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12. 09. 2005

Popgadget Gift Guide 2005: $100 to $400

Nabaztag, the French wifi rabbit is a combination of an Aibo, i-Dog, and Ambient Beacon. It can broadcast the weather or traffic reports, announce your emails, read your text messages to you, and sing, all while moving its ears and flashing multi-colored lights. Nabaztags can also communicate with each other through "nabcasts", podcasts for electric rabbits. Sounds silly but the demo is so charming and oddly compelling. Nabaztag can operate in English, but is only available from French retailers (they ship worldwide, but you need to be able to navigate the order forms in French). Nabaztag is 95 Euros, about $112. (Mia)

Finally a hand-vac handsome and sleek enough to display out in the open, it's almost like a piece of sculpture. $130 at retromodern. (Jenna)

If you don't want to shell out the $15,000 or so for a 60" plasma screen, you can use a Zoombox to project a 60" picture onto any wall. A DVD/CD player and speakers are built into the projector and you can connect it to just about any other external source like your tv or game console. The Zoombox Entertainment Projector is $299. (Mia)

This small Garmin GPS (just 5.6 oz.) has a 256-color TFT sunlight-readable display and weatherproof case. Comes pre-loaded with U.S. basemap, and detail maps can be uploaded via USB. 24 megabyte memory, runs 36 hours on two AA batteries, compatible with most MapSource products. The Garmin eTrex Legend is $245 at REI. (Hoyun)

The skinny ZipConnect speaker tower
works with iPods and other mp3 players, portable CD players, satellite radios and any other audio source with a headphone jack. Great for tiny rooms. It's $199.95, and right now if you buy two ZipConnect speaker systems, you get the second at half price. The $169.95 wireless outdoor speakers are another great choice. (Hoyun)

I've stayed up many a sleepless night pining for a trial test of the Sleeptracker. Based on conversations with friends and family, I'm not alone. The wrist monitor has internal sensors that detect subtle physical signs from your body so it can find the best moment to wake you up (i.e., not while you're in deep REM dreaming about the day women will run the world). It records sleep data during the night that you can compare over time in order to study your own sleep patterns. $149 from Sleeptracker. (Sheigh)

The Stilelibero cork yoga mat is eco-friendly, light weight, anti-bacterial, anti static, anti-allergenic and also waterproof! It's $147 and you can buy it directly on the Stilelibero site via PayPal. (Sheigh)

samsungblade.jpg The just released Samsung "Blade" SPH-A900 cell phone is Samsung's super-thin answer to the RAZR. Available from Sprint, it has a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and is compatible with SprintTV and the Sprint over-the-air Music Store. Regularly $349.99, Sprint has an online special right now for $199.99. (Brian)

Much more mod homes for sea-monkeys. Ecospheres are priced from $65-$500 and available from Brookstone.

Grilled food is low-fat (well the cooking method doesn't add more fat to your fatty steak) and tasty thanks to the high heat that sears in flavor. Cuisinart's indoor electric Griddler lets you grill year-round and has removable plates so it can convert from grill to griddle to panini press. $129.95 from Williams-Sonoma.

This is self explanatory. Everybody loves portable disk media, especially with so much capacity and such easy compact design. The ArcDisk 4 GB USB drive is $149.95 from Archos. (Katherine)

Funky, yet sleek. Retro, yet very modern. The $250 Nooka Zot watch gives you 70s style with new millennium flair. (Katherine)

Enjoy artist Yoshitomo Nara around the clock! Every hour and each minute has it's own picture, for a total of 84 unique drawings! Flip Clock is $225 from GiantRobot. (Katherine)

I definitely have a soft spot for every Hello Kitty related product, but I probably wouldnt go as far as rocking with a Hello Kitty Fender Stratocaster, though I am sure it would look pretty cool. For only $229 at the Sanrio store. (Camilla)

Taschen has reprinted Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery's Atlas of Anatomy for $200. It's not for the easily queasy but it has yet to be matched in terms of beautifully illustrated anatomical detail. (Sheigh)

A must-have for every Buffy and Joss Whedon fan out there. The Chosen Collection is available on Amazon.com for $ 169.99. (Camilla)

The special boxed edition of Seonna Hong's "Animus" is perfect for the girl-kid who likes reading about strong female protagonists who have to come to terms with extremely naughty dogs. The standard hardcover pop-up book, about a little girl and a vicious canine, can also be bought online for $25, but the boxed edition is for huge Hong fans. It's got a signed, clothbound and embossed hardcover that comes with a 7-color print packaged in a custom wood box for $200. (Sheigh)


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