Wacky gifts for the tech-savvy per­son who has ev­ery­thing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LIFE - By Bree Fowler Fol­low Bree Fowler at https://twit­ter.com/ APBreeFowler . Her work can be found at http:// bigstory.ap.org/au­thor/ bree-fowler . On­line: Gift guide for high-tech toys: http://apne.ws/2ghurjt

The lat­est tech­nol­ogy can make for an easy hol­i­day gift, but when it comes to the ul­tra-tech­savvy peo­ple in your life, find­ing a cool gad­get they don’t al­ready own can be tough.

Fear not! From “Star Wars”-themed speak­ers to ra­di­a­tion-block­ing boxer briefs, there’s a lot to pick from for all the su­per geeks in your life.

DEATH STAR LEVITATING SPEAKER

That’s no moon. It’s a $180 wire­less speaker shaped like the Death Star from “Star Wars.”

It’s a lit­tle tricky to set up, but once you get the Death Star po­si­tioned cor­rectly over its base, it floats in the air thanks to wellplaced mag­nets and a lit­tle help from the Force. The Death Star ro­tates with a tap. The sound qual­ity is pretty good, and the recharge­able bat­tery will give you five hours of sound.

Just keep it away from rebel fighter pi­lots.

ANTI-RA­DI­A­TION UN­DER­WEAR

It’s a Fara­day cage for your, um, crown jew­els.

Silver fibers wo­ven into Spar­tan’s boxer briefs are de­signed to block ra­di­a­tion from elec­tron­ics. That’s good news for men who might be wor­ried about their lap­tops spend­ing too much time on their laps. But while re­cent re­search has pointed to a pos­si­ble link be­tween ra­di­a­tion from wire­less de­vices and de­creased sperm count, stud­ies are far from con­clu­sive, so there’s no reason to panic just yet.

Un­til Jan­uary, the un­der­wear is avail­able only on Spar­tan’s web­site for about $45.

3-D IMAG­ING

Got a friend with mice or ter­mites in their house?

Wal­abotDIY is a 3-D-imag­ing tool that lets you see deep into your walls. The de­vice at­taches to an An­droid phone (sorry, iPhone users) and lets you see up to four inches through dry­wall, ce­ment and other ma­te­ri­als, just like Su­per­man’s X-ray vi­sion.

How? Sen­sors pick up heat from mice mo­tion and ter­mite nests. At a re­cent demon­stra­tion, heat from hid­ing ro­dents could eas­ily be seen in glow­ing red on a de­vice screen.

The sen­sors also will let you know the depth and lo­ca­tion of pipes, wires and other ob­jects to avoid if your next home im­prove­ment project calls for drilling into your walls.

The Wal­abotDIY is avail­able on­line for $200.

LEGO PHONE CASES

Ever wish your smart­phone or tablet could keep your fussy chil­dren en­ter­tained long after it runs out of bat­tery?

Belkin’s Lego cases of­fer hands-on play, bring­ing new mean­ing to the term “screen time.” The back sides are cov­ered with those fa­mil­iar Lego dots, giv­ing kids some­thing to at­tach their cre­ations to dur­ing long road trips and painful vis­its to grandma’s house with no Wi-Fi. Of course, they help pro­tect the de­vices when dropped, too.

Cases are avail­able for the iPhone 6 and 6S ($45), 6 Plus and 6S Plus ($50), and the iPad Mini ($60). There’s no ver­sion yet for the iPhone 7 or An­droid. Belkin makes th­ese un­der li­cense from Lego, so they should work fine with stan­dard Lego bricks.

RETRO VIDEO GAMES

The $60 NES Clas­sic Edi­tion in­cludes all your child­hood fa­vorites, as­sum­ing you came of age in the late 1980s or 1990s. If not, think of them as the hor­ri­bly dated, su­per-pixel­lated games you some­times see in the back of dive bars.

To amp up the nos­tal­gia even more, the sys­tem looks just like a minia­ture ver­sion of the one you re­mem­ber, com­plete with a cord­con­nected black and grey con­troller. But there’s no stack of car­tridges to clut­ter your room. All 30 games are stored in the sys­tem.

Be­fore you get too ex­cited about get­ting on your “Don­key Kong” or fi­nally sav­ing Princess Zelda, be warned that th­ese sys­tems are very hard to find. They’re sell­ing on eBay and other sites for well over their re­tail price.

You’re prob­a­bly go­ing to have to col­lect a lot of gold coins if you want to land one of th­ese for your fa­vorite child — or more likely, the adult child in your life.

COUR­TESY OF PLOX VIA AP

This photo pro­vided by Plox shows the “Star Wars” Death Star levitating bluetooth speaker. It’s a lit­tle tricky to set up, but once you get the Death Star po­si­tioned cor­rectly over its base, it floats in the air thanks to well-placed mag­nets and a lit­tle help from “The Force.” The Death Star ro­tates with a tap. The sound qual­ity is pretty good, and the recharge­able bat­tery will give you five hours of sound.

RICHARD DREW — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this Thurs­day photo, a Wal­abot, a hand­held 3-D imag­ing sys­tem by Vay­yar, senses two mice dur­ing a demon­stra­tion at Pep­com, in New York. Wal­abot’s sen­sor tech­nol­ogy can look through walls to de­tect struc­tural foun­da­tions, track a per­son’s lo­ca­tion and vi­tal signs as they move through a Smart Home, mea­sure the speed of a fast-mov­ing ball, and help drones and cars avoid col­li­sions.

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