10 March 2016
Maybe you’ve always been intrigued by Segway personal vehicles but
balked at the $6,000-$8,000 price tag.
After all, you can get a pretty nice
motorcycle for that. So, what if you could
get more or less the same experience for
less than $300?
Sold under a variety of brand names
at a wide range of prices, we located the
Two Wheel Smart Self-Balancing Scooter
for $298 — including shipping — at
( www.technologypep.com). It appears to
be identical to the Out Top Two Wheels Self-Balancing
Mini Smart Electric Scooter Unicycle by HKCUBE, the
RioRand Two Wheels Smart Self-Balancing Scooters
Electric Drifting Board Personal Adult Transporter with
LED Light, and many others.
It looks kind of junky, but reviewers generally give it
four out of five stars, so who knows? Specs include a
maximum speed of 10-12 mph ( 15-20 km/h), aluminum
construction, up to a 12 mile ( 20 km) range, and a
charging time of 1-2 hr. If you don’t weigh more than 255
lb (120 kg), it can handle the load. A battery charger is
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Projector Brings Movie Night Home
Many of us have dusty memories of nights when
neighbors or family would drop
by with a slide projector, and
we’d turn off the lights and
chew stale Jiffy Pop while our
eyes glazed over to a never-ending procession of images:
Uncle Homer sitting on a
plastic elephant at Coney
Island; Aunt Beulah sticking her
tongue out in front of Ruby
Falls; or maybe cousin Orville
unwrapping a Mr. Potato Head
under the Christmas tree. By the
end of the evening, we were
either nodding off or slitting our own throats.
Now, you can bring back those days on a much less
repugnant level. With the Epson ( www.epson.com)
Home Cinema 640, you can enjoy your favorite TV
shows and movies, displaying images up to 300 inches.
Plus, with its digital HDMI port, you can view content
from a cable or satellite box, Blu-Ray® player, gaming
console, or streaming device.
The box offers four built-in special color modes
optimized to display the best possible quality and color
in your particular environment. Additionally, it offers built-in sound and vertical (automatic) and horizontal (manual)
image correction. The Home Cinema puts out 3,200
lumens of color brightness and 3,200 lumens of white
brightness. The unit lists for $359.99, which won’t even
buy you a 50 inch flat screen at Walmart. ▲
CIRCUITS and DEVICES
■ One of many cheap self-balancing scooters.
■ Epson’s Home Cinema 640, portable and brighter.