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Futurelooks Holiday 2008 Guide to Unique and Useful Gadgets

Futurelooks has come up with a number of gift guides this month to help you with your holiday shopping. But, if you're still looking for unique and useful gift ideas you're in luck! We've got yet another gift guide filled with cool stuff to give your idea jar a shake. In this guide, we've selected a few unique but very useful gadgets that should be well received this holiday season and satisfy that difficult to shop for person on your list.

Two Gadgets To Ensure a Long Winters Nap



One thing that people that spend a lot of time on the computers and the Internet are known for are very poor sleeping habits. In fact, some of us get no sleep at all and wander around in a zombie like state for most of the day. This is not only bad for you, but can cause all sorts of health problems. Here are a couple of gadgets that might help you ensure that you get that long winters nap.

Futurelooks Holiday 2008 Guide to Unique and Useful Gadgets

The DreamKeeper 400 is made by a company called HBI and is designed to promote relaxation and increase sleep quality and quantity. The device works using a Parallelized Electrostatic Field combined with a vibrating motor. The combination of these two act on acupressure points that are known to alleviate stress and improve sleep quality. HBI claims that stimulation of these pressure points can increase deep sleep by up to 14% and extend the total sleeping time by up to 78 minutes. Other benefits include increased blood flow and circulation.

The devices is worn on the wrist and should be activated 30 minutes prior to your sleep session. Once activated, a breath synchronization program (BSP) runs and you're supposed to match your breathing to it. The device has three vibration settings that can be adjusted by simply tapping the button. The only downside is that the vibration setting is quite audible in a dead quiet room, which could disturb others.

I received a test sample a month ago and was pretty skeptical about its claims. However, after thirty days of use, there have been noticeable changes to my sleep pattern. Usually, I thrash around for hours until I get tired of thrashing around and then go to sleep. However, after the first week of use, I found myself falling asleep a little quicker by simply matching my breathing to the BSP. This is hard to do at first but gets easier, and eventually, you just do it without much effort. I did need to jack the vibration setting up initially, but after a couple weeks of use, I found myself able to use the lower settings.

Since my sleep patterns were pretty screwed up to begin with, I think that someone like myself would receive more benefit than someone who just starts snoring away minutes after hitting the sack. This is a great segue to the next product...

Futurelooks Holiday 2008 Guide to Unique and Useful Gadgets

The HBI SnorePro keeps snoring in check by using something called Dynamic Snore Detection (DSD) technology which precisely detects a snore and issues a programmable digital pulse to quit it. So instead of having to be elbowed by your bed buddy, the SnorePro does it for you so you can get your sleep. 

Like the DreamKeeper, the SnorePro is worn on your wrist. The LCD onboard gives you your "snore history" and allows you to track your improvement over time. A beginner, intermediate and advanced setting allows people to train themselves to snore less over time. Although this would be a great present for that snoring person on your list, it's possible that it might be received as an insult. Of course, that's for you to decide.

The HBI DreamKeeper 400 goes for $149.99 US while the HBI SnorePro goes for $119.99 US. Either way, someone is going to get a better night of sleep with either one of these under the tree.


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