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Marvelous Toys

Marvelous Toys

Marvelous Toys

(OP)
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?

CJC
http://www.vfdriveinfo.com

RE: Marvelous Toys

Expensive.

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering
Motto:  KISS
Motivation:  Don't ask

RE: Marvelous Toys

Regifts

"If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance!"

RE: Marvelous Toys

SII's

(Sharper Image Items)

RE: Marvelous Toys

my swiss army multitool was one of the most thoughtful gifts any girlfriend ever got me.  sure beats another pair of boxers that don't fit comfortably.

some of that other stuff might fall in the category of "claptrap."  Regifts, indeed.  Got a white elephant party coming up?

RE: Marvelous Toys

I love my "sonic" screwdriver.  That's what I call it anyway.  It's basically a circuit tester in the form of a screwdriver.

My Swiss Army knife is my life-long travelling companion.

- Steve

RE: Marvelous Toys

Most Sharper Image type gadgets are interesting when you look at the pictures, but turn out to be junk when you use them. I traded my Swiss Army knife for a Leatherman over 15 years ago. I carry it and use it almost every day. It's big enough to be far more useful than a Swiss Army knife. It can even be used as a spanner wrench to open the bungs on 55-gallon drums.
I do miss the tooth pick and tweezers.

RE: Marvelous Toys

Geez ivymike...now I gotta go get another knife that the wife doesn't know about!!

RE: Marvelous Toys

well just get the wife to buy it, instead of the girlfriend, and everything should be just fine.
 

RE: Marvelous Toys

Try searching for a "Leather Man" on the internet.

- Steve

RE: Marvelous Toys

(OP)
For everyday pocket carrying, I like this:

http://i45.tinypic.com/16bdpub.jpg

It seems to me to be the largest Swiss Army knife that is comfortable to carry in my pocket all of the time.

When I expect to need something more and can carry something larger on my belt, I have a Swiss Tool like the one in ivymike's link except that it has both serrated and plain large blades and no scisors.

Then there is the one that I keep in my car, a large one and a small one with a wire stripper that I keep in my electrical tool bag, a little one with a lot of blades that I keep in a pigeon hole of my desk, a dozen or so little ones with logos, my dad's Remington Boy Scout knife from the 1930's, another dozen or so multifunction knives and a dozen or more ordinary folding knives. I might have one with a flashlight, but none with any electronic features.

I think that the Leatherman knives have better knife blade steel, but the Victorinox knives have better assortments of features.

CJC
http://www.vfdriveinfo.com

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