Transfer files and images, videoconference, e-mail, surf the Internet, and more with the WaveCall 4003, a broadband Internet service providing inbound speeds of 512Kbps and outbound speeds of 128Kbps. The always-on coverage extends from North America to South America and Europe. The service contract, sold with the antenna, lets you transfer up to 1GB of data per month at no additional charge. After that you'll incur a service fee; a per-minute rate for voice service always applies. Price: hardware, $35,000; voice service fee, $0.75/minute. Contact Sea Tel at 925/798-7979, www.seatel.com.
Bic, the maker of that ubiquitous clear plastic pen, has introduced a line of open-top kayaks. Jump into the Bilbao, a 10'-long solo kayak, or the Tobago, a 13'-long tandem kayak, and paddle to a secluded spot where you can uncap your other Bic and let your thoughts roam free. Both kayaks feature vacuum-formed polyethylene hulls that are impact- and UV-resistant and come with safety lines, EVA foam seats, and carrying handles. Price: Bilbao, $499; Tobago, $649. Contact Bic Sport at 508/291-2770, www.bicsportna.com.