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10 Gadgets for Your Survival

I really liked last week's post from paulOv2 showing 10 Super Cool Gadgets for Designer. As I love cool and creative gadgets and I also like the ThinkGeek website, I decided to make a selection of 'survival gadgets' using their travel and outdoors section to show you. These gadgets are useful for designers, programmers, general geeks and regular curious people. From a digital wifi detector to a solar light cap... you will see many interesting and creative gadgets here! Enjoy. :) Digital WiFi Detector Want to find a wifi connection in any place? You will need this digital wifi detector. This gadget will show you the presence of a signal and will inform its strength. So you can go around holding it till you find a good and strong signal. Cool. Available at Swedish FireSteel Planning to go camping or want to impress someone with your great capability to make fire? You definitely need one of those. Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel is a flash of genius and it will help you making fire in any condition. Available at Dissolving Travel Toiletries Each of these Travel Toiletries is a marvel of modern science. What they do? Just open the pack, get one of the 50 sheets available and add water. The miracle is done and you will have shampoo, body wash or hand soap. Great! Available at FreeLoader Pro Solar Charger This is another awesome gadget for those who like the outdoors. The FreeLoader Pro is a solar charger that can really help you in a sunny day. The charger uses high power solar panels to charge its internal batteries (7 - 9 hours in sunny conditions). The fully charged FreeLoader Pro can help you charging your cell phone (around 70 hours of standby time) and your eBook (around 5000 page turns. Available at BodyGard Self-Powered Emergency Tool The Body-Gard Self-Powered Emergency Tool has several great features to help you solving problems outdoors and also at the comfort of your home office. This tool would cause envy even to MacGyver, believe me. Check out some features: Powerful Hand Crank to Generate Power, Super-Bright LED Flashlight, Red Emergency Flasher, Panic Button with piercing sonic alarm, Motion Activated Security Alarm, Easy to Read Compass, Signaling Mirror, Cell Phone Charging Output... Available at Survival Kit in a Sardine Can Another good option to help you is this sardine can packed with survival goodies. The survival kit is a genuine air-tight, waterproof, crushproof sardine can packed full of 25 survival items. From medical supplies, navigation aids and general tool, check out everything you will find in it: Available at OverBoard Waterproof Gadgets Cases You are so attached to your gadgets that you can't be apart of them even in a swimming pool, at the shower or anywhere near water? That's not a problem anymore... You can take them with you anywhere now using this waterproof gadgets cases. They want allow you to use the gadgets, but at least you will feel good just by seeing them around! :) Available at Ultimate Survival Kit in a Water Bottle Another great survival kit that would let our old friend MacGyver a bit envious. The water bottle kit doesn't contain water, but it has a bunch of helpful and life saving things. Besides an emergency poncho, a candle and a survival blancket the kit has the following items: Available at OHSO Pocket Toothbrush You are one of those that never have a toothbrush when you need it? Your problems are over with the OHSO pocket toothbrush. This is a small and cool gadget that will save you from that bean or salad that insist on stuck to your teeth... Available at Solar Light Cap A great gadget that will help you outdoors or in any other place when the lights are out. This useful cap has a solar panel in it, so what you need to do is charge the thing during the day (sunny days, please) and use it during the night. :) Available at

10 Super Cool Gadgets for Designers

Everyone loves to get a little gadget here and there or at least check out on the latest cool stuff that comes out everyday. I selected a few and really cool gadgets that most designers wouldn't mind having it. Check them out, and get the ones you want. Dual Iphone/Ipod Docking Station Say bye to the wires all over the place, this is a great way to recharge your iphone, and ipod with the convenience of having only one little wire coming out of the back of you dock station. With a very cool design the dock station gives you a change to re-connect with nature as you charge your apple devices. It's handmade of cedar, there for it looks, feels and smells amazing! And it's compatible with iphone 3g and all ipod devices (except shuffle). Buy it at Etsy for $119.00 USD Spy Watch If you are a fan of the famous agent James Bond you will definitely like this gadget that will make you feel like a secret agent. The spy watch is a high class surveillance DVR wrist watch, that can record up to 7 hours of video footage thanks to the 4gb internal flash memory that comes with it. Buy it at Chinavasion for $41.14 Corky Wall Organizer This is great if you are a little disorganized, it will help you get your stuff together and stop losing everything when you most need it. Use your empty walls to organize your things. The Corky Wall Organizer has multiple embroidered pockets to hold a variety of items, including pens, pencils, scissors, your keys, your glasses, etc. Buy it at KangaRoom for $29.99 Laptop Sleeve This is a very cool way to cover your laptop, made of heavy duty vinyl and padded with 1/4 fabric backed foam with a classic cool design that will get your friends asking how you got that. It's also custom made for different types of laptop to fit best. Buy it at Barry's Farm for $40.00 Backpack for Mac BackPack is a sturdy, sleek looking shelf designed exclusively to attach to the back of iMac and Apple Cinema Displays. This handy little piece of heavy gauge steel is perfectly sized to hold hard drives, USB peripherals or even a Mac mini. (If you use it to display your favorite Star Wars action figures, we’ll totally understand.) You can use the perforated base to tie up that web of cables lurking behind your Mac. Buy it at Twelve South for $29.99 Tainell T500 MID The Chinese company Tainell recently released they new toy. The 6.1" x 3.5" x 1.0" silvery white slate runs Windows XP on a 1.1GHz Atom Z510 processor and 1GB of RAM and features a 5" touchscreen boasting a resolution of 1024 x 600. It also has a 32GB SSD, VGA webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G. All this on the palm of your hand, so far it's only available on China but a lot of people wish they had that available everywhere. View it at Tainell Flash Drive Combination Lock Keeping your data secure on your flash drive is always a worry and if you feel that 256 bit hardware encryption might not be enough. You can always add a combination lock to the end of a USB drive. I don’t think we’ll keep out the most determined of data thieves and still looks funky. Buy it at Verdict for £5.95 Mimi Mini USB Monitor Looking for that extra bit of screen real estate to get you through the busy workday? Referring to notes while writing an e-mail, checking info in a spreadsheet while entering data into a web page, keeping an eye on your to-do list while browsing YouTube. It's handy to have additional monitor space at the ready. Buy it at ThinkGeek for $129.99 Camera Cube Level Here is a useful accessory for your DSLR camera, to make sure you get that perfect shot, the Camera Cube Level. The Camera Cube Level is a mini spirit level for your DSLR, which fits on the flash mount on top of your camera, you will then be able to see when the camera is perfectly level. Buy it at Photojojo for $15.00 Kodak Easyshare Digital Frame There is a lot of digital picture frames out there but Kodak has just released their Easyshare D830 Digital Frame. Which allows you to use any traditional 8? x 10? picture frame you desire. Making it easier to match your interior decor and not have a large lump of plastic. It has a 512 MB internal memory which can store up to 4000 pictures. Will be available in September - press release for £119.99