MWSF: Cool products and hidden gems

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Easy to overlook in this week's plethora of product announcements are some very cool products that fit into the digital lifestyle and some hidden gems and treasures. Here's some the MacCentral gang ran across.

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The iGo is a desk designed just for flat panel iMacs. It has a tripod for legs (which makes your iMac really look alive). The iGo has a polypropylene dome that surrounds the iMac's base. Additional steel leg fencing safeguards all four sides and sections for the keyboard, mouse, and Pro Speakers. The US$499 iGo comes in a "sitting" model with caster wheels for mobility and a "standing" version with solid bases.

More expensive but more practical are the digital hub workspaces from Bretford. Starting at $999, the workstations can actually be raised or lowered to fit your comfort level. And they're designed to match the aesthetics of Apple's product line. Bretford is offering a Macworld expo special (10 percent off), which extends through January 24.

MacWireless, which offers a lineup of 802.11b and Bluetooth products, is showing the PowerAnywhere, a product that allows positioning Airport Base Stations up to 250-ft away from an electrical outlet by carrying the power in the Ethernet data cable.

Macally displayed the H20 Mouse, a three-button, USB programmable mouse filled with a clear liquid. Inside a 3D icon floats about. On a more practical note, the company also showed off their new snow-colored RFKey, a USB wireless keyboard. It's a radio frequency multimedia keyboard built especially for multimedia and Internet users. The company also displayed their new ICEPad, a multipurpose notebook desk station. It's a light fold-carry case for iBook and PowerBook users (well, perhaps not owners of a 17-inch PowerBook) that will fit into carry cases and backpacks.

Shaun Jackson Design has the Laptrap, a $59.95 padded sleeve for your notebook that unfolds to create a completely functional, mobile workspace. It will fit 15-inch laptops (again, I'm not sure about the 17-incher) and has pockets for storing accessories like power supply, cables, removable drives, extra batteries, and CDs/DVDs. The Laptrap's pockets open from beneath, allowing the case to be used with or without the pockets in the open position.

The $34.95 FlipStand, an iPod hard case and desktop stand, from Speck Products was an eye catcher. The case doubles as stand by flipping the door all the way open, making it easy to access the controls while the iPod remains protected in the case. It comes with a detachable clip belt and custom inserts for 5GB, 10GB, and 20GB iPods.

Panic has an $8.95 utility that lets you scribble on your screen. From the folks who bring you CandyBar, Desktastic has a Draw Tool (for drawing directly on your desktop), a Type Tool (for typing basic text, numbers, and notes), and a Stamp Tool (for "stamping" any image all over your screen). Thankfully, there's an Eraser Tool, as well. A demo version of the utility, which requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher, is available for download.

Griffin Technology wowed Macworld attendees with their iTrip, an FM transmitter for the iPod that's due to ship in about six weeks. It lets you play your music through any FM radio. It doesn't require batteries as it receives its power the iPod.

Kinesis, a computer ergonomics company, was showcasing its USB contoured keyboards. Available in white or black, they offer design features and on-board programmability designed to reduce strain and repetitive typing.

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