We’ve got grade-A gizmos to help you and your student stay on target this fall. From fingerprint protected security options to a more handsfree commute, these new gadgets will have you and yours being more productive in no time.
Get to class in less time and with less effort with GeoOrbital’s electric bicycle wheel. Pop the wheel on your bike and attach the throttle to your handlebar, and you’ll be cruising at up to 20 mph while barely breaking a sweat. No need to feel guilty about hitting snooze one more time. $995, www.geoo.com.
Free your eyes from screen overload — and make your commute safer — with the O6 remote. Check your email, control your music, take pictures and send texts, all with a few clicks of the wheel and your voice. Stay connected without the eye strain. $99, www.o6app.com
Hover Camera Passport
Document the back-to-school experience from every angle. Hold the Hover Camera Passport drone in place—and then let go. The camera will use facial recognition technology to follow you around, or you can control it with your iPhone. Selfies are so last year. $499.95, www.apple.com
Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key
Secure your information like never before with Kensington’s fingerprint adapter. Plug the adapter into the USB port of your Windows-enabled computer, and voila! VeriMark will store all of your passwords in a secure bank, so you can now log into your favorite websites with just your fingerprint. Hassle-free security is just a touch away. $49.99, www.kensington.com
Sandisk Wireless Stick
Never be without your files with Sandisk’s Wireless Stick, a new type of memory storage device. With the device in range, you can access your data, stream videos or transfer large files from your computer, phone and tablet. While great for saving term papers and office spreadsheets, it’s also an excellent way to back up photos and videos and shore up room on your devices. $23.49-$249.99, www.bhphotovideo.com, www.bestbuy.com, check online for store availability.
Billing itself as the most versatile laptop, Microsoft’s new Surface Pro is a laptop, tablet and sketchpad all in one. With a long-lasting battery, a high-resolution screen and camera and the latest Windows operating system, the Surface Pro is perfect for all of your school, work and social needs. And it comes in fun hues of blue, steel and red. $799-$2,699, www.microsoft.com or Microsoft Store.
Bailey Shiffler Larson is a Los-Angeles based freelance writer who loves school supplies, even though she is no longer a student.
Where to shop
Apple Store: 1620 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817-840-9801; and 260 Grand Ave., Southlake, 817-722-1401, www.apple.com
Best Buy: Multiple area locations, www.bestbuy.com
Microsoft Store: NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, 469-587-3180