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Griffin's iKaraoke ($50) connects to iPod nanos, minis and iPods with a click wheel.It removes lead vocals so you can sing along. A microphone is included; you hear the results over your stereo. Not guaranteed to improve your singing!
Screenlife's Scene It ($40) is good family fun. It features a DVD with movie clips.
Players must guess the movie and the actors. There are additional trivia questions, too. It's a blast. Expansion packs are available.
There are also versions directed at specific television shows or genres.
Zizzle's iZ ($40) is a strange looking creature. Twist its ears, hit its stomach or punch its head to make music.
And if you're not satisfied with that, connect it to a music source.
You can add scratches or pitch changes to your iPod tunes.
Hasbro makes a number of digital pets that interact with music. Prices range from $15 to $40.
Less expensive models light up in response to your music. After the music stops, it plays its own. More expensive models connect directly to a music source such as an iPod. You can choose from dogs, cats, fish and tigers.
Ideazon Gaming keyboard
For gamers, consider a special gaming keyboard. Ideazon sells basic keyboards for $50. The control makes gaming more comfortable.
You can buy add-on keysets for popular games. They run $20. The keyboards are even ideal for non-gamers. Special keysets are designed for programs such as Word and Photoshop.
3M privacy filter
3M's privacy filter ($50) isn't the coolest item going. But it adds a touch of James Bond to the computing experience.
The filter fits over a laptop screen. It helps protect the screen from scratches and reduces glare. More importantly, it keeps private documents private. Only the person sitting in front of the laptop can view what's on the screen. Perfect for hiding those plans to foil the bad guys!
Energizer Energi To Go
Anyone who owns a cell phone has experienced a dead battery. You can buy car chargers and wall chargers. But these only work when a power outlet is handy.
Energizer's Energi To Go ($20) plugs it into your cell phone. The replaceable batteries provide your phone with a full charge. It works with most popular phone models.
Blue box's Mi Flower ($30) interacts with your music. Hook up an external music source and watch it light up. Leaves move to the music. The flower and petals illuminate. Slow music makes it move slowly. Play some pumping tunes and watch it speed up.
Radica's 20Q ($13) is an update on the 20 questions game. Technophiles will love the retro look and flashing LEDs. Simply think of something and the game will try and guess within 20 questions. It is surprisingly accurate!
Jakks classic TV games
The Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 are topping many wish lists. But retro games are still cool. Remember the old-school games from Activision, Atari and Namco? Well, they're still around.
Jakks sells simple controls that hook directly to a television. No console is needed. The controllers feature a number of classic games. Prices range from $20 to $30. Kids and adults will love these games.