Category: Gadgets


The slap watch (you know, a slap bracelet with a timepiece) doesn’t have to be a crazy, neon rubber thing. For example, TKO Orlogi makes a line of Slapper Crystal Leather Watches, which come with interchangeable bands and are studded with Swarovskis. They come in a variety of colored leathers, but obviously we’re going to show you the leopard print one. Available at tkowatches.com for only $75

The H2GO hybrid is a environmentally friendly R/C car that uses hydrogen to power the battery that turns the motor and moves the toy car. That’s right, this R/C is a tiny electric car fueled by hydrogen. And where do you get this hydrogen fuel? From a pint-size solar-powered hydrogen generation and refueling station, of course.

Toy owners will use a solar panel and water to create the hydrogen fuel supply. The solar panel is also used to recharge the R/C’s remote control and super capacitors. Hydrogen will be used to charge the vehicle’s battery and power the motor, and the H2Go’s super capacitors are used for a little speed boost.

Created by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, H2Go is the perfect gift for the budding automotive enthusiast with a passion for green tech. The $150 kit comes with a hybrid hydrogen car, solar panel, hydrogen station, and remote control and is available at horizonfuelcell.com

The Toshiba Thrive’s very aggressive pricing gives it an advantage over most other tablets. Its grooved back, full HDMI and USB support, full SD card slot, and replaceable battery justify its very bulky design. Also, its built-in file management system makes finding and accessing files in Honeycomb easier. Available at ebay for only $441.26

The Bluetooth Keyboard Case will turn your iPhone 4 or 4S into the sleek and accurate texting machine you’ve always wanted. It’s a hardshell plastic case with a slide-out keyboard that connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth. Setup is simple and you only have to do it once for your iPhone to learn to love its new friend. Finally, you’ll be able to two-thumb type like the days of yore and still enjoy all your favorite App Store goodies. Available at ThinkGeek for only $24.99

As Barnes & Noble says, think origami, and you get the concept behind the Tasume. It’s a thin trifold case that’s relatively lightweight and protects the screen when folded shut–and stays shut thanks to an integrated magnet.

You then fold the flaps of the case back to form the stand (the flaps adhere nicely thanks to the magnet) and you can prop up your Nook Tablet or Color horizontally or vertically.

The case comes in carbon or red. The only drawback is that it’s pretty pricey at $49.95 and some users have faulted it for not being made of leather. But consider this to be the best choice if you plan to use the Tablet as a media player–at least until more cases with integrated stand options arrive.  Available at Barnes and Noble 

We’re hoping that the slick zipper action of these Rebecca Minkoff Zipped Up Earphones keeps them from becoming a tangled mess like all of our other sets. If they do become a crazy knot, at least we’ll look pretty damn cool once we get them untangled and in thanks to the edgy look of the zipper and the pyramid studs on the buds. Available at Nordstrom for only ($48)

Dodocase, the maker of popular bookish cases for tablets and e-readers, has just released itsDodocase for Kindle Fire, and it’s a good one.

Dodocase says its one-piece bamboo tray, carved in San Francisco, “perfectly matches the curvature of your Kindle Fire while providing access to all buttons and ports.” And for those who are concerned about the Fire’s speakers being covered up, the company adds that the design includes “sound channels to direct audio from the speakers.”  The sound came out fine.

Dodocases don’t come cheap and this one retails for $44.95. While it’s only available in black, you do get a choice of interior colors. Available at Dodocase.com

Music may live in your heart, but it also lives right on top of it when you wear the ThinkGeek Electronic Drum Machine Shirt. Pair it with the drum kit jeans, and you’ll become a walking rhythm section.

The wearable, fully playable  shirt crams a whole lot of drum machine into a very portable format. There are nine different drum kits, including “bass invaderz” and “zapf dingbeats.” The rhythm is, indeed, going to get you.

The machine is triggered by a set of pads right on top of your chest. You can record loops up to three minutes long and then layer them for a fuller sound.

Available at ThinkGeek for only $29.99

The iPad® has a new BFF. Designed to work with Apple® gadgets, the 3M™ Mobile Projector  helps bring back family movie night — enjoy photos from your recent Atlantis vacation again and again. Not only does it have a clean, minimalist design, it’s also user-friendly, small enough to stash in a purse and creates a screen anywhere: on a wall, a ceiling, a t-shirt — even a cocktail napkin. While enjoying cocktails, of course. Available at 3m.com for only $299.99

All day long you toil at your office. And all day long your dog(s) and/or cat(s) sit around awaiting your return, doing nothing but miss you. Or so you think. But how can you find out what your pet really does all day? It’s easy, if you have a Pet’s Eye View Digital Camera. Just clip it to their collar, and it will record snapshots of their day! You’ll have a photo diary of your pet’s travels and travails. Available at ThinkGeek for only $49.99