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Easy clean

Easy clean

Is your inbox growing faster than you can manage? Streamline the amount of promotional emails you receive with Unroll.me. The app scans your inbox for subscription emails, allowing you to easily unsubscribe from those you’re tired of, and add the ones you’re still interested in to a single daily digest email you can browse at a time you choose: morning, afternoon or evening. Free, unroll.me.

Remote collaboration

Remote collaboration

Turn any whiteboard into an interactive digital surface with the Luidia eBeam Smartmarker. Slip a dry erase marker into the sleeve and stream your notes in real time to easily collaborate with colleagues and clients. You can even erase and correct your streamed writing. The embedded memory feature stores up to 20,000 pages of content, and notes can be synced on Evernote, Dropbox and OneNote. $800, luidia.com.

Color play

Color play

When it’s time to update your office space, a fresh coat of paint is a great way to make a big impact. Maybe you’ve already seen the perfect color — the pale blue stripes of your co-worker’s shirt, the creamy caramel brown of your morning coffee, the crisp green letters in the mural outside of your gym — but can’t figure out how you’ll replicate it. That’s where Color Muse comes in. The ingenious little device is more than 90% accurate at identifying the color of whatever it scans. Submit the info on the accompanying app and get a list of brands and vendors that sell the shade. $60, colormuse.io.

In alignment

In alignment

The best way to keep your screen at an ergonomic height — your eye level should be two to three inches below the top of your monitor — is to use an adjustable arm. The Fully Jarvis Monitor Arm offers sturdy support and can be maneuvered into multiple heights and angles, saving your neck from strain and helping you avoid slouching. The attractive design comes in white, black and silver, and as a bonus, it also saves space on your desk. $100, fully.com.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

Travel to Barcelona, Spain; Hokkaido, Japan; and Corsica, France; without ever leaving your desk. The Atmoph Window 2 Smart Wall Scenery Display is a faux window that shows you scenes from around the world. Choose from more than 1,000 videos of scenery, complete with audio, to reflect or improve your mood.

Stuck in dreary, wintry weather? Queue up beach videos from Oahu, Hawaii, and imagine you’re there instead. Feeling reflective? Display the clouds atop Mount Fuji. Craving the hustle and bustle of the city? In seconds, look up and see and hear Times Square in New York. $440+, atmoph.com.

The boost you need

The boost you need

The balance ball has gained popularity as an alternative to the traditional office chair for its ability to engage your core muscles and support proper sitting posture. But if you’re not ready to commit fully to a ball (it can be attention-grabbing!), the Gaiam Balance Disc offers the same benefits and is a little more discreet. The inflatable plastic device is designed to rest on the seat of any chair. Customize it by adjusting its firmness; your back muscles will thank you. $22, gaiam.com.

Twice as nice

Twice as nice

A dual-screen mobile device is something you never thought you’d need, but once you get one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. The Microsoft Surface Duo is a smartphone that features two wide screens attached to a 360 degree hinge, allowing you to do and see more.

Open it like a book and use two apps simultaneously, fold it like a tent and binge your favorite shows, close one side to take and make phone calls, and span one app across both screens for improved viewing. Extras like earbuds, a stylus and a protective bumper are also available. $1,400, microsoft.com.

Train your brain

The boost you need

Research has shown meditation relieves stress and can improve focus and mental performance. But when your mind is in an overactive or flustered state, it can be difficult to find peace. Help train your brain with the Muse 2.

Simply put on the headband and advanced signal processing will interpret your mental activity to guide you through appropriate meditative practices. When your mind is busy, you’ll hear stormy weather, which acts as a cue to bring your attention back to your breathing. When your mind is in a calm state, you’ll hear peaceful weather. Track your progress with the Muse app and use its findings to set goals and a regular wellness routine. $250, choosemuse.com.

Incognito

The boost you need

The sleek Mark & Graham Charging Bracelet is hands down the most stylish and discreet way to charge your phone. The lightweight piece holds a full charge for 30 days and can boost your battery power by 50% in approximately 40 minutes. Available in four finishes, including matte black and rose gold, the bracelet can also be engraved with a monogram, making it a great option for client gifts. $150, markandgraham.com.

 

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