Plugged In

Presenting the latest and greatest in high-tech gizmos, gear, and gadgetry



Zen Charging Station
Keep your BlackBerry, MP3 player, and all of your portable devices together while hiding the octopus of cords that regrettably comes with them. The faux grass props up your devices vertically for better visibility—and cooling.
$24.99; perpetualkid.com/zen-charging-station.aspx

 

NeatReceipts
Tired of trying to keep track of business expenses? NeatReceipts, a portable scanner and digital filing system, helps manage all of your paperwork on the computer. NeatReceipts identifies and extracts the important information from receipts, business cards, and documents and automatically organizes it for you. Simply scan a receipt and export the data into Excel, or scan a business card and create a searchable contact database.
$199.95; neatco.com/products/neatreceipts

 

Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Cards
Touted as the first wireless memory card, the Eye-Fi card stores photos and video, and its built-in Wi-Fi allows it to instantly and wirelessly upload your media to your computer, iPhone, iPad, Android device, Facebook, or media-sharing website of choice. Some models allow for instant geo-tagging. Compatible with most cameras.
$49.99 and up (depending on memory size and features); eyefi.com

 

 

Zpen
Transform your sloppy handwritten notes into digital text on your computer. Zpen transmits the sloppy scratch from your meetings onto a USB drive that you can later download to your computer and convert into digital text for use in a Word document. The pen also can be used as a regular USB drive with 1GB capacity to store files.
$69.99; danedigital.com

 

3M MPro150 Pocket Projector
Put your eye-popping multimedia presentations in the palm of your hand with this pocket-size projector, which supports all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), plus Adobe PDF, and movie and music files. Includes 1GB internal storage, a 2GB microSD card, and integrated speakers, enabling you to download your presentation from your computer, cellphone, iPod/iPhone, or PDA. The projector has 120 minutes of battery life and is capable of projecting up to a 50” screen size.
$259 (at Amazon.com); for product info and a list of other retailers, visit the manufacturer’s website: 3m.com/mpro/products150.html

 

Bulletproof Body Armor Clipboard
For those meetings that get a bit out-of-hand, this heavy-duty clipboard is made from Level II body armor—which can stop up to a 9mm bullet with no penetration. Holds paper, stops bullets. Comes with a 25-year warranty.
$44.99; thinkgeek.com

 

 

 

Freeloader Pico Solar Charger
Let Mother Nature charge up your iPod, GPS, or cellphone before the sun goes down with this handy solar charger. This lightweight, compact device comes with multiple adapters to fit virtually every device.
$39.99; thinkgeek.com/electronics/d0bc/

 

 

 

CubeGuard
Whether you’re out to lunch or are in need of a little peace and quiet in your cubicle, this retractable banner lets your office mates know. Choose from a wide variety of messages or create your own personal message.
$14.95 (cheaper in bulk); cubeguard.com

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