Early Holiday Picks

Fun, productivity, wellness and more…

By Richard Sherwin, Jennifer Auspitz, Joseph Babbitt and Susan Davis

A cool night’s sleep.

Let’s start with a Tanda mattress which is affordable, customizable and offers a comfortably cool sleep experience to help you sleep better. Its ATROS technology – Advanced Temperature Regulation for Optimum Sleep – slightly lowers your body temperature by pulling the cool air from the room and transferring it directly to the body to achieve optimum temperature for a restful sleep. Unlike some more expensive new tech mattresses, Tanda doesn’t require any electricity or computer aided technology, The Opti-Breeze foam and Tencel fibers, are really comfortable and cooling.

But, and this is a big but, if you use heated or very thick mattress pad the cooling effect is diminished.  But, and this is another big one, we think it’s worth a shot because Tanda offers a free 100 day trial, free returns and free shipping. tandasleep.com.

The collection also includes pillows incorporating the ATROS technology. The breathable foam fill is perfect for those who like hug-ability and responsiveness while minimizing heat retention so there’s always a cool side to the pillow. Tanda is available in twin, full, and queen, king and California king.  Prices start at $550.

The World’s First Smart Ukulele

Our team has had modest success a smart piano, a smart drum and now it’s time to enjoy a truly portable instrument, the Populele Ukelele.

Populele is targeted to kids of all ages. If you want to learn​ ​to​ ​play​ ​and you don’t have a​ ​ton of​ ​time,​ ​money​ ​or​ ​a​ ​private​ ​teacher, this might be the way to go.​ ​ 

“We started PopuBand with the conviction that music education can change lives. But private instruction is expensive and time consuming, and who has time to attend classes?  Self-study is fine, but not the best way for everyone. This is an easy, cost effective way to go” says Founder and CEO Bohan Zhang. 

The Populele ukulele is handcrafted with premium European maple and Italian Aquila strings. This smart ukulele sports an innovative fretboard learning system with 72 built-in LEDs that connect via Bluetooth to deliver an unparalleled gamified app experience featuring LEDs and sound-responsive technologies.


The Nextbook should be your Next Tablet or Hybrid PC

We’ve been using the E-Fun Nextbook line of Tablets and Hybrid Tablet PCs since its inception and they seem to get better, faster easier with more enhanced graphics with each edition. We like the Android version a little more than the Windows version because there are more apps than Microsoft offers. So the Nextbook Android Ares 11A or the Nextbook Windows Flexx 11A  enhanced tablet may be the one you’ve been looking for, especially with their under $200 price tags, less expensive  than any other comparable device.

With an 11.6-inch screen, 16:9 aspect ratios and 1366×768 resolutions (IPS), the Nextbook Ares 11A (Gen2) has  image quality to read, work, watch, stream or play. Weighing less than four pounds, the Nextbook Ares 11A (Gen2) is a sleek, lightweight tablet, making it the ideal companion to enjoy anywhere anytime.

What we found is that the Ares winds up with 200% more storage space than any Tablet or hybrid on the market. With a 2.0MP front and 2.0MP back camera, the Nextbook Ares 11A (Gen2) also features micro-HDMI input for connectivity to other devices. Only very minor drawback is that you need a real AC adapter to power the unit instead of the ubiquitous USB adapter in most tablets.

unGlue, the solution for digital addiction

Kids spend more than 6.5 hours per day on their many devices, and thatoveruse is the number one cause for family arguments and distrust. Historically, parents try brute-force solutions that focus on turning the internet off. unGlue is different. It encourages kids to manage their own time, to earn and save time instead of trying to hack their way out. Kids can earn time by doing chores or save their unused time in their Time Bank. unGlue tracks and limits kids’ time whether they are at home, at school, or at a friend’s house. And it works across ANY device: mobile, computers, tablets, game consoles, streamers, and Smart TVs.

Here is a Tips for Parents video that every parent should watch beforesetting up unGlue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqVg3RBilO0


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