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Thursday, December 05, 2002
# 7:02:00 AM:

Geeky gadget gift ideas

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NOTE: I like all these things, but I'm not asking for any of them. I originally put together this short list of fun toys when a former co-worker asked me about gift ideas for someone else.

Okay, now that that's out of the way:

  • LED flashlights have hit the mainstream this year. They're highly energy efficient, and have no regular bulb, just a cluster of LEDs that never burn out. Some models even have no regular battery: you just shake them to charge them up.

  • The SoundBug is a little suction-cup device that turns almost any solid surface (windows, tabletop, etc.) into a speaker. Not hi-fi quality, but cool and useful.

  • Who of us who grew up with the first generation of home video games would not want an Atari joystick that not only duplicates the one from the original Atari 2600 console, but packs the whole console unit and a whole bunch of games inside itself? And for $25 U.S.? From Avon, of all places?

A good place to find similar things is ThinkGeek, especially their gadgets section.


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