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Smart vanity mirror combines brains, beauty

The new vanity mirror from iHome.
The new vanity mirror from iHome. Handout

Every now and then, my wife reluctantly helps me by reviewing a product when I think it’s better geared to her lifestyle.

The latest gadget I had her put to test is an illuminated, fully adjustable vanity mirror, which includes a wireless audio system.

The iHome iCVBT2 vanity mirror ($79.99), described by the company as perfect for any beauty or grooming routine, was an instant hit on her side of the bathroom for her morning makeup session.

First, the 7-by-9-inch flat panel mirror worked well with LED lighting around the mirror, which can be used in high or low settings depending on the amount of light needed. She relayed to me that the mirror is distortion-free, bright and clear, just as a vanity mirror should be.

But it’s the extra features that bring the mirror to the technology world. With Bluetooth built in, users can connect a mobile device for music, weather, calls or audio. The base has a USB charging port to ensure your device is charged for the day.

There’s a row of buttons on the base to control volume, answering calls and give access to voice assistants Siri or Google Now. The built-in microphone is perfect for hands-free calls, ensuring your routine is completed on schedule.

An AC adapter is included along with a cleaning cloth.


Sports camera

The WASPcam 9907 4K durable sports camera ($329.99) is built to be ready for battle in dirt or water – just about any weather environment.

I don’t often need a reason to get out of the pool, and testing this camera kept me in the water for a few extra hours.

Features packed into the camera include six white balance settings, WiFi connects to the WASPcam app and time-lapse controls. It has a waterproof exterior, which can be taken down to 98 feet, and files are recorded on a microUSB memory card.

A 170-degree wide-angle lens with digital zoom gives users a great view. And everything can be reviewed on a 1.5-inch LCD screen.

The camera is powered by a rechargeable battery. There’s also a port for an easy connection to view on your television.


Phone rescue pouch

The reusable Absorbits wet phone rescue pouch ($9.99) provides a bit of hope to save a water-damaged smartphone or other small electronic device.

Using it is simple: After a device has been in water, towel dry it as much as possible. If possible, remove the battery and place it and the rest of the electronic gadget in the pouch. The recommendation is to keep everything in the pouch from six to 24 hours.

Keep in mind the pouch will remove the water but will not repair any water damage. As long as the device fits in the 7.5-by-4.5 inch pouch, it’s worth a try.

Available in blue, silver, purple and black, the pouches can also be used for storing and protecting a phone when water isn’t an issue.


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