The Weekly Gadget Review at Ubergizmo

By March 10, 2008

Each week, Atelier reviews what is trendy on the web magazine of our great expert contributor. is dedicated to consumer electronics news and reviews. LTK-2000 Therapy Station The LTK-2000 Therapy Station is one dev

ice where pressured executives would welcome, be it at home or at the office. This Korean gadget not only features 24 relaxing sounds for different categories (concentration, therapy for depression, etc), it also comes with a ring of bright blue LEDs that claim to provide your tired eyes with 5,000 lux of light therapy. Just in case the audio and visual combination aren't effective enough, there is always the option to include a herbal aroma cartridge onto the top of the unit, letting your nose breathe in a soothing scent to relax those jangled nerves. An integrated anion generator rounds off the list of features. I don't think the price tag is very relaxing though, as it retails for $395 each. Biometric Vault Security Safe Keeping your treasured possessions safe can be quite a challenge these days, but thankfully skillful thieves aren't exactly that common. The Biometric Vault Security Safe helps keep your belongings secure by using fingerprints as the method of authentication. It can store up to 50 fingerprints in its integrated flash memory, and has the backup of internal batteries just in case the A/C power goes off. Other features include a soft spring-loaded door mechanism and LCD screen as well, retailing for $499 a pop. It takes less than a second to verify your identification, although I would have liked to see one that works in tandem with an iris scan. Talking Caller ID Announce Station The Talking Caller ID Announce Station is one interesting device that ensures you don't have to rush over to your house phone from the kitchen each time it rings. After all, it actually reads out the actual name of the caller, making it the perfect device for the vision impaired. Powered by a trio of AA batteries, the Talking Caller ID Announce Station comes with volume control and a mute button, meeting both FCC and ETL requirements. It functions with both corded or cordless telephones, although you will need to ensure that subscription to name-and-number Caller ID services are offered by your local telephone company. That's an additional fee, of course, but the Talking Caller ID Announce Station retails for $39.99 each. Solar-powered Lawnmower I guess it makes perfect sense that nobody would want to mow the lawn when it is raining, so the premise for a solar-powered lawnmower is a no-brainer. Husqvarna has rolled out its automatic electric solar-powered hybrid robotic lawn mower that claims to be the first of its kind in the world, offering a professionally cut lawn every time at a steep price - £2,000, to be exact. Well, I guess as long as the sun shines this piece of machinery will keep on going, but just how robust and tough are the insides? This lawnmower can clear 2,300 square meters of grass and is programmable to work only at certain times or days of the week. It has a battery life of approximately 40 minutes before a 40 minute charging time juices it up, but on a sunny day, its cutting time can be extended by another 50%. Pleo Gets Update The Pleo did not really take off as intended during the holiday season last year, but if you're one of the few who picked it up, here's some news for you. Its Life OS has just gotten an update, bringing the version number up to 1.0.2 that enables your robotic dinosaur to explore its surroundings even more, being more alert of its surroundings, and singing whenever it is in a presence of a group of people. You can download the Pleo 1.0.2 Life OS update here. Coolgorilla London Travel Guide For folks who are heading towards London for a holiday soon, Coolgorilla has a solution for tourists - the London Travel Guide that was specially designed to be used in iPods, iPhones and other cell phones. It is available as a free download and comes packed with information on London like stunning video footage, roving maps and colorful facts about each tourist attraction. Just make sure that you don't forget to pack a universal adapter just in case your iPod runs out of juice, lest you need to disturb one of the Bobbies there in order to find your way around. Coolgorilla is currently working on similar travel guides in other cities like Paris, Barcelona, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, targeting a release date of sometime later this year. USB Exercise Dog Everyone remembers the USB Humping Dog that caused quite a fair bit of guffaws when it was released - we have something less obscene now in the form of the USB Exercise Dog. While it doesn't do much just like its predecessor, at least this time our plastic pooch's abs are getting some love. I can bet my bottom dollar that sooner or later, somebody with a fair bit of DIY skills will come up with a version that carries some sort of flash memory just like how the USB Humping Dog was modified before. Find all the sources, and discover more consumer electronics news and reviews at   FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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