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8 Back-To-School Gadgets IT Pros Will Want, Too

Here's what all the cool kids will be bringing back to school that you can use in your daily job or home life, too. Equally at home in dorms or offices, these aren't the gadgets you must have, but they'll quickly become the ones you want to have.
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(Image: Karola Riegler via Flickr)

It's that time of year when the coolest kids go back to school with the hottest gadgets. Why should the cool kids have all the fun? IT professionals of all ages loves gadgets, too.

Here's a look at what the cool kids are bringing back to school this fall that you can use in your daily job or home lif.e, too Equally at home in dorms or offices, these aren't the gadgets you must have, but they'll quickly become the ones you want to have.

Some are so new that they're freshly funded on Indiegogo or Kickstarter and won't be around until later in the school year.

Our list includes travel aids, productivity tools, gadgets you can customize to your own infinite uses, and even doo-dads for emergencies. Keep them all handy for a weekend kegger or a weekend disaster test. Most will be equally at home in both scenarios.

Check out our list of the hottest new tech, and tell us which ones you'll be thinking of buying for your kids or yourselves. We think everyone will discover at least one new go-to gadget on this list.

[Another must-have gadget? Find out: Apple TV May Offer Universal Search With Improved Remote]

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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PedroGonzales
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9/12/2015 | 3:16:03 PM
Re: Candle In the Wind ?
I liked that lamp too.  Its design was great.  I know in the north east it will be great because any big winter storm or rain can leave us without electricity easily.  It has happen before.
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Technocrati,
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9/11/2015 | 10:13:54 PM
Re: Candle In the Wind ?

It really is David, quite an ingenious idea !   I agree.  It will have to come down in price some before I would add it to my emergency kit, but I would think this idea should get some big backer sooner rather than later.  

This is Shark Tank  material for sure ! 

David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/10/2015 | 7:35:26 PM
Re: Candle In the Wind ?
@technocrati- Wasn;t the candle fascinating? What good engineering, too. If the price comes down a bit, i tis definitely going to be in my emergency kit.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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9/9/2015 | 2:33:41 AM
Re: Do we Need these? Do we Want these? YES!
Great point Dave !  LOL
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David Wagner,
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9/8/2015 | 7:39:09 PM
Re: Do we Need these? Do we Want these? YES!
@Technocrati- Speaking as someone with school-aged children I can tell you a phone basket would be a mess. They'd spend an hour after class trying to figure out which pink bedazzled phone or black sk8er (spelling intentional) cover was theirs. :)
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9/5/2015 | 9:09:39 PM
Re: Do we Need these? Do we Want these? YES!
@Jastroff This professor didn't make an exception for that. I believe they have to take old-school note on actual paper with actual pens. 
Technocrati
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9/5/2015 | 2:37:20 PM
Re: Do we Need these? Do we Want these? YES!

"....I'm still waiting for resizeble tablet"

 

@PedroGonzales    That is a great idea !   I am sure Samsung is working on it.  I also liked the hotspot backpack, but the 15' laptop space might be too small for the price.

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9/5/2015 | 2:32:59 PM
Re: Do we Need these? Do we Want these? YES!
I would hate to be a teacher today , maybe they should drop them in a "Cell phone basket" upon entering class ?
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9/5/2015 | 2:30:43 PM
Candle In the Wind ?

There were a lot of interesting gadgets to be found here, I found the Candle Charger particularly interesting.  This could really come in handy !  Never know when an (your) electrical grid is going down.

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9/4/2015 | 5:15:08 PM
Re: Do we Need these? Do we Want these? YES!
>> and some of the professor issued proclamations about cell phones and laptops. They point out that they not only distract the student with the device but the other students around them.

 

that's true, but they need the laptops for note-taking and stuff, so not sure what to do
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