20 Gadgets You Want

Popular applications of science and technology for you to give and get
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Zippo Style Digital Cigarette Lighter Camera
Cigar? Cigarette? Camera? Smoking may be out of vogue, but spy cameras never go out of style. So this may be the perfect stocking stuffer for the spy in your life.....[ More ]


The next time a friend's sincerity is in doubt, (like when you discover that fake $20 using your iTeki signal-detector pen) try this portable lie detector that measures varying degrees of vibration in the voice, which may or may not be a measure of the speaker's honesty.....[ More ]


Love Sudoku, but discouraged by all of the writing and erasing? Not a problem. Dust off your Rubik's Cube skills and get ready to satisfy your math puzzle addiction. For those of you who don't know the drill, move the numbers around the cube by twisting its different segments.....[ More ]


Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Deluxe
Explore your world using the latest geo-global information with this Internet-upgradeable globe. It plays quiz games featuring countries, capitals, major cities, populations, languages, currencies, time, distances, history, science and current events.....[ More ]


Bendi Lightup Keyboard
It's virtually indestructible (or so they say); it can be rolled up for mobile computing; it's waterproof and—best of all—it glows electric blue or hot pink.....[ More ]


24-karat, 15.4-inch Gold MacBook Pro Finished
Upgrade your desktop bling with a gold-plated MacBook Pro that also boasts a diamond-encrusted Apple logo (two-karat total weight in diamonds). The customized MacPro comes complete with a one-year warranty on the hardware, plating and custom-painted keyboard / track pad.....[ More ]


Powers of 2 Binary LED Clock
Want to show everyone how smart you are? Set up this silver-tone clock on your desk. It displays the time in binary—the 1s and 0s of computer language. The blue-lighted pattern changes as time passes.....[ More ]


Shooting Cubicle Alarm System
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you. Protect your gear (or at least your company-issued gear). Each unit has an ever watchful motion sensor and three settings.....[ More ]


The Jumping Man's Scales
As if you weren't already afraid to step on the scale. Check your weight while simultaneously experiencing the euphoria of walking on the edge—literally. ....[ More ]


Transparent Toaster
This one is still in the labs, but it promises to answer the age-old question: How exactly does bread become toast? Sure, you can find this out by using a toaster oven, but wouldn't you rather have a transparent toaster?....[ More ]


iTeki Hidden Camera Wireless Signal Detection Pen
This pen isn't just for scribbling notes; it can also detect radio-frequency and ultraviolet signals of 900 / 1200 / 1,300 and 2,400 / 2,600 / 3,000 megahertz.....[ More ]


Super Trackstick
It's a small global positioning system (GPS) recorder that logs its own location histories for extended periods of time. These detailed recordings include time, date, location, speed, heading and altitude.....[ More ]


Ambient Forecasting Umbrella
Need to know if it's going to rain? Why not just ask your umbrella? A built-in wireless receiver gets a daily weather forecast from and blue LEDs will flash to let you know if the forecast is rain or snow.....[ More ]


Oregon Scientific Personal UV Monitor with Exposure Timer
A sun worshipper—or not—but want to make sure you're not overexposed to harmful ultraviolet rays? Good news: you can use this handy dandy monitor to check the most current UV index and temperature, while also calculating your recommended exposure time based on UV, sunscreen and your personal skin type.....[ More ]


Hammacher Schlemmer Slide- and Negative-to-Digital-Picture Converter
It may be hard to recall a time before ubiquitous digital cameras, but you no doubt have boxes full of reminders in the form of old 35-millimeter slides and film negatives.....[ More ]


Ion USB Cassette Deck
Not sure what to do with all of those old cassette tapes that got you through high school? (If you don't know what a cassette tape is, you obviously have never listened to Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" at top volume.) The Ion USB Cassette Deck has your name written all over it.....[ More ]


Duevel "The Planets" Speakers
In home settings, these shiny orbs are designed to be precision wave guides that disperse music in a 360-degree pattern. The Duevel Planets are handmade in Germany and use a specialty short horn tweeter, high-efficiency 5.9-inch (15-centimeter) woofer.....[ More ]


Portable Bluetooth Speaker MBS-100
Why keep all of the cool tunes you have stored in your phone to yourself, when you can wirelessly (via Bluetooth 2.0 ) hook up this baseball-size speaker? With a range of up to about 33 feet (10 meters), each speaker (3.9 by 3.9 by 3.9 inches / 10 by 10 by 10 centimeters) features a built-in rechargeable battery and can also be plugged into your computer.....[ More ]


H2 Hydrogen Racer
Eager to go green but can't bear to part with your gas-guzzling SUV? Try out the energy-efficient, hydrogen-fueled H2 Hydrogen Racer to see if this zero-emission vehicle fits your new ecofriendly lifestyle, while at the same time getting junior interested in the green movement.....[ More ]


Limited Edition Ferrari Segway PT i2
Word on the street, er, sidewalk, is that Ferrari employees' fondness for Segway personal transportation has morphed into a two-wheeler with the luxury sports car maker's trademark logo and flashy red coloring.....[ More ]

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