Here is a new charger out called Zolt, that is more compact and can charge up to 3 devices at a time. This gadget is about the size of a pill bottle. It plugs into an outlet, has a 6-foot cord that can rotate in the outlet. It has three USB ports. The cord wraps neatly around itself when not in use.
If you go to their site, you can check all your devices before purchases to see if it is compatible with them.
The price for this convenience? $99.99. It will be available starting November 17, 2015. Something to add to your Christmas list.
Sometimes you find some cool gadgets when you least expect it. This one was recently spied by Jody Victor’s crew on Shark Tank. This gadget even started a bidding war between most of the sharks.
So what is it? It is called Lumio Book Lamp. It looks like a book or journal. When you open it (it can go to 360°), it lights up. You can rest it like an open book flat on a surface or standing up. The end covers are also magnetic so you can stick them to metal cabinets, refrigerator or anywhere you have metal.
With the accessories you can clip it when you open to full extent. There are also pegs to stand it up. Presently they are being sold at several art museums around the country and online. The rechargeable batteries are charged via USB.
It currently comes in two size. The mini is ready for presale for $100.00 right now with 3 color options: orange/black; red/gray; yellow/navy blue. The regular price is $125.00. It measures 3.75″ W x 5.5″ H x .875″ thick and weighs about 0.75 lbs. The ambient light for the mini will continue for up to 10 hours of continuous use.
The full-size Lumio Book Lamp comes in dark walnut or blonde maple and sells for $190.00. It is 6.5″ W x 8.5″ H x 1.25″ thick and weighs about 1.5 lbs. The ambient light will continue for up to 8 hours of continuous use.
If you have a cat you would like to keep occupied, then the new Egg gadget is just what you are looking for. Currently a kickstarter project, Egg says it is not a toy but a cat companion. The Egg is shaped like an egg but inside there is an offset motor, rechargeable batteries (through your USB phone charging cord), and you can configure different modes on your computer interface.
The Egg will move back and forth (even over carpet), shake, make sounds, sense obstacles and reverse direction, sense interactions with your cat or kitten and try to excape if your kitten/cat grabs it. There is still time to order yours. Funding period ends January 25, 2014.
~ Jody Victor