Our Favorite Gear

Holiday Edition: The stuff we'd like to see in our stocking.

By Lia Steakley, Business 2.0 Magazine

(Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Green Machine

Tesla Roadster; $89,000-$100,000;

PHILIP ROSEDALE Founder and CEO, Linden Lab

I've never been into cars: They're too bulky and a big waste of energy. But I recently read about the upcoming Tesla Roadster. This is one cool car - it's compact and sleek, and goes from zero to 60 in about four seconds. It has regenerative braking technology that's perfect for hilly San Francisco, where I live. Even better, it runs on lithium-ion battery technology, making it light, safe, and virtually maintenance-free. I just love the thought of a sports car that's truly eco-friendly.

Portable Power

Voltaic Backpack; $240;

ASHOK MALIAKAL Researcher, Lucent Bell Labs

Instead of hunting for electrical outlets to power up my laptop on the road, I'd love to have my own power source. The Voltaic backpack has three solar panels that can generate as much as 4 watts of power, which is plenty. There are 11 adapters, plus built-in pouches for charging devices and slots for storing excess wires. What if it was overcast and my bag was sapped of energy? No problem: It can also be juiced with a car charger.

Swing Breaks

Nintendo Wii; $250;

JANE MCGONIGAL Lead designer, 42 Entertainment

If you spend days on end in meetings, then you know how people can lose steam. My team could use a Nintendo Wii to get our creative juices flowing again. Instead of dispersing for a 20-minute break, we could play a quick multiplayer game like Wii Sports, in which players use a motion-sensing wireless remote to swing a tennis racket. This has to be a better way to reenergize a sluggish group than another triple latte.

Massive Projections

Epson EMP-TW1000 3LCD 1080p Projector With HDMI 1.3; $2,930;

BLAKE ROSS Co-founder, Firefox

I'm working on a new software project, which means juggling a lot of source files that can't all fit on one computer screen. A few years ago, I bought a dual monitor, and that was great. But now I'm getting greedy: I want a desktop the size of my wall so I can see all the files I need. Sadly, an 80-square-foot LCD screen isn't in the budget, but I think this miniature projector - currently available only in Japan - will do the trick. It can project a screen 15 times larger than my desktop. All I'd need to do is grab a wireless keyboard and head to the couch, and the wall would become my workspace. The only thing I haven't figured out is what I'd do when guests came over. Maybe project a fish tank?

Wrist Watching

Fossil FX6001 Caller ID Watch; $250;

HANK WEGHORST Founder and CEO, Troux Technologies

My cell phone rings constantly, often when I'm busy. With the Fossil Caller ID Watch with Bluetooth, I could monitor incoming calls and text messages without having to fumble around in my pocket every time someone tries to reach me. For the Fossil to work, I'd also need to get a Sony Ericsson Bluetooth phone - but at least I'd never lose it: The Fossil vibrates to alert you whenever the phone is out of range.

Data Pipe

BlackBerry Pearl; $350;


You won't find a bigger CrackBerry addict than me. So, with my BlackBerry 7280 due for an upgrade, I've been eyeing the new Pearl. I just love that it's slim enough to slip right into my pocket. Aesthetics aside, it has the same work applications and features as my current model, but with built-in Bluetooth for syncing my calendar and contact list. It's also got a great speakerphone, so I could hold impromptu conference calls on the road. Plus, it's the first BlackBerry to have a 1.3-megapixel camera as well as a music and video player. Finally, a BlackBerry that I could use for work and for play.

Thermal Digits

G-Gloves; $20;

JIGNA PATEL Developer, Blue Dot

My co-workers and I are forever battling over the thermostat in our office, which means I'm usually pretty chilly in the winter. For my hands, which get especially cold as I'm typing, I want a pair of USB-powered G-Gloves. They're outfitted with dual warming pads, two levels of heat intensity, and finger holes to provide maximum mobility for typing. The USB cable detaches, and the gloves can be converted into mittens, which means I could still wear them when I left for lunch. I'd just plug them right back in when I returned to my desk. No doubt these gloves would bring some peace to our temperature wars.  Top of page

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