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Unusual gifts for the techies on your list

NEW YORK — It's tough to shop for techies. They already own everything with a plug or rechargeable battery. But fear not, a slew of unique technology gifts has hit the market just in time for Christmas. Here's a roundup of some of the season's most offbeat offerings:

Call Me Gloves, Hammacher Schlemmer, $80: These winter gloves let you wirelessly connect to your smartphone by making the universal "call me" sign. That is, by holding your thumb to your ear, pointing your pinkie finger toward your mouth and folding the rest of your fingers in to make the shape of a phone.

The left glove has a speaker in the thumb and a microphone in the pinkie. Buttons on the glove's cuff let you answer and end calls.

Egg Minder, Quirky.com, $70: Nobody likes a bad egg. This gadget wirelessly connects to your smartphone to make sure you don't eat one. LED lights show you which eggs in the tray are the oldest, and the app's push notifications let you know when you're running low, preventing a last-minute scramble at breakfast time.

Plush Toast Wireless Speaker, ThinkGeek, $40: Most tablets fit and plug into this rechargeable device. You can listen to music that way, or connect it to your smartphone or iPod via Bluetooth. Its plush exterior makes it as cuddly as a teddy bear.

Scout1 Wi-Fi Pet Monitor, Motorola Mobility, $300: This product, sold exclusively through PetSmart, lets you keep an eye on Felix or Snoopy while you're away. In addition to viewing their furry friends remotely, users can pan, tilt and zoom cameras through their smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

It also has the ability to take snapshots and record video, just in case your furry friend does something especially cute.

Zombie apocalypse supplies, Larson Electronics, various prices: Everybody needs to be prepared for the day that zombies take over the Earth, right? Larson Electronics, which makes heavy-duty and industrial lighting, has a collection of products designed for just that.

Offerings include a high-intensity discharge spotlight capable of reaching distances of more than 5,000 feet — just what you need to let you know walkers are approaching.

There's also a solar-powered LED beacon for signaling other survivors and universal handcuff keys to help you escape from unfriendly members of the living.

Unusual gifts for the techies on your list 12/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 20, 2013 9:03pm]
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