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Eight great gadgets for college dorms

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It's almost time for college students to begin fall classes, so I thought it would be good to compile a list of gadgets for college dorms and apartments. The obvious ones, like smartphones, laptops, iPads and calculators aren't listed here because I went for the fun and unique gadgets instead. Take a look and let me know if you've found something cool that should be included. (Scroll to the bottom to see a video that demonstrates the gadgets.)

1. The Elite Cuisine Multi-Function 3-In-1 Breakfast Center is a coffee maker, toaster oven and griddle all in one. Great for those late-night study sessions, some frozen egg rolls or a short stack of pancakes in the morning before class.

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2. The Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker will wake you up after that late night of studying so you don't miss that important exam. It has a maximum sound level of 113 decibels and if you put it under your mattress it also will shake your bed. If you don't wake up when this thing goes off it's time to call 911.

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3. CordaRoy's Beanbag Beds are beanbag chairs that convert into a spare bed. They're great for reading and relaxing and when a friend visits and wants to spend the night you'll have an extra bed. They're available in sizes up to double King.

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4. The Fridge Locker Personal Food Security System will keep your groceries and snacks safe if you have to share fridge space with roommates. Get one and you won't have to worry about an 800-pound grizzly bear getting your food (watch the video).

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5. The WiFi Detector Shirt will help you monitor your wireless connection in your dorm room and around campus. The shirt lights up to indicate when you have the best signal strength.

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6. The Nostalgia HDT-600 Hot-Dog/Pop-up Toaster hotdog maker is a great complement to the Breakfast Center, giving you a way to make fresh hot dogs for lunch or dinner as easily as you can make toast. It cooks two hot dogs and two buns at a time.

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7. Stash Safes from dormgear.net let you hide money, credit cards and other valuable in a fake Pringles can, stack of CDs or a flower pot. These provide a great place to hide your car keys if you don't want roommates "borrowing" your car.

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8. The Lacie iamaKey USB 2.0 Flash Drive is a handy thing to keep on your key ring so you can easily transport documents back and forth from the computer lab for printing or quick transfer to your laptop. Comes in capacities up to 32GB.

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NEW DORM GADGET LIST JUST ADDED FOR 2011

[Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2011 3:30am]

    

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