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12 Greatest Gadgets in May 2011

Adventure Medical Kits

Improve your odds in the wild with the SOL Origin survival kit. The palm-sized, 6.4-ounce set consists of 17 one-handed tools (including a knife, whistle, compass, signaling mirror, sparking device and tinder), all housed in a waterproof case.

Spin Master

Yoyo jam

The Hitman Pro aluminum yo-yo maintains near-perfect balance and stability. The trick is that its axle inserts completely into the casing, so the rod won’t get stuck on internal edges, cause friction, and make the yo-yo wobble out of control.

Speed Racer

Apple

Rather than getting bogged down copying files to an external drive, new MacBook Pros tear through the task 20 times as fast as other laptops—and can feed a high-def movie to a monitor at the same time. They’re the first notebooks in the world to use Intel’s high-speed Thunderbolt port, which merges a data and display connection into one wire.

Insight

Eschenbach

The MenasZoom is the first dome magnifier with multiple powers. Twisting the top changes the distance between its two lenses—much like a camera’s zoom lens—and adjusts magnification among five settings, from 2.2x to 3.4x.

Smart Car

OnStar

Open your car doors even when you’ve locked your keys inside. OnStar’s new smart mirror can retrofit into more than 50 million cars on the road today and uses a cell connection to link your vehicle’s computer with a centralized server.

Leg Up

Razor

Unlike most pogos, the BoGo has a flexible fiberglass bow on its front. Working with a coiled metal spring in the base, the bow helps capture more energy when compressed, and allows riders to bounce two thirds higher with no extra effort.

Tiny Tunes

Razer

At just 2.8 inches wide, Razer’s portable speakers can fill a room with audio from a cell phone, iPod or laptop. Each speaker’s 1.2-inch driver fires upward, so sound waves bounce off the top wall and spread a full 360 degrees out of the circular grill.

Drive On

Rockwell

Rockwell’s drill is the first 12-volt compact tool to double as a heavy-duty driver. For big, load-bearing screws, an anvil weight provides up to 800 inch-pounds of extra torque.

Laser Tag

Innovation Toys, LLC

Blow opponents away—with lasers! In KHET, a chess-like board game, players arrange mirrored pieces to create a path for an eye-safe laser beam that kills the other player’s pieces. Last man standing wins.

Corner Painter

Black and Decker

Paint without scuffing the ceiling or going back to the bucket. The Rapid Roller is the first roller with both a head that locks in three positions and a handle that sucks paint from the pail.

Dual View

Kyocera

The Kyocera Echo is the first phone with two 3.5-inch touch screens, so it can display two apps at once. Now if you’re lost, you can pull up a map while texting a friend to let her know you’ll be late for dinner.

Line of Sight

HP

Read your PC’s screen the same way you would a cookbook on the kitchen counter. Instead of staying rigidly upright, HP’s 23-inch touch screen reclines backward up to 60 degrees, making it comfortable to see while standing.

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