A roundup of new products and services
Loud and Clear
The sun is shining. The flowers are in bloom. The birds are singing. The only problem is that you can't hear the birds from your lounge chair on the porch or from the kitchen table where you're having your morning coffee. For lovers of birds and their songs, County Line Limited has created the WingSong Colonial-style bird feeder, which features a patented wireless microphone-transmitter that allows one to hear the songs of every bird that comes to feed. The unobtrusive microphone-transmitter, which runs on four C-cell batteries, is attached to the roof of the feeder. It transmits the songs to a small speaker, which can be up to 100 feet away from the feeder. The WindSong bird feeder retails for about $100. Call (800) 692-2656 for the name of a convenient retailer or a catalog company.
Wee Talk's latest invention -- Hot Talk! Talking BBQ Spatula -- will definitely be a conversation piece at your next barbecue. By pushing the "chef" button on the spatula handle, you'll hear: "Mmmmm! Smells real juicy -- now we're cooking!" or "Well, hello, honey -- how about toasting your buns?" or "Hey, it's getting hot on here! Flip me, flip me!" The spatula, which operates on four 1.5 volt batteries, is available for $14.95 plus shipping by calling (800) 422-8810.
If the rainy days of spring don't stop you from getting out for a walk or a run, don't let them stop you from taking along your portable compact disc player or cassette player. Just cover them in Case Logic's water-resistant Sports Pack -- complete with its own rain hood. The durable nylon construction of the hood allows music fans to take their tunes with them in any weather. Both the CD model and the cassette model feature a thickly padded fanny-pack-type carrying case with adjustable belt, a hook-and-loop fastener to hold headphones when not in use, and zippered side pockets to hold keys and similar items. The Sports Pack CD player case is $24.95; the cassette player case is $19.95. To order, call (800) 447-4848.
Pub Date: 5/12/96