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Cool Gadgets for Christmas

We’ve put together a list of 25 of the coolest, most innovative, and most awesome gift ideas under $60 for holiday shoppers. 🎄🎁🎅🏽

Odds are you haven’t heard of many of these products. With new products popping up almost on a daily basis it’s hard to know what’s the “in” thing this holiday season. No need to worry, we’re going to help make this year’s holiday shopping simple.

These are the internet’s biggest “Movers and Shakers” trending among shoppers. From what we gathered, it seems like many this year’s shoppers care most about personal security, car accessories, and keeping their phones charged. read more

Luxury Camping with Geodesic Domes

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes
Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes(Credit: Max Valsan)

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series of gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects. The luxury dome accommodation is a new concept for the Four Seasons chain and promises a one-of-a-kind glamping experience all year round. read more

New Blu3 Nemo Portable Dive System

Blu3's Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves
Blu3’s Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves(Credit: Blu3)

Florida-based company Blu3 has come up with what it claims is the smallest, lightest and cheapest personal dive system available. Called Nemo, it consists of a battery-powered, surface-supplied air (SSA) system that lets users dive to 10 ft (3 m) below the surface for about 60 minutes – no bulky tanks or lengthy SCUBA training required.

Eight years ago, we wrote about the VS335 Third Lung diving system from a company called Brownie’s. The VS335 could support three divers for about an hour, or one for three hours, and it cost US$4,145. Now, through sister company Blu3, a super-compact single-diver version is available for less than a tenth of that price. read more

SEMA Shows Big and Bold Trucks

Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018

Each year, the SEMA Show creates a nice, clean split of insane, otherworldly vehicles. We looked at the 2018 cars of the show last week, and this week we dive into the trucks, utility vehicles, vans and basically anything that looks big, boxy and tough. That group includes the usual mile-high semi-monster trucks and gaudy Wranglers along with some different twists, like Iceland-ready adventure vans, UTV/pickup truck half-and-halfs, and super-sized classic military jeeps. read more

World’s Fastest Go-Kart – 0-60 in 1.5 Seconds

The Daymak Blast C5 Ultimate uses a fan propulsion system that Daymak says will help it...
The Daymak Blast C5 Ultimate uses a fan propulsion system that Daymak says will help it hit 60 mph in 1.5 seconds

Tesla has already demonstrated the performance potential of electric power in cars, but the technology hasn’t made the same splash in the world of go karting. But that looks set to change with Canada-based Daymak using battery power to develop what it claims will be the “world’s fastest go-kart”. read more

Bluefin-9 Autonomous Undersea Drone

The Bluefin-9 is designed for portability
The Bluefin-9 is designed for portability(Credit: General Dynamics)

General Dynamics has unveiled its new Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), the Bluefin-9. Aimed at defense, academic, and commercial users, the latest in the company’s Bluefin family of autonomous undersea drones made its public debut at Oceans 2018 conference and exposition in Charleston, South Carolina. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Saab”s Go-Anywhere Torpedo

Saab's LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow...
Saab’s LWT is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea(Credit: Saab)

At next week’s Euronaval exhibition in Paris, Saab will be unveiling the latest version of its Lightweight Torpedo (SLWT). Already ordered by Sweden and Finland, the compact submarine hunter/killer weapon is designed to be launched from a variety of sea and air platforms and is tailored to both blue water conditions and the complex environment of the shallow Baltic Sea. read more

ElektroCaster – 3D Printed Guitar

Frank Piesik's ElektroCaster has been entered in the 2018 Hackaday Prize
Frank Piesik’s ElektroCaster has been entered in the 2018 Hackaday Prize(Credit: Frank Piesik)

Instrument modder Frank Piesik has combined 3D printing, electronic hackery and touch sensing to create the ElektroCaster that bridges the gap between traditional guitars like a Telecaster and full-on electronic sound makers like the (no longer in production) Kitara. read more

SmartMirror Shows What Wrong

The first HiMirror Mini Premiums are estimated to ship on November 5
The first HiMirror Mini Premiums are estimated to ship on November 5(Credit: HiMirror)

Mirror, mirror, show my reflection; and tell me how to fix my complexion. That’s the premise behind HiMirror’s HiMirror Classic: a smart-mirror with built-in camera designed to help beauty professionals hawk beauty products to credulous, self-conscious punters. But with the new HiMirror Mini Premium, the company’s cutting out the go-between so now agoraphobes worried about their looks won’t even need to leave the house. read more

Air Taxi Lands in Singapore

Voloctoper’s plans for Singapore include tests flights for the second half of 2019
Voloctoper’s plans for Singapore include tests flights for the second half of 2019(Credit: Volocopter)

German aviation startup Volocopter is one of the more active players in the nascent flying taxi scene, having trialed its radical 18-rotor electric aircraft on its home turf, in Dubai and, more recently, in the US. The company is continuing to spread its wings, today announcing plans to set up shop in Singapore and kick off test flights next year. read more