Analytical minds do think alike, and it’s the same type of intellectuals that thought up this fantastic set of gifts for engineers. We’re just most inclined to find the beauty in creation and science. It’s a gift. 3D printers, pens you can morph into miniature bicycles, and high-performance pop-up solar panels—doesn’t that all sound pretty epic? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. (No, really. That’s only 10% of what we have for you.) Take a peek at what you’re missing out on.
Gifts For Engineers
Did you know that the back pain that some of us experience can actually be brought about by incorrect posture such as slouching? Our failure to maintain the proper alignment of our limbs in relation to our spine can lead to a host of musculoskeletal problems. Good thing we can always be reminded to keep our posture straight with the Lumo Lift Posture Coach. This nifty device constantly monitors our posture and gives us a gentle vibration as a reminder to sit up or stand straight without slouching. It even comes with a fitness tracker to keep us abreast of our fitness goals.
The second product on our list of gifts for engineers – Stars Wars: The Force Awakens fans will fall head-over-heels with BB-8 all over again with this app-enabled droid from Sphero. Packaged with a battle-worn Star Wars Force Band, controlling the realistic BB-8 across a variety of terrain up to distances of 30 meters is made super easy, thanks to the integration of a Bluetooth Smart connection technology into the design of the Sphero BB-8. While this droid is not going to play a significant role in the continuing push of the Resistance against The First Order, it sure can push the limits of one’s imagination and turn him into a master of droids. Our handy guide to the best Lego robots features more great products like this.
Engineers who have to get down and dirty need only the best protection for their skillful hands, otherwise how else are they going to create and build many fascinating things in modern life? That’s why there’s the G & F Cut Resistant Gloves that comes fully integrated with a proprietary CutSHIELD technology in its food-grade fiber. This means the cut resistant glove is also perfect in the kitchen, giving you exceptional protection against accidental cuts from sharp knives and other cutting tools. And if it can protect your hands from these sharp items from the kitchen, it should be effective in other areas of work, too.
The Nintendo Entertainment System or simply NES is one of the most iconic gaming platforms that truly revolutionized the way we enjoy entertainment for the whole family. It literally spawned the growth of modern-day virtual gaming. The NES is making a huge comeback with the NES Classic Edition, finding millions of adoring gamers more than willing to re-accept the console into their lives and to millions of others who may wish to understand what it meant to play a computer game in the 1980s. The great thing with this version is that it already comes with all the technologies of the 21st century.
Not many know that Taiwanese consumer electronics giant HTC is also in the business of making highly engaging VR devices. Consider, for example, their Virtual Reality System that features are ergonomically designed, comfort fitting virtual reality headset, 2 wireless controllers, and base stations that comes fully built with the proprietary SteamVR Tracking technology. The latter is the key to the really immersive VR experience as it bridges the headset and the controllers, allowing you to interact and explore the virtual world. The HTC Vive system also comes with the Everest VR and Richie’s Plank Experience VR experiences to get you started.
Relive your LEGO and K’NEX childhood days with the Arduino Starter Kit, although this is not really a building bricks construction play set but rather a kit for beginning engineers and other individuals who would like to build something unique yet very useful. The kit comes with instructions and parts to help you complete 15 different electronic projects. Included is a DC motor, LED lights, servo motor, resistors, capacitors, transistors, potentiometers, and tilt motor just to name a few. The kit promises to inspire the creativity and imagination among kids-at-heart and even aspiring DIYers who may wish to take the creative journey. Make sure you also check our coding toys for kids review.
What used to cost tens of thousands of dollars is now made available to the general public for only a 3-digit price tag. Such is the amazing change in the field of additive manufacturing technologies that 3D printers are now more affordable than ever. Best of all they now come in more compact sizes. Just look at the new Finder model of the FlashForge 3D Printer. It comes with a touchscreen interface for simplified operation, a slide-in build plate for easy management of 3D printed objects, and a plastic allow construction for more stable prints. The Finder can connect wirelessly, too, or via flash or USB drives.
Having a great day outdoors can be so much fun. But, if you’re a techie and you simply cannot stay away from your devices that long, you’d need the AUKEY Solar Charger’s SunPower technology to help you harness the full power of the sun to charge up your electronic mobile devices. The SunPower solar panels come with a solar conversion efficiency rating of 23.5 percent with an intuitive charging technology that instantly adapts its power output to the requirements of your devices. This ensures faster charging times. The AUKEY is both weather and water resistant and comes with a convenient easy-fold design. Check out our review and find the rest of the solar phone chargers on our list.
Whoever said that a 3D pen is only for kids? Virtually anyone who has an idea, excellent control of a writing instrument, and coordinating what he sees in his mind and the movements in his hands can use the 3Doodler Create 3D Pen. The Create is super slim so it should not be difficult to hold. It’s lightweight, too, so it won’t tax your hands while you attempt to create fabulous 3D objects with dances on your hands. It also comes with a highly improved drive system that ensures smoother, more efficient, and quitter operation. The only limitation is how far your imagination takes you.
If you love everything and anything miniature, you’ll definitely be blown away by the RIF6 CUBE Pico Projector. At only 2 inches, this super-nifty device can really pack a whopping punch in both design ingenuity and image projection technology. Whereas in the past you’d have to bring a bulky device just so you can project stunning images and videos off a projector screen or wall, the CUBE sits comfortably on your palms and you’d still have plenty of space left for other stuff. The CUBE comes with 20,000-hour LED light projection which expands viewed images up to 10 feet, so it deserves a place in our gifts for engineers guide.
You no longer have to wait for break time to enjoy café-worthy espresso. As long as you have the MiniPressor GR Espresso Maker you can actually enjoy your brew anytime, anywhere. This tumbler-like device allows you to press all that delicious goodness of your favorite ground coffee and let it drip on your espresso cup. There’s no need to look for an electrical outlet or bring a pack of batteries, too, as the MiniPresso GR is ingeniously designed to be operated by hand. Don’t worry, though as its intuitive design allows for smoother and almost effortless operation. Enjoy an espresso anywhere, anytime, you coffee lover.
The problem with most conventional earphones is that their cables tend to loosen up and get tangled in the process. If you’re annoyed at this experience as most other people do, you’ll find the Zipbuds PRO Never Tangle Zipper Earbuds to be a welcome relief. The Zipbuds feature a unique zipper system that prevents the loosening of its cables and thus, prevents tangling. It also comes with premium acoustic drivers that, coupled with its noise cancelling technology embedded into its mic and remote, can deliever superb music listening experience. The shape of the earbuds is angled, too, to ensure fit and security.
Young aspiring rocket engineers will find the Estes Tandem-X Flying Model Rocket Launch Set to be quite an experience. The 30-inch model rocket, the Amazon, can be propelled to a remarkable height of 650 feet. For those who require an even more astonishing climb, you can build the Crossfire in about a day and see it hurtling towards the heavens at a dizzying 1,200 feet. Both model rocket systems, the Amazon and the Crossfire, comes with a colorful 18 inch parachute that has been preassembled and installed into the rockets so these are easily deployed once the Amazon and the Crossfire have reached their ceilings.
Fancy creating an assembly line that’s manned by robotic arms? If so, you might want to start with the OWI Robotic Arm Edge. This is not just a replica of the various robotic arms that you see in manufacturing assembly plants and factories; it really is a fully working model that includes a variety of controllable movements at its many articulations. From gripping objects to opening and closing doors to whatever it is you may want it to perform, it can do so effortlessly. Whatever you can do with your hands and arms, the OWI can be programmed for such actions, too.
Engineers, like scientists, are simply superb when it comes to solving problems. It is for this reason that if you can envision your kid to be an engineer in the future, you may want him or her to start sharpening his or her logical and critical thinking skills, particularly his or her scientific problem-solving skills. The Wolbrush IQ Test Toy is not actually a set of 6 different puzzle toys, but rather a collection of brain teasers that will test the limits of your cognitive processes, especially your logical reasoning and spatial motor coordination. It’s a great way to boost one’s self-confidence, too.
Members of the engineering profession require a lot of gadgets to assist them in the performance of their work. From engineering instruments to measuring tools to electronic gadgets that consolidate their work, they need a highly reliable bag for work to put all of these items in; but not just any ordinary bag. It should be the Rothco Engineers Field Bag. This canvas-constructed bag comes with a large storage compartment for storing a laptop and an additional compartment for documents and other stuff. It has separate pockets for smaller items, too, and comes with a storm flap to help keep the bag’s contents dry and secure.
You wouldn’t take a worker’s safety goggles to be a fashionable item, would you? If so, you clearly haven’t seen the Pyramex Pathfinder Safety Eyewear yet. These clear lens safety glasses are shaped like the original aviator’s sunglass popularized by RayBan in the film Top Gun. But what’s really interesting about the Pathfinder is the inclusion of safety panels on the sides of the frame to shield your eyes against debris. Of course, dust and other minute particles can still get through the smaller spaces between the frame and your skin. The lens is coated with UV protection and superb scratch resistance.
This is one safe lockpickers won’t have issues cracking into. But with 179 different wooden parts making for an elegant puzzle piece, the UGears 3D Safe is actually a very interesting box to store your gifts or small tokens to someone else. The Safe is elegantly designed and comes with embellishments that resemble a secure bank safe. Of course, this one is made of plywood, but you can easily see the painstaking work craftsmen put into its creation. To access whatever is inside the Safe, though, you’d have to work your brain to unlock it. It is thus, a great way to tease the brain.
Scenery and macro photography require dedicated hardware to capture really fascinating images. For macros, you need the background to be blurred and your subject sharp. For scenery, you’d want everything to be in sharp focus. But you don’t need an expensive DSLR to obtain these. You only need the AUKEY Ora Clip-On Lens Kit and you can turn your high-end smartphones like iPhones and Galaxys into DSLR-quality gear. The kit comes with a 10x Macro lens attachment and a 140-degree wide-angle lens. If you pair it with a 52mm circular polarized filter, the results can be worthy of any gallery.
The Dash is a truly wireless smart earphone designed and developed by Bragi to revolutionize the way you enjoy your music. The Dash comes with a built-in 4GB storage to turn it into a dedicated music player. Even if you don’t connect it with your Bluetooth device you can still enjoy music for a truly amazing experience. The software is fully updateable, too, making sure you get the best experience every time you put The Dash into your ears. It also comes with an integrated sensor to monitor health parameters like heart rate as well as other health and fitness activities. Great workout headphones.
If you’re tired of the usual wall clock and you want something that will baffle your visitors for the simple fact that they don’t know what the Anelace is for, then the Powers of 2 XLD Blue LED Binary Clock should be a wonderful item to have. The Anelace Binary Clock takes a bit of getting used to. However, if you’re familiar with how a binary clock works and how to read the time, this is a must-have. The Anelace comes with a 12- and 24- hour selectable switch plus the capability to adjust the brightness of the LED lights to 3 different levels.
It’s a calendar by design, but ordinary folks simply won’t understand its function until you explain it to them. For most individuals, the MoMA Perpetual Calendar serves more as fantastic abstract wall décor or even a desktop décor. Unlike the usual calendars that we are more familiar with, the MoMA is something that will last forever. There’s no need to replace it every New Year. Unfortunately, updating the date requires effort on your part and the consistency to update it on a daily basis, otherwise you might lose track of the date. It is a truly fascinating gift, nonetheless.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is a quadcopter drone that you would want to fly if you are into the hobby or business of capturing stunning HD quality images and videos at 1080p resolution. Unlike cheap quadcopter drone toys, the Bebop 2 comes with imaging hardware that’s controlled by an equally unique and powerful sensor to give you amazing control of your aerial shots. The Skycontroller easily connects to any mobile device while the accompanying WiFi extender can greatly expand its range up to 1.25 miles. The flight time is also ridiculously long at 25 minutes whereas toy drones can only manage 8 minutes.
Want to mesmerize your friends or even astonish your family with a planter that is truly out of this world? The Flyte LYFE is an authentic levitating plant pot that’s especially designed for your favorite type of ornamental or flowering plant. The secret is in a powerful magnet that is embedded in both the planter and the beautiful oak base. Place the LYFE on any window sill and watch it gently rotate, showering your plant with warm sunlight a full 360 degrees all year round. The geodesic 12-sided planter is made of silicon, giving you a wonderful spectacle to behold.
Fires don’t just destroy properties; these bring irreparable harm to the human body, too. While most will associate burn injuries and scars as a manifestation of fire accidents, smoke inhalation is an equally sinister experience. That’s why it’s always great to have the Safety iQ Saver Emergency Breath System in your home for those fire emergencies. Think of it as your artificial respirator, allowing you to effortlessly breathe through thick smoke while preventing harmful gases from gaining entry through your nostrils. It features a unique filter that removes carbon monoxide and other harmful gases for a full 5 minutes, saving you from smoke inhalation.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars just so you can experience and enjoy the thrills of flying a drone in an amazing First Person View manner. The GoolRC WiFi FPV Drone comes with a high-resolution video camera that sends you live video feeds right to your mobile device so you get to experience the excitement of flying one of the world’s smallest, fully functional quadcopter drones. It also has a one key return feature so you’ll never have to worry about losing it. The GoolRC also features excellent stabilization, high- and low- speed modes, and even a high hold mode.
Matching the color of objects in your surroundings to one on your computer screen used to be difficult, especially trying to figure out which among the different combinations of colors mix best. But with the Palette CUBE Portable Color Digitizer, you no longer have to tire yourself needlessly in figuring out the different colors that you have to put in your digital work. The CUBE can do that for you. With just a tap on its surface the CUBE goes to work scanning and capturing the different colors on your target surface. You can then display these colors in a variety of digital formats.
If you’re fascinated with anything and everything that flies, you will love the PowerUp 3.0. This is especially true if you also happen to be fascinated with paper airplanes. You see, PowerUp 3.0 gives you the capability to turn your paper airplane-flying days into real flying experiences that you can control and manage with your smartphone or any other compatible mobile device. The PowerUp 3.0 comes with a unique motor plus sensor that powers and guides your paper airplane, respectively. Fold the special template paper into the recommended design of paper airplane, attach the propeller, sensors, and rudder, and send it flying through the air. Make sure you also check out our guide to the best remote control planes for our top picks.
Last, but not least on our gifts for engineers review: People People Transparent Speaker. Music lovers will love putting the it into their collection of home entertainment systems either as a magnificent display piece or as an amazing piece of music playing equipment. Either way the People People is sure to be a magnet for conversation among your guests and visitors as they get to see the primary components of a stereo speaker system in all its glory. The People People also comes fully ready to accept the Airport Express from Apple for a truly immersive wireless Airplay experience. It connects via Bluetooth or WiFi and reads audio files on USB dongles as well.
When you’re deep into a project, there’s nothing worse than not having the right tool to hand. The Geekey Multi-Tool is the answer. Crafted from 420 stainless steel, this awesome little tool has 16 different functions to get you out of a bind. They range from recreational tools like a bottle opener and a bike spoke key, to task-specific tools like a wire stripper, protractor, and ¼” bit driver. The coolest thing about the Geekey Multi-Tool is how every tool is integrated into the compact design. On the longest side, it measures just 2.76 inches. If you’re looking for a gift that will definitely come in handy, this multi-tool is a sure thing.