Your Super Bowl party is in full swing. The game is blasting away; food and drink abounds. Guests sneak looks at their mobile devices, because that’s the world we live in. To keep everybody “social,” a host must be ready to hijack their attention periodically. You’ll need the right kind of electronic gadgets — aside from a giant TV, which we’re guessing you already have — to counter the lure of those flat glowing screens. Here is some electronic gear to give your party a boost.
Music is a great attention grabber. But since everybody has different tastes, forget trying to set up the tunes yourself. Just ask your guests to “send” their playlists to the Divoom Voombox portable wireless stereo speaker. All the devices connect via Bluetooth, meaning no wires to connect. And since the speaker is shockproof and waterproof, it doesn’t matter who’s holding it or where it ends up. The compact package still sports dual speakers for stereo and 15 watts of amplification for plenty of volume. As in LOUD. Plus the battery inside will keep the music playing for up to 12 hours per charge, well beyond the final whistle.
What about those folks who sit down in front of the TV and refuse to move. Trying to focus their attention on anything other than the screen — like a party game — isn’t easy. So move the party game onto the TV, because the game is often decided by the third quarter anyway. The IntelliVision Flashback Classic Game Console is plug ’n’ play for a quick connect to one of the TV’s inputs, and there str 60 games built right in, including the sports games that were hot back in the day. Sure they’re old-fashioned by today’s standards, but everybody will get a kick out of using the oddly designed game controllers for a real retro gaming experience.
So the party’s winding down, but that doesn’t mean your responsibility as host ends at the door. Should you suspect otherwise, make sure your guests are okay to drive the AlcoMate Premium Alcohol Breathalyzer. Small and unobtrusive, it’s of professional quality, has a built-in display and automatically calibrates so there’s no waiting. Just have them blow into the mouthpiece for about five seconds and then check the results to see if calling a cab is the best thing to do.
And if someone left their lights on, draining their battery, you’ve got them covered. Hand them the Junojumpr and go back to the party while they get their car going again. It charges up through a USB connection (or a car’s cigarette port) and comes with its own cables. Weighing less than seven ounces and looking like a USB battery pack, it provides 12 volts at a peak 300 Amps for bringing a vehicle’s battery back to life. The charger also has an output dedicated for charging smartphones.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.