Friday, 16 Dec, 2011 Technology

Top 10 Crazy Gifts for Gadget Geeks


If someone from you family is a tech savvy person or if you have a geeky friend and you want to make them happy then you might want to check out the ten gadget gifts we collected for you. Not only do these gifts look awesome and crazy (in a good way), they are actually available on the market today and are also quite budget-friendly.

1. iPhone Cordless Handset

This nice-looking iPhone Cordless Handset is probably what any gadget geek would love in their bedroom. This is also a perfect gift for those who do not have a landline phone. Designed as a phone from the 1930s, the device represents a wireless docking station for the iPhone. It functions via Bluetooth and is able to store phone numbers and 30 received calls. The vintage-looking gadget can be acquired for $160.

2. Art. Lebedev's Popularis Keyboard

The concept of the Optimus Popularis was for the first time presented in 2008 and recently the company has made it available for pre-order. If you have a gadget geeky friend or you're into high-tech yourself then you'll be able to buy this device from the official website of Art. Lebedev design studio. The keyboard has each of its keys equipped with tiny LCD screen that have a resolution of 64 x 64 pixels and can show any chosen picture or animation. The user is free to assign any function to each key. In addition, the keyboard features a fully customizable LCD bar found between the main keyboard and function keys. A very interesting thing about this device is that it doesn't have a numeric keypad. Instead the Fn key, located at bottom-left, makes it possible to show up the functions that are usually found on the right side in a traditional keyboard. Popularis is a perfect tool for those who use non-English characters, with the user being able to customize the keys, replacing letters with music notes, numerals, codes, math functions, images, or other special symbols. The gadget is made of aluminum and plastic, and can be connected via USB 1.1 or 2.0. Shipping is expected to begin on January 1st.

3. Brando's iLaunch Thunder

This is a perfect gift not only for geeky kids but for any bored office worker as well. Brando's iLaunch Thunder represents a missile launcher that can be activated using iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The connection is made via Bluetooth, and the user can shoot missiles at an unsuspecting co-worker located up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) away. The device boasts a 270-degree horizontal rotation, and can be vertically arranged at over 40 degrees. As soon as you found your target use the iLaunch Controller app to aim the missiles and shoot. The iLaunch Thunder can be acquired for $96.90. Check out the video to see the gadget in action.

4. Steady Stand 200

Although this device can work with a lot of compact cameras and handsets, it is mainly aimed at working with Apple's iPhone. The apparatus represents a stand that allows the user to take photos on a plain background from a height of 200mm. The transparent white polymer of the stand is developed to diffuse the light that hits the product, while getting rid of reflections of nearby objects when taking pictures of shiny things. The device comes with several "anti reflection plates" which are plastic boards that are used to cover up most of the Steady Stand's circular opening. Thus only the small camera on your handset can peep through, which reduces reflections of the camera itself in the product that you want to photograph. The Steady Stand 200 can be bought from Modahaus for GBP24.99 ($39).

5. SpaceMouse Pro

This device would be a great gift for either a hardcore gamer or a specialist working with complex software. The company that developed the product is called 3Dconnexion and it recently has updated its lineup of 3D mice for the professionals. The SpaceMouse Pro features 3D knob with 6 degrees of freedom that provides a myriad of functions like zooming and rotating 3D objects. It includes 15 programmable buttons along with an on-screen display.

According to the German firm, its latest product was created to offer "more natural and intuitive way to interact with digital 3D content." The gadget also includes an ergonomic soft-coated hand rest. It is worth mentioning that 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro was presented at the Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas in the period between November 29 and December 1. You can acquire the controller at its manufacturer's website for $299.

6. Reverse Sunglasses

The world around you becomes literally darker when you wear sunglasses. This device was developed to provide the opposite. The goal of these Sequinetic reverse sunglasses is to protecting its wearer from getting seasonal affective disorder. SAD is when normal cheerful people suddenly become gloomy due to cold weather and less sunny days. The new glasses are worn just like traditional ones. However, instead of keeping the bright light away from your eyes, they start shining bright light into or around your eyes from 6 ultra-bright LEDs that are mirrored from a reflector. The PR states: "using Sequinetic glasses for up to 30 minutes a day, you'll have much more energy during those long, dark winter months." So this would be a very nice gift to keep a person happy all year round. These sunglasses can be acquired from Kickstarter at a price of $60. They are available in red and grey colors with batteries included.

7. Electronic Drum Machine Shirt

There's just no friend that doesn't like music and if your friend is a tech savvy person then they'll definitely appreciate this pretty cool shirt that doubles as an electronic drum machine. It has seven different pads that the wearer can hit and nine different drum kits that the user can easily switch between. However, the most interesting thing is that the person wearing this shirt can actually record and playback the sounds they generate. Thus one can mix and match different sounds from various drum kits. In addition, the shirt comes with an amp that goes up to eleven. If you really want his garment then for just $30 it can be yours. Check out the awesome demo of the shirt's capabilities below.

8. Piggyback Solar Powered Gadgetbag

When the battery of your phone and/or media player runs out of power and there's no socket nearby you feel helpless. This is where a solar powered option can help. The Piggyback Solar Powered Gadgetbag allows its wearer to charge various portable gadgets on the go. It has straps that allow you to attach it to your bag. This device boasts an output of 1000mA and you can easily connect it using USB. The gadgetbag measures 8 inches x 12 inches and has a backup 800 mAh Li Ion battery that is there to charge portable devices during cloudy days. The Piggyback Solar Powered Gadgetbag costs $120 and it would be a great gift not only for everyone.

9. Mobislyder

Some people have already switched their high-end cameras with cell phones and it sounds logic since the phone is always there with you and you can easily use it to take photos and shoot video. Mobislyder was developed just for such people. With its help the user can record smooth moving shots using nothing but their handset. Basically it's the same technology that filmmakers use only scaled down. If you try it you might be surprised to discover that the device does its job quite well. And with the help of a special adapter, which comes with the Mobislyder, you can use other cameras too. This gadget can be acquired for $130.

10. Scratch-n-Scroll Mousepad

Besides being a nice mousepad, on which you can glide your computer mouse, this thing can also be used as a notepad where you can always write down anything that comes to your mind. It can be used to instantly pen down a phone number, or a reminder. It is very handy, especially when you cannot find a scrap of paper nearby. However, you can only make notes using a special plastic stylus that comes with the Scratch-n-Scroll mousepad. The mouse pad is a simple and very useful gift that you can purchase for only $14.99.

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