With the Virtual Keyboard from Brookstone, you type like there's a keyboard there, even though there isn't.
That might not make sense, but this is a really cool pocket-sized (2.4-by-1.6 by-0.6-inches, 2.75 ounce) device. Just pair the hardware with any Bluetooth device.
Turn it on and lay the virtual keyboard -- which uses laser projection -- on any flat surface. Optics inside track your fingers typing, which communicates with the device.
It projects a keyboard approximately 11 inches wide by 4 inches high.
A display shows key features such as your battery level, caps lock, volume, sensitivity settings and brightness.
The three sensitivity levels are for different light conditions and even for those with painted finger nails. Different modes can be set for how you position your fingers and wrist for typing and using it as a mouse.
An internal 500mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery will last for about two hours of continuous typing.
www.Brookstone.com $119.99 (2.4 x 1.6 x 0.6-inches, 2.75 ounces)
The Phorce Freedom over-the-shoulder messenger smart bag holds everything you would expect but also charges a pair of USB devices inside the bag.
The main compartment holds a whopping 15,000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can charge devices simultaneously, including tablets and smartphones.
The battery is built with intelligent connectors that
automatically supply the proper voltage to each device.
The bag is coated natural canvas and has dark gunmetal hardware. In case of rain, it's water-resistant fabric and waterproof zippers will help keep the contents dry.
If you prefer, the bags strap splits into two, converting the shoulder bag into a backpack. Or just take off the straps entirely and use it as a briefcase.
A microUSB cable is included for charging the battery.
Phorce.com $199 available in black
The iDapt wireless charger (i4w Qi) is as useful as it gets for charging multiple or single portable electronic gadgets.
It's compatible with more than 5,000 devices and can charge up to four simultaneously.
If your device is Qi enabled, all you do is lay it down on the front flat part of the charging base to charge it.
In addition to the wireless charging, iDapt charging systems are known for their charging 'tips' that are interchangeable.
Tips included with the system are a pair of microUSB, miniUSB and both the newer Apple Lighting and older 30-pin chargers. Additional tips can be purchased for $9.99 each.
Any two of these can be put to use at the same time along with the Qi enabled device. The forth device can be charged out of the USB port (2.1 to 2.4 amps) with your own USB cable.
Built-in technology lets the charger sense what charge is needed for any device, enabling it to be charged at the correct speed.
Gregg Ellman, gadget guru, can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @greggellman.