Road Trip ReliefFor decades now, never-ending cries of...

HOT STUFF -- A roundup of new products and services

September 04, 1994|By Mike Gluck and Jana Sanchez-Klein TTC

Road Trip Relief

For decades now, never-ending cries of "Are we there yet?" and "He hit me first!" have caused some parents to at least consider trading their kids for eight gallons of premium unleaded.

It was for the public good, then, that the editors at Klutz Press put together "Kids Travel: A Backseat Survival Kit."

The kit contains a 100-page activity pad full of mazes, dot-to-dots and crossword puzzles. A vinyl pouch comes packed with felt pens, colored thread and other items that you hope won't get lost beneath the seat.

SG "Kids Travel" sells for $18.95 and is available at area bookstores. If the last time you saw Michelangelo's "David," you were overcome with a desire to dress him in the latest fashions, here's a item for you. This version of David, an 8-inch-tall refrigerator magnet, comes ready to dress with his own set of street clothes. Available separately are two sets of magnetic clothing -- athletic wear and --ing evening wear -- to spice up his wardrobe. David and his street clothes are yours for $20. Additional clothing sets are $14 each. Nouveau Contemporary Goods, 519 N. Charles St., 410-962-8248.

Fore! Sight

Sunglasses are good for many things. Looking cool. #i Protecting your eyes. Hiding a hangover.

And playing golf.

If you're the type of golfer who has trouble seeing whether your ball landed on the fairway, in the rough, or somewhere behind the clubhouse, Ray-Ban has just released a new line of sunglasses for you. The glasses are designed to help golfers "read greens, see fairway contours, follow balls in flight and maintain depth perception." The glasses use ACE (Amethyst Color Enhancement) technology, developed by Bausch & Lomb, improve color contrast on the fairways without affecting depth perception.

The glasses retail for $100-$175 and are available at on- and off-course pro shops. Call 1-800-4-Ray-Ban for more information.

Listen Up

If Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast were aired today, listeners who owned "smart" radios could press a button and see that the show was merely an entertainment program, not an emergency announcement.

"Smart" radio, officially known as the Radio Data System (RDS), can not only tell us when the Martians are coming, but which roads to avoid when they get here. A digital display screen on RDS receivers provides updates on traffic, weather and emergency situations. RDS receivers also let you search (electronically, of course) for one of 22 station formats, and can display station call letters on screen.

While the technology is still fairly new (fewer than half a dozen Baltimore-area stations are currently using RDS encoders), RDS home and car radios are available from selected audio stores in the Baltimore area.

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