New Solutions For Everyday Tech Headaches

Presenting the latest and greatest in high-tech gizmos, gear, and gadgetry

Never lose another must-have video moment off-frame

Even the best action cam can miss that last-second, game-winning kick or irreplaceable memory at a family event, because it only sees what’s right in front of it. The 360fly is a trailblazing, trailer-hitch-sized sphere that captures just about everything within view: shooting full 360° horizontal by 240° vertical surround-vision HD video, conveniently streamed to your handheld device. This compact, infinite-focus video camera includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity in a multifaceted, waterproof case for secure, seamless downloads and sharing via any iOS or Android gear. Available from Best Buy, $399.99  

Cast room-filling hi-res images with a palm-sized projector

Tired of packing a briefcase-choking extra digital projector for presentations, just in case your client’s hardware doesn’t work? Sure, there are lots of other super-portable, so-called “pico” projectors—and then there’s the UO Smart Beam Laser. No bigger than an old-school pencil sharpener, it crams bright razor-sharp laser-diode projection into a surprisingly lightweight, battery-powered (up to two hours per charge) package with an ample-enough audio speaker. At always in-focus 1280x720p resolution, it’s ready to illuminate an eight-foot swath of wall anytime, anywhere. Available from, $370  

Swap high-priced cartridges for squeezable printer-ink bottles

Computer printers drain budgets and work time whenever a pricey chip-equipped, plastic-encased ink cartridge (in any of four colors, or more) declares itself dry, requiring replacement before printing another page. EPSON, past perpetrator of such tinted extortion (not to mention wasting chips and plastic) relents with its EcoTank printers, easily refilled from included plastic bottles of ink. Though its initial cost is more expensive than other printers, the WorkForce ET-4550 printer/scanner/copier for home offices comes with an economical two-year supply of inks. Available from Micro Center, Yonkers, $499 

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