This year David Cieslak (Inspector Gadget) showed up on stage dress like a Star Trek character. Needless to say the session was very interesting and fun.

For 2011 “Inspector Gadget” brings up a lot of interesting topics: Hardware, Peripherals, Cloud computing, Communications, Green, and Gadgets


  • UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) – Next generation BIOS to replace the 20 year old legacy BIOS. It offers very fast booting and it processor independent. Started by Intel, but it is now an open spec
  • Intel Sandy Bridge – Intel’s second generation Core architecture that retains the naming (i3, i5, i7) but with new logo and model numbers. It offers Intel Turbo Bost Technology 2.0 and the GPU is now integrated with CPU
  • Solid State Drives (SSD) – 3rd generation SSD are FAST!!! Read and Write speeds hoover around 500 MB/s and 350MB/s to 500MB/s respectively.
  • USB 3.0 – It was mentioned last year, but more and more devices ship with support for it.
  • Ultraportable laptops – Macbook Air and ThinkPad X1 are leaders for now
  • The year of the Tablets: Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are currently in the lead
  • Chromebooks – Samsung and Acer released two Chromebooks that run the new Google Chrome OS. Nice and lightweight, but a bit pricey for a device that can only work if there is Internet connection
  • Xi3 Modular Computer – The size of a Cocke can, but it decent specs, and can be upgraded later on. Price is steep though ($850)


  • Popdrive – Personal backup solution that has two hard drives that are always in sync. It is portable, lightweight and it is easy to manage
  • Clickfree SN2 – Multi-computer home backup solution. It offers 250GB to 1TB capacities for the price of $114 (Not bad if you ask me)
  • Microsoft ArcTouch Mouse – You can curve it for comfort, and flatten it to pack it when travelling ($70)
  • LG LSM-100 Mouse – A mouse and a scanner in one. It offers one click scan, 300dpi, auto zoom and share functions
  • Monitor2Go – Lightweight and durable portable monitor. Easy to fit and carry in laptop bag and offers multiple ways to position via integrated kick stand ($280)
  • iPad Air Display – Use your iPad as an extended wireless monitor. Supports both 32 and 64 bit Windows OS and the app only costs $10 from the App store
  • Crisp Mic – An array of 4 microphones that reduce noise and enhance VoIP conversations. It is a USB plug-n-play device that is a bit pricey ($99)

Cloud Computing:

  • Dropbox, Evernote and are still favorite cloud offerings
  • Microsoft Office 365 – provides you with hosted Exchange, Lync, SharePoint and anti-virus and spam protection. Microsoft handles all the maintenance, patching and upgrades. It is based on a pay-as-you-go pricing model


  • 4G – Current WiMax and LTE (Long Term Evolution) carrier offerings do not technically qualify as 4G, but carriers are still calling it 4G
  • Smart Phone Platforms (OS) – Apple iPhone iOS, Google Android, HP WebOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7
  • Mobile Hotspot – Verizon offers 4G/LTE mobile hotspot that is capable of sharing the connection to up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Clear Rover Puck – Share 4G connection with up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices. $149 for the Puck and $5/day, $20/week or $50/mo.
  • Ooma Hub – Free US VoIP calling, Voicemail, 911 Service for one time $200


  • iGo Green – Power supply for laptops that reduces phantom consumption up to 85%
  • P-Flip – A solar powered battery and dock solution for cellphones ($80)
  • Mi Suny iPower4 – A battery pack and solar charging sleeve that is designed to give the iPhone almost two full charges between recharges. Up to 5.3 extra hours of talk time
  • Joos Orange – Solar charger that enables recharging of low wattage devise and it is waterproof ($139)


  • ZAGGsparq 2.0 – Battery pack and recharger that can recharge two USB devices at a time. Caries 4 complete recharges for the price of $100
  • Hidden Credit Card – Electronic / Digital credit card that magnetizes the card upon entering a security PIN
  • Multi-Account Credit Card – Electronic / Digital credit card that magnetizes the card upon entering a security PIN and can store information for multiple cards
  • Isotoner smarTouch Gloves – Gloves that allow you to use your multi-touch smart phone or tablet even in the coldest weather
  • Cobra Tag – A sensor that can be attached to any item you want to protect from loss. It works with iPhone, Android and Blackberry ($60)
  • Ion VIDEO 2 GO – Video conversion system for Mac or PC that works with almost any video and audio source ($50)
  • WebAround – Web cam privacy screen that can clip to back of a chair to block background ($30)
  • Roku – Web streaming player that allows you to stream from Netflix, Pandora, Flickr, Amazon VOD & Hulu Plus ($10/mo.)