When it comes to camping, there are those who prefer to rough it, backpacking all their gear in and out of remote locations, and those who want to take creature comforts along, perhaps with an RV equipped with satellite TV, wi-fi, and a full bathroom.
Both types of campers have one thing in common—a desire to get away from the urban environment to enjoy nature’s unique gifts of fresh air and starry skies.
Autumn’s arrival signals the perfect time for a camping excursion. The cooler days and nights make for a more pleasant experience. But you may find that when it comes to mosquitos, they didn’t get the memo that summer’s over. To that end, we have a couple of suggestions to keep mozzies from spoiling an otherwise-memorable campout.
The Solar Powered Bug Zapper eliminates insects without requiring proximity to a power outlet. Six UV bulbs turn on automatically at dusk (and turn off at dawn) and lure mosquitoes, flies, and other insects to eliminate them instantly within a 1/2-acre radius. This chemical-free bug protection provides up to eight hours of operation from an eight-hour solar charge.
Doing some hiking? Take insect-repelling technology right along with you with The 120 Hour Personal Mosquito Repeller. About the size of a smartphone, this device clips unobtrusively to a belt and repels mosquitoes within a 7 1/2′ radius. It uses geraniol, a plant-derived essential oil that eliminates the need to apply chemical-based sprays.
Now that your campsite is free of annoying insects, don’t forget a unique gift for roasting marshmallows and wienies over an open fire. The Campfire Roasting Rod is a patented device that enables campers to roast hot dogs and toast marshmallows from a safe distance as if fishing. Gently jigging the pole upwards—just like setting the hook while fishing—flips the roasting spits over for even cooking.
So whether you’re a novice camper or an experienced bivouacker, plan some time before winter’s winds howl to enjoy the unique gifts of the great outdoors.
Today is a great day to catch a breeze…it’s National Ride the Wind Day!
On this day in 1977, the Gossamer Condor 2 flew the first human-powered flight, travelling a distance of 2,172 meters around a figure-eight course to win the Kremer prize. Ride the Wind Day celebrates Paul MacCready’s aircraft, which can be seen today on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Celebrate another first flight with The Kitty Hawk Kite. This kite replicates the unique canard biplane design of the original Wright Flyer from 1903, faithfully depicting the famous airplane’s airframe. The 1/12-scale wings produce a 46″ wingspan that generates lift in ideal winds of 8 – 18 mph.
An entirely different kite flying experience comes with The Motorized Stunt Kite. Using a remote-controlled gimbaled propeller, this kite can execute a variety of aerial maneuvers. With no tether, it is wirelessly controlled from up to 500′ away by a radio transmitter to execute nimble, multi-directional climbs and loops. It’s an ideal unique gift for any flight enthusiast!
If you’re itching to take to the wind and fly yourself, you may be able to achieve your dream with our Flying Hovercraft. This is the hovercraft that glides over land and water, yet also soars in the air up to 70 mph with the aid of integrated wings. Its low center of gravity and composite fiberglass/PVC hull enable it to operate in winds up to 25 mph and waves up to 6′ when in flight.
Finally, for excitement at the lake, this inflatable watercraft converts from a windsurfer to a sailboat. The integrated boom provides deft steering of the sail by hand when used as a windsurfer, catching the wind easily while you keep a sturdy foothold on the hull. Convert it to a sailboat to transporting a captain and first mate over the water up to 10 mph. Perhaps best of all, it stows in less than 10 minutes and fits into a rolling storage bag that easily fits into a car trunk or boat.
Scooba is the lesser-known little brother of Roomba, the iconic robotic vacuum that has autonomously navigated through millions of homes since 2002. Scooba 450 is the latest version of the robot that sweeps, pre-soaks, scrubs, and squeegees hard-surface floors, yet performs these chores more effectively than previous generations.
Made by iRobot, developers of tactical reconnaissance robots for the U.S. military, Scooba 450 automatically moves methodically through a home, sweeping up loose dirt and then emitting a cleaning solution while a rotary brush gently scrubs at over 600 rpm. This advanced cleaning process eliminates up to 99.3% of common household bacteria like E. Coli and Staphylococcus from tile, stone, linoleum and sealed hardwood floors.
Scooba 450 has a more powerful rechargeable battery than previous generations, allowing it to clean up to 300′ sq. on a full tank of clean water and cleaning solution. Its compact design allows Scooba 450 to reach under cabinets, integrated sensors enable it to circumvent furniture, carpet, and stairs, and the included virtual wall projects infrared beams that confine the floor washer to one room.
For nearly a decade, Scooba has proven to be the most advanced floor-scrubbing robot on the market. But iRobot is not a company that rests on its laurels. Instead, they drive innovation in and promise to lead their field for many years to come.