This iron has legs

Ever gotten distracted while ironing? You rush off to answer a phone call or get the door, leave the heated iron on your fancy linen shirt and come back to find an iron-shaped imprint on your garb. Not a good look.

Oliso has come up with a workaround for easily distracted iron wielders--the Touch&Glide, which automatically stands up on built-in legs as soon as it senses a user's hand releasing the handle. Grasp the arm again and digital sensors feel the pressure and command a micro-motor to pull the iron back down onto the ironing board. An auto shut-off feature turns the device off if it's plugged in but not being used.

Credit: Oliso

The company also touts the iron as ergonically sensible: Since it stays in a horizontal position, users don't have to strain their wrists or elbows by constantly lifting the product into a vertical stance between ironing strokes.

The Touch&Glide, released on Friday, is currently available online for $117, as well as on the Home Shopping Network. It's set to hit department stores in mid-September.

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Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.


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