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    Sep 30, 2018

    17 Of The Best Things On Amazon Launchpad Right Now

    A smart light strip, anti-theft helmet, plant-growing pencil, and so much more!

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    Launchpad is a section on Amazon featuring cool tech gadgets, interesting foods and drinks, and other innovative products created by startups. Here are some of the things you can find there right now that'll totally upgrade your life:

    1. An aromatherapy sleep balm stick that'll help you unwind after a long day.

    Promising review: "I use it every night but I've also been using this on my 11-year-old for about six months at bedtime and now he actually yawns when he smells it! You might not be able smell it as strongly after a few minutes, but it's still there. Even though your brain naturally filters it out, it's still working. Just like when you're cooking: You are in the room so you don't smell everything but when someone else comes in they notice how great everything smells. You don't need a lot so each balm has been lasting me about three months." —SHEYO

    Price: $19.95 (available in six scents)

    2. A 360-degree Wi-Fi security camera, if you want to be able to monitor the activity in your home — all 360 degrees of it — while you're away.

    Promising review: "EXCEPTIONALLY easy setup. Basically just download the app, plug it in, scan the sticker on the back to register it to your account, and go. Image is fantastic — even in low light!" —Amber M. Anderson

    Price: $119.99

    3. A long-lasting TubShroom that'll catch all your hairs — more than you knew were on your body, even — and save you the nightmare of having to snake your drain.

    Promising review: "Can't say enough good things about this product. I have a family of four and would frequently have to snake our shower drain. It appears I won't be having that problem ever again. I even give my dog baths and this collects the hair. It does not seem to slow down the flow of water down the drain significantly. I'm very impressed, having used this around a month. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —Aaron Morlock

    Price: $12.99 (available in six colors)

    4. A pack of sprout pencils made of biodegradable components: Once you've used it all up, bury it in soil and watch it grow into a plant.

    Promising review: "I bought these pencils originally as a gift, but after sharpening them, I ended up keeping them for myself. These pencils are circular in design, meaning once they are so small that you can no longer use them to write, they serve a new purpose as a plant. It’s a wonderful concept!" —Erica D. Medrano

    Price: $14.95 for an eight-pack

    5. A waffle iron that'll turn your batter into a keyboard-shaped waffle — you won't want to RETURN to your normal breakfast-making ways after you've made this SHIFT.

    Promising review: "Wonderful, creative, just genius! Love the concept and bought it as a lighthearted gift for my 'tech-nerd' husband, but it makes exceptionally fine waffles in the shape of a keyboard. Fun! That it is a serious stove top waffle maker, maintaining even heat and producing excellent waffles every time, just makes it even better." —Dot A

    Price: $60

    6. An Alexa-compatible smart LED light strip, so you can have control over the mood lighting in your home at all times — and when I say control, I mean, the choice of literally 16 million colors.

    Promising review: "These strips output amazingly bright lights! They are very responsive with my Apple Homekit setup and Philips Hue Motion Detector. I get lots of compliments from people who visit me and see how professional-looking these strips are. I highly recommend getting these!" —Carlos R

    Price: $89.99 for 2 meters of strip

    7. A WowWee robot that syncs up to an app and responds to noises and movements — can you say "wowwee"?

    Promising review: "Cute robot that you can control with your phone from an app! It also has a tray that it carries around and you can stack and balance things on it. The robot dances and runs all over the place. Pretty neat how it balances itself. This runs better on hard floor than it does on carpet." —C. Kemph

    Price: $49.99+ (available in black and white)

    8. A compact electric air fryer, if you want a healthier alternative to eating fried food, as this gadget reduces added fat by 70-80%.

    Promising review: "Bought this on a whim and so happy to have it. Tried a small batch of sweet potato fries. Wow!! This thing is fast. Roasted some green beans lightly tossed with olive oil and spices. Came out perfect in 10 minutes flat. I highly recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

    Read a full review of this product here (#1).

    Price: $57.04+ (available in aqua, gray, red, and white)

    9. A hand-powered food processor that'll actually make you feel very handy in the kitchen.

    Promising review: This is a fast and effective chopper/mincer that really works great. You can make a tuna, chicken or egg salad in a flash right in the little container if you want. It's also easy to clean. You can't put the top in the dishwasher, but it's easy to rinse off or wipe off manually. It is well designed with a rubber ring on the bottom to give stability on the counter. You just place one hand on the top to hold the unit it steady and pull on the handle to spin the blade. Amazing how well it works. Highly recommended." —C.G. King

    Price: $59.95

    10. A sleek double-edged safety razor, which may just be the last razor you ever have to purchase.

    Promising review: "Without a doubt one of the best razors I’ve ever used! The fit and finish is top-notch and everything about it screams German precision. Blade angle is achieved easily and smoothly with a twist of the handle. The razor itself is not super heavy, nor is it a feather weight. It has some weight to it, which IMO is actually a good thing. Feels nice and solid in your hand. Blade changes are quick and easy and do not require any special procedures, gizmos or tools. It’s not a cheap product but it also won’t break the bank if you consider it’ll probably be the last razor you’ll buy." —John K

    Price: $62.50

    11. A temperature-controlled ceramic mug that'll put an end to your days of drinking lukewarm coffee (leisurely coffee drinkers, rejoice!).

    Promising review: "This thing is my new best friend. I never realized how bad drinking lukewarm or cold coffee was until I bought the Ember. I've been waiting for years to get one because it was always too expensive. But the price dropped significantly recently, so I took advantage. Let me tell you: I'll never go back to a regular ceramic mug. I drink about half a pot of coffee every morning, which takes about two hours, and didn't realize that I was drinking cold coffee about half an hour in. It's so odd to have every sip of coffee be the perfect temperature, but I love it! The ceramic is a bit thinner than your standard mug and the bottom is thicker, I'm assuming to hold the electronics of the mug, so that takes a bit of getting used to." —Kyle Switala

    Price: $79.94 (available in black and white)

    12. A squeezable bottle of Momofuku's Ssäm Sauce, a versatile, umami-rich sauce you can put on just about any meal.

    Promising review: "I LOVE David Chang and anything he puts his name on. This sauce is no exception! It’s delicious on burgers, hotdogs, in ramen, mixed in with veggies, the list goes on and on! Gives a kick to anything!" —ACP

    Price: $7.19 (available in original, smoky, and spicy)

    13. A variety pack of sugar-, MSG-, gluten-, and GMO-free jerky that actually resembles meat.

    Promising review: "Wow, this is delicious! I was looking for a beef jerky with no sugar and thought I would give this a try. I will never buy beef jerky at the store again! What a difference! It actually looks like real meat! It’s soft and not like eating a chunk of leather! It’s thinly sliced and seasoned perfectly. The flavor is great, which just goes to show you don’t need chemicals and sugar for jerky to taste fantastic!" —Dandilyun

    Price: $22.32 for a variety pack of three

    14. A pack of silicone training spoons to help get your kiddo to warm up to eating solid foods in no time.

    Promising review: "I cannot express enough how amazing these spoons are. My daughter is seven months old and on the smaller side (15th percentile), and these are currently the only spoons that work for her. Better than Beaba, Munchkin, etc. The silicone at the tip of the spoon is incredibly thin and makes it much easier to fit into her mouth." —Melissa

    Price: $14.95 for a two-pack

    15. A premium hardcover notebook with dot-gridded pages and indentation-rule pages so you can doodle and make productive lists all in one.

    Promising review: "This notebook is super high quality. I love the idea of one side having a dot grid and one side being ruled so that you can keep track of all your notes — whether they're stream of consciousness chaos or detailed and organized." —perrierrocher

    Price: $19.99 (available in gray and white)

    16. A trendy anti-theft helmet with a secret pop lock that you'll actually want to wear.

    Promising review: "I bought this helmet specifically for multi-week touring. I was initially attracted by the little security pop-out that allows you to secure your helmet along with your bike (and that feature actually works better than I expected). What ultimately impressed me more was overall quality of the helmet, along with the comfort. It feels more substantial than the typical racing-style helmets. The exchangeable lining pads — along with having length adjusters on both straps — allowed me to fit the helmet precisely to my head." —Stephen C. Blagg

    Price: $85+ (available in seven colors)

    17. And a rollercoaster building kit, so kids can start developing their engineering skills early on.

    Promising review: "All in all, this is a great game for getting kids to think in three dimensions. The intent is to take a two-dimensional "plan" and building a 3-D working model. The reward is being able to take the little rollercoaster car and send it down the track to the finish line. I would definitely recommend this game to children who are interested in architecture and/or engineering, or who like to build things with their hands. Absolutely outstanding toy!" —Boiler

    Price: $29.48

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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