The Goods: June 2008

From the smallest pro camera to a static-free music phone speaker our editors round up the summer's must-have products

In each issue, PopSci rounds up the must-have products for the month. This June, check out dozens of the hottest new products: from the smallest pro camera to a eco-friendly mower to a frame that prints out its shots.

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RAISE THE DEAD

Revive your cellphone's lithium-ion battery even if you forget the charger. The Xenium is the first phone that you can juice by popping in an AAA battery. It adjusts the current to charge the phone's main battery for up to three hours of extra talk time.
Philips Xenium 9@9j Price not set; philips.com

SCOPE SHOTS

This digital camera is made specifically for your telescope. It has no lens of its own and instead attaches directly to your scope—no tricky adapters needed.
Minox Digital Camera Module $450; minox-web.de

SCREEN PRINTING

When your visitors admire a photo on this eight-inch digital picture frame, give them a copy on the spot. The first model with a built-in printer creates 4x6 images using compact cartridges that include both paper and ink.
SmartParts SP8PRT $280; smartpartsproducts.com

SAND BOX

Many sanders trap sawdust only to spill it when you fumble with the clasp to empty the container. The bin on Bosch's sander twists off smoothly like a bottle cap, so you won't bang dirt loose.
Bosch 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander $60; boschtools.com

MORPHING MOUSE

Compute in comfort by adjusting this mouse to the size of your hand. Just pull it to extend it from 5.6 up to 7.8 inches long.
Humanscale Switch Mouse $120; humanscale.com

AN EAR FOR MUSIC

Keep rocking with the first hearing aid that doubles as a wireless headphone. A pocketable transmitter relays audio from a Bluetooth-equipped phone or MP3 player to the earpiece.
Phonak Exélia From $2,750; phonak.com

LITTLE BIG SHOT

You can hold the world's smallest digital SLR with one hand, just like a point-and-shoot. But like a pro camera, it takes interchangeable lenses, such as this 0.9-inch-thick model.
Olympus E-420 with 25mm lens $700; olympusamerica.com

CARD PLAYER

New camcorders store high-def video to SD cards. But then what? Insert the card into a slot on the first TV with a decoder that plays HD video from a memory card. Or use the Ethernet jack to watch YouTube videos.
Panasonic Viera PZ850 plasma series Price not set; panasonic.com

CLEAR THE AIR

Figure out if wireless gadgets such as cordless phones are slowing down your Wi-Fi connection. This antenna plugs into your computer and senses various radio signals. Software displays the traffic on different wireless channels.
MetaGeek Wi-Spy 2.4x $400; metageek.net

MEASURED RESPONSE

Pour six months' worth of detergent and softener into this washer, and relax. It automatically dishes out appropriate doses for each wash based on the selected load size, temperature and water hardness.
GE Washing Machine with SmartDispense $1,800; geappliances.com

MEASURED RESPONSE

Pour six months' worth of detergent and softener into this washer, and relax. It automatically dishes out appropriate doses for each wash based on the selected load size, temperature and water hardness.
GE Washing Machine with SmartDispense $1,800; geappliances.com

A GREENER LAWN

Mow fume-free with the most powerful cordless lawnmower yet, which has a 60-volt battery (others top out at 36 volts). For tackling thick grass, it's also the first battery-powered model that can plug into an outlet to boost blade speed.
Remington PowerMower From $400; remingtonpowertools.com

CLEAN AND SHINY

Most leather conditioners shine and protect a surface but don't remove dirt. Turtle Wax's new formula does it all by combining small amounts of solvents and soap with ultraviolet-light inhibitors and wax. It also works on plastic, metal and carpeting.
Turtle Wax Ice Total Interior Care $8; turtlewax.com

TOAST, NO JAM

Your bagels won't get stuck inside the Smart Toaster. It raises and lowers bread with an elevator-like motorized platform that provides three times as much force as a mechanical spring.
Breville Smart Toaster $130; brevilleusa.com

CADDY HACK

This small circular level lets you judge a golf green's topography. A bubble at the seven o'clock position, for example, means that a putt goes downhill and breaks right.
Momentus Golf Eez-Read $15; eez-read.com

A RANGE WITH RANGE

Electrolux adjusts the output of two separate flame rings to achieve an extremely wide span of temperatures in a single burner. At 18,000 BTUs, it sears your food; at 450 BTUs, it melts chocolate without burning it.
Electrolux Dual Fuel Ranges From $2,400; electroluxusa.com

BUZZ KILL

When you plug a music phone into speakers, the cell signal creates static. This iPhone dock is the first to use noise-canceling technology to filter out the buzz, instead of metal shielding to block the wireless signal.
Altec Lansing T612 $200; alteclansing.com

INVISIBLE INK

This printer solves the problem of damp, wrinkly printouts by rolling a full coat of clear ink onto paper as it travels into the machine. Colored ink then bonds chemically to the clear layer instead of soaking unevenly into the paper.
Canon PIXMA MX7600 $400; /usa.canon.com

AS THE WORM TURNS

Less than three inches high, this remote-control robot packs two miniature gear-boxes. One contracts and expands the legs for walking; the second pivots the body so that it can move in any of six directions.
Innovation First Hexbug Inchworm $15; hexbug.com

AS THE WORM TURNS

Less than three inches high, this remote-control robot packs two miniature gear-boxes. One contracts and expands the legs for walking; the second pivots the body so that it can move in any of six directions.
Innovation First Hexbug Inchworm $15; hexbug.com

BLACK LIGHT

This bag hides a strip of reflective material under a layer of black mesh with a tight weave, so the bag appears inconspicuously dark during the day but glows when headlights hit it at night.
Timbuk2 Covert From $130; timbuk2.com

ROBO REF

Kids can race their friends to this battery-powered game console, which senses players' radio-frequency-ID-tagged bracelets to determine the winner. Because its powerful RFID reader can register many bracelets at once, it can judge contests that come down to a tenth of a second. Later, upload your scores to your PC or download new race instructions.
Swinxs Price not set; swinxs.com

TRAFFIC TRENDS

When trying to calculate the fastest route, most GPS units assume that you can drive the maximum speed allowed. For traffic-clogged streets, the Go 730's maps include data on the average speed that cars have actually traveled on a road over the past year.
TomTom Go 730 $450; tomtom.com