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December 19, 2008

Nerdastic! Ten Cool Gifts for Gadget Lovers

By Jessica Kostek, TMCnet Channel Editor

Looking for a holiday gift for the nerd in your life? With these ten gadgets, the nerd-o-rama meter will sure to gage off the charts. Maybe you’ll find these gadgets so incredibly awesome, that you’ll decide to keep them for yourself!

Speakers from The Glass Menagerie for $1,000 at Amazon.com (News - Alert)
These speakers look like they are carved from ice straight out of Kal-El’s personal media entertainment system. The Harman Kardon GLA-55 (get it, gla-ss?) desktop speakers will turn your home office into a Fortress of Solitude. The 2.5-pound computer speakers deliver a solid sonic experience, on par with the company’s high-end audiophile speakers.
Made of the same material as bulletproof glass, even rapper 50 Cent would be impressed by these super cool speakers to listen to his own gansta music.
A washable keyboard for $45.99 at Unotron (News - Alert).com
For those of us who just can’t help accidents, someone finally got it and developed a washable keyboard. Honest to blog, you can stick this keyboard under the kitchen sink and scrub.
Unotron makes the washable keyboard and, for a little bit extra, you can get it — wireless. They also make washable mice, corded and wireless, as well as washable smartcard readers.
Wi-Fi-Detecting T-Shirt for $19.99 at ThinkGeek.com
Not sure if Wi-Fi is available? No worries, the geniuses at ThinkGeek.com, now you can proudly display the signal strength on your chest for you, and the whole coffee shop, to see.
The glowing bars fluctuate as the signal strength changes however, guys, I’m not sure if this shirt also comes with a gravitational pull directed towards the ladies. My guess is no.
Laptop-Charging Messenger Bag for $499 at Voltaicsystems.com
Green is the new…well everything. Voltaic has made a solar-paneled laptop bag, powerful enough to charge your laptop or other gadgets. The solar panels fully charge a battery built into the bag in about five hours, plug your electronics into that battery and power-up! The fabric shell is made from recycled soda bottles, making it tough and water resistant.
The company also makes a less expensive solar-paneled backpack, and a backpack model with a pocket for a water reservoir.
LoJack for Laptops for $39.99 at LoJackForLaptops.com
LoJack was a hidden bug that was placed in cars so that if your vehicle was stolen, the device would contact the police. Whatcha gonna do now Bad Boys? Because of advancements in technology, LoJack has LoJack for your laptop. Shazam!
Now, the bug has turned into software that is installed on the computer which can then silently transmit its location via the Internet to the company’s monitoring center. The recovery team works with local law enforcement to get the laptop back to its rightful owner.
A subscription costs $39.99 a year for a standard service, and $59.99 a year for the premium service, which includes remote-data deletion and a $1,000 service guarantee.
 ThumbWrite Gloves for $31.99 at ThumbWrite.com
Can’t stop texting? Thanks to the heroic efforts of one New York City commuter, you can say goodbye to frozen thumbs and most importantly keep texting. His invention, ThumbWrite Gloves, are leather gloves with an extra-thin thumb covering — not to be confused gloves with cut-off thumbs. Fingers and thumbs are still covered but your thumbs are more nimble for texting.
Old-School Handset for Your Cellphone at $44.95 from Yubz.com
I’m not sure if someone wants another piece of equipment to lug around with them just for nostalgia but then again, one never knows. Yubz Talk Mobile, an old-school handset that you can plug into your cellphone or computer bringing back the good old days.
Complete with a waist pouch the phone hooks over the pouch like a cradle and the cord drapes down the way some kids wear chains on their pants. Talk Mobile comes in a variety of colors, including Jet Black, Russian Red and Lemon Yellow in addition to a whole line of artist-inspired designs.
Laser Comb for $545 at Hairmax.com
The laser comb is a little gadget that stimulates hair growth by zapping the follicle with a laser. Run it slowly over the bald or thinning spot and the charge helps to speed up hair growth and promote thicker hair.
Digital Luggage Scale for $24.95 at Balanzza.com
Always have trouble weighing in your luggage? Me too, that’s why I’m asking Santa for this gadget for sure. Praise the people at Balanzza, who have made a hand-held scale, a little gadget that you strap to your bag and pick it up. After the unit beeps it displays the number of pounds on an LCD screen.
Let’s go! Bring it on, ticket-counter lady. I’m so ready for you.
Touch-Screen Remote for $500 at Logitech (News - Alert).com
I love it that everything is soon to be touch devices. Connect all your 257 home entertainment systems that would usually require 20 minutes of button pushing and wire untangling by simply using instead the Harmony 1000 advanced universal remote that integrates your entire universe of video, audio and gaming on one sleek touch-screen device.
One word: Awesome!
So many gifts, very few dollars…stupid economy. Oh well, I guess I’ll be dreaming of nerdtastic gifts this holiday season!

Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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