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Secure Flash Drive, Decorative Light Lenses, Video Stories
A monthly rundown of the latest gadgets that can help you succeed in real estate.
September 1, 2009
Organize & Protect Your Digital Files
This compact device keeps vital records safe, accessible, and organized. The Personal Pocket Safe is a 1 GB USB flash drive that's secured with military-grade encryption technology. You must enter your pass code to gain entry into the files; content will self-destruct upon forced entry. The memory chip is loaded with software that includes preformatted fields for data entry. It organizes your records into easily identifiable categories, including financial accounts, insurance policies, real estate, warranties, tax preparation, vehicle records, and more. View records on any computer without leaving behind any trace of data. $59.95. Black Box Innovations; Deerfield Beach, Fla.; 954-570-8889; www.takeanyware.com.
See the Room in a New Light
Set the mood in your office or home with decorative light lenses made to fit a standard 24-by-48-inch fluorescent ceiling fixture. Slip them into place and turn on the light to illuminate the transparent, backlit image. Choose from more than 70 designs, including nature scenes and artwork. Custom lenses can be created from company logos, original artwork, or photos. Use as a simple visual marketing technique, or to add feel-good lighting to a room. $32 each. Custom pieces start at $85. The Flag Company Inc.; Acworth, Ga.; 800-962-0956; www.flagco.com/lightlenses.
Video Tells the Story
Some properties are so special that a simple virtual tour won't do the trick. Dragonfly will help you craft a professional, story-driven video about a home. The company writes the script, contracts with local videographers to shoot the footage, and edits the video—complete with voiceovers. Dragonfly also encodes the final product and posts the video on your Web site. A 30-second package starts at $550. Dragonfly; New York; 646-233-2220; www.dragonfly.com.