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The Revolution: the brush head can be swivelled to any angle.

Consider the challenge a manufacturer faces when it sets out to build a better snow brush: Just looking at the device makes customers miserable. It's freezing outside. We're using it to scrape ice off the windshield, or our vehicle is coated in white stuff that's going to run down our shirts and our boots. … Winter is the worst.

In the war on snow, I have put my faith in a new snow brush that retailers are stocking with the grandiose name "Revolution: Polar Grip." The innovation here is a one-button control mechanism that allows you to swivel the brush head to any angle: parallel to the haft, 90 degrees, three quarters, whatever. It also has a one-button telescoping handle that locks in a few preset lengths for short people with tall cars (a category my wife falls in).

It's new, so I don't know how it will stand up to repeated abuse, but it feels sturdy and light, and its only about $20. My hope is it helps those drivers who can't reach the snow on the roof of their car, mainly so I don't get a surprise snow blast when I'm behind them on the highway.

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Shane Dingman is The Globe and Mail's technology reporter. He covers BlackBerry, Shopify and rising Canadian tech companies in Waterloo, Ont., Toronto and beyond. More

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