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.
How to share your Instagram photos with friends without passing around your phone or tablet seems to be one of the hottest questions of the year. Projecteo ($25) thinks it has the answer — or more specifically, is the answer. This pint-sized projector uses an internal LED to project your photos, which have been printed onto 35mm film and cut into wheels, onto any wall you can find. To change wheels, simply pull out the current batch, slide in the next, and relish the quiet groans that haven’t been heard since the traditional family photo slideshow fell by the wayside.