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Nvidia's Project Shield
Unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nvidia's "Project Shield" promised to be a console-quality Android gaming device with great sound, Wi-Fi streaming and access to Google Play.
Powered by a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, Shield offers between five and 10 hours of gameplay, a 5-inch retinal-quality multi-touch display and instant access to thousands of games and apps.
It is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada.
Livescribe Echo smartpen
If a dictaphone isn't enough, perhaps a smartpen will do the trick.
Livescribe's Echo smartpen can automatically record everything you hear, say and write, and links the audio file to your notes, as long as you use Livescribe's paper. If you tap your scribbles, then the pen can automatically replay the audio footage for you.
In addition, these files can then be sent to destinations including Facebook, Evernote, OneNote and your mobile device.
An immediate hit with consumers, Google's Chromecast dongle is a great gadget for students to own.
The dongle is a dirt-cheap way to stream media to your TV from a number of devices. Chromecast is cross-platform, and so is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. Once plugged in, you have to install the Chromecast application before streaming PC and mobile content including Google Play/TV, YouTube, Netflix and potentially services like Pandora in the future.