Is there an appropriate categorical name for amazing gadgets of the type that are often promoted as gifts for the person who has everything? What should we call those engineering marvels that mechanize, automate or simplify tasks that we previously never dreamed could or should be mechanized, automated, simplified or performed in any new way? Is a travel toothbrush case that includes an ultraviolet light for sanitizing the toothbrush simply another personal accessory item, or does it belong in a special category of whiz-bang doodads? What about a talking wireless belt-clip meat thermometer with back-lit display for grilling in the dark? Multi-functional Swiss Army type tools have been around for a long time, but a hand-cranked rechargeable 12-in-1 survival tool or a 7-in-1 auto emergency key fob must be gadgets of a higher order. What are the proper words to describe these things?
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