Through Geekstakes 2012, we’re delivering ten ThinkGeek giveaways to ten lucky winners every weekday from May 21 – June 1. The prizes run the geek gamut from practical to improbable and everything in between.
All of the prizes were selected by tech enthusiast and noted geek Chris Pirillo. We spoke with Chris about his favorite items and why they would make a great addition to any geek’s collection of gear.
Check out his responses and get a sneak peek at some of the exciting prizes you could win.
This small, lightweight charger allows you to power up your devices using the rays of the sun (no super powers needed). This is a great item, perfect for jaunts to far-off places without access to plugs. You know, like, a park.
“It’s one of those things that you don’t realize you need until you actually need it,” according to Chris. “It’s a great part of a geek accessory kit to keep in your car or to travel with because you never know when you’re going to need extra power.”
“You can save the day for yourself, your family or strangers by giving them the ability to charge up when they’re out of juice.”
On a similar note, this small but powerful charger can help save you from the perils of a blank screen. It supplies more than a week’s worth of battery for normal use, up to 50 hours of movie viewing for an iPhone and up to 17 hours of movie time for an iPad – perfect for packing in the entire Lord of the Rings collection on your trip back from the Computer History Museum. Don’t be fooled by the name, the charger works for Android, Kindle, Nintendo DS and virtually anything that charges via USB.
“These things are pretty lightweight and can slip into a pocket,” Chris said. “Especially on days that you know you won’t be tethered to a power cable or anywhere near it, so long as you have a USB cable that’s compatible…you can charge a near infinite amount of USB devices with one of these types of chargers.”
Ditch your Words with Friends game for some 8 and 16 bit blasts from the past. This portable game console allows you to play classic Nintendo and Super Nintendo games on the go. It comes with extension controllers for dominating multiplayer games and can even connect to a television for gaming on the big screen.
Chris is not a hardcore gamer, but he appreciates the classics and knows the winner will enjoy this prize.
“My favorite games were the classic NES games, like the originals, like Metroid, Kid Icarus, Legend of Zelda, etc.” he said.
The line between camera and cell phone continues to blur, and this case pretty much erases that line by turning your iPhone 4 or 4s into a vintage camera. The case is a perfect blend of form, function and old-school flair, as the shutter button is completely functional and the entire case is made of super protective polycarbonate.
Of course, it’s pretty fun, too.
“It’s really neat,” Chris said. “It’s kitsch, it’s unique and more than anything it could throw people off. It’s less for taking an amazing photo and more for just the geek appeal. iPhone cases are a time a dozen, but… this is fun stuff.”
We all know Legos are awesome, but did you ever think of what happens to the little Lego people when the lights go out? It’s scary!
Protect your Legoland from darkness with these colored LED Construction Brick Brites. Available in blue, red and green, the bricks are compatible with Legos and all other brands of building bricks. They are motion activated and can provide up to 100 hours of flashing fun.
Kids these days with their terabytes and their cloud storage. Back in the day, 1.44 MB was all you needed. The old floppy disks held tons of information – fantasy baseball spreadsheets, documents with the best Star Wars quotes and more. Who cares if you needed 18 floppy disks to install a copy ofMonkeyIslandon your PC? It was worth the wait!
We digress. These sticky notes look exactly like 3.5” floppy disks from days gone by. You can write on them, share them with your fellow geeks or use them as a conversation starter to reminisce about just how l337 the ‘80s were. Just don’t try to stick them in your A Drive. Do you even have an A Drive?
“This is hilarious,” Chris said. “Half the people out there don’t know what floppy disks are, but these are awesome.”
Do you love Chinese food? Do you love Star Wars? Then bring the best of cuisine and cinema together with these Star Wars Chop Sabers. Featuring authentic details, these chopsticks are modeled after your favorite weapons from the Jedi and the Dark Side. If you ever wanted to act out your favorite Luke Skywalker scene while shoveling sushi into your mouth, now is your chance.
These are just some of the great items you could win in Geekstakes 2012. Enter now on Facebook for your chance to win every weekday from May 21 – June 1. And be sure to check out Chris’ hands-on review of each prize every day on his blog.