Geek Gift Guide 2012
It is the gift giving season again. Maybe you are looking for the perfect gift for the geek in your life, maybe you are looking for a way to simultaneously spoil your inner geek and spend some of your hard won seasonally-related gelt. Either way, read on, UberReview has you covered – if you don’t find something appealing in our selection of geeky goodies then you sir, or ma’am are in the wrong place.
Power-Up Arcade Light Switch Plate
If you are looking for a little something-something to accentuate the geeky ambiance of someone’s game room (or bedroom for that matter), then these power-up arcade light switch plates would do it. As you can see from the picture, the switch plates replace the boring, mundane switch plates that you see everywhere with an arcade joystick.
In case you are wondering swapping out a light switch plate is about as easy as do-it-yourself jobs come. It is, at most, a 3-5-minute job – and it is landlord friendly (as long as he or she saves the old switch plates).
Star Wars R2D2 Bathrobe
I know, there are other Star Wars-themed bathrobes out there, but R2-D2 is clearly the best choice. Think about it: his golden companion was a cowardly sycophant; his human master was a chronic whiner with daddy issues; Vader was too vengeful; Palpatine too evil; and a bathrobe would mess with Han Solo’s quick-draw in more ways than one. For lounging about, that pretty much leaves Yoda and R2-D2 – and you saw how quickly the little droid adapted to life on Jabba’s pleasure barge.
Bluetooth Handset Gloves
The hi-Call Bluetooth Talking Glove features a speaker and a microphone, sewn into the thumb and finger respectively on the left glove. The glove works up to 39 (not 40) feet away, and is available in either gray or black, for men or women.
If you were looking for a way to make Bluetooth-based communications seem even more ridiculous, this is most definitely it.
Star Wars Tauntaun Sleeping Bag
The tauntaun sleeping bag is a sleeping bag that looks like a gutted tauntaun and while I am sure the insides of a tauntaun smell rotten but this sleeping bag is 100% polyester, so it shouldn’t be too bad as long as you air it out once in a while.
Portal 2 Sentry Turret Desk Defender
The Portal 2 Sentry Turret USB Desk Defender is a motion-detecting turret that will scare the B’Jesus out of intruders and officemates alike. Whenever it detects a stapler snatcher approaching it yells phrases such as “Target Acquired!” and ”I See You!” That is pretty much all it does – which is probably a good thing, because you can’t just go around summarily executing stapler snatchers by proxy now can you?
Pivot Power Mini
The Pivot Power Mini contains two standard 3-prong outlets, as well as two, very necessary USB ports, perfect for a 2 iPhone, 1 iPad, 1 Macbook family like mine.
Powerbag Deluxe Charging Backpack
Powerbag Deluxe Charging Backpack has me reconsidering my approach to mobile power.
There have been juice packs, and the like for years, but charging backpacks are a relatively new phenomenon, but given the number of portable electronic devices that most of find ourselves carrying these days and the speed at which their batteries seem to drain) – it would look like their time has come.
Circuit Board Cufflinks
These circuit board cufflinks look perfect for those special occasions that call for a French cuffed shirt. Okay, cufflinks are not the most comfortable of fashion accessories (they tend to poke you in the wrists when you rest your hands on them), but they look sharp – and upcycling is good for the environment… so they are sort of a lose-win-win proposition.
Sonic Screwdriver Remote
Universal remotes are great and everything but how many of them are fun to use? The Sonic Screwdriver Programmable Remote, can store up to 39 different control codes, which are activated via a range of gestures. With a little practice you should be gesticulating your way through channels like a boss in no time.
IRIS 9000 voice control module for iPhone & Siri
This would make the perfect gift for anyone who has ever asked Siri to open the pod bay doors. I know I have… hint, hint. So what does it do? The Iris 9000 allows you to activate Siri with the press of a single button, via a tiny remote control. The actual unit then amplifies Siri’s cold, emotionless monotone to a volume that can be heard by all. When you get tired of Siri, you will be pleased to know that the Iris 9000 also functions as a speaker phone.