The Oregon Scientific Weather@Home -- model BAR218HG -- is one of those gadgets you don't think you need until you need it.
With the weather station, you no longer have to troll TV stations, websites or apps to get weather reports. Instead, you can become your own household's weather forecaster with the Bluetooth-enabled weather station you keep inside, paired with a temperature and humidity sensor you keep outside.
The sensor is powered by a single AA battery (not included) to take readings and send them to the weather station wirelessly. Then, with Bluetooth, you can read the results on your smartphone with the device's free app (Android and iOS), up to 55 yards away.
Temperatures are also taken inside along with daily highs and lows, humidity and forecasts.
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I compared the weather station to my local news weatherman and they were both right-on with predictions of temperatures over 100 with a slight chance of an afternoon storm. While it doesn't take much of a prediction with that forecast, they were both accurate as the week went on.
The Weather@Home is powered by 3 AA batteries (not included) and has other alerts for storm warnings, wind, frost, fog, the percentage of moon phase and an auto setting clock. www.OregonScientific.com/us $53.64
When shopping for a Bluetooth headset, the number of choices make you wonder if there's a difference. I can tell you firsthand there is.
Cosmetics are important to many. Sound and battery life are the most important features to me. Having a great looking device without being able to hear your caller is useless.
The Voyager Edge from Plantronics has all the features you need in a Bluetooth (4.0) device along with NFC pairing with NFC enabled devices.
When I put the headset on, my phone instantly detected it. Your voice command of "ignore or answer" will tell the device what to do next.
An extra battery will give you up to 10 more hours of talk time on top of the headset's battery for 6 hours.
A USB cable is included to give them both a charge. $129 available in black, white or grayplantronics.com
Gregg Ellman, gadget guru, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter:@greggellman.