When one thinks of the Handspring Visor, the first thing that comes to mind is Springboard expansion. However, that is not the only means of expanding the Visor's capabilities. Keyboards, cables, and the like are very valuable products and add to the appeal of the Visor. The Accessory of the Year needs to not only be useful but also demonstrate creativity and ingenuity in its design.
SmartPad2 by Seiko Instruments
The SmartPad2 is the perfect 'tween product for users that want the added capabilities of the Visor but also want to be able to scribble notes down. Using a special pen, users jot down notes, drawings, etc. on a tablet; these drawings are then stored electronically on the Visor for future use or archival purposes.
Hromadka: This is the perfect product for all the Franklin Covey holdovers that want to store information electronically yet cannot make a clean break from pen and paper. The case for the SmartPad2 is very nicely designed and allows users to carry additional items such as a cell phone.
Adolfsson: What I also like about the SmartPad is that under the notepad there is a keyboard layout. Using the pen, you can tap on the "virtual keys" of the keyboard layout for fast data entry.
Honorable Mention: Emergency Charger by Tech Center Labs
Should American Express ever lose its trademark, the phrase "Don't leave home without it" would most certainly apply to the Emergency Charger. What makes this product so useful is the sheer number of options users have when it comes to recharging. Hopefully solar charging will come soon!
Last year's winner: Targus Stowaway keyboard
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