Our Latest Favorite High-Tech Gizmos

Raise your comfort level in the office, or finally grab yourself that motorcycle.


Power up a purring electric superbike 

You could say the San Francisco-based Mission Motorcycles crew is on a mission from Gaia: creating the first earth-friendly electric-powered two-wheelers to rival gasoline-engine performance on the motorcycle racing circuit and on the road. The Mission R can accelerate from 0 to 60 in three seconds and easily glides to 160 miles per hour, while emitting zero fumes and only the smoothest of hums. Each plug-in battery model is custom-made, and delivered throughout the US. Available from www.mission-motorcycles.com, $29,999 (after $2,500 federal tax credit)

Raise your office comfort level atop a smarter desk

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Sitting all day at a desk can be detrimental to long-term health and well-being—yet 9 to 5 or longer at a standing desk (the trendiest C-level work surface) may not be the answer, either. The Stir Kinetic Desk adjusts its height to your daily routine, even gently “breathing” up and down an inch to prompt you into changing position; your bones and joints will thank you later. Available in white or dark-stained hardwood top from www.stirworks.com, $3,890 

Save your world of data on a passport-size hard drive

A few years ago, it took roomfuls of hard drives to store one terabyte of computer information—about a tenth of the Library of Congress’ print collection. These days, you can hold one terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) of data in your hand on a WD My Passport Ultra portable hard drive. It amply backs up all of your priceless digital files: more than 200,000 photos or up to 1,000 hours of video. Available at Best Buy, $69.99 

Shoot first, focus later with a forgiving light-field camera

How often do your once-in-a-lifetime pictures turn out blurry because the depth setting was too far off? Now you can shift focus after the fact, using tech that captures ight direction in addition to a scene’s colors and intensity. Deploying multi-lens sensors and whizzy software, Lytro-brand cameras have gone from a 2006 Stanford University PhD computer science thesis to a pro-grade 8X zoom, high-speed still imaging instrument, in the Illum Light Field Digital Camera. Available from B & H Foto & Electronics Corp., www.bhphotovideo.com, $1,499 

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Fire up a jetsons-worthy robot to clean your grill

’Tis the season to be grilling. Just in time comes a spunky automaton to mechanize away all the messy scraping-off of charred-on food. The horseshoe-crab-sized Grillbot features three hefty battery-powered electric motors churning wire brushes at optimum speed, according to smart on-board sensors. No need to wait hours for the grill to cool off; Grillbot is heatproof to 250° F and rarin’ to rasp. Available in orange, red, blue, or black from www.skymall.com, $119.99 

Wield the sharpest of work/play windows laptops 

You might think the finest-honed PC laptops are reserved for traveling business rainmakers. In fact, today’s top-tier Windows portable users are deep-pocketed gamers, either pro players or commercial road warriors hooked on speed and slashing graphics when off-duty. The latest Razer Blade Pro packs a keen 17-inch screen, LCD touchpad for functional personalization, and blazing graphics chips in a svelte chassis. Perfect for those who unwind playing Titanfall after a day of client calls. Available from www.razerzone.com, starting at $2,299.99

Sport this solar-powered electric splash of a watch

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A Swatch-style, bold-hued timepiece and contrasting wrist band provide a practical sporty accessory for summer—until the quartz-circuit watch’s battery goes dead, usually when the correct time matters most. Sure, you could just replace the battery, but why bother when the Citizen Watch Company now offers luxury Eco-Drive light-powered technology in its pop Q&Q (Quest & Quality) line. The Q&Q SmileSolar Series of the light-charged, waterproof watches debuts in 15 cool eye-candy combinations. Available from www.store.smile-qq.com, $40 

Go all macgyver with a multi-tool iphone case

Inclined to tinker or fix things on the fly—without having to tote a geeky Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool? Lightweight, tough, aluminum-and-polycarbonate TaskOne cases for iPhones compactly stash 22 hardened stainless-steel tools, including wire-cutters and a wire-stripper, three screwdrivers, six Allen wrenches, pliers, and a bottle opener. The knife/saw blade can be removed and left home when you must travel through airport security checkpoints. Available in black, tan, red, or orange from www.thetasklab.com, $99.95 

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