Cool Tools: July 2007

July 1, 2007

Stay Charged

Make sure a dead car battery never leaves you stranded on the road. With the Simple

Start Vehicle Battery Booster, you can jump-start your engine from inside your car—without jumper cables. Plug the battery booster directly into your vehicle’s 12-volt accessory outlet, and it’ll recharge your battery within minutes. The booster fits in your glove compartment for easy storage. $59.99. Black & Decker, Towson, Md.; 800/544-6986;

Extend Your Reach

Snap those hard-to-reach property photos with the help of a handheld extendable

tripod. The Quik Pod, which mounts to your camera or camcorder, extends your photographic reach by about 18 inches. A built-in mirror helps you frame your shot. The attachment weighs less than 3.5 ounces and can be downsized to 7.5 inches for easy transport. The Quik Pod Pro Plus adds legs to the extendable tripod to transform it into a mini tabletop tripod. Starting at $24.95. Fromm Works Inc., Toronto and Hong Kong; 800/567-0878;

Let Prospects Explore

Show off architectural details and special features in a home by building an inter

active floor plan. Just upload maps, photos, and floor plans to the MapsAlive Web site. Then insert an arrow as a marker on the floor plan to indicate where you’d like photos of the interior, along with accompanying text descriptions, to pop up when prospects scroll over the arrows. Embed tours into your Web page or access them via their own stand-alone Web site. Tours can be purchased in packages starting at $19.99 for three months. AvantLogic Corp., Waitsfield, Vt.; 802/583-1017;

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