Trick New Toys for Your Home
The neatest new toys and electronics for your home.
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Compact Surround Sound System
The Niro 600 is an innovative surround sound speaker system that offers listeners a theater experience in the comfort of the home. Forget the hassle of wiring and hook-up; the NIRO 600 encases all five speakers into one compact box and takes just minutes to set up. The system complements any room, regardless of its shape or size.
NIRO 600 Surround Sound System
Web site: www.niro1.com
Diminutive DVD Player
The DVD Jr. from Samsung is a hand-held player that boasts a 2.5-inch TFT LCD screen for playback of 3-inch Mini DVD discs. The kids can take their favorite movies anywhere they go. A new partnership with Warner Home Video opens up a vault of entertainment programs for hours of entertainment. The unit also supports playback of MP3 music files and JPEG images for digital photo viewing, making the DVD Jr. a truly versatile media center.
DVD Jr: Samsung Electronics America
Web site: www.samsung.com
Tanita Innerscan Body Composition Monitor
Though it looks similar to a bathroom scale, the InnerScan not only tells you your weight and body fat, but also reads your body water percentage, bone mass, metabolic age, visceral fat and daily caloric intake. The InnerScan provides essential information for staying healthy and living a more active, vital life. Other features include a memory for up to four persons, guest mode, athlete mode and weight and body fat recall. It can also be used as a regular weight scale by the push of a button.
Innerscan Body Composition Monitor: Tanita Corporation
Web site: www.tanita.com
Also available Though Amazon.com
Web site: www.amazon.com
Videophones for the Home
The Motorola Ojo lets you have face-to-face contact with distant loved ones. The Ojo captures and sends near broadcast-TV quality video. The innovative, stylish and functional design makes it a perfect addition to any room in the home. The 7-inch LCD digital display and camera placement allow for natural conversations.
Motorola Ojo Videophone
Web site: www.motorola.com/ojo
Remote Control the Home
From episode HIWT-103
Motorola’s home monitoring system allows homeowners to communicate with their home using a cellular phone or the Internet. The system can tell you when a door or window is opened and report problems such as a burst pipe. Hook it up to your appliances and tell the washing machine to start a load of laundry on your way home.
Home Monitoring and Control from Motorola
Web site: broadband.motorola.com
HAL Enjoys Working With Humans
Home Automated Living (or HAL) software allows users to control the lights, thermostat, security system and other functions in their home with a call on their cell phones.
Home Automated Living
Web site: www.homeautomatedliving.com
Featured Vendor: American Home Systems
Web site: www.wireitall.com
It Knows Your Favorite Songs
From episode HIWT-103
The Bose uMusic system uses artificial intelligence to learn the listening habits and preferences of its users. Load your CDs into the digital music delivery system, it can hold thousands of songs, and it will learn your listening preferences and prioritize your music collection.
Lifestyle 48 Home Entertainment System from Bose
Web site: www.bose.com
How to Make a Big-Screen TV Disappear
From episode HIWT-103
AUTON Motorized System has come up with a new way to hide plasma televisions. The flip-down system uses a series of mechanized arms move to lower the TV from the ceiling.
Ceiling Flip Down System from AUTON
Web site: www.auton.com
Talking Fire Alarm
The makers of the KidSmart Vocal Smoke Detector say studies show that more than two in three children will sleep through the sound of a regular smoke alarm. Instead of an alarm, the KidSmart detector uses a voice alert. You record a personalized wake-up command for your child including instructions on escape routes from the house.
Bar Code Scanner for the Home
Cordless Collector makes cataloging your books, DVDs, music and games easy with barcode technology. Simply use the pocket-sized reader to scan the retail barcodes found on the items, then return to your computer to download with Bluetooth wireless technology.
Intelli Innovations, Inc.
Web site: www.intelliscanner.com
Bread Machine of the Future
From episode HIWT-107
Now your favorite bread and cake recipes will come out perfectly every time. The Beyond Bread Maker takes the guesswork out of baking. Just scan the barcode on the box of bread mix and this intelligent appliance does the rest. The appliance stores hundreds of pre-programmed barcodes. Add the iCEBOX and it automatically learns new barcodes by going online to the Beyond Information Network.
Beyond Smart Bread Maker: Salton, Inc.
Web site: www.beyondconnectedhome.com
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