Tech gadgets for Back to School

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The start of the school year is just a few weeks away and the race is on to get all the school supplies in the bag.

Gadget Guy Steve Greenberg joined KARE 11 News @4 to show us some of his hot and cool school must-haves.

1. HP SlateBook x2 - offers students the flexibility and fun of a tablet as well as the productivity and power of a notebook. The world's first Android detachable device with NVIDIA Tegra 4, the SlateBook x2 has a unique hinge that enables the tablet to easily separate from the base, allowing students to shift effortlessly from gaming on the couch to homework at the table, and back again.

The versatile 2-in-1 notebook provides access to Android popular apps, Full HD display, full-size keyboard, and a battery in the tablet and another battery in the keyboard dock so students need only one device to carry them through the day. The HP SlateBook x2 delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play.

The 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display delivers crisp lines, sharp images and precision color while reducing glare. The SlateBook x2 also includes 64 MB of storage for all those important reports and presentations and DTS Sound+ Solution for accessing and enjoying music and videos. HP SlateBook x2 is $479.99 and available at hpdirect.

2. Epson Expression Home XP-410 Small-in-One® -Boasting one of the smallest printer footprints on the market, this "small-in-one" offers top quality features at an affordable price. It's great for students on a budget or for those living in tight dorms or other quarters with limited space.

Designed as a complete wireless solution, the XP-410 offers Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ n, Wi-Fi Direct™, and Epson Connect™ for convenient wireless printing on-the-go from an iPad®, iPhone®, or Android tablet or smartphone. Plus, the XP-410 Small-in-One features bonus templates enabling students to create and print school projects and reports with a personal touch, including calendar pages, graph paper and even note paper with a personal photo in the background.

More information on the $99 Epson Expression Home XP-410 can be found Epson online.

3. Zazzle is an online marketplace where you can buy and make anything customized from iPhone cases to shirts and more. Zazzle's proprietary technology lets users personalize more than 95-million products.

Based in the Bay Area, Zazzle is making products to order, typically within 24 hours. Zazzle's vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world's imagination.

Here are two sample Back-2-School products as examples- Liberty Bottleworks Aluminum Water Bottles ($29.95) -24 oz. hydration never looked so good- Made of 100% super-strong recycled aluminum, this rugged water bottle features an easy quarter turn open/close cap and tapered neck for splash free drinking.

Printed with a food-grade coating that's 100 percent BPA free, rest assured that this water bottle is as safe as it is beautiful.

Rickshaw iPad/Tablet Photo Sleeve ($71.95) -This unique sleeve uses images selected from your smartphone or Instagram to create a personalized must-have Back-2-School sleeve. Made with water resistant fabrics and an ultra-plush padded liner, this sleeve delivers protection while beautifully displaying your artwork, text and images. Made in San Francisco, California with a focus on environmentally sustainable production, the Rickshaw iPad sleeve is a simple, stylish, and sustainable solution for protecting your electronic device.

4. ZocDoc -is a free service and app that allows you to find a nearby in-network doctor or dentist, see their real-time availability and instantly book an appointment online. The service is available 24/7, allowing parents to book the family's appointments at their convenience. Parents can read verified patient reviews and search by health insurance plans to find the right doctor.

They can also use the Pediatric Search feature to find specialists who see kids, making it even easier for parents to schedule their family's care. More than 2.5 million patients each month use ZocDoc. The service is currently available in more than 1,800 cities, covering 40 percent of the US population.

This service is free for patients via ZocDoc or the free ZocDoc apps for iPhone and Android. A Spanish-language version called ZocDoc en Español is also available

5. Patriot Fuel+ 9000 Mobile Rechargeable Battery Pack- This portable, light-weight charging station can provide power for just about any mobile device including tablets, smart phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, and cameras, allowing you to stay on-the-go without having to worry about running out of juice.

The Patriot Fuel + 9000 Mobile Rechargeable Battery Pack features two charging ports, one of which is a 2.5A port for faster charging. With the two ports, you no longer have to decide which one of your gadgets you have to live without while the other one charges. Just plug them both in and power them up. The Patriot Fuel + 9000 Mobile Rechargeable Battery Pack works with mobile devices from Apple, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony as well as many other manufacturers.

The Patriot Fuel + 9000 Mobile Rechargeable Battery Pack sells for $69.99 at BuyDig. BuyDig is one of the Internet's best-kept secrets. They have amazing prices, free shipping, and a 99.9% "Excellent Service" rating as a Google Trusted Store.

6. Airbac -is the only backpack with a patented air support system which makes it feel like the weight of the bag and contents have been cut in half.

For the kids heading back to school with lots of heavy books, Airbac is the perfect option. The air cushion on the backside of the backpack literally takes the weight off your child's back. The Airbac is $89.99 and is available at Macy's and online at Airbac.

For more info, head to Steve's Innovation Insider.

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