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DescriptionFor all of you OC (obsessive/compulsive) types, this handheld Germ-Eliminating Light is the perfect device. While emitting UV rays, it seeks to destroy any germ in its path. Use it with your cellphone, laptop, MP3 players, or your kitchen counter. It even beeps when the process is complete. The Light utilizes the same technology as those that sterilize surgical instruments, and claims to kill 99.99% of E-Coli, staphylococcus, salmonella, and germs that cause the flu and a common cold. It’s available online at Hammacher Schlemmer for $79.95. Just think of the possibilities. We can begin eating at Taco Bell again.

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Gallery: Germ-Eliminator Caters to OC


NYC chairOne-up your buds who bring you back an “all I got was this lousy t-shirt” souvenir with a NYC Walk/Don’t Walk chair that actually works. The chair, designed by artist John Carter, comes with optional stains of the city or it can be cleaned it up for you with a glazing of resin. With dimensions of 33 x 24 x 35-inches, it plugs into a standard 115V AC outlet and comes with replaceable bulbs (included) and remote. You can get your piece of The Big Apple for a whopping $3,700.

Read More | uncommon goods

Gallery: Furniture That Is Literally a Piece of NYC

DescriptionWe have already given you a possible solution for attaching your iPod in your car. Now we suggest a way you can keep it close to you when you have the urge to sing in the shower. The Tri-Fold Wireless MP3 Shower Mirror is an FM transmitter which attaches wirelessly to your iPod, TV, or other CD or MP3 player and projects a signal up to 100 feet. It also has a LED clock, a lighted, fogless mirror to watch yourself performing, and waterproof speakers so you can hear what others would probably like to ignore.

At dimensions of 6.25 x 3 x 9-inches and a weight of 9 lbs., the mirror attaches with included tape or suction cups,  requires four AA and two AAA batteries (not included,) and can be found at the Discovery Store for $99.00.

Read More | Discovery Channel Store

Gallery: Tri-Fold Mirror Outs Shower Rock Stars

Circuit Board Luggage TagsHow do you identify your luggage this holiday season when everyone’s bag looks as nondescript as yours? These tags positively scream geek while you are watching the masses of check-out at the airport and wondering if your suitcases did in fact arrive with you. At sizes of 4 1/2-inches, these Circuit Board Luggage Tags are crafted out of recycled PCBs so your tag design will be unique. They are available at Cyberguys in packages of 3 for $12.97 and include a blank address card.

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Gallery: Circuit Board Luggage Tags for Geeks

Virtual dining

If you hate eating alone, Accenture has created a system that will alert other family members or friends who are available when you are about to dine. A camera and mic capture you on screen, while your companion does likewise on a similar setup. 

“We are trying to really bring back the kind of family interactions we used to take for granted,” said Dadong Wan, a senior researcher in Accenture Ltd.‘s Chicago labs.

We can imagine sitting down at the virtual table with our Auntie Mame and not having to deal with her literally pinching our cheeks while asking us why we are still unmarried.


Read More | USA Today

Gallery: Share a Virtual Meal With Accenture

USB ShaverHere’s another reason to never have to leave your computer. The USB Rechargeable Shaver will keep you looking your natty best while you are commuting to your next business meeting. Plug it into your laptop and the blue LED indicates NiMH battery charge status. At dimensions of 10.9 x 5.3 x 1.5 cm with a weight of 74 gm, the shaver features a floating double-head system, an ultra-thin outer foil, a rotating plug, and is available for $22.00 at USB Geek (cleaning brush included.) 

Read More | USB Geek

Gallery: Maintain Your Manly Face With the USB Rechargeable Shaver

This is an entry from our 2006 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Dyson DC17

Dyson promises that it’s DC17 Animal will never tip over, thanks to it’s low center of gravity. Of course, that isn’t all that this powerhouse of a vacuum boasts, as this beast is said to offer the most powerful suction on the vacuum cleaner market. Debris is sifted through it’s three nested chambers, and the air that is expelled contains about 150 times less bacteria and mold spores than our normal, everyday air - not other vacuum expelled air, we mean air in general!

Price: $550 (Compare Prices)

Gallery: 2006 Holiday Gift Guide: Dyson DC17 Animal


We have written about Clocky before - over a year and a half ago when he was just a concept. He is now here. While most alarm clocks awaken you with annoying chatter or strains of the latest hit by Beyonce, Nanda’s Clocky runs around your nightstand, jumps off up to 2 feet, and randomly scampers around the room emitting beeps with a flashing screen.
In order to have his freedom to scuffle, he utilizes 4 AAA batteries which should last 6 to 8 months. If you catch him before he jumps, you can set the snooze button and if he becomes a little too frisky, you can disable his wheels. Clocky measures 5 x 3.3 x 3-inches and is available in three colors (and in shag in the future) at Nanda for $49.99, although the aqua and mint models will not be available until after the holidays.

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Gallery: Clocky Pesters You Into Wakefulness

Dupont Smoke AlarmNo need to worry that your Christmas tree may overheat if you keep it up a little too long this season. DuPont has devised this innovative smoke detector that screws into ceiling-mounted sockets and rids you of that bothersome chore of replacing the battery. Its AngelEye technology contains an internal self-charging power pack, so that all you have to do is turn on the light in its own socket on the bottom. It also sounds an alarm if the charge is low.

When fully charged, it will operate for 30 days and can even be used in unheated garages or workshops. The smoke detector measures 3 x 5 x 3-inches, is available at firstStreet and various retailers at a MSRP of $34.95, and comes with a 10 year warranty.

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Gallery: DuPont’s Smoke Detector Self-Charges

USB Missile LauncherThis kewl gadget will cover all those in your office that you have neglected in your gift-buying spree this holiday season. The USB Missile Launcher moves 180º horizontally and 45º vertically, is moveable with your mouse, and even makes sound effects when you launch your missiles. Windows 2000 and XP software is included as are 3 foam missiles, and it requires 3 AA batteries (not included.)

The launchers are available at one of our favorite online shopping sites, Latest Buy, and although they are not the cheapest toy you can find at AU $54.95 (US $44.51,) grab a twinpack for $80.96, give one to your boss, and maybe he/she won’t care about the extra long lunch you took last week.

Read More | Latest Buy

Gallery: USB Missile Launcher Designed for Cubicle War