Talk to Yourself The Dictaphone Walkabout Quest can record voice messages on a removable storage card (2MB is standard; 8MB is available). It has some Palm Pilot-like features, such as a calendar, a to-do list, and an address book that lets you play back the voice of the addressee. It's light enough (5.3 ounces) to be road-warrior equipment. There's no keyboard--you type entries with a stylus.
A fully rigged Walkabout Quest comes with software and a docking station so you can download, store, and organize your voice files on a WinTel machine. (Sorry, no Macs need apply.)
The fun part of the Quest is that it can create a voice e-mail: Just record a message; convert it to a .wav file, and send it off. The only problem is, the Quest has no remote sending capabilities, so you can only deliver messages from your PC, which means having a laptop and docking station with you at all times.
At a suggested retail price of nearly $450, the lack of remote sending/receiving capability is a problem, no matter how attrac- tively packaged the unit.
For more information, call Dictaphone Corp., Stratford, Conn. at (800) 677-7928. At press time, there was no information about the product at the company's Web site, www.dictaphone.com.
OK, so you're a walking noisemaker already, what with your cell phone and pager. But here's one more gadget you may want to add to your on-the-road inventory. When you check in to the hotel with a million meeting management details on your mind, you won't have to worry about forgetting your credit card at the reg desk--if you have The Beeping Wallet.
Billed as the first patented electronic wallet, it emits a protest beep when you remove your credit card, and proceeds to beep every 20 seconds until you replace your card. (It shuts off automatically after five minutes.) It also reminds you to replace other items in your wallet, such as ATM cards and your driver's license. There's even a special passport version.
The stylish, leather wallets, priced between $20 and $35, comes in designs for men and women. But don't let its good looks deceive you--it's not delicate. It's designed to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure conditions, says the developer, David Kopel, president of Kopel, Inc. in Westlake Village, Calif. Operated by a microchip, it is powered by a replaceable watch battery with a three-year warranty.
Kopel, an aerospace engineer, invented the security-conscious wallet after his wife lost her credit card--an experience many of us road warriors can relate to. For more information, visit www.beepingwallet.com, or call (800) 988-6255.
Just about everything is a brandopportunity now, even paperclips. The Paper Slip Company launched a neat little product in February that can help secure your meeting promotion without pinching the budget.
The Message Clip--made out of durable business card-quality paper folded securely around a paper clip--displays any message or graphic in color or black and white. An order of 1,000 printed, assembled clips costs $210 for black and white or $255 for colors. Orders under 5,000 Message Clips are inkjet or laserjet printed. Orders over 5,000 are offset printed. The standard clip is 2" by 3/8" but custom sizes can be accommodated.
For more information, contact The Paper Slip Company, Palo Alto, Calif., at (800) 727-3791, info@paper slip.com, or visit its Web site at www.messageclip.com.