Changing Channels: Dry-All smart-phone drying kit, ThinkEco modlet, BodyFit Yoga mat and more

Dry-All smart phone drying kit

LAS VEGAS — In general, electronic devices and water don’t mix, and smart phones are no exception. One bit of water is enough to lose important contacts, files and apps. Dry-All recently unveiled a kit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that allows users to dry a wet phone in as little as six hours using a special “blue bead” technology originally developed to protect sensitive military equipment from moisture. The suggested retail price is $59.99.

Contact: (888) 379-2551,

ThinkEco modlet

NEW YORK — ­Much of the focus on alternative energy and clean technology in recent years has focused on such big-ticket items as windmills, solar panels and high-speed trains. But now consumers can save energy in their own homes with the ThinkEco “modlet,” short for “modern outlet.” The outlet saves energy by cutting power to plugged-in devices when they’re not needed and turning them back on based on historical usage patterns. A wireless connection and Web-based interface allow users to monitor and regulate their power usage. The suggested retail price is $50.


BodyFit Yoga mats
FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Venture Products supplies a line of yoga mats designed to provide stable and nonslip support for yoga, while also protecting against the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew. The mats, which are available in a number of colors with silk-screened designs, use a technology called Microban to prevent growth of microbes, which can cause odors and stains to develop. The suggested retail price is $14.99 for the 3-mm. mats, and $19.99 for the 6-mm. mats.


Bruttles soft peanut butter brittle

SPOKANE, Wash. — Bruttles Gourmet Candy Co. is taking its 60-year-old recipe for soft peanut butter brittle nationwide. Owner Carol Measel inherited the recipe from her aunt, and each batch is still hand-pulled on the marble slab she purchased from the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wash. Other candies include peanut brittle, cashew brittle, caramels, caramallows, bark and butter toffee. The peanut butter brittle comes in packages of 8 oz. to 2 lbs., ranging in price from $6.50 to $22.95.

Contact: Carol Measel, (888) 4-Bruttles,

SilverSport fitness products

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers player and Hall of Famer Franco Harris and business partner Thomas Davis have launched a line of fitness products designed to fight odor-causing bacteria. The SilverSport line of products includes a sports towel, workout mat, roller-shaper and prenatal workout kit. The line is made with Terra Silver technology, which uses tiny silver particles to eliminate more than 650 types of surface-borne, odor-causing bacteria. The products range in price from $19.99 to $34.99 for the towel, $39.99 for the roller-shaper and $49.99 for the mat and prenatal workout kit. 


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