Video: Winter Gadgets

We’ve made it past the shortest day, but it’s still getting colder. So today on TVNZ Breakfast I too a look at some techie items that will keep you warm, dry, and amused until the sun comes out again.

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Item: Equalizer iBeanie
Price: $49.95
Rating: 2 / 5
Info: The iBeanie is a solution looking for a problem. Most people would just put their headphones over or under their hat, but the iBeanie comes with headphones built in. To top it off, the headphones have LED sound symbols that blink in time with the music. I’m not sure what’s worse: looking like a dork, or wearing a beanie with sub-par headphones. This would make a great novelty gift.
Item: USB Heated Slippers
Price: $59.95
Rating: 4 / 5
Info: There’s not a lot of places colder than the floor under my computer desk. There must be some sort of convection current happening, because my toes almost freeze solid after a night of gaming or coding. There is a solution: USB heated slippers! Just slip these cozy cuties over your icicle feet, plug them in to a handy USB port, and turn them on (low or high settings available). Voila! Toasty toes!
Item: Jaycar Wireless Weather Station
Price: $238
Rating: 5 / 5
Info: Ever wondered what the weather was like outside on one of those freezing winter mornings? Wonder no more! This techno-marvel has more meters than you can poke an icicle at: anomometer, barometer, hygrometer, pluviometer – you name it, this has it. These wireless meters sit outside, measuring wind speed and direction, rain, air pressure, and temperature; while you sit inside comfy and warm watching the numbers on your wireless touch-screen weather monitor.
 
Take it to the next level by plugging the monitor into your PC, and you could have a setup like the amateur weatherman at greylynnweather.net.
Item: Cabanossi, bierstick, or some other meat-stylus
Price: $2
Rating: 5 / 5
Info: You’re out in the cold with your gloves on, maybe even out skiing, and your iPhone rings what do you do? Well you could take your gloves off and freeze your hands, or you could just carry a stick of meat in your pocket. A salami stick works perfectly as a stylus on any capacitive touch screen, just like the iPhone, iPod Touch, or other modern touch-screen phones.

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