Local stores offer high tech options

2013-01-31T00:00:00Z 2013-02-12T21:25:48Z Local stores offer high tech optionsChristine Bryant Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Although many stores are preparing to display their spring merchandise, there’s still time to get your hands on winter gear that allows you to keep your favorite electronics nearby.

Touch screen gloves

The conductive fingertips allow the user to touch the screen on your iPad or phone without removing your glove, said Rica Hermosura of Fingerprint Communications. Hermosura works with Sears Brands, which has stores in Calumet City and Merrillville.

There are several brands of touch screen gloves, which flew off the shelves during the holidays.

“They were really popular this Christmas,” said Cheryl Ann Stout, a clothing and merchandise manager at Cabelas. “We have some left, but they are going fast.”

The gloves vary in price, depending on store, brand and features, but are generally running between $10 and $50 currently.

FYI: cabelas.com, sears.com

Head phone earmuffs

Macy’s currently has earmuffs with headphones in stock online, but availability varies at stores. So before heading out to the Macy’s in Merrillville, Calumet City or Orland Park, check with associates to make sure they are in stock.

Sears also carries earmuffs that are headsets, Hermosura said, and generally run between $13 and $30.

FYI: macys.com, sears.com

Snow emergency

Dropped your phone in the snow or rain? Getting your cell phone wet can be an unpleasant experience – especially if you don’t carry insurance on your phone.

Jeff Hinkle, an associate at Radio Shack in Munster, says not to worry.

“We have a wet cellular phone emergency kit here at this store in case you drop your phone in the snow or in a puddle,” he said. “It’s an easy kit where you open the top of a bag, place your phone in it, zip it up and let it sit for a time period.”

The kit retails for $9.97.

FYI: radioshack.com

Power source

Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to keep their cell phones and other electronics nearby can be worry-free when it comes to a drained battery.

Cabela’s sells a Powermonkey Explorer kit, which is a pocket-sized portable charging kit that comes with an assortment of tips and connectors to fit a variety of devices and phones.

First, charge the Powermonkey at your home before you leave. A fully charged Powermonkey will recharge mobile devices up to three times before it needs to be recharged itself – perfect for those spending the day on the slopes or camping.

The device can be used with phones, iPods, Sony PSP, Nintendo DSi and a variety of other electronics.

It retails for $99.99.

FYI: cabelas.com

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