Neato’s XV-11 makes other robot vacuums a-la the Roomba suck: instead of bumping around, it uses lasers to detect and map out objects up to 4 meters away; it’s due out 2/2010.
The world’s smallest AA flashlight, the Maratac AA measures just 2.99″ long but packs a 50,000 hour LED, aircraft aluminum body, anti-reflective lens, and a brightness of 85 lumens.
Swiss+Tech’s Transformer Xi 12-in-1 does double duty in your pocket as a key ring and a multitool; it includes 6 screwdrivers, an LED flashlight, dual worklights, and a straight edge.
Han may be off making the Kessel Run in 18 parsecs, but we’ll be content to loaf like Jabba in this Millenium Falcon Bed by Kayla Kromer; photos are by Heather Leah Kennedy.
Because spatulas are for sissies: these Fusion Finger Tongs are silicon mitts that let you get up close and personal with your food; they’ll withstand temps of up to 500 degrees F.
Don’t get your D-branes rolled up in a bunch, but this Calabi-Yau Manifold Crystal is a perfect gift for string theorists and extra-dimensional geeks: it’s a 3″ 3D cross-section of a 6D space.
The pen is definitely pricier than the sword with Sruli Recht’s Carbon Dater; it writes with a .30 carat black diamond held in place by a brass claw and set in a hand-tooled carbon rod.
Scott Trosclair is one super man: he’s turned his cubicle at a film animation studio into a mini Fortress of Solitude, complete with LED-lit acrylic crystals and a hand-sculpted Jorel head.
Grapes get gritty with the Brouhaha Wine Gear Collection; this 3-piece set features gear-shaped anodized aluminum pieces and includes a wine base, drip ring, and wine stopper.
Even a Wraith would love Jacob Yarmuth’s Stargate Atlantis home theater; it features a 10 ft. Stargate with a 96″ screen, THX sound system, motion sensor doors, and fiber optic starscape.
Do-it-yourself while on-the-go with the Screwpop; a 4-in-1 tool that fits on any size keyring, it includes Philips and Flathead screwdrivers, a 1/4″ hex nut driver, and a bottle opener.
If you prefer ohms to ornaments, Evil Mad Scientist Labs has decked their tree with resistors and other electronic components; got other holiday plans? Check out the LED Menorah Kit.
While it may not be bright enough to signal the Dark Knight, this Batlamp is ideal for do-gooder decorating; made with cardboard and RGB LEDs, the lighting is controlled by Arduino.
Less is definitely more with Hannes Vaht’s minimalist Desk; the 40″ table sports a two-tone birch veneer finish, under-desk drawer, and two rear-mounted swiveling laptop bays.
Anti System’s Extreme Clocks are time trials of a different sort: the clocks come in three completely one-of-a-kind designs that are made from 20″ BMX tires and recycled skateboards.
TAD Gear’s Skeleton Key is a compact multi-tool that acts as a screwdriver, nail puller, bottle cap lifter and hex driver; v2 includes an E-Key for electronic locks that normally open with coins.
Join the sunny side, you will: the Lightblade Umbrella is ideal for keeping those pretty Jedi robes dry while locking lightsabers; it features a light-up handle with 3 LEDs. Thanks, Luke!
It’s designed for caterers, but any bachelor pad or backyard could use a Bongos Beer: the stainless steel bar sits on casters and boasts a professional tap, refrigeration system, and cook top.
Bugei’s Lion Dog is an epic Koshirae set with epic origins; inspired by Japan’s golden age of swords, it’s made by modern sword art teachers, polishers, and the renowned Hanwei forge.
Making heads, tails, or teeth of the Piranha can be difficult, but that’s because this pocket tool is a jack-of-all-trades: it’s a screwdriver, wrench, bottle opener, nail puller, and scraper.
Sure to be a home run (or a touchdown) for MLB, NFL and NCAA fans, these Baseball and Football Hammers sport a themed rubber grip and team logos; click here for more teams.
No need to pass the salt with these Salt & Pepper Bots: simply wind ’em up and they’ll dutifully march across the table to dispense spices–either that, or enslave your dinner guests.
Make wine and war with the Knuckle Duster Corkscrew; it boasts a chrome-plated, brass knuckles-style handle, perfect for letting loose your grapes of wrath on stubborn corks.
Winner of the Eurobike Award 2009, Kai Malte Rover’s PUYL is a bicycle pump and unlimited LED flashlight; the light’s batteries are charged via induction when you use the pump.
Those of us living on Awesome Avenue can finally mark our man caves: Underground Signs creates replica enamel-painted, 8-gauge aluminum NYC Subway signs up to 8 feet long.
Similar to an infinity pool, ZeroEdge Aquariums are topless four-walled tanks with a wrap-around overflow channel for an ultra-clean and modern look; note: not for jumpers. Thanks, RO!
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