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From the latest lawn mower to hedge trimmer to that great new way to BBQ, or inside that wizzy vacuum, cool fridge. A big topic this one, with new gadgets appearing daily! Come and read other members experiences or opinions, or share your own with the rest of the community.

676839 Hitachi 18V Cordless KiHitachi or Bosch

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Nov 26, 2012
Another title could have been drill or screw. The first not only does what you expect from an electric drill but a little more The second will screw and unscrew either or both could make excellent Christmas presents for those who use such items.
Even after the clocks went back most people are having to rise for work in darkness and while most will still be reluctant to get up in daylight you often need another pressure – other than your bladder – to get you from your bed.
An Internet camera can be a useful remote access security device for when a home or office is unoccupied. The Trendnet TV-IP672WI is a high resolution model for indoor use with pan and tilt movements and so can provide useful coverage over a wide area. Having wireless connectivity, one or more of these cameras can easily be added to one’s network to provide useful surveillance that can be monitored over the Web.

673901 salter colour weight kitchen scaleKitchen Scales

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 26, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I told you about two sets of Bathroom ‘personal’ Scales. Here are two sets of Kitchen Scales both from Salter a neat single scale and second bearing the Heston Bloomatile name a jug that converts wet and dry weights.

672719 hoover Globe GL1109 upright vacuuHoover Globe

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 10, 2012
Hoover is a brand name from Wales as well as being a generic name for a vacuum cleaner. Here is their latest offering called The Globe which has striking resemblance to a recent upright cleaner offering from Dyson.

672718 Salter 9018S SV3R Electronic Glass Platform Bathroom ScalSalter Bathroom Scales

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Oct 8, 2012
If like me you find bathroom scales hard to read then either of these offerings from Salter may well have the answer. The first has a magnified display that stays on for a while once you step off. The second is all glass with large digits.

668769 Broadway Pctv Dvb T Wireless 2t Twin BoPCTV Broadway 2T

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Sep 19, 2012
Fancy viewing UK TV anywhere in the world? Fancy viewing live TV anywhere in your home – even when the aerial is nowhere near -? Want to record but not use the PVR in or near your TV? All these things are more are possible with the PCTV Broadway 2T.
Switching a light on or off remotely via your iPod Touch or iPhone is just a very basic feature available in this product. The ability to do it from one hundred or one thousand miles away makes this a far more interesting feature.

Bosch & Siemens

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on Sep 8, 2012
Washing machines, fridge/freezers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and steam irons were just some of the products on the agenda as I embarked on a trip to the IFA show in Berlin.
A small unit that can be left to record movement and also record sound. It sounds like a James Bond type device. Well now it is available at a price that can tell you who came to your door while you were out or even while you slept.
First a rucksack that charges items while on the move, second a four gang surge strip that also allows you to charge USB devices. The first uses light to charge the second normal mains power but protects your items from surges.
Not everyone has a workbench -- and even those who do, will often find that having a portable one is a great convenience. The Bosch PWB600 portable work bench is a solidly build unit that is both easy to erect and to fold up again for easy transport and storage.

662761 Orchestra desk lighLED Reading Lights

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on June 24, 2012
A recent trip to the London Book Fair was to see the launch of a new book reader. However when walking round waiting for that presentation I found a very interesting stand with a number of gadgets to aid book reading.

662757 Bosch PTK 3.6 LI Lithium Ion Cordless stapleBosch PTK 3,6LI

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on June 17, 2012
I have come across some non descriptive names before but the one above tells me only one thing, it’s from Bosch. It is a tool for tacking things to things most normally a fabric, plastic or paper to a solid surface such as wood.

662650 TDK TiCR100p iPhone iPod Speaker Dock Alarm Clock RadiDouble Charger/Double Alarm

Published in Homes and Gardens by mfereday on June 14, 2012
I suppose you could call this next product, a multi-function device as it will wake you up and charge up to two other devices.

661971 Bosch Quigo Self Levelling Cross Line Laser LeveHelp with DIY

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on May 14, 2012
Two tools for different jobs that can help you do them without disasters. The first locates those hidden things in walls like pipes and cables so you don’t screw or drill into them. The second allows you to get a straight line to work from.

661970 RAC Personal Hazard LighPersonal Lights

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on May 13, 2012
The first backed by the RAC gives a variety of ways for people to know you are there as a motorist, cyclist or pedestrian. The second from the USB kings in Hong Kong Brando that can sit on your desk or childs bed table to give that beam of light.
With care and a decent recipe anyone can make acceptable bread, the trick with a Breadmaker is that it can work while you sleep – rather like a baker – so you can wake to the smell of fresh baked bread for breakfast.

659891 Tefal QB400DA4 Kitchen Machine Jug BlendeTefal Kitchen Machine

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Apr 2, 2012
The first such device I remember using was a Sunbeam Mixmaster and that was certainly more than fifty years ago. So how have such machines developed and evolved over that time scale, certainly they have a lot more tools.
Not a totally new name to me as I have looked at a couple of sets of headphones from them last year but this is something different environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries, not just the fact that rechargeable is more friendly than single use.

658964 Oregon WMR 86 personal weather statioOregon Weather Station

Published in Homes and Gardens by paul_smart on Mar 7, 2012
For those who always think the weather forecast is wrong or who always think your own personal weather is different from what they say this may just be what you are looking for - your own personal weather station from Oregon Scientific.