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…It’s the 2009 DYH Holiday Gift Guide?

There are plenty of Gift Guides out there for just about anyone on your list, but they’re often filled with the same old boring crap that every other Gift Guide is featuring, so this year I decided to make my own Gift Guide and fill it with ideas for things to get that special someone when you want to surprise them with something they haven’t already seen a million times before:

Gingerbread Man Anatomy Holiday Cards

Jason Freeny Holiday Cards

Jason Freeny is no stranger to DYH, but this year, he’s taken his special kind of art and created a holiday card out of the gingerbread man’s anatomy. It might not come pre-filled with warm and fuzzies, but you can guarantee Halmark’s got nothing on the uniqueness of this card!

iWallet

iWallet

It’s made of carbon fiber, it connects to your cell phone via Bluetooth to warn you if it gets stolen, and it can only be accessed with your fingerprint via a built-in biometric scanner. If anyone needs more security than that, then maybe it’s time to stop going outside.

NVIDIA GeForce 3D Glasses

NVIDIA GeForce 3D Glasses

Gaming in 2D is so 2009. In 2010, it’s time to take gaming to the next level with the GeForce 3D Glasses from NVIDIA. Using a special monitor and an IR receiver to tell distance, these glasses will allow you to see into and through the game in front of you, giving you a whole new way to experience your virtual world like never before.

La Crosse Technology Battery Charger

La Crosse Technology Battery Charger

With four individual displays to indicate the status of up to four batteries that can each be set to one of four different modes, the La Crosse Technology BC-9009 AlphaPower Battery Charger may be a bit overkill, but that’s also what makes it a must have for any gadget geek on your list.

iMo Pivot Touch

iMo Pivot Touch

What can you do with a 7” USB powered touchscreen monitor? Better question: What can’t you do with a 7” USB powered touchscreen monitor?

Chumby

Chumby

Sure, the Chumby One was released this year, and it’s cheaper and has better specs and is more gadget like, but nothing can compare to the original computer in a bean bag known as the Chumby.

Thermaltake Level 10

Thermaltake Level 10

It doesn’t look like any computer case that I’ve ever seen, but that’s what makes the Level 10 from Thermaltake so unique. Plus, for just $2,500 more, you can get it filled with all the latest guts from IBUYPOWER.

Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse

Having used one for more than a month, I can definitely vouch for the claim that this thing works like magic. If you’ve got a Mac head, design fan, or button-phobic person on your list, then give the gift that keeps on clicking.

Eye-Fi Memory Card

Eye-Fi

With the Eye-Fi Explore SD card, any camera can automatically geotag and upload photos and videos on the go using any available wi-fi network. If that doesn’t turn your gift recipient into a buzzing social media over-sharer, then nothing will.

Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker

Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker

I’ve probably made about 100 gallons of hot chocolate since I got an automatic hot chocolate maker, so if you’ve never experienced the joy that a fresh, frothy cup of hot chocolate can bring, then it’s time to give one of these to someone that will let you borrow their kitchen from time to time when the temperature drops.

Lensbaby Composer

Lensbaby Composer

The Composer is designed to give the budding photographer in your life a new eye to the world with a lens that can be tilted and shifted to any desired angle for a crazy new effect that will surely unleash the creative talents they never knew they had. That, or they’ll just get frustrated trying to figure out why their pictures never turn out the way they want and then smash their camera over your head, but those are just the risks you’re going to have to take this holiday season.

Clocky Alarm Clock

Clocky Alarm Clock

It’s a clock with a face that rolls away from you every time you try to hit the snooze button. If that doesn’t get your special someone out of bed in the morning, nothing will.

Logitech Harmony One

Logitech Harmony One

It’ll control thousands of home entertainment devices with ease using a combination of buttons and a programmable touchscreen, and it’ll look good doing it too. With the Harmony One, you’ll never have to fumble with 18 remotes and a magical button dance just to watch a DVD again.

So that’s it. See something you liked? Then be a good Santa and stop procrastinating and start Visa’ing.

…Your alarm can be deadly?

Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock

Have you ever just wanted to shoot your alarm in the morning and go back to bed?

(Or perhaps the better question is, have you ever NOT wanted to shoot your alarm in the morning and go back to bed?)

Well now you can, thanks to a clever bit of electronic hacking and modification.

The Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock uses a gaming gun to shoot the alarm to sleep, and also integrates a tilt sensor so that you can change the time and set the alarm using just the gun itself.

[Instructables – Phaser Blasted Alarm Clock]

[Via: MAKE: Blog]

…Macs can be your alarm clock?

Mac Alarm Programs

For many, the Mac has become their alarm clock of choice, as it can provide the extra customization that your ZZZZ’s need.

To help you decide which of the popular alarm clock programs to pick, The Unofficial Apple Weblog has put together a Tabulator showdown between Alarm Clock, Alarm Clock Pro, Awaken, and Aurora to see which is the winner.

There’s not clear cut winner, so it’s up to you to decide, but whatever you go with, chances are you’ll sleep easier knowing that you’ll wake better as well.

[TUAW – Tabulator: Alarm Clock Showdown]

…It’s Movie Monday: Rube Goldberg?

Today’s Movie Monday is a compilation of the top ten (as voted upon by a panel consisting of myself) Rube Goldberg machines ever created (and posted on YouTube). For those of you who don’t know, Rube Goldberg machines are “exceedingly complex devices that perform simple tasks in very indirect and convoluted ways”, and are an idea originally conceived by Rube Goldberg, a famous cartoonist. The only qualification for the list was that it had to use real objects, because a computerized Rube Goldberg machine is just plain cheating. Enjoy.

10. Tim Fort’s Kinetic Art – Though mostly a dominoes device, the sheer magnitude of this creation earned it a spot on the list.

9. Ramen Noodle Machine – Since Ramen Noodles are supposed to be an easy and quick meal, the idea of making it as complex as possible put this on the list.

8. Beer Pouring Machine – Who said beer drinking is only for the lazy?

8.5 (Honorable Mention). Beer Pouring Machine From Waiting – Good, but I just wish it were a little bit longer.

7. Office Place Contraption – I love all of the everyday objects used in this one.

6. Jackass 2 Alternate Ending – This one’s great because it used real people.

5. Mythbusters Machine – I love this show, and these guys put some great stuff into their machine.

4. Sticks And Stones – This one’s great because it only uses things that can be found in nature.

4.5 (Bonus). Sticks And Stones How To – A how to guide to the previous machine.

3. Alarm Clock – Not only does this machine wake you up, it also does your chores and cooks you breakfast. Can you ask for more than that?

2. Pitagora Suicchi – The best of a Japanese show about Rube Goldberg machines. Some of these are so unique.

And the number one Rube Goldberg machine of all time is…

1. Honda’s Cog Commercial – Honda spent a reported million dollars to get all of these parts from a Honda Accord to link together, and the results are amazing. Keep in mind, these are actual parts and no editing was used to make all of this work together.

So there you have it. A top ten to top all top tens. What did you think? Did you agree with my choices? Is there a machine you can’t believe I left out? I’d love to see some more great machines, so let me know.

[Wikipedia – Rube Goldberg]

…You can blend yourself awake in the morning?

Blender Alarm

Here’s an interesting way to wake up in the morning. The Crazy Blender Alarm Clock blends a bunch of Styrofoam beads in the retro-style blender when it’s eggs and bacon time, and blasts some funny alarm music just incase the blending isn’t enough. Plus, it’ll act just like a regular clock when you’re not smacking it for an extra 10 minutes of “snooze time”. A great gift idea for that sleepy friend in your life.

[Crazy Blender Alarm Clock]

[Via: Gizmodo]