Fall in to great gadgets: 8 gizmos for the new season
Fall is in the air, and with it comes Halloween, back-to-school time and Starbucks PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes—hey, I can't be the only one semi-obsessed with that amazing beverage, right?). As we welcome autumn, we also welcome new gadgetry. Here are some must-have gadgets showcased Tuesday morning on TODAY.
MirrorCase, $80, mirrorcase.com
Feel like a stage-five creeper taking those photos/videos/audio with your iPad or iPhone? MirrorCase saves you—and your subject—the embarrassment of being recorded. This case lets you subtly use your device's back-mounted camera (in conjunction with a free app). It feels way more natural, and lets you covertly record presentations in school or at the office, and take photos without becoming a spectacle.
Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt, starting at $200, major retailers
When I was coming home from school as a kid, I was more concerned about catching "Animaniacs" than remembering my keys to get in the door. Now, thanks to a modern upgrade, kids and adults alike no longer have to worry about looking for their keys.
With the Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt, keyless entry is as simple as plugging in your code. With up to 30 different codes, an alarm and the free Nexia Home Intelligence app, you'll be able to actually monitor when the kids are coming and going. That, along with a strong and secure entry system, is priceless peace of mind.
Fire Fishing Pole, $25, firebuggz.com
Upgrade your s'mores-making experience! Skewers and sticks are no fun when you can hook your grubski on a fishing pole. The Fire Fishing Pole, which consists of a wood rod and stainless steel pole, gives you and the kids better aim (and distance) for a controlled burn, and is great for backyard and camping roasts. Marshmallows or hot dogs rotate when you "jig" the pole. Note: not made for fishing.
Light Up Hoodie, $45-$65, electricstyles.com
Normal hoodies are so lame. Stand out during your night bicycle commute with the Light Up Hoodie from Electric Styles. The hoodie uses a bright el-wire, and comes in green, blue, red, white or pink. You can turn it on and off using the attached remote, and even change the blinking light patterns to be fast or slow (or buy the Sound Pack and the hoodie will blink along with your music). Light up the night with this hoodie and you'll never blend into the background again. (Takes two AA batteries.)