A scratched car, dropped calls, stinky clothes, recipes that are all over the place - there's a gadget for these every problems, according to Steve Greenberg, author of "Gadget Nation." He shares some of his favorite problem-solving gadgets:
- Dupli-Color Scratch Fix All-in-1: Quickly repair bothersome and costly automotive paint scratches, chips and nicks. 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 is available at Advanced Auto Parts, AutoZone, Canadian Tire, Meijer, O’Reilly and Pep Boys for 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” such as, OfficeDepot.com and SolidSignal.com for under $150. For more information go to zBoost.com.
- Ooma Telo – Ooma Telo offers free crystal-clear and reliable PureVoice HD TM 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 , Amazon.com , Best Buy , Costco, Staples and more.
- 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