Whether you want a beam powerful enough to melt through plastic, or just need something to light up the night sky, the Hercules 400 Laser ($3000) will get the job done. This handheld laser is capable of all sorts of laser-based mischief — like igniting fireworks fuses and matches, popping balloons, and more — all with a beam that can be seen miles away. It's kinda like a lightsaber, but skinnier, and with a longer reach.
With the rate of technology adoption ever increasing, it's a wonder we haven't seen this already. The Gibson Robot Guitar ($TBA; Dec. 7) carries the tagline "All you have to do is play it." With a revolutionary mix of on-board processing, a data transmitting tailpiece, tune-control bridge, and Powerhead Locking Tuners, the guitar automatically stays in tune, and can move to an alternate tuning with the turn of a switch. So really, all you have to do is play. [Thanks, Zach]
Finally, an umbrella that reminds you to bring it along before you need it. The Ambient Forecasting Umbrella ($100) is a 58" dual-canopy umbrella with a "gust buster" design, push-button opening, and one killer feature: a built-in wireless transmitter that gets the daily weather forecast from Accuweather.com, and if there's a chance of rain or snow, LEDs in the handle flash in relationship to the chances that you'll need it. Brilliant. [via]