Not even Benjamin Franklin could’ve anticipated the long-term results of his kite-and-key experiment. What started with lightning in a jar has progressed to 21st-century technology that makes our lives easier, more luxurious and more fun. Here are some of the latest gadgets sure to amaze and delight, with a tip of the tricornered hat to dear old Ben.
Nothing ruins a good look more than hair in the wrong places. Thanks to Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser Precision, you can use the same diode laser hair-removal technology found in doctors’ offices in the privacy of your own home. It’s safe for bikini lines, face and underarms, and is FDA-cleared. Use it every other week for at least three months to get permanent results. Start now, and you’ll have laser-smooth skin by summer.
Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser Precision
About 10” tall
Tria Beauty New York, N.Y.
Also available at Sephora in Wilmington, Newark and King of Prussia
Preserve your classic vinyl records and cassette tapes by transferring them to CD or converting them to MP3s using this combination recorder/stereo system from TEAC. It faithfully converts an LP or cassette to a digital audio CD-R or CD-R/RW. You can even pause to select certain songs, turn the album or cassette over, or change albums or cassettes to make compilation recordings. Free downloadable Audacity software works on Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, Vista or Mac. The system also plays 33s, 45s, 78s and cassettes through two 3.5-watt speakers and has a built-in AM/FM stereo with digital tuner and single-CD playback tray. Two RCA inputs in the rear enable you to connect the device to another stereo system or external speakers. It’s an audiophile’s dream machine.
TEAC LP and Cassette to CD/Digital Converter
9” high x 19” wide x 15” deep
New York, N.Y.
Longing to check in on Fido or Whiskers? The interactive Petcube Camera allows you to watch and even play with your pet from a smartphone, no matter where you are. You can share access to your monitor with friends and family, connect with public Petcubes, and distribute photos. The product features a wide-angle (138-degree) camera, a built-in microphone, a speaker and a safe laser pointer toy. It comes with a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Purr-fect for any pet lover.
4” per side
Turn the world into a video game with the Sphero 2.0 and more than 25 free apps, including multiplayer games. This entertaining robotic ball connects wirelessly via Bluetooth technology and carries out orders more than 50 feet away from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android. Built for speed indoors or out, Sphero 2.0 travels up to six feet per second. LEDs produce colorful effects in low-light conditions. The Brookstone Sphero 2.0 Pack includes an off-road cover for enhanced traction in water and on uneven surfaces, two glow-in-the-dark ramps, and a travel pouch. It also comes with a lithium polymer battery and charging stand.
King of Prussia, Newark
Immerse yourself in spectacular detail with Samsung’s JU7500 Curved Ultra high-definition television. For starters, the 4K UHD gives four times the resolution of full HD. With Samsung’s Peak Illuminator, Precision Black, Auto Depth Enhancer and UHD Upscaling, picture quality has never been better, and a smart-TV experience puts all of your favorite content at your fingertips. Thanks to a state-of-the-art curved screen that delivers off-angle viewing, every seat is the best seat in the house.
Samsung JU7500 Curved UHD TV
Starting at $1,299.99
40”, 48”, 50”, 55”, 65” and 78” screen sizes
Samsung Electronics Ridgefield, N.J.
Make an at-home spa a reality with Kohler’s DTV+ showering system. It seamlessly integrates water, sound, steam and lighting elements for a multi-sensory showering experience. A touch-screen interface allows you to customize every facet of your shower. You can even select two different water temperatures from separate valves, based on scripts with actual hydrotherapy techniques in mind. Choose the Relaxation, Well-Being, or Energy program. A wide variety of rain heads, hand showers, body sprays, and showerheads are available for new construction and remodels. Getting clean has never been so divine.
Kohler DTV+ Showering System Starts at $1,950