2008 Geek Gift Guide: 18 Toys to Make a Techie Happy

Eighteen economical, expensive, and just plain weird tech gifts for your friends and family.

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The webcam has a multiposition stand that can sit on a desk or monitor. Viewers wear special colored glasses to see the 3-D image. It will sell for under $100 when it ships in December, according to the company.

Does it work? Heck, I don't know. I just want one because it looks so cool. In fact, I'd buy one for each member of my family if I could afford it.

OK, I suppose I could sell my Lehman stock.

-- Gary Anthes

Novo Minoru 3D Webcam from Promotion and Display Technology Ltd.

Price: Less than $100 when it becomes available in December

Phone: 415-839-5503

Summary: Let everyone see you in 3-D with the help of the robotic-looking Minoru webcam.

Travel gear

When it's time to up and leave everything behind, you want to be able to do it in style. Get behind the wheel of the best-equipped (technically speaking) automobile available. Use the latest GPS technology to track your travels and mark your photographs. And if you want to make sure you're in touch at all times, you can find that elusive Wi-Fi signal and impress the locals with your fashion sense simultaneously.

On a Budget: i-gotU Travel Logger

Going on vacation or visiting distant relatives for the holiday? The $49 i-gotU USB GPS Travel Logger lets you geotag your photos and then combine the locations and photos into a map mashup -- you can trace your journey and see photos or videos taken at various sites. It tracks your location in 15-second intervals and, using included PC software, syncs up with the photos' date/time information.

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Compatible with most digital cameras and camera phones, the i-gotU works with Google Maps (or Google Earth for 3-D presentations). You can upload the trip mashups to various photo-sharing sites, including @trip, Flickr or Picasa. You can also connect it to your laptop to be used with compatible GPS navigation software such as Microsoft Streets & Trips.

The i-gotU is made by Taiwan-based Mobile Action Technology Inc. Don't let the Web site's occasionally awkward English throw you; it contains some handy video tutorials. And keep in mind that you can use the i-gotU for more than just tracking your own travels -- you can use it to find out where your kids were last night. Now that's multitasking.

-- David Ramel

i-gotU Travel Logger from Mobile Action Technology Inc.

Price: $50 - $70  |  Phone: +886-2-8913-1666

Summary: This very portable GPS unit lets you track your travels.

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