Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets Of 2008
4. Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
The Livescribe Smartpen lets you combine voice recording with note-taking, and if you've ever been a student or an interviewer, you know you need both. With PC software (only works with PC right now), a special notepad, and of course the Smartpen, you can take notes with the internal recorder picking up the sound at the same time. When transferring your notes to the PC, you can tap the Smartpen on your notes to get the audio pertinent to those specific notes! Want to read more about it? Visit Livescribe or Amazon.com .
5. Craftsman Nextec Multi-Saw
This 12-volt saw is a "new breed of saw," according to Popular Mechanics gadget pickers. It's both a jigsaw and a reciprocating saw that "gets into tight spots, powers through touch jobs and can operate at 2000 strokes per minute. Learn more about the Craftsman Nextec Multi-Saw at Craftsman.
6. Potenco PCG1 Power Generator
The PCG1 is a power generator for small gadgets like cell phones, GPS devices, and MP3 players. It is powered by human energy, making zero toes on a carbon footprint. Pull the cord for a minute, store the power on the PVG1 NiMh battery and convert your energy into 20 minutes of cell phone talk time. Read more at Potenco, Powering Endless Possibilities.