Trolling the aisles at the annual MacWorld/iWorld expo show last week I came across a lot of cool products, which I'll have more in-depth reviews of later this year, but here are a few lines on some new or different items that caught my attention.
The Slate ($98) was my unofficial winner of coolest new product. They are lap-desks, 100 percent American made of polished bamboo with the smooth feel of glass.
They weigh 3.4 ounces and have a rubber trackpad for a mouse. There's also slots to hold a smartphone, tablet and even a coffee cup in place along with holes built into the structure to let your computer breath and stay cool.
They also showed off the SlatePro -- TechDesk ($448), which is built as a desk with the same craftsmanship.
On the company website, it notes they are so cool Steve Jobs would have bought one.
The Pocket Tripod, pocket-tripod.com, $26.95, is a product made by a group of people who set out to create something cool and did just that.
It's the size of a credit card with the thickness of about two and made of ABS-bendable plastic. You can fold it to create a hands-free dock for your device and when you're done, just put the credit card back in your wallet.
It works in horizontal and portrait mode.
Another company made a presentation for their new app EveryPost. Within the app you can make a single social media post along with a photo and post it to most any social media simultaneously. This includes Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, mail, Dropbox and others.
Create and compose content, use filters and even customize for each network.
Details: itunes.com, play.google.com, free for iOS and Android.
The Contact Patch is a little rubbery device to stick on the LCD of most any touchscreen device to help keep your fingers on the screen while playing games.
They can be peeled off and reattached based on where needed and when needed -- just clean them off with water and air dry before reattaching.
Each kit comes with 16 pieces in circles, triangles and squares for $25. Details: ContactPatch.biz.
Kirk H & J's new wireless charger, the Inpofi, is built to charge Apple and Samsung devices.
The company designed the charger to emit zero radiation. Using it is as simple as putting your smartphone down on your desk. Details: kirkhj.com $135.64 at Amazon for wireless charger, battery pack for iPhone 5/5s.
Scosche's Magic Mount system isn't exactly Einstein innovative but it is one of the better offerings in the category of hands-free contraptions.
Three models are available; the surface and lowpro are adhesive, while the window mount uses a suction cup. A plate attaches to the back of your phone for attaching to the mount.
Details: Scosche.com surface $14.99, mobile $19.99 and the window mount $24.99.
Blue Microphones showed off the Mikey Digital Lightning, which is expected out in May. It features a lightning connection for iOS devices and can flip and rotate for recording in any direction.
There are three gain settings for proper recording and will allow CD-quality audio recording for a wireless device to pair with video recording.
It connects directly to your iPhone or iPad and works with virtually any audio or video application.
Mikey Digital features two of Blue's condenser mic capsules -- the same capsules used in Blue's award-winning Snowball and Yeti microphones.
Details: BlueMic.com $99.
PowerRocks showed off the pocket-sized and versatile Flash Magic Stick, which features a 3,000mAh battery for charging wireless devices along with a flashlight.
It includes a single USB and a micro USB port to charge multiple mobile devices, including smart phones, at the same time. You'll get more than 500 charges for the battery itself and the company was proud to point out they have less then 1 percent defective and return rate.
Details: powerocksusa.com $49.99 available in many colors.
Kanex has a summer-ready device with the upcoming release of the Portable Charge and Sync Cable with Bottle Opener.
It will be available with iOS Lightning and microUSB connections on one end and the opener on the other.
Details: kanexlive.com, expected price $25, out in July.
Gregg Ellman, Gadgets columnist, can be reached at greggellman@grggellman.