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10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
12/19/2012

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Apart from Steve Jobs, the non-engineer who's had the most influence on cultural perceptions of gadgetry is a fictional character. That would be 'Q,' played for 30 years by Desmond Llwelyn, acting the part of the absent-minded professor. In the new Bond film Skyfall,  Ben Whishaw reimagines the part as part accountant, part geek. (Monty Python's John Cleese had a brief turn in two turn-of-the-century movies; let's call him Dennis Miller of the Q crowd.)

Fictional Qs would find a quantum of solace in the raft of 'Spy Shops' dotting the streets of most major cities. In New York, Google turns up a good 10. Most offer an array of gear more appropriate for prospective witness protection program enrollees than for the folks on your holiday gift list. Still, trust me when I tell you that any engineer would love an Aston-Martin with a passenger-side ejection seat. (Actually, so would driver's education instructors.)

If that's too pricey, how about an $80 water-resistant HD video watch, a $650 nanny cam hidden in a Teddy bear, or a $200 tiny GPS live tracker, which 'is the fasted way to retrieve a person or vehicle's current location.' Nah, better wait til Valentine's Day.

Apart from Steve Jobs, the non-engineer who's had the most influence on cultural perceptions of gadgetry is a fictional character. That would be "Q," played for 30 years by Desmond Llwelyn, acting the part of the absent-minded professor. In the new Bond film Skyfall, Ben Whishaw reimagines the part as part accountant, part geek. (Monty Python's John Cleese had a brief turn in two turn-of-the-century movies; let's call him Dennis Miller of the Q crowd.)

Fictional Qs would find a quantum of solace in the raft of "Spy Shops" dotting the streets of most major cities. In New York, Google turns up a good 10. Most offer an array of gear more appropriate for prospective witness protection program enrollees than for the folks on your holiday gift list. Still, trust me when I tell you that any engineer would love an Aston-Martin with a passenger-side ejection seat. (Actually, so would driver's education instructors.)

If that's too pricey, how about an $80 water-resistant HD video watch, a $650 nanny cam hidden in a Teddy bear, or a $200 tiny GPS live tracker, which "is the fasted way to retrieve a person or vehicle's current location." Nah, better wait til Valentine's Day.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/21/2012 12:56:19 PM
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Quite a broad range – from the Terrafugia Car/Plane all the way down to Duct Tape and Bubble-Gum (er, rather,,,Soooper-Glooo)

If you haven't yet hit the Car/Plane Website, you owe it to yourself to take this 2 minute tour: http://www.terrafugia.com/

Meanwhile,  I'd choose Kaley Cuoco over Mayim Bialik in a second ,,, One Nerd in the house (me) is enough!

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Tim   12/21/2012 10:22:34 PM
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This is a nice mix of items that any engineer would appreciate.  Duct tape can fix most things and anything it can not fix, super glue can take up the slack.  Big Ban Theory is also a classic that can be enjoyed again and again.

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Re: Can you spell eclectic?
NadineJ   12/23/2012 12:14:26 AM
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Duct Tape and Krazy Glue would be such a thoughtful gift!  I have to send this list out to friends!

I'll have to look for the Lomography store here in San Francisco.  Coincidentally, I just exercised my shutters on my old Canon the other day.  I miss film.

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Re: Duct tape and world problems
bobjengr   12/23/2012 12:50:11 PM
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Great story--ALTHOUGH, my kids and grandkids better not show up Christmas morning with duct tape for the old man.  I will admit, like any hands-on engineer, I have use miles upon miles of duct tape over the years to cure any number of problems.  Even used tape to patch over the exterior of my Piper Tri-Pacer.  It was a fabric-covered flying wonder I loved to fly around in. One bird strike pretty much did me in one sunny Saturday afternoon but I was back in the air quickly after the "patch".   

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