January 20, 2014 5:27 pm

Welcome to the New Year! Happy 2014! Ah, the start of a fresh, new year and all of its potential. A blank slate that is ready to be filled. With the close of 2013, we thought we would take a look at just a few of those new product inventions that caught our attention and made us think “How am I living without that?”

1. HAPIfork:

Almost half (45 percent) of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, with one of the most popular and hardest to keep being to lose weight or live a healthier life. If this is your New Year’s resolution, the HAPIfork may aid in successfully reaching this goal. This electronic device measures how long it takes users to eat a meal, the amount of fork servings taken per minute, as well as the intervals between each fork serving. The information is uploaded via a USB or Bluetooth to improve the individual’s eating behavior. According to a series of scientific studies eating meals too quickly leads to weight gain, digestive problems, gastric reflux, and postoperative complications.


2. Fitbug Orb

fitbug orb

Another product designed to healthier living is the Fitbug Orb. This compact activity tracker records the number of steps taken, calories burned, as well as the distance traveled during the day. It also monitors the user’s sleep patterns. The data is delivered via Bluetooth to a mobile device to help users stay active.


3. NanoTouch Travel Mat

With temperatures plummeting at InventHelp’s Pittsburgh headquarters to single digits and wind chill readings below zero, we are dreaming of vacationing in a warm, sunny locale. According to the TripBarometer survey by TripAdvisor, while U.S. travelers are not planning to increase their travel budgets in 2014, they are planning to travel more frequently and closer to home in order to discover the sights of the USA. To provide travelers with peace of mind while also keeping them healthy, the NanoTouch Travel Mat can be used. This portable and anti-microbial mat cleans itself by killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It could be placed on various germ-infested surfaces such as airplane tray tables, hotel vanities, and cruise ship countertops.



4. Rust-Oleum’s NeverWet

For those who may be planning a staycation, you may be searching for a few DIY products to tackle at home. While the name Rust-Oleum may bring forth memories of rust, wire brushes, and paint brushes, their new NeverWet product may provide homeowners with infinite possibilities regarding surfaces to protect from various liquids. This product contains technology that protects surfaces with a superhydrophobic treatment that dramatically repels water, mud, ice, and other liquids. This product can be applied to nearly any surface such as metal, concrete, wood, aluminum, galvanized metal, PVC, masonry, asphalt, vinyl siding, paper, plastic, etc.


5. August Smart Lock

August Smart Lock

Not worried about water or other liquids? Well, how about a product that allows individuals to easily enter their home. The August Smart Lock allows the front door of a home to be unlocked with a smartphone. August senses when the homeowner is approaching due to Bluetooth capability and unlocks the door without pressing a button or inserting a key. Chimes and LED indicators inform the homeowner about the status of the lock. However, this product isn’t just convenient for the homeowner, it may allow guests to a party to open the door for themselves or a pet sitter could have a virtual key instead of a real key that may be easily found beneath a front doormat.


6. Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell

Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell

Now that the homeowner can easily enter the house, what about Fido? According to the Humane Society, there are 74.8 million dogs owned within the U.S., and almost 40 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog. On average, owners have almost two dogs (1.7). With the Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell, instead of scratching the door or barking, the dog simply rings the doggy doorbell. Well, the dog nudges a yellow push plate that causes a chime inside the home to be triggered. For variety, the receiver contains 36 selectable tunes. A built-in treat holder makes the training easy and fun.


7. Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber

Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber

According to a survey from PR Newswire, the average American adult spends 13 hours a week cleaning. With this in mind, any product that can save valuable time may be worth a look. The Reveal Power Scrubber claims to clean up to two times faster than manual scrubbing. This small cleaning tool resembles an ultrasonic toothbrush It works with three various style heads to clean sinks and stoves, fixtures and tight spaces, as well as grout and corners. This cleaning aid features an ergonomic grip as well as rubberized molding for comfortable cleaning.


8. Ecovacs Winbot

Ecovacs Winbot

How many of us “don’t do windows” at least not on a consistent basis? With a blizzard blowing outside my window, I’m wondering how many days, weeks and months until spring arrives along with spring cleaning. The Ecovacs Winbot was quite a hit at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This window cleaner sticks to glass employing two suction rings to clean and then squeegee with a front pad. This product’s back pad dries and polishes the window. Once finished with the window, the Winbot returns to its starting position to play a tune to announce it is finished.


9. Dannon Oikos

Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt

After your spring cleaning is finished, it must be time to enjoy a little snack. According to Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), the top selling new food product launch was Dannon Oikos which had yearly sales of $283.8 million. During the past few years, Greek yogurt’s nutritional superiority has elevated this dairy product to superfood status in the U.S. with sales more than doubling over the past five years, according to Euromonitor International. By straining off the whey in Greek yogurt, there is less sugar, fewer carbohydrates, and much more protein compared to regular yogurt.


10. Straw-ber-rita

Budweiser Straw-ber-rita

While this may not sound very appealing during the cold wintry months, soon spring, summer, and fall will be here. After Budweiser’s successful launch of Lima-A-Rita in 2012, selling more than 500,000 barrels of the margarita-flavored beer in 8 months, the company decided to expand its line of fruit-themed beer to include the strawberry flavored (you guessed it) Straw-ber-rita!

Here’s to another vast array of new products to be introduced in 2014!

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