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It's not every day that we get to write a story about an electronic monster, and even less so that the monster is useful. The Thingamagoop ($100) is a physical synth made into a monster who's sole purpose is to make bleeps, bloops, and flash its lights. It features all the trappings of a normal analog synth, although the main oscillator is controlled by a photocell. Also, the Thingamagoop has a 1/4inch ouput jack to hook it up to any other equipment you might have. [via]

  • Forever Flashlight

    We've all been there — the power goes out during a storm and you reach for the flashlight, but it's completely dead and there's no batteries in sight. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a flashlight that never needed batteries? There is. The Forever Flashlight ($25) uses electromagnetic energy created by you to produce light on demand. Just shake the flashlight back and forth for 15-30 seconds, and enough
    electricity is generated to light its bright
    blue LED bulb for up to five minutes of
    continuous use.

  • Nabaztag

    There are a lot of small, internet-ready devices that can help you stay in touch with others, keep you informed of messages, and report information from anywhere in the house. None of them, however, are as charming and helpful as Nabaztag ($140). With a wiggle of its ears, a different display of lights, or a simple voice, it can help you keep in touch with friends and with everyone else, even if they're halfway around the world.