Invention

Uncommon Gifts for the Gadgeteer

Uncommon Gifts for the Gadgeteer

Some folks don't understand the gadgeteer's obsession with digital devices; but when called a geek, these collectors of computerized contraptions just smile proudly and say "thank you." Our uncommon gift guide features iThing accessories, new takes on old favorites, and unexpected innovations sure to get your gadgeteer powered up.
Classic Keys for the Modern Memorandum: Jack Zylkin’s USB Typewriter

Classic Keys for the Modern Memorandum: Jack Zylkin’s USB Typewriter

When I was a kid, my mom had a beautiful old typewriter. I remember carefully inserting bright white sheets of paper, punching those big, round keys, hearing that delightful ding and the unmistakable sound emitted when I pulled back the lever, and the smell of a fresh, inky ribbon. Although it may not always be practical to type hard copies these days, with liquid paper being more work than hitting backspace and all, just looking at a typewriter does bring happy thoughts to many who have used one, and some who haven't--but see them in old movies, in antique stores, and on our some of our favorite period TV shows...
Germaphobes Rejoice! Cleaner Kitchens, One Sponge at a Time

Germaphobes Rejoice! Cleaner Kitchens, One Sponge at a Time

Some people aren't too picky about their cleaning supplies. For those less-than-germ-conscious types, any old sponge will do. Engineer Michael Frank was one of those folks, but his roommate was far from it. Although Michael now admits that kitchens can be pretty gross, when he first designed his innovative two-teared sponge rack, the Spongester, he did it with the germaphobia of others in mind...
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