Wireless Wednesday: Back to School Gadgets

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Rick Limpert, dave fm’s resident tech expert, joins The Steve Show every Wednesday morning at 8am. This week he showed us some cool back to school gadgets. Plus, his pick for App of the Week will help you find your life when you lose it.

Back to School Gadgets

As the calendar turns to August, your kids are anywhere from a few days to a few weeks from their first day of school.

That means “Back to School” sales and shopping are in your near future.

When I was in school, that meant a new Trapper Keeper and maybe a new pocket dictionary, but times sure have changed.
From grades K-12 and all the way through college, technology has invaded your child’s backpack and in some cases the backpack is high tech as well.

Voltaic Backpack ($150-200)
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The Voltaic Converter Solar Backpack is a bag for students with gadgets who need to be mobile. With 4 Watts of power and every size converter you can imagine, it will quickly charge all your handheld electronics. A padded laptop sleeve and sizable front pocket keeps everything secure and in easy reach. The bag will stay charged with solar panels and has a number of pockets and compartments for all your school supplies, books and gadgets. It’s roomy and durable. Order yours at

Griffin Technologies iPad Case ($25)
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Clip the Binder Insert into any 3-ring binder with 1.5″ rings or larger, and create your own custom study case for iPad and notes. Unclip it from the binder and you can use it as a standalone protective case for your iPad.

Griffin’s binder case takes the hassle out of taking notes. You can put your iPad on either the right or left-hand side, accommodating both right- and left-handed note-takers. Either way, your dock connector, volume control, headphone jack, and camera ports are always accessible.

Google Nexus 7($199)

The latest Google Android tablet is as fast and as powerful as it is good looking. It’s a 7 inch tablet that runs all the Google products and over 600,000 apps. Watch movies, read or play games with the 10 hours of battery life you get. A Quad Core processor makes everything run quickly and smoothly. All at a price that is less than half the cost of an iPad.

Livescribe’s Echo Smartpen ($169 for 4GB / $199 for 8GB)
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It may not take the notes for you, but Livescribe’s Echo smartpen does just about everything else. The pen includes a voice recorder with up to 8GB of storage capability and includes neat little trick — just tap a word of your notes to replay the corresponding audio snippet of that moment of the lecture. With an infrared sensor that senses the tiny dots on the Livescribe notebook paper to use as reference points, it’s more magic wand than pen. After the lecture, simply connect the pen to your computer using a USB cord, and the accompanying software (Windows and Mac OS X) uploads handwritten notes exactly as they appeared in your notebook. The Livescribe Desktop application then organizes notes — even converting simultaneous note taking and recording into “pencasts” that highlight words in synchronization with audio when played.

Hanpresso Wild ($99)
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Need a higher-quality caffeine fix than the muddy brew your cafeteria or local coffee house serves up? Handpresso Wild might just scratch that java itch. A handheld espresso maker, the Handpresso Wild only requires boiling water and any E.S.E. Pod, (think of them as espresso tag bags) found in most grocery stores or coffee houses. You can order these from Starbucks. Just pump the Handpresso until the Pressure gauge gives you the green light, fill with hot water, and place the E.S.E. Pod inside the filter. Dispense the pressure-pressed, piping hot espresso into a mug and launch your latte experiments. And, since all grounds stay inside the E.S.E. pod, you’ll never have to deal with a mess. Easy to use and you can get creative with your own flavors.

Otterbox Drybox ($30)
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The OtterBox 3500 Series Drybox is a cleverly-made drybox designed to withstand submersion up to 100 feet! Waterproof, crush proof and airtight, these cases provide protection for your GPS, small digital camera and so much more! This case is also perfect for keeping your ammo dry during hunting season. Perfect for the student who is a athlete or has afterschool activities and needs a safe place to store valuables and gadgets from the elements.

App of the Week:

Find My IPhone (Free)
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If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use another iOS device to find it and protect your data. Simply install this free app on another iOS device, open it, and sign in with your Apple ID. Find My iPhone will help you locate your missing device on a map.You can then choose to display a message or play a sound, remotely lock your device, or erase your data on it.
I’ve tested this app it’s very accurate. It will take you right to your missing device.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer who’s a regular contributor to Yahoo News and Sports in the area of sports technology and is also the Atlanta Gadgets Examiner for

You can follow Rick on Twitter – @RickRoswell

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