Remote Buddy

Add a futuristic touch to your living room, if you think that will 1) make life easier or 2) impress your guests.

The Remote Buddy will make your living room look like the helm of the Enterprise. It has slots for four different remote controls plus a drink! There are also color-coded buttons that can be programmed to send a signal to lost remotes.

I have four remotes. Two are identical universal remotes that are supposed to be kept in separate rooms, but are often used for a game of "dueling channels." When one is misplaced, it actually makes life easier. Another is for the digital cable setup. We really don't need it, but it came with the cable box. The fourth is a remote that came with my new computer. It's the size of an iPod Shuffle, and would be completely lost in the Remote Buddy. It will never be used, because if I'm too far away to reach the computer, I'm too far away to see the computer! Now that I think of it, I have a few other remotes for the DVDs and VCRs, but they are stashed somewhere because the universal remotes do just fine.

Really, all you need for your entertainment system is one remote that works with everything. Having too many remotes is akin to hanging onto the huge stereo speakers you were so proud of back in the 70s, when great sound comes out of tiny little boxes now. But if you still want to fill your Remote Buddy, you can stick your Wiimote in there, and maybe your cell phone and iPod, although you should stick those in a recharging dock. Hey, THAT's what would make this gadget really useful -a recharging dock! But it would mean a wire running to it, or mounting it on the wall. At least the Remote Buddy has a drink holder. For only $59.98. The Remote Buddy will be available July 17th.

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How to Remove Dents From Your Car Without Doing Further Damage

Car dents aren't pretty, and DIY methods for getting rid of them can leave entirely new eyesores in their place. In The Know Innovation has spotted a tool that erases unsightly dents without damaging your vehicle's paint job—no trip to the auto body shop required.

The Sealey RE101 Air Suction Dent Puller is a tool that attaches to your vehicle. To use it, stick the suction cup over the dented area and and open the air valve on the handle to seal it tight. A few pumps of the slide hammer are enough to restore your car to its original, dent-free glory.

There are plenty of at-home remedies out there for minor car dents, some of which involve boiling water, hair dryers, and dry ice. While it's always best to get your car looked at by a professional after any type of accident, especially if the damage is covered by your insurance, a dent puller at least won't do any additional harm to your vehicle (or your hands).

You can order a Sealey Dent Puller of your own online for $166.

[h/t In The Know Innovation]

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The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.


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