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Lego Mindstorm NXT

Lego has joined the bot revolution. The MindStorms NXT has 3x servo motors, touch, light, and sound sensors, and Bluetooth capability. It features a 100 x 64 pixel LCD, a USB full speed port, a 32-bit microprocessor, and an 8 kHz sound channel with with 8-bit resolution and 2-16 KHz sample rate. Imagine the glee from your kids when they get their own bot to feed their pet, guard their room, or pick up their dirty clothes. Imagine your own glee dishing out $249.00 to Lego and getting to put the MindStorms together.

 

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Gallery: Lego Mindstorms NXT Can Be Your Kids’ New Best Friend


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This is an entry from our Holiday Gift Guide. We will be updating it daily through the holidays, so be sure to check it often for some great gadget gift tips!

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Gallery: From Our 2006 Holiday Gift Guide: Black and Decker Infrawave Oven


Ebates logoIf you want to save some money shopping online this year, we suggest that you try Ebates. There is no trick involved. You simply sign up for free, shop through them, and save. Where most shopping sites keep sales commissions that they earn, Ebates offers it as a cash back rebate sent to you every three months. Products available range from computer products, to music, to toys, and you can shop by type, category, or store. They also feature sites that offer free shipping, coupons, exclusive offers, or free gifts. Ebates is offering a $5.00 bonus if you sign up now. We think this is certainly a viable alternative to getting up at 5:00 a.m. to hit the big savings at retail stores.

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Lightkeeper ProLet’s file this one under: “It’s about time.” No more endless twisting and turning of those Christmas tree lights after they are on the tree and decide to fizzle out. The Lightkeeper Pro detects and repairs uncooperative light bulbs by sending an electrical pulse through the string. It has an LED in the tip for darkened corners, a voltage detector with sound, a bulb/fuse tester, 7 bulbs, a space for electrical accessories, and a bulb remover. The Lightkeeper Pro is available at Solutions for $24.95 and uses three button cell batteries which are included.

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Gallery: Lightkeeper Pro Makes Christmas Bright


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!

Infrawave

After being featured on 30 Rock, many were wondering if this thing was the real deal. Turns out, it is. The Black & Decker Infrawave Speed Oven is smaller than your average microwave, but also packs a lot more power. The Infrawave Oven uses infrared light to cook food, using two heating elements that cycle on and off. The cycling uses various wavelengths, allowing it to roast, broil, or bake in just about half the time it would take to do it in your traditional gas or electric oven. Sure, it can toast your bread and heat your frozen pizza - but the Infrawave Oven can even cook bone-in meats. Oh, and unlike your microwave, it heats everything in your food, not just the water. That spells out juicy, evenly-heated grub.


Price: $129

Gallery: 2006 Holiday Gift Guide: Black & Decker Infrawave Speed Oven


IntellicotWe dig telling you about the latest gadgets for adults, and even occasionally dabble in those for kids, but this one takes babysitting to a whole ‘nother level. It was bad enough when diaper companies discovered the means that would allow you not to have to change your baby for hours at a time.  The Cencio Intellicot makes it possible for you not to have to attend the little nippers for even longer. The gadget rocks your baby, has a video camera for surveillance, a built-in lift system, and circulates air. It even has a convenient window for your tot to watch you watching her/him. Called a “labour of love” by Britain’s Coventry University, we call it a glorified ant farm and a terrible replacement for a couple of hugs and a good old-fashioned rocking chair.

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Gallery: Intellicot Replaces Parental Chores


Digestive tableArtist Amy Youngs has created a digestive table that recycles your uneaten food with an ecosystem that consists of worms, sowbugs, and bacteria. Simply toss your scraps into the top portal and the critters below start breaking it down into compost. You then feed it to your plants to complete the cycle. You can even watch them working on an infrared security camera (because worms are sensitive to white light) connected to an LCD screen built into the table. While we applaud Ms. Youngs’ idea, she may have to deal with our dog Spot, who believes that he gets first crack at the leftovers.

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Gallery: Digestive Table Recycles Leftovers


Kowakien Yunessun hot spring

You know not to drink the water in a pool because of the chlorine or other “additives,” but in Japan last weekend it was actually encouraged. At the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun hot spring resort southwest of Tokyo, the owners added 12 bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine daily to their pool to celebrate this year’s bottle release from France. The wine has become a seasonal fad in Japan and last year 11 million bottles were sold.

“We installed the wine spa last year, and conducted the Beaujolais Nouveau celebration. It was a great success,” said Seiji Sanada, an official at Yunessun. He added, ”Wine smooths [sic] the skin and its aroma relaxes the mind.”

We’re thinking that it might be a good idea for the winery to donate 12 bottles to those of us lucky enough to acquire portable saunas this year.

 

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Gallery: Japan Celebrates the Holidays in Wine Spa


This is an entry from our Holiday Gift Guide. We will be updating it daily through the holidays, so be sure to check it often for some great gadget gift tips!

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Gallery: From Our 2006 Holiday Gift Guide: Remington Titanium 5500


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!

Remington Titanium 5500

Most foil shavers that we have tried aren’t that successful at shaving off longer facial hair. Not so with the Remington Titanium 5500. This shaver have a slide-out beard trimmer that cuts overgrown hair, which is followed by three foil blades. The third minifoil slides up, allowing it to be used as a mustache or jawline trimmer. This one is certainly recommended, as it is the best we have seen for cutting hair - and that’s what these things are all about, right?

Price: $100

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Gallery: 2006 Holiday Gift Guide: Remington Titanium 5500


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