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CNN AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN

Housewares Show Showcases Housewares

Aired January 14, 2003 - 09:23   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: Some of the latest gizmos and gadgets from the home are worthy of the Jetsons. In Chicago this week, designers from more than 30 countries are demonstrating their wares.
Jeff Flock is there now, joins us live from the International Housewares Show.

Hey, Jeff.

JEFF FLOCK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Exciting stuff out here at the Housewares Show. What am I looking at here? I'm seeing a poor firefighter in there covered with smoke. What's this about?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're trying to demonstrate the true hepa (ph) filtration on our Eureka upright vacuum.

FLOCK: Can he go ahead and kick that on, then?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He certainly can. Let's go ahead.

Tony, turn on the vacuum cleaner.

FLOCK: You'll suck all the smoke out of the room with a vacuum cleaner?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, we will clear all the smoke out of this chamber. It will take about six minutes, and it will be totally clean.

FLOCK: OK. Well, don't try this at home, although we are going to come back in about three minutes and show you how that looks.

But first, I want to show you all the other cool and exciting things, and as you know, every time we do one of these things, we are buzzing through...

MECHANICAL VOICE: No one should touch the patient.

FLOCK: What is this?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is the Heart-Start (ph) home defibrillator, and what it is doing is analyzing the heart for sudden cardiac arrest.

FLOCK: So you can shock someone at home?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Absolutely. It is completely safe, meant for somebody with a sixth grade education level.

FLOCK: That's good for me. Speaking of shocks, take a look at this. This would be a bug zapper and -- if you're a poor bug, I think you're dead.

Some cool little hangers there. I don't know if they're in good taste or not, but they look kind of cool. Take a look at this -- this is a -- what they call a washing machine. Looks like a very small washing machine. They recommend this for, perhaps, unmentionables, plugs into your kitchen sink. What have you got here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, Jeff, this is Body Creamer (ph) from Hitus (ph). It solves the perennial problem of how to moisturize your back. Fill the back with any cream, lotion, oil, even suntan oil, use it on handle to get to your back, or take it off the handle for a moisturizing massage.

FLOCK: Always wondered how we get to the back there. You are chilling what now?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is called the Cooper Cooler (ph). It is a new rapid beverage chilling appliance. Rapid chill from 77 degrees Fahrenheit to 43 degrees Fahrenheit. One minute for cans, bottles in three and a half minutes, and wine bottles and spirit bottles in six minutes.

FLOCK: What's this cost, by the way?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 89.99.

FLOCK: 89.99. A bargain. These gloves are cheaper than that, and you are getting in hot water over here.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. It is the Orca (ph) silicone oven mitt by Iosize (ph). Heat resistant under 500 degrees Fahrenheit. So, for 19.99, you can stick your hand into a pot of boiling water.

FLOCK: OK. And how much does this scale cost?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is $99, Jeff, and this has been designed to be mounted on the wall at eye level, making it very easy to read your weight.

FLOCK: If you can't see your below your belly, you're in good shape there.

What am I looking out the window on here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the Grand Tetons, static cling window scenery by Whatawindow (ph).

FLOCK: Pull one back there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Instant view for anyone.

FLOCK: And over to your left, Rick, one more time, that is -- you've seen those aero beds. That has got a what you call attached to it -- it's got a sleeping bag attached to it. And finally -- hey, Rick, come on back over here real quick. I want to show folks that, in fact, this thing did work. You OK out there? Here is our firefighter, and by God, look at what you did.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, it is clearing out, as you can see. The true hepasealed (ph) filtration on this product is the only one in the industry that has it, so nobody else could do this but Eureka.

FLOCK: Last year they picked up a -- I think it was a VW with a vacuum cleaner. Today they're sucking all the smoke out of room. There you go. Hope that's not too many smoke and mirrors for you. Back to you folks.

CAFFERTY: All right. Jeff Flock, live at the housewares show.

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