Here are the products we thought were the most interesting from the Holiday Gift Guide 2021 from Autoblog.
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Okay, I definitely wanted to talk about this one. This one's not necessarily tech related. I don't entirely know where this is coming from. It's on MSN. Oh Autoblog Okay, so yes, this is a blind react but we did have to scan real quick to see what was on it just to make sure that we're and this one is wild. So we're gonna start with Hot Wheels,
Always a safe bet for kids
except for the game they came out with not too long ago
and then there's this
What the heck
Yeah, this is a hydraulic log splitter. What? For $263. What now? I would like to point out that Hot Wheels and a hydraulic log splitter are absolutely not intended for the same people
That's when I'm like what is happening here this uh, everybody in the house kind of list
I don't know this as far as I gotten them like oh, we're gonna talk about this yeah because what in the world
What in the world? Hydraulic log splitter.
Yes. Wow. Or you can get the the white label version from Harbor Freight for 150 Yeah, Harbor Freight Whoa. Sure. karate lessons. Okay. Oh, this is getting better. What are we looking at?
Yeah, that's that is my stocking stuff. I'll tell you that right now.
Oh, they don't have the picture. Alright, that sucks. All right out of Reading Mode. I was hoping that was gonna work. Okay. Oh, they don't Oh, there it is. Okay. Whoo. In case you desperately want your six year old to be an Instagram influencer.
Wow, look at this thing, huh?
Yeah, I'm not gonna lie. I do kind of want one sure to be able to see how it works. Yeah. So it's from VTech. Okay. So
What's the price on this one, scroll up just this smidgen.
100 bucks. Okay. Oh. Now, in addition to the green screen, oh. Okay, so $20 green screen.
The total gift package is 100 bucks. Yeah. That's pretty good. Yeah, so probably 65 Yeah, sounds like it. Oh, 45. Oh, no,
Oh, it's right there. Yeah. 45. So VTech is known in the industry for making solid kids versions of real things. The VTech kids learning laptops, were by far the best of their type. We used to sell a lot of VTech oddities like this at RadioShack. And so my guess is this is probably pretty solid. But it's weird. Yeah. Yeah. I don't like that. They call it a KidiZoom Creator Cam.
that's, that makes a little uncomfortable. Yeah. But, you know, it's interesting. I'd like to see it in action personally.
I mean, that's, it's actually really Yeah, the name is the name is bad. Yeah, but, but the
Are you? Are you locked in on Dr. Sasquatch now?
Saw it, brain went.
Because this is definitely not for the same market as the kiddy cam.
This list is something else, isn't it? It's something else.
Dr. Squatch is pretty good soap. Thank you.
I've seen the advertisements for Dr. Squatch. I'm not even sure if I'm saying that right. feel so dirty coming off of my tone. I prefer do canon that sounds
yes horrible. Yes he does.
That sounds like a mess.
That is a another 200 plus dollar backpack ease. And it is the size of the kids from the camera photo. Yeah.
I'm not gonna lie though, a duffel bag that you can wear in your back.
Not a bad idea and
I can I can give with that idea.
I don't know for $220 now. All right, back to DJI. Yes, drones. If you're looking for a pro drone DJI is the only choice. Hmm. It's a map. Moving on. Alright, A trip to Iceland. Alright, well, there was a $44 children's video camera. And now a trip to Iceland.
Sent me off to Iceland.
This website is weird. Yes.
This is cool. Oh, cool, man. Kids get the best stuff nowadays, man.
Okay, so, ah, when I was a kid. We ended up with one of these little power wheels kids car thing. Yeah. That I did not understand well enough at the time now. Okay. Well, we didn't get a battery. Power Power Wheels indeed.
Oh, yeah. Power Wheels. Yeah.
That's what this is. It's a different brand. Yeah, the Power Wheels. Yeah. If I had known then what I knew less than 10 years later about it,
You probably be dead. Is that a fair? Is that a fair assessment
XMODS. Got it. In fairness, the XMODS thing was Charlie's idea not mine.
You would be on fire.
But so I didn't understand enough about electricity and batteries at the time when I was little. To understand that I could have gotten any 12 volt battery that I could have charged and made it compatible with the things. Which looking back makes me very sad. But you're also probably right. Yes. No way. I wouldn't have flipped it. At some point. You started in electrical fire.
Yeah, yeah. Legit.
Oh, my Yeah. A Volkswagen Replica RC Car.
Why? I mean, at least it's one of the better looking Volkswagen vans.
I didn't see a price for this. It's not in the title. Like the last ones. Yeah. It's not down here.
There either. No. That means it's expensive. That's
Yeah, because the only other one that I haven't seen a price for was the Iceland trek.
Well, yeah. Plane tickets are pretty small. This is the kind of thing that I might get for Danny. I'm going to come back to that. Okay. Because she has a thing for Volkswagens, particularly Volkswagen buses.
That's kind of adorable.
Hopefully she's not watching. Yeah. Hey, listen. Yep, moving on. A LEGO Porsche 911. Yo, that's pretty cool
That's cool. That's super cool. I wonder how big it is.
Look at the textbooks behind it.
That's so cool.
I thought it was a DeLorean at first, and almost needed to change my pants.
So here's, here's the thing to know. Lego is doing some crazy stuff right now. Okay, their Lego kits. There are some super cool things. Because they have their, the patent on LEGO bricks is over. Oh, so anybody can make Lego compatible things. So Lego has had to stop resting on their patent and start doing unique and creative stuff. So they have been licensing some wild stuff.
Give me LEGO Gundams and LEGO Evangelions and we're good.
There. Get out build, I get a weekly email from LEGO on the stuff that they're working on. And they have a thing on the website where you can go say, You know what I'd really like I would like a LEGO FIRST Robotics competition field. And if enough people upvote it, they will go out and try and get the license for it.
That's awesome. A Lego Infinity Gauntlet? Yes, there is.
Oh, I was saying there are LEGO Gundams I don't know if it's that LEGO Gundam. Yeah.
Yeah, I think I know what you're talking about. Oh. I was just talking about this.
Yes, you were
This game. Has. It has died hard. It is a great game. But they put some, they allowed for some like Mario 60 Mario Kart 64 type. What's a track skips like you can go off the track and get way ahead of everybody. Real fast. And kinda easy. And so the game died.
got it for that reason. That's unfortunate.
But it is so cool. Because some of the cars actually look like plastic.
Yes. You know and metal. Yeah, some of them look like they're, they're Tonk Tuff
But it's such a like, I think
you mean features.
True. That game is that game is pretty dope. I'm not gonna lie. It's, it's I hope they kind of just fix or some fixes that need to be made. Yeah. Because otherwise it's a really fun game. No, well, anyway,
Kindle Paperwhite. Obviously industry standard when it comes to, to E-Ink displays and electronic book readers. Yep.
It's a little surprising that it's that expensive, but
Depends on which one. So there's a number of of Kindle Paperwhite models, or Kindle E-Ink models. The Paperwhite is the one that best replicates a physical book. So it's the thing that's easiest on the eyes. Couple you know, important exciting things to know about, you know, E-Ink displays, they only use electricity, they only use the battery when you're changing the screen. Once the screen is changed, no battery is used. Because for those who don't know, an E-Ink display is just a big sheet of teeny, tiny ping pong balls. On one side, it's black. And on one side, it's white. In this case, it's not white, and not black. It is book color and book printing color. And there's an electronic there. There's a static charge that goes across the screen. That flips the ping pong balls. Yes. And then it's done.
Just like, what is that? Etch A Sketch.
Yes. Very similar to an Etch A Sketch. Yeah, so the only time is using power is one of the bit blipping the screen. That's really cool. And then it doesn't use any more power.
So that's product so much more interesting. Yeah. Ever thought it was?
Yeah, E-Ink is fascinating. We had a company on CES 2019 maybe. We were on the tower two years. Yeah. One year 2020. And their product was these reusable shipping boxes. And on them was an E-Ink shipping label. So basically, you could bit blip, the shipping label to it. The barcode was fully readable. You could bit blip your your shipping label to it done and then it didn't need any more power.
That's amazing. Yeah.
We also interviewed at CES, I think it was you and I many years ago a company with these really interesting bluetooth headphones that had a box and the box had an E-Ink display on it that had the shipping information on it and then when you got it you could bit blip your own thing onto it. So you could put your gamer tag or your whatever.
I do remember something like that.
E-Ink is a fascinating technology. The fact that it's not in more places today is a surprise because technologically E-Ink is impressive.