Must-have back-to-school gadgets


by New Day Producers

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 7:02 PM

Whether we're ready or not, it's time to start shopping for back-to-school supplies again! Steve Greenberg is the author of "Gadget Nation", and once again he's found the latest and greatest gizmos to make going back to school a little bit easier.

HP SlateBook x2  -- is a combination netbook and tablet—it offers students the flexibility and fun of a tablet as well as the productivity and power of a notebook. HP SlateBook x2 is $479.99 and available at  For more info go to:

Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One® --Boasting one of the smallest printer footprints on the market, this “small-in-one” offers top quality features at an affordable price—just $99.  It’s great for students on a budget or for those living in tight dorms or other quarters with limited space.  Designed as a complete wireless solution, the XP-410 offers Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ n, Wi-Fi Direct™, and Epson Connect™ for convenient wireless printing on-the-go from an iPad®, iPhone®, or Android tablet or smartphone. Plus, the XP-410 Small-in-One features bonus templates enabling students to create and print school projects and reports with a personal touch, including calendar pages, graph paper and even note paper with a personal photo in the background.  More information on the $99 Epson Expression Home XP-410 can be found online at

Zazzle --is an online marketplace where you can buy and make anything customized from smartphone cases to skateboards to flip flops to t-shirts and more. Zazzle's proprietary technology lets users personalize more than 95-million products. Based in the Bay Area, Zazzle is making products to order, typically within 24 hours.  Zazzle's vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world's imagination.  Here are two sample Back-2-School products as examples--

  • Liberty Bottleworks Aluminum Water Bottles ($29.95) --24 oz. hydration never looked so good-- Made of 100% super-strong recycled aluminum, this rugged water bottle features an easy quarter turn open/close cap and tapered neck for splash free drinking. Printed with a food-grade coating that’s 100% BPA free, rest assured that this water bottle is as safe as it is beautiful. 
  • Rickshaw iPad/Tablet Photo Sleeve ($71.95) --This unique sleeve uses images selected from your smartphone or Instagram to create a personalized must-have Back-2-School sleeve.  Made with water resistant fabrics and an ultra-plush padded liner, this sleeve delivers protection while beautifully displaying your artwork, text and images. Made in San Francisco, California with a focus on environmentally sustainable production, the Rickshaw iPad sleeve is a simple, stylish, and sustainable solution for protecting your electronic device.

ZocDoc –here’s a free app every parent needs to know about—especially with required pre-school check ups—ZocDoc is a free service and app that allows you to find a nearby in-network doctor or dentist, see their real-time availability and instantly book an appointment online. The service is available 24/7, allowing parents to book the family’s appointments at their convenience. Parents can read verified patient reviews and search by health insurance plans to find the right doctor. They can also use the Pediatric Search feature to find specialists who see kids, making it even easier for parents to schedule their family’s care.  This service is free for patients via or the free ZocDoc apps for iPhone and Android. A Spanish-language version called ZocDoc en Español is also available

2013 Carrera Unisex E00414 Foldable City Commuter Bike Folding City Helmet  $85 from KOO BIKES and eBay  Patented Folding helmet for the urban cyclist--Safety assured passing CE cycle helmet tests--Folds to a third of original size. Super lightweight and ventilated all round with simple elastic and velcro fastening so it’s easy to adjust and fold.  eBay is a great place for brand new and hard-to-find items at a fixed price—

Airbac --is the only backpack with a patented air support system which makes it feel like the weight of the bag and contents have been cut in half.  For the kids heading back to school with lots of heavy books, Airbac is the perfect option.  The air cushion on the backside of the backpack literally takes the weight off your child’s back. The Airbac is $89.99 and is available at Macy’s and online at

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