10 High-Tech Ways to Survive the Holidays
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By Kelly Mickle
Icy weather, travel delays, awkward family reunions—the holidays are ripe for disaster—so it pays to prepare for the unexpected. These ten cool high-tech tools can help you recharge (sometimes, literally) so you can relax and enjoy the spirit of the season.
Auto Saver2 of 11
Freezing temps can kill a weak car battery. Never get stranded with this handy jump starter that's so small it fits in your glove box. Plug the device into your dashboard DC power outlet and it will charge the car battery using stored power though internal wiring in just ten minutes. The best part? You never have to leave the comfort of your car.
SHOP NOW: Mighty Jump, $40, sharperimage.com
Bright Idea3 of 11
You stashed your holiday decor in boxes with good intentions (I'm going to be so organized this year!) only to have them get lost in the back of the attic. Sound familiar? Avoid a potentially dangerous hunt in the dark for Grandma's vintage tree topper with a high-tech headlamp. This model has an adjustable focus (from spot to flood light) and light dimming features to help you find all your favorite holiday trimmings.
SHOP NOW: LED headlamp, $36, amazon.com
Helping Hands4 of 11
Frigid fingers? Conductive material woven into the fabric of these chic gloves allow you to still use your smartphone without fear of frostbite.
SHOP NOW: Touchscreen gloves, $25, muji.com
Power Play5 of 11
A must for any emergency kit, this digital AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio with three LED flashlights can be charged with a simple hand crank or via the self-charge solar panel—you'll never get left in the dark! It even comes with five-way chargers to power up your smartphones and computers too.
SHOP NOW: Ambient Weather The Adventurer, $35, amazon.com
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When holiday party hopping, you can't always trust your instincts to know when you've had a few too many. Enter the iPhone Breathalyzer. Blow into the device and it calculates your blood alcohol content (BAC) and wirelessly sends results to your smartphone. The free app explains what the numbers mean (i.e. sober, tipsy or somewhere in between) with an estimation of how long it will take your BAC to return to zero.
SHOP NOW: iPhone Breathalyzer, $150, brookstone.com
Perfect Timing7 of 11
It's no surprise food ends up burned or forgotten when you're juggling four recipes at a time. Save holiday dinners—and your sanity—with a multi-event timer. This model can track up to four items and comes with an attached white board so you can mark which timer goes with which dish.
SHOP NOW: Taylor four event timer, $15, williams-sonoma.com
Take Charge8 of 11
Did the kids drain your iPhone battery on the way to the mall again? Keep your phone in this case that has an attachable built-in battery—delivering up to 150 percent more life to your phone without awkwardly tethering you to a wall outlet in the department store.
SHOP NOW: Hybrid power case for iPhone, $100, boostcase.com
Lend an Ear9 of 11
Long flight ahead? Whether your kids want to watch a movie on the tablet or you and your husband want to listen to the same audiobook on your iTouch, this clever three-way earphone splitter makes it easy to share all your tech toys.
SHOP NOW: Branch earphone splitter, $10, momastore.org
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The perfect distraction for bored tweens: Wii Music. The game allows users to play up to 60 different virtual instruments, form a band, design their own stage and jam along to their favorite pop songs.
SHOP NOW: Wii Music, $45, amazon.com
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The revolving door of friends and relatives can invite a host of germs and odors (Aunt Gladys's eau de parfum, Uncle Bob's pipe smoke) that linger long after everyone's left. This compact gadget helps clear the air, using stainless steel blades and ultraviolet light to kill airborne viruses plus tobacco smoke and other unwanted odors.
SHOP NOW: Therapure Mini air purifier, $45, target.com
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