Improve Your “Techno-etiquette” During Cell Phone Courtesy Month

We’ve all been there: enjoying a pleasant meal in a nice restaurant, when someone at the next table starts talking too loudly on a cell phone. Perhaps we’ve even been that other Bluetooth-Headsetperson a time or two.

In July 2002, business etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore created National Cell Phone Courtesy Month to encourage us all to be more respectful of our surroundings when using our phones. Whitmore created eight tips to help us improve our cell phone savvy:

1. Let your voicemail take your calls when you’re in meetings, courtrooms, restaurants or other busy areas. If you must speak to the caller, use the e-mail or text messaging feature or excuse yourself and find a secluded area.

2. Speak in your regular conversational tone and don’t display anger during a public call. Speaking loudly or showing emotion may distract those around you.

3. Use your vibrate function or turn off your phone in public places such as movie theaters, concerts, religious services, medical and dental offices, restaurants, etc.

4. If you are expecting a call that can’t be postponed, alert your companions ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in; the people you are with should take precedence over calls you want to make or receive.

5. Avoid interrupting meetings, social gatherings or personal conversations by answering your wireless phone, checking your voicemail, or texting someone. Discreetly excuse yourself if you must take a call.

6. Use discretion when discussing private matters or confidential information in front of others. You never know who is within hearing range.

7. When walking and talking on your wireless phone, be aware of your surroundings and remember to respect the rights of others.

8. Practice wireless responsibility while you’re driving. Place calls when your car is not moving. Don’t text or make or answer calls while in heavy traffic or in hazardous driving conditions. Use a Bluetooth headset type device whenever possible.

That last one goes without saying, of course, and many states have enacted legislation requiring motorists to make only hands-free calls. It’s always best to pull over before using your phone, but if you must keep driving, stay safe and comply with the law with The Superior Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset. This headset produces clear, crisp conversations on a train, in a car, or in other noisy settings, without static. Unlike other Bluetooth headsets that are uncomfortable, this superior model has an ergonomic design and three different sized silicone ear fittings that provide customizable comfort.

Ultimately, when you’re in the company of friends, associates, or clients, put down that phone and be in the moment. Don’t be a smartphone abuser, be a smart phone user!

VHS To DVD Converter

Those cherished home videos don’t need to collect dust on your shelf. The VHS movies you haven’t watched in years should be preserved for a lifetime of viewing. Now with The VHS To DVD Converter from Hammacher Schlemmer, old is new again!

VHS DVD Converter

This converter preserves your memories by transferring VHS recordings to DVDs with the touch of a button. Also a player, the VHS to DVD Converter is ideal for those who have a library of both DVD and VHS home videos. For viewing DVDs, the unit has 1080p upscaling through an HDMI output, maximizing video resolution and audio on an HDMI-compatible television using a single cable. A front DV input allows you to connect a camcorder directly to the device to transfer content directly to a DVD (includes a coaxial input as well as component and composite inputs). An onscreen display guides you through set up. Compatible with most DVD formats–not compatible with Blu-Ray or PAL-formatted media. The system allows MP3, JPEG, and WMA playback, and includes a universal remote control.

Free up some space on your entertainment center shelves, and don’t let those video tapes deteriorate for another day. Get The VHS to DVD Converter.

The VHS to DVD Converter

Cordless Digital Picture Converter

Protect your favorite photo memories by digitally converting them, with  The Cordless Digital Picture Converter from Hammacher Schlemmer.

Cordless Digital Picture ConverterThose old slides in the shoe box won’t last forever. Never mind that old projector in the closet, the one with the burned-out light bulb you’ve tried in vain to replace. With this picture converter, you get the highest resolution – 9 megapixels – of any model of its type. And it doesn’t need to be connected to a computer. In fact, you don’t even need to plug it into an electrical outlet.

Place your slides (35mm) and negatives (110 and 135)  into a tray that aligns each properly when inserted into the cordless didital picture converter. Just one touch captures the image in 3-5 seconds as a JPEG file that can be immediately previewed on the built-in 2 1/2″ TFT color display.

Viewing options are plenty. There is a built-in slot for an SD memory card on which to store your photos. Or, use the included USB cable to transfer pictures to a running PC. Plus, you can connect the Slide converter to a television and view your photos as you save them.

Its 9 MP CMOS sensor provides 3328 x 2216 resolution, automatic exposure control, and color balance, resulting in clear digital images without loss of quality. Its rechargeable battery provides up to 400 conversions from either USB (six hours) or AC (three hours) for untethered operation. Includes photo editing software that allows optional manipulation of converted digital photos.

Preserve your slides and negatives so they can be cherished forever, with The Cordless Digital Picture Converter from Hammacher Schlemmer.

The Cordless Digital Picture Converter

Press Release: The Mind Controlled Movie Director

New York, NY, September 18, 2012- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Mind Controlled Movie Director, a device that allows viewers to affect the outcome of a movie with their brainwaves.

Mind Controlled Movie Director

The headset uses electroencephalogram technology to detect the electric signals generated by the brain, and by concentrating, relaxing, or even blinking at crucial moments, viewers choose who lives and dies, whether the hero wins or loses, or how close an arrow comes to a bullseye.

The Mind Controlled Movie Director redefines interactive entertainment, allowing viewers to direct movies with verbal or non verbal emotive expressions ,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

As viewers master their mind control, they can change plotlines and select new endings in each of the four included movies from the horror, sports, and crime genres.

The Mind Controlled Movie Director comes with Mac and PC apps for two arcade games, a “meditation journal”, and a brainwave visualizer that interacts with each mood.

The Point and Click Dictionary

We’ve all been curtailed in the midst of a good read by a word with which we aren’t familiar. Rather than setting our book down and heading to the computer for reference, why not use The Point and Click Dictionary from Hammacher Schlemmer.

Point and Click DictionaryRecently featured by “The Innovation Insider” Steve Greenberg on WFAA News 8 in Dallas, this is the pocket-sized scanner that instantly looks up and displays word definitions. Eliminating the need to thumb through large books or type entries, the device slides easily over reading material, its integrated flip-up camera scans any word with the touch of a button, and definitions are instantaneously displayed on its screen. The scanner provides audible word pronunciations through its built-in speaker and the 2.4″ color LCD has a 320 x 240 resolution that clearly displays definitions, comprehensive etymologies, and related word forms. Smaller than a smart phone, the portable scanner provides 500,000 definitions from the Collins English Dictionary and offers translations to and from French, Italian, Spanish, and German using the award-winning Collins foreign language dictionaries. Users can navigate the device via the touchscreen or the included stylus, and it has an integrated MP3 player, voice recorder, and picture viewer.

Leave the bulky thesaurus and dictionary on the shelf, for the convenience of The Point and Click Dictionary.

Press Release: The Full Phrase Talking Translator

Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Full Phrase Talking Translator, a pocket-sized device that translates and articulates entire sentences, phrases, or single words that are typed on its keyboard.

Unlike typical models that only translate individual words, The Full Phrase Talking Translator provides instant translations to and from English for 210,000 common travel phrases and 1.8 million words in 30 different languages.

“The Full Phrase Talking Translator’s database contains three times more phrases and words than previous generations and allows users to type in entries instead of requiring them to select words to translate from a finite list,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

About the size of a smartphone, the device stores unobtrusively in a pocket and flips open to reveal a full QWERTY physical keyboard, integrated speakers, and 3″ backlit LCD, allowing travelers to quickly type entries, listen to pronunciations, and view translations in a preferred language.

The Full Phrase Talking Translator uses the New Oxford Dictionary and provides translations for 24 European languages, three Asian languages, Arabic, and Hindi (see full list). It maintains a history of searched terms for future reference and allows users to create a list of favorites for commonly used phrases.

The translator also converts eight currencies, displays the current time for 260 cities worldwide, and comes integrated with scientific and basic calculators, six games (like Sudoku), and a voice recorder.

Press Release: The Point And Click Dictionary

The Point And Click Dictionary eliminates the hassle of thumbing through bulky dictionaries or navigating a computer to define words while reading,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The scanner has a 2.4″ color LCD with 320 x 240 resolution that clearly displays definitions, comprehensive etymologies, and related word forms. It also provides audible word pronunciations through its built-in speaker.

Smaller than a smartphone, the portable scanner provides 500,000 definitions from the Collins English Dictionary and offers translations to and from French, Italian, Spanish, and German using the award-winning Collins foreign language dictionaries. Users can navigate the device via the touchscreen or the included stylus, it has an integrated MP3 player, voice recorder, and picture viewer, and it recharges in two hours.

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Our Fall catalog features The Natural Acoustics iPhone Amplifier on the cover (see below). This amplifier is completely passive and is designed in Milan, and crafted entirely of Tuscan ceramic. We actually had the opportunity to test the amplifier at headquarters and can confirm that setting the volume at 25% on your iPhone will result in music so loud your co-workers will promptly request that you turn it down. We can’t even imagine how glorious this would have sounded at 50% volume. Its form is as perfect as its function and would make a beautiful addition to any audiophile’s collection.

Also, included in this catalog are some great new products as well:

The Evaporative Misting Fan.

The Cordless Motion Activated Light