5 ways to beat the winter blues

Story highlights

  • Heated mouse aims to keep you warm in the office when gloves aren't an option
  • "Influenza sorbet" of cayenne, ginger, Maker's Mark, claims to help cure the flu
  • Nest, the learning thermostat, can be programmed to match your daily activities
From wireless heated insoles to a flu-fighting sorbet, here are five techie, tasty, positive ways to stay warm and healthy this winter.
For those of us who work in an office, cold hands are no excuse for typos and gloves can make typing a nightmare. But where there's a will, there's a way, right? Well, here's a spin on one of our most ubiquitous office tools. ValueRays has created a mouse with embedded infrared heaters powered through its USB cord. The product's website says WarmMe is a passive therapy device that helps "ease joint pain" and "promote healthy and flexible joints." Now, if only we can address that other hand that doesn't use the mouse all day.
Got cold feet? No folks, this isn't the answer to your wedding day jitters. These heated insoles from ThermaCELL are designed to help keep your toes warm and make outdoor activities more enjoyable. A wireless remote control allows you to adjust the heat to a desired temperature. They even use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. In terms of comfort and durability, the lightweight cushions are actually designed to provide additional shock absorption and can run continuously for up to five hours. If layering your socks isn't doing the trick, this sounds promising.
Smartphone-controlled products like LED lightbulbs and door locks are helping us control our homes with the click of a button. But is there anything worse than waking up in the morning in a freezing cold home? Thankfully, as our everyday appliances get smarter, so can our thermostats. Nest, the learning thermostat, can be programmed to perfectly match your daily activiti