Finding safe drinking water isn't always as simple as it sounds — so next time you head south of the border, take the SteriPEN Freedom UV Water Purifier ($120) with you. This highly-portable UV water purifier runs off an integrated battery that recharges over micro USB, and can destroy over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in a standard-sized glass in just 48 seconds. As a bonus, it also features instant-on technology, and LED indicators that can double as a flashlight. Unless, of course, you like the idea of drinking nothing but Corona the whole trip.
When is an iPod nano not an iPod nano? When it's made by another company. The Motorola Motoactv ($250-$300) is an Android-powered nano lookalike — complete with a watch-friendly form factor — featuring a 1.6-inch touchscreen display, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage for music, Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ wireless connectivity for connecting to existing fitness sensors and Android smartphones for call and text receiving, an FM radio, and GPS for keeping track of your training sessions. Basically, it's everything we wanted out of this year's iPod nano, but for Android. And what did Apple users get? Oh yeah — some new clocks.
Forget Hoverboards and funky sneakers — the real star of Back to the Future's gear smorgasbord was the DeLorean Time Machine ($TBA). One of only three original, on-screen models thought to currently exist, this particular example was used during the filming of Back to the Future III, and as such features both a Mr. Fusion in the rear and the weird tube and transistor part from the Old West. It'll be auctioned off later this year, with a portion of the proceeds fittingly going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.