Shop!

Gadgets Make Life Easier … and More Fun

By Carroll Ivy Laurence |

Just keeping up with the latest technology can be daunting, but in reality, everything from listening to music to turning off the lights to monitoring your home security has been made simpler by it.

While some technologies have been around for years, Jeff Brooks, owner of Integrated Home in New Castle, says adaptation rates are picking up speed. “A trend that we have noticed is new technology can no longer just be impressive to the technologically savvy; it has to be intuitive and easily accessible. Enjoying your music collection or home theater should not only be easy, it should be fun,” he says.

Turning to the outdoorsy gadget lover, Artemis Outfitters recently opened its doors in Greenville. Owner Grier Wakefield’s passion for hunting and sport is evident as soon as you walk in the door.

Looking to capture your extreme sport activities on film Try the Go Pro camera, a mountable model used by professional athletes and sports filmmakers.

Wakefield carries an extensive collection of new and used guns, rifles, and shotguns, as well. The English Duelers may be old school, but they were once quite the thing, gadgets of choice for gentlemen looking to settle a score. These are handmade locally in Unionville by Jim Laurie. “Laurie’s been interested in muzzle loading since the mid 1950s. In 2011, Jim won 1st place at Dixon’s Gun Makers Fair for both engraving and carving,” says Wakefield.

Trail Creek Outfitters in Glen Eagle Square, Pa. carries everything from the Kelty LED-powered lantern with mp3 hook-up, to high-tech weather-proof outerwear.

If running and triathlon training is your thing, Delaware Running Company in Greenville is owned and operated by runners. Mike Monagle carries the Garmin Forerunner 910 XT. This feature-packed GPS watch analyzes every stroke, pedal, and step you take while training for your next triathlon.