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Geek Chic: 10 Cool Gifts for the Gadget Lover

Geek Chic: 10 Cool Gifts for the Gadget Lover

Looking for that perfect gift for the gadget lover who has everything? We dug past the piles of iPhones and Wii consoles to come up with 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season, from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a touch-screen universal remote. Click through the slideshow to check out these 10 gadget gift ideas for someone on your list -- or yourself!

Looking for that perfect gift for the gadget lover who has everything?

We dug past the piles of iPhones and Wii consoles to come up with 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season, from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a touch-screen universal remote.

Click through the slideshow to check out these 10 gadget gift ideas for someone on your list -- or yourself!

Speakers for Superman’s Lair

$1,000 at

$1,000 at Amazon.com

They look like crystal skulls that could help Indiana Jones save the world. Or components of the sound system in Superman’s crib.

They’re the Harman Kardon GLA-55 (get it, gla-ss?) desktop speakers that will turn your home office into a Fortress of Solitude.

But, they’re not all style — these 2.5-pound computer speakers deliver a solid sonic experience, on par with the company’s high-end audiophile speakers.

Made of the same material as bulletproof glass, this is a super cool way to listen to music or provide the soundtrack and effects for your gaming exploits.

Not to mention, they’ll be a big hit with the ladies.

Washable Keyboard

$45.99 at

$45.99 at Unotron.com

How many times have you fried a keyboard by spilling coffee on it?

Yeah, me, too.

Well, it’s out of the frying pan and into … the sink!

Finally, someone has heeded the call of the clumsy and made a washable keyboard. Seriously, you can just run it under the tap like last night’s dinner plate.

Unotron makes the washable keyboard and, for a little bit extra, you can get it — wireless. They also make washable mice, corded and wireless, as well as washable smartcard readers.

So go ahead. Talk with your hands. Make big sweeping gestures. Nothing to worry about here!

Wi-Fi-Detecting T-Shirt

$19.99 at Excuse me, do you have wi-fi here?Yeah, that phrase is about to be out like moose-hunting jokes. Thanks to the Wi-Fi-Detecting T-Shirt, brought to you by the geniuses at ThinkGeek.com, you can proudly display the signal strength on your chest for you, and the whole coffee shop to see. The glowing bars fluctuate as the signal strength changes. It’s practical and a great way to get the ladies’ attention. Ooh, I’m picking up a strong signal over here!

$19.99 at ThinkGeek.com

Excuse me, do you have wi-fi here?

Yeah, that phrase is about to be out like Sarah Palin jokes.

Thanks to the Wi-Fi-Detecting T-Shirt, brought to you by the geniuses at ThinkGeek.com, you can proudly display the signal strength on your chest for you, and the whole coffee shop, to see.

The glowing bars fluctuate as the signal strength changes. It’s practical and a great way to get the ladies’ attention.

Ooh, I’m picking up a strong signal over here!

Laptop-Charging Messenger Bag

$24.95 at You take the smaller shampoo. Wait, better yet, you pack no shampoo because they have it at the hotel. You take out that extra pair of shoes. You do everything in your power to travel within the new guidelines. But then, you get to the airport and de-nied! Your bag is overweight, my friend. That’ll be fifty bucks. Gah! If only you could figure out how to balance your bag on the scale, this would never happen again. Well, it won’t, thanks to the people at Balanzza, who have made a littl

$499 at Voltaicsystems.com

You get to the hotel, start unpacking and @#$%! You’ve left one of your chargers at home.

Well, from here on out, feel free to leave them all at home!

Voltaic has made the first solar-paneled laptop bag, powerful enough to charge your laptop or other gadgets like cellphones. The solar panels fully charge a battery built into the bag in about five hours, then you plug your electronics into that battery. The battery can store the equivalent of a full laptop charge.

It comes in a variety of colors, though every one is "green" — the fabric shell is made from recycled soda bottles, making it tough and water resistant.

They also make a less expensive solar-paneled backpack, and a backpack model with a pocket for a water reservoir (like a Camel Pak), which could revolutionize your next hiking trip.

Whoa, dude!

LoJack for Laptops

$39.99 at

$39.99 at LoJackForLaptops.com

Remember LoJack? It's a hidden bug in your car that contacts police if your vehicle was stolen, leaving would-be car thieves shaking in their dirty, little burglar boots.

Well, now they make a Lojack for your laptop. Shazam! Take that, laptop-looting lowlifes.

Of course, it’s not a little bug, it’s software installed on the computer that can then silently transmit its location via the Internet to the company’s monitoring center. The recovery team works with local law enforcement to get the laptop back to its rightful owner.

It’s a subscription service that costs $39.99 a year for standard service, and $59.99 a year for the premium service, which includes remote-data deletion and a $1,000 service guarantee.

Wow. Now that’s Mission Possible!

ThumbWrite Gloves

$31.99 at

$31.99 at ThumbWrite.com

You know the guy: He’d rather complain about his fingers being frozen than stop BlackBerry texting for five minutes until you arrive at your destination.

Well, thanks to the heroic efforts of one New York City commuter, you can say goodbye to frozen thumbs. He invented ThumbWrite Gloves, leather gloves with an extra-thin thumb covering — not a cut-off thumb, as you might’ve guessed — so your thumbs are more nimble for texting but are still covered.

This way, the company says, you’ll never be too numb to “thumb” again.

Oh, snap!

Old-School Handset for Your Cellphone

$44.95 at You know, with all this high-tech gear around, sometimes you just feel like kickin’ it Old School. Enter Yubz Talk Mobile, an old-school handset that you can plug into your cellphone or computer. How do you carry such a thing? In a waist pouch, of course, where the phone hooks over it like a cradle and the cord drapes down the way some kids wear chains on their pants. It’s like the new trucker hat. Talk Mobile comes in a variety of colors, including Jet Black, Russian Red and Lemon Yel

$44.95 at Yubz.com
You know, with all this high-tech gear around, sometimes you just feel like kickin’ it Old School.

Enter Yubz Talk Mobile, an old-school handset that you can plug into your cellphone or computer.

How do you carry such a thing? In a waist pouch, of course, where the phone hooks over it like a cradle and the cord drapes down the way some kids wear chains on their pants. It’s like the new trucker hat.

Talk Mobile comes in a variety of colors, including Jet Black, Russian Red and Lemon Yellow and, a whole line of artist-inspired designs.

Too cool for school.

Laser Comb

$545 at

$545 at Hairmax.com

They used to say, “It’s the hair that makes the man.”

Well, now it’s the man who makes the hair, thanks to the laser comb, a little gadget that stimulates hair growth by zapping the follicle with a laser. You just run it slowly over the bald or thinning spot and the charge helps to speed up hair growth and promote thicker hair.

And, the best part — well, aside from the fact that you’re combing your hair with a laser — is that you can do it at home. All it takes is three times a week, 15 minutes a pop, and it’s Hell-o, ladies. How’d you like to run your fingers through this?

Digital Luggage Scale

Digital Luggage Scale $24.95 at

$24.95 at Balanzza.com

You take the smaller shampoo. Wait, better yet, you pack no shampoo because they have it at the hotel. You take out that extra pair of shoes. You do everything in your power to travel within the new guidelines.

But then, you get to the airport and de-nied! Your bag is overweight, my friend. That’ll be fifty bucks.

Gah! If only you could figure out how to balance your bag on the scale, this would never happen again.

Well, it won’t, thanks to the people at Balanzza, who have made a hand-held scale, a little gadget that you strap to your bag and pick it up, and the unit beeps, displaying the number of pounds on an LCD screen.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the gadget itself weighs 8 oz., or half a pound.

Awesome! Bring it on, ticket-counter lady. I am totally ready for you.

Touch-Screen Remote

$500 at Logitech.comSo you’ve got the 20-foot projector screen that descends from the ceiling and the super surround sound that makes you look over your shoulder when you hear footsteps in a movie. The only problem is, it’s all connected by 257 systems that require 20 minutes of button pushing and wire untangling. Enter the Harmony 1000 advanced universal remote that integrates your entire universe of video, audio and gaming on one sleek touch-screen device. Now that, my friends, is how you beco
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$500 at Logitech.com

So you’ve got the 60-inch HD flat screen and super surround sound that makes you look over your shoulder when you hear footsteps in a movie.

The only problem is, it’s all connected by 257 systems that require 20 minutes of button pushing and wire untangling.

Enter the Harmony 1000 advanced universal remote that integrates your entire universe of video, audio and gaming on one sleek touch-screen device.

Now that, my friends, is how you become the master of your own universe.