Puzzlebox Brain-Controlled Helicopter

Yes, you read that correctly. The Puzzlebox Brain-Controlled Helicopter ($250) lets you control a floating orb using nothing but your brain power. The package includes a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset, a Pryamid that serves as a home base and remote control, and the Orbit helicopter/orb itself. Simply select a flight path, slide on the headset, and focus — the software in the Pyramid will interpret your levels of concentration and relaxation and move the helicopter appropriately. A perfect gift for the sci-fi geek on your list.

  • iLaunch Rocket Launcher

    Yup, it's exactly what it sounds like. The iLaunch Rocket Launcher ($80) is a Bluetooth-powered desk gadget that lets you shoot streamlined foam projectiles up to 25 away directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It offers 270º of rotation, 40º of vertical flexibility, and a rechargeable lithium battery for foreign engagements, but unfortunately no cameras in the dart tips to watch the horror on your target's face when they realize they've been bombed.

  • Lego Star Wars R2D2

    Most of the more elaborate Star Wars Lego kits we've seen have been dedicated to space ships/cruisers/battle stations, so it's refreshing to see an entire 2127 pieces dedicated to a single character. Building this Lego Star Wars R2D2 ($240) set will yield you a strikingly accurate rendition of everyone's favorite bleeping, blooping droid, standing over a foot tall and featuring a retractable third leg, front panels that open to reveal a universal computer interface arm and a circular saw, a rotating head, and a fact plaque complete with mini R2D2 figure.

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