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For the second time in about three months, the Las Vegas Convention Center is buzzing with the activity endemic to a major international trade show. And while November is when the automotive aftermarket has its annual pow-wow, January is reserved for the consumer electronics industry’s biggest get together or the year: The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for the abbreviationally-inclined.
Ironically, the Consumer Electronics Show is, like SEMA, not open to consumers. However, thanks to the seemingly limitless (unless SOPA and/or PIPA pass) power of the Internets, there are plenty of interesting words and pretty pictures pertaining to all the cool new gadgets and services debuting at the show floating around. But you’re not interested in reading one article for hours and hours, right? Of course not. That’s why we’ve limited the following list to the 25 gizmos we think are the coolest and most likely to attain “gotta have” status.
Unless you’re participating in a medical study involving sensory deprivation (And who doesn't love those?), we're quite certain you’re aware that the Holiday Season (known in simpler, allegedly more insensitive times as Christmastime) is upon us. And whether you’re proclivities during this time of year lean towards hanging tinsel and trinkets on an indoor conifer, symbolically lighting one candle in a stylish candle holder every night, or standing on your roof in the nude while banging a tambourine against your belly and whispering your prayers to the Cantaloupe King and his Magic Curling Iron (We don’t judge.), chances are there will be at least some gift-giving going on, if there hasn’t been any already.
With that in mind, we’ve concocted the following list of 25 great gearhead gift ideas. They fall into many categories, and into a wide range of price brackets, but they all have one unifying trait: An ability to bring a smile to the face of all but the most jaded car geeks. We’re pretty sure you’ll find at least one item that’s a perfect fit for the recipient you have in mind.
While full-scale cars are this site’s stock-and-trade, we’re very aware that not all of you have the funds and/or the space to devote to those. Thankfully, there are alternatives to real automobiles. Models are fun to collect, but unless you’re willing to push them along and make “vroom vroom” noises (We don’t judge.), they aren’t super exciting by most people’s metrics.
Thank goodness, then, for radio controlled cars. Produced by a litany of companies in a cornucopia of shapes and sizes (and with battery or internal combustion power), these miniature motor vehicles’ fun-to-weight ratios are off the charts. And although you certainly could do like most people and plonk an Andrew Jackson or two down on the counter at Toys “R” Us and go home with a fun-for-all-ages electric runabout, true R/C connoisseurs step up to more hardcore hardware found at hobby shops. Here are 10 such self-propelled miniatures that make us check our frequencies.
When compiling a list of toys that changed the world, omitting LEGO’s first interlocking plastic bricks from said list is a surefire way to get said list thrown in the same pile as theories that the moon landings were staged in a hangar at Area 51 by the same sasquatch that shot JFK. Put simply, your credibility would be nil at best. The fact of the matter is, those studded blocks changed the way kids of all ages let their imaginations manifest themselves in the physical world.
However, for much of LEGO’s history, you often had to keep using your imagination even after you’d built your creation. Although we were born well after the days when almost every LEGO piece (or element, as the company and its hardcore fans like to call them) were rectangular prisims of varying lengths, widths and heights, there were still numerous occasions where we found ourselves wanting a piece in a shape and/or color that wasn’t being made. Since that time, though, LEGO has added elements of new shapes and colors, largely due to adding some sets based on big-name licensed properties like Star Wars, Spongebob Squarepants and Ferrari. Now you can add Ferrari’s arch rival Lamborghini to that list.