We're big fans of the original HomeStar Planetarium, and now it's even better. The HomeStar Pro Home Planetarium ($350) is three times brighter than the original, and that's just for starters. It can also rotate the stars in slow motion, show shooting stars, and lets you focus to project sharper images. In addition, it also includes several plates that are unique to the HomeStar Pro. Brighter, sharper, and just plain better.
If you've ever had a car that's not so new, you know what a hassle it can be to try and get an honest opinion of why "Check Engine" keeps popping up. Now, as long as your car was made after 1996 and was sold in the U.S., you can check the problem yourself with CarMD ($90). Simply plug CarMD into your car's Data Link Connector and start the ignition. A series of beeps tells you when the testing is done, and if you have a yellow or red light, you can hook it up to your computer and download a detailed report of your car's problems, complete with service estimates. Sure beats paying some grease monkey to replace something that wasn't broken in the first place.
Solve your worldwide power needs with this 150-Country Travel Adapter ($30) for sale through Hammacher Schlemmer. It's configurable to fit a variety of international sockets throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. An internal surge protector is built-in as well as a USB port for powering devices like iPods and cell phones.