Twenty-Five Back-to-School Gadgets You May Just Want for Yourself

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bKey Smartphone Battery

Another crowd-funding project, bKey has raised nearly twice their goal in pledges. This cable-free emergency smartphone battery has a built-in USB tip and a micro-USB or iPhone tip to charge your phone on the go. Smartphone battery cases are bulky and can block the earphone jack. Small stand alone batteries are often too big for your pocket and require a cable to make them work. bKey easily fits in your pocket and everything is built right in to charge it and use it. You never have to remember to bring a cable or annoying adapter tips with you again. Expected delivery is December 2014.

Cost: Starts at $20

Once again it's that time when the kiddos are heading back to school. While school supply lists are no doubt extensive, it's interesting to compare today's requirements to just a few years ago. Students today, whether primary, secondary or college level, are expected to be decked out with more electronic gadgets that ever before. Heavy books? You may find some, but more and more are moving to digital copies on tablets and e-readers. No doubt, their backs will thank them. Taking notes? The need for paper and pen continues to dwindle. Notes are now taken on laptops, via virtual keyboards or with smart pens.

And while it may seem the kids are loading up on the cool toys, never fear. Many of these gadgets and gizmos are equally fun and intriguing for the adults. In this slideshow, we've pulled together 25 of the latest gadgets and gizmos – that while great for the back-to-school crowd – may be just what you've been looking for yourself.


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