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We’re aware that not everyone is suffering from cold frigid temperatures this time of year but take into consideration that some of us are currently snowed in — myself included. The following 6 gadgets were designed to keep you nice and toasty until spring:
This reasonably priced jacket aims to keep you warm outside up to 6 six hours. It’s called the Milwaukee M12 which kinda sounds like more of a weapon than a jacket. Think of it as your weapon against the cold. The M12 is a cordless water & wind resistant heated jacket that heats the body through the three carbon fiber heating packs sewn into the jacket. Additionally it has various settings to adjust the heat; warm, hot and there’s a fire in my coat. This product ships with a charging unit that the coat plugs into after the 6 hour charge has run out. Our sympathies to anyone working outside this season, roofers, construction workers, doormen this jacket’s for you. You can pick this jacket up from Home Depot for $169.
Ever consider zapping your socks in the microwave? It’s a bad idea, trust me. But, these Heated Boots provide a safe way to heat up your slippers/boots in the micro without the fear of a possible catastrophe. They also exude a lavender scent when heated, that’s meant to put you in a relaxing state of Zen while avoiding the type of unpleasant smells you’d imagine you’d get from heating your slippers. There’s a recommend time of 90 seconds for microwaving, a direction that users should probably carefully follow. These boots retail for $29 and come in both blue and pink.
Thanko’s Heated Kitty Slippers
If for whatever reason you don’t like the idea of heating up slippers in the microwave, you can heat these babies up using USB. Designed for the cat-lover, Thanko’s heated slippers are equally as cute as they are hideous but at the end of the day, your feet will be warm. They work with a USB-powered carbon heater liner and appear to come with a heat-controlling hand switch.
These USB heated mouse ensures your mouse-hand stays cozy regardless of how cold your boss keeps the office. The warmth from the mouse is also meant to sooth muscle and joint aches that sometimes result in using the mouse too much. The mouse uses a 5V and heats up to 99-104 degrees Farhenheit. Users can of course adjust the heating levels down to a more comfortable temp from the heating switch located on the cord. This will no doubt keep your mits warm in the winter but I think for the therapeutic reasons alone, the warm mouse may be your cure for finger stiffness and pain — a clear indication you’ve been on the computer too long. The Warm Mouse is was designed to suit both left and right handed users and retails for $30.
Touch Screen Compatible Gloves
There’s only one thing that would make me take off my gloves in zero below weather — the iPhone/Android. Sadly, devices sporting multi-touch surfaces don’t work while the user is wearing mittens, a major annoyance for anyone living in a colder climate. But, if you pick up a pair of touch screen-supported gloves like the Dot Gloves you can be sure to avoid a painful case of frostbite.
The North Face E-Tip gloves also work with multi-touch surfaces but these ones look as though they were taken from wardrobe, off the set of TRON.
The E-Tip glove was designed with medal tips on the thumb and index fingers and what appears to be electrical circuits all over material — an ultra-techy design. These gloves are $40 and seem to fit the hand nicely, they’re made mostly of polyester with additional silicone on the palm for gripping. Mobile users could always save some cash by simply cutting the fingers tips off your current pair of mitts. Just a thought.
Heated Bed Pad
Hammacher’s Heated Mattress Pad
Blankets just not doing it for you? The Hammacher heated mattress pad delivers six warming zones that can be individually adjusted to various parts of the mattress. It’s 100% cotton with a 200 thread count and it’s filled with 7 ounces soft cushioning. The heating elements woven into the mattress pad can independently be turned on to solely heat up one area; torso, head, legs. It can even be set to bring different levels of heat to each sleeper. Each zone has 10 temperature settings that can be tweaked by using a wireless controller and the pad itself plugs into AC. They’ve taken some precautions in case the user forgets to turn it off so the pad will automatically turn off after 10 hours. Hammacher’s pad is available for twin($100), queen($200) and king size ($250) beds.
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