Home Security

mrbeams-readybright-lantern

If you read Bill's recent review of the mrBEAMS ReadyBright Home Power Outage System and thought it was a great idea but you'd like a portable light, too, you might want to check out the ReadyBright Lantern.  (This is an IndieGoGo project currently seeking funding.)  The ReadyBright Lantern is an add-on to the mrBeams system, and [...]

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Living in New Hampshire has its benefits,  however, one annoyance is the frequent and sometimes prolonged power outages caused by trees falling on the power lines.  Some residents invest in automatic generators, but my approach was a manual backup generator, saving about 2/3 thirds the cost.  Using the  ReadyBright Power Outage Lighting System by mrBeams, I [...]

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chick-a-dee-smoke-detector

Smoke detectors aren't the most exciting gadgets to discuss or the most attractive to look at.  However, there are few things in your house that are more important.  Louise van der Veld, a Dutch designer, undertook a redesign of the smoke detector and won a design contest in her country.  She based her design on [...]

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belkin-wemo

Belkin is announcing the launch of a new line of WiFi switches that, when paired with an iOS app for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, allow you to control household devices from anywhere.  The WeMo Switch (left) allows you to turn on/off any connected lamp or appliance over WiFi or mobile Internet.  The app will also let you [...]

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temji-faucet-dials

Most bathroom tub and shower faucets don't have any settings indicators, so you never know for sure if you have the water temperature adjusted to your liking before getting in the shower.  These simple, yet ingenious Temji bands from Dreamfarm stretch to fit most any faucet.  Simply use trial-and-error one more time to find the [...]

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first-alert-recording-wireless-digital-security-system-1

There’s a busy cross-town street that passes close behind our house.  It doesn’t happen so much any more since cell phones are so common, but we used to often get people knocking on our door at all hours asking to use our phone because they were having car trouble.  We have a tiny peephole in [...]

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FakeTV Burglar Deterrent

faketv-burglar-deterrent

It's easy to find timers to turn on lamps to give your home a lived-in look while you're out of town.  If you're like me, lamps are only part of making my house look like I'm home.  My TV is on most nights, and normal lamps just can't mimic the bright, flickering look of a [...]

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CD Safe from Hedonics

hedonics-cd-case-safe

No, it's not a safe to store your CDs.  It's a safe for small valuables that looks like a stack of CDs in jewel box cases.   There's a velvet-lined, oval storage compartment inside that's 4.5" X 4.0" X 2.0".  It comes with stick-on labels for the spine.  Complete the look by putting a CD under [...]

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westek-homefinder-flashing-light

It can be hard to give someone precise directions to find your house.  If you're waiting for medical assistance, you want to be sure the responders don't have to waste time driving around trying to find you.   The Westek HomeFinder flashing light controller simply screws into your outdoor light fixture, and it can flash your [...]

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sound-protect-security-kit

You can now add retail-store type security to electronics in your home.  Simply attach the one end of the Sound Protect Security Kit alarm to your computer, game console, TV, or anything you want to protect and the other end under the table or desk ledge.  If anyone cuts the cable or breaks the connection by trying [...]

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If you visit dictionary.com and look up the word security, you'll find that the top 3 definitions are: 1. freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety. 2. freedom from care, anxiety, or doubt; well-founded confidence. 3. something that secures or makes safe; protection; defense. We all want to believe that the safest place is our home. [...]

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