Electronic Gadgets

"Gadget" is a catch-all word these days for nifty devices. We've covered the basics, such as clocks & watches, plus delved into the world of present-day and future high-tech gadgets, such as digital jewelry and restaurant pagers.

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Cell phone calls while you're driving can be dangerous. But what happens when you absolutely must make or accept a call when you're behind the wheel?

By Christopher Lampton

Take a look at these car gadget pictures and see some of the cutting edge technology available for your car. Check out our car gadget pictures.

If you travel abroad with your electronic gear, then you know the challenges associated with finding the right kind of power. What's an easy solution?

By Jamie Page Deaton

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A solar battery charger is very useful if you're trapped in the woods with no cell phone and no transportation -- as long as you're out on a sunny day in broad daylight.

By Josh Clark

Eco-friendly people are looking to solar energy to power devices like the Iqua VizorSUN, which combines solar power and Bluetooth technology.

By Josh Clark

What do you do when two dinner party guests want white wine and the rest want red? How can you store the extra vino without it going to waste? The skybar Wine System is one solution.

By Cristen Conger

Keyless entry systems have become standard equipment on most new cars and trucks. But if these systems are so common, is it possible for someone other than you to remotely open your car door?

By Patrick E. George

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Need a charge for your phone when you're on the go? Several new gadgets aim to harness the power of the wind and transform that energy into juice for your phone, camera or MP3 player.

By Julia Layton

You're ready to hit the open road and you want to take some tunes along with you. But what happens if you have a stack of CDs, yet your car only has a cassette deck?

By Josh Briggs

: Exhaust air jacks make lifting a car off the ground much easier by letting the car's exhaust do the work for you. You can use these jacks for a variety of tasks, including changing tires, installing snow chains and more.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Interpreting the cooking temperatures listed in a recipe can be a bit like solving the riddle of the Sphinx: What's the difference between medium and medium-high? The Digital Thermometer Pan takes the guesswork out of cooking on the stovetop.

By Cristen Conger

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When you're directionally challenged and think of north as "up," a GPS may be a lifesaver. But it's not going to be much help if your maps are all out of date.

By Molly Edmonds

In-car entertainment has come a long way over the years. Thanks to built-in headrest monitors, road trips seem to breeze past when you're watching movies on DVD or playing the latest video gaming systems.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Temperature rules our lives. We dress according to it, cook our meals with it in mind and chronically complain about it at work. Isn't it about time you learned about the device behind measuring temperature and its peers?

By Robert Lamb

If your backpack were solar-powered, you could charge your cell phone, PDA and laptop in the middle of the desert. You might even be able to Google your way out of the searing sun.

By Charles W. Bryant

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Watching a DVD of your favorite movie or television show is something that everyone enjoys. Why not take that great experience with you wherever you go? But how much is that luxury going to cost?

By Jamie Page Deaton

Sure, all iPhone apps are accessible from your car, but we're not really interested in those apps right now. Our list of 10 apps is specifically designed around your car's operation.

By Josh Briggs & Christopher Lampton

While head-mounted displays were once a novelty item for gadget freaks, video glasses offer a plausible solution for the crowd-wary traveler. Whether you want to enjoy a movie on a long flight or simply shut out the world, this technology is for you.

By Jane McGrath

Most automotive electronics can be powered using the cigarette lighter in our cars and trucks. Everything from mobile phones to heated air fresheners. But what if you wanted to power a blender or even a toaster?

By Ed Grabianowski

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All-in-one recycling systems collect and compact your recyclables until you're ready to haul them outside to the curb. It seems like a simple invention, but it helps to save the environment and helps consumers save time.

By Josh Clark

If you've ever suffered the indignity of eating a bag of stale chips or freezer-burned leftovers, you may want to consider the FoodSaver System. It vacuum-seals food to keep air out and preserve freshness.

By Josh Clark

You can fine tune it all day, but here's the reality: Your old car stereo is simply not going to give you the level of performance you're looking for. So, what are your options?

By Patrick E. George

Are you ever tempted to install your own car audio or video equipment? After all, how hard could it be to tear out that factory-original car radio and replace it with a state-of-the-art stereo system?

By Christopher Lampton

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Going for a run outside in the dead of winter takes dedication and several layers of clothing. Some motivational tunes could also help, but deciding between earmuffs and your MP3 player is a tough choice -- if only you could combine the two.

By Vivien Bullen

What can an avid music lover do when the winter winds bring frostbite to uncovered ears and the need to bundle up takes precedent to jamming along with your latest play list? Try sorting through the many options available in the headphone hat market.

By Vivien Bullen