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Gadgets: something to make you crafty

10:32 AM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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Cricut Mini

The Cricut Mini Electronic Cutting Machine enables you to create things you never thought you could. Whether you'd like to make cards with a personal touch, beautify your home with crafted décor, celebrate holidays with custom banners and signs, or add polish to your scrapbook, the Cricut Mini machine can help.

The Cricut Mini machine allows you to design on a big screen with the free online Cricut Craft Room design software. With the Cricut Craft Room design software you can design with and cut all of the Cricut images you own.

Just select an image and drag and drop it on the virtual cutting mat. Then size, slant, rotate, weld, or flip the images to create the perfect project. When you're finished, connect your Cricut Mini machine to your computer with a USB cable so you can cut what you've designed.

You can cut images and fonts on cardstock, vinyl, vellum, fabric, chipboard, and even thin foil at sizes as small as ¼" and as large as 11 ½".

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Click And Grow

The Click & Grow is a smart flowerpot that grows your plants without watering and fertilizing. You just add batteries, fill the water tank and leave it alone. Everything else is taken care of by smart technology.

Pretty cool for indoor gardeners who just don't have a lot of time. Learn more at  

Clarion Next Gate

Clarion's Next Gate is a 7-inch WVGA touch display that mounts on your vehicle's windshield with a suction cup, much like a portable navigation device.

The Next Gate features a cable connection to the iPhone 4's or iPhone 4S' 30-pin dock connector for data and charging; meanwhile the Clarion unit itself is powered by a 12-volt power adapter.

The Next Gate also has a Bluetooth wireless connection for hands-free calling, a microSD slot, a built-in speaker and an auxiliary audio output for those who would rather use their car's speakers and a few blue LED buttons and and indicators.

This gadget acts as an iPhone controller giving drivers command over audio playback and hands-free calling via its much larger display and vehicle-optimized interface. Bluetooth integration will enable the driver to use the iPhone's voice activation and dialing functions. Additionally, Clarion has partnered with a selection of developers of apps that are optimized for in-vehicle use to enable capabilities such as "navigation, Internet radio, social networking, and voice control/text readout for select functions," according to the manufacturer.

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