<p style="text-align: center; "></p> <p>For those heading off to college for the first time, or just heading back for another year there, are an assortment of gadgets that can make dorm life easier and more entertaining. So in addition to sheets, hampers and a six pack of the local cheap beer, you may want to consider bringing a few of these devices along for your upcoming semester.</p> <p><i>Follow InnovationNewsDaily on twitter <a href=";!%2fNews_Innovation" mce_href=";!%2fNews_Innovation">@News_Innovation</a>, or on <a href=";" mce_href=";">Facebook</a>.</i></p> <p></p>

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<p><br></p> <p style="text-align: center; " mce_style="text-align: center; ">{youtube x5bzn9zmMDzw}<br></p> <p><b>Livescribe Pen </b></p> <p>Everyone student will have this experience: while reading through your notes from class you reach a section that makes absolutely no sense, and now you're stuck.</p> <p>Luckily for those with a Livescribe pen, this would not be a problem. The pen can record while you write and later when you touch the pen to your notes you can hear exactly what was being said while you were writing. </p> <p>In addition, the Livescribe comes with notebook paper that enables you to transfer your notes directly to your computer. The newest form of the pen even gives you the ability to use regular paper as a tablet, allowing you to draw directly on your computer screen.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; " mce_style="text-align: center; "></p> <p><b>Slingbox</b></p> <p>Getting used to dorm life after eighteen years of living at home can be tough. You're living in a room with someone else, no more home cooked meals and the television selection is usually of a lesser quality than what you might be used to. </p> <p>With a slingbox, you can have access to the television stations you were used to at home. The device can be hooked up to any television and then stream all the channels you loved at home right to your computer. </p> <p>The newest versions even enable you to stream right to a smartphone, so you can get the television you love on the go.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; " mce_style="text-align: center; "></p> <p><b>Ecco Personal GPS Locator</b></p> <p>There are college campuses that are spread out over entire cities, and others that take over an hour to walk across. It is easy to get lost a few times before finding that shortcut that gets you to biology class in less then 15 minutes. </p> <p>If you're equipped with a key ring sized personal GPS system though, you may not have to be half an hour late to class during the three weeks it takes you to find your shortcut.</p> <p>The Ecco GPS locator has an LCD screen with a proximity indicator, a directional arrow, a compass and a distance gauge. When you get within 100 feet of your desired location, the device will start flashing to let you know you're getting close. If you wander off in the wrong direction a red LED will blink. The unit is accurate to about 10m and can store three locations at a time.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; " mce_style="text-align: center; ">{youtube bc-Fu1oSi2c}<br></p> <p><b>Sony Dash</b></p> <p>For those who want information at their fingertips from the moment they wake up, the Sony Dash is the perfect alarm clock. This is especially useful for all those students who only wake up 15 minutes before class, but still want to know what's going on in the world. When you wake up in the morning, the Dash offers you a personalized selection of news, music and videos from across the web. You can check out new movies on Netflix, and access your email accounts all before you even get out of bed.</p> <p>Inconveniently, the Dash is not battery operated, so it will be tethered to your bedside and within reach of an outlet.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; " mce_style="text-align: center; ">{youtube Ms-jmDvU24Y}<br></p> <p><b>Foldable Bike</b></p> <p>When students tire of dorm life and move off campus, a bike can be one of the easiest and less expensive ways to get around. Inconveniently, if you don't want to leave your bike outside, it can be hard to find the space to store such a bulky item.</p> <p>Some of these bikes can fold down to the size of an umbrella. They can be taken on public transportation, airplanes; they even fit comfortably under a desk. </p> <p>The price tags on these bikes can get a little high, but with all the companies that have gotten into the game recently, there are a multitude of models out there to choose from.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; " mce_style="text-align: center; "></p> <p><b>iRobot Mini Scooba 230</b></p> <p>In addition to the cushy TV channels you were probably used to at home, there is also a good chance that before college, you never experienced the joy of having to clean your own bathroom.</p> <p>If you buy yourself an iRobot Mini Scooba, you may never have to have to endure adventure. The device, which is roughly the size of a CD and only a few inches tall, can be filled with water, set on the bathroom floor and left to do its thing. </p> <p>The size makes it possible for the scooba to get into tight spaces, like those behind your toilet. The $300 price tag makes it more of a splurge item, but if you're the type who will only clean the floor of your bathroom once a year otherwise, it might be a good investment.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; "></p> <p><b>Kno iPad App</b></p> <p>One of the most frustrating experiences at school is trying to sell a textbook back after a semester of use. If you're the type who likes to write in your books, then you're going to be even worse off. </p> <p>Kno is a free iPad App that can help you circumvent the difficulty of getting money back for your textbook. The app includes own store of over 70,000 titles at 30 to 50 percent off list price, and it is a full textbook reader that enables you to take notes in the 'margins'. </p> <p>One of the most appealing aspects of this app is the fact that it gives you the ability to carry your notes and textbooks around with you without having to actually lug a five-pound textbook around. In addition all of that is also accessible using any device that has access to the web.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; "></p> <p><b>TDK Sound Cube</b></p> <p>Laptop sound systems have gotten much better these days, but there's still something to be said for a good set of speakers. Once again the space available in a dorm room tends to limit your options. </p> <p>The Sound Cube's creators have solved that problem with a powerful, multi-directional sound in a distinct, compact design that works anywhere, inside or out. Their cube weighs around the same as a twelve-pack of beer and is just ten inches tall.</p> <p>The various input types include USB, 3.5mm and auxiliary ports that make it possible to connect an iPod, iPhone, smartphone or USB flash drive. You can even plug a guitar or microphone in and mix with other music sources.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; "></p> <p><b>Trek Support Backpack</b></p> <p>With all the technology you're going to be dragging around campus, smartphones, laptops, iPads and the rest of it, you're going to need access a lot of outlets to ensure that everything you need is charged and ready to go.</p> <p>With the Trek Support, you don't have to concern yourself with sitting by an outlet during class; it is a backpack that powers and protects your laptop and gadgets when you're on the go.</p> <p>The bag contains a removable battery-powered USB gadget dock, which can charge three electronic items at a time. The rechargeable battery can last up to seven hours at a time, making it possible to fully charge all your devices.</p> <p></p>

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<p style="text-align: center; "></p> <p><b>NoteSlate</b></p> <p>For those interested in the portability and convenience of a tablet, but who prefer to take their notes by hand, the NoteSlate is the perfect device.</p> <p>In addition to the pen and paper feel, the NoteSlate is also a great option for those who can't afford the bells and whistles of a tablet like the iPad.</p> <p>The device sports a one-color eInk display in white, black, green, blue, or red. The battery can last for 180 hours of work, and a simple list of inputs including a special pen with eraser, a mini-USB port and SD card slot, making it possible for you to send all those notes that you took to your computer.</p> <p><br></p>

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