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Quit Tying Your Shoe Laces! You Need SHNAPs

Snhap laces reviewDon’t you hate when you tie your shoe laces and the huge bow looks like it belongs on a birthday present? Depending on how tight you tie your shoes, the lace ends are often very long which results in an awkwardly large bow. This leaves the option buying smaller laces (hassle) or tying your laces behind the shoe tongue (also a hassle). Well fortunately there is a third option which is easy, inexpensive and quite cool. The product is called Shnap and it is presently raising funds on Kickstarter in order to begin full-scale production (and change the way the world ties their shoes!).

Chris Faith, creator of Shnap, recently sent me a prototype to review and share here on my site. What made this sample particularly cool though was it was created with a 3D printer. 3D printing has allowed creators and inventors a low-cost way to create prototypes right in their homes allowing extensive refinement and improvement.

So what is Shnap? It is 4 small pieces of plastic which allow you to snap your shoe laces instead of tie them. Let me explain  . . There are 2 small pieces of plastic which is inserted into each of the top eyelets of your shoes and then 2 other small piece of plastic which you thread the end of your laces through. After adjusting the lace length to your desired level of tightness, you snap the 2 pieces of plastic together on each side of your shoe hence eliminating the need to tie the 2 laces together.  It is definitely something that needs to be seen to fully understand so take a look at the pictures below.

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My first thought once I had Shnaps on my shoes was “why has it taken so long for someone to invent this?” After you snap your shoe laces you too will wonder why you have been tying them for all of these years. They attach in seconds and lock together securely and come in a variety of colors (I’d love a brown pair!) to match any pair of shoes. Shnap Review

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Overall I love Shnaps for their ease of use, color options and functionality.  The only part I did not like was that you have to cut your laces in after you attach the Shnaps to trim the “extra” length. This may be fine for your gym shoes but I did not feel comfortable cutting my Gucci laces. A solution to cutting your laces may be installing shorter length laces such as kids size.

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So how can you get your own pair of Shnap Laces?

Go on Kickstarter and help fund the project and pre-order yours today!

You can also follow them on Twitter.

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Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera

Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Security Camera

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Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Security Camera - Product Description

Dropcam Pro Internet Wi-Fi Video Monitoring Cameras help you stay connected with what you love, no matter where you are. In less than a minute, you'll have it set up and securely streaming high-definition video to you over your home Wi-Fi. Use it to watch your home, your baby, the dog or your small business. Every camera comes with Night Vision, HD video, Two-Way Talk and Digital Zoom. Paired with secure online Cloud Video Recording (CVR), you can watch live and recorded video from anywhere on any device. Dropcam makes monitoring what you love and finding peace of mind easier than ever. Watch from any device such as your Apple Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android device. All you need is a Wi-Fi network paired with the free and easy-to-use Dropcam App. Watch what you love while away with Dropcam. Please note: If your camera is having trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi network you may have a weak connection between the camera and your router. To test the Wi-Fi signal that your camera is receiving, To test the Wi-Fi signal that your camera is receiving, move your camera closer to your router. There might be interference coming from other electronic devices near your camera. Try to reduce the number of connected devices near the camera. Cordless phones, baby monitors, microwave ovens, garage door openers and Wi-Fi speakers are just a few of many devices that are notorious for causing interference. If your camera is located close to electronic equipment with a large power source, such as a large screen television or home theater system, try moving the camera further away from these devices. Sometimes only a few feet will make a difference. You can turn HD video off to reduce the bandwidth the camera uses by half. This will help improve the camera's reliability, but it could result in lower video quality.

Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Security Camera - Details

  • Stunning Video Quality: New optics and updated image sensor provide 2x sharper video
  • 60 Second Setup: Connect to Wi-Fi via computer or iOS mobile device via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), live stream from your Dropcam security camera in under a minute
  • Incredible Field of View: 130 degrees diagonal, plus Zoom and Night Vision, so you don't miss a thing
  • Stay Connected with Two-Way Talk, Intelligent Alerts, Scheduling and Mobile & Web apps
  • Cloud Video Recording (CVR): Review footage and make clips with optional secure offsite recording. Dropcam cloud recording securely records up to 30 days of footage for you to review after it's happened. Activity detected by your camera is highlighted on your cloud recording timeline for quick reference, and you can share and save clips of your recorded footage. Dropcam cloud recording is optional and you can subscribe and unsubscribe any time you like.

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Budget Now Rents Cool Cars Such as the Mini Cooper!

I travel around the US a lot and those travels usually involving renting vehicles at different airports. I chose to rent from Budget as I have been a long-time member of their FastBreak program and find they have the best overall prices and service. While everyone knows that it is easy to rent compact cars, SUVs and minivans from any rental company, what you probably didn’t know is that budget rents some very cool cars –  cars you won’t find at other companies.mini-cooper-car-lineup

Today while dropping off my 2013 Ford C-Max car (a very-cool brand new Hybrid which I highly recommend) at the airport, the lot attendant suggested I try out a Mini Cooper for my next rental. Prior to today I had no idea that Budget rented Mini’s as I had never seen them in their parking lots. Budget generally rents fairly boring cars such as the Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze and Chrysler 200 – cars which do not offer any special features and are quite plain in appearance. But in my travels and frequent rentals over the last couple years I have learned that rental car companies often have a few special cars around but you have to request them. I never take the first car the rental agent gives me, I always ask what other vehicle options they can offer. The rental agents are often instructed by their managers to rent out the “boring” vehicles first since they generally have the greatest surplus of these vehicles, but frequent and educated renters such as myself know that there are much better cars available – if you ask.

Today I learned that Budget rents not only the standard Mini Cooper but also the longer mini Clubman and the 4-wheel drive Mini Clubman as part of their normal fleet. The latest generation of the iconic British mini-car was introduced in North America in 2002 and is made by BMW. The quality and price ($25-40,000) of the vehicles places them as premium vehicles to many and certainly not thought of as a car you would be able to rent for $20 per day at your local Budget Rent-A-Car. Although I have never been a huge fan of the cars myself due to their small size and quirky dash features, I was pleased to learn that the cars get 35+ MPG and hold a surprising amount of cargo once the seats are folded down. As long as the price is the same as my regular Ford C-Max or Escape, I think I’ll try out a new Mini Cooper next time – I hear they are a blast to drive!

Cadillac-Escalade-and-Lincoln-Navigator-rented-from-budgetOther fun/special vehicles which you will find at Budget Rent-A-Car in 2013 are the usual Ford Mustang (standard, convertible and GT), and Chevrolet Camaro (SS and convertible) but also you can find the Dodge Challenger, Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Altima Coupe and the Toyota Prius. I personally greatly dislike the Prius but a lot of people do love them and renting one is a great way to find out if you either love them or hate them. Also, although they are slightly higher priced than regular vehicles, Budget now rents a full line of luxury vehicles previously only available to Hertz Gold members for $100+ per day. These luxury vehicles include BMW’s (including the Z4 convertible and 740), Infinity cars and SUVs and the celebrity-favorite Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs.

So next time you are at the airport and the rental car agent offers you a boring little Chevrolet Sonic, ask “what other cars do you have available for me?” and I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Also, see my previous post about getting deals on rental cars to save yourself some money and get a Free Upgrade.

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