Ingenious gadget gift ideas

It’s never a bad time to give a gift to a loved one (especially if that loved one is you) and our friends at Firebox.com sent us a few ideas that caught our eye.

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Tip & Tilt Internet Radio

Knobs, buttons, switches and dials won’t impede the design of this cutely colourful radio. Move between radio stations by turning the radio from side to side, adjust the volume by tilting it back and forth and to mute the little blighter simply lay it on its front. Although a radio this novel will cost you, £89.99 to be exact.

Immortal Video Glasses

For any video game fanatics in your life – almost everybody with a teenage son or daughter – these amazing specs will hold you in eternal endearment. Armed with a built-in widescreen VGA video camera, the Immortal Video Glasses are able to store and shoot up to 3 hours of video-quality footage, meaning hands are free for whatever the game necessitates them to do. These surprisingly light, easy controlled video glasses come with 3 sets of interchangeable lenses for maximum visibility in all light conditions. They don’t come cheap though – £239.99 to make a teenager smile? Yeah it’s got to be worth it!

Gyro Flyer Apache R/C Helicopter

Boys will always be boys no matter how old they are, and when it come to ‘toys’, boys cannot fail to feel important and jubilant when flying a remote controlled helicopter. With a 3 channel control system, the Gyro Flyer Apache R/C Helicopter can be flown up to ten metres away, leaving its ‘pilot’ with complete control. Incorporating an auto-balance system, this sleek and inventive machine is ultra-stable, and with several LED lights flashing away under its tail, flyers of the Gyro Apache will feel extra regal and dignified when flying this classy remote controlled helicopter – a great little gift for just £29.99

Marshall Headphones

£89.99 may be slightly on the ‘steep’ side for a pair of headphones, although with claims that they bring you ‘closer to the live, rock experience’, you may be willing to depart with a large chunk of well earned cash a try out Marshall’s new headphones. Possessing a super soft ear cushion, these fully collapsible headphones are great for travelling and are that comfy, you may even fall asleep in them.

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WTF? Firebox.com taking extravagant Christmas gifts to new extremes

Whilst the repercussion of the 2008 recession are still rippling across the nation meaning most of us are ‘tightening out belts’ this Christmas, quirky gift retailer, Firebox.com, are confident that the gloomy ramifications of Britain’s spendthrift culture of previous years has not been replaced by a thriftiness to rival Scrooge. Although we’ve got to admit that Firebox’s ‘WTF’ – ‘What the Firebox’ range of extravagant Christmas gifts, does leave you tempted to reach for the credit card once more.

Union-Jack-Table

Possessing such a highly suggestive acronym ‘WTF’, Firebox.com has certainly succeeded in creating a memorably titled Christmas range. Although equally as memorable is the content of this highly decadent Christmas stocking-filler collection.

Union Jack Coffee Table

£2,000

This colourful piece of furniture, which features an illuminating table top and down light that projects graphics, is guaranteed to brighten up a living room, as well as the lives of any rich and patriotic Brit unwrapping it on Christmas morning.

The Batmobile

£120.00

Batman’s batmobile has long been the envy of luxury and gadget-enhanced car enthusiasts and even puts Q’s outrageous gadgets in the shade. This officially licensed 1966 Batmobile features a flamethrower, an aluminium roll-top dashboard, a flashing beacon light and even plenty of leg room to fantasy of those Gotham City battles with The Joker – Definitely a winner for the kids as well as the ‘big kids’ in your life.

Villain Chair

£4,500

This truly luxurious, oversized, handmade from steel, chrome and leather ‘Villain Chair’ is perhaps an apt gift for bosses who aim to take ‘villainous’ images to levels similar to James Bond’s archrival Blofeld – All that’s missing now is the white, Persian cat.

Giant Mathmos Lava Lamp

£2,500

Lava lamps have long been a favourite stocking filler, although at this price, the Giant Mathmos Lava Lamp is exclusively for those not still burdened by the effects of the credit crunch. This 2m tall lava lamp will last for approximately 2,000 hours – we should certainly hope so for £2,500!

Seabreacher X Watercraft

£65,000

Forgive us when we suggest that this could be the ‘ultimate’ of decadent Christmas gifts, but this dolphin-shaped submersible watercraft enables those lucky enough to play around with it, to jump, dive and roll on top of and underneath the water. This two-seater watercraft, powered by a Totax engine, can travel up to 50 mph and 25mph underwater.

Ultrason Edition 10 Headphones

£1,799

Once you have recovered from being told headphones can be this expensive, you’ll be wanting to know how they can justify such a price tag. These limited edition headphones possess Ethiopian Sheepskin leather ear cup pads, titanium plated drivers, wood ear cup inlays and Kevlar coated cables. Featuring S-Logic Plus technology you can wear these headphones for long amounts of time without your ears hurting and with MU-Metal shielding it reduces radiation by up to 98%.

Pure Platinum Cube Puzzle

£100,000

Anything that is made from pure platinum naturally will cost thousands, £100,000 is this case. We can only assume the Pure Platinum Cube Puzzle, which consists of 12 different pure platinum squares, will remain a luxury gift to be opened by the Coleen Rooney’s and Victoria Beckham’s of the world.

Firebox Christmas Preview: MiLi iPhone Projector, Gyro Flyer, Lomo Panoramic 360 camera

Latest Gadgets were invited to see the goodies that will be available at Firebox.com this Christmas. You probably know Firebox.com as they offer a range of products including quirky gadgets to random toys, but are almost always unusual and exciting. Here are our top gadgets to watch out for.

LoMi-iPhone-projector

Ever wanted to watch a video stored on your iPhone on a big screen? The MiLi iPhone Projector projects video and photos from your iPhone to any wall spanning up to 70 inches. If you do not have an iPhone, don’t worry as it connects to the Blackberry via USB and DVD players, mp3 players and mobile phones via the AV-in plug. The projector produces a 640×780 VGA image which is not bad for a portable projector. You can connect it to your laptop if you have the video or presentation saved on your laptop. On the audio side of things, it has built-in 2W speakers and if you really want to pump up the volume, you have the option to add speakers using the AV-out slot. The optimal projection size is 40 inches and it has a handy remote. A charge time of 4.5 hours provides 2 hours of projection time, just enough time for a movie. The MiLi iPhone Projector beats it nearest competitor, Optoma Pico PK 101 DLP Projector, as it has more battery life and can provide a larger image if you want to go to 70 inches. With its clamshell design, it is portable and perfect for travellers. I would have liked a higher resolution but there has to be a trade-off with portability and other features. Available for £219.99 here.

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We also got to play with the Gyro Flyer R/C Helicopter. This remote-controlled helicopter is easy to fly and well built so you can crash it a few times like I did and it will be just fine. Once you get the hang of the controls you will be up, up and away. The Gyro Flyer can be controlled with precise movements so you can land perfectly and it has an advanced gyroscope for in-flight stability. The remote is twin-toggle transmitter that doubles as a charger. A 20 min charge gives 6-8 minutes of flying time. It’s a short time but it will be fun. It does not have the video that the Hawk Eye Spy-Copter has but it is sturdy and great for kids. Available for £39.99 here.

360-degree-lomo-cam

The Lomo Panoramic 360° Camera is a camera with a difference. It provides a whole different view on things as it captures 360° panoramic images of everything around you. It uses 35mm film and a manual rubber band drive. It works by you grabbing the handle, pull the ripcord and the Lomo will spin round 360° taking everything in view. The shots are 4 times longer than a standard landscape shot. This would great for holidaymakers so you can get some unique shots.  The Lomo generates up to eight 360° shots on a regular 36 exposure 35 mm roll. I know it uses 35mm roll which some of you may consider ancient but I think the shots you can get are worth it. If this could be made to take digital photos this would be faultless. It is a fairly large camera so you will need space for it. Available for £99.99 here.