We invited our friends from Geefts – the gifts for geeks bible – to start a regular column on Inspired Mag, recommending the hottest (self) gift ideas for geeks, including cool gadgets, must have books, movies and all sorts of awe-inspiring products. This is the first installment of the series so we’d be more than glad to find some of opinions & suggestions in the comments area.
Don’t let the cold keep you from your connections! Digits ($20) are mini conductive pins that attach to the gloves you already love so you can use electronic touch screen devices, like smartphones and MP3 players, even when it’s below zero.
PlugBug ($34.99) is made exclusively for all MacBook Power Adapters, including current and previous models. Snap PlugBug onto your MacBook Power Adapter and you now have the first ever device that lets you charge your MacBook + iPad or iPhone simultaneously, from one wall outlet.
Moonwalking with Einstein ($15) draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top “mental athletes,” he learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by Medieval scholars to memorize entire books. Using methods that have been largely forgotten, Foer discovers that we can all dramatically improve our memories.
Call it a superbook: this extraordinary volume runs to 720 pages and almost 15 pounds. It reproduces over 2,000 iconic images from the full history of DC Comics, the creators of Superman and Batman, among many others. (If you’re even considering spending more than $100 on a book about comic books, you probably already knew that.) The production values on this book are superlative, and the collection is curated and richly annotated by Paul Levitz, a longtime comics writer as well as DC’s former president and publisher.
This pencil ($38) was designed by Gerhard Woerther and his daughter, Bettina, in 2005. Woerther’s training as a mechanical engineer gives his small company freedom of innovation and a technical edge. By building, calibrating and repairing his own machines, Woerther maintains a high level of quality, while allowing him to experiment with designs and materials. Woerther was among the first companies to use aluminum, helping herald the material as a standard for writing instruments.
Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera ($399) captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space.
Rectangular loop shaped coffee table in matt white lacquer with anodised steel feet. Much imitated but never bettered! This is the genuine Loopy ($500), manufactured exclusively by GillmoreSPACE since 2002.
Protect – and prop up – your Apple iPad with the Quirky Cloak ($29.99), a sleek, sturdy case that doubles as a stand! Cloak can be positioned to sit on a flat surface in portrait, landscape, and typing stand positions. Portrait: fold the Cloak’s front cover behind your iPad and use the larger plastic support brace located on the product’s inside cover to prop up the screen vertically. Landscape: open Cloak’s front cover and use it to prop up your iPad screen from behind. The screen can be positioned in different angles using a friction-fit folding mechanism. Typing stand: flip out the smaller plastic support brace on Cloak’s inside cover to prop up your iPad screen at a low landscape angle, ideal for typing.
Jambox ($199) t’s simply the smallest, best sounding wireless speaker and speakerphone on the planet. Fill even the largest rooms with stunning audio, share conference calls while on the go, and plug into MYTALK for the latest apps and updates. Jambox delivers stunning Hi-Fi audio in a portable wireless speaker so compact you won’t believe it when you hear it. It’s loud. Jambox fills even the largest rooms. Unlike other portable speakers, Jambox is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker.
These Wide Angle, Macro, Telephoto and Fisheye lenses ($49) will give your simple camera phone pics SLR quality.
Presenting three small yet powerful lenses: the Fisheye, Telephoto, and Macro/Wide Angle Cell Phone Lenses. These finely constructed lenses transform your standard phone photos into wide, up-close, super zoomed and wonderfully warped wonders.
Convenience is a great reason to carry a flash drive. But FlashHarp ($59.95) offers something more, that no other flash drive can… It replaces the vacuous vibe of ordinary drives with the soulful, freewheelin’ feelin’ that musicians get carrying their ax to a gig!
FlashHarp‘s data-storage capability breaks the spell of the harmonica’s high ‘n mighty tone, which can be so intimidating it causes many beginners to quit. This puts the harmonica back on “nothin’ special” ground (“Hey, it’s just my flash drive, what do you expect?!”) so you’re free to play from a more relaxed place—a sort of hi-tech, “hobo campground” where no one judges you.
Snarky attitude? Check. Advanced degree in parapsychology? Check. Proton Pack? Close enough! This Proton Pack Backpack ($37.99), friends, is about as close to being Peter Venkman as we’re all going to get. And it’s wonderful. The officially licensed backpack may not actually bust ghosts, per se. But it’s certainly big enough to hold ghosts, once you’ve caught them.