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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

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60 gadgets in 60 minutes or you are going too fast are you sure there are 60

60 Gadgets in60 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

8” Digital Frame with Printer


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

Amazon’s Kindle


SLA June 2008

reef sandal w soda opener
Get ready for the summer!

Amaze your friends!

4 different colors

Opener in the sole


Price: $50

Reef Sandal w/Soda Opener


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


Price: “slightly higher than a regular HVAC unit”

Price: ?

Millennia Air Conditioner


SLA June 2008

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


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

Finger Drums


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

zBoost Signal Booster


SLA June 2008

apc usb battery pack
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


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

NetFlix: TV Box/Player


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

Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool


SLA June 2008

apple tv
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 andvideo 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 $229160 GB $329


SLA June 2008

new jawbone update
50% smaller than its “father”


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!

Price: $129.99

New Jawbone: Update


SLA June 2008

remington powermotor
Cordless lawnmower

60 volt (vs. 36 volt)

Can plug into outlet for added boost

Price: $400+

Remington PowerMotor


SLA June 2008

action camcorder
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


SLA June 2008

mandylion password manager
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
  • Price: $49.99


SLA June 2008

turbocell charger
Emergency cellphone charger

Runs on 1 AA battery


Works with most phones

Up 2 hours talk-time

Price: <$20

Turbocell Charger


SLA June 2008

2nd gen apple iphone
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 price8 GB $199 (only black)16 GB $299 (black or white)


SLA June 2008

digital frames new generation
Remote control


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-chart.html?ref=personaltech

Price: $160-$280

Digital Frames: New Generation


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

Solio Universal Charger


SLA June 2008

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


SLA June 2008

lexar jumpdrive lightning
Memory sticks…how far we have come for storage


Security enabled

Picked by PC Mag as Best Key Storage

Ability to run apps!!

Price: $60

Lexar JumpDrive Lightning


SLA June 2008

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



SLA June 2008

micport pro
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
  • Price: $149.95


SLA June 2008

concept book about gadgets
240 pages of creative and wacky inventions


Did the gadget make money

Author Steve Greenburg

Price: $19.95

Concept: Book About Gadgets


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

Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card


SLA June 2008

electronic remote finder
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


SLA June 2008

taketv killed
TakeTV Killed


SLA June 2008

catapult watch
Watch and Weapon

Perfect for Father’s Day!

Includes 5 BBs

Price: $49

Catapult Watch


SLA June 2008

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


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

HD Communications Corp

Price: $318

Wi-Fi Network Bridge


SLA June 2008

marshmallow blaster
Shoots regular marshmallows up to 40 feet

Shotgun capability with minis

Dishwasher safe

Price: $30

Marshmallow Blaster


SLA June 2008

usb power ports
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


SLA June 2008

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


SLA June 2008

wii fit
“Active play”

Strength training, aerobics, yoga and balance

Measures & tracks BMI

Price: $130 - $200

Wii Fit


SLA June 2008

slingbox mobile
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


SLA June 2008

the pretender telephone voice changer
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


SLA June 2008

cute diseases
Plush toys

Fun and educational

Price: $8 - $13 each

Cute Diseases


SLA June 2008

  • 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


SLA June 2008

screaming cough ashtray
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


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

Flying Alarm Clock


SLA June 2008

airnet asp100 fold up amplified ipod portable speaker
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!!


SLA June 2008

lacie blu ray burner
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


SLA June 2008

pinnacle video transfer
Transfer those old video tapes to your iPod or a flash drive

No computer needed

Price: $130

Pinnacle Video Transfer


SLA June 2008

slimblade trackball mouse
Slimblade Trackball/Mouse
  • From Kensington
  • Slim and small for travel
  • Dual mode; either trackball or mouse
  • Trackball becomes scroll wheelin 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)


SLA June 2008

benq slimmest digital camera
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: ?


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

Sweat-Analyzing Shirt


SLA June 2008

el gato turbo 264 video encoder
El Gato Turbo.264 Video Encoder
  • USB hardware video encoder
  • PC version called InstantVideo 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


SLA June 2008

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


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

Canon InkJet Printer


SLA June 2008

multipattern usb mic samson c03u
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


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


SLA June 2008

tooth phone
Dental implant sends & receives calls

Sounds vibrate through skull to inner ear

Time: 2002 Best Invention


Tooth Phone

SLA June 2008

griffin evolve wireless ipod speakers
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


SLA June 2008

  • 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


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”


Price: $150

+ $10/30 sheets of paper

PoGo Pocket Printer


SLA June 2008

ipod recycling speakers
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


SLA June 2008

redi player
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


SLA June 2008

iriver ifp
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
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!


SLA June 2008

apple s time capsule
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


SLA June 2008

macbook air
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)


SLA June 2008

eyetv250 plus
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 ifyou already own a Turbo.264
  • Price: $199.95


SLA June 2008

glass keyboard
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
  • Price: ?


SLA June 2008

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


SLA June 2008

zoom h4
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 inputs16 bit 44.1 KHz recording resolution
  • On board effects; limiting, compression, mic modeling
  • Price: $300


SLA June 2008


Find the gadgets that fit your environment

Researchthe 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
Looking for 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


CNET Shopper to compare prices & shopping


SLA June 2008