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Venus ET Fleur: Eternity Roses

I love flowers. Who doesn’t? I especially love receiving them, but again, who doesn’t? Sending them is a whole other topic. That takes effort, at least more effort than answering the front door. So, let’s leave that aside for the moment. Even when we’re blessed to be receiving flowers, a big problem is they die. Once removed from their natural life source, all living organisms begin their death march, of course, including flowers. But in most cases, flowers die much too quickly. We barely have time to enjoy quality time with them, share some memories, say our goodbyes, make burial arrangements, etc. Too often, I’ve received flowers that have gone from fresh, vibrant and fragrant when I first open the box, to fading, to dead, in a matter of hours – a day or two at the most. Disappointment and frustration are not the emotions the gift-giver had intended to trigger, I’m certain. There’s another problem with flowers, this time on the purchasing side of the ledger – the good ones are expensive, especially given their relatively short lives. Who

3D Printing in Plain English

Technology has always intimidated me, I’ll humbly admit. But with the help of a few competent friends, reluctant millennial daughters, and the geniuses at Amazon, Google and Apple, I’ve managed to appear relatively competent while enjoying myself immensely. So now comes the dawning of even more revolutionary changes, including something called 3D printing. While I’m still wrestling with my HP, begging it to print on both sides of a page, there are now printers capable of stamping out automobile and airplane parts, residential buildings, consumer products, and most disconcerting of all, human body parts. In the old days (yesterday?), we simply inserted paper into the appropriate tray and hit the print button, followed by a silent prayer. If all went well, the machine reproducedthe contents of the paper we’d placed on the glass thingy above. When the inevitable paper jam ensued, we’d slink out of the copy room leaving the mess for an office colleague to grumble about. 3D printing operates similarly except that rather than paper, it reproduces three-dimensional items. More than a printer, it’s a high-tech manufacturing machine

Lush: It’s a Scentsational Bomb

What Happens in Vegas … If you’ve never been, Las Vegas is an incredible place. I’ve heard it called ‘a Disney World for adults,’ and I have no real argument with the reference. Contrary to the oft-advised, ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,’ I must admit to the world what I experienced there recently. I took my first bath with a Lush. There, I said it. That’ll take a little ‘splaining,’ especially if my wife happens by this article. So, let’s move on and tell the story before I get in any deeper. I was visiting Vegas with one of my daughters for a few days of great food and music. One of the highlights was the Carlos Santana concert at The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, a very cool venue to see a show. Especially Carlos and his band, who are still fabulous musicians and an electrifying live act. In our excitement, we’d arrived at Mandalay Bay much too early and needed to kill some time. Around the corner from The House of Blues, we noticed an

Genius Pack: Smart Carry-On for Smart Travelers

No ordinary luggage, this carry-on redefines functionality for the modern traveler. I know, I know, everybody has their own opinion about everything.  But when I see competitors agreeing about a new gizmo or gadget or whatever, I tend to look a bit closer.  And, according to Travel & Leisure and Fodor’s Travel, the Genius Pack G4 is the best carry-on luggage you can find. And, from what I have learned, I couldn’t agree more! One thing that most of us have in common is that we will do just about anything to avoid those annoying, ridiculous, and costly luggage fees charged by virtually every airline company.  Of course, some of these airlines have already changed their policies so that they can assess you for your carry-on, but it’s usually a bit less, and certainly easier to deal with, than checking in your luggage. Carry-On Dream Come True The Genius Pack Carry-On is way ahead of the curve.  Now that the company has released the fourth generation, it seems that they have thought of everything!  Before you watch the video, allow me to

Smart Nora: The Revolutionary Snoring Solution

At last, an anti-snoring device that lets you sleep in comfort, contact-free. What was once an occasional nudge has suddenly become an elbow in the gut, a reminder that, yet again, I must be snoring.  You may be aware that approximately 50% of all people have a snoring issue at one time or another, and 25% are habitual snorers.  In addition to being annoying to others, snoring can be a sign, or cause, of serious health issues, most notably, sleep apnea. You may have guessed that, given the statistics, a “snoring industry” has developed over the years designed to stop the noise and to increase the air flow for those who chronically snore.  Like me, many of you have probably changed your sleeping positions and/or purchased that latest and greatest pillow time and time again to try to find a solution. In most cases, we find that these solutions may work temporarily at best. Finally, A Real Solution One of the most unique solutions to enter the marketplace is called Smart Nora, a device that adjusts your pillow when it detects

Dynafocals: Intelligent Opticals For Eyeglass Wearers

New affordable breakthrough eliminates annoyances like switching glasses, head tilting, and blurred vision for nearsighted eyeglass wearers. Over the years, our vision changes. This is known as presbyopia, which is the gradual loss of our ability to focus on nearby objects that occurs with age. Nearly a billion of us already have this condition. More and more of us are, or will be, wearing eyeglasses full-time, while others resort to using reading glasses for close-up activities. You can buy reading glasses anywhere, using whatever level of magnification you see fit. In fact, many people buy several pairs of reading glasses, and switch them up depending on distance, print size, and lighting conditions. Nevertheless, our vision is not a constant — it changes over time, and we typically replace our eyeglasses every few years. A New Era for Eyesight Given the popularity of reading glasses, it was just a matter of time until somebody figured out how to combine the world of high-tech with reading glasses, effectively creating smart glasses with a mini computer inside.  Think about the potential impact —

FoldiMate: Your New Best Friend

Folding laundry has never been this much fun.  I consider myself a pretty lucky guy. I’ve got a great wife who has always managed our household while I was hard at work. And, now that I’m retired from work, she has continued to do so. I do have a few responsibilities, however, one of them being folding my laundry. And, while I don’t claim to be an expert, I am able to get by, perhaps because most days you can find me wearing a pair of lightweight fishing pants and a t-shirt. Let me make this clear —I do not wish to pretend that I enjoy folding my laundry, and it can get embarrassing when my clothes look like a pile of wrinkles. But there’s a solution on the way, and I am excited! My new best friend is called FoldiMate, which is an automatic laundry-folding machine! Here’s how it works —you simply put a shirt or a pair of pants onto a tray that pulls it into the machine. The machine then folds each item, and perhaps ten to

Coravin: Keeping Wines Fresh Forever

How physics, mechanical engineering, nuclear power, and medical devices changed the world of wine. I am not a wine aficionado, to say the least, but I enjoy an occasional glass or two. I must admit, however, that I find it very frustrating that if I don’t finish the bottle in one sitting, or certainly, within 24 hours, I find myself pouring it down the drain! That becomes pretty painful when considering price and quality. A Fine Gadget for Fine Wine When discussing my frustrations with a friend recently, he looked at me like I was a moron and asked “Haven’t you heard about Coravin?” Well, no, I’d never heard of Coravin at that time, but I’ve certainly learned a lot since then. So, what is Coravin? It’s a device that inserts a needle into a bottle of wine, allowing you to enjoy its contents without removing the cork and, more importantly, without spoiling the rest of the bottle. Can you imagine? Every sip will taste as good as the first, you can enjoy multiple bottles at the same time, and

Bragi By Starkey: Custom Wireless

Lifestyle gadgets, ear computers, wearable technology, oh my! Recently, my wife suggested that I get my hearing checked because I ask her to repeat things on occasion. While I think I have what many refer to as “selective hearing,” I decided that it would be a good idea to see an audiologist, as a matter of fact the audiologist who was featured in our February edition, Dr. Alexandra Tarvin. After testing me, Dr. Tarvin concluded that I had lost a bit of my hearing over the years, perhaps due to too many rock concerts, but my biggest issue was an increasing inability to hear where there is background noise. She made several recommendations, including special ear plugs for future concerts. After addressing my hearing issues with me, Dr. Alexandra Tarvin told me about these revolutionary wireless earphones made by a leading U.S. hearing aid company, Starkey Hearing Technologies, in tandem with a high-end German audio company, Bragi. These earphones were custom-made, meaning Dr. Tarvin would need to take an impression of my ears so that the earphones would be a perfect