Card Scanner, Pocket Projector, Mobile Conferencing

A monthly rundown of the latest gadgets that can help you succeed in real estate.

February 1, 2009

Business Card Organizer

Tired of fumbling with all those loose business cards in your purse or wallet? Can't find an important contact's number? With Hammacher Schlemmer's 3 Second Business Card Scanner, you just slide a business card through the slot of the palm-sized portable scanner, and it is instantly transformed into a digital file to store on your computer or handheld. Business cards are scanned at a resolution of 600 dpi, and two-sided card scanning is available. Upload your entire business card file quickly with a bulk scanning option. Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. Files can later be searched, edited, and exported into Outlook, ACT!, and Lotus Notes. $199.95. Hammacher Schlemmer; New York; 800-321-1484;

The Pocket Projector

Present impromptu slide shows or videos to clients with 3M's MPro110 handheld digital projector. Just plug the pocket-sized device into a laptop computer, DVD player, or MP3 player. Images can also be projected at a 640 by 480 resolution onto a 50-inch screen on the wall. The projector is about the size of a digital camera and weighs less than a half-pound, making the MPro110 easy to take with you. $359. 3M; St. Paul, Minn.; 888-364-3577;

Hands-Free Conferencing

Make hands-free conference calls from your car, office, or home with the Aura Mobile BT speakerphone. The Bluetooth-enabled technology works for calls made on cell phones, cordless phones with headset jacks, or computers (for VoIP calls). The speakers generate enough sound to fill a large conference room. Acoustic programs adjust for the type of connection being used and reduce background noise. A rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of talk time. $149.99. Spracht; Mountain View, Calif.; 888-350-0132;

Erica Christoffer
Product Manager

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