GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013 - (Page 54-55)

toys ’n tech Terrific tech gadgets for the whole family Technology is at its best when it disappears into the background and just makes a product better. Here are four tech gadgets that are easy to operate and will bring enjoyment to grandparents, parents, and grandkids. Have a Happy Grandparents Day! And keep playing! Three ultra-cool computing devices in one Looking for a portable computer to watch movies, surf the web, do some work, and view photos of the grandkids? The decision normally comes down to going with a tablet or a lightweight notebook, but not anymore. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is an Ultrabook that instantly converts from a laptop to an 11inch tablet to a self-standing viewing device. The Yoga 11S is elegantly designed and a pleasure to use. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S, from $749.99 Full Review with demo video Enjoy big screen cinema indoors & out Now, you can turn a wall into a giant movie screen. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Projector is less than 5 pounds but can pump out a bright, beautiful 350” image on any flat surface. Simply plug in any video source, and you’re ready to go. Have the grandkids over for a backyard movie night! PowerLite Home Cinema 500 by Epson, $379 Full Review with demo video Laser-sharp logic game Often, technology it added to a toy to give it the “Wow Factor” but adds little to the toy’s playability. Luckily, that is not the case with Laser Maze from ThinkFun. Try to solve mazes and puzzles using lasers, various mirrors, and a good amount of brain power. Puzzle cards of all different levels make this a great game for kids and adults! Laser Maze from ThinkFun, $29.99 Full Review with demo video 54 GRAND september october 2013 Bye-bye Wi-Fi dead zones Wi-Fi is great technology . . . when it works. We all have dealt with the dreaded “dead zones,” those areas of the house where Wi-Fi doesn’t reach and you have no internet access. Now, you can rid your house of dead zones, affordably, with the D-Link DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender. Simply plug into an AC outlet, and it extends the range of your Wi-Fi signal. DAP-1320 Wireless Range Extender by D-Link, $39.99 Full Review with demo video Dan Nessel is Director of product reviews at Join DadDoes and receive real-world, brutally honest product reviews geared toward parents and grandparents. september october 2013 GRAND 55

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013

GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013
Congratulations 2013 GRANDparent of the Year Honorees!
Hooray for Grandparents, Ingenuity, and ICE!
GRAND Magazine Best of the Web Awards
Rockin’ the World
Leaving a Legacy
Don Miguel Ruiz: Our Sacred Agreement to Grandchildren
Keepsakes from the Heart
Do Kids Under 5 Get Too Much Screen Time?
Let the Learning Games Begin!
Falling into the Grandma Zone
A Special Grandmother
Ducky Butt, Not Tucky Butt!
GRAND Sponsor: ClearSounds Communications
Terrific Tech Gadgets for the Whole Family
The ABCs of Grandparenting: Who’s Teaching Whom?
Can Bribery Warm a Cold Shoulder?
Keep Your Marriage from Becoming a Casualty of Caregiving
Hidden Treasures

GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013