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STENOPEIC Glare Guard sun glasses have rows of scientifically placed pinholes. The plastic glasses cut down glare, are said to be fine for relaxing the eyes. They can be used for reading, watching TV or a movie, for sewing and knitting, fishing, etc. From Sunset Glare Guard, Palm Springs, Calif.

CARIBOU HOOF sun and snow goggles come with an elkskin headband. Caribou hoof is genuine and polished. These goggles were made by the Eskimos and are designed for skiers and outdoor sportsmen. They protect the eyes from the excessive glare. $7.95. Ottauquechee Products, Quechee, Vt.

PERSONAL ALARM fits easily into your pocket or your wife’s purse. It operates via pullout button and sounds piercing intermittent or continuous alarm. It can also be attached to any door or window. String is used to trigger alarm. $3.95, including batteries. Hammacher Schlemmer, New York, N. Y.

THERMOELECTRIC generator automatically converts heat of burning propane gas into electricity. Device has no moving parts and can operate for a year on $10 worth of fuel. It weighs ten pounds and is a foot tall. Power plant was developed by General Instrument Corp. It will be available for commercial use.

  1. Stephen says: September 30, 201110:23 am

    I’d like to know how much electric power the thermoelectric generator puts out. Not very much, I fear. In Russia they were once used to drive radios:

  2. Toronto says: September 30, 201112:10 pm

    You can get thermoelectric fans for wood stoves, too.…

  3. JMyint says: September 30, 201112:20 pm

    Well RTGs which use a radio isotope for the heat source can have a pretty decent output. The GPHS-RTG used on the Cassini and Galileo mission had a starting output of 300 watts of electricity and a useful life expectancy of around 25 years.

    One of the determining factors of the output of thermoelectric generators is the temperature differential. The greater the difference the more electricity produced.

  4. Hirudinea says: September 30, 20111:04 pm

    Just goes to show you Eskimos (Inuit now I guess) care more about function than fashiobn. 🙂

  5. Daniel says: September 30, 20114:54 pm

    “Eskimos (Inuit now I guess)” they are two differnt tribes, yes a lot of Inuits were called Eskimos, but they are not the same. my wife and son are both Tlingit, and set me straight on that, just thought i would pass it along. but yes they do care more about function over fashion.

  6. rtg says: September 30, 20117:17 pm

    Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators are a nasty business. The Soviets used lots of them and dumped the spent ones, with their strontium-90 all over the place. All said, they weren’t very efficient. In fact, turning heat into electricity is very inefficient because every matter – energy or vice versa conversion is lossy and subject to the “conservation” laws of physics

  7. Charlie says: September 30, 20117:25 pm

    rtg » That argument applies to any coal, oil or nuclear plant as well. In fact, with the exception of annihilating matter with anti-matter, all energy sources require some sort of conversion.

  8. Hirudinea says: September 30, 20119:04 pm

    @ Daniel – Really? I thought there were just one, widespread, ethnic group, whats the difference?

  9. bobby j says: October 3, 20119:04 am

    Charlie>> How about if they use dilithium crystals?

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