Being a geek can be looked as something that would cost you if you’re trying to keep up with the gadget market. However, that is not true. We have compiled a list of 21 geeky items that you can buy for yourself or as a present (hint: Christmas) for your fellow geeks for under $50 each. (They will be published as two-part series). Yes geeks, here’s the first list of 10 out of 21 items that you can ‘actually’ afford to purchase. Happy Holidays!
10. The Powerslayer ($30) – Smart USB Charger
This fancy gadget is capable of charging twice as fast as a standard USB charger and is compatible with all devices that sport charging via USB such as cameras, phones, tablets and what not. It automatically shuts off by eliminating overcharging. Happy Holidays will remain happy holidays when no one is hogging on chargers and charging is happening at twice the speed.
9. Tile ($25) – Tracking Device For Items It Is Attached To
This handy gadget can be attached to anything that you end up losing easily; car keys, luggage, remote etc. and it will allow you to find that item’s location via your smartphone as long as it is in the Bluetooth range (100ft). If the item is out of the range, the app will show its last location to give you an idea. You can also engage community feature to find your lost item and the tile with it.
8. Triggertrap ($37) – Control DSLR With A Smartphone
This amazing cord can work with iOS and Android apps and allows you to control your DSLR with it. You can set the camera to be triggered via different approaches; face detection, time lapse, motion and so much more. It also comes with a sound trigger to allow you to capture the right moment.
7. Paperback Sticky Notes ($8) – Perfect Fit For The Back of An iPhone
This simple accessory is so amazing that you just can’t say no to it. You can simply jot down any ideas or tasks that you come up with and the best thing is this works even if your phone runs out of battery.
6. The WeMo switch ($40 each) – Wi-Fi Enabled, Controlled Via Smartphone
This is amazing for the holidays when you just want to laze around and don’t want to get up to do stuff such as switching off the lights or switching them on and this gadget does that for you. You can also automate Wemo using clever IFTTT recipes thus allowing it to switch on and off when you leave or arrive home.
5. This Mind the Snap Smartphone Remote ($18) – Add flair.
It comes with a clear stand as well and connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth allowing you to take pictures by pressing a button.
4. The Photojojo Shutter Remote ($25) – Take Pictures Up To 30Ft. Away From Smartphone
You can pair this tiny shutter remote with Android and Apple devices using Bluetooth and say ‘Happy Holidays’ while you take pictures at the click of a button.
3. Moshi’s Clearguard ($25) – Keyboard Cover For Those Who Need It
This flexible keyboard cover is clear and will not inhibit the backlit keys work and also allows you to clean any spillage or food droppings from your keyboard. It is compatible with MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and the latest 2015 MacBook.
2. Misfit Shine ($50) – Fitness Tracker Fit For Swimming
Say happy holidays with a fitness tracker that is waterproof up to 50 meters; Misfit Shine. This is amazing for swimmers and triathletes. Also, the battery is replaceable and can last for about 6 months – don’t worry about charging your fitness tracker anymore.
1. Native Union’s JUMP cable ($50) – Charging Cable and Battery Pack
This is about the size of a matchbox and can provide about 30% of battery power and comes with both ends of a USB cable so it can be plugged into any charger. There’s a micro USB version for Android users as well. Nothing says Happy Holidays like a battery pack that can save your smartphone from dying out on you.