September 11, 2007
We see these on cars all the time and have wondered how much weather then can deflect. Apparently - they can deflect a lot of weather and you can get them for just about any car. The WeatherTech WeatherFlectors can be used while parked, so you can leave the windows open an inch or two to keep the interior cool without worrying about rain entering, and while driving with the windows open you can take advantage of the fresh outside air while minimizing the amount of wind and noise entering your window. On rainy days you can partially open your window without getting soaked, allowing an added bit of ventilation to remove stale or smoky air. Available for front windows, or front and back.
At WeatherTech WeatherFlectors
July 30, 2007
Ambient Devices announced the Ambient Umbrella, the world’s first umbrella that alerts users when rain is expected.The Ambient Umbrella automatically receives weather data from Accuweather.com via Ambient’s Infocast Network. Whenever precipitation is expected in the next 12 hours, the Umbrella’s handle illuminates to suggest “today is the day to take me with you.”
Continue reading: "Ambient Umbrella Tells You When Weather is About to Happen"
July 24, 2007
Know the weather forecast wherever you go with the Oregon Scientific EB313HGA Handheld Weather Forecaster with Alarm Clock. Roughly the size of a cell phone, this pocket-sized weather forecaster provides a 12 to 24 hour forecast and local temperature and humidity readings in a compact, handheld design. The forecaster also doubles as a travel alarm clock with a crescendo alarm and snooze function. Its handy belt clip makes it easy to take with you on your next adventure.
- Displays 12 to 24 hour weather forecast with animated icons
- Displays temperature and humidity
- Minimum and maximum temperature and humidity memories
- Digital clock and calendar with crescendo alarm and snooze function
- Moon phase indicator
- Severe weather alert indicator
- Barometric pressure trend indicator
- Belt clip rotates to serve as a table stand
- Illuminated with HiGlo™ electro-luminescent backlight
- Operating temperature range: -4.0°F to +144.0 °F (-20.0°C to +60.0°C)
- Batteries included: 2 CR2032 watch batteries
- Dimensions: 2.25L x .5D x 3.5H (in.)
From Oregon Scientific at Oregon Scientific EB313HGA Handheld Weather Forecaster with Alarm Clock
July 11, 2007
Having grown up in Northern Maine, we used to see the northern lights every other year or so if the conditions were right. We have to say, when you see them it's amazing and different each time. If you aren't going north and aren't up for the colder weather , Japanese company Banpresto has found a way to package the spectacle into a device that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
The Aurora Palette projects an “aurora borealis-like” lighting effect onto your walls or ceiling that will supposedly create a relaxing mood in the room. It’s powered by 4 AA batteries which should keep it running for a good 20 hours and the projector head can even be angled and swiveled for aiming where the light show hits.
The Aurora Palette is available from AudioCubes.com for $55.
Via OhGizmo! at Banpresto Aurora Palette
June 19, 2007
We like rain and we like having a good umbrella in it. Now when you're in a city or in a place where you need an umbrella but don't have one, you can often get a courtesy umbrella. Dutch Umbrella -- a startup focusing its efforts in and around the city of brotherly love -- is looking to take the idea of courtesy umbrella rentals to a new level by incorporating RFID tags and marketers. So what happens is, they track you via the umbrella and see what you might shop or purchase or places you visit. Kinda creepy - but it is a free umbrella.
June 5, 2007
Do you go golfing and talk about how hot it is or must be to friends? You can avoid a heat stroke by having a Heat Index Safety Monitor. It will measure the temperature and heat index just about anywhere you happen to be. The Heat Index Safety Monitor will measure the temperature and heat index just about anywhere you happen to be. The personal comfort monitor measures heat index for personal comfort levels at the beach, golf course, construction site, sports field, etc. The personal comfort monitor can also be used indoors where there may be no air conditioning, fans, or in sealed areas. This makes the Personal Comfort Meter perfect for heat related problems that can occur under hot conditions in the elderly, people with health concerns, or very young children.
The unit measures current temperature and humidity then converts it to a Heat Index Value, which is indicated both by a digital readout and on a sliding scale from Normal (Green) to Extreme Caution (Red).
- Size : 3.5" Long x 2.5" High x .75" Thick (incl. clip)
- Includes operating instructions
- LCD screen shows current temperature
- Starts reading "heat index" when temperature reaches 80° F
- Completely portable with attached belt clip
- Can also be wall hung or free standing
- Requires  "AAA" 1.5V Battery (not included)
- 1 year manufacturer's warranty
At Heat Index Safety Monitor
May 29, 2007
We like the idea of it raining out and being able to see when it's going to stop using our umbrella. And when we think more about the Internet-ready Umbrella, raining is the only time you'd use it. Hmmm...worth it? Most likely if you're waiting at a bus stop or taking a long walk and want to read some email or check the weather. The prototype umbrella also features a GPS, digital compass, and can connect with Flickr and Google earth - maybe there's more to Internet-ready Umbrellas than meets the eye.
You can view a full video of the Internet Umbrella here.
Via Core 77