For every woman who has nagged her spouse to put down the seat cover or every man who didn’t think it was his job (because she didn’t lift it after she was done,) there is a solution. Pressalit’s AutoClose features infrared sensors that keeps the cover open when someone is in the room and quietly closes it when he/she leaves. There are several different models that have the additional bonus of reducing airborne germs. Contact Pressalit for more information and price.
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This may be better than a watchdog. The Motion Tracking Camera automatically captures movement by panning 180° and tilting 60°. Control the camera remotely with software via the Internet and set it up to automatically email you when it knows someone is in the room. The cam captures 640x480 res video at 30 fps and has a 4x zoom and built-in microphone that can record up to 20 ft. away from the subject. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, you need a high-speed connection. The 4 1/4 x 3-inch webcam plugs into your USB 2.0 and carries a price of $89.95.
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Would you really what to know what your dog or cat has been up to? Now you can with Uncle Milton’s Pet Eye View Digital Camera. The mini-cam clips to your pet’s collar as the built-in timer automatically takes pictures every 1, 5, or 15 minutes. It has a water-resistant ABS housing and comes with a lithium-ion battery, and USB cable and charger. While the gadget is creative, we are not sure we would spend the $44.99 to see images of dust bunnies and ancient crumbs that our cat would find behind the refrigerator.
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We thought it was cool enough to have a machine that shuffles cards, but when we saw this AOTOMO Automatic Mahjong Table we thought it had to be a prototype. Not so. Utilizing electricity, light, and magnetism, and controlled by microcomputer programming, the table automatically shuffles and deals tiles. The company claims that the 95x95x75cm gadget is noiseless. It comes in red, black, or silver, and is made of either plastic or wood. One of us learned how to play mahjong as a kid by our grandmother, and until they make a machine that can kibitz along with shuffling, we think we will pass.
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Want a sophisticated doggy door that won’t let in any other neighborhood pets or pests? The Pet Door Way offers automatic operation activated by your fuzzy friends. Made of an ABS plastic polimer body and aluminum alloy frame, the door is motor-operated with auto-dead bolt and security alarm. It comes with 2 sensors, remote, installation hardware, and a year’s warranty in three different sizes for $395.00, $495.00, and $695.00. At that price, hope that someone doesn’t wise up to the gizmo, steal it off your dog or cat, and sneak him/herself through the door.
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No more messing with paper. The Flexii Portable Digital Fax Machine may not look like much but features a hi-speed USB 2.0 interface that can attach to any Vista compatible laptop or desktop PC. vavolo claims it is not only green because of the saving of paper, it is more energy efficient and has better image quality. Other features include group sending, automatic sending and receiving, auto-redial, and a manage function that reads, edits, forward, saves and prints. Complete with software and included cord and adapter, the machine carries a MSRP of $135.99.
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