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The ThinkGeek Newsletter!

May 24, 2006

Hello folks!

Recently mentally obliterated by the colossal gaming nirvana that is E3, we humbly report back to our customers the following: a) the Wii from Nintendo is better than you think it is b) the PS3 is better than Nintendo thinks it is, c) Zelda, Zelda, Zelda. The rest was a hazy euphoria. Oh, and remember the word 'BioShock'. It will come to haunt you in the future - we guarantee it. What might also haunt you is the mind-numbing reality that today - just over thirty years after the invention of the primitive pet rock - personal pets can now teach you martial arts! Wirelessly! How's that for a paradigm shift? Read on for more details...

Nabaztag WiFi Smart Rabbit

Most rabbits love to consume fresh vegetables but this bunny likes to nibble on a steady diet of WiFi packets. The name Nabaztag apparently means "rabbit" in Armenian but we think that pretty soon it will mean "cool wireless device" in geek speak. This bunny can teach you tai chi, read your e-mail, report the weather or stock market, pull RSS feeds and tell you the time. We'd say that's pretty smart - but he's also got personality. Nabaztag can move his ears, play music, talk and whistle, and his body can show off hundreds of colors and special patterns of light. Sometimes he will even have his own random things to say, as long as you can put up with his moods! You can even send music and messages to your friends' Nabaztag. Nabaztag is easily configured and customized through a Web browser.

Nabaztag - The Smartest Rabbit Since Bugs Bunny!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/8301/



What's New @ ThinkGeek !!

Wooden LED Clock - almost magic

Wooden LED Clock - almost magic

A smooth piece of wood holds so many different possibilities. Some are destined to become part of a chair; others are destined to be a box of toothpicks. This block of wood has a much different role in life. Inside its cellulose is hidden an LED Clock. As you can see, the numbers glow right through the wood. It's amazing and a guaranteed conversation piece. The perfect combination of art, organics, and technology. Sort of like a tree cyborg, if the cyborg only existed to tell the time. The Wooden LED Clock tells time in 12 or 24 hour format and has three display modes. Frankly, this is one of the most beautiful clocks we've ever seen, and we've seen a lot o' clocks.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/835b/

Darth Maul Force FX Lightsabers! Plus Save $$ On Anakin/Vaders

Question for you. What's red, black and horny and coming right for you? You guessed it. The venerable Dark Lord of the Sith, Khameir Sarin. Better known in modern circles as Darth Maul. Trained entirely in the pleasure of hatred by Darth Sidius, Maul was a vicious opponent with his chosen dual-bladed LightSaber. And today, ThinkGeek is pleased to announce we've commissioned Maul himself to build us plenty of Darth Maul sabers, using genuine 100% certifiable Sith Holocrons, for you, our loyal customers. How do we do this? Easy, Maul got cut in half, but through the magic of +5 Suspended Belief, we fixed him up. He's in China now eating noodles and making sabers. Oh, and don't forget to score yourself an Anakin or Darth Vader lightsaber, they are on sale for $79.99 for a limited time only !!
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/69de/

Darth Maul Force FX Lightsabers! Plus Save $$ On Anakin/Vaders

Gorillapod - instead of duct tape

Gorillapod - instead of duct tape

Through copious amounts of field research we have determined that digital cameras and duct tape are just not compatible. Sure, a bit of duct tape can assist you in attaching your camera to just about any surface, but it leaves behind some nasty glue residue that makes your camera look like it's been through a war zone. Instead, we recommend the Gorillapod, a bendable camera tripod that can handle just about any surface. Its flexible joints allow you to rotate and bend 360 degrees to form the perfect shape. It's the perfect accessory for getting great photos in any location.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/cameras/82db/

AlcoHawk Digital Alcohol Detector - Don't Drink & Derive

Ready to swoop down out of the sky after you've had a few pints, the AlcoHawk is a keychain size digital alcohol detector. It features a folding mouthpiece design and two digit LED display and contains a highly accurate semi-conductor oxide sensor. It also contains an advanced electric exhale pressure monitor to ensure that an accurate breath sample is obtained. All these professional features rolled into a unit this small and portable make it a great choice for alcohol screening on the go. Keep an "eagle eye" on your blood alcohol level here...
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/837f/

AlcoHawk Digital Alcohol Detector - Don't Drink & Derive

More Tech Jewelry to Round Out Your Collection

More Tech Jewelry to Round Out Your Collection

We think it's pretty cool that even as technology is moving forward at a ridiculous rate, there's still ways to slow it down, capture it for posterity, and really appreciate it. Enter our newest batch of tech jewelry. Glass fuses couldn't be any simpler in design or function and that's what makes them so cool as jewelry. We have three items made from these old reliable components - the Fuse earrings, Fuse Y Necklace, and Fuse Ladder Necklace. The other tech jewelry item is the Fan Guard necklace. You probably never thought of a fan guard as beautiful, but it looks lovely hanging on a Sterling Silver chain around a geekette's neck. Wear your technology here:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=0524+jewelry

LED Persistence of Vision Gadgets

Tired of having to yell to get your point across? Desperate to see your name in lights? Well, grab one (or both) of these two LED persistence of vision marvels and your wishes will be granted. The LighTalk II will let you scan in up to 8 messages and/or images and show them off with a wave. You can even "beam" your doodles to another LighTalk II! Need something smaller but with the added ability to make some Cylon-esque light shows? Then the Spacewriter is perfect for you. It is tiny, powerful, and has an underlit LCD screen so you can even program a message in the dark. Put them both together and you will be able to express yourself in a myriad of different ways. Show off your doodle, make a light show, and tell the world how geeky you really are.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=blinkywords

LED Persistence of Vision Gadgets

Multi-Color LED Lightbulb w/Remote

Multi-Color LED Lightbulb w/Remote

Light-emitting diodes are darn cool and have found uses in so many places - traffic lights, standard lightbulb sockets and high-powered flashlights to name a few. The Multi-Color LED Lightbulb is a super bright LED bulb that can transition through dozens of color and brightness combinations and is compatible with a standard lightbulb socket. The included IR remote can select an individual color or brightness level or choose one of four different transition effects. Great for mood lighting, decorating, parties or special lighting environments.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/lights/831e/

Monty Python Killer Rabbit Slippers

Normally it is not advisable to wear vicious, evil, killer animals on your feet. Wolverines, for example, make very bad footwear. But the Killer Rabbit slippers are the exception to the rule. You should wear them on your feet and you should make growly noises as you walk around. You may even want to playfully menace your family, friends, or coworkers with them. There is one thing you should not do: please do not try to replicate the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the Killer Rabbit bites off Sir Bors' head. That's right, kicking someone in the neck is not an acceptable use of the Killer Rabbit slippers. Keeping your feet toasty, however, is acceptable.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/8148/

Monty Python Killer Rabbit Slippers

Will Return Clock - Stumps them every time

Will Return Clock - Stumps them every time

Everyone knows the feeling you get when you've just made it to a store or office only to find a "will return" sign. It's very frustrating and not very fun. The Will Return Clock, however, is fun. And funny, because you can use it both as a clock and to exact revenge over anyone who has ever inconvenienced you with such a sign. Just post it, hide under your desk, and watch. Someone will take the bait and wait for you to "return." Time how long they stand looking for you, checking their watch and scratching their head. Bonus points if they become so confused or impatient that they just walk away. Super bonus points if it's your boss. Bonus Coin Level if your boss asks others about where you are. That's when you hurry back to your seat and claim to have been there all the time. Yeah, revenge is fun.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/835f/

Bio Computer-On-a-Stick - Portable Personal Computing Environment

Ever get that tingly feeling at the base of your spine when using one of those grubby "public" computers? Did you log out of Gmail and blow away all those browser cookies? Don't forget because someone could be watching the browser log files. The Bio Computer-On-a-Stick solves these worries by providing your own USB powered Linux based bootable private computing environment... protected by fingerprint scan of course. All the standard apps needed are pre-installed, including Firefox web browser, e-mail, IM, and Open Office. Nothing is written to the host computer hard drive... It's almost like you were never there.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/80be/

Bio Computer-On-a-Stick - Portable Personal Computing Environment

Two New Shirts To Rub Your Chests Against

Two New Shirts To Rub Your Chests Against

We've rounded up a couple of new designs for you to gnaw on. First up, by rampant demand, is Timmy the Monkey. Just a simple shirt of a subtle Monkey who happens to be the ThinkGeek mascot. If you have to ask why our mascot, our spokes-creature, our beloved Overlord, is of Simian kind - then you probably also think the Fantastic Four could take on the X-men in a heartbeat. And for that, we are truly sorry. Next up is our laboratory-certified shirt, The Solution. A wonderfully insightful shirt, chock-full of epiphany, brimming with pure pith. Ok, you might be difficult and disagree with us, but that's not gonna help anybody. And if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate:
http://www.thinkgeek.com/brain/whereisit.cgi?t=mascot

Wolf Claw Devour FPS Keypad - Devour Your Gaming Opponents

Have you been eyeing those specialized gaming keyboards... but are loath to give up your well loved existing keyboard? The Wolf Claw Devour FPS Keypad provides all the gaming meat you desire without the extra frills of a full sized keyboard. The Devour gives you only the essential FPS circle of key destruction needed to frag your opponents into oblivion. In addition to the 40 specialized keys for FPS gaming handy volume controls and 12 function keys ensure everything needed for maximum in-game efficiency is at your fingertips. The Wolf Claw Devour is ready to be your old keyboard's deadly partner.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/82b3/

Wolf Claw Devour FPS Keypad - Devour Your Gaming Opponents

Quick Blurbs !!

Perplex City Card Game

Perplex City - Back in Stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/games/82f9/

Dodge Discs

Dodge Discs - A new take on foam disc shooters
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/838b/

Chemistry Glass Oil & Vinegar Set

Chemistry Glass Oil & Vinegar Set - Chemistry for your salad
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/mugs/8350/

AntWorks - Space Age Ant Habitat

Antworks W/Built-in LED Base - Back in stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/6fd6/

Eclipse Computer Lights

Eclipse Computer Task lights - Finally back in stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/3903/

Royal Science Museum Capsule Toys

Royal Science Museum Capsule Toys - Wacky Japanese Goodness
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/816f/

Corepad Deskpad

Corepad Deskpad - The Mother of All Mousepads
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/80b4/

Touchscreen Hand-held Sudoku

Touchscreen Hand-held Sudoku - New Model In Stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/games/8431/

Monty Python Black Knight Plush

Monty Python Black Knight Plush - Back in Stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/7cc6/

A Traveler's Guide to Mars

A Traveler's Guide to Mars - Plan your vacation now
http://www.thinkgeek.com/books/nonfiction/8265/

ColdHeat Glue Gun

ColdHeat Glue Gun - DIY Essential
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/tools/8306/

Little Einstein

Little Einstein - A bit of genius for your home or office
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/8370/

Yoda Plush Backpack

Yoda Plush Backpack - Hold your books it will
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/817c/

R/C X-UFO

X-UFO - R/C Indoor Hovering Genius - Back in stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/79c7/

PIX Sports

PIX Sports - Now Back in Stock
http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/lights/768c/

Firefly Mini PC Remote

Firefly Mini PC Remote - Control your PC Apps Remotely
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/83a1/

Das Keyboard II

Das Keyboard II - The Original Blank Keyboard Goes Clicky
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/8396/

Hoverstop Mouse

Hoverstop Mouse - Please Give Your Mouse Hand a Rest
http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/83ff/

Smartbomb

Smartbomb - Explore the brains behind the videogame revolution
http://www.thinkgeek.com/books/nonfiction/82bd/

Techie Haiku Winner!

Submit Your Techie Haiku, Win $50!

Last month's ThinkGeek Techie Haiku Winner is: Cameron from Chorrol, Cyrodiil!
Here is the winning Haiku:

    My Online Girlfriend
    Might be a supermodel
    Or a big fat man.

Wanna win a $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate? Just send us your original HAIKU and each newsletter we'll select one winner and print his/her HAIKU right here on the next ThinkGeek newsletter installment for all to see, plus we'll send you a $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate. Get creative! More details and rules? Visit:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/haiku/

April 2006 Action Shot Winner

April 2006 Action Shot Winner: Pixelblocks

Get the scoop on sending your own ThinkGeek product action shots and get a chance at our $100 monthly giveaway here:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/action-shots/

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