MINNEAPOLIS -- Back to school may not be front and center on most students minds right now, but Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg is thinking about it. Take a look at some cool gadgets for back to school 2014.
BACK 2 SCHOOL 2014
Slingbox M1 – Just launched and with a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $149.99, the new Slingbox M1 is the most affordable Slingbox that Sling Media has ever produced. Designed for the mainstream user who wants to have remote access to all of their home TV channels and shows as well as access to DVR content on personal computers, tablets and phones, the Slingbox M1 is offered in a compact, unassuming form factor that fits easily into an entertainment system. Slingbox M1 is the lowest priced Slingbox we've ever introduced: $149.99 — no monthly fee. Click here for more information.
Braven BRV-1 and BRV-X – Two ultra tough Bluetooth speakers – Braven, the designer and manufacturer of the world's most talented speakers, is dedicated to delivering stunning audio to today's mobile consumers. The ultra-rugged and IPX7 waterproof certified BRV-1 and BRV-X portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal for students headed back to school this fall and are the perfect companion for any adventure. The BRV-1 is available for $99.99 and the BRV-X is available for $199.99 at AT&T stores nationwide and online at att.com. Click here for more information.
Space Bar — Clear the clutter and own your desk with the Quirky Space Bar -- a sleek desk accessory, which is great for dorm life, saving space, minimizing clutter and providing multiple USB ports for busy students. With six USB ports – four in the front that charge and sync and two that charge in the rear – the space bar can assist the toughest projects and papers. It also includes one mini-USB port and one AC adapter port. Space Bar is available at RadioShack. Click here for more information.
The Fan Buddie — Turns an ordinary box fan into an extraordinary whole room air scrubber that is highly effective, extremely affordable and easy to clean. Combining PollenTEC – an innovative new filtration material certified by the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) – with a dense layer of antimicrobial filtration support, the Fan Buddie is your first line of defense in the battle against pollen, allergies and a miserable Spring. The Fan Buddie ($29.95) is so affordable you can buy one for every room in your home with effortless installation and maintenance. It works on most 20" box fans and 18" circular fans (Holmes, Camair, Galaxy, Sunbeam brands) and Vornado tower fans. Click here for more information.
Janome Sewing Machine — Color has made a splash into sewing machine! The Derby Line from Janome features six different color options: Pink Lightning, Turbo Teal, Buzzin' Blue, Fastlane Fuchsia, Orange Blaze, or Purple Thunder. With 3 new colors coming out just in time for the holidays! Not only is there a Derby Line machine for everyone's favorite colors, but the presser foot is specially designed to prevent little hands from finding their way underneath the needle. Perfect for a child, someone sewing in a small apartment space, or during travel. Whether this is a first sewing machine or a travel machine for someone who can't ever be too far from their hobby, you can certainly count on the ability to create a wide range of projects from simple hemming or garment fixes all the way to quilt piecing and construction. Starting at just $69.99, adults and children alike can start a lifelong hobby right away! Click here for more information.
Pong Case – While the effects of mobile device radiation are uncertain at this time, 50 percent of the RF signal can be absorbed into a person's head or body during normal use. Wireless energy is even absorbed when the device is in your pocket or on standby. Equipped with patented antenna technology, Pong cases are the only cases proven to reduce exposure to radiation* while simultaneously optimizing the outbound signal. The embedded micro-thin, gold-plated antenna redistributes the signal, pulling it away from your head and body. Customized for today's most popular smartphones and tablets, Pong cases are available in Classic and Rugged styles and in a variety of colors. Pricing starts at $59.99 for phone cases and $99.99 for tablets. Click here for more information.