If the dizzying array of new household gadgets coming in 2013 is any barometer, the economy is cooking.
"You can feel it, things are improving," said Perry Reynolds, an executive with the International Housewares Association, which represents inventors and manufacturers.
The IHA hosted a preview of new goods in Manhattan recently. Many products won't be available for a couple months, but Reynolds said this year's wide selection points to positive days ahead.
"We're beginning to feel the end of the tighter times," he said.
Among the standout innovations at this year's exhibition:
It's the miracle of suction. What looks like the top of a turkey baster almost magically separates the yolk from the white.
"I'm squeezing it, creating a vacuum and I'm just going to suck it up," said Talisman Designs president Katherine Waymire as she demonstrated the Yolk Hero.
TWIST IT MOSQUITO REPELLANT
Slinky meets pest control. This citronella coils wraps around most anything and creates a bug barrier of 6 to 8 feet.
You know those robotic vacuum cleaners for your carpets? This one's for your barbeque. Its metal bristles and a computer brain ensure it scrubs every grubby inch of your grill.
BREAKFAST SANDWICH MAKER
Move over Egg McMuffin. Hamilton Beach's newest countertop gadget allows you to cook a fresh breakfast sandwich all at once, and in just five minutes. If you're a drive-thru regular, this could be a money saver.
"This is a lot less expensive," said Hamilton Beach's Mary Beth Brault. "And it's a better, healthier way to eat a breakfast sandwich."
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"That will detect gems on the floor," said Frank Gallagher of Anvid Products. "It's the CSI factor."
STACKABLE APPETIZER MAKER
Crafting magazine-ready Hors D' Oeuvres is as easy as stacking, slicing, and serving with this gizmo. And the inventor says perfect takes just five minutes.
"Gourmet looking appetizers that look like a catering chef made them," said Jenna Miller of Architec Housewares.
Warm beer has met its match. The Chillsner is a cylindrical beer cooler that you keep in the freezer, then slip inside a beer bottle when it's happy hour.
"I actually has a hole like a straw," said Chillsner's Kim Miller. "It will guarantee that every drip, every sip of your beer is ice cold."