More than 1,650 people are harnessing their dogs' energy using a contraption called the Dog Powered Scooter. Inventor Mark Schuette has created the ideal vehicle for Iditarod wannabes and folks who have always dreamed of using their pooches' pulling power during neighborhood walks.

More than 1,650 people are harnessing their dogs' energy using a contraption called the Dog Powered Scooter. Inventor Mark Schuette has created the ideal vehicle for Iditarod wannabes and folks who have always dreamed of using their pooches' pulling power during neighborhood walks.

The basic model - a two-wheel scooter - can be built to accommodate one ($550), two ($805), three ($1,005) or even four dogs ($1,205). For an additional fee, the human can ride in comfort on a specially constructed recumbent bike or tricycle.

I'm guessing there's not a single Dog Powered Scooter in all of Columbus. If I'm right, you can be the first to draw the oohs and ahhs of your neighbors as you take your pup out for a spin.

On Schuette's website, dogpoweredscooter.com, you can read about the ease of training your dog to power the device. It's complete with videos of dogs mushing during their daily constitutionals.


Phone-friendly gloves

If you're new to the world of touch-screen smartphones, you'll quickly learn that gloves and touch screens don't play well with one another. You can either expose your hands to 10-below wind chills or you can buy your next pair of gloves from freehands.com.

Freehands has all styles of men's, women's and unisex gloves, and on each glove the tips of the thumb and index finger fold back to give you access to your phone while keeping relatively warm. The gloves sell for $16-$80.


NBA Flash Drives

USB thumb drives are handy items to have, but few of them stand out in the crowd. A tip of the hat to Adata for its NBA Flash Drives, which are must-haves for fans of the Lakers (Kobe Bryant), Celtics (Paul Pierce), Knicks (Amare Stoudemire), Heat (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade), Thunder (Kevin Durant), Bulls (Derrick Rose) and Magic (Dwight Howard).

Available for $25 at amazon.com or walmart.com, these 4GB drives in the shape of basketball jerseys and pants are said to be waterproof, as well as impact- and stain-resistant. Too bad that at 2 inches tall, these guys can't dunk.