Want to convert your iPad into an idea pad?
There's a free app called Paper by FiftyThree that will turn your creative sketches into a 15-page, custom-printed book (retail price for the book process is $40).
A pencil stylus, for use with the Paper app, retails for $59.95.
For more info, go to www.paper.fiftythree.com.
The Cobra Jum Pack portable charger can jump-start tablets and phones (and a car battery). And it's just the size of a checkbook!
Retail price is $129.95; for more info, visit www.cobra.com.
www.rubberband.com offers corner-to-corner rubberbands with an "X" design that'll keep papers, bags and business forms together. The bands have a super stretchy, super secure fit.
It's $1.83 for a basic three-pack.
Duo Lingo is a free, new language app that offers easy, bite-size lessons (baby steps!).
Have a computer cord where the rubber has worn off?
www.sugru.com has self-setting silicone putty that comes in a small packet and hand-forms to anything; it sticks to most stuff and dries firmly.
It's $18 for 8 packets.
Ringya allows you to take a picture of a paper phone list (of business contacts, for example) and creates a contact on your phone.
This app is free; log in at www.ringya.com.
Snapguide is a portable library of how-to features on a wide range of topics. You can create a guide from your phone.
"Snapguide is the easiest way to upload and share DIY projects from your phone. The interface is extremely user-friendly."-Brit Morin, designer
The Samsung Galaxy Note II offers the features of a smartphone (but bigger) and a tablet (but smaller). It's checkbook-sized and has features like sketching.
Retail price is $299.99.
Log in at www.samsung.com for more details.
Sopurces: "why we love innovation" by Diana Dickinson-Better Homes and Gardens, May 2014 and "50 make-life-better innovations" by Jennifer Wilson-Better Homes and Gardens, May 2013