I like this show on Discovery Channel called Pitchmen. It’s about the world of direct response advertising and the products you see in those infomercials on TV. It features the stories behind the products and the inventors and the people that sell them. If you haven’t watched it, it’s a very good show. Well, they recently started season 2 and they featured two awesome looking products. The first one is HexLight. It’s an arm-mounted flashlight powered by 5 LEDs. What’s nice about it is that you don’t have to hold a flashlight any more, which frees up your hands while working on things in dark areas. The light is very bright and points exactly where you have your arm. On the episode, Anthony Sullivan (now the only Pitchman on the show, rest in peace Billy Mays) was changing out the salt in his water softener in his dark basement using the light and he just loved it. Everyone on the episode loved it as well, and it was a huge hit. With great reason, it’s a totally smart idea. I’ve seen lights that go on your head before, but those are not as good because they usually don’t have as much light as the HexLight.

Cabela’s Outback Lodge Tent

If you’re a camper, you know how hard tents can be to set up. What with all the poles and stuff, it’s a nightmare! Well, Cabela’s has come along and solved this problem with their outback lodge tents. All you have to do is get the corners in place, raise the center pole and the four corner poles, then secure the guy lines. That’s all. Three steps and your ready to roll.

Emergency Radio/Light

This is pretty neat. It’s an emergency radio/light that is operated by crank. What’s nice about it is that it doesn’t require any external power source. It’s powered by turning the crank on the side of the unit. However, it also has a solar panel so if you’re outside, it can be powered by the sun. The radio in this particular model is AM/FM and it also has NOAA weatherband, which is fantastic if you’re outside and the weather turns bad. If you’re a camper or outside a lot, this is pretty much a necessity. I would also recommend having one in the house for emergency purposes.

Cool Touch Comfort Pad

This is a pretty neat product. It’s a cooling pad that you can put on your chair and it will cool you down. How does it work? Inside the cushion, there’s a bunch of solid crystals that turn into a gel when cooled. When you touch it, your body heat causes a chemical reaction inside the pad that makes it cold and cools you down. Sounds kind of odd, but trust me it works surprisingly well. My only complaint is that it’s a little heavy. But definitely check this out if you’re looking for a neat way to cool down while you’re outside or anywhere else for that matter. You’ll be surprised.

Universal Remotes

No, not those dinky little remotes you get from Wal-Mart or something, I’m talkin about a real man’s remote, like the one pictures to the left. Universal remotes are far from the old style type in your device code, these remotes are internet connected and are able to do just about anything. This in in particular has so many features. You can hook it into your computer via the USB port and configure everything about it, right down to the icons to represent your devices. Many universal remotes aren’t just limited to controlling your TV, DVD player, etc, but they can also be set up to control compatible lighting systems, ceiling fans, and more. So if you have a certain atmosphere you like to watch movies in, you can set up the remote to turn on the tv, turn on the Blu-ray player, turn on your surround receiver, change the input to Blu-ray, dim the lights, turn down the fan, and open the Blu-ray player’s tray so all you have to do is put the disc in and go. Pretty sweet, huh? Now if only we could set it up to control the wife. That would be perfect.