Over the years, your key chain has become a custodial clump of assorted accessories and unidentified house, locker and car keys. Time to free up some ringside real estate and make room for the latest key-chain gadgets. Careful, though-losing your keys has never been quite so expensive.
Imation Micro Hard Drive
New this summer, Imation’s sub-one-inch, four-gigabyte hard drive has double the capacity of similar-size flash drives. Its secured with 128-bit encryption and plugs directly into a USB port, like a good thumb drive should. It’s also Windows- and Mac- compatible and automatically backs up files for quick recovery after a computer crash. imation.com
Lords of the Ring
Over the years, your key chain has become a custodial clump of assorted accessories and unidentified house, locker and car keys. Time to free up some ringside real estate and make room for the latest key-chain gadgets. Careful, though–losing your keys has never been quite so expensive.
by Michael Kraus
Mandylion Labs Password Token
Replace the Post-its on your monitor with this password keeper. The token’s processor can store and manage up to 50 logins, each up to 14 characters in length. It also uses algorithms to generate impossible-to-guess passwords. The unfortunate irony is that you have to recall and punch in a secret combination of the devices five buttons to retrieve your passwords. mandylionlabs.com
Microbeam Tire Gauge
Properly pressurized tires can increase your gas mileage by about 3.3 percent. With oil prices at more than $50 a barrel, consider this: an LED flashlight and tire gauge in one. Touch a button to activate the light and gauge, and then place it over the tire valve to get PSI readings on the backlit digital LCD. brookstone.com
Eaton Home Heartbeat
Install sensors to monitor appliances, windows and doors, and a wireless base station will beam alerts to the fob’s LCD if, say, you left the iron on. When you’re out of the base station’s 90-foot range, it text-messages your cellphone if something’s awry. The fob shows the status of the house as you left it. homeheartbeat.com
TransCore SmartWatch SecurePas
You probably don’t need this biometric fob, now in use at U.S. military sites, but be glad others have it. As a driver approaches a security gate, he places his finger on the fob. This triggers external readers at the checkpoint to scan an RFID tag on his windshield and send his personal data to the guard’s computer for rapid confirmation. transcore.com