December 17, 2007 Earlier this month we brought you a list of the most desirable items that will almost certainly not appear under the tree this year. Now with the final rush towards the holiday season upon us, here's our pick of standout products that are more likely to be within reach of the average consumer and - if you're lucky - just might show up in your stocking. So, chosen by virtue of their technological prowess, style , sheer inventiveness or simply because they promise heaps of fun, here's Gizmag's selection of the top 10 things you CAN have for Christmas in 2008.
1. Fuel cell kit for Hobby R/C Cars Horizon Fuel Cell, creator of the H-racer, has unveiled the “H-cell,” - an integration kit that upgrades the battery-electric R/C cars to next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.read more.
2. iRobot Looj gutter cleaning robot The latest offering from home robotics specialists iRobot uses remote control to solve the problem – the Looj blasts out debris and brushes gutters clean while your feet remain firmly planted on the ground.... read more.
3. Meade mySKY: the personal, point-and-shoot, multimedia guide to the heavens The Meade mySKY is a remarkable mash up of technologies that creates a very cool educational toy and the first of a new breed of augmented reality informational products.... read more.
4. Zeppelin premium iPod speakers The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin packs a 5” subwoofer, plus twin 3.5” midranges and two 1” tweeters straight from the company’s famous M-1 studio monitors.... read more.
5. Suunto Core extreme sports wristop computer The new Suunto Core ABC (altimeter, barometer, and compass) wristop includes a storm alarm, altimeter, barometer, digital thermometer, weather trend indicator and digital compass as well as a newly added depth meter, sunrise and sunset timer and a menu in four languages.... read more.
6. Clocky – the alarm clock that runs away For people who have trouble dealing with an alarm clock telling them it’s time to get up, here’s one potential solution – it’s an alarm clock that runs away and torments you until you do.... read more.
7. Jawbone Bluetooth headset Aliph’s Jawbone Bluetooth headset uses military grade technology to eliminate background noise and seamlessly adjust speaker volume throughout the call to facilitate clear, uninterrupted conversations, even in extreme environments... read more.
8. i-SOBOT: the smallest humanoid robot in production iSOBOT is a fully articulating and bipedal robot endowed with 17 custom developed servo-motors, 19 integrated circuit chips, a built in gyro-sensor, 2 LEDs and a voice command recognition chip.... read more.
9. GPS golfing device tells you how far it is to the green This handheld golf course measuring device called the SureShot GPS is designed to answer the age-old question: “How far is it to the green?” read more.
10. Solar Backpack Voltaic solar charging bags feature three lightweight, waterproof solar panels generating up to four watts of power - enough energy to charge nearly any handheld electronic device.... read more.
And then there's those that came very close to making the final list:
And finally, what has to be one of most truly worthwhile gifts you can give someone else for Christmas: