10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

Summary: Trendsetters and tech hipsters balk at run-of-the-mill gifts. Surprise them this season with one of these distinct gadgets.

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  • The Solio Bolt is the company's update to its classic three-panel solar charger. The Bolt uses a USB connection and could charge a smartphone from zero to full in less than three hours. It contains two solar panels to power the Bolt's internal Li-Poly battery using the power of the sun. You can prop up the panels with a pencil, which can be inserted into the center, making the device act like a sun dial. When the sun goes down switch to the MicroUSB port to re-charge the Bolt's battery in 4.5 hours. Image crediit: Better Energy Systems INC

    Availability: Now

    Price: $70

    Learn more: http://www.solio.com

  • Among the most anticipated products in the personal health monitoring market, the E39 compression shirt tracks the body’s biometric signals and transmits this data to a computer for evaluation by athletes, trainers and coaches. Electronic touch points throughout the E39 shirt communicate with a device in the front of the shirt called the Bug, which holds all of the athlete’s performance data. The shirt is powered by Zephyr technology, utilizing the same innovation employed by the US Special Forces. Image credit: Under Armour, Inc.

    Availability: 2012

    Price: N/A

    Learn more: http://www.underarmour.com

  • One of the highlights of being a Generation X kid was Big Trak, a programmable 6-wheeled tank that ruled the playroom with its blue "photo beam" and jarring audio pulses (see video). Originally manufactured by Milton Bradley, the toy was discontinued for years until a British company called Zeon announced a reissue last year. Whether or not the new version recreates the magic of the original is debatable. Image credit: Zeon Tech

    Availability: Now

    Price:  $56 (£34.99)

    Learn more: http://www.zeonltd.co.uk/bigtrak/

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  • RE: 10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

    so how is it a holiday gift it doesn't even ship til Jan of 2012?
    kloveloc@...
    • RE: 10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

      @kloveloc@...

      The price of being an early adopter means you sometimes have to wait for products to roll off the bleeding edge. :)

      CJ
      christopher_jablonski
      • RE: 10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

        @christopher_jablonski I am aware of the facts and a gadget junkie myself, but still does not follow that this and another are holiday gifts, perhaps "after holiday" gifts, as in those gifts you buy yourself after returning the ones you got but did not want. Doesn't make a great title though...
        kloveloc@...
      • RE: 10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

        @christopher_jablonski It's hard to be an early *holiday* adopter on a product that isn't even available for purchase until *after* the holidays in question.
        clokverkorange
  • RE: 10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

    @kloveloc@...

    Hmm, that may be a good idea for another guide. But there's always an opportunity to gift these items on Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.
    christopher_jablonski
    • RE: 10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

      @christopher_jablonski Or you could just be honest and say that your editors picked the products based on complicated advertising ties and made you write about them regardless of any protestations you may have had.

      You have to earn a living, man. We aren't haters.
      clokverkorange
  • RE: 10 holiday gift ideas for alpha geeks (photos)

    That watch is very expensive..
    Frenz9