Christmas is almost six months away, but it's the perfect time to get a sneak peak at some of the presents you might unwrap this holiday.
We flew to New York City, to mingle with insiders previewing tomorrow's gadgets today.
"Most of the stuff you see here is yet to get to the stores," explains Perry Reynolds, of the International Housewares Association. "In our industry, people are sometimes planning years ahead."
Many new products promise convenience. First, a fresh take on the cell phone charger.
Energizer will sell a device with three surge protected outlets, two USB charging ports and a night light. All in one. It costs $49.95
We found dishwasher safer rolling pins, and even a new wrinkle in irons.
"Very few people like to iron, so we can to make sure you're spending less time doing it," explains Evan Dash of Storebound.
The iron warms in just 40 seconds, and the water tank detaches. At $69.95, Dash says it will save time.
"While the iron's heating up, you're filling it up, bring it back, plug it back in and you're ironing within a couple of seconds."
There's another product that promises to tempt your palate. Storebound is selling an "At Home Yogurt Maker". It costs $39.95.
"It should be a big money saver. Basically it's like a petri dish," explains Dash. "It will go from a liquidy substance to a very thick substance overnight."
The company also has a new take on the old blender.
Dash says, " This motor actually is two and a quarter horsepower. It's like a lawnmover in a blender."
It turns rice into flour. But here's what's really hot: Add vegetables and they spin so fast, you get bisque - AKA, soup.
"200 degrees piping hot soup." Dash says. The blender sells for $399.95.
Among all the products, we've seen the hottest competition in keeping your drinks cool. Age old ice is improving, because it waters down a cool beverage.
"We see ice as a little bit of an enemy," explains Jim O'Brien, of Sipping Stoners. He sells a box of rocks, specifically soapstone cubes, you keep in the freezer. You then, dunk 'em in your favorite beverage—keeping it pure. It costs $19.95.
There's also a new pitcher, with a cool center core. It chills without watering down what's inside.
Linda Field is with Primula Flavor It. She says, "you can freeze this (center core), you can get it really, really cold. And when you're done infusing, you take this out, you put this in, and this is going to keep it totally cool without diluting it whatsoever."
The pitcher also stores on it side. It costs $39.95.
The International Housewares Association says in 2010, US consumers spent $67 billion dollars on house wares. Worldwide, sales totaled $302 billion.
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