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Virtual Laser Keyboard

Who to give it to: The geek who likes to show off their gadgets

A virtual keyboard that works best in total darkness is probably only useful for spies and, well, people who don't want CSI teams to pick up their prints. But, it is pretty cool-looking, especially for geeks who like to impress people with their spylike gadgets. Does your geek tout his or her ability to compute from anywhere, with the help of roll-up keyboards and jailbroken iPhones? Well, then I-Tech's Virtual Keyboard ($US169.99, Virtual-Laser-Keyboard.com) will make a great gift for them. You can project this full-size QWERTY laser keyboard onto any surface, and it even makes clicking sounds as you type. It's compatible with PCs, Macs, and most smartphones, and the physical device is just a little larger than a matchbox (3.5 inches by 1.5 inches by 1 inch). Though you have to set the virtual keyboard up in a moderately dark environment to see the thing, typing e-mail in the gloom of night (or a well-sealed closet) might be worth it for the "wow" effect.

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