Let Your Smart Phone Leave the Light on for You

As the taxi drives away, whisking one to the airport for much-needed R&R in warmer climes, who hasn’t had a nagging thought: “Did I turn off the TV? Is the timer for the light set?”

Those days are now a thing of the past, thanks to The Smartphone Light And Appliance Controller. This complete remote-controlled system includes a plug-in dimmer for a lamp, a wall dimmer for a ceiling fixture, a plug-in on/off switch for a single appliance such as a TV or stereo, and a base station that communicates with each through your home’s existing Wi-Fi network. An app downloaded to an iPhone or Android smartphone provides access to the base station for adjustiApp Controlled Power Outlet ng each device’s brightness and timer settings—ideal for implying one’s presence in the home while away.

Enthusiasm for home management via smartphone is growing as more apps are developed. Aside from turning the lights on and off, controller systems and the complementary apps enable the user to interface with the furnace and air conditioner to ensure comfort on arrival, while saving energy when no one is home. Some systems learn your habits over time and can be set to make the adjustments automatically.

One of the increasingly popular ways to control your home via smartphone uses Internet-connected door locks that eliminate the need to hide a spare key under the welcome mat. With one of these systems, you can monitor when your children return from school or open the door remotely for a repairman or cleaning service.

You can also use your smartphone to keep an eye that repairman once he’s in the house or to check on your pets during the day. Small, wireless cameras can be set unobtrusively on a shelf or bookcase to monitor your house over your phone. Some systems even let you pan, tilt, or zoom the camera remotely.

Appliance makers are now manufacturing refrigerators, ovens, and more with smart capabilities already included and many new homes are being built ready for remote automation, but for now, for most of us, the smartphone leads the way.

Hammacher Schlemmer Releases its Holiday Gift Guide

New York, NY, November 5, 2013  – Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s most distinguished retail catalog company, has issued its Holiday Gift Guide for 2013 to offer gift ideas from a selection of the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected.

Ideal for finding a gift for someone who has everything or professes to want nothing, Hammacher Schlemmer’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with an assortment of products that solve problems or are the only ones of their

printerkind. Selected by Hammacher Schlemmer’s gift consultants, the product assortment includes The Oilless Fryer, an appliance that cooks crisp, succulent fried food without any oil, The Wireless iPhone Photo Printer, a device that prints color photographs from an iPhone or Android-powered phone, and The 50′ Snowball Launcher, a toy blaster that makes and shoots softball-sized snowballs.

“The Holiday Gift Guide provides customers with a means for finding unconventional gifts—presents that are not easily found elsewhere,” said Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

For gadget lovers, the Holiday Gift Guide offers The iPhone Binoculars, field binoculars that display images at 8X magnification on the smartphone, and The Wireless Speaker Ear Warmers, a product that protects ears from the cold and delivers sound from a smartphone.

Practical problem-solving gifts include The World’s Smallest Automatic Umbrella that retracts to merely 8″-long for unobtrusive storage, The VHS To DVD Converter, and The One Year Smartphone Back Up Battery—a source of supplemental power that retains 97% of its power after one year of inactivity.

Whimsical gifts include The Mind Controlled UFO, a flying orb that is remotely controlled by one’s own brain waves, and The Full Bottle Wine glass, stemware that holds up to 750 ml and allows one to say, in all honesty, they’ve only had one glass.

As with all of Hammacher Schlemmer’s products, the items in the Holiday Gift Guide are backed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee, allowing gift-givers and recipients to exchange or return gifts at any time, for any reason.

About Hammacher Schlemmer

Hammacher Schlemmer is America’s longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, and backs its products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer’s innovative offerings are available through its catalog and online at www.hammacher.com .

Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Oilless Fryer.

New York, NY, September 17, 2013 – Continuing its 165-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Oilless Fryer, a kitchen appliance that cooks crisp, succulent fried food without any oil.

The-oilless-frierThe Oilless Fryer has an infrared heating element that heats to 400° F and its internal fan circulates the dry, hot air to cook golden-brown “fried” food.

“The Oilless Fryer creates the same texture and flavor of a deep fryer yet produces food with 80% less fat,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager, Fred Berns.

 

Press Release: The Verticular Watch

Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Verticular Watch.

New York, NY, December 11, 2012- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Verticular Watch, a timepiece that indicates the time by illuminating LEDs across four vertical columns.

The device has the look of an ordinary bracelet until the touch of a button causes its display to illuminate with an animated sequence of scrolling numbers across four columns, eventually settling on the digits for the current hour and minute.

The Verticular Watch’s four columns represent the place values for the tens and ones of the hour and minute, providing an unconventional yet easily decipherable way to keep time,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Mana

ger Fred Berns.

The time is expressed in the columns with numbers that ascend from 0 to 9, illuminate in a bright blue hue, and remain visible for 10 seconds before the watch reverts to its enigmatic appearance. Subsequent touches of the button on the case display the week, date, and year using the same pattern.

The Verticular Watch has a stainless steel body and wristband that are electroplated to produce a glossy black finish.

Press Release: Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces The Fashionista Christmas Tree

New York, NY, October 23, 2012- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Fashionista Christmas Tree, an artificial tree in the shape of a couturier’s dress form.

Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, The Fashionista Christmas Tree eschews the geometric lines of typical trees and is tailored to the shape of a three-dimensional mannequin, a form more common to department store windows and fashion designers’ studios.

The Fashionista Christmas Tree allows one to celebrate the holiday season in an elegant, fashionable manner, while still providing a way to display traditional Christmas decoration,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The dark-green needles wrap tightly around the high collar, along the torso and arms, and across the hoop skirt, evoking memories of traditional Christmas conifers while accentuating the curves of the dress form.

The Fashionista Christmas Tree is pre-strung with 150 LEDs that glimmer through the evergreen foliage from the shapely torso past the perfect size-four waist, and eight removable, iridescent globe ornaments cast a ruby-red hue while leaving room for personal holiday trimmings.

Topped with a matte-finish metal star, The Fashionista Christmas Tree has a 15″ hem that leaves ample clearance for gifts.

Press Release: Hammacher Schlemmer Releases its Holiday Gift Guide

New York, NY, November 5, 2012 – Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s most distinguished retail catalog company, has issued its Holiday Gift Guide for 2012 to offer gift ideas from a selection of the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected.

The perfect tool for finding the ideal gift for someone who has everything or professes to want nothing, Hammacher Schlemmer’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with a wide array of products that solve problems or are one-of-a-kind. Selected by Hammacher Schlemmer’s gift consultants, this year’s product assortment includes The Hand Reflexology Massager, a device that applies a gentle, soothing massage to relieve hand pain, The HD Video Recording Sunglasses, polarized sunglasses that record high-definition video from the wearer’s point of view, and The Indoor Flameless Marshmallow Roaster, a tabletop appliance that toasts marshmallows without the hassles of cooking over an open flame.

“The Holiday Gift Guide provides customers with a means to finding unconventional gifts that cannot be easily found anywhere else,” said Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

For gadget lovers, the Holiday Gift Guide offers The Direct To iPhone Scanner, a portable device that imports photographs to your iPhone and The Best Electric Wine Opener, rated The Best due to its perfect worm insertion and rapid, effortless cork removal.

Practical problem-solving gifts include The VHS to DVD Converter, a media player that transfers VHS tapes to DVDs at the touch of a button, and The Insulated Ear Warmer Headphones, an audio device that allows you to enjoy your music without exposing your ears to the cold.

Whimsical gifts include The iPhone Controlled Ball Dropping Bomber, a flying drone that releases its table tennis ball-sized ordnance from the command of a smartphone, and The Glow In The Dark Driver Ejecting Bumper Cars, remote controlled bumper cars that pit two players in a duel to literally unseat an opponent driver.

As with all of Hammacher Schlemmer’s products, the items included in the Holiday Gift Guide are backed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee, allowing gift-givers and recipients to exchange or return gifts at any time, for any reason.

About Hammacher Schlemmer

Hammacher Schlemmer is America’s longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, and backs its products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer’s innovative offerings are available through its catalog, online at www.hammacher.com, and at its landmark store on East 57th Street inNew York City.

Press Release: New Interactive Timeline Highlights Hammacher Schlemmer’s Rich 164 Year History

New York, NY, [Month] [Date], 2012 – Hammacher Schlemmer is renowned today for offering the latest gadgets and gizmos, yet most people are unaware of the company’s long and fascinating history. Founded when John Tyler was our nation’s president, the retailer has been in existence longer than 99% of companies in the United States, including such established brands as IBM, Coca-Cola, and General Electric. To share its remarkable journey with customers and fans, Hammacher Schlemmer recently launched a new Interactive History Timeline on its website that traces the company from its beginnings to the present.

Interactive History Timeline reinforces Hammacher Schlemmer’s reputation for Innovation

Accessible from the Hammacher Schlemmer website, at www.hammacher.com/History/, the timeline chronicles important dates throughout the company’s history starting with the birth of company namesake William Schlemmer in 1841.

“Hammacher Schlemmer has a one-of-a-kind history and our new timeline allows users to explore our company’s evolution in an innovative, educational, and fun way”, said Fred Berns, General Manager of Hammacher Schlemmer.

The timeline functions similarly to the touchscreen on a smartphone or tablet, using a computer mouse rather than a finger for navigation. As users move the slider along the horizontal axis, each year is displayed in a single column with information on up to five topics (Hammacher History, U.S. History, Extraordinary Items, Media, and Catalogs) making for easy exploration. With just a few clicks, the curious can discover that in 1931, the year the Empire State Building opened in New York, Hammacher Schlemmer introduced the first pop-up toaster, specially designed for the culinary innovation of the day—sliced bread, and offered a carving set featuring genuine stag handles.  

Embracing quality and innovation throughout its history 

The company that would one day become synonymous with innovation began in a much more mundane industry as a hardware store at 221 the Bowery in New York City. At a time when high-quality hardware was hard to come by, Hammacher Schlemmer’s focus on top-notch tools and equipment quickly gained it a reputation for offering some of the best tools sold in the city.

As the company grew, it became well known for embracing new technologies. In 1878, the store was listed among the initial 271 original subscribers to the New York City Bell Telephone directory and it was one of the first retailers to install electric lights and offer home-delivery parcel service by truck. By 1912, Hammacher Schlemmer’s illustrated catalog, the first of its kind, spanned 1,112 pages, confirming the company as the most complete hardware source on the East Coast.

Over the years, as customer needs evolved, so too has Hammacher Schlemmer. In the early 1900s, when pianos were becoming the favored parlor instrument, Hammacher began selling piano parts. In 1902, when there were only 600 “horseless” carriages in New York City, the company opened the first auto parts department. In 1926, Hammacher Schlemmer relocated to its present location on East 57th Street, occupying all 12 floors and offering household essentials, personal necessities, and the first electrical appliances.

By the 1930s, Hammacher Schlemmer had cemented its position as an innovator. Since then, Hammacher Schlemmer has led the way in introducing the public to new items for the home, including the first pop-up toaster (1930), the first microwave oven (1968), and the first integrated caller ID and answering machine (1994). Viewed by many as intriguing gadgets, Hammacher Schlemmer saw them as functional problem solvers. “At Hammacher Schlemmer, we have always believed that the unusual should be exceptional, and the exceptional should be the norm,” said Mr. Berns. “That is why we continue to provide the most innovative, highest-quality products available.”

Another secret to longevity—Customer Service

Hammacher Schlemmer continues to serve customers’ needs in ways that no one else does or can. Even the most unusual products share the common goal of meeting the special needs of customers, from The Elliptical Machine Office Desk to The Professional Microbrewery, just as a one-of-a-kind plumb bob did over a hundred years ago.

Hammacher Schlemmer’s dedication to offering The Best products available is evident in the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that researches, tests, and rates consumer products to determine which models are superior. Started in 1983, the Institute has completed more than 1,500 product evaluations, putting conducting rigorous tests in laboratory and home-use settings, in consultation with technicians, experts, and consumer panels.

From the beginning, Hammacher Schlemmer’s standard was functional quality plus exemplary service. This standard is still reflected today in Hammacher Schlemmer’s Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction. Unless you’re completely satisfied with your purchase, Hammacher will gladly take it back — unconditionally. “Striving to preserve the beliefs founded in 1848, we at Hammacher Schlemmer remain committed to the same level of service that, for 164 years, has led customers to return year after year,” said Mr. Berns.

About Hammacher Schlemmer

Hammacher Schlemmer is America’s longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, and backs its products with The Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee. Hammacher Schlemmer’s innovative offerings are available through its catalog, online at www.hammacher.com, and at its landmark store on East 57th Street in New York City.

Press Release: Introducing Lifelike Prelit Trees

New York, NY, October 14, 2012  – Continuing its 164-year tradition of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer has expanded its exclusive line of prelit Christmas trees. The lush trees are meticulous reproductions of live evergreens and are strung with the best lights available.

“They’re so realistic that your guests may be surprised your tree wasn’t freshly cut,” said Fred Berns, Hammacher Schlemmer’s general manager. “You’ll enjoy all the beauty of a live tree without worrying about fallen needles or watering.”

Only available from Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s longest running catalog, the trees painstakingly replicate the fullness, natural growth patterns and distinctive silhouettes of live conifers. Compared to typical trees, they have 40% more branch tips, uniquely crafted from three-dimensional injection-molded plastic. The inner branches and trunk are lined with broad fibers to further bolster the trees’ fullness.

The prestrung LEDs or incandescent lights mean no struggling with tangled wires. Patented technology ensures the warm glow will shine on, even if one bulb breaks or burns out, backed by the Hammacher Schlemmer Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction.

Eighty-one tree styles are available, including the traditional Fraser, Noble, and Douglas Firs. New this season are slim and full Scots Pines, ranging in height from 4.5’ to 8.5’, modeled on a live Pinus sylvestris. Hammacher Schlemmer also now offers hand-flocked spruces, with thick outer boughs and thin inner branches that simulate the appearance of a recent fluffy snowfall.

Shoppers can view the complete Christmas tree selection online and find their perfect tree by sorting the results by branch and bulb type, tree height and width, and price.

Press Release: The Wireless Smartphone Photo Printer

New York, NY, October 9, 2012- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Wireless Smartphone Photo Printer, a device that connects wirelessly to an iPhone or Android-powered smartphone and prints vibrant color photographs.

An iPhone running a free app transmits pictures over a home Wi-Fi network to the printer; in less than a minute and without ink cartridges, it prints 4″ x 6″ borderless photographs at 300 dpi resolution in up to 256 gradations and 16.7 million colors.

The Wireless Smartphone Photo Printer allows users to print photos taken with a smartphone from anywhere in their home, eliminating the hassle of connecting the phone to a printer,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The pictures are printed on patented paper embedded with yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals, producing rich, vibrant photographs that are waterproof and resist fingerprints, dust, and scratches.

The Wireless Smartphone Photo Printer includes paper cartridge for 10 prints and is compatible with all iPhone (including iPhone 5), iPad, and iPod Touch models running iOS 3 and up and Android-powered devices running OS 2 and up.

Press Release: The Memory Card To DVD Photo Converter

New York, NY, September 25, 2012- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Memory Card to DVD Photo Converter, a device that transfers images directly from a digital still or video camera to a blank DVD.

The Memory Card to DVD Photo Converter’s tray holds a blank DVD or CD and when a standard memory card is placed in the integrated port the device copies digital images from the memory card to the DVD in minutes with the touch of a button.

The Memory Card To DVD Photo Converter eliminates the hassle of connecting a camera or memory card to a computer just to transfer pictures to a DVD,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The device has burn speeds up to 8X for DVDs and 24X for CDs and if the picture data size exceeds the available disc space, The Memory Card to DVD Photo Converter automatically divides the pictures among multiple discs.

The Memory Card to DVD Photo Converter’s LCD shows the capacity, burn speed, and details about the connected memory card and disc inside the tray. The converter also transfers files between discs and USB devices or between a master and a blank disc, allowing you to quickly make copies of cherished photos.

Weighing only half a pound and as small as a slice of bread, The Memory Card to DVD Photo Converter stores conveniently inside a duffel bag or purse, enabling ease of transport.