Q: It's activated by nerve impulses from the wrist muscles.
Bond: Like this?
[The dart pierces a painting on M's wall]
Q: Be careful, will you? Ten darts: five blue-tipped, five red-tipped - cyanide coating, causing death in thirty seconds.
Bond: Very novel, Q. Must get them in the stores for Christmas!"
- from Moonraker
Okay, whilst a cyanide-tipped, nerve-triggered, dart-shooting device is unlikely to be ‘in the stores for Christmas’, there are a lot of cool bond-like gismos and gadgets out there to choose from! This week we take a look at just a few, guaranteed to light up gadget-lover’s eyes as the wrapping paper is ripped and ravaged come Christmas morning!...Well who wouldn’t be excited to receive a water jet pack?!
Not exactly on the affordable end of the scale…more of an actual James Bond type thing than something for us regular Joes, but still we thought this Jetlev-Flyer was too cool not to mention. For anyone who has $130,000 (that’s about £83,000!) to spend we think this water-powered jet pack would make an awesome gadget gift.
(Please note: EISF accepts awesome gadget gifts…)
Another eye-widening idea, which is fun and far more budget friendly, is a LED tap light. Okay so the response upon unwrapping may not be quite as fevered as receiving a jet pack, however the cool concept of this gadget will moments later sink in and should result in a rush to the nearest tap to test! Attach the light and it should light up the water flow and get this…the water will run red when hot, blue when cold!
Next a niftly little gismo which solves an age-old problem. Who doesn’t love a hot chocolate at Christmas? And well, who doesn’t hate when some of the powder settles in an undrinkable sludge at the bottom of your mug?? Well chocolaty dregs no more! This self-stirring mug solves all your sedimentary beverage problems! Even if you didn't know you had any this makes a fun gift to give and receive.
Our final little gem isn’t a gadget in itself but rather the sacred guide to DIY gadgetry! Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius was first released in 2004 and has developed a bit of a cult following amongst gadget-nuts. Filled with ‘MacGyveresque’ fun, this book is a great gift idea for anyone who likes to get inventive and resourceful with bits n’ bobs! If they already have it, fear not, the follow-up More Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius is also guaranteed to keep us grown-up kids regaled over the holidays!
Hope this selection-box of fun gadget and gismos helps to cross a few names off your shopping list this Christmas. Remember to come back and check out next week’s Science Selection-Box Blog which will cover great gift ideas for wee ones full of wonder!