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10 tech gifts for the holiday season

Posted: 15 Dec 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Editor's Note: In this article, we give to you 10 tech gadgets that you could give to your loved ones this holiday season.

Faster than you can say Happy Thanksgiving, everyone's favourite gifting holiday season is once again upon us. And as many of us know all too well, the best gifts are often the ones we give ourselves. Holidays have that way of bringing out the greed!

Besides, there are just some gifts that are too indulgent, obscure, or expensive to put on your wish list. Here's our top 10 time-saving, life-improving, questionably necessary tech gadgets that we think you'll find irresistible enough to stuff in your own stocking this year.

Only requirement: That you're on Santa's "Nice List" this year!

1. Nixie Tube Watch

Find it here: www.cathodecorner.com

Nixie Tube Watch

Steve Wozniak owns this Nixie Tube Watch, the ultimate in geek cool.

David Forbes over at Cathode Corner makes the beautiful Nixie Tube Watch that Steve Wozniak wears. A round crystal shows off the inner workings of the watch, which features 12- or 24-hour time display, adjustable tilt angle and easy time setting function. Two Nixie tubesa 40-year-old technologydisplay the time in 14mm-high glowing orange numbers. The original, round-style watch is available for $495 plus shipping; Forbes is working on a newer, sleeker design that has not been released yet.

Schematics and source code are available on the site for geeks who want to hack at it.

2. Mininch Tool Pen

Find it here: http://mininch.com/store/tool-pen

Mininch tool pen

No more lugging around multiple tools with this compact screwdriver that holds multiple bits for all your tinkering needs.

If the handy man (or woman) in your life happens to be yours truly, then the Tool Pen could be just what 'Santa' ordered this holiday season. This compact screwdriver is only slightly larger than a ballpoint pen and holds multiple bits for all your tinkering needs. For just $60, those days of hauling around a cumbersome tool kit will be a thing of the past. And if the standard set of 13 bits isn't enough, the pen can be easily customised with additional bits starting at $3 each.

3. Crealev CLM 1+ Levitation Module

Find it here: http://www.crealev.com/product/clm-1/

Crealev CLM

Impress your friends with the CLM 1+, which uses powerful magnets to lift items as heavy as 1kg.

Have you always dreamed of making small household objects float several inches in the air, sort of like an amateur Uri Geller? Are you fascinated by magnets? If you've been exceptionally good this year, or your stocking is a size Large, consider getting yourself a levitation module from Dutch tech company Crealev.

The CLM 1+ uses powerful magnets to lift items as heavy as 1kg up to 45mm. Crealev's website makes it clear that credit cards and the like should be kept a safe distance from the levitation module, but maybe after paying the hefty 690 euro asking price, making your credit cards unreadable might not be the end of the world.


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