Gadgets & gear to beat the heat – CTV Tech Talk

Gadgets & gear to beat the heat – CTV Tech Talk

Summer is in full swing, and in Calgary anyway, it’s been stinkin’ hot. That’s why this month’s Tech Talk TV segment focused on gadgets and gear to beat the heat.

Philips AirFryer

We all love deep fried food, don’t we? It’s just so unhealthy.  But a new kitchen device promises to give us that deep fried flavour and crispness without all the fat and calories.  Enter the Philips Airfryer.

The Airfryer is a large, food processor-sized kitchen appliance that cooks food as though it were fried. Philips says it uses, “new, unique TurboStar technology” to fry, roast, bake and grill, all in one device.

Read the full review here.

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link

The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is a multi purpose heating and cooling device. It’s a fan, heater, and air purifier all built into one tall narrow cylinder-shaped device. The major difference in this device from all other fans and heaters is that it has no blade.

There’s not really any set-up to speak of. You plug it in and turn it on and that’s about it. The device is controlled with the included Dyson remote control.

The remote will stick to the top of the fan unit with magnets, meaning it’s always going to be findable when you need it so long as you remember to put it back. The remote turns the fan on and off, allows you to control the level of airflow, can change exactly how the air gets blown into the room, using “focused mode” it’s also got buttons to change it from heat to cool, to turn oscillation on and off, and to set a sleep timer or at night Mode. More on those later. You can also download the Dyson Link app on iOS or Android.  Using the app gives you a few additional features.

The big question on many minds is, how does a bladeless fan work, and can it move air as effectively as a bladed fan? Read the full review HERE.

Tentsile Connect tent

The best way to stay cool this season is to sleep outdoors, under the stars, in the cool air. You can do that with the magical looking Tentsile Connect tent. The tent straps securely to trees with wratchets and seatbelt-style webbing.

Sleeping in the Connect tent is like being suspended in an ultra comfortable hammock. You don’t roll into the middle of the tent, and you’re not contorted in a U-shape either.  I woke up feeling refreshed and well rested.

I’m working on a full review of the Tentsile plus some How-To tips, so please check back in a week or so, and/or ask me any questions you have in comments.

Congrats to CONTEST winner Dana Hutton of Calgary who’s getting a new Philips Airfryer!

**Please note contest is now CLOSED. ******To enter, please write a (preferably nice!) comment in the comments section below.

UPDATE – Contest is now closedYou may enter today until midnight. Contest closes at 11:59pm MT Tuesday July 11th, 2017. One entry per person. Duplicate/additional entries on the same day will be discarded.

The Fine Print:
I’ll get in touch with the winner via email. Winner must respond to my email within 48 hours. If I do not receive a response/acknowledgement of the win, your entry is forfeited/discarded and I’ll redraw under same 48 hour timeframe until I get a winner to acknowledge.

I’ll pick one winner at random from among all the website entries. Only 1 entry per person, per day please; duplicate entries will be discarded.
Contest closes at 11:59pm MT Tuesday June 11th, 2017. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Not valid in Quebec.
1 winner will receive 1 Philips Airfryer, exact mode of which is to be determined by Philips or its designate and is at the company’s sole discretion, and subject to availability. bears no responsibility for prizes not delivered, delayed or misdirected, or not claimed after 30 days. Prize has no cash value. Philips or its designate has the right to substitute a similar prize, so the prizes may not be exactly as shown.

Winner’s name(s) Will be posted to this website and/or social media after the drawing.
If for any reason the internet portion of the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of this website which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest, erinlyyc reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Prize may not be exactly as show in accompanying photographs.

Prize are supplied to by a third party, as such bears no responsibility for prizes delayed, misdirected, adjusted, substituted, or otherwise not supplied.
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Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.


  1. Nathan Wieler on July 11, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Love the Dyson products!

  2. Michelle Murray on July 11, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the reviews. Cool (get it; get it?) ideas of ways to beat the heat here in Calgary!

  3. Meredith Petrie on July 11, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The air fryer is really awesome. My best friend has one and used it for samosas…..amazing! Fingers crossed 😊

  4. Virginia Neubeker on July 11, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Always enjoy your reviews. Find them very helpful.

  5. Denyse Geiger on July 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Awesome segment this morning!

  6. Mike on July 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Love the tech segment!

  7. Pamela Cupelli on July 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Looks like a great little time saving, efficient appliance! Would love to add one to my kitchen, thanks!

  8. Christine Robb on July 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Loved your segment on Morning Live this morning. Excellent information.
    I would love to win the fryer.
    Thank you in advance

  9. Anna Schuler on July 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    What a healthier alternative to deep fat frying.

  10. Terri Humphries on July 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Would love an air Fryer! Cooking healthier without all the oil sounds awesome! And what a great gift for my birthday today!

  11. Tracy Kohan on July 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Wow! This would be such a great appliance to have with two (always hungry) teenage boys in the house!! I would live to try this out!

  12. derek williams on July 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Awesome segment this morning. That tent looks very cool!

  13. Bill Oldfield on July 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Great show this morning Erin, your wings looked yummy!

  14. Brett Prince on July 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

    What a great idea. Thanks for the idea 💡

  15. Terry Biccum on July 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Looks great.. Would be nice to try it out..

  16. Carrie Stainthorpe on July 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

    That fryer would be perfect for a hot summer’s night!!

  17. Jenn Ferguson on July 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I adore watching your segments every time on CTV Morning Live! During the school year you gave me topics for new tech conversations with students all the time! The Dyson Hair Dryer was the biggest hit over graduation time! Love the Dyson fan you showcased today – that would be amazing in my classroom… then I thought Outdoor Ed could have a Glamping trip with the three items you had this morning! AirFryer and Tree Tent! You’re a ChicGeek and I am a huge fan… so obviously winning would just be awesome! :0)

  18. Kori Russell on July 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Just saw your segment on CTV Morning Live. Great show Erin! I have bookmarked your page! Lots of great info! Sure would love a Phillips Airfryer!

  19. Olga Wright on July 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Wonderful and no messy oil.

  20. Justin O on July 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Love the Airfryers, I’ve always wanted one. There is little better than finding a healthier way to eat those delicious fried foods.

  21. Jill Chorney on July 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Love fried food so would be interesting to try.

  22. Karen Lasby on July 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for your timely tech tips!

  23. Pauline Brophy on July 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great show with interesting tips and technical gadgets to use

  24. Kelly Chaffin on July 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Very informative and useful segment. Thanks!

  25. David R. Arden on July 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    HI.. I love the airfryers..i recently had a surgery that limits my deepfrying digesting capablitlites and would love one of these!!! thx dave

  26. Kevin s on July 11, 2017 at 7:32 am


  27. Sharon Ross on July 11, 2017 at 7:32 am

    It would be so awesome to win this to cool the house in the summer and use it for winter

  28. Tim Martens on July 11, 2017 at 7:32 am

    The fryer is a good idea. Like the fan too.

  29. Wendy Girletz on July 11, 2017 at 7:32 am

    thanks for all your “cool” ideas. Always seeing new things.

  30. Scott Tyson on July 11, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Your chicken wings looked great! Thx for the review.

  31. Veronica Forde on July 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

    That’s exactly what a person needs in this heat! And a healthier way of frying! Thanks for all the info you give on this and all the other items you review!

  32. Brenda Duke on July 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

    We were at a deep fry party on the weekend. This would have been great to use there!

  33. Connie on July 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Great segment this morning!

  34. Melissa Daw on July 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I would love to try the air fryer out! Mmm, mozza sticks!

  35. Scott Adams on July 11, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Hello, thanks for demonstrating the AirFryer. We have an old oil deep frier which we hardly use due to the mess and use of all that oil. We would get much more use from an AirFryer.

  36. Rexon Matibag on July 11, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Love fried foods, but the oil gives me a second thought every time I think of cooking. This air fryer will solve my problem.

  37. Laura Lane on July 11, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Hi Erin
    I would love to win the air fryer. I’ve wanted one for years. Your segment in ctv is always very knowledgeable. Your great.
    Thank you

  38. Jane on July 11, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Oh dear, just saw those beautiful chicken wings fried with my dream kitchen gadget😍. Thanks for the presentation on the dyson product . Thanks for bringing these products to us on ctv.

  39. Lesley Gregory on July 11, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I would love the airfryer to kick start a new healthy way of eating.

  40. Marge Berry on July 11, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Would love to have a healthy alternative to deep fryer foods. The Phillips fryer appears to be the answer!

  41. Rhonda Malinowski on July 11, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Great segment on CTV. dyeing has amazing products. The tent will make camping a whole new experience. Lol. The deep fryer looks amazing – a healthier choice. Thanks for sharing these new products.

  42. Carol Philpott on July 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Would love to try out the air fryer. Sounds great

  43. Ann Davis on July 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Very interesting segment this morning. Have been thinking of buying an Airfryer, would love to win one!

  44. Dana Hutton on July 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    WOW! That was a cool segment. Isn’t technology wonderful? Why wouldn’t I enter?
    Thanks Erin. I love your CTV segments as per usual!

  45. Rose S on July 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Looking forward to trying the Philips Airfryer. Great Gadget.

  46. Lew Cline on July 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Always cool stuff but wondering if you could give a very rough price range these items sell for …. no idea what I’d pay for a tree hammock tent bed (but would love to try it!!!)

  47. Betty on July 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Always looking to try gadgets that provide healthy eating habits. This looks terrific.

  48. Danny Maibroda on July 11, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for the reviews today. They were very informative and provide ways to beat the heat in Calgary!

  49. Ruth Longhurst on July 11, 2017 at 7:39 am

    What an amazing tool for the kitchen! Literally- just what the doctor ordered – a chance to enjoy my favorite foods without becoming too porky!

  50. Al Martin on July 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Really liked the air fryer review and am looking forward to trying it in my home ..hopefully 😃

  51. Dana Stephen on July 11, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Great reviews, the Philips Air Frier looks like a new way to cook that is much healthier than the old deep fried methods. With health concerns I have not been able to eat foods like “chicken wings” and this kitchen appliance would be a nice addition to expand the food menu for my special dietary needs.
    Thank you very much Erin!

  52. Cindy Vela on July 11, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Would love to eat deep fried food again and not worry about the extra fat! Thanks

  53. Deb Bridge on July 11, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Love the Dyson cool + heat review, and have looked at a number of air fryers; I really like that the Phillips basket, etc. are dishwasher safe. Winning one would be great!

  54. Angela on July 11, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Really excellent products, Erin, thanks for sharing them. You always find the coolest stuff!

  55. Joann Baudin on July 11, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Great job on CTV news. You demonstrate some interesting things that I didn’t know about.

  56. Sylvie Schweizer on July 11, 2017 at 7:56 am

    We would love to win this deep fryer. Both my Husband and I LOVE wings and this fryer for sure would be a much healthier option then always deep frying in oil .

  57. Judy Gordon on July 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Heard so much about the amazing qualities of an air fryer from a friend, so actually seeing your review this morning just reinforced those qualities. I would love to win one!

  58. Chaminda Sampath on July 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

    The tech talk segment was very interesting. I always enjoy new gadgets. Like to win today’s prize.

  59. Judy Michalski on July 11, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Dyson fryer would be great to have

  60. Paul on July 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Appreciate the info as being on is and accurate

  61. Corinne Stefanik on July 11, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Phillips Airfryer would make an amazing addition to our kitchen.Thanks for the review.

  62. Cindy Watt on July 11, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Was very impressed with this review. I would love to have this in my kitchen. Already thinking of many uses and recipes! Thanks!

  63. Carin Stephen on July 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Hi Erin, really appreciated getting your run down on the three products displayed on your segment this morning. When my husband seen the Philip’s Deepfryer he looked at me with a big smile! I new he was thinking, “Wow! We could eat foods that we are not allowed to eat!” He is fighting some terrible conditions and I would love to see him be able to eat things we have stopped due to the higher oil content. This would be wonderful to win!! Thanks!!

  64. Harvena Chiacchia on July 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Would be thrilled to win one of these airfryers! Thanks for the info!

  65. Maureen Michaud on July 11, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Yeeha Erin, I would love to win the Phillips fryer. If I don’t win I will probably buy one anyway. Love your reviews!

  66. Patty on July 11, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hi Erin, love your reviews. I would love to win the Phillips Fryer. Sounds like a great product to have.

  67. Erica Lister on July 11, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Love your segment! Would love to win the Phillips Fryer, Thanks!

  68. Ron Gore-Hickman on July 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Hi Erin,
    Another good segment this morning. It motivated me to have a look at your website, which is now bookmarked.
    I liked all the products this morning. but the Philips Airfryer does look really handy. Thanks for the reviews.

  69. Mairi Babey on July 11, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Airfryer looks amazing!

  70. Maria on July 11, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Thanks Erin for the reviews. Always looking forward to your segment.

  71. Darren Morrison on July 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Love chicken wings, with less oil. Nice find Erin!

  72. cowtowncowboy on July 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Great reviews Erin. The Dyson is definitely ‘cool’, and ‘hot’ too, but that Philips Airfryer is simply amazing. I had no idea you could fry with air. I would love one in my home but the cost seems a bit high for our budget now so winning one from you would be the highlight of my Stampede and Canada’s 150 summer. Thank you.

  73. Annaliisa Sando on July 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Your review was especially helpful today as we’re struggling to beat the heat in our AC-less house these days!

  74. Brent Ackerman on July 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Great job!

  75. Matt B on July 11, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Fried without the fat….what a great way to stay in shape! 👍😉🍤

  76. Lorraine Long on July 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I tuned into your show segment this morning.
    What a treat! Both entertaining and informative. Thanks for the chance to enter your contest…always a bonus!

  77. Lee on July 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Really enjoyed the segment this morning! Great way to start my holidays!

  78. Elizabeth Allan on July 11, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Loved your segment this morning, I also get it sent to my email which I enjoy having. Great segment.

  79. Patricia on July 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    You always find such interesting stuff to bring to the segment. The AirFryer sounds like a great thing to have. My partner eats wings probably at least a couple times a week. Would love to slip a healthier version in there every now and again.