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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.

…Legos can keep your valuables safe?

Lego Safe

If you don’t mind the idea of storing your valuables inside of a bunch of plastic bits and pieces, then the Lego NXT Safe might be the way to go for a DIY security solution.

Features include 6.5 kilograms of weight, a 7 centimeter thick door opened via a motorized lock, internal safety bars to prevent the walls from being disassembled, 30 liters of internal storage space, a burglar alarm activated by an acceleration sensor, and a five double digit security code entered through a directional sensitive dial, giving you more than 305 billion possible codes to unlock the door, so that unless you let the code slip after a few too many at the bar, the chances of someone guessing your code are pretty slim.

[Lego Examples]

[Via: Hacked Gadgets]

…Pilots don’t like delays either?

Airplane

Given the chance, what would a pilot say about our current airline/airport ‘situation’?

Probably something like:

    It’s rarely acknowledged that despite recurrent fiscal crises, major staffing and technology problems, and constant criticism from the public, our carriers have managed to maintain a mostly reliable, affordable, and safe transportation system.

Pilot Patrick Smith dropped that and other bits of knowledge upon Reader’s Digest readers, and it’s actually an interesting read for anyone that wonders what’s going on in the heads of the guys on the other side of the locked cockpit door.

(My other favorite gem: “Before we take off, I would like to apologize on behalf of this and every airline for the hassle you just endured at the security checkpoint. As is patently obvious to any reasonable person, the humiliating shoe removals, liquids ban, and pointy-object confiscations do little to make us safer.”)

[Reader’s Digest – Airplane Pilot Speaks Out On Flight Delays]

[Photo Via: Haseo]

…iPaper is a PDF killer?

iPaper

Apparently the web world is fed up with PDFs, because alternatives are popping up left and right.

The latest entry into this world is iPaper, which aims to entirely replace the PDF.

The basic idea is that, like a YouTube video, iPaper documents can be embedded into any existing web page through a Flash widget, and can display PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other document formats without the need for separate readers.

Features include viewing documents without downloading any additional software, monetizing documents with integrated advertisements, social aspects with a built in share functionality, enhanced security, and easy integration.

Edit: Box.net, a free online storage and file sharing site, is one of the first sites to embrace the iPaper technology. You can now view any of your PDF, Word, Excel, or Power Point documents that you have stored on Box.net using iPaper.

iPaper Comparison Chart

[Scribd – iPaper]

…It’s Movie Monday: Nowheremen?

Nowheremen

Nowheremen is a social reality game where players “solve interactive puzzles and treasure hunts across various mediums.”

    What is revealed is an intricate web of deception – exposing our modern security efforts, recruiting techniques, and the true nature of the world we live in.

The story centers on the fictional disappearance of Derek Francis Border, and began in September of ‘07, though the video series didn’t premier until January 22 of ’08.

New episodes premier at 2:22 PM EST each Tuesday, so be sure to tune in and see if you can solve the mystery.

[Nowheremen]