New toys

I usually subscribe to at least 6 magazines at any given time. I get them from Internet offers so they're very cheap and since you often can't renew at that price, the list of magazines is always changing. Right now one of them is Popular Science and I really like their The Goods section. It's about NEW TOYS!

Here's 4 toys that I liked though I don't think any are quite interesting enough for me to buy, but I am tempted! The next toy I'll probably buy is a new digital camera. The one I have now is 3 years old and it's been dumped into lakes 3 times while kayaking. It's living on borrowed time!


This first toy is a toaster that also does eggs so you can make a one-stop egg sandwich. Here's the spiel from their site:

A multi-function appliance, the Egg & Muffin Toaster can simultaneously: 1) toast two slices of bread, English muffin, bagel, croissant, etc., 2) cook an egg (poached or steam-scrambled), and 3) warm a pre-cooked slice of ham or sausage…or any combination of these three functions. The toaster’s intelligent “Egg/Toast” function directs steam cooking and toasting to complete at the same time. The Egg & Muffin Toaster also features wide toasting slots, an auto shut-off for individual toasting and poaching options, an easy-to-clean control touchpad, light to dark toaster settings, and the ability to boil up to four eggs. It also includes cord storage and a removable crumb tray for easy cleanup.

It's made by a company called Back to Basics and the site has a number of interesting products. I hate paying full price for anything so I doubt I'll buy any of it, but I do like looking!


Second is a solar panel for charging cell phones. According to the company, MySoldius, it only takes 2 to 3 hours to recharge the battery completely and you can be doing that while hiking, cycling, or whatever. I like the idea but the $90 is a bit steep for me. If I ever need my phone outside when I'm away from other sources of power though--this would be great. So if I ever really do the Appalachian Trail... LOL


The next toy is something you can make your own soda with. I LOVE that idea though it's something like $100 and I can buy a Hell of a lot of soda for that amount of money. But I still like the idea as a toy. They even have a recipe page! Here's their spiel, it sounds like something from late-night tv!

Make Your Own Soda or Seltzer at Home in Seconds!

Do you love seltzer or soft drinks? Tired of waiting for sales, lugging home heavy bottles, storing them, and having them go flat? Do you ever have to run to the store at the last minute because you've run out of seltzer or soda?

With the Soda-Club® Home Soda Maker, you'll make your own great tasting seltzer or soda in a variety of flavors at sale prices, anytime at your fingertips. It's fun, easy and ready in seconds.


This last toy is really neat! It's a docking station for cell phones that allows you to either go cellular or via a landline. But much as I like the idea, I only have a cell phone so the docking station would be of no use to me. I got rid of my landline last year when I had RoadRunner installed. They charge too much but I must admit I do love the speed. I had dial-up for decades and it was sooooooooo slow. I'm too cheap to have a cell phone, landline, and ISP. One had to go and it was the landline. Bye-bye BellSouth. I won't miss you at all, a**holes! By the way, if I was too subtle with that comment, I was VERY unhappy with my landline phone provider.

Comments

Jean-Luc Picard said…
Sandwich makers are listed as the top objects people buy and never use.

Michele sent me here.
-E said…
I wouldn't ever use the egg toaster thing- I don't like eggs! I hardly use my toaster as it is. The solar panel for the phone sounds neat, but I can't imagine that I would ever be someone out doors for an extended period of time away from power sources where I would WANT my cell phone with me, let alone to charge it!

Michele sent me.
utenzi said…
JLP, I'm not surprised. I use my toaster oven fairly often but only rarely use my Panini Press. The sandwiches it makes are great but it's up on top of my fridge and it just seems too much trouble to take it down. :-(

-E! I love egg yolks but can't stand the white albumin part so I don't eat many eggs. I do like egg sandwiches but usually eat eggs at omelettes. And you'd not be able to do that with the toy on here. Mmm. Ham and cheese omelettes, my favorites! I think I didn't spell that right.
Carol said…
Utenzi,
How could you miss the "Robot Reaches Maturity." He can pick up objects and throw them. I am sure I can find a use for that!
Michele sent me...
Lu said…
wow these are some cool toys! and just what i need something to take up more space in my cluttered kitchen...hehe

here via michele's
Cecilia said…
These are one-of-a-kind gadgets that simply promise to do a lot in their humble little selves. :) Gotta love that sandwich maker! I used to adore the ones that produce UFO-shaped filled sandwiches. But then, this was way back in the early 80's. haha

Michele sent me!

Wishing you a great weekend.
Angela said…
Yeah... my grandmother had a sandwich maker when I was growing up, and I think the only time she ever used it was when the grandkids came over and wanted to play with it!

However, the toaster thing does sound pretty cool, just as you can still use it as a normal toaster, right? You could just replace your normal toaster?
mompoet said…
Hi utenzi, I'm mompoet, joining Carol's conga line a day late. I like your sense of humour, your great use of links and your photos. My favourite toy is my new digital camera (finally). I resisted getting one for a long time because I love my old Canon AE1 so much. I thought I would never, ever use a digital. But now I'm hooked. Something about the instant gratification. The AE1 finally began to self-destruct after 25 years of hard use so it's in the shop for an overhaul. When I get it back next week I think I'll pack them both around and use them for simultaneous and sequential photography. Boy, I'll look like a geek too!

I'll bookmark your blog and check in again soon.

mp
utenzi said…
I was an early convert to Digicams but previously I had a Pentax MX that was lightly used for a few decades until I gave it to a girlfriend when I bought my first digital camera. I hated the expense of buying film and then developing ALL the pictures. Now I just get prints of the ones I like--and since I only use them for walls, I never get anything under 8x10.
Pearl said…
The sandwich/egg/hashbrown maker sounds unique but to make one's own soda would be novel. Glad to know that a camera can survive a dunk or three in water.

Michele sent me back.
Lish said…
Hey! I have 8 subscriptions, and I can't seem to go to the grocery store without buying more magazines. I have to have a landline b/c my cell doesn't work well in my home. My Time Warner bill is outrageous. I have cable phone, Road Runner, a DVR, and digital cable with HBO and Showtime.
Beanhead said…
Here via Michele's

A toaster that does eggs!?!?
I love that toaster, but I'd be lost without a toaster oven. I'll never go back to the old kind again.

I ave a Vonage phone that goes over my Roadrunner, and I love it. I pay 14.99/month and it's free long distance. My cell is only free long distance in the state.

Michele sent me, love the toys!
poopie said…
*waving at utenzi* Michele sent me over to check out your toys..they're cool, but I like the other kind better ;)
annie said…
You need a new camera, that's important!

The egg-toaster thing just sounds messy and what's so hard about taking out a small pan to cook the egg? or better yet, put it in the microwave?

But that solar-charger sounds neat! Just think of, like, emergencies or something. I wonder if I could rig it up on the motorcycle without it blowing off?
Indigo said…
I think the docking station would be so cool. I'd use it.

Hi, Michele sent me, kinda, in a way. :-)
Yaeli said…
Those toys sound so cool!!! I want a mufin toaster/ egg thingy!
:o)
Claire said…
The muffin/egg toaster sounds great! I'm always juggling the hob and grill trying to get the toast and eggs just right!

If you like that mobile charger you might like this story, it's an mobile charging invention a boy fairly local to me came up with, pretty clever.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1513938.html
Claire said…
Forgot to say came via Michele's today!
Dan said…
Michele sent me today :-)

That egg and muffin machine looks interesting. Not too sure about the soda machine, it looks very similar to the SodaStream machines we had here in the UK back in the 70's! Unless I'm missing something obvious.

The phone gadgets I wouldn't use that much, because I don't use my mobile phone a lot. But yes, if I was going to be away from a power source for more than two or three days I'd look at the solar charger.

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