High-tech tools for the home

March 5, 2008 6:06:48 PM PST
Your to-do list is about to get a whole lot easier! Here to show us some state-of-the-art gadgets that will help you around the house, was consumer expert Steve Filmer.

Steve Filmer is the former consumer correspondent with Good Morning America. The following products will be featured in the "2008 International Home & Housewares Show" that is taking place in Chicago March 16 -18. It is not open to the public but some 60,000 buyers from 40+ countries come each year to select items that will then soon appear on store shelves. (In some cases, products are already out, in others, they are coming out or will be out soon).

  1. Singer Curvy Sewing Machine, $400. (Available in April)
    The new SwiftSmart Threading system combines a digital Threading system with a one touch needle threader. With the drop-in the two challenges sewers say they face are gone: Threading the needle and threading the bobbin.

  2. HoMedics Shiatsu Pillow with Heat (heat glows red), $40. Available Now.

  3. Hamilton Beach Ope Station Multi Opener, $35. Available Now.
    the solution for hard-to-open containers including hard-plastic packaging (known as clamshells)
    www.hamiltonbeach.com and Target stores.

  4. First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray, $15. Available Now.

  5. O-Cedar Pro-Scrub Sponge Roller Mop, $13. Available Now.
    Great two-in-one product: grooved sponge with an all-purpose scrub brush to make deep-cleaning hard surfaces easier.

  6. ClearSounds Talk500 Phone, $120. Available Now.
    Boomers are getting older. Along with reading glasses, we need a little help with ears. This phone has amplified sound and tone along with Talking Caller ID and other cool features.