It may be a little late in the game to do Christmas shopping, but there’s some techie gadgets that came out this year that deserve a mention. Here’s just a few of the top gadgets from 2015 that we’d love to see under the tree.
1. The Closest Thing To A Lightsaber
Whether you bought advance tickets to see Star Wars or not, it’s hard to argue the coolness of a lightsaber. While a true lightsaber doesn’t (currently) exist, YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced recently created what might possibly be the closest thing in existence.
The device looks like a lightsaber, but in practice it’s more of a flamethrower. It uses butane as a propellant to fire out a jet of flaming methanol/acetone mix. The result is not even a fraction as powerful as a real lightsaber…but it looks pretty dang awesome (and can at least set some things on fire). Take alook:
2. Experience Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard
Human teleportation may not be possible (yet)… but virtual reality is. And now, it’s even more affordable with Google Cardboard, a $20-$23 set-up using your smartphone to create a makeshift VR headset. It may not be as fancy shmancy as the Oculus Rift, but it’s a start – and it sure is fun.
3. Create what you want with a 3D Printer
For those willing to dish out a little more money, a 3D Printer is an awesome way to turn imaginative ideas into reality. Check out this list for some useful things you can 3D print.
4. A Barcode scanner alarm clock that forces you out of bed.
It’s all too easy to hit the snooze button and lay back down in bed. Not so with the Barcode Alarm Clock for iPhones! The only way to shut this baby off is to scan a bar code on your toothpaste or other morning item – you decide. As Popular Mechanices commented, “By the time you’re holding the toothpaste… there’s no turning back.” (Just don’t start keeping your toothpaste near your phone.) Download it free, here!