With the holidays approaching, attention once again has shifted to the wallet and the general emptiness therein. Wall Street's occupied, the 99% is upset, and just about everyone is broke. That's why no one can
do without this guide, which details a few compelling gadgets that sell for under $100. After all, an empty wallet is no excuse to arrive this Christmas empty handed.
Steve Jobs and company may have designed the iPad to be a more intimate experience, but device's designers forgot one thing: Using tablets is sometimes really difficult, especially in certain sitting positions. Enter the PadPivot, an ingenious little contraption that uses your thigh to hold your tablet in a comfortable position. Compatible with a variety of tablets and eReaders, the PadPivot is both useful and versatile - so much so that it's a wonder Apple didn't create it itself. $30
Aside from all of the enticing Kindle Fire news, the biggest move Amazon made in 2011 was dropping the price of its massively popular Kindle eReader to $79. But though it is nearly $40 cheaper than it was previously, the now-cheaper Kindle does have a few potential downsides. Not only does it lack both a physical keyboard and touch screen, but to get it to its current price Amazon had to infuse the Kindle with advertisements. But it's still a pretty great deal.
Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip
For those not of the Apple persuasion, Sandisk offers the Sansa Clip Zip, a thinner version of its Sansa Clip MP3 player. Available in multiple colors and in two memory configurations (4GB, 8GB), the Sansa Clip Zip offers 15 hours of of battery life and supports all the major music formats. Did we mention it comes in a variety of colors? Red looks nice. Starts at $50.
For a chapter alternative to the Apple TV, look no further than the Roku LT. This purple box is the cheapest one Roku has ever created, and offers many of the same features found in more expensive models. Capable of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu Plus in 720p, the Roku LT is a pretty robust offering for a product that sells for just $50.
The mission of the Pogoplug Mobile is simple. Acting as a hub for all of your movies, music, and photos, the PogoPlug liberates your mobile devices from their relatively paltry storage limits. Pogoplug has even gone as far as to offer the ability to stream content from outside your home network, allowing you to access your files even when you are not at home. For $29, Pogoplug also offers PC software to takle the same task, removing the need for a dedicated Pogoplug device.
Though far less hi-tech than the other items here, the Obol Bowl solves a fundamental problem: Keeping your cereal from getting soggy. Dubbed "the original crispy cereal bowl", the Obol works by storing your milk in cereal in two separate compartment connected by a spiral slide. Users simply slide their cereal into the milk compartment to eat. Genius. $20