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Car diagnosis and hands-free vacuuming

DriveRight CarChip

The complexity of modern engines can leave drivers little options in diagnosing problems with their cars.

Utilizing the same technology as professional mechanics, the DriveRight CarChip allows automobile owners to diagnose problems at a low cost.

Working with a car’s onboard diagnostic (OBD) system II connector, found in automobiles produced after 1996, the chip logs data from the internal computer.

Operating the device requires that owners plug the module into the OBD and then drive the car.

After the trip, the chip is removed and connected to a computer.

Once analyzed, the data is displayed in a report of error codes and normal engine processes, such as RPMs.

The DriveRight CarChip retails for $149.

Gustavo Hernandez


Vacuuming no longer has to be considered a time-consuming dreaded chore.

iRobot’s Roomba allows couch potatoes to vacuum their carpets effortlessly.

The vacuum operates in a circular path that enables it to cover floor space efficiently, no matter the size of the room.

Employing a built-in bumper and infrared sensor, the device is able to detect when it comes in contact with an obstruction and then programs itself to miss the obstacle on the next pass.

With a diameter of 13.6 inches and a height of three inches, the Roomba easily fits under couches and tables.

Battery life ranges from one to one and half hours depending on floor type.

Packaged with the device are a standard battery charger and removable battery pack.

The Roomba costs $200.

Gustavo Hernandez