Tools of The Trade

By Spencer Campbell January 1, 2011

Waking up is hard to do. It’s so difficult, in fact, that many of us spend our first two hours at work staring blankly at the computer screen, cobwebs clogging cognitive function. But it’s not the amount of sleep that’s the problem. Instead, studies show that people who wake up while in their lightest sleep cycle wake up feeling refreshed instead of groggy. The SleepTracker ensures that you rouse in the right cycle. Users wear a watch on their wrist that monitors their sleep patterns, and then they set an approximate window of time in which they need to wake up. The Sleep Tracker finds the best waking moment, and a vibrating alarm does the rest. $179.


Now that airport security is tighter than ever, don’t expect business travel to get any easier. Chances that the law might relax on laptop security are close to nil. The good news is that Tumi’s T-Pass Collection allows you to meet security measures without having to unpack everything at the security checkpoint. Available in materials from nylon ($275) to fine leather ($600), the T-Pass collection opens wide with a simple tug of the zipper, making your dash through security as painless as possible.

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