Back to School Gadgets

August 19, 2008 10:50:01 AM PDT
TechnoDad Mike Ferrara shows students and their families the latest and coolest tools to make life at college more productive. They include:

· -- A featherweight sub-notebook computer: MacBook Air only weighs 3 pounds. http://www.apple.com $1,800

· -- Hotel chain recommendations for families of college students that feature gas rebates.http://www.parkinn.com/offers/2195684 $20 rebate

· -- A 2.5-ounce digital hotspotter to find wireless networks quickly. http://www.canarywireless.com $60

· -- A solar charger to recharge your phone or computer without a plug. http://www.solio.com/charger/ $80

· --Speaking of plugs, a portable multi-outlet strip for all your stuff. http://www.belkin.com $25

· --The latest in portable hard drives to store your files. http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=391&language=en $190

· --An inkjet printer that uses cheap ink! http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=9087&CID=KOSBANNER&LOC=080508_BTS1YRINK_KODKHOME1&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=7725 $150

· --A pair of video glasses that will help pass the time with your video iPod. http://www.myvu.com $300

· --NewerTechnology USB Adapter: Turns an old laptop or desktop computer into a super-fast wireless machine for about $50. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/MXP802NU2C/ $50

· --A card can upload photos from your camera to your computer or the web wirelessly. http://www.eyefi.com $130

· --For the two-iPod student, this docking station from JVC is also a radio tuner and you can play video on any TV. http://av.jvc.com/product.jsp?pathId=158 $180

· --The Chumby reads your email, picks up the weather on the internet, goes to your favorite web pages, and even wakes you up in the morning. http://www.chumby.com/ $180

· http://www.backstagegallery.com is a new website where you can order gallery-quality prints of famous music stars for your dorm for about $100. (I'll have some actual prints with me we can show). FROM ABOUT $100

--The Modbook turns an ordinary MacBook into a tablet PC--perfect for aspiring artists and graphics students. http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Modbook $2,300

Most of these products can be found at Ferrara's Web site: http://www.technodad.tv


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