It also includes a suction cup mount that can be attached to the windshield of any tow vehicle to hold the monitor. The rear camera has wide viewing angles, infrared LED illumination for low light performance, a built-in microphone, and mirror/normal image orientation. A transmitter sends images wirelessly to the monitor/receiver.
The system is designed to improve visibility when a driver is backing up, merging into traffic or changing lanes. For information, contact ASA Electronics, 53200 Marine Drive, Elkhart IN 46514. Phone (800) 688-3135 or visit www.asaelectronics.com.
SquidSoap Teaches Hand Washing
SquidSoap by Airborne is a new soap dispenser that encourages children to wash their hands thoroughly. As a child pushes down on the SquidSoap pump, a small red ink mark is put on the child’s hand. The ink washes off, but it takes 15 to 20 seconds of scrubbing, which is the amount of time experts recommend you wash your hands.
The manufacturer says the device makes hand washing into a fun game for children. And the soap dispenser is packaged with a detachable squid toy for children to play with. The product was introduced this year and is being stocked by major retailers. It is priced at $3.99 for an 8.4-ounce bottle. For more information, visit www.squidsoap.com.
Trac Bar Aids Kodiak Handling
SuperSteer, a division of Henderson’s Line-Up in Grants Pass, Oregon, has introduced a new rear Trac Bar for the GM Kodiak C4500 and C5500 chassis to improve handling and prevent that swaying motion that can occur when the steering wheel is turned suddenly.
The SuperSteer Trac Bar attaches at one end to the chassis and at the other to the rear axle housing. The Trac Bar is made of heavy-gauge steel and powder coated. It can be bolted on using existing mounting points so there are no holes to drill.
For information, contact SuperSteer, 458 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass, OR 97527. Phone (888) 898-3281 or visit www.supersteersuperstop.com.
Quik Pod Is New Travel Gadget
The Quik Pod is a handheld, extendable tripod that enables a person taking photographs or making a video to include himself in the shot. With the Quik Pod, couples and families on vacation can get everyone in the picture without asking a stranger to operate the camera.
The travel gadget is designed for use with point and shoot cameras, camcorders and waterproof cameras. It can be attached to any compact camera with a standard tripod socket. The tripod comes with a built-in self-positioning mirror to center each shot, and can be used to shoot over crowds and around corners, or to get low-angle shots.
The unit is priced at $24.95. A pro version that includes a tripod leg adapter to position the unit as a regular tripod is available for $29.95. It can be purchased through Amazon.com, Hammacher-Schlemmer and other retailers. It is also available at www.quikpod.com.