Great gadgets for the digital nomad

If your workspaces include airports, hotel lobbies and coffee shops, these devices can help.
  • (Computerworld)
  • — 16 September, 2008 09:41
At 1.5 pounds and powered by a lithium ion battery, Planon's Printstik PS910 is a go-anywhere print shop.

At 1.5 pounds and powered by a lithium ion battery, Planon's Printstik PS910 is a go-anywhere print shop.

  • At 1.5 pounds and powered by a lithium ion battery, Planon's Printstik PS910 is a go-anywhere print shop.
  • The Fellowes Monitor Filter will prevent those around you from seeing what's on your screen.
  • Zagg's InvisibleShield keyboard cover can keep a spill from turning into a digital disaster.
  • Voltaic's solar backpack puts out 4 watts of juice, has its own battery and comes with 11 power tips.
  • Belkin's Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger turns a single AC outlet into three.
  • HP's 5.3-ounce iPaq 910 Business Messenger smart phone can link with an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network.
  • Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen can play back exactly what was said and when by pressing the pen to any place in your notes.
  • Meritline's Ultimate Cable Kit can make the connection with retractable FireWire, USB, telephone and Ethernet cables and all the tips needed.
  • Aliph's Jawbone Bluetooth headset uses advanced digital signal processing technology to block out the racket going on around you.
  • Pure Digital's Flip Mino weighs 3.3 ounces, but can capture a whole hour of TV-quality clips at 640-by-480 resolution and 30 frames a second.
  • Solio's Magnesium portable solar charger has three photovoltaic solar panels that slide out to provide up to 8 watts of power.
  • IOGear's GearJuice kit includes a power adapter and seven tips, along with a 2,000 milli-amp hour battery.

Lean and Green

Why spend valuable work time searching in vain for an AC outlet when the sun can power your phone or other equipment? The Solio Magnesium Edition portable solar charger from Better Energy Systems has three photovoltaic solar panels that slide out to provide a total of up to 9 watts of power. This will give you 15 minutes of cell phone talk time for every hour in the sun.

Solio Magnesium's charger comes with a USB adapter tip, plus you get a coupon for another tip of your choice from iGo.com. If you'd rather carry your solar power on your back, you can get Voltaic's solar backpack for US$249. It puts out 4 watts of juice, has its own battery and comes with 11 power tips so it's sure to fit your equipment.

Keeping Secrets

The Fellowes Privacy Filter is essential equipment for mobile workers trying to keep secrets. Whether the sensitive document is a spreadsheet for your company's upcoming IPO or the private portion of a friend's Facebook page, this monitor filter will prevent most bystanders from seeing what's on your screen. Only those looking straight at the screen can see anything, so digital Peeping Toms peering sideways over your shoulder will see only a black screen. Available for 12.1- to 15.4-in. displays, the filter costs about US$35.

Write On

When recording a meeting and taking notes is not enough, Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen lets you do both by linking your handwritten notes to what was said "live." The Pulse Smartpen includes an audio recorder that can play back exactly what was said when you press the pen to any place in your notes. The only catch is that you need to use one of Livescribe's special 100-page notebooks; a four-pack costs US$20.

The US$150 charcoal blue pen looks and feels good, weighs 1.3 oz. and can record up to 200 hours of note- taking activity. The software puts it all together, along with cool apps like a translator and transcription service, but it works only with Windows computers.

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Brian Nadel

Computerworld
Topics: peripherals, consumer electronics
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