Gadgets

Leaf Tie

Ordinary cable-ties do the job just fine, but with these you have a hint of nature wherever you want.

Price shown is for 1 packet of 12 ties.
Designed by Lufdesign.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Availability: Buy Leaf Tie here

Source: Yanko

NoPoPo Mini Flashlight

Pretty standard-looking right? Well, this NoPoPo flashlight has a unique feature that makes it a must have for emergency, camping, and survival kits – it’s powered by a special NoPoPo battery that runs on water or any liquid: beer, sake, cola, and urine…takes recycling to a whole new level. Just use the included syringe to fill the battery. And better yet, the NoPoPo (No Pollution Power) battery doesn’t contain mercury, lead, or any of the other nasties that are in traditional batteries, just good old-fashioned carbon (like what’s in you and me) and magnesium (like vitamins) that react with liquid to provide about 2 volts of power. One NoPoPo battery can hold its charge up to 10 years and can be re-filled up to 5 times. Oh, and the flashlight converts to a lantern with a simple slide.

3.8 x 1.1 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00
Availability: Buy NoPoPo Mini Flashlight here

Olympus PEN E-PL1

I was quite excited when the first one of these was released, though it was too expensive, had no viewfinder, and no flash. Wasn’t alone on these opinions and Olympus has thankfully addressed all of these issues. While my bank account still can’t afford it, at least it’s much closer to reality.

What’s to like about it? Micro four thirds, smaller body, interchangable lens. HD video. Way too many features too list right here, check out ‘em out at Amazon.

Check out dpReview‘s article comparing the original to the newer version.
Photo Credit: dpReview

Purchase Information:

Price: $600.00
Available from: Amazon.com

Source: Engadget

Joby Gorillapod Magnetic

Joby adds one more to the family on their innovative flexible, attach-to-anything Gorillapod tripods. This magnetic version has the added benefit of being able to stick to any ferrous surface. If you’re in an urban environment you certainly won’t have any trouble finding a place to perch this tripod for an impromptu portrait.

Weight: 45.3g (1.6oz)
Material: High quality Japanese ABS plastic, Durable German TPE grip rings, stainless steel camera screw

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Availability: Buy Joby Gorillapod Magnetic here

Source: Engadget

ZipShot Tripod

Wow, you’re going to have to watch the video here to understand how awesome this tripod is. In a matter of seconds the legs spring out to a full standing tripod. The compromise for the added convenience is that the legs are not individually adjustable. Certainly not for the serious photographer crowd, but should work well for everyone else. Now how long does it take to refold it? Hmm…

Specifications:

11 oz. (312g).
Folded Size: 15� (38cm) when
Standing Size:� 44� (112cm) tall.
Material: Heavy-duty, metal ball-head with strong aluminum legs.
Max Weight Load: 3 lbs (1361g).

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Available from: BHphoto

Source: Uncrate

Paint Can Pinhole Camera

I just saw this at a local store. You can always make your own pinhole camera out of materials laying around the house, but if you haven’t got the time this could be a fun gift to buy for yourself. Plus, you have to appreciate that the packaging is the product itself.

The Paint Can Pinhole Camera was developed and patented by Jim Kosinski.

For more, visit Paint Can Camera.
Also, here’s Step by Step Instructions.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.45
Available from: brooklyn5and10

Mix Tape USB Hub

Triple your USB port-age with this casette-shaped USB hub from Urban Outfitter’s, a den of cool for city slickers and country bumpkins alike.

Available in black and white
4 foot USB cable
Mac and PC compatible
4 x 0.5 x 2.5 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Urban Outfitter's

PowerFilm Rollable Solar Charger

You know, for when you’re lost in the desert (or camping, as the case most likely will be). Or maybe you’ll use it daily if you get enough sunshine through your window. Either way, it’s paper thin and ‘monolithically integrated’, which means less damage-prone.

Provides power to your cellphone, GPS, MPS, and other devices.

Power/Current: 5 Watts, 15.4 Volts, 0.3 Amps
11.5″ x 21″ (unrolled). 11.5″ x 4″ diameter (rolled)
Weight: 0.6 lbs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Availability: Buy PowerFilm Rollable Solar Charger here

Pong iPhone case

So, if you read all the gadget blogs, you’ll have read about the Pong iPhone case. Apparently it deflects harmful radiation away from your head, which sounds really great, but there are complaints of the price and a little bit of skepticism on how well it works. I’ll not go into all the details, but if you’re interested you can read for yourself how it works (see below for the write-ups).

The first scientifically-proven radiation reduction case. Let the embedded Pong module protect your head while the form-fitting case protects your iPhone 3G and 3GS from the rigors of heavy duty use. Pong’s special silicone formula guarantees that your phone maintains full signal strength and battery life.

[via Wired and CrunchGear]

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Pong iPhone case here

Cell Phone Telephoto Lens

Hmm. Sometimes I wish my phone would take better pictures, but as to whether I would go to the trouble to carry this around and put it on when I want to take (better) pictures, I just don’t know. I’m curious as to how well it would work.

“Simply and easily top the camera on your cell phone, iPhone or any other smart phone with this external lens, sure to upgrade your phone’s camera to create high-quality photos. Coated optical lens for magnifying objects up to 8 times; clear focus; adjustable clamp for fitting most phones.”

Adjusts from approx 1.5″w to 2.75″w.

[via Incredible Things]

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Cell Phone Telephoto Lens here

Source: Via

Pentax Optio H90

I love this little camera. It’s specs are perfectly competitive: 12 Megapixels, HD video recording and it’s designed to be compatible with the Eye-fi wireless memory cards which mean you can connect to your computer and upload your pictures without a cable. The best thing about it though are the colours and the styling. It’s very minimal with a distinctly Japanese look and the colours are very refreshing. Orange if you’re bold or clean black and white if you’re more conservative.

Available from February 2010 for $179.95

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.95
Availability: Buy Pentax Optio H90 here

iPad

Is it overkill to post this? Maybe, considering everyone’s abuzz about it. It does look enticing… I’ll reserve judgement until reviews are out. Visit Apple site for technical specs.

16GB: $499.00
32GB: $599.00
64GB: $699.00

Wi-Fi models shipping in late March.
3G models shipping in April.

Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Availability: Buy iPad here

Card Speaker

Hmm, is this perhaps a viable option for a portable speaker? Sound quality reviews, anyone?

No bigger than a credit card and as thick as a blister pack of chewing gum, the Card Speaker puts most every mp3 accessory to shame with its good looks and crisp fidelity. Designed by IDEA International, this little speaker is ideally suited for trips to the park, the beach, or anywhere you�d like to share a little music on the fly. It comes in either black or silver, with a mirror-polished back, and includes a protective carrying case, a 3.5 mm connection plug, and a USB battery charge cable. The speaker has an operating time of approximately five hours on a two-hour charge

Black or Silver.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Availability: Buy Card Speaker here

Cordctrl Headphone Organizer

Control your cord! The Cordctrl headphone organizer saves you from that tangled bird’s nest of wire you get every time you put your phone or iPod in your pocket.

Simply wrap your headphone cord around the *cordctrl and lock it at both ends by sliding the cord into the slots. When you want to use your pod, you just release the headphones cord from the slot, role it out and lock it again at a desirable length.

dimensions: 65 mm (length), 12 mm (diameter)
material: 100% high grade silicone

Purchase Information:

Price: �9.95
Availability: Buy Cordctrl Headphone Organizer here

A Stand Laptop Stand

For those wanting to add a bit of industrial aesthetic to their desktop, look no further than the A Stand Laptop Stand, which is literally made of PVC pipe. That doesn’t sound so great from the start, but it’s finished in a soft touch rubber so it feels great and doesn’t look like it came straight from the hardware store.

Materials: Rubber-coated PVC tubing
Colors: Black, Yellow, White
Dimensions: 14.2� wide and 6� high

Bonus! The packaging for this product is brilliant.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Availability: Buy A Stand Laptop Stand here