Portable iPhone Charger Gives Batteries A Boost

When you want to charge a purchase, you pull out your wallet. Now, you can pull out your wallet to charge your smartphone, too.

Wallet Phone ChargerThis unique and stylish leather wallet includes a portable iPhone charger built right in. The 680 mAh rechargeable battery provides up to two hours of additional talk time and is integrated into one panel of the billfold. The buttery-soft calfskin wallet has six interior slots that hold up to nine cards, a full-length bill compartment, and a snap fastener. The portable iPhone charger can be powered again in 30 minutes via the included micro-USB adapter.

Don’t be caught without power when you need it most. This wallet is ideal to have in your back pocket anywhere in the world and helps provide peace of mind when you’re on the road. Available with your choice of a portable iPhone charger or a portable Android charger.

This wallet is not the only unique device we have to charge your phone. If you’re looking to go green, our Rapid Solar iPhone Charger can recharge an iPhone from zero to full capacity 2.8 times, using only the energy of the sun. It comes with seven adapters for powering virtually any smartphone, e-reader, camera, or an iPad. And with only 12 hours of full sunlight, it’s ready to go again.

Happy 175th, Mr. Hammacher.

1839_HS_HistoryTomorrow marks the 175th birthday of the man who lent his name to our company almost 150 years ago. On February 16, 1839 Albert Hammacher was born in Leichlingen, a farming community in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. As the story goes, in 1859 Mr. Hammacher was introduced to Charles Tollner, owner of a thriving New York City hardware store, by one of its employees and a fellow countryman, William Schlemmer. Mr. Hammacher was prevailed upon to invest $5,000 in the business, which was apparently enough to warrant the company to rename itself C. Tollner and A. Hammacher. (How the 20-year-old came into such a large sum—almost $150,000 in today’s money—remains a mystery.)

Two years later, Mr. Tollner left the business, prompting another name change, to A. Hammacher, and it remained so until 1867. That year Mr. Schlemmer and several others were admitted as partners, resulting in the addition of “& Co.” By 1883, Mr. Schlemmer had acquired a majority of the business and the company’s name became the familiar-and-fun-to-pronounce moniker we are known by today, Hammacher Schlemmer & Co. From all indications, although he was listed as a vice president, Mr. Hammacher, who also owned a hardware business in Germany, did not take an active role in the company’s day-to-day operations. In 1899, he left the business and was replaced by William Schlemmer’s son, William F. Schlemmer. Mr. Hammacher eventually returned to Germany where he lived his final days, passing away on January 12, 1912. But his name, like the company, endures.

Show Your Heart Some Love and Keep Blood Pressure in Check

Ah, Valentine’s Day…when a young man’s fancy turns to love. Among those of us who are more mature, however, matters of the heart often involve a visit to a cardiologist.

Much is known today about the relationship between high blood pressure and risk factors for heart disease. Only a doctor should diagnose hypertension, but the patient can track his or her own blood pressure levels by using a home blood pressure monitor.

The best blood pressure monitorbest-blood-pressure-monitor we’ve found for home use earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it was the most accurate and was one of the easiest to operate in comparison tests. The monitors’ systolic and diastolic readings were compared to those taken by a cardiology nurse, and The Best model displayed a 94% accuracy rate—the highest of any blood pressure monitor. It automatically illuminates when the device is held at heart level—the ideal position for accurate readings. Panelists lauded The Best model’s automatic inflating cuff because it “felt nice around the wrist and was easy to put on.”

Exercise is also key to keeping blood pressure in check. Many folks are better able to stick to their exercise goals when varying their routines to avoid boredom. Try walking a few days a week and biking another day or two. Having your own equipment at home to exercise indoors during bad weather, at night, or whenever the mood strikes also increases your chance for success.

The Virtual Reality Treadmill keeps your routine interesting by adjusting its incline to simulate the terrain you’re watching on a television. The included video player transmits first-person, high-definition video of trails, hills, and city streets in the majestic landscapes of northern Italy and the southwestern United States to your TV.

Some find space is at a premium when equipping a home gym. The Foldaway Recumbent Exercise Bicycle folds in seconds to half its set-up size for unobtrusive storage under a bed or in a closet. This recumbent model encourages users to sit upright and pedal with correct spinal posture. The bicycle has an LCD for simple navigation of workout menus, displaying your heart rate, exercise time, speed, calories burned and distance traveled, and the bicycle’s resistance adjusts at the turn of a knob.

If you haven’t been active, increasing your exercise level can help lower your blood pressure in a matter of a few weeks. Set your goal, stick with it, and track your progress with your blood pressure monitor.

Unique Gifts for Him Make for a Memorable Valentine’s Day

Shop for a Valentine’s Day gift for a woman and find a world of choice. Shopping for
unique gifts for him presents more challenge. A gift for him is something he wants more than needs. Something that makes a statement. Something he wouldn’t necessarily buy for himself.

A great choice would be an item that makes his phone or tablet even more useful, such as The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker. This portable speaker was deemed The Best by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it provides the highest quality sound in every genre of music. Institute analysts found the long-range speaker maintained the connection and clear sound 228′ away, unlike lesser units that dropped the connection only 30′ from the source.night-vision-camera-watch

Perhaps the man in your life is a gadget lover who harbors a secret fantasy to be James Bond. Unique gifts for him could include those that take pictures and records video even in total darkness such as The Night Vision Camera Watch. Pictures (JPEGs) and videos (AVI) are stored on its built-in 8 GB flash memory and downloaded to a computer simply using a USB cable.

The aspiring mixologist may appreciate The Best Blender. This blender earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because of its effectiveness and the speed with which it crushed ice and blended fruit and vegetables. The Best Blender outperformed other models that cost many times more, thanks to six blades (the most of any blender) positioned at the bottom, middle, and top of the pitcher.

And if your guy is counting the days till he can get back on the golf course, he can keep his putting skills up to par with The Handcrafted Adjustable Putting Green. This 10-foot long furniture-quality indoor putting green lets golfers adjust the break to help improve their short game. The solid hardwood base can be angled with a twist of a knob to allow golfers to practice left- or right-handed breaks.

After all, ladies, isn’t your guy one-of-a-kind? Hammacher Schlemmer has unique gifts for him that say you think so, on Valentine’s Day, and everyday.

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.

Beatles U.S. Invasion Like Nothing Before

1962_Extraordinary2On this day in 1964, Pan Am flight 101 from London, whose passengers included an up-and-coming band from Liverpool, touched down at New York’s JFK Airport at 1:20 p.m.  The Beatles arrival in the U.S. 50 years ago created pandemonium the likes of which had never been seen and ignited a musical revolution that came to be known as “The British Invasion”. Though we cannot say for certain whether John, George, Paul, or Ringo paid a visit to our Manhattan store during this trip, somehow the Boys learned of our “Nothing Box”—a small box with two rows of lights on its side that did nothing but flash in a random sequence until its battery ran out. (It was subsequently rechristened “The Something Box” to avoid confusion with a similarly named product.) This must have appealed to the Fab Four’s well-known dry sense of humor, because they purchased hundreds of Hammacher Schlemmer’s Nothing Boxes as gifts.

One generation removed, the 60’s-era Nothing Box bears scant resemblance to its modern descendent The Illumicube. IllumicubeThis clear acrylic cube has an array of 64 multi-colored LEDs that systematically flash in millions of different combinations, producing a mesmerizing light show. Many of our customers tell us they also use it as a nightlight. For those who prefer a multi-media experience, we recommend The Musical iPhone Illumisphere. Paired wirelessly to a smartphone, this geodesic dome plays music through its integrated speakers while multi-colored LEDs create a psychedelic light show in synch with your audio tracks. Sgt. Pepper’s anyone?

Roomba 880 Continues Revolutionizing Robotic Cleaning

Since the Roomba vacuum was launched in 2002, the iconic robotic vacuum has repeatedly revolutionized autonomous vacuuming. Their latest model, the Roomba 880, is no exception.

The Roomba 880 is the first to forgo Roomba-880typical vacuum brushes, instead relying on two rubber rollers that rotate in opposite directions to increase suction and remove 50% more dirt than previous generations. The rollers will not get tangled in rug tassels and are virtually maintenance free, unlike traditional brushes.

Made by iRobot, developers of tactical reconnaissance robots for the U.S. military, Roomba has added sophisticated technology over the years that enables the robot to analyze the dimensions of a room, determine the optimal cleaning path, and navigate around furniture and stairs.

The Roomba 880 has integrated optical sensors that detect dirty areas and acoustic sensors that determine when the vacuum is working harder, prompting Roomba to concentrate on these areas. Not only does Roomba require less work to operate than traditional upright vacuums—it’s also smarter. And with improved battery technology, this Roomba runs through twice as many cleaning cycles before the rechargeable battery needs replacing.

For over a decade, Roomba has proven to be the most advanced autonomous vacuum on the market. But iRobot is not a company that rests on its laurels. As the new Roomba 880 demonstrates, they continue to drive innovation in their industry and promise to lead their field for years to come.

Snoring Solutions Help Provide Good Night’s Sleep for Two

Snoring SolutionsStudies have shown that 30-40% of people snore. After age 60, this percentage increases to 60%. Informal polls show that 94% of spouses are bothered by the noise. We suspect the other 6% work nights. Hammacher Schlemmer offers innovative and unique snoring solutions that can help.

To avoid a snoring-related phenomenon—lightly bruised ribs from the snorer’s bed partner employing a firmly placed elbow in an attempt to stop the racket—we recommend a snore-reducing pillow.

Our Snore-Activated Nudging Pillow detects snoring and “nudges” a sleeper into shifting positions without the need for spousal intervention. The pillow’s integrated microphone picks up the sonic vibrations of snoring, automatically inflating an internal air bladder that increases this snoring aid pillow’s depth by 3″—just enough movement to roust a sleeper into moving head or body position. The contoured shape provides optimal head positioning for ameliorating snoring and cradles the head for blissful sleep.

Other snoring solutions that act to aid the affected spouse provide soothing background noise, masking the sound of the snore. You can design your own tranquil acoustic environment with sounds such as rain, surf, a running stream, wind, or white noise. Our exclusive Authentic Sound Oasis Machine uses the latest digital technology to create aural atmospheres from sound recorded at the source, far superior to other white noise machines’ computer-generated facsimiles.

If the snorer’s spouse prefers to listen to music or audio books in bed while their partner saws logs, The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones reduce ambient noise so the wearer can enjoy crisp acoustics without the distracting sounds. These headphones are also useful in the office or on an airplane.

A Token of History

If you bought or received a gift card last Christmas, you’re in good company. While the appeal of gift cards shows no sign of abating—they’ve been the most popular gift for seven years running—it brings to mind a troubled time in U.S. history when retailers experimented with another alternate currency.Hammacher-Money-Front Hammacher-Money-Back

At the height of the Civil War, the hoarding of gold and silver made coins so scarce that most merchants were unable to provide change to their customers. In response, in 1862 private businesses began to mint their own coins that patrons could exchange for store credit, much like gift cards are used today. Millions of these coins, known as “rebellion tokens”, were minted in hundreds of different designs, often featuring a patriotic message or an image of the proprietor.

Typical of Hammacher Schlemmer’s understated philosophy, our copper tokens were stamped with only our name and address and the word “Hardware” on the obverse; the reverse featured the words “not one cent” and the die striker’s name, Louis Roloff, within a closed circle of laurel branches.

Production of tokens ceased in June of 1864 when Congress passed the law that made the minting of non-government issued coins a federal crime. However, it is not illegal to own the tokens. It is estimated that about a million tokens survived of the 25 million produced, and a rare example in good condition can easily fetch hundreds of dollars from an avid exonumist.

Woo and Wow Your Valentine with Unique Gifts for Her

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so it’s time to consider some unique gifts for her. Candy is dandy while it lasts; why not surprise your Sweetie with the unexpected gift that she’ll love all year long.Unique-Gifts-for-Her

Among our favorite gifts for women are those that will help her get more out of today’s technology. The iPhone 5/5S Polycarbonate Wallet has an impact-resisting hard shell that protects her phone, and also provides storage for money, credit cards and an ID, and also features an integrated mirror. It comes in your choice of several bold colors that complement her style, too.

The woman in your life likely has photo albums or perhaps shoeboxes filled with prints of the kids, family, and favorite vacation spots…photos that may rarely get looked at anymore. The Desktop Photograph To Digital Picture Converter takes prints, slides, and even negatives and turns them into quality 3,200 dpi resolution images. Faster and easier to use than a conventional scanner, the touch of a button records an image as a JPEG and stores it on an SD card.

For a unique gift for the woman who enjoys a little luxury (and what woman doesn’t?), The Lady’s Washable Cashmere Robe offers the warmth of wool without roughness or scratching. Hand-combed from the fine, downy undercoat of Inner Mongolia’s indigenous Kashmir goats, cashmere fibers are renowned for being the softest in the world. Yes, these durable fibers withstand machine washing, or can be dry-cleaned.

If she’s a traditionalist, i.e. a chocolate lover, treat her like a queen with The Royal Warrant Chocolate Gift Box. This collection of gourmet sweets comes from the Prestat Chocolate Company, a 35-year holder of the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen. Because the royal family bestows the Royal Warrant of Appointment only on suppliers whose goods it uses personally, epicureans consider it a mark of the highest quality.