Friday, September 9, 2005
Gadgets and Gizmos: No Electricity needed
In Florida and in the gulf, Hurricane Katrina left an impression many of us will never forget. From massive flooding to damaged buildings, losing power suddenly doesn't seem so intolerable, but you can be better prepared if you’re willing to make an investment.
Adam Rand of Vector Corporation: If there is a power outage, this product gives you everything you’ll need to stay informed, to provide light for your family, as well as being able to goof around a little bit and watch some t.v.
For 60 dollars, a South Florida company named vector has created the storm tracker. If you felt disconnected without your electricity, this machine contains two lights, a television, and a radio, but the best feature of all is what happens when the battery dies.
Adam Rand: This has a hand crank which is right here and the hand crank will run the emergency radio and it will also run the lights that are on.
Another problem without power is what to eat. Well, check out heater meals - the meals that heat themselves. All you have to do is place the food on the warming device, add water from the water pouch, and watch it work. The menu is packed with home-style cooking from chicken to pasta to beef. We asked one South Florida family to try it, and the reaction...
Our taste tester: I like the potatoes. I like the beef.
As for mom and dad, if you can't live without your morning coffee that can be accomplished too. Wolfgang Puck is introducing his new line of self-heating lattes. Simply, press the pouch on the bottom and when the hot spot turns from red to white, you have a piping hot caffeine kick.
Sharon Halpryn: Wow, this is really good. It's like having a coffee.
As for communication, don't worry about your phone dying. If you need to talk to loved ones, a device called the cell boost guarantees an extra hour of talk time for any phone.
Capt. Louie Fernandez of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue: Communication is vital. You need to stay in touch so you need to be prepared.
Now, if you want to re-charge you’re smaller electronics like a laptop that can be accomplished too. All you need is a window and one of these. For 70 dollars, the sun sport can provide instant power using the sun's rays. No electricity needed. It charges your devices and allows you to keep on going with your life.
And finally, it's easier to go on with your life when you have protected your valuables before the storm. For two hundred dollars, the Docupen is a portable scanner that lets you store important documents in your computer.
Vector storm tracker
Available at home depot