7 must-have gadgets*

*Or cool items to talk about at yoru next cocktail party

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Water Bobble, $9-$13, Waterbobble.com A low-tech gem. The Water Bobble self-filters tap water from anywhere, so you don’t have to waste your cash on the environmentally unfriendly bottled variety. Comes in three sizes and a bunch of cool colors.

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It’s amazing how rapidly technology has developed since I graduated from RIT six years go. I remember running Windows Me on my painfully slow desktop, saving work on a glitchy Zip disk instead of a cloud, and thinking it was cool that I could play a primitive version of Snake on my pre-app cellphone. In other words, if you’re still doing any of those things, you’ll want to pay especially close attention to the gadgets on this list—all must-haves for the tech-savvy RIT alum. 

Katie Linendoll ’05 (information technology) is a technology expert for CNN and CBS. She was an Emmy-winning producer on ESPN’s SportsCenter and host of A&E’s We Mean Business.