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SciAm's 2009 Gadget Guide: 10 Tech Toys You Deserve after a Tough Year [Slide Show]

This year will be remembered for the federal economic stimulus package, Wall Street bailouts, and just possibly a fun new gadget or two

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BRANDO CREDIT CARD LIGHT

The next time you're in a dimly lit restaurant squinting to see the menu or in a darkened movie theater unable to see your watch, you might want to pull out a credit card–size LED bulb to shed some light on the situation.....[ More ]

THANKO HEATED GLOVES

Sometimes, no matter how much typing you do, you just can't get your hands to acclimate to a chilly office. Japanese gadget-maker Thanko has a possible solution: heated gloves. The heat comes from plugging in the gloves' mini heaters via USB connection to your computer (or an outlet via an AC adapter).....[ More ]

MANDYLION PASSCODE MANAGER

With so many passwords to manage (for work, banking, e-mail, social networking, etcetera) a lot of people resort to reusing rather than remembering the pass codes designed to protect important information, not to mention their privacy.....[ More ]

JOBY BENDABLE CAMERA TRIPOD/FLASHLIGHT

Joby, Inc. , makes a variety of products that share the common theme of having bendable legs so that cameras, flashlights and other gadgets can be positioned properly. Rubberized ring and foot grips provide stability so the legs can be wrapped around poles, tree limbs, bike handlebars, etcetera.....[ More ]

FLO TV PERSONAL TELEVISION

Tired of being pushed out of their rightful place in living rooms everywhere, televisions are staging a comeback with the help of FLO TV's Personal Television with live mobile TV service. The device receives live and time-shifted content over the FLO TV dedicated multicast network with no buffering, downloading or waiting to view content.....[ More ]

ZEROFOOTPRINT TALKINGPLUG

Ever wonder how much energy your hair dryer or toaster oven uses? Well, wonder no more. Zerofootprint, Inc. , a company that offers services and software for people and businesses who want to lower their carbon footprint, says it can provide the answers via its TALKINGplug.....[ More ]

FAIRY DEVICES'S STELLARWINDOW

All you need is a tablet PC. Fairy Devices, Inc. , provides the celestial mapping software and a USB plug-in sensor that will turn that PC into a portal to the stars. By holding the StellarWindow up to the sky and adjusting viewing angle and distance of your eyes from the screen you can get an accurate map of the stars.....[ More ]

KOHJINSHA DUAL SCREEN NOTEBOOK

The Kohjinsha Dual Screen DZ Series notebook lets users double the width of their video display by sliding apart the device's two overlaid 10.1-inch LED backlit screens. It comes with a low-power CPU (to save on battery life), Windows 7, up to four gigabytes of RAM, a fingerprint reader, an optical mouse, and weighs about 1.8 kilograms.....[ More ]

ZEO PERSONAL SLEEP COACH

The Zeo Personal Sleep Coach is designed to help wearers understand how they are sleeping and discover habits and behaviors that may be helping or hindering slumber. The product comes with a headband to be worn while sleeping that wirelessly sends brain-wave information to a bedside display.....[ More ]

BHEESTIE BAG

Anyone whose cell phone, digital camera or iPod has gone for a swim in a puddle, sink or toilet will appreciate this one. Bheestie Bag is a low-tech approach designed to dry out personal electronics with the help of moisture-absorbing beads.....[ More ]

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