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Gift Guide for Geeks

Amazon FireDo you have someone on your gifting list with particular taste in all things Geek?  If so, the Geeks have your gifting playbook depending on your level of investment (how much money do you want to spend?).  Below are some great gift ideas under $50, under $100, under $200 and over $200 but you can also check some geek-centric stores such as ThinkGeek, Hammacher Schlemmer and Sharper Image.  Enjoy!

Review: Klingg Magnetic Earphone Cable Holder

klingg-earphone-holderAre you tired yet of your headphones bouncing up and down and everywhere when you’re at the gym or on your bike or running? Instead of putting it down my shirt and out the bottom like I do, try out a Klingg earphone magnet.

Klinggs are a fairly straightforward, lightweight 2-piece accessory that secures your headphone/earphone cables in one piece (just press the cable into the slot) and then put the 2nd half on the inside of your shirt. The 2 pieces stick together using powerful neodymium magnets.

And oh yes, these are absurdly strong magnets. Pulling them apart with your hands requires a lot of force; it’s easier (and recommended) to slide them apart. Pretty much, they’re not moving once you’re wearing them for your workout.

Review: r.pod Portable Solar Battery Pack and USB Charger with High Flux LED Flashlight

r-pod-solar-chargerHere’s another entrant to the portable backup battery market, this one from Korean company Misemet. There are a couple of quirks to this one that makes it stand out: it comes with a solar panel to charge the battery pod, and the pod itself contains an LED flashlight. Yup, the flashlight part is definitely quirky.

Both pod and panel come in one of three colors, green, red or yellow, and the panel is wrapped in a soft silicon case for protection and texture. There is also a similar cap for the lightbulb portion of the pod that protects the glass and also creates a mood light effect.

Philips Sonicare Essence electric toothbrush

Review: Philips Sonicare Essence Electric Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare Essence electric toothbrushI’ve been using a Philips Sonicare Essence electric toothbrush for a few months now; here are my thoughts on it. My beloved Oral-B Triumph 9400 died after a long 6 years. I think it was because the hermetic seal broke and some moisture got in. But I have no regrets, it was well worth the $100 or so that I spent on it.

Since my household was on the hunt for at least 2 new electric toothbrushes, when we spotted the Philips Sonicare “Elite” package with 2 handles, brushes, etc. at Costco for $100, we picked it up. There was also the “Platinum” edition for $150 which also included 2 handles, the latest DiamondClean brushes, but strangely only 1 travel charger and case. Go figure. Oh, you can pick up a single handle for about $50 on or the like.

Review: OHSO Ultimate Travel Toothbrush Review

OHSO Ultimate Travel Toothbrush I have never been a fan of travel or disposable toothbrushes so when I came across OHSO’s “Ultimate Travel Toothbrush”, I had to give the toothbrush a try. I received a couple samples of this ultimate travel toothbrush to try and spent about a month with the product on several trips.

The OHSO toothbrush comes packaged with a toothbrush and an adapter to fill toothpaste in the base of the toothbrush. The toothbrush includes space in the handle to hold close to a week’s worth of toothpaste so, in theory, you do not need to bring toothpaste on your trip. The mechanism to perform the insertion of the toothpaste is really quite ingenious. First, you take the cap off the toothbrush then unscrew the toothbrush head and screw in an toothpaste adapter. Once the adapter is in place, you squeeze your standard toothpaste (provided your toothpaste has the standard packaging and is not different like Aquafresh’s Iso-Active toothpaste) into the base. When done filling the base, simply unscrew the adapter and screw the head back on and cap. To extract toothpaste for brushing, simply twist the bottom of the toothbrush.

To see what the Geeks thought about the OHSO Toothbrush, read one!

FitFlop Shoes Tone Your Muscles As You Walk

Could the FitFlop be the world’s first smart shoe, without actually containing any technology? Fitflop use their own system of changing the amount of material at the front, middle and back of the shoe to help your body out.

They claim that wearing their shoe increases your leg and bottom muscle activity by up to a third (over regular shoes we’re guessing). This should help you tone up these muscles whilst walking. They also absorb more shock than normal shoes, which is better for your joints. Some wearers of FitFlop sandals have even said that they have provided relief from many joint problems. So how do they work?

NightWave Sleep Assistant

Review: NightWave Sleep Assistant

NightWave Sleep AssistantHere’s another product that joins the growing ranks of sleep aid gadgets. The NightWave Sleep Assistant is a small box smaller than a deck of cards that produces an upward-projected blue light that fades in and out at a certain frequency and is meant to calm your breathing, thoughts and help you fall asleep faster.

It has five (5) modes, two of which have nothing to do with sleep. The two (2) sleep modes clock in at 7 mins and 25 mins, and there is a 2nd 7-minute mode that is meant to be a mood softener that you can use at any time to soothe your mind. It can also be used as a bedroom flashlight and as a mood light.

USB Stick Analyzes Air Quality, Detects VOCs, Protects Your Health

Most breathing conditions are made worse by poor air quality, but if you’re inside you can simply improve the air quality by opening a window. Knowing when the air quality is bad is an issue – today’s gizmo is a very simple-to-use air quality tester.

All you do is you plug the USB stick into your computer in the same way you would a Wi-Fi receiver and it will detect any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the air.

Stomach Pacemaker Reduces Food Intake

A new gadget recently approved for use in Britain, and designed in California, helps you lose weight by acting as a pacemaker to your stomach. Recently trialled in Germany and yielding successful results, this ‘stomach pacemaker’ acts in a very similar way to a heart pacemaker – when you have eaten food, the stomach pacemaker sends signals to the nerves in your stomach telling you that you are full, and you eat less.

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor App for iOS

Whether you’ve got a medical condition that means you need to check your blood pressure regularly, or you simply like to keep an eye on it, the iOS Blood Pressure Monitor is for you. This blood pressure monitor is a compact device that can be plugged into any iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and used to check the numbers that your doctor would usually check.

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