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Grid-It! Wrap for iPad Cocoon $19.99
iPads need and deserve lotsa love, especially when taking your baby out into the big, bad world. Grid-It! Wrap provides just that. The neoprene case’s back pocket allows your tablet to be well-cushioned while on-the-go. While that alone would be enough, one panel contains several strips of woven elastic in horizontal and vertical strips to hold other items snugly, like cords, keys, pens, Purell and whatever else you may need to take along. It’s extremely handy.
SuperTooth Buddy SuperTooth $59
While its name sounds childish, the SuperTooth Buddy has changed my life. The Bluetooth device clips to a visor and connects to your smartphone for hands-free calling while in the car, including voicerecognition dialing, to keep your hands on the wheel. The Buddy also reads and sends emails and texts via your voice (additional fees apply past the included trial), but for me, its finest feature is streaming content from my iPhone, so I can listen to podcasts during the commute instead of our local radio wasteland (NPR excepted).
HandStand for iPad Hub International $49.95
Simple problems deserve simple solutions. How to hold your iPad without fear of dropping it? Hub’s HandStand is a silicone case that snaps tightly to the tablet’s back. Slip one hand into the snug elastic strap, and worry not. If you’re a multitasker who needs to talk while you walk, or perhaps a would-be chef who needs to have a recipe called up, the HandStand – while overpriced – helps.
Swann Emergency Strike Swann $59.99
Even the most stressed of offices needs a break. Blow off some steam with the Emergency Strike RC helicopter. The gyro-equipped contraption is small at 8 inches, but big on fun. Each USB charge allows for eight minutes of flying time, and it’s made specifically for indoor use, so it’s surprisingly smooth, precise and responsive to the user’s controls. The box includes spare rotors, should a cubicle disaster occur.
Safe Skies TSA Luggage Lock Safe Skies $9.99
If your job requires extensive travel, grab a TSA Luggage Lock from Safe Skies. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the combo locks are deemed “airport security friendly,” meaning TSA won’t break them open to inspect your luggage. (Should it fail, however, Safe Skies will replace it free.)
Crayola ColorStudio HD Griffin $29.99
Kids visiting the office? Keep them quiet, occupied and satisfied with Crayola ColorStudio HD for the iPad. Downloading the free app lets users unleash their inner artiste via the iMarker, an electronic pen that acts as a marker, paintbrush, pen and crayon, with more colors than that box with the built-in sharpener. The app includes more than 30 pages to “color,” which come alive with animation, music and sound effects.
SoftStep’s box says it all: “It’s a mouse for your feet.” Yes, the pressure-sensitive keyboard lets users scroll, type, select and more using only their feet. Relax, lazy folks, it’s made for software programmers and A/V geeks to up productivity, whether using Mac or PC platforms (so please put your shoes back on). It also gives physically disabled employees a boost with customizable keyboard shortcuts.
Clicker The Clicker Company LLC $24.99
Like you need another remote control. Well, this one’s universal, compatible with most cable and satellite systems. It can control up to eight devices. And it has a builtin bottle opener. Repeat: It has a built-in bottle opener.