TOY BOX: You'll find plenty to like about the C-Car

Not every helpful gadget has to be a hi-tech gizmo.

Not every helpful gadget has to be a hi-tech gizmo.

The new C-Car is proof of that. The key-ring device aims to help drivers with a vexing everyday problem - how to find their cars in massive parking lots. Whether it's been at a mall, a sporting event, or in the remote parking lot at an airport, who hasn't lost track of where they parked their car? C-Car is basically a compass, but instead of directions on its face, it has pictures of cars. When you exit your car, you point the device at the mall entrance you're headed to and align the two halves of the car on C-Car's face. When you exit the mall, simply take the device out and turn it until the two halves align again. At that point, it will be pointing to your car. My 16-year-old daughter got the hang of it before I did, but even I eventually mastered it. One drawback - if you exit from a different door than you went it, the device won't work. The company has a more advanced model coming that can handle that too, they tell me. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek. Price $4.95 Available at; (offers a two-pack for $7.99) Specs 2-5/8" x 1-1/4" at its widest point, has key ring attached

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