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Check out our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, win some awesome gadgets!
Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide is in full swing - we are adding our recommendations daily, aimed at men, women, teens, families, techies, and more. If you need help figuring out what to get the people in your life, head on over to our Guide for some ideas. We’ll even be giving away some of the items featured this year!
If you are going to buy toys for your little nippers anyway, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about batteries? The UK based Ecotronic has developed a linethat you shake or wind up to create its own energy by dynamo technology. The company has a myriad of products, including eco flashlights, microphone, a robot, radios and a rocket. The toys range in price from $9.99 to $29.99 at International Playthings.
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Now you can literally play Duck Hunt with this new game. The flapping duck will fly around your room or yard while you commence to shoot it down with your miniature infrared gun. Hit it three times and you have dinner. Charge your prey for 10 seconds and you will get about 30 seconds of flight, unless you down it first. The set needs 3 x AAA batteries (not included) to perform and comes at a price of $55.96.
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We have shown you how to become an M&M and South Park character, tested your knowledge on the Daily Lunchtime quiz, and now this online psychoanalysis cracked us up to the point we had to share. “Jessica” is an incredibly astute writer who has found the reason why we choose certain Monopoly properties. We are almost embarrassed to tell you where we stand, or rather rent, but take a peek at her discovery at the link. Leave a comment if you think she is accurate and she may live up to her promise to analyze why we choose a certain path playing the board game “Life.”
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We’ve gotta hand it to PeeWee PC, as their Pivot Tablet Laptop looks exactly like something that would be a home run in the hands of a technology-curious child. Don’t go comparing this to the OLPC XO, though, because the Pivot Tablet starts at $599.99. What do you get for the cash? Let’s run down some of the specs. First of all, the Pivot Tablet Laptop if drop-resistant and spill-resistant, which immediately should give a bit of piece of mind to parents (like me) who know the horrors of kids + tech + juice. It also has a handle, making it easy for the children to tote the 3 pound device around. Getting into the nitty gritty, the Pivot Tablet Laptop sports a 10-inch touch-sensitive rotating display with stylus, 6-cell Li-ion battery, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB RAM, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a 60GB hard drive. Not too shabby. You’ve also got two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi, and the whole thing ships with Windows XP Home, which is customized with a theme of your choice (things liek Disney, Sci-Fi, etc.). Being a device for kids, there is also a security suite that let’s you keep on eye on what the little one is up to while using the device as well.
You can pick one up starting today.
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Gallery: PeeWee Pivot Tablet Laptop for kids
This is no ordinary Bic. You can show everyone of your desire to either go into space or that you are horrifically bored at work with the Astronaut Rocket Pen. Push the ignition control button and it takes off up to a height of a whopping 36 inches. Space Shuttle and Titan Rocket pens are also available, each with a price of $8.94. We hope that helmet keeps the landing from becoming an inky mess.
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Replace that outdated rubber ducky with this waterproof HMS Battleship. The floating ship has an FM tuner with auto-scanning, volume control and reset button. At a size of 19 x 5 x 4cm, the HMS needs 2 AAA batteries (not included.) Equipped with missiles and guns, we figure you could probably grab a couple of them at £13.00 (~$19.00) each and have soapy battles with your best bud.
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It seems that almost every year there is a new Rubik’s Cube. For 2009, this means the TouchCube which features touch sensor technology, a motion-detecting accelerometer and colored lights. Touching the cube will change its colors, and you can get a hint or full solve with its built-in solver. Shown at the recent NY Toy Fair, the cube is set to come out later this year with a $150.00 price. Sign up for details on their new site or grab your old one and save the bucks.
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We told you how Lego was going to start offering electronic products for kids. Take a look at their Animation Station Video Camera that has a 1.4-inch color LCD flip-out display, record/function buttons, a 5-way navigational pad and a detachable remote. The cam comes complete with a how-to guide for amateur photographers as well as editing software. Digital Blue has plans to release it either late summer or early fall with a retail price of $79.99.
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Despite the weird word association photo, Excalibur’s Phantom Chess seems intriguing. Not only will it set up the pieces, its electro-magnetic system moves your men and those of your computerized opponent. Taken pieces are taken to the edge of the board. Add some battle sounds or keep track of the time on its LCD display. The game has 136 levels, 120 for play and 16 for analysis. It will even let you take back your last move, several of them, or the entire game. You can also switch sides or replay a game to check your mistakes. Our favorite part? The “Are you sure?” mode. Phantom Chess can run on AC or 6 C batteries and carries a MSRP of £155 (~$226.00.)
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Here’s a fun way to freak out those loud neighbors. The Nuclear Doorbell has a 20 meter operating range at 433MHz. When pressed it plays a mega-loud siren, flashes yellow lights and yells at the unsuspecting victim. At a size of 200 x 190mm, it requires no wiring and runs on batteries (included.) You can get the doorbell for £15.99 (~$23.00.) This might also be a deterrent for car thieves as who can resist pushing a button that looks harmless?
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