Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Techie and other Stuff For Writers

Hey Folks...Ok, I'll admit it-The words Carissa and tech savvy should never be used in a sentence together. I muddle my way through stuff or bellow for a kid to come explain it at least a half dozen times...but these are user friendly and kind of unique. Price wise they vary from cheap to Oh My God but they're still fun to check out. Some are just cool, some are ingenious, some are fun. 

1. Coffee/Tea Joulies. 
These are small steel coffee beans that got their start on shark tank and through crowd funding. You drop them into your cup and it stays hot for up to five hours. I have lost count of the number of cold cups of coffee I have choked down- this is genius. Engineered beans that cool coffee to the right temperature faster and then keep it there longer. Made in USA from 85% recycled stainless steel using hydro power from Niagara Falls.

2. Scan Marker.
 Again...where in blazes was this while I was in college? It's the size of a highlighter, but leaves no bright yellow/orange/green behind, so you can highlight anything. It even has a bank of 20 languages so it shouldn't argue with your document software.

3. Airstash. It's essentially an SD card reader that creates its own WiFi network, enabling you to access the content on whichever card is inserted as long as you're connected to the network it emits. Cards up to 32GB in size are supported, and you can load up any kind of content your heart desires. Size-wise, the AirStash is fairly portable, clocking it at 1.9 x 3.6 x 0.5-inches in size it's certainly small enough to toss in a bookbag. It's got a USB port on one end for file transfers from your PC and to handle charging duties, while the SD card slot is at the opposite end. 

4.Aqua Notes-yep, just what it sounds like.
     These waterproof notepads help you capture and preserve your ideas before they're forgotten. You can use this to preserve a great- or not yet great idea organize thoughts and tasks for the day ahead, or to leave messages in the shower for roommates, spouses or kids. Or they can draw, sketch,or doodle in the shower. If you think better in the shower or poolside this may cure any soggy results. They're supposed to meet your need for a paper pad that can take whatever the weatherman dishes out and there's like 40 pages. 

5.Idea Paint. 
This is sort of like chalk board paint, you buy it in the gallon can and paint the walls, the upside is you can plot like crazy if that is your path to writing, but it also gives the munchkins a place to doodle. They have the usual colors, green, red, blue & black. But if you're doing a series and need the room for massive notes- this could be the ticket.

6. Echo Smart Pen. 
If a pen is mightier than a sword, then Echo Smartpen can give a Kitana a run for its money. This pen is a Dictaphone, portable storage drive and music player all rolled into one. The pen allows you to write on paper and then electronically transfer those notes onto a computer with the help of a Micro-USB Connector. If you’re a list maker, you’ll benefit immensely from the recording feature, forget about shorthand and scribbling furiously into the paper – just turn the recorder on and Echo Smartpen will capture 3D audio. Super cool and not awful on the price point, but it made me stop and look twice. › smartpen

7. . Steelseries 7G
The 7G is actually a gaming keyboard, but it’s a worthy upgrade for writers. I know I have killed at least three keyboards in the last two years and totally rubbed off the letters on two others.It’s a heavy, rock-solid keyboard high on technology and made with quality in mind. Its design is clean and has a minimal appeal to it, coupled with that design are features like USB and audio ports, gold plated switches and connectors, multimedia controls and an unrivaled lifecycle of 50 million keystrokes.
But here’s the real kicker for writers – the keys are made of mechanical switches and not membranes, what does it mean? Increased tactile response (you feel you’re typing on an advanced typewriter) and response time. I love this and will have it on my list of "I wants" just in case.

8.Book Tent.
 This was the OMG one, but it's just too cool to not include and yeah, the only tech involved is trying to put the thing up but...


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