Cool Tools: November 2006

November 1, 2006

Keep laptop scratch-free

When your laptop computer travels as much as you do, it’s important to protect it. This

stylish laptop sleeve, made of the same material as a wetsuit, glides over your computer and zips closed for a snug fit. It’s available in black, navy blue, or stripes. $29.99 for a 12-inch sleeve; $34.99 for a 15-inch sleeve; and $39.99 for a 17-inch sleeve. $3 extra for stripes. Built NY Inc., New York; 212/227-2044;

Back up cell phone numbers

If you forget your cell phone in a taxi or drop it in a puddle, are your stored phone

numbers gone for good? Not if you had downloaded the numbers to the Backup-Pal. The compact battery-powered device is compatible with a variety of mobile phone models. $39.99 or $49.99, depending on your phone model. Advanced Wireless Solutions LLC, Burbank, Calif.; 888/847-0483 ext. 718;

No heavy lifting

No longer must buyers lift furniture in order to experiment with different room layouts.

Before clients move into their new home—or to help buyers visualize an empty space—use Lay-It-Out furniture templates to see how beds, tables, couches, and even pool tables would fit in a room. Each piece is made out of lightweight paper and lies flat. $39.99 for the Total Home Package. Items also sold separately. Lay-It-Out LLC, Potomac, Md.; 202/744-1153;

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