LG’s new W53 Monitors certainly have earned the distinction of being named SMART. Each features Auto Brightness which automatically optimizes that and other picture settings, Cinema Mode, which blacks out everything except the video clip, and even a timer that reminds the user to take a break. A proximity sensor knows when a hand is near and activates lights to make it easier to find the buttons and turns them off when it is gone. The displays will be available from 18.5 to 27-inches, with those larger than 21.5 in HD. Look for them to come out this month.
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The SpyOrb Edition is about as state of the art as you can get for an aquarium. Available in silver, white or black, it holds 8 gallons and comes with internal filter with multistage filtration, food, water treatment, air pump, halogen light and transformer. At a size of 40 x 42 cm, it has a MSRP of £137.01 (~$197.00.) A optional timer is available to remind you to feed your fishy friends with a flashing light ($37.00,) but it is the special LED unit that caught our attention. For $82.00, the lighting goes through a natural day cycle, keeping them in a perfect state of Zen.
For parents who can’t get their kids away from the electronics, the Screen Time Manager will set a daily or weekly limit and “no-use” time segments where they will not be able to use the TV, computer, video game or other electronic device. Each child is given his/her own PIN number for access and it works 24/7, in case the kidlets try to pull one over on you when you are out. When time is up, the device shuts down. Set up is simple and is good for 6 users. At a size of 4 1/2 x 71/2 x 3 3/4-inches, the time manager is priced at $89.95.
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Here’s another double-duty hub. The 2.0 USB 3-Port Hub comes with a calculator. It also has a built-in thermometer, a 12/24 hour World Clock, a calendar, an alarm, timer, and time announce. The device supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista and, at a size of 180 x 99 x 22mm and a weight of 149g, the hub comes with its own cable at a price of $19.00. Now that we think about it, it is more like quadruple-duty.
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Always forgetting your anniversary? Counting down to your next smoke break? Whatever your next important (or unimportant) event is, here’s a fun clock to help you remember: it’s the Lifetimer clock, which actually counts down the days, minutes and seconds till the event of your choice! It even counts from memorable occasions, such as the last time you had sex (insert your own punchline here!). Buttons around the clock indicate numerous occasions, or you can plug in your own. Works as a 12 or 24-hour clock, has a back-lit LCD screen and can go up to the year 2050. Requires 3 AAA batteries and is available for $27 USD.
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This would be a nice gift to give your buds who boast that they can drink you under the table. The Shot Caller is a timer that will set off a loud buzzer every 60 or 100 minutes. When it goes off, chug a shot of tequilla or down a brew. It also features red, yellow, and green LEDs if you are too dizzy to see the numbers. For those who drink before it issues the signal, this is a good indication that it is not the gift for her/him. With free shipping, the Shot Caller’s creators claim the reason to buy it at $14.99 is because it is less than the cost of one case of beer.
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Frustrated on a trip to Paris when he wanted to take pictures with his family, Michael Daoud couldn’t get a decent background. Lo and behold, the XShot was born. The telescopic rod attaches to most compact digital single-shot and video cams with a built-in thumb screw. Adjust the angle, set the timer, extend the device, and shoot away. Daoud claims that it has a reach of over 3 feet and can handle up to a 5 person shot. The XShot weighs only 3.9 oz. and will fit in your pocket when not in use. We think, aside from the ingenuity, the best part is the affordable $24.95 price tag.
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We admit that most of our daily workout involves 20 reps with soup cans and an exercycle that is in a broken no-gear state. So the Power Plate My5 does it all for us. It can adjust to training conditions with a timing display. At a size of 68 x 90 x 150 cm, it comes in silver and black. If the idea of doing real exercise isn’t frightening enough, perhaps the price of €5,350.00 (~$7,617.00) will get that heart to racing.
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We’re not sure if this gadget is going to catch on, but we found it fascinating nonetheless. It’s the Mini Castle Earlarm, a personal, tiny timer you wear in your ear. Use it to remind you when the muffins come out the oven, to wake you when you’re nodding off
on the subway or while studying for exams, to alert you to take your medication, and we’re sure there are myriad other uses. The coolest thing is that the Mini Castle’s alarm doesn’t disturb others—just you. We’re just wondering how well the Mini Castle stays in the ear, as not all ears are shaped alike. Available now for $15 USD.
This little guy was just too cute to pass up. The Changhong Panda TV/DVD/CD combo was unveiled at Berlin’s IFA. The electric company’s CH1320DV pet has control buttons in its paws and its nose is the power button.
Other specifications and features:
- Screen Type:Round
- TV System: NTSC-M
- Loading Capacity:620 Units (40HQ)
- Power Supply: 120V AC, 60HZ
- Aspect ratio: 4:3
- Picture Modes Selection: (normal, movie, sports, ser)
- Compatible with DVD/MP3/Picture CD/CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW
- Multiple Angles
- Parental Lock
- Digital Audio Output
- Screen Saver
- OSD: Trilingual (English/French/Spanish)
- Full Function Remote Control
- On/Off Timer
- Channel Scan
If this isn’t lovable enough for you, they also have a Penguin (CH1321DV) combo. You can tell us that you are getting this for your kids for Christmas, but we know better. Check with Changhong for price and availability.
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