What's new and maybe useful: In the Pipeline
A cinema in your glasses
Engineers have shrunk the cinema experience into a pair of high-tech goggles. Now, movie watchers need only slip on the Eye-Trek FMD-250W headset to watch a DVD movie on an airplane, a bus, or during Econ 101.
The glasses, made by Olympus, offer a picture equal to that of a 52-inch screen from 6 feet away. They plug into a DVD player, camcorder, digital camera, TV, or VCR. The device weighs about 3 ounces and carries stereo sound.
Suggested price: $700
Household dry cleaning
You have a surprise appointment in an hour, but all of your dress shirts look like road maps in relief.
That familiar scenario has inspired vacuum maker Euro-Pro to design a dry cleaning device for the home.
The Electronic Steam Press applies 100 pounds of steam power to every inch of a 226 square-inch surface.
Euro-Pro says the device works well on sweaters and suit jackets. It comes equipped with a stand that also helps secure clothes for pressing.
Suggested price: $300
Inventor Geoff Garth designed the SunRoof with his daughter in mind. The canopy on her stroller would only block the sun when it was directly overhead. Mr. Garth's saddle-shaped invention tilts to follow the sun. The fabric SunRoof attaches to everything from beach chairs to backpacks, and folds down to the size of a frisbee.
The blue-and-gray shade can be purchased at Garth's website, www.realcoolproducts.com.
Suggested price: $30
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