Secure Shred

Shred CDs, credit cards and ID badges into 2.2-by-4 mm particles with the Optical Media Destroyer from Security Engineered Machinery. The shredder can destroy 1,583 discs per hour and includes a power-saving mode, electronic capacity control to avoid jams and a 12.25-inch-wide throat.

Packrat

There’s nothing new about the Scottevest, but this stylish 22-pocket vest might be your best traveling gear. Put gadgets, keys, boarding pass, etc. in the machine-washable vest, then simply take it off when going through airport security.

Digital Clipboard

Americans use 90 million tons of paper annually,according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. In fact, despite the long-running movement toward paperless processes and transactions, the U.S. remains the world’s biggest paper consumer, according to The State of the Paper Industry report.

The public sector is no stranger to the stationery conversation. Government agencies often boast about efficiencies they’ve gained as a result of going paperless. Even the U.S. Treasury Department recently started issuing paperless bonds. Ricoh’s new eQuill, a featherweight tablet that allows for a digital workflow, may help simplify the process of going paperless. The “digital clipboard” writes like pen on paper and stores roughly 25,000 pages locally. The “e-paper” screen is 9.7 inches, has a 20-hour battery life and can be charged using a micro-USB cable or power adapter. Users can record data with the stylus, 5 megapixel camera, keyboard or voice recorder.

In addition, the device includes authentication technology that protects document integrity without creating extra work for users, according to the company. For government agencies, that means electronic documents created with eQuill will stand up in court just like paper, Ricoh says.

Guardian Gear

Looking for an eco-friendly yet stylish e-reader case? Tuff-Luv’s cover is made from hemp and is 100 percent animal free, but the limited design caters to few gadgets like the Kindle 3 and Motorola Xoom.

Karen Stewartson, Managing Editor Karen Stewartson  |  Managing Editor

Karen Stewartson is the managing editor of Government Technology. She contributes to Public CIO journal and Emergency Management magazine. Karen is a lifelong learner who has a penchant for words, puns, food and babies.