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Explainer: Hot back-to-school gadgets

  • 'Teach Me Time' Alarm Clock

    “Teach Me Time” Alarm Clock ($40)
    Waking up on the wrong side of the bed can make or break a student’s, or parent’s, day! For the little ones who are just learning to tell time, this clock helps. It has interactive time-telling games, turns green when it’s OK to get out of bed, and also doubles as a night light!

  • Boogie Board tablet

    Boogie Board tablet ($35)
    This is a great tool for kids who are just learning how to write. It’s a screen that allows them to doodle and then erase with the touch of a button. It makes kids feel like they’re using technology to learn — all while having fun.

  • Goodbyn

    Goodbyn ($20)
    This lunchbox puts the brown paper bag to shame. It’s an extremely well-thought-out design for children that encourages them to eat all their food because it’s presented to them in very manageable portions. I also love this product because it rids your life of those non-eco-friendly plastic bags, too.

  • Asus Disney PC

    Asus Disney PC ($350)
    Getting kids used to laptops becomes fun with this Disney laptop from Asus. It’s lightweight, has a spill-proof keyboard, built-in restrictions, personalized desktops for young family members and more.

  • Alien Alarm Clock

    Alien Alarm Clock ($19)
    If you have a teen who hates when you are the one who wakes them up, then let this alien pod be the one to do the dirty work. Once the alarm goes off they have to shoot it to make it shut up!

  • Moshi Alarm Clock

    Moshi Alarm Clock ($40)
    This is a voice-activated alarm clock that not only looks cool but will get you out of bed before mom gets a chance to nag you! Simply touch “Moshi” and she’ll ask you what command you want to execute. From here you can simply “tell her” to set the alarm, change the “sleep sound” and all while changing colors!

  • Athena Netbooks

    Athena Netbooks ($599)
    With this Windows 7 netbook it’s all about the design. Sure, you’ve got the 320GB hard drive, a 3-pound weight and a 4-hour battery, but most of all you’re rolling around school in style.

  • Mega Memory Watch 2GB

    Mega Memory Watch 2GB ($20)
    Using the computer lab at school can be time well spent, and when it’s time to transfer documents from school to home you’re covered! This watch has a built-in USB storage stick and looks cool on your wrist.

  • iPhone 4

    iPhone 4 ($199)
    I’m a mom of a 4-year-old and I get empty-nest syndrome when he goes to a half day of preschool. I can only imagine what’s going to happen when I can ‘t see his beautiful face each day. Thanks to the iPhone 4, I can! Along with everything awesome that encompasses the iPhone, face time allows mom to call son and look at his baby blues whenever she wants!

  • Ecco Personal GPS Locator

    Ecco Personal GPS Locator ($99)
    Heading to a new campus means new territory and new territory for many young students means anxiety over getting to and from class without getting lost! This GPS-enabled device is magic. You hook it to your key ring and from your dorm room, or wherever, you hit the “1” button. Head off to class with confidence, knowing you’ll find your way back. If you’re not sure which way is home, the device will point and beep your way back to your dorm room!  The device will also help locate cell phones, keys and cars!

  • Sony Dash

    Sony Dash ($199)
    This is the ultimate alarm clock for the college student who likes to stay on top of their media from the moment they wake up to the second they go to bed, literally. The Dash sits next to your bed just waiting for you to touch it so it can show you everything from a movie on Netflix to a detailed weather report; it can play you Pandora radio or show you your Gmail. Again, for the student who likes information to be accessible, the Dash is the ultimate.

  • MacBookPro

    MacBookPro ($1099, iPod Touch is FREE)
    Here’s the computer they really want to take with them to school. The MacBook Pro can handle all programs with top speed, has a large hard drive, a disc drive and burner and on all fronts is sure to make the grade. This computer will last them all the way through college and far into the real world, and with every MacBook comes a free iPod touch, which sweetens the deal like no other!

  • Foldable Bikes

    Foldable Bikes ( $500)
    If you’re going to a school in a major city or living in a dorm on a campus where you just don’t trust your fellow students not to touch your stuff, then investing in an awesome bike is out of the question — or is it? These folding bikes are ideal because they easily turn into a very manageable pile of rubber and metal with a few twists and turns.

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