Sometimes it seems like even in the dead of winter you’re struggling to stay cool. With global warming or climate change or whatever the hell you want to call it, spurning the blistering sun for a cool breeze can seem more tiresome than pulling an all-nighter for your chemistry final. To add to your problems, most fans you find around these days are nothing more than dust collectors, with weak blades that break as easily as a 90-year-old’s back. That’s what makes the Dyson Air Multiplier one of the most exciting and revolutionary fans ever invented! Though it looks like a miniature hoop designed for your daredevil hamster to jump through, the Dyson Air Multiplier is actually a bladeless fan that emits preset levels of cool air without doubling as a dust bowl. Using Dyson’s patented Air Multiplier technology to draw in air and, you know, multiply it, this fantastic fan can amplify the air it takes in, emitting it at up to 18 times its original power for cool, commanding gusts that will stop your sweating no matter how hot it gets. Retail price: $299–$329 www.dyson.com/fans
Maybe Superman can leap tall buildings in a single bound but that isn’t much help when dinner is ready and you forgot to put the wine in the fridge. Move over Man of Steel, the Cooper Cooler can chill a can of beer in one minute or a bottle of wine in six. Easy to set up with just some ice cubes and two glasses of water, it comes with both a household plug and a car lighter plug, which will not drain your vehicle’s battery. Retail price: $89.99 (Household plug version $69.99) www.CooperCooler.com
You can finally stop your roommates from stealing your cold ones in the fridge. The Blitz Chiller, a smaller model, is made exclusively for cans and bottles. It chills a can of beer or soda in two minutes. In the time it has taken you to read this you could be sipping a cold beer but instead you are waiting for it to chill in the fridge. Let’s be honest with each other - you are living like an animal. Retail price: $39.99 www.BlitzChiller.com
Like watching your videos without having to post them on Facebook or YouTube? The Flip SlideHD lets the user record up to four hours of HD video, or store up to 12 hours of regular video, and then watch the video on a tricked-out slide-up 3-inch widescreen. The Flip SlideHd also sports a super-simple touch screen and slide strip that allows the user to easily navigate through its library to find a video or photo. And like the original Flip Mino line, the Flip SlideHD lets the user instantly share videos to all the major social networks. The Flip SlideHD is available at most major electronicsretailers. Retail Price: $279.99 www.theflip.com
Unless you’re somebody really important like Kenny G, chances are you don’t have a team of roadies to jockey a butt-load of equipment to your next gig. Instead, you have your cousin Lenny and a ‘93 Civic with bad CV axles. That leaves you with two options: sell your cousin to the fish monger down at the docks, buy some used equipment and trade the Civic for a van OR keep Lenny and your car and just get yourself the Expedition 308i Portable PA System. The 308i comes complete with dual 2-way speakers, on-board mixer, 300-watt power amplifier, 8-channel mixer with built-in iPod dock, 4 mic/line inputs and an internal effects processor. Even with all these cool features, the sickest part of the 308i is its portable design. The mixing board fits neatly into one speaker case while the cords and mic fit into another. The two speakers easily lock together like two teenagers with braces to create one super lightweight and compact package that fits into any size trunk. Retail price: $499.95 www.Samsontech.com
I think we can all agree that anything that promises to reduce the amount of wires in our lives is a good thing – my desk looks like the aftermath of a food fight at a spaghetti dinner. The Belkin Conserve Valet can charge up to four devices at once and shuts off automatically, which eliminates standby power. It also boasts an innovative cord management system to keep things neat. If you own more than three gadgets, the Valet needs to be one of them. Retail price: $39.99 www.belkin.com
College coeds go through soda like, um, college coeds go through those free product samples they give out on campus. But where’s the sense in constantly buying bottle after bottle when you can brew your own batch, save some green and go green all at once? With no bottles, cans or a clean up necessary, the SodaStream lets you make your favorite flavored fizzy drink without the hassle of time, money or excessive lab space. We tested out the Jet at the CT office and made tons of different flavors in seconds flat! All you have to do is fill up the Jet with water, hit the CO2 button to carbonate the water and add your favorite flavor. Made-from-scratch soda never tasted so good! Retail price: $99.95 www.sodastreamusa.com
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