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tools+toys+ gadgets By Michael Garfield

FREEAGENT THEATER + JAYBIRD SPORTSBAND HD MEDIA PLAYER BLUETOOTH You can have all the photos and movies you want on HEADPHONES your computer but it is not too comfortable watching them from that stiff office chair. Transfer that entire digital media from your computer directly to your living room with Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater + HD Media Player. It is a unique docking system that provides a quick and easy way to connect your external hard drive to your TV. After loading the drive with your favorite movies, videos, music and pictures from the home PC, simply slide it into the FreeAgent Theater + dock to get instant access to your digital media library. The included software syncs with both a PC and Mac. It has an HDMI connector with full 1080p HD playback and Dolby Digital audio output. www.seagate.com | $99

These headphones may look like they came out of the ’80s but up close they have a sleek, modern edge. No matter how cool they look it’s all about the sound. And every note I heard from my music catalog sounded great through these wireless headphones. The SB2 Sportsband introduces the option of CD quality music performance over Bluetooth. It comes with apt-X on board, which cleans up, adds depth, bass and treble to your music matching that of CD quality output. The bass-rich music experience is incredible and pairs with most all Bluetooth devices with a regular-sized headphone jack including your iPhone, iPod or iPad. www.jaybirdgear.com | $99

CHARGEPOD A mobile device is only good as long it has power. I probably have miles of cables and cords to keep all my devices charged. I threw most of those cords out recently after trying the Chargepod and I haven’t looked back. Think of the Chargepod as a starfish with charging ports for arms. Up to six different devices can be connected and charged using a variety of dongles. And by variety, I mean over 3,000 different devices can be charged using the stable of available connectors. This includes cell phones, NAV units, portable game systems, MP3 players and digital cameras. The device comes with three different connectors – one Apple Dock connector, one miniUSB connector and one micro-USB connector. Each dongle is about $10 and can be purchased on the company’s website. www.callpod.com | $49.95

NIKE+ SPORTBAND WITH HEART MONITOR I’ve run many races with the Nike+ SportBand on my wrist to keep aware of my time and pace. Nothing could be simpler than to plug the small LCD digital watch face into my computer’s USB port. The data uploads to my online account so I can track my distance and other vitals. Nike just released an upgraded version of this system that now includes a heart rate monitor. It lets you see your BPM at a glance on your Nike+ SportBand, or hear spoken feedback of your BPM while you run on your iPod nano. The heart rate monitor, made by industry-leader Polar, even works with Polar’s own range of training computers at the same time. It has a soft textile chest strap that promises to “seamlessly adapt” to your body shape and is – thankfully – machine washable. In addition to some new two-tone color schemes, the updated Nike+ SportBand packs an improved screen with a white background for better visibility, along with a welded seal for water resistance. I just wish it could make me run faster and longer. www.nike.com | $59

MICHAEL GARFIELD is known as “The High-Tech Texan®.” His radio program airs on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 9am-11am and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at www.hightechtexan.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan. august 10 | www.002mag.com .57

August 2010  

Health + Fitness Issue

August 2010  

Health + Fitness Issue

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