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60 Gadgets in

60 Minutes….
(or “you are going too fast…are
you sure there are 60??”)
Barbara Fullerton
Manager Librarian Relations, 10-K Wizard

Ed Vawter
Owner & Researcher, QD Information Services, LLC

Dina Dreifuerst
Budget & Acquisitions Librarian, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP

SLA June 2008


8” Digital Frame with
Printer
Like that picture? Print it!
Cartridges have both
paper and ink
SmartParts SP8PRT
Price: $280

http://smartpartsproducts.com/

SLA June 2008


Amazon’s Kindle

Wireless Reading Device


Large LCD screen
Weighs only 10.3 oz
120,000 books available
Other news sources; newspapers, blogs
Holds ~200 titles
Utilizes EVDO for wireless transfer
No wireless bills!
Price: $359 http://www.amazon.com/kindle

SLA June 2008


Reef Sandal w/Soda
Opener
Get ready for the summer!
Amaze your friends!
4 different colors
Opener in the sole
Leather
Price: $50

http://www.usoutdoorstore.com/outlet/re

SLA June 2008


Millennia Air
Conditioner
Solar-powered HVAC system
12- to 24-hour rechargeable
battery
Can also run off electricity
Extra: Aquacell water cooler
Scaleable: 2-10 ton capacity
SolCool
Price: “slightly higher than a
regular HVAC unit”
Price: ?

http://www.ecofy.com/

SLA June 2008


Cadillac CTS
An expensive “gadget” $42,155
40 GB hard drive for navigation system
instead of DVD
Tivo-like audio recording
Best iPod integration

http://www.cadillac.com/cts

SLA June 2008


Finger Drums
Little drum set for your fingers!
Lights, sounds, record, &
playback
Each drum lights up &
generates a beat when your
finger touches it
Record your rhythm & bring
the party to your desk or
meeting
Batteries included
No rhythm…no problem
Comes with pre-recorded beats
Price: $24.99
http://www.gadgetgoodies.com/Finger-Drums-Des

SLA June 2008


zBoost Signal Booster
Stop hanging out the window
for cellular reception
Improves indoor cell coverage
External antenna + wireless
internal unit
Works with most carriers
Con: where to install antenna?
Wireless Extenders
Price: $300

http://www.zboost.com/

SLA June 2008


APC USB Battery Pack
Small battery pack for USB charged gadgets
Extremely small; about the size of a deck of
cards
Can charge any device that charges via USB
Can give multiple charges for cell phone, iPod,
GPS, etc. (claim 55 h for iPod nano or 10 h
talk time on a typical cell phone
10 Watt hour
LED status bars
Price: $55

http://www.amazon.com/APC-UPB10-mobile-charging-device

SLA June 2008


NetFlix: TV Box/Player
Tired of waiting for
snailmail
Movies delivered to your TV
5” x 5” size
Box is hooked via Wi-Fi or
Internet Connection
Instant movies & TV shows
Con: No current movies
Plug into TV or Computer
Claims to connect to any
TV
Launch date: June 3rd
Price: $99.99
http://www.roku.com/netflixplayer/

SLA June 2008


SLA June 2008
Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool
Tired of losing your
pocket knives to TSA?
Clips onto your keychain
Includes screwdrivers &
bottle opener
Really sharp blade
½ ounce; lifetime
warranty
Price: $10

http://www.swisstechtools.com/

SLA June 2008


Apple TV
Internet enabled entertainment device
Can rent or purchase movies (including
some HD and surround sound, TV shows,
and music from iTunes)
Can watch YouTube videos and
video podcasts on your TV
Requires TV with HDMI, DVI or
component video input
No built-in DVD player
Rated 8.0 out of 10 on CNET
Price:
40 GB $229
160 GB $329

http://www.apple.com/appletv

SLA June 2008


New Jawbone: Update
50% smaller than its
“father”
Award-winning
Military-grade
NoiseAssassin technology
Blocks out noise
Weighs 10 grams
4 hours of talk time
Recharges in less than 30
minutes via USB or charger
Range: 33 feet
Available only via AT&T
Just released! http://www.jawbone.com/newtalk.aspx
Price: $129.99

SLA June 2008


Remington PowerMotor
Cordless lawnmower
60 volt (vs. 36 volt)
Can plug into outlet
for added boost
Price: $400+

http://www.remingtonpowertools.com

SLA June 2008


Action Camcorder
Full-function, hands-free, digital recording
Mounts easily on helmets, handlebars, and
other sports equipment
640 x 480 VGA resolution
at 30 frames per second
Compatible with operation
system WIN2000/XP/Vista and
Mac X 10.3/10.4
Operates with 2 AA batteries
Price: $150

http://www2.oregonscientific.com/shop/product.asp?cid=6&scid=14&pid=895

SLA June 2008


Mandylion Password
Manager
Three years to develop
securely manage up to 50
logins, safe combinations,
security codes, etc
Passwords: 14 characters
5 buttons for navigation and
data entry
Data is stored in permanent
memory, unaffected by
battery life
Designed to meet U.S.
Military standards
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/security/91a2/
Price: $49.99

SLA June 2008


Turbocell Charger
Emergency cellphone
charger
Runs on 1 AA battery
Reusable
Works with most phones
Up 2 hours talk-time
Price: <$20

http://turbocellcharge.com/

SLA June 2008


2nd Gen Apple iPhone
Now 3G
Faster processor
Only available with 2 year contract
No longer can be activated online
Must purchase form Apple Retail Store or AT&T Retail
Store
Will connect to MS Exchange servers
Assisted GPS
Available in July 11, 2008
Lower price
8 GB $199 (only black)
16 GB $299 (black or
white)

http://www.apple.com/iphone/

SLA June 2008


Digital Frames: New
Remote control
Generation
USB
Play videos/Slide Shows with music
Wall mount
Emotion—send photos from cell to the
frame
Sign up for photo feeds from Flickr,
etc.
Printing from the frames
Kodak EX1011, Estarling, PanDigital,
Momento 100
Comparison Chart
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/technology/personaltech/07pogue-
Price: $160-$280

http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-p

SLA June 2008


Solio Universal Charger
Solar-powered emergency
charger
Charges phones, mp3
players, cameras, etc.
8 hours for full charge
Holds charge for 1 year
Closed: 5” x 2.5” x 1.5”
Price: $200

http://www.solio.com

SLA June 2008


Weed-Whacker Broom Skate
Thing
Harry Potter-like “broom” transportation
I’m not sure what to make of this
Price: ???

http://gizmodo.com/5013586/one-kids-journey-on-a-weed+whacker-broom-skate-thing

SLA June 2008


Lexar JumpDrive
Lightning
Memory sticks…how far
we have come for storage
8GB
Security enabled
Picked by PC Mag as Best
Key Storage
Ability to run apps!!
Price: $60

http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-pat

SLA June 2008


GadgetTrak
Loads software on gadgets via USB port
Wirelessly transmits IP address, city, ISP, username
Cell phones will send SMS with new phone #
Price: $13/year per device $40/year for laptops

http://www.gadgettrak.com

SLA June 2008


MicPort Pro
XLR Mic pre-amp to USB
adapter
Allows for the use of
Standard XLR mics with any
computer with USB ports
Single channel, 24-bit /
96KHz audio interface
Control for both input level
and volume level for
headphones
48V Phantom power. No
additional power required
for condenser mics
http://centrance.com/products/mp/
Price: $149.95

SLA June 2008


Concept: Book About
Gadgets
240 pages of
creative and
wacky
inventions
Problems
Did the gadget
make money
Author Steve
Greenburg
Price: $19.95

http://www.amazon.com/Gadget-Na

SLA June 2008


Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card
Wirelessly transmits images
to home PC
Auto-detects Wi-Fi spots
Optional Webshare service
Can help with theft recovery
Price: $80 - $130

http://www.eye.fi

SLA June 2008


Electronic Remote
Finder
Helps you find that missing
remote
Works with an included whistle
Includes three units
Unit flashes and loudly beeps
allowing it to be found easily
I wouldn’t ruin a remote with
this
Price: $16.99

http://www.1ofakindstuff.com/Remote-Control-Finder.html

SLA June 2008


TakeTV Killed

http://www.sandisk.com/fanfare/intro/

SLA June 2008


Catapult Watch
Watch and Weapon
Perfect for Father’s Day!
Includes 5 BBs
Price: $49

http://www.backyardarticllery.com

SLA June 2008


USB Projection
Keyboard
Projects a keyboard
onto any flat surface
Works over USB
Not Compatible with
Mac OS :(
Price: $180

http://www.amazon.com/Laser-Projection-Keyboard-Enabled-Laserkey/

SLA June 2008


Wi-Fi Network Bridge
Outdoor wireless network
bridge
802.11b/g unlicensed
2.4GHz band
Wireless Internet between
two locales up to 5 miles
apart without requiring a
single RF cable
Both networks are powered
over Ethernet
Catch: the bridge requires a
direct line of sight between
the two locations http://www.wirelessnetworkproducts.com/
HD Communications Corp
Price: $318

SLA June 2008


Marshmallow Blaster
Shoots regular marshmallows
up to 40 feet
Shotgun capability with minis
Dishwasher safe
Price: $30

http://www.marshmallowville.com

SLA June 2008


USB Power Ports
Boring but essential for travel
One for converting electrical outlet
into a USB powered port
Another for turning the car
cigarette lighter into a powered
USB port
Price: my came with my iPod ($25
new)
The cigarette lighter USB adapter
was $10

http://www.amazon.com/Apple-USB-Power-Adapter-MB051LL%252fA

SLA June 2008


BlackJack II

VideoShare
Enhanced RSS reader
Built-in GPS
International Quad-Band
2 megapixel camera
Runs Mobile OS 6
Price: $199

http://www.samsungmobileusa.com/blackjackII/

SLA June 2008


Wii Fit
“Active play”
Strength training, aerobics,
yoga and balance
Measures & tracks BMI
Price: $130 - $200

http://www.nintendo.com

SLA June 2008


Slingbox Mobile
Watch TV on your cellphone!
Control your cable or DVR from
anywhere you have cell reception
Requires Slingbox
Phones supported: Motorola Q,
Q9h, Q9m & Q9c; Samsung
Blackjack & Blackjack II, T Mobile
Shadow, HTC Excalibur, T Mobile
Dash, I-Mate SP5m, T Mobile SDA
Price: $30
http://www.slingmedia.com/go/smartphone

SLA June 2008


The Pretender:
Telephone Voice
Changer
Need to hang up on
someone?
Sound like a different
person!
Multi-settings & sound
effects (dog barking, baby
crying)
Too busy to talk? Press the
Call Waiting sound
Compatible with most
phones
Price: $139

http://www.ggsmark.com/store/pretender-phon

SLA June 2008


Cute Diseases
Plush toys
Fun and educational
Price: $8 - $13 each

http://www.giantmicrobes.com

SLA June 2008


Radioshift

Tivo for Radio!


Allows you to record radio station worldwide
Database of over 50,000 stations
Listen to Real Audio, Windows Media,
Quicktime or mp3 streams all in one player
Mac OS Only
Price: $32
http://www.rogueamoeba.com/radioshift/

SLA June 2008


Screaming Cough
Ashtray
For those trying to quit
smoking or just for
parties!
Looks like a lung
Put a cigarette in it and it
starts to cough and
scream
2 AA batteries
Price: $10.99

http://www.perpetualkid.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1630/

SLA June 2008


Flying Alarm Clock
Really loud alarm
Propeller launches & flies
around the room
Must return propeller to base
to turn off alarm
Princess International
Price: $15

http://www.giftsatprincess.com

SLA June 2008


Airnet ASP100 Fold-Up
Amplified iPod Portable
Speaker
Folds for easy travel
Runs on 4 AAA batteries or
USB powered!
Reasonable sound
Cheap enough to replace if it
gets damaged during travel
Price $5.74!!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FAIT3A

SLA June 2008


LaCie Blu-Ray Burner
Supports all optical media
types except HD DVD
Works with PC and Mac
Burn up to 4 hours of
video
Back up 10 DVDs
Easy to use software
Save 50 GB on one disc
Can burn 8cm or 12cm
discs
Offers good performance
speeds
Price: $689.89
http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=11054

SLA June 2008


Pinnacle Video Transfer
Transfer those old video tapes
to your iPod or a flash drive
No computer needed
Price: $130

http://www.pinnaclesys.com

SLA June 2008


Slimblade
Trackball/Mouse
From Kensington
Slim and small for travel
Dual mode; either trackball
or mouse
Trackball becomes scroll wheel
in mouse mode
Bluetooth wireless
Goes to sleep when your computers does to save
batteries. Estimates 6 months between battery
changes!
Fuel gage to let you know when to change batteries (2
AA batteries)
Price: $77 (Amazon)
http://us.kensington.com/html/13880.html

SLA June 2008


BenQ Slimmest Digital
Camera
3” LCD Screen
8 megapixels
Optical zoom lens
1600 ISO
Simple finger movements like
tap, circle, and swiping which
lets you swipe the screen
Auto Face Tracking
Quick bar functions
Photo art
Available in Europe
Price: ?
http://www.benq.us/

SLA June 2008


Sweat-Analyzing Shirt
Is “it” in you?
Biosensors imbedded in fabric
monitor electrolyte levels
Wireless data transmission for
real-time analysis
Still in development

http://www.biotex.com

SLA June 2008


El Gato Turbo.264
Video Encoder
USB hardware video encoder
PC version called Instant
Video To-Go
Allows for encoding video at
H.264 (MP4)
Dramatically speeds up encoding; ~10-15
times faster for older Macs and 4 times faster
for Intel core duo 2 GHz processor
Frees the computers cpu for other activities
Price: $60-$99

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/Accessories/Turbo264/product1.en.html

SLA June 2008


Iomega Hi-Speed
250GB HD
E-Go
For the executive in your
life!
Backup your hard drive
Genuine brown leather
External
Price: $142.45

http://www.iomega.com/direct/products/detail.jsp?current_tab=0&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=6170

SLA June 2008


Canon InkJet Printer
Eliminate the
damp, wrinkled
paper effect
Uses 2 layers of
ink: full coat of
clear, then color
layer
Price: $400

http://usa.canon.com

SLA June 2008


Multipattern USB Mic:
Samson C03U
Plugs directly into USB;
no interface needed
Built-in preamp
Has three patterns; cardioid, omni,
and figure 8 pick-up patterns
Switchable High-Pass Filter
and 10 dB Pad
Great for podcasters!
Price: $99

http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1878

SLA June 2008


Ping.fm

Easy updating your social


networking tools
Plug-ins to update to all
your tools using AIM,
iPhone, email, etc.
Wonderful for multiple
accounts such as Linkedin,
Facebook, Blogger, Twitter
Price: No Charge
http://ping.fm/

SLA June 2008


Tooth Phone
Dental implant sends &
receives calls
Sounds vibrate through
skull to inner ear
Time: 2002 Best Invention
Prototype

SLA June 2008


Griffin Evolve Wireless
iPod Speakers

Freq response 120Hz - 20 KHz


20 watts RMS
Wireless speakers
Powered with Li polymer batteries
10 hours of use between charges
Automatic sleep mode
Price $349.99
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/evolve

SLA June 2008


SecureZip

ShareWare
Zip email messages
Works in MSFT Office
Secure attachments in
Outlook
Password or encryption
available
For Desktop and/or network
PC Mag Choice May 2008
Price: No Charge
http://www.pkware.com/software-data-security/free

SLA June 2008


PoGo Pocket Printer
Prints 2” x 3” prints with sticker backing
Works via USB or Bluetooth
Inkless printing embeds color into paper
Size: 4.7” x 2.8” x 0.9”
Polaroid
Price: $150
+ $10/30 sheets of paper

http://www.Polaroid.com/pogo

SLA June 2008


iPod Recycling
Speakers
Converts iPod clear plastic
packaging into a speaker
No power required
iPod Nano (1st & 2nd Gen.) and
iPod Shuffle (2nd & 3rd Gen.).
Price: $40

http://www.audiocubes.com/product/Bird-Electron_EZ17-B_iPod_Recycling_Speaker.html

SLA June 2008


Redi Player
Slogan: Redi2Play
1 GB MP3 Player
Uses Windows Media
Player and iTunes
Preloaded with 250 tracks
(6 hours of music)
9 Editions: Workout, Rock,
Classic, R&B, Yoga, etc.
FM & LCD Screen
USB Mini so you can still
upload
Price: $39.99
http://redi2play.com/

SLA June 2008


iRiver ifp
Extremely small portable high
resolution mp3 recorder/player
Discountinued :(
Can find them on eBay
Comes in 500 MB and1 GB models
Portable podcasters ideal
inexpensive recorder
Fit 6 h 56 m at highest resolution on
1GB model (320 kps, 44;1 KHz)
Price: depends but less than $100

SLA June 2008


Samsung Instinct
Gives iPhone competition
Hi-speed wi-fi
Touch screen
Downloadable icons
Personalized screens
3G
Removable battery
Expandable memory
Visual voicemail
GPS
Price: $199 w/2 yr Sprint
contract
Goes on sale this Friday!
http://www.samsunginstinct.com/

SLA June 2008


Apple’s Time Capsule
Wireless Backup via 802.11n
Available with 500 GB and 1 TB drives
Works great with Time Machine in Mac OS
10.5
Price: 500 GB $299
1 TB $499

http://www.apple.com/timecapsule/

SLA June 2008


MacBook Air
Extremely thin; 0.16 to 0.76 thick
1.6 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
Multi-touch trackpad
Smart LED screen for longer
battery life;
now mercury and arsenic free
Includes 802.11n wireless
No DVD or CD player
Only 80 GB hard drive
Supports up to 64 GB
solid state drive (very expensive) http://www.apple.com/macbookair/

SLA June 2008


EyeTV250 Plus
Watch, record, edit and enjoy TV on
your Mac
Convert analog source video to
digital files
Includes a hardware video encoder
Receive free OTA HDTV and analog
TV
With a Mac mini allows you to create
a Mac based Tivo-like device
Able to convert to ipod video format
Consider the EyeTV hybrid if
you already own a Turbo.264
Price: $199.95

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/250plus/product1.en.html

SLA June 2008


Glass Keyboard

Future of keyboard
Laser touch
Waterproof
No-Key concept
Light source, a camera and
an etched sheet of glass,
showing the key positions
Type, the cam sees your
contact with the glass and
sends appropriate commands
to your PC http://gizmodo.com/5015723/no+key-glass-touch+k

Price: ?

SLA June 2008


Altec Lansing Wireless
Home Theater Sound
System
Delivers wireless digital 5.1 surround
sound
Enhanced connectivity for TV, DVD, VCR,
DVR
or satellite TV
3 digital inputs (2 optical, 1 coaxial)
3 analog inputs
Comes with a Universal Remote
Does not include sub-woofer
Price: $999.95
Special $399.88 Amazon

http://www.alteclansing.com/index.php?file=north_product_detail&iproduct_id=pt8051

SLA June 2008


Zoom H4
Excellent portable recording device
Works great right out of the box
Records to Secure Digital cards
Two XY mounted condenser mics
4 track recorder in WAV or mp3
XLR mic inputs
16 bit 44.1 KHz recording resolution
On board effects; limiting, compression,
mic modeling
Price: $300

http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1901

SLA June 2008


Overwhelmed?
Find the gadgets that fit your environment
Research the product
Fits into your budget
Consider new products
Know your learning curve
If it is broken should you fix it or replace it
Beware of First Generation technology

SLA June 2008


Looking for Gadgets
Wired http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/
Treonauts http://blog.treonauts.com/
PC World http://www.pcworld
.com/article/id,131935-page,13/article.html
Consumer Reports http://www.consumerreports.org
Gizmodo http://www.gizmodo.com
Engadget http://www.engadget.com
Frontgate http://www.frontgate.com
Thinkgeek http://www.thinkgeek.com
YouTube http://www.youtube.com
Popsci http://ww.popsci.com/gear-gadgets
CNET Shopper to compare prices & shopping
http://shopper.cnet.com

SLA June 2008