Electronic Gift Ideas
You can’t beat an electronic gift for the gadget enthusiast in your life, the following electronic gadgets are some of our favourites.
Universal Memory Card Reader – $29.95
This device recognizes more than 70 memory card formats, eliminating the need for different readers. Its six slots support 23 CompactFlash cards, 23 Memory Stick cards, 24 MMC and SD cards, microSD cards, xD cards, and SIM cards. It can plug into a Mac or PC running Windows 7, Vista, or XP using its built-in USB cable
The Universal Memory Card Reader is available from Hammacher for $29.95.
Projection Alarm Clock and Weather Monitor – $79.95
Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this alarm clock and weather monitor projects the current time and outdoor temperature onto your ceiling or wall in large, easy-to-read digits. A built-in sensor detects ambient light and activates the large LCD’s backlighting for a clear view. Shows time, alarm, temperature at the three included sensors’ locations, and weather forecast icons. Time is automatically updated via radio signal from the Atomic Clock in Boulder, Colorado. With dual alarm and snooze.
The Projection Alarm Clock and Weather Monitor is available from Hammacher for $79.95.
Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera – $99
Become an instant celebrity or paparazzo! This sleek pocketable design is built for easy video – there is no lens cap, no dials to turn, or settings to set. Just turn it on and hit record to capture the action, adventure, and all the juicy details in stunning HD! Make your cinematic debut on any HDTV. Or just pop the USB in the nearest PC and you’re ready to share the fun on YouTube. Edit, add music, and personalize your flick and easily share with your adoring fans. There’s no such thing as ”you should’ve been there” with the Zi6.
The Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera is available from Amazon for $99.
Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator –
Garmin’s nüvi 260W combines the thinprofile and attractive price point of other nüvi 200-series GPS with directions in real street names and a wide screen that lets you see more of what’s around you as you drive. Garmin’s line on the device is that, “the nüvi 260W gives consumers the most sought-after navigation features, while eliminating many of the premium add-ons. The result is a PND that simply gets you from point A to point B – reliably, efficiently, and with style.” As with all nüvis, you get Garmin reliability, the fast satellite lock of a high-sensitivity integrated receiver, a slim, pocket-sized navigator with a gorgeous display, detailed NAVTEQ maps that lets you search by name for more than 6 million points of interest like stores, restaurants or hospitals, and an easy, intuitive interface.
The Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator is available from Amazon for
Mimo Mini USB Monitor – $129.99
Looking for that extra bit of screen real estate to get you through the busy workday? Referring to notes while writing an e-mail, checking info in a spreadsheet while entering data into a web page, keeping an eye on your to-do list while browsing YouTube… it’s handy to have additional monitor space at the ready. Problem is an entire secondary monitor comes with its own needs like requiring a separate power cord or perhaps an additional video card.
The Mimo Mini USB Monitor is available from Think Geek for $129.99.
Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium – $169.99
On a clear night, one has only to look up to realize how much wonder is still waiting for us in the universe. Out there, amongst the stars, are secrets and surprises beyond our wildest dreams. Well why not, while you’re working on your own way of getting up there to the stars, bring the stars down to you? With the Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium it’s as easy as a button press.
The Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium is available from Think Geek for $169.99.
iMo Photo Frame Printer – $199.99
The iMo Photo Frame Printer hopes to recapture some of this lost magic. Not only does it display your digital photos in typical fashion on its LCD screen, it also features a built-in printer that turns your photos into high-quality prints. Simply pull the memory card from your digital camera and insert it into the iMo. Instantly a slideshow of your photos begins to play. See a photo you like on the screen, press a button on the remote, and a few moments later out comes a glossy color print. The print cartridge is easy to replace and includes paper, ink and everything needed to churn out your photos in one unit
The iMo Photo Frame Printer is available from Think Geek for $199.99.
Kindle Wireless Reading Device – $259.00
Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both “lefties” and “righties” can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.
The Kindle Wireless Reading Device is available from Amazon for $259.00.
Apple iPod touch 32 GB (3rd Generation – $269.99
iPod touch is a great iPod, a great pocket computer, and a great portable game player. Listen to a mix of songs automatically put together by the new Genius Mixes feature. Watch a movie. Surf the web. View rich HTML email. Find your location and get directions with Google Maps. Discover games and apps you’re sure to love with new Genius recommendations for apps. And since iPod touch now comes with the latest 3.1 software already installed, you can start using fun, convenient features right out of the box.
The Apple iPod touch 32 GB (3rd Generation is available from Amazon for $269.99 .
Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Control – $289.95
Logitech’s Harmony 890 remote control uses both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) wireless signals to deliver powerful complete control of your home-entertainment system that may be hidden behind cabinets. With a wireless range of up to 100 feet, the Harmony 890 remote sends RF commands to a wireless receiver, which then blasts infrared signals to the components. The Harmony 890 remote makes universal control for home entertainment and advanced lighting systems simple. How does it work? Just connect your Harmony remote to your computer and the Web wizard walks you step-by-step through a simple set up. Enter in your model numbers for your components, then answer a few easy questions about how you Watch TV or Watch a DVD. You ll be controlling even the most complex system without any of the hassles of elaborate programming. Easily view and select. Color display icons and 8 on-screen activity buttons make it easy Effortlessly switch between watching HDTV and listening to music, by selecting a single activity button – Just press one of the Activity buttons, such as Watch TV or Listen to Music, and it automatically sets.
The Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Control is available from Amazon for $289.95.