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RainyDayGiftGuide 2019: SciTech Gifts

Happy Christmas and Merry Holidays!!!

As in previous years, we have put together a series of RainyDayTastic GiftGuides for this holiday, full of suggestions for our readers. As with every one of our Guides, all of the items in this guide are either things we looked at, ones we reviewed and liked, or brand new gear we haven’t reviewed yet but we think you would like.

Happy Holidays!

Science and Technology

It really doesn’t matter how young or old you are, nothing is quite like getting gifts which extends the senses, sparks the imagination, or otherwise open up new possibilities. In this year’s SciTech collection, we have tried to include items which would help do just that!


Foldscope is the ultra-affordable, paper microscope. Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution), Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places!

As a company, Foldscope Instruments Inc’s mission is to produce low-cost scientific tools that globally expand access to science. Their aim is to break down the price barrier between people & the curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration.

  • Foldable origami paper microscope 
  • Easy to build and use
  • 140x Magnification, 2um resolution
  • Scientifically accurate
  • In use by students, teachers and researchers in over 130 countries around the world

Observer’s Notebook:

This notebook is perfect whether they are an occasional backyard stargazer or a budding astrophysicist. The pages in the Observer’s Notebook: Astronomy are full of useful information. Stunning four-color images from the Hubble and ESA space telescopes are interweaved with ruled pages for the owner’s personal celestial observations, notes, and star-based wishes.

Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Smartphone Adapter:

  • NexYZ adapter connects the smartphone camera to the eyepiece of a telescope, spotting scope, binocular, and microscope to make is easy to capture images and videos
  • 3-axis directional knobs allows easy alignment of the phone’s camera with the eyepiece
  • Metal frame and polymer body construction stands up to field use
  • Fits any eyepiece from 35 millimeter to 60 millimeter in diameter

Rocketbook Everlast:

The Everlast notebook provides a classic pen and paper experience, yet is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services.

When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. But add a drop of water… and the notebook erases like magic.

  • 36 page dotted grid notebook can be used endlessly by wiping clean with a damp cloth
  • Includes 1 Rocketbook Core (Everlast) Executive Size (6″ x 8.8″) Notebook, 1 Pilot Frixion Pen, and 1 Microfiber Cloth

Tap Strap 2 Wearable Keyboard & Mouse:

This is one gift that is absolutely the most unique in the entire 2019 Holiday Gift Guide collection! For those not trapped by the past and those willing to stretch for the future…keyboard-less, anywhere, anytime input is here!

Tap Strap 2 is a virtual input device that uses chords to register text. There are no keys involved at all – no projected keyboard, no invisible key patterns and no holograms. It is also a very precise and easy to use mouse.

  • Type, Navigate, Swipe & Scroll using finger Taps & Air Gestures
  • Input Into Smartphones, Tablets, SmartTVs, Laptops, Computers, Projectors, Augmented & Virtual Realities Environments
  • Customize any finger combination to input letters, numbers, symboles, macros & hotkeys in any language, app or operating system
  • Works with all major operating systems, apps and devices
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 10 Hour Battery life, 7 day standby. Charging Carrying Case, USB cord & Supported Apps Included

Samsung Galaxy S10+:

This phone has been called the “anti-iPhone,” “the best phone you can buy right now,” ” the best phone of 2019,” and after having only used iPhone, we have to grudgingly agree. This phone is amazing.

  • 6.4-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display
  • Pro grade Camera system
    • standard wide camera (12 megapixel, f/1.5 optically stabilized lens),
    • telephoto camera (12 megapixel, f/2.4 optically stabilized lens), 
    • ultrawide camera (16 megapixel, f/2.2 lens)
  • Wireless PowerShare capabilities
  • Ultrasonic in display fingerprint scanner
  • 4,100 mAh all-day Intelligent Battery

Skylight Digital Photo Frame:

  • 10 inch color display with 1280×800 resolution.
  • Touchscreen controls to swipe, browse, and delete.
  • Just plug in, use touch screen to connect to wireless network, and done.
  • Email photos directly to the frame from anywhere

Clearstream Eclipse 2:

This ultra-thin antenna uses the same double loops as the outdoor series, so the performance is comparable to that of the outdoor ClearStream antennas. Peel & stick the antenna to any smooth surface, no hooks, Velcro, or damage to your walls.

  • Indoor, multi-directional, 60+ miles range
  • 20 dB USB in-line amplifier

The Illustrated Longitude:

The Illustrated Longitude recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship’s location at sea.

This version brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel’s celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of Longitude, redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrewes– from portraints of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientifc instruments, and John Harrison’s remarkable sea clocks themselves.

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