Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

Summary: Design-inspired and original gifts rule the roost this season--here are 11 ideas for DIYers, provocateurs and cool hunters.


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  • Greece is for Lovers have been passionately designing, producing and promoting their products, limited editions and one-offs since 2006. Granny Tunes is an alternative iPod holder made from hand-knitted cotton using the traditional technique of Greek lace making. (Image Credit: Greece is for Lovers)

    Availability: Now
    Price: €55 (US$ 74.76)

  • Who doesn’t want to build robots, rockets and other electronics? This recently released MAKE issue contains 175 kits of all types that are rated on quality, instructions, community, and more. Find a kit worth making this season. (Image Credit: Maker Media)

    Availability: Now
    Price: $9.99

  • Jambox packs a punch with an output capacity of 85 decibels--unreal for such a small package. The portable wireless speaker is powered by a pair of proprietary acoustic drivers that produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker. They work in concert with a moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure to deliver room-filling sound. (Image Credit: Jawbone)

    Availability: Now
    Price: $199.99

Topic: Apple

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  • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

    Got tired of reloading the pages...
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    For the love of all that is good and pure in the world, please have the site developers refactor the image gallery so that a page reload isn't required for navigating each image. It can take a good 3 seconds for each page to load, and that becomes rather irritating with a gallery of 10 images (hence why I rarely make it past the third image in any given gallery).
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        @ScorpioBlue Yeah, I know, but they'll get even less clicks as readers stop viewing the pages entirely.
  • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

    Those are all pretty crappy gifts lol If I got any I wouldnt be very excited. Then if I found out what the item cost and didnt just get the money Id be pissed lol All true overpriced garbage.
    • RE: Holiday gifts for alpha geeks: Part 2 (photos)

      @Fletchguy I agree, I mean, $135 for a single light bulb? $850 for a portable synth? $200 for a Bluetooth speaker? $250 for a thermostat? $300 for headphones? Let's make some real world comparisons.

      ~$5 for four 60-watt replacement fluorescent bulbs that use 11 watts of power each and have 10,000 hours lifespans.

      ~$125 for an M-Audio portable synth/MIDI controller.

      ~$30-70 for just about any quality portable speaker, Bluetooth or otherwise.

      ~$75 at Home Depot for a digital, web connected, remote controlled from anywhere over IP thermostat.

      ~$25-$125 for Sennheiser studio headphones. You know, Sennheiser? As in the Sennheiser Orpheus?

      So in all reality, this list could have done a much better job if it had been comprised of products both in the average consumer's budget, AND products that were even logical. There's another overriding thing the writer forgot about alpha geeks. We love love LOVE a good deal on our tech. By that, i mean that it has to be tech that justifies the price. None of this tech is good enough to command the price tags.

      True, the touchscreen gloves and the kit guide magazine are pretty cool and worth the money, and I got one of each, but everything else is either pointless (looking at you, footswitch) or grossly overpriced.