The Goods: September 2011’s Hottest Gadgets

Stain-repellent jeans, a Wi-Fi refrigerator, a carbonation-preserving water bottle and more

Every month we search far and wide to bring you a dozen of the best new ideas in gear. These gadgets are the first, the best and the latest. Check out the gallery below to get the first look at what consumer technology has brought us this month.

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Fizz Whiz

To prevent soda or beer from exploding at a picnic after a bumpy hike, Stanley’s canteen keeps carbonation in check. Leakproof seams seal in fizz, while the domed top allows pressure to build up but not blow up. Stanley Nineteen 13 Carbonated Drink bottle: $13-20 at Amazon

Keep Cool

Outfitted with Wi-Fi, an eight-inch touchscreen and apps, Samsung’s fridge lets users stream Pandora, check weather, and more. You can even leave notes, replacing a mess of magnets and stickies. Samsung LCD Refrigerator with Apps: $2,600 at Best Buy


The new Comfort Curve keyboard is a more natural step into ergonomics for conventional-keyboard users. Unlike other curved or split ‘boards, this one’s keys are uniformly sized for easier touch typing, while a central curve puts wrists at a healthy 6-degree angle. Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000: $20 at Amazon

Star Gazer

This DSLR-mounted geotagger allows for crisper night-sky shots. It uses GPS and data on the Earth’s rotation to calculate your movement relative to the stars’; it then directs the sensor to counterrotate to kill light streaks. Pentax O-GPS1: $250 at Amazon

Picture Perfect

The new myTouch is a smartphone without shutter lag. With the camera app open, it records a one-second buffer of images. Press the shutter, and the app notes the time and saves the frame from that moment. T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide: $200 (with a two-year contract) from T-Mobile

Reach Out

Paired with an Android phone, DeLorme’s inReach satellite link allows you to send and receive text messages from anywhere on the globe. The 1.7-inch-thick device connects to a worldwide network of high-speed Iridium satellites to beam messages or emergency signals. DeLorme inReach: $250 (plus monthly subscription, $10+); DeLorme

Ear Plugs

The MC2 earbuds seal off your ears with three tiers of dense memory foam. They block out up to 42 decibels—more noise isolation than any other in-ear pair—reducing the 85-decibel sound of a commuter train to the level of an inside speaking voice. Etymotic MC2 Headset: $99 at Amazon

Clean Jeans

When you wear these jeans, no one will be able to detect the coffee spill that happened on your way to work. Their odor-resistant denim is coated with microscopic particles that repel everything from mud to food stains. Levi’s Commuter 511 Jeans: $78; Levi’s

Right Foot

These boots are adaptable to suit shifting conditions. A molded rubber disc in the midsole rotates through various positions, so users can adjust the firmness of the shoe to soothe impact on rough terrain. Wolverine Fulcrum: From $200; Wolverine Worldwide

Spider Man Level

Black & Decker’s level makes it nearly impossible to misjudge alignment—an LED turns green when the level’s laser beam is straight. It mounts with a silicon suction cup that holds on for as long as two hours. Black & Decker SureGrip All-in-One Laser Level: $27 at Amazon

Sound Hound

With both an optical and standard input jack, the Lower East Side speakers get the best sound from any source. The optical input grabs a pure all-digital signal from an Apple TV or Boxee Box, while the standard 3.5-millimeter jack connects to any smartphone or MP3 player. Audyssey Lower East Side Media speaker: $200;

Key Wrench

Dremel’s new rotary tool saves you the inconvenience of hunting for a wrench when it’s time to switch from a sanding head to a scraping blade. Its nose cap doubles as a wrench that spins up the neck to loosen the head and then locks back into place once you’re done. Dremel 3000:From $55 at Amazon