No family is complete without that quintessential nerd who loves anything and everything about technology. Such individuals are very hard to please, as nothing you gift them would seem to be satisfactory, considering the fact that all they love are gadgets. Need not to worry, for here are some excellent gadget gift ideas that would put a smile on their faces. Better yet, these ideas are green too, so you will be doing double duty, as you save the environment in the process.
USB Cell Batteries
Priced at $15.30, these batteries may be on the higher end. However, you will be willing to pay the price, if you know what they can do. These batteries are what one would call as next-gen cells. They can be recharged using nothing but a USB stick. Therefore, you can both cut down on your energy costs and stop buying more mercury-laden batteries, thus doing your bit to keep the surroundings pollution free.
No, we are not talking about that huge 3D printing machine you see in research centers. The Simple Maker 3D printer from Printrbot is a compact model of a standard 3D printer and can be used in the comfort of your own home. The size of the printer is a mere 11x10x8 inches and it weighs about 9.3 pounds. It is also very easy to assemble and can easily sit on your computer table or kitchen countertop. When up and running, it will be able to print out a range of useful and fun plastic products.
Sun and Cloud Hand Cranked Camera
Priced at $180, the Sun and Cloud Camera is the brainchild of a Japanese company called Superheadz, and is considered the world’s first every “self-generation” digital camera. The camera is automatically charged and powered by an inbuilt solar panel and can take both stills and videos. A few cranks by your hand in between shots will also help charge the battery in case it is cloudy.
Priced at $15, the Computer Ecobutton is a USB device which when plugged to your computer, allows the latter to power down during intervals of non-use. For instance, a single touch of the button would enable your computer to power down while still running when you take breaks. This way, you can save plenty on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint.
Velvetwire Powerslayer Kit
Priced at $79, the Powerslayer happens to be a USB charger that provides just the right amount of energy needed to charge a device. This way, the device would be able to eliminate wasted energy caused by overheating. The kit is capable of delivering about 10 watts of power to your tablets and Smartphones, and comes with a braided cloth USB cable as well as a travel case.
Water Powered Multi-Function Clock
Priced at $23.95, the water-powered clock does not require regular batteries to be powered. All you need is water to run the clock. Along with telling the time, the clock comes with other impressive functions like the date, day, countdown timer, and temperature and alarm settings. These functions are available as and when you turn the clock by 90 degrees.
Port Solar Charger
Priced at $39.98, the Port Solar Charger is a design by XD Design that would let you use any window in your home as a power outlet to charge your devices. The charger comes with a suction cup that attaches to the windowpane. An inbuilt solar panel will then absorb the sun’s rays and transform them into energy, which can easily charge your cell phone, tablet or mp3 player.
If you are wondering what to gift that nerdy member present in your family, consider opting for a gift from the list. These green, geeky gift ideas would impress him/her for sure.