D2 Sound Effects Cookie Jar - Under $25. Open the lid and you'll hear bleep-bleep sounds and see flashing LED lights. Not enough Star Wars Stuff? Well, there's also:
This week's gadget is for the hard of hearing. It's called the Turtle Beach HyperSound Clear Audio System. It provides high directional sound that will beam clear sound to a "sweet spot" for people to be able to hear it. It's not cheap at about $1700, but what's interesting is that everyone else can hear the stereo at normal volume. It's a bit pricey, but when you consider the cost of hearing aids, it suddenly looks more affordable.
This week's gadget is the Compressa Ultima Pro Cappuccino/Expresso maker. Brightly lit buttons, steaming wand, can make two shots at a time. On the top of the machine there's a handy cap warming tray. On the front are five easy to see illuminated icons. For easy in making espressos, there's a self-tamping portafilter. And on the left side of this high-tech machine is a powerful frothing wand for latte and cappuccino. Open the top lid for the 34-oz. removable water tank and for the integrated storage space for accessories. There's even a hot water function for tea.
This week's gadget is Bruno: The World’s First SmartCan! When you're sweeping, and it's time to get of the dust, just sweep it up to the opening at the bottom of the Bruno SmartCan and built in sensors will turn on a vacuum that's also built in. Not only does the vacuum suck up the dust, but it's funneled up the back of the Bruno device and into the trash bag! But wait, there's more!! There's also a WiFi enabled model that adds alerts you when you need to empty the trash bag, or when you're running out of trash bags. The alerts are sent to you via a smartphone app.
Fan Hands. Want to make noise? Want to show that you're the "Ultimate Fan"? Fan Hands is the product for you! Fan Hands is a pair of specially designed gloves that have hard plastic pieces adhered to the palms and fingers. This enables the user to create a higher sound level than simply clapping their hands. Fan Hands are great noise-makers for sporting events, concerts, fun runs/walks, and any event where applause is needed! Fan Hands are made in the USA of a breathable, polyester fabric. Fan Hands - "The Ultimate Fan's Accessory.
This week's gadget is again from the New York Toy Faire. It's called the Wowee COJI Robot. It gets kids interested in programming and robotics as young as age 4. It teaches kids to code by using emojis. They use the free app on any smart device to control COJI’s actions. Bluetooth is used to send a child's commands to COJI to follow. COJI also reacts to physical stimulation such as tilting and shaking. He comes with an LCD screen, dynamic sounds and thousands of animations. It’s coding and learning fun with a smile(y)! MSRP $59.99 Coming in the fall of 2016. It's for kids 6 & up.
Fresh from the New York Toy Fair, the Giz Wiz saw the Makey Makey Go, which can turn anything into any other device you want. It's a tiny USB key that enables you to plug in the USB key, connect it to anything, and turn it into something like a key or gaming interface. The new smaller kit includes 1 USB Invention MaKey MaKey Stick, a case with magnet, 1 white alligator clip (2.5 ft), a key ring, and instructions. It's $24.95 and for now it seems to be only available on the company website. You can still get the larger kit, now called MaKey MaKey Classic which is $49.99 to $59.99.
Dick Debartolo has an update of a gadget done a few years back ... it's called the SmartCharge LED Bulb and will not only charge up a supply of power when the electricity is out, but you can then run on that battery power for around 4 hours should the power stay out. 650 Lumens. Preorder the SmartCharge LED Bulb 2.0 via Indiegogo 4 bulbs for $75. They'll ship in May. Retail is expected to be $25 a bulb, so you actually get four bulbs for the price of three during the preorder. (I don't know when that will end.) You'll see a demo in the video below.