Responding to wide spread environmental degradation, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin declared the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is all about environmental issues and today Bruce Pechman, The Muscleman of Technology is here show us some great products to help us better appreciate our planet, and some cool energy saving gadgets as well.
- Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe (Model #: PR18-06)
This amazing SmartGlobe from Oregon Scientific is an affordable educational globe which contains 30 learning activities including country capitals, national anthems, and currency conversion. Touch N' Tell, Comparison, and Find modes are just some of the learning fun. This interactive 3D globe allows you to explore the world at your own pace. It has up-to-date information and the most recent world news thanks to updates through Internet downloads called "SmartUpdate"! Other features include a country flag guide, touch pen, high quality sound, and 64MB internal memory (great for multi-player games and accommodates up to four people)! For ages 5 and up-targeted content for the following age groups: 5-8, 9-14, and 15 and above. Simply Awesome!
- Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium
The SkyScout is a revolutionary handheld device that uses advanced GPS technology with point and click convenience to identify thousands of stars, planets, constellations and more. Enabling stargazers to instantly identify and locate over 6,000 celestial objects in the sky with the press of a button…and listen to commentary on the object and its history! In addition to its identify feature, the SkyScout also has a “locate” feature that allows users to select an object they wish to view (i.e. Mars) and the SkyScout, using illuminated arrows in the viewfinder, will point the user to the object. A totally unique, one-of-a-kind product, SkyScout utilizes patented technology that combines data from sensors measuring both the magnetic and gravitational fields of the Earth, along with internal GPS and a substantial celestial database to dramatically improve how people learn about astronomy, making it much easier and more entertaining.
- Desktop Weather Station by Oregon Scientific
This comprehensive desktop weather station receives up-to-the-minute regional weather information and much more via MSN Direct. Categorized into distinct, easy-to-read fields, the blue backlit LCD screen shows regional indoor and outdoor temperatures; barometric pressure; humidity with trend indicator; minimum and maximum indoor temperatures and humidity history; wind speed; wind direction; gust wind; wind chill; dew-point temperature; heat index; UV index; rain level within the last 24 hours; sunrise/sunset times; visibility; and moon phase. If severe weather approaches, it emits a warning message from the National Weather Service. This amazing unit also shows the three-day forecast, precipitation probability, plus an EPA air-quality reading. Also featured is an alarm clock with crescendo alarm or a melodic alarm tone, both with snooze.
- ETON FR400 Red Cross Emergency Radio
Be prepared and aware with the Eton FR400 emergency radio. This powerhouse portable radio receives AM (530-1710 kHz), FM 88-108 MHz, VHF TV audio and seven NOAA weather channels. Power from the FR400 from built-in wind-up generator, 4.5 V adapter (included), or 3 AA’s. The generator charges the supplied, replaceable NiMH cells. Two turns per second for 90 seconds will provide 40 to 60 minutes of operation.
Very easy to use with and a built-in triple LED light with emergency light source on the side of the radio. Two of the LEDs are white for illumination, and the third is a blinking red LED for signaling. There is even a loud siren function in this device. There are jacks on the rear panel for: earphone output, 4.5 VDC input and phone charger output. These jacks are protected under a water resistant rubber flap.
The FR400 has the additional capability of recharging certain cell phones. Several common cellular power adapters are included with your FR-400. Eton is also including a very nice black canvas carry case and an AC adapter. This radio comes with an Owner's Manual, Eton Catalog and mini Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Guide. 8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inches 1.3 pounds.
- BC-900 Battery Charger from La Cross Technology
$59.99 to 79.99 online
The BC-900 Alpha Power Battery Charger from La Cross Technology is the best consumer battery charger made. Take a look at these features:
• Works with all NiCd and NiMH “AA” and “AAA” Rechargeable Batteries!
• All Modes Automatically Default to 200mA Charge (optimal setting for prolonging battery life)
• LCD shows capacity for each battery when charging is complete
• Overheat detection to protect over-charging
• Test Mode (accumulated capacity)
- Gadget Universe Miltary Zoom Binoculars
See the whites of a bird's eye from 500 yards away. Bring an object five miles away so close, you can almost touch it. The new Military Zoom binoculars are the most powerful ever made. Be your own amateur astronomer as you view planets, moons, nebulae and comets. The Military Zoom magnifies between 20 and 140 times closer, and 70 times more light comes into its gigantic 70 mm lens. Rubber grip makes it simple to handle, too. The Military Zoom binoculars bring the world to your eyes. Go ahead, reach out and touch the stars!
- Solio Universal Hybrid Charger
The Solio Universal Hybrid Charger stores power from the sun (or socket); freeing you to recharge your mobile phone, iPod and other handheld devices anywhere, anytime. A fully charged Solio will recharge your average phone at least once if not twice, or your phone and top up your iPod. Solio's intelligent internal circuitry and Interchangeable Tip System lets you charge devices at about the same rate as their dedicated wall chargers.