Coolest Gift Guide
Here is our selection of what we think are some of the coolest gifts to give this Christmas season, some passed winners of coolest gadget of the week and others are new cool entries.
CableDrop Cable Clips – $9.99
Place the CableDrop Cable Clips behind or on your desktop, even onto a facing wall – anywhere you wish to have cables temporarily held yet easily removable or extended. CableDrop gently grasps your power and peripheral cords so they do not fall off your desk every time you unplug your laptop. CabledropÕs unique design makes cable management fun and can also be used as a general purpose clip in a multitude of creative ways.
The CableDrop Cable Clips is available from Think Geek for $9.99.
Motion Sensing Alarm Clock – $34.95
Unlike traditional alarm clocks that can leave you blindly groping for buttons, this clock radio’s alarm turns off with a simple wave of your hand. A motion sensor on top of the unit detects your hand’s movement, and switches the 1 1/4″ H LED display from time to temperature to radio with each successive wave. The display can be set to remain dark until activated-eliminating distracting lights that can disturb your sleep-then shuts itself off 15 seconds later
The Motion Sensing Alarm Clock is available from Hammacher for $34.95.
Slanket Blanket – $45.50
The Slanket Blanket The super soft, cozy, oversized fleece blanket with sleeves! Welcome to the world of Slanket- your mission: find the nearest couch and get cozy with it! A sick day from work, movie night, lazy rainy sunday, or late night insomnia? Whatever! All we ask is that you get comfortable, smile and enjoy! Machine wash cold on gentle cylce Non pilling
The Slanket Blanket is available from Amazon for $45.50.
Powermat Home & Office – $99.99
The Powermat Home and Office mat is a slim, sleek charging mat for home or office. What’s a charging mat, you ask? Good question. Powermat’s Wireless Charging System offers a clean, simple way to keep all those personal electronic devices charged, without a mess of cables. With the Powermat system, you choose a mat and then choose the receivers to match the devices you want to charge. Each mat includes a Universal Powercube receiver that allows you to charge hundreds of devices. You can also purchase receivers custom designed to fit on your devices, so you never need to remove them to use your device.
The Powermat Home & Office is available from Amazon for $99.99.
Lilliput Mini USB Monitor – $99.99
Looking for that extra bit of screen real estate to get you through the busy workday? Problem is, an entire secondary monitor comes with its own needs like a separate power or an additional video card. The Lilliput Mini USB Monitor changes this equation completely. A single USB connection from your computer gets you an instant high-resolution secondary display. This handy display is perfect for your IM client, widgets, PC gaming tools, your email, a spreadsheet, your PhotoShop tools, or even video.
The Lilliput Mini USB Monitor is available from Think Geek for $99.99.
Voice Activated R2-D2 – $189.95
This motorized replica of the headstrong little “droid” from the iconic Star Wars films responds to voice commands, navigates rooms and hallways, and makes any home feel like it has been transported to a galaxy far, far away. R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands (“Turn around!” “Move forward two units!”) and he plays games like tag, using an infrared sensor to search for people in a room. His sensor helps him follow behind you, or it can be set to detect motion, turning R2 into a room sentry that sounds an alarm when a secured area is invaded. R2’s lights, swiveling dome top, and distinctive happy and sad sounds faithfully mimic the real thing, right down to his occasional “bad mood.”
The Voice Activated R2-D2 is available from Hammacher for $189.95.
Roomba Robot Vacuum – $129+
Cleans routinely, so you don’t have to. 500 Series robots offer the latest innovations from iRobot with unprecedented efficiency, coverage, and cleaning performance.
The Roomba Robot Vacuum is available from Amazon for $129+.
Kindle Wireless Reading Device – $259
At Amazon, we’ve always been obsessed with having every book ever printed, and we know that even the best book reader is useless without the books you want to read. We are fortunate that we have tens of millions of book customers at Amazon, and as a result, we know the books customers want to read and we prioritize getting those titles. Today, the Kindle Store has more than 360,000 books available, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Our vision for Kindle is to have every book ever printed, in any language, all available in under 60 seconds.
The Kindle Wireless Reading Device is available from Amazon for $259.
iPod Video Projector – $379.95
This is the pocket-sized device that projects a 60″ image from an iPod, iPhone, or any video source with composite outputs. About the size of a candy bar, the unit projects bright, clear images and pivots up to 90º to display content on a wall or ceiling. The projector’s LED uses Digital Light Processing Technology–the same as digital cinema projectors–to produce sharp 480×320 resolution with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 3:2 aspect ratio.
The iPod Video Projector is available from Hammacher for $379.95.
Optimus Maximus Keyboard – $1,599.99
Hold down SHIFT and all keys go uppercase. Run Photoshop and you can set it so each hotkey has an image representing its function. Set a key to monitor your CPU usage or display what iTunes track you are currently playing. You can make a key into a tiny clock with moving hands and play animated gif files or even quicktime movies. Of course all this futuristic technology is going to cost you a pretty penny… but we figure you’ll just expense the Optimus and tout its “incredible increased efficiency when using PowerPoint hotkeys” in your expense report summary.
The Optimus Maximus Keyboard is available from Think Geek for $1,599.99.