-- This weekly roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products.
Gizmo zaps the sting
The Therapik is the ideal product for people who think technology can provide solutions to all problems, big or small. This particular product aims to reduce the discomfort one feels after being stung by a bee, bit by an ant or stung by a jellyfish.
When you place the device on the affected area, it releases infrared heat, which can help neutralize the venom and increase the blood flow to the area. The heat treatment, which usually takes 20 to 30 seconds, can reduce the pain, redness, swelling and itchiness that accompanies those annoying bites and stings.
The device can be used to treat stings and bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, black flies, ants, fleas, ticks, chiggers and jellyfish. It, however, is not intended for spider and snake bites. The battery-operated device costs about $13.
Headphones go soft
You can pamper your ears this winter with a quilted pair of headphones from Urbanears.
The special edition Quilted Plattan has a padded headband and comfy ear cushions wrapped in quilted stitching. Priced at $80, the collapsible headphones also include a tangle-resistant fabric cord, a 3.5 mm stereo plug and a sharing plug that lets a friend listen in.
Strap keeps iPad in place
If you need yet another accessory for the iPad, the Pad Strap can help you hang onto your iPad with just one hand.
Designed by CarpioLab, the Pad Strap for iPad has two leather pockets that fit over two corners of the iPad. A strap that runs diagonally across the back of the iPad connects the pockets. Once the pockets and strap are in place, you can use the strap to hold and maneuver the iPad with one hand.
The Pad Strap costs about $40.
Personal viewer goes 3D
When you put on Sony's HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer, you can step into a 3D "virtual theater" with surround-sound and what will appear to you like a 150-inch movie screen that's 12 feet away.
Designed to connect to your TV, the viewer can handle both 2D and 3D images. Two color panels display an independent picture in each eye, delivering a more natural 3D image with high definition (1,280 by 720 pixels.) quality. The viewer costs about $800.
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