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I don’t want to make a promise that I may very well be lacking the attention span to fulfill, but I have the whole weekend off and intend to load Beta Nerd with some seriously fresh and flavourful content… This includes some serious science which Beta has been seriously lacking.

But first, while fingering through the December issue of The UK Stuff magazine, I found myself captivated by their always captivating holiday gift guide… Interested? Here are a few of my personal favourite picks that any geek would love to find in his or her boot come Christmas morning:

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1) For the Lomographer or lover of medium-format photography in your life, there is the Belair X 6-12; an entirely new 6×12 film camera that combines all the stunning features of a panoramic medium format camera without the excessive size. The aptly named Globe-trotter, Jetsetter and Cityslicker models boast never-before-seen sharpness, depth of field and ultra-wides. The Jetsetter will set you back $300, but can be preordered from Lomography.com for $254.

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2) If you’re a nerd lacking the coordination to ski or snowboard, but long for the feeling of the winter mountain air blasting across your face, add the Stealth-X by Snolo Sleds to your Hanukkah list. Apparently, “the carbon fiber snow ride lets you sit like you’re driving an F1 race car and lean into turns like you’re on the back of a motorcycle. Also, when you’re done with your runs, it folds up into a backpack so it’s not awkward to carry around with you.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone complain about how awkward it is to carry around a preteen boy’s snow sled, but with a $3000 price tag, it’s good to know that wont be a concern.

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3) The Oakley Airwave is probably the closest you’re going to get to having a FPS style HUD in real life. To get technical this is a true vision augmenting wearable computer, something that many of us have been anticipating for years… Who would have thought that the commercial debut would look like this?… Hopefully you’re competent enough at a winter sport that necessitates goggles, because I really can’t see this being as cool during your weekly walk to the comic shop. For a comprehensive snip of what these bad boys are capable of, check out Oakley’s promo vid below. As for cost, you’re looking at about $600.
4) The Philips Hue bulb starter set is about $200 which is a small price to pay for technology that marries your iOS devices to your lighting moods. If you’re a bit skeptical of how functional a third party app designed for light bulbs could possibly be, rest assured; the tech has Apple’s seal of approval… You can even purchase the Philips bulbs from the Apple Store online. Get it here:

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5) The Attacknid from Combat Creatures is a violent plastic-hurling robotic toy that, for me anyway, is reminiscent of the toys I had an abundance of in the 80’s and 90’s; All of which had hard, easy to swallow, violent projectiles… Something lacking in toys today. Better still, the beast is robot with features that include:

360° ROTATING HEAD FOR ULTRA MANEUVERABILITY, FIRES UP TO 30 FEET, DISSECTOR DISCS (INCLUDED) SNYPER DART & DESTROYER SPHERES, CONTROLS: EASY TO USE WIRELESS R/C HANDSET, 2.4GHZ CHIP ALLOWS FOR OVER 40 ROBOTS TO BATTLE AT ONCE

The Attacknid will put a hole in your wallet about $90 deep. Find it here:

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That’s all for now; more to come, I’m sure!

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