Collection of Really Nice Gadgets for Developers

July 16, 2009 · 5 comments

by Lars

Everyone, or at least most adult men that really never “grew up completely” just loves gadgets. Gadgets are small technological items that in terms of design and function is believed to be way ahead of their time. Something we just need even though we may have good and working alternatives already. A true gadget that nearly anyone knows about and would like to have is the iPhone. iPhone pushes the traditional limits of usability and functionality and provides it all in an extremely simple and well designed mobile device. Besides that it is just cool to have an iPhone as it it will attract other peoples attention and interest. Another currently very hot gadget is the concept of netbooks. These are general purpose gadgets that hit very broad. Other gadgets a more aimed at specific niches. This article will provide a list of gadgets that could be particular interesting for developers.


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Geeky Headgear from New Era

Caps with icons from the beginning of the digital era of gaming. This is much better for real developer geeks than supporting a football team or a F1 racing team.

8-bit Tie!

This is fun but really only for true geeks with a overall bad taste. Most people wont understand the concept of 8-bit being a limiting factor for making sloping lines. A perfect opportunity to explain geeky stuff!

Scrolling LED Belt Buckle II

Do you have something intelligent to say? Feel the need to put it on your belt buckle? Well even if you don’t this product is still quite nifty. 147 colored LEDs surrounded by a chrome frame that can be attached to a belt or set on a desk or shelf. Your own personal billboard ready to announce your brilliant thoughts to the world or a convenient way to quietly tell someone to STFU.

20-IN-1 Multiplay Games Table

Many developers are sitting tight collecting screen radiation 10+ hours every day, even in weekends. If they are not working on code related to their work there is always a “hobby” project to that needs some gold plating. It’s a good idea to get some exercise and I know from personal experience that table soccer is a serious hit for developers. Its fun and you will pick a bit of exercise and then it only takes a few minutes to embarrass your co-workers ;))

With this gadget you will also have the opportunity to play other games, like table tennis etc.

Hexbug

Hexbug micro robots are really cool gadgets. These bugs feels their way around sensing objects in its path and avoiding them. And it can even hear! You can control where it scurries through a hand clap, loud noise or table slap. The robotic bug will travel forward until it hits an obstacle or hears a loud noise. It will then backup in a half circle and then move forward in a different direction. HEXBUG comes in five distinct shapes and colors.

Binary watch

If read binary code fast this is the one gadget that will impress non-geeks that you meet on your way. If someone ask you what the time is you’re ready to rock and it looks ok too ;)) There are many other cools binary watches here.

iBlox Flash Drive 2Gb

I know 2GB is not enough these days, but it really a must have memory stick gadget if you love Lego.

Hacked And Frayed Spy Flash Drive

This 2 gigabyte USB thumbdrive looks like it’s a torn and frayed cable – imagine the looks you get with this thing hanging out of the back of your laptop! They’ll think you’re crazy.

Wifi T-shirt V2

Wifi T-shirts quickly determine how good a wifi connection there is flowing around your or your friends heads. The better the connection* the more the lights will glow on your wifi t-shirt. Never again will there be any doubts about you being able to go online!

get it as cap too: Wi-fi Detector Cap

GP2X Wiz MAME/Amiga/Console Emulator

No where else will you find a handheld gaming system with emulators for so many game systems, computer platforms and consoles. Incredible MAME emulation allows you to run all your favorite arcade video game classics, even vector games.

Control Your Power Adapter Jungle

No matter how hard you try it’s virtually impossible to charge the myriad devices needed by the average geek without spawning a cable disaster. Wires trailing all the your desk and multiple power bricks crammed into one tortured power strip is pretty much the price of having cool technology. Or is it? The PowerStation Cable Organizer has arrived to clean up your cable Chernobyl and make all your devices charge together in harmony.

Troubleshoot. Analyze. Optimize.

Most developers just cant survive being offline for very long without becomming restless. If you’re wireless connection is not working or if you can’t get on at a location where you expected it you may need a gadget to analyse the situation. Wi-Spy is the world’s smallest 2.4 GHz spectrum analyzer and has been designed specifically for troubleshooting and analyzing Wi-Fi networks. Its software allows recording and playback of data traces and draws pretty graphs.

USB Digital Notepad

This tablet records your notes, ideas, drawings, sketches and flowcharts as you create them, and stores them as image files to flash memory or to an optional Secure Digital card in real time. We all hate to create documentation so why not make sure you can use the sketches you created by hand before and while coding?

Control Your Power Adapter Jungle

No matter how hard you try it’s virtually impossible to charge the myriad devices needed by the average geek without spawning a cable disaster. Wires trailing all the your desk and multiple power bricks crammed into one tortured power strip is pretty much the price of having cool technology. Or is it? The PowerStation Cable Organizer has arrived to clean up your cable Chernobyl and make all your devices charge together in harmony.

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Tejas Dudhade November 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

it’s cooooooooooooool i like it very much

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Luke Turner October 6, 2010 at 2:51 am

power strips are very useful but they octopus connection is dangerous’,,

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