The SkylinkNet alarm system kit is nothing fancy but it's easy to setup and works well for a simple home security system.
Like any other smart-home system, it has to be connected to a home Internet system and works with an iPhone or Android smartphone.
Included in the kit is an Internet Hub, motion sensor, key chain remote and a pair of window/door sensors.
Where you connect the sensors is your choice, there's no right or wrong. The kit is designed to start off with the basics and then add from there.
Window, door or garage sensors, cameras for indoor or outdoor security, water sensors for detecting leaks and even a telephone dialer can be purchased and added on.
As for the starter kit, it really couldn't be any simpler; setup takes just a few minutes. You need AAA and AA batteries (not included) to run the sensors and to put in the hub as a backup in the event of a power failure.
Since security is involved I highly recommend using the quick guide. Setup is well explained starting with
downloading the free SkyLink app, creating an account and adding the sensors.
The sensors have different alarm settings for when you are home or away and a panic setting. Push notifications can be set to alert you when a sensor or alarm is activated. Each step within the app is straightforward and easy to understand to get the system to do what you want.
The hub is your mission control device and has to be connected to your router at all times.
skylinkhome.com $149.99 for the starter kit
The Boogie Board Sync 9.7 eWriter looks like a tablet, feels like a tablet but is essentially a digital 3-ring binder.
You take notes on the screen with the included stylus and save them as PDFs. From there you can transfer them to computers, smartphones or tablets wirelessly (Bluetooth).
Your notes are saved with the push of a button as high-resolution vector PDF files.
It measures 11.1-by-7.5-by-0.2-inches, which includes the body around the writing screen and has a slot to store the stylus. The writing area is about 9.7-inches diagonally.
The included stylus worked very well, I tried a few other stylus brands I have on my desk but they didn't work nearly as well as the original. Extras can be purchased separately for $19.99 each.
The VDC software is compatible with Mac OSX 10.8 and above, Windows Vista, 7, and 8. Also, the saved files can be edited with most illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW, as well as image editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop.
The internal battery is good for about a week, but that can vary depending on usage. A microUSB cable is included for charging.
There are endless ways this can be used including home, office or classrooms.
Kensington's BlackBelt 2nd degree rugged case is made with military drop protection (MIL-STD-810G testing protocols) and is about as durable as a case can be.
A polycarbonate X-frame has a comfortable feel with cushioned rubber layer around it for protecting your iPad from drops, bumps or just about any potential damaging contact.
All of the tablets ports and controls are accessible for charging, volume or using the cameras.
kensington.com $49.99 for the iPad Air 2 case, $44.99 for the iPad mini model.
Gregg Ellman, gadget guru, can be reached at greggellman @greggellman.