Christmas for gadget guys

I’m trying to get something for a friend of mine who’s into all sorts of gadgets: indoor R/C helicopters, Robo Sapien stuff, Bluetooth headsets, ridiculous cellphones, etc. Unfortunately I have no idea what to get him. I’m looking to spend around $300 but I’m totally out of the electronic toy scene. He works as an electronics/mechanical engineer designing and building robots for DARPA and autistic children. Apparently there’s some overlap there :)

Any ideas? He’s into active play- no consoles, handhelds, anything like that.

I wish for a friend who’ll give me $300 gifts.
Can I be your friend? I have a wishlist.

Harmony Remote

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/productlist/US/EN,crid=2080&categoryid=406

Here’s a Wurlitzer jukebox that you can plug your iPod into! They don’t actually list a price so I’m going to pretend it’s in your $300 price range, although I may be off by a 0.

http://www.leapsandboundscatalog.com/jump.jsp?itemID=315769&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=315769&cm_ven=Froogle&cm_ite=LAB

http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20061018/storm-launcher-all-terrain-rc/ (attach kitchen knives to them and dogfight)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Cold-Steel-Sjambok-Whip-Large-Black-95SLB-54-1-3m-NEW_W0QQitemZ6556825714QQihZ012QQcategoryZ88906QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem (buy a bunch and have a last-man-standing party)

Oh, and if you’re willing to spend a bit more this would be good:

Wow, JMJ nailed it perfectly…except for the sjambok, I don’t think that would end well.

Thanks for the ideas, keep 'em coming!

Like I said in another thread, the slingbox is a great gadget gift.

http://www.tokyoflash.com/USviewwatch41W1.html

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/8698/

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/88ee/

http://www.slimdevices.com/
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If you get him this one, he might think you’re gay.
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Gas Powered airsoft pistol. If he even kinda likes guns he would love it.

If the guy has a Mechano collection I’m sure he could always use more. The new robotic lego also kicks ass.

Does he have a roomba? maybe overly practical, but the mother in law just wooted one for me and sent it straight here. I cant fucking wait to have a robot to harrass the dogs, even if its a boring domestic one.

Yeah, he’s got a modified Roomba which chases his dog.
The dog has moved past the initial fear and now jumps on the thing as soon as it gets close.