July 18, 2011 |
Even if you have a home alarm system, it can be comforting to actually see what's happening inside or outside your home, whether you fret about thieves or pets. Here's a Wi-Fi security camera that lets you do just that: Dropcam Echo. The Echo monitors audio and video, with a horizontal field of view of 47 degrees. You can watch a live video feed on Dropcam's website on your computer or use the company's free iPhone or Android app. The camera comes with a free basic subscription for a live feed, but to record and watch events later, you'll need a monthly subscription. Prices for that service start at $8.95.
July 16, 2011 |
USB digital drives are great for storing photos, music and other memory hogs on the go. But they're also tiny and easily lost. Enter Verbatim's new Clip-it USB drive, which clips onto a pocket or almost anything. The 4-gigabyte drive comes in a colorful range of plastic housings - just the right accessory for your favorite geek. Costs $18.62 or $52.30 for a three-pack. Info: Verbatim , (800) 538-8589.
July 9, 2011 |
Bron Imaging Group’s new camera straps focus on comfort and security. Padded and adjustable, the nylon straps are reinforced with steel wire so they won’t break and or get snipped by would-be thieves. The camera attaches using a ball bearing that screws into the tripod port, making it easier to lift for shots. Sun Sniper Pro camera strap costs $88; a narrower Compact strap, for smaller cameras, costs $62. Info: Bron Imaging Group , (800) 456-0203.
July 2, 2011 |
Don’t let rain spoil your vacay. This hip-length Microburst jacket by Atlantis is made of a soft, featherweight nylon blend and has long zippered pockets running the length of both sides of the chest. There is internal netting for ventilation and long "pit zips" under each arm. Elasticized cuffs have Velcro closures, and a built-in rain hood rolls and stashes behind the insulated collar. Microburst jacket, in men's and women's sizes, costs $150. Info: Atlantis WeatherGear , (877)
June 25, 2011 |
It’s a lap desk, an easel and a carry-all. It’s Crayola’s new Color Wonder Table Top Easel ($19.99) for tots. Unlatch and open the top of the lap desk, and it forms a pyramid with a finger-paint tray on the inside. The finger-paints show up in color only on the included paper, so spills won’t make a mess on other surfaces. The whole package measures 13 by 10 inches. Info: CrayolaStore.com , (866) 896-5445,
June 18, 2011 |
The Ballistic JetCart ($170) from Swany America can hold not only your clothes and gear but also you. The wheeled, carry-on bag has a fold-down seat built into its back (weight limit 300 pounds). The wide, sturdy telescoping handle provides support for your back. Measuring 22 by 12 by 8 inches, the zippered bag is loaded with internal pockets for stashing documents, electronics and a change of clothes. It weighs 61/2 pounds and comes in red or black ballistic nylon. Info: Swany America , (800)