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Cool Stuff: Your 2008 Christmas Gift Guide

18 economical, expensive, and just plain weird tech gifts for your friends and family

  • Acoustibuds are silicone rubber adapters that turn standard earbuds into down-your-ear-canal, seal-the-exits-and-crank-up-the-party buds.

  • The InFocus IN1102 projector is the Cadillac of portable video projectors.

  • The Eco Media Player from Taylor Baylis has a hand crank connected to a built-in generator so you can power your own music.

  • Movie Collector is software from Collectorz.com that makes short work of cataloging your video collection.

  • Sony's 11-in. XEL-1 Digital TV may be small, but its OLED technology brings jaw-dropping picture quality and contrast.

  • Mr. Personality, the wise-cracking robot, is equipped with rugged wheels for rolling around the house.

  • IrfanView, a powerful tool for manipulating and processing your photos, is astonishingly free. (We won't tell if you won't.)

  • Canon's EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera offers performance unimaginable a few years ago -- at less than half the price of the venerable EOS-1Ds Mark III.

  • The Minoru 3D Webcam sits on a desk or monitor and takes 3-D images -- but your friends have to wear special colored glasses to see the 3-D effect.

  • The i-gotU USB GPS Travel Logger lets you geotag your photos and then combine the locations and photos into a map mashup.

  • The Lexus LX-570 offers state-of-the-art technology combined with luxury for those who are into conspicuous consumption.

  • ThinkGeek's Wi-Fi Detector Shirt lights up to dynamically indicate the strength of any nearby 802.11b or 802.11g Wi-Fi signals.

  • The Iogear Bluetooth 2.0 USB Micro Adapter plugs into any PC or Mac to make it Bluetooth-compatible.

  • Take a Mac Pro with an Apple Cinema HD 30-inch flat-panel display, add a second 30-inch display plus two 3.2-GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, 32GB of RAM, 4TB of internal storage and an Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 1.5GB graphics card, and you've got the ultimate computing machine.

  • The Willcom D4 ultramobile PC, a rebranded version of the Sharp WS016SH, is about the size of a large candy-bar phone but still runs Windows Vista.

  • The Finger Drum Mousepad from Hammacher Schlemmer lets you play eight different percussion sounds with your fingers.

  • The Diamond Flower mouse, set with 59 diamonds in the shape of a flower, shows you care enough to spend $23,250 on a mouse.

  • Dream Cheeky's USB Missile Launcher uses pressurized air to shoot foam-tipped darts up to 10 feet. Cubicle dwellers, beware!

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