Tags: hammacher schlemmer

04/25/10

  03:57:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 446 words  
Categories: Home, Safety & Security

The Better Peephole

Link: http://www.hammacher.com/Product/78129

I finally got a peephole, I don't know how or why I put off so long being without one...though it probably won't change my habit of not opening the door in the evening when I'm not expecting anyone, but it is a concern that I'm opening the door with no idea on who is on the other side.

But, being that I bought this home with no existing peephole...and being the gadget freak that I am, I wanted something fancy...

First there was the Door Scope, I had seen it in action at a few friends places...and it seemed to be the kind of thing I'd want. Except it requires a big hole and I'm not equipped to cut such a hole myself, and seemed a big investment to take on for a one time thing (hopefully).

Then I came across the Digital Door Viewer on some gadget blogs, which seemed to be exactly what I wanted to get. Except that nobody seemed to sell it, and I couldn't tell how as a consumer that I could get it from them directly.... It was also kind of pricey for something I wasn't totally sure about...and there were plenty of other gadgets that kept my discretionary funds tied up with.

Then more recently, in a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog...I spotted The Better Peephole....it was a more affordable approach to what I wanted. So, eventually, I pulled the trigger and got it. I picked it up yesterday from the UPS Store.

Wasn't sure when I'd get around to installing it....but the mood struck me this Sunday, since I didn't otherwise feel like doing anything else. So, after putting some juice into a battery pack for my drill (I had purchased a 9/16" bit on a reducing shaft to fit my 3/8" drill, some time ago in anticipation of this project). I tried to drill a hole.

Drilling through the steel of the door turned out harder than I expected...which is probably a good thing about the door. But, then once I got through, little white beads popped out....I guess somehow I thought the fill of the door was going to be something equally solid. Surprise. Guess insulating is more important....

And, finally I got it all installed. And, that's my next disappointment....the image quality is dismal. Though I guess its a standard peephole with a fixed digital camera butted up to it....having some kind of focus control would probably help.

Perhaps the Digital Door Viewer will be a future purchase, since it appears camera element that mounts through the front of the door and has a wire to the viewer on the other side....so it should get better image quality. Hmm...

01/02/09

  03:53:49 pm, by The Dreamer   , 482 words  
Categories: Home, Healthcare

Ecotones - Ambient Adaptive Sound Therapy System

Link: http://www.hammacher.com/publish/76034.asp

A little while ago, on one of the gadget blogs I follow, I heard about this product. It then appeared on a few others. I saw a listing for it on Amazon.com, but it wasn't actually available....so I put it on my wish list as something I would get in the future.

This is something I have toyed with getting for my bedroom...to help combat the noises that my neighbors make...though some of the noises they make are just rude, and being a bad neighbor, and I thought this was a no pets property....

And, from the description this sounded like it fit the bill. Later I saw that Hammacher Schlemmer was carrying it. So, I made a note to buy it...so that it would arrive shortly after my return from winter vacation.

It wasn't ordered in time to get it before Christmas...and the UPS tracking said it would arrive on December 30th. But, apparently while I was out getting the CPAP on December 29th...UPS showed up to try and deliver it. So, I waited at home to receive it on the 30th, as originally planned.

Now that I had it...I quickly discovered two (and then a third) problem with it. First, when you plug it in...it goes through a calibration process and emits a very loud tone. And, it does this every time it gets power. Meaning, hope the power never blinks in the middle of the night, or you'll get a rude awakening.

Kind of a problem since I got it to help deal with noise when trying to get to sleep...and stay asleep. But, now I have it on the PowerSource 400 I recently acquired.

Second was that the 12 choices of SoundStories...were the only sound options for it. There's no plain white noise or the like. I figured "Relaxing Fan" would be the one to go with. I have sometimes cranked my aircleaner to full blast to help mask condo noises. But, that level of noise is kind of bothersome....as well...and I prefer to leave it in automatic mode, and not have to remember switching it in and out, etc. Though the ecotones unit is more expensive than the aircleaner....

Later I discovered a 3rd problem...the "Relaxing Fan" SoundStory contains a chime element. Which I found disturbing...and eventually set out to find a different SoundStory.

Other, SoundStories are already not to my liking or contain other distracting elements...like birds chirping or cars honking, sirens.

Currently, I've settled on "Distant Thunderstorm" as my SoundStory. I didn't really want a water based theme, since normally I find the sound of water very worisome and distracting. Too many occasions, where I've heard the sound of water...and something bad is causing the sound. Now I hear something like the sound of water, and spend time wandering my condo checking if there's something wrong.

Plus a real Thunderstorm would usually wake me up at night.....

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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