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As the pace of technology innovation quickens, faculty and staff face a changing environment full of new tools and teaching strategies. To encourage exploration and innovation with these tools, Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA) has established a Gadget Garage for Boise State faculty and staff. Among the Gadget Garage items are a variety of mobile devices, instructional books, tablet keyboards and cases, and app-centered accessories.

To Reserve a Device

  1. Review the Gadget Garage inventory and select the items that you would like to reserve.
  2. Complete and submit the Gadget Garage Reservation Form.
  3. Watch for an e-mail from the IDEA Shop, confirming your reservation.

NOTE: You may be asked to complete a short reflection about your Gadget Garage experience.

Checkout Policies and Inventory

Please feel free to contact the Instructional Design Consultant assigned to your department to learn more about any device in the Garage. Note: If you are interested in checking out mobile devices for a group of students or for an entire class please see this informational page about the Mobile Device Checkout Program.

  • Reserving a device is highly recommended as checkouts are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Reservations should be submitted at least 2 days before anticipated pick up.
  • Device checkouts are limited to one week.
  • Based on availability, participants may ask to renew their checkout. Renewal requests should be sent to
    Brian Martin. Every effort to extend checkouts will be made, but extensions cannot be guaranteed.
  • Gadget Garage devices can be picked up and returned to Suite 313, Riverfront Hall.
  • All equipment must be returned in working order. Checkout participants will be responsible for replacing any device or accessory that is broken or lost.
  • Gadget Garage checkouts are subject to the discretion of the IDEA Shop, and continual violation of program policies may result in a loss of checkout privileges.

  • Devices

    In this section, you’ll find exciting devices from a variety of platforms including Android, Apple iOS and Windows. All device checkouts include a charger and in most cases, a protective case is also available.

    DevicesDescriptionTech SpecsManufacturer Site
    Asus Transformer Pad InfinityThe Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is one of the the first large-screen Android tablet in 2012, with an incredibly bright and sharp high-resolution display and fast quad-core processor.HD screen (1900 x 1200 pixels). Storage 64GB
    Processor quad-core Nvidia Tegra T33
    Rear camera 8 megapixels
    Front camera 2 megapixels
    iPadThe iPad is a great device for content consumption and content creation. There are over 800,000 apps in the Apple App Store and many of them are free. The device also features a HD video camera and camera. 16 GB White, 4th generation Apple iPad

    iPad User Guide
    iPad MiniA slimmer version of the full-size iPad, the 7.9 inch display and 1024 x 768 resolution, the iPad mini has all the great features of its big brother. Download apps, play music, watch videos, and more!16 GB WhiteApple iPad Mini
    iPod Touch (x3)The iPod Touch offers almost all of the great features of Apple's iPhone without the need for a phone or data plan. Easily download apps and take great HD video and photos.32 GB Blue, White, and Green available, 5th generationApple iPod Touch
    HP Stream 7Speed and power of Windows 8 in a small package.32 MB, 1 MB RAMMicrosoft Store
    Kindle Fire HDRunning on a customized version on the Android operating system, Amazon's Kindle Fire is a tablet built for media consumption. Read books and magazines, listen to music and audiobooks, watch videos, and download apps.16 GBKindle Fire
    Kindle Paper White 3GWith a special built-in light, this e-reader is great in sunlight or no light. The battery last for 8 weeks and with built in, free 3G access, you can download books from anywhere in the world.Kindle Paper White
    Lenovo YogaFeaturing 3 unique "poses," this Windows 8 touch screen ultrabook functions well as tablet and laptop! 8GB SDRAM, 128GB SSD, measures 13.1 x 8.9 x 0.67" and weighs 3.3 lbs., 1.0M 720p HD has integrated webcam, capacitive multitouch display, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)Lenovo Yoga 13 Features
    Microsoft Surface 3The newest Windows tablet that can replace a laptop. It has i3 processor, keyboard, and stylus.64 GB, 4 MB RAMSurface Tablet for Education
    Nexus 7 Tegra 3Created by Google and Asus, the Nexus 7 Tegra 3 has sharp screen resolution, great battery life, very portable, fast Android operating system.16 GBGoogle Play
    Nexus 10Created by Google, this 10'" tablet features a sharp display and is great for photo taking, reading, video and accessing all your favorite Google apps.16
    Nook HDBarnes and Noble's Nook HD is a tablet built for media consumption. Read books and magazines, listen to music and audiobooks, watch videos, and download apps.16 GBBarnes & Noble
    Nook TouchThis easy to use e-reader has a simple, touch interface and a long lasting battery.Barnes & Noble
    Samsung Galaxy NoteThis Android tablet features a built in stylus that makes drawing, annotating, and note-taking a breeze! 16 GBSamsung Galaxy Note
    Samsung ChromebookChrome devices are optimized for the web’s vast educational resources. Integrate rich content into lessons, inspire collaboration, and encourage students to create and share their own content with the world. Chrome devices deliver it all without lengthy startup times or tedious training. They're a simple, scalable and affordable way to put technology into the hands of more students and teachers.Chromebook for Education
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2This Android tablet is very similar to the Galaxy Note, but does not include the built in stylus.16 GBSamsung Galaxy Tab 2
    Windows Surface ProThe Surface Pro runs the full version of Windows and includes a responsive stylus for drawing, note-taking and more.64 GBSurface Pro
    Windows Surface RTThe Surface RT runs a lite version of Windows and apps are available from only the Windows Live Store. A full version of Word, Powerpoint and Excel is included with the device.32 GBSurface RT
  • Accessories

    This section contains a wide variety of both innovative and practical gadgets that can enhance learning experiences. Within the collection, you’ll find tools for enhancing and creating audio, video, photos and more.

    AccessoriesDescriptionManufacturer Site
    AirStashA wireless flash drive for your iPad, iPhone, Android device, computer and more. This device makes it easy to share and receive large files. A great tool for in-class assignment submitting! AirStash
    Apple Lightning to USB Camera AdapterTransfer photos and video from your camera or mobile device directly to your iPad
    Apple Lightning to VGA AdapterDisplay your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone through a projector with this adapter.
    Bamboo Capture TabletThis tablet transform the drawing experience on your Mac or PC. Use it to annotate documents, correct digital images, and create a whiteboard experience on your computer.
    Belkin Rockstar 5-Way Headphone SplitterShare audio from one device (tablet, computer, mobile device) to up to five pairs of headphones.Rockstar
    Belkin WeMo SwitchControl your electronic devices from anywhere with your mobile device.WeMo Switch
    iHealth Blood Pressure MonitorManage your blood pressure anytime, anywhere. Using the free iHealth mobile app, measure and track systolic/diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave and measurement time.iHealth
    iHome Rechargeable SpeakersA great portable stereo speaker system for an iPod, iPhone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or MP3 player. These compact speakers are rechargeable and come with a carrying case for easy travel.
    iPad Camera Connection KitWith the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, it's a simple task to download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPad with Retina display or iPad mini.
    iPhone Remote Camera Cable Trigger (x2)This remote shutter release is perfect for taking photos without having to touch your phone, and for starting and stopping video sans camera-shake.
    IPEVO Ziggi HD USB Document CameraThe Ziggi document camera is a small, portable camera that makes it simple to share documents, 3D objects, and even mobile devices like the iPad. Ziggi Document Camera
    IPEVO Ziggi HD USB Document Camera Wireless StationUse the Ziggi document camera anywhere with this wireless stationZiggi Wireless Station
    iRig MicThe first handheld microphone for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices. The iRig is great for making quality audio and vocal recording from anywhere on your mobile device.iRig Mic
    iRig Mic CASTThe iRig Mic CAST is an ultra compact directional microphone for mobile devices. It has a Low and a Hi gain setting depending on whether the sounds to be recorded are loud or quiet, in that order.iRig Mic CAST
    Izon Wi-Fi Video MonitorWatch & listen from anywhere and automatically record noise & motion from your mobile device.
    Jambox (Big)Easily fill a classroom or other environment with sound, this large Bluetooth speaker is great for sharing audio or conference calls. Compatible with most Bluetooth devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Android phones and tablets, and Mac and PC computers. Up to 15 hours of battery life.
    Jambox (Mini)Great for filling a small to medium sized room with sound, this Bluetooth speaker is great for sharing audio or conference calls. Compatible with most Bluetooth devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Android phones and tablets, and Mac and PC computers. Up to 10 hours of battery life.
    Jot Pro StylusJot Pro is one of the best fine writing stylus for iPad. The sound dampening tip simulates natural pen and paper contact for a smoother and quieter stroke. The rubber grip provides comfort. It magnetically attaches to your iPad for storage and transport.Adonit
    Logitech Ultrathin iPad Keyboard (x2)This Bluetooth keyboard makes it easy to capture text with your iPad in both portrait and landscape orientation. When not in use, the keyboard acts as a protective cover. Logitech
    Leap Motion (3 available)The Leap Motion Controller senses your hands and fingers and follows their every move. It lets them move in all that wide-open space between you and your computer. So you can do almost anything without touching anything. It’s the tiny device that just might change the way you use technology. It’s the world’s most natural technology that just might change the world.Leap Motion
    Little Printer by BergThe Little Printer delivers a daily, printed feed programmed based on your own interests and schedule. Featuring an open API, the advanced user can program feeds for the device as well!
    Livescribe Sky Pen 2GB (x3)With this special pen, you can record everything you write and hear. By tapping anywhere on your notebook, the audio from that moment in time will be replayed. The pen will also wirelessly transfer your note to your Evernote account over wifi.Livescribe
    Manfrotto TripodTripod base and head designed for professional photographers, is versatile enough for both indoor and outdoor use. With a broad range of possible angle settings, this tripod allows filming or taking pictures up to 69 inches above the ground.Tripod Image
    Mobile Keyboard 25 KeysThe world’s first tri-platform keyboards, Mobile Keys™ premium controllers provide an exceptional playing experience on your iOS device, Mac® and PC. Featuring full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys, essential controls and easy bus-powered operation, Mobile Keys controllers perfectly complement CoreMIDI music apps and digital audio workstations such as GarageBand®. Whether you're a beginning musician or an experienced player, Mobile Keys controllers are a great way to compose and perform with all your music-making devices.Line6
    Pico Pocket ProjectorProject a video, presentation, SD card or the screen of your mobile device from anywhere. Over 75 minutes of battery life!AAXA Technologies
    Pinpoint™ Precision StylusAt 2.4 mm, the end of the Pinpoint™ Precision stylus provides flexible yet accurate functionality on your favorite touch screen tablets. Weighing only 1.2 oz it provides a comfortable light grip for smooth operation.Joy Factory
    Pogo Connect Bluetooth Stylus (x2)Pogo Connect is a great tool for sketching, painting, or note-taking on the iPad. It's a Bluetooth pen that allows you to draw with different line widths on an iPad. It's simple to set up, and works with many drawing and note-taking apps.Ten 1 Design
    Samsung ATIVsmart PC VGA AdapterDisplay your Samsung tablet or phone through the projector with this adapter
    Seagate Wireless Hard Drive (x2)Add a terabyte (TB) of storage to your device with this wireless hard drive. Using the Free Seagate Media App for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android Devices to transfer content between devices.
    Sensu Stylus BrushThis unique stylus creates an authentic painting experience on your tablet or smartphone. The brush is double sided, featuring a traditional stylus tip on one side and a paint brush tip on the other. Great for drawing, painting, or notetaking!Sensu
    Slope Stands (3 available)Slope is engineered in such a way that it can easily to anchor your tablet to your desk without the use of adhesives or clamps. You can swipe, type and view content easily, without the risk of sliding. Slope
    Surface KeyboardThis slim keyboard making typing a breeze on the Surface Pro or RT. There is also a trackpad built into the keyboard as well!Keyboard for Surface Pro or RT
    SwivlThe Swivl make it easy to capture your lectures, presentations, and more by tracking your motion and moving your camera so that no moment is loss!Swivl Uses
  • Cases

    This section contains a wide variety of cases for different devices, in an assortment of form factors. Cases designed for outdoor use and Bluetooth keyboards are also included in this collection.

    CasesSpecial Features
    Griffin Survivor Case- iPod TouchWater, shock and dust resistant case for 5th generation iPod Touch
    iPad Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with Cover CaseBluetooth keyboard
    iPad Mini Smart Case
    iPad Smart Cover
    Kindle Paper White Cover
    Lenovo Yoga Sleeve
    Nexus 7 Bluetooth Keyboard Case (x2)Bluetooth keyboard
    Nexus 7 Leather Case
    Roocase for Chromebook (x2)
    Vangoddy Tablet BagThis bag features a strap and tons of pockets for storing adapters, chargers, and more. Fits the Windows Surface, iPad and Samsung tablets.
    Poetic Hardback Case for Samsung Galaxy
  • Books

    In this section, you’ll find a diverse selection of both tutorial-based and creation books. Getting started guides are available for many platforms and you’ll also find books geared toward using mobile devices in education and the workplace.

    Android PhotographyTake great photos with your Android™ smart phone! Despite the popularity of Android™ and its huge app store, there hasn't been much information to be found on making the most of its in-phone camera. Now, this enlightening guide helps users get a great shot, anytime, anywhere. It details many of the great apps available for Android™; shows how to apply them to create, edit, and enhance images; and explains the easiest and best ways to share those pictures with friends and family.
    iPad for ArtistsThe iPad has changed the platform and scope of digital art worldwide. With this versatile tablet, anyone can create fine art or enhance their photos in the field. And now this indispensable book, die-cut to resemble an iPad, teaches you how. Through practical illustrated tutorials, artist Dani Jones guides users of all levels through the leading art apps, giving you everything you need to make the most of the iPad to develop your unique artistic vision, creativity, and style.
    iPad in Education for DummiesThe iPad is a natural fit for education in the 21st century, and this straightforward, full-color guide shows you just how to deploy it effectively in your educational institution. From understanding how iPads can be used for different learning styles to managing iPad content and classroom use, finding the apps to complement your curriculum, creating interactive lessons, and beyond, author Sam Gliksman, a sought-after consultant on integrating technology in schools, answers all your questions.
    iPad: The Missing ManualApple’s wildly popular iPad and new iPad Mini come jam-packed with features, like access to your media library from the Web, Siri voice control, and seamless Facebook and Twitter integration. But to tap your iPad’s potential, you need a trustworthy owner’s manual. This bestselling book shows you how to import, create, and play back media; sync and shop wirelessly; keep in touch over the Internet; and even take care of business. In addition, you'll find full coverage of iTunes 11, Apple's newly updated media manager.
    iPhone ArtistryThere's no doubting how popular the iPhone is, or how impressive its imaging capabilities are--both with photos and video. That's why it's now the most popular camera on Flickr. iPhone Artistry shows users how their phone can be a powerful, fun, and serious photographic tool, with techniques for getting the highest-quality images, using their hardware to the fullest, and experimenting with a multitude of the most creative apps available from the Apple store.
    Kindle Fire HD: The Missing ManualAmazon’s Kindle Fire HD combines the most popular e-reader and tablet features in one sleek package, and with this entertaining guide, you’ll master everything the Fire has to offer. With loads of illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and savvy tips, you’ll learn how to manage your media library in the cloud, find the coolest apps, and make the most of your Kindle Fire experience—no matter which model you choose.
    Making Movies with Your iPhoneAll iPhone® owners know that this amazingly sophisticated piece of equipment can take wonderfully artistic photos--but not everyone realizes how great it is for making movies. Now, the secret is out! In this first and only book exclusively dedicated to shooting video with an iPhone, technology expert Ben Harvell reveals how to turn this dynamic tool from a fancy consumer device to a pro-quality video instrument.
    Mobile Digital ArtLearn how to create beautiful artwork on your iPad or iPhone. Over 65 expert artists from around the world will show you how they created their original art, from inspiration and conceptualization, to the creation of the final image. Using step-by-step examples and easy-to-follow tutorials, you'll learn how to create stunning images on your iPad or iPhone. Learn more about using the apps you already have, like Brushes, and discover new apps that will enhance your art creation like Sketchbook Mobile, Layers, Collage, Juxtaposer, Hiptamatic, and PhotoFX. Whether you are taking you first steps into digital art, or are an accomplished artist looking to broaden your skill set, Mobile Digital Art covers it all - how to turn photographs into oil paintings, design cartoons from scratch and create beautiful landscape vistas - all on your iPad or iPhone.
    My Google ChromebookStep-by-step instructions with callouts to new Google Chromebook photos that show you exactly what to do.
    Help when you run into Chromebook problems or limitations.
    Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your brand-new Chromebook.
    Nook HD: The Missing ManualYou can do many things with NOOK HD right out of the box, but if you really want to get the most from your HD or HD+ tablet, start with this book. With clear instructions, full-color illustrations, and savvy advice from technology expert Preston Gralla, you’ll learn how to use email and the Web, watch movies and shows, play games, listen to music, and enjoy your personal ebook library.
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for DummiesA vast improvement over the original Galaxy Tab, the 10.1 uses the latest version of the Android operating system and is a 4G LTE mobile device. These upgrades—along with many others, including the better screen quality, better web browsing with Flash, and better multitasking capabilities—are all covered in this fun and friendly guide to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Everything from how-to topics to the most useful features to helpful tricks and techniques, this practical guide shows you how to get the most out of this cutting-edge device.
    SnAPPshotsSnAPPshots is the definitive guide to the amazing photographic results now achievable on iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones, and Blackberries. In accessible, jargon-free text, photographer Adam Bronkhorst sorts through the multitude of photography apps, clarifying the myriad stunning effects possible. Packed full of hip and gorgeous images for inspiration, this essential resource helps readers pull out their phones and start realizing impressive results right away. This is how-to photography for the twenty-first century!
    The iPad for PhotographersApple’s popular iPad and iPad mini tablets are incredibly useful tools for photographers on the go. Instead of hauling a laptop, you can tuck a lightweight iPad in your camera bag and take advantage of its large screen, third-party software apps, and online access to effectively complete and share your work away from the studio.
    Visual Quick Start Guide: Microsoft SurfaceThis Visual Quick Start Guide will help you get up and running with the Surface, Microsoft's very-own entry into the tablet market. This guide walks you through how to get the most from the Surface, using four-color images and step-by-step instruction. You'll learn how to tap and swipe, search, find the best Metro apps, read books, watch movies, listen to songs, and use Office. Along the way, you'll pick up indispensable tips for getting the most out of your tablet.
    Windows 8: The Missing ManualWith Windows 8, Microsoft completely reimagined the graphical user interface for its operating system, and designed it to run on tablets as well as PCs. It’s a big change that calls for a trustworthy guide—Windows 8: The Missing Manual. New York Times columnist David Pogue provides technical insight, lots of wit, and hardnosed objectivity to help you hit the ground running with Microsoft’s new OS.

    This jargon-free book explains Windows 8 features so clearly—revealing which work well and which don’t—that it should have been in the box in the first place.
    Your iPad at WorkPacked with easy, non-technical business solutions you can use right now—each presented with quick, foolproof, full-color instructions. Securely connect your iPad to your network; sync your email, contacts, calendar, Office documents, and smartphone; make the most of iPad’s latest productivity apps; capture up-to-the-minute news and financial data; even discover powerful specialized apps for your job and your industry.