An easy oil change
Some car owners' maintenance experience is limited to crawling under the engine and draining old oil into a pan from the garage. It's also a chance to get a little dirt under the fingernails.
But the convenience of a new line of oil extractors may eliminate the need for a shower after a do-it-yourself oil change.
Drivers can now turn to the PELA 6000 to extract old oil from their car without risking sooty fingers. The extractor works as a pump: Insert its plastic tube into the car's dipstick pipe or filler neck, pump about 15 times to create a vacuum, and watch oil flow into the device's storage tank.
It works for boats, lawn mowers, and motorcycles, too.
Suggested price: $43
Walk and roll
Skateboards, roller blades, scooters - the revolution of personal transportation continues, perhaps, with the advent of the Heely.
The sneaker contains a small wheel in its heel than can propel the wearer from a walk or run into a steady roll.
Rolling on the Heely is entirely different from roller skating or blading, says the shoes' inventor, Roger Adams, because the shoe does not contain a wheel in its toe.
For those craving old fashioned movement, the wheel can be easily removed.
Suggested price: $95
Cordless mice aren't blind
A computer mouse can be cumbersome. Its cord can clutter a desk surface and its underside consistently picks up grime.
But a new wireless mouse from Logitech eliminates the need for a cord within six feet of the computer. The MouseMan Optical uses a sensor to determine the position of the mouse, phasing out the navigator ball, too.
These mice run on two AA batteries.
(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor