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Car Chip Pro

Car Chip Pro

Want to get more diagnostic info than your car's built-in computer provides? Check out the Car Chip Pro ($120). This deceivingly-simple gadget plugs directly into your auto's OBDII port, recording all sorts of data about your car's performance, your driving styles, and more. When you're ready to review, simply unplug the dongle and connect it to your PC via USB to extract the data. No greasy car repairman required.

  • Wattson

    If you've been thinking about cutting back on your electric usage to help save money (and the environment), then you'll want to check out Wattson (£100; ~$180). This wireless gadget uses a sensor chip and transmitter attached to your main electric cables to monitor your usage, with the main unit glowing blue when your use is below normal, purple when usage is normal, and red when you're using more than usual — which is normally too much. Plus, the main display shows in watts or in currency how much electricity you're using, giving you immediate feedback, and even more motivation to conserve.

  • Tikitag

    Imagine making everything in your real world environment link to something in your online life. That's sort of the idea behind Tikitag ($TBA). It uses Near Field Communications (NFC) to connect real-life objects with online information. A teddy bear might link to a picture of its owner, or a business card might take you to that person's Facebook profile. The possibilities are nearly endless — all you need is a Tikitag reader, and, as of right now, an invitation to the alpha launch. Expect Tikitag to appear in your real world soon.