NOTE: To commemorate the holidays, different Crave experts will be posting their Top 10 gadget picks for the season. See what we crave, and maybe you'll get some ideas! Here's the latest installment.
Tim Moynihan is a features editor in the San Francisco office. He spends way too much time using the computer.
About halfway through Thanksgiving dinner, I realized that there was no platter of miniature, freshly baked doughnuts on the table. It was almost enough for me to stop eating turkey and cry gently to myself. Almost. I sucked it up and finished the meal, because I'm resilient. But never again will my Thanksgiving horn o' plenty be doughnutless, just as long as I get my hands on the sweet, sweet Dough-Nu-Matic.
9. Celluon LaserKey CL800BT
Smartphones have pretty much replaced PDAs altogether, but I'm thinking about buying a PDA anyway. An old one, too. The only reason for that is so I can use this laser keyboard, which is for some reason only compatible with older PDAs. Our editors gave it a lukewarm review (5.3 out of 10), but it's still a keyboard made out of lasers, and that is the best kind of keyboard imaginable. It projects onto any flat surface, such as a tabletop or a quesadilla, and, as such, may be the only device that lets you type directly on a quesadilla.
8. An assortment of rap action figures
My cubicle is already nicely decorated with small Run DMC action figures, but it'd be nice to round out my collection with other tiny, inanimate versions of my other favorite rap artists. Madvillain (aka MF DOOM) is at the top of the list. Biz Markie is a close second, providing an exception to the rule that nobody beats the Biz. And Public Enemy may be No. 1 in that song, but they're No. 3 on my wish list of rap action-figure needs. That's partially because all you get is Chuck D and the Flav; Terminator X, the S1Ws and Sista Souljah are all sold separately.
7. One Wiffle Ball at-bat against this guy
Maybe I'd get lucky and foul one off. Or get to first on a dropped third strike.
6. Shar Fax Toner Cartridge
I ain't never seen no fax machine that don't need no toner. You show me some better fax toner than Shar Fax Toner, and I'll show you a sham. That's right, I said it.
Netflix has dramatically raised the bar for laziness. Admit it: You now consider the act of placing DVDs in prepaid envelopes and putting them in the mail to be a serious pain in the ass. For just $400 (and individual rental/purchase fees for each movie), you can eliminate every shred of minor legwork associated with couch potatodom. The Vudu set-top box streams video directly to your TV over a broadband connection, including new releases as soon as they're available on DVD. Gone are the days of ever having to move.
4. Giant cardboard Lego man
It is rare to see a Lego figure too big to even use with Duplo blocks. It is rarer still to see such a figure made entirely out of cardboard. This fellow has created a full-size, tried-and-true, swiveling-and-rotating-in-all-the-right-places, cardboard-and-hot-glue Lego man. Unfortunately, Lego-Gigantor doesn't have a face. Still, I'll take four of these or a couple Asimoes. Your pick.
I'm not sure whether astronauts or robots are better. But I do know this: Astronaut-shaped nonviolent robot tournament-winning robots are a great compromise. I want a couple of Asimoes in my home, serving me snacks, playing roshambo against one another, re-enacting scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and falling down staircases.
2. Rock Band and three friends
According to GameSpot, the long-awaited full-band music game lives up to all the hemming, hawing, and hype. As expected, the game really shines in multiplayer mode, when you and your friends can play as a full band. The sound of one hand clapping is also the sound of one person playing Rock Band.
1. Land Walker
It looks a little top-heavy, but that's about the only thing wrong with this bipedal, $300,000, tennis-ball-launching robot that looks a lot like ED-209 from RoboCop. Alas, whereas ED-209 was somewhat unstoppable, the Land Walker can be fended off--if not defeated--by an above-average tennis player. One thing is certain: When my upcoming action film Way of the Fist: The Punchening opens in Hollywood, I'm planning on showing up to the premiere in this sweet rig.
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