By David Ponce
[I'm bumping this back up because it's been updated. And because I can. -Ed.]
So, this is it. For those of you that didn’t win in our last giveaway, we told you we had something coming up; jumping off that ledge wasn’t necessary. It’s the Holidays, and what better way to enjoy them than by pimping yourself out with thousand(s) of dollars worth of gadgets? We got products from Neuros (again), Tokyoflash, Wicked Lasers, Vaja, Tom Bihn, Ice Jacket and Fossil. We also are working on getting confirmation on tons of other products from several manufacturers, but we just can’t wait until everyone gets their PR coordinated, right?
The idea? We’re not going to dole the stuff out, bit by bit. No, no, that would suck. We’re going to make one huge bundle, and one lucky winner will take home the loot. Everything. And how do you enter? Well, you didn’t expect us to make it easy, now, did you? It won’t be rocket science, but it requires some effort. You enter by spreading the word. Simple as that.
For all the details, keep reading.
[ Update: Presto have agreed to pitch in a printer. For the details on this, read on.]
[ Update: IncipioBud has been added... along with an iPod Shuffle! ]
Let us first list all the items that are part of the bundle.
Gift Certificate, From Vaja Cases
Vaja make some of the most beautiful cases on the market. They’re all handcrafted Italian leather, and are available for almost any gadget out there. Our own Andrew reviewed one right here. Well, the company will be giving away a $100 gift certificate.
[ Vaja Cases ]
Nexus Laser, From Wicked Lasers
If you’ve been reading this site for some time, you’re aware of Wicked Lasers. We’ve reviewed their products here and here. They make the most powerful green laser pointers on the market; anywhere from 10 to 50 times more powerful than a traditional red laser pointer. The model being given away is a Nexus, rated at 95mW, and about 20 times stronger than a regular pointer. It’ll burn through paper, cut through electrical tape and has a range of 38 miles. A value of $370.
[ Wicked Lasers ]
The Biohazard Watch, From Tokyoflash
Again, if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time, you’ve probably become aware of our love affair with Tokyoflash watches. They’re the coolest, most impossible to read watches, and will instantly turn you into a conversation piece. Well, the company sent us advance info on their upcoming model called “Biohazard”, which features an advanced LCD to create an extremely detailed multi-colour LCD watch. It’s a little like the type of display you expect to see on a car stereo. We’re the very first ones to display its picture, and its also up for grabs. Value of $140. (By the way, click on the picture for a larger version)
[ Tokyoflash ]
ID Messenger Bag And Accessories Package, From Tom Bihn
If you’re going to be carrying your gear around, you’re going to need somewhere to put it in. Tom Bihn makes some very nice bags, and they’re giving away their redesigned ID Messenger Bag, along with a Brain Cell or Soft Cell of the winner’s choice, and the Absolute Shoulder Strap and Quick-Adjust Messenger Strap. That’s a $235.00 prize package.
[ Tom Bihn Bags ]
Neuros Recorder 2 Plus
If you were around two weeks ago, you know what this is. For those of you first reading this article, the Recorder 2 Plus allows you to digitize any analogue video content, and instantly convert into several formats for playback on mobile devices, be it iPod, PSP, Smartphones, etc. It’s a value of $130.
[ Neuros Recorder 2 Plus ]
Abacus Smart Watch
The Abacus Smart Watch is cool for a different reason that the Tokyoflash offering. It syncs with MSN Direct service, and through it you have access to a variety of content, such as the weather, the news, sports scores, traffic, Microsoft? Office Outlook? calendar synchronization*, and even MSN Messenger personal messages*. It comes with a 12 month subscription to the service. Value of $180.
[ Abacus Smart Watch ]
The Ice Jacket
Some time ago, we looked at a device that allowed you to encase your liquor bottles in ice. It was called the Ice Jacket, and was not yet commercialized. Well, the company recently contacted us, and let us know that the product is finally coming together, and should hit the shelves soon. So, one of these is up for grabs as well. That’s a $40 value.
[ Ice Jacket ]
HP Printing Mailbox With Presto
It’s not everyone that wastes their entire days reading blogs. Your grandparents for example might waste them watching TV instead. That might be because they’re technologically challenged, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t receive emails. With this HP Printing Mailbox, pre-selected email addresses can send directly to the printer. Your loved ones just have to pick up the paper, and read your email. Presto is giving a printer away, along with three months of service. Value: about $180.
[ Presto ]
IncipioBud With Apple iPod Shuffle
The IncipioBud is a cool, $6 gadget that allows you to connect your Shuffle directly to your computer, bypassing the dock altogether. It’s useful, cheap, but doesn’t work without a Shuffle. So, the company is including one! Value: about $100.
As mentioned earlier, we’re talking to a few other vendors, and waiting on confirmation. We’ll let you know as the list gets longer.
How To Enter
So, the all important question: how to enter the contest? As we said, we want you to spread the word. Here are several ways for you to do this:
– Blog about it. This is the easiest way. Make a quick post, and paste the link in the comments in this article.
– Mention it in a forum. Many people that don’t blog participate in forums. Try to find an appropriate topic for something like this, and mention it. Then paste the link to that thread here.
– If you don’t have a blog or participate in forums: start a blog! It takes all of five minutes to setup a blog at Blogger, and it’s free. Sure, it’s pretty much pointless since no one will likely ever read that post, but at least you’re making the same effort as everyone else, and that qualifies you to enter.
– If finally you don’t want to do any of the above… you can try to tell us what you’ve done to spread the word about the giveaway. Of course, we don’t look too kindly on this, and we may simply overlook your entry, at our discretion.
From all the entries, we’ll pick one out. This time, we’ll say it straight out: it’ll be random.
You have until midnight, EST, on December 24th to enter. Yeah, you won’t get the goods by Christmas, but you’ll know you’re the winner by then, and that’s almost as good, no?
Have fun, and stay tuned for updates.