Category: Hardware


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

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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

It can’t just be our dad who’s on a health kick. The Masterbuilt Electric Veranda Pedestal Grill  suits his grilling needs without all that icky carbon emission. For someone who has it all, this is an elegant upgrade to the hibachi grill. And it’s shiny. Sold. Available at amazon.com for only $147

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 

Surprise the little conductor this Christmas season with something he will cherish forever. The Lionel Pennsylvania Railway Express Train Set  is an awesome locomotive train set that features a working headlight and choo choo-rific train sounds. Available at potterybarnkids.com for only $120

Putting the Tarjay back into Target is the Sea Going Solid Shade Ceramic Lamp . You’ll feel like you paid boutique prices for this clean modern lamp that adds a cheery burst of color into any room you’d like – and at twenty bucks, why not all of them?

Available at Target.com for only ($20)

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

We still have a couple of weeks to go before the November 8 release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but while you can’t get the game yet, you can buy the official gaming keyboard in anticipation.

To get you in the right mood for the first-person shooter, the Logitech G105 comes with green LED backlighting in the same shade as night-vision goggles. The G105 allows users to record their own macros on the fly. There are 6 programmable keys with 3 different modes for up to 18 possible macro combinations.

The USB-compatible G105 can accept up to five simultaneous key inputs so you can mash the keyboard knowing your commands will be registered. It also has a gaming mode that disables the functionality of the Windows key, so you won’t accidentally drop out of your gaming session.

The Logitech G105 is available worldwide for $54

If you were born after 1995 you probably have never seen one of these. They’re called a handset. One side you can hear from and one side you speak into. The Moshi Moshi Blue Handset  lets us have that old vintage appeal without the hassle of actually being stuck in one location (Gasp! The horror!). We like the blue, but you can also get it in red, pink, or black. Available at accessorygeeks.com for only 30$