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Gear Up: More Things To Do With Your Green Thumbs

  • Written by  Paul Semel & Peter Suciu
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While Apple didn’t invent the tablet, the company certainly made a splash with the iPad. But if the price still seems too high for you, consider Coby’s new Ice Cream Sandwich line of tablets ($179; cobyusa.com).

Running the Android 4.0 operating system, the 7-inch MID7042 offers a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, a capacitive multi-touch screen, Wi-Fi and 1080p HDMI output, which makes it ideal for watching videos or checking email and, best of all, does it without breaking the bank.


Star Wars stormtrooper helmet portable speakerStar Wars stormtrooper helmet portable speaker

As we’ve all learned from Ron Paul, nothing gets the troops motivated like “The Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back. But it doesn’t work if you’re trying to blast from your iPod’s earbuds. Instead, really crank it up with the Darth Vader, Boba Fett or Stormtrooper MP3 Speakers from Funko ($29.99 each; funko.com).

Shaped like their respective helmets, these 3-inch-tall speakers can connect to your MP3 player, cellphone, tablet or computer through a USB port or headphone jack, so you can really show your coworkers who’s boss.


Verge DuoVerge Duo

There’s a whole world out there to explore on a bike. Unfortunately, bringing one with you can often be a pain. And while many folding bikes are good for the trip, they leave something to be desired when it comes to riding.

That’s not the case with Tern’s Verge Duo ($1200; ternbicycles.com). It compacts quickly and easily but is still comfortable and fun to ride, evoking a bit more style than the average folder. It also features a BioLogic FreeDrive system to keep the chain away from clothing, and there’s no need to bring a pump, as the seat post has one built in.


Olympus’ Tough line has made some headlines this year with the release of the Tough-810, the world’s first 100kg crushproof camera.Olympus’ Tough line has made some headlines this year with the release of the Tough-810, the world’s first 100kg crushproof camera.

Rugged cameras usually look as if they can stand up to a war zone, but unless you’re making a documentary in the Sudan, why not get one that has a bit of style as well? Olympus offers the best of both worlds with the Tough TG-320 ($179.99; olympusamerica.com), a rugged point-and-shoot digital camera for those who like to look first-class but fly economy. It’s waterproof to 10 feet, shock-proof, freeze-proof and dust-proof, but still offers 14-megapixel resolution. It also features a 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom with a 3D photo mode and an HDMI port for easy connectivity to a TV.


Goal Zero Sherpa 50 Goal Zero Sherpa 50

Sure, when you climb your next mountain, you can get your Sherpa to carry your laptop, mobile phone and other devices — but what will you do for power? Easy: Have him carry a Goal Zero Sherpa 50 ($249.99; goalzero.com) as well.

Weighing just 14 ounces, this portable battery pack can provide DC and AC outlets along with a 1A USB port. It can fully charge via a solar panel in 5-10 hours (or within 2-3 hours via a wall outlet), and, in turn, can power a smartphone for 10 hours, ensuring that you won’t be left without juiced-up electronics when you need ’em.


CCS5123 Soundbar Home Cinema SpeakerCCS5123 Soundbar Home Cinema Speaker

Flat-panel TVs have tiny speakers, which is why they also have flat sound. But the CCS5123 Soundbar Home Cinema Speaker from Philips ($349.99; usa.philips.com) is a sleek system that fills the room with sound without also filling it with speakers.

The 300-watt Soundbar is compatible with TVs, Blu-ray and DVD players, gaming consoles, and other devices, and it offers simplicity of control from an Android device while also acting as the central hub to stream movies and other content from such Android devices as a tablet, smartphone or PC.

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