USB tentacles turn your PC into Cthulhu (and other things we didn’t cover)

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The holiday season is upon us, so for today’s GeekBytes, we've rounded up some interesting gadgets that you can purchase (or pre-order) for your friends and family. We can’t promise they will enjoy the gifts, but don’t say we never tried to help you out.

Attach a squirming tentacle to your laptop [ThinkGeek]

Have you ever wanted to scare everyone in the library without doing anything that could potentially get you arrested? It’s a pretty specific fantasy, I’ll admit, but the USB Squirming Tentacle from ThinkGeek might be the perfect solution. Just pop it into any USB port, and it starts wiggling away.

The tentacle is just as ridiculous as it sounds—it doesn’t even store data. If you’re a big Cthulhu fan, or are just looking to fill some stockings with the most absurd gifts on the internet this holiday season, you could certainly do worse than the Squirming Tentacle. [via Gizmodo]

Projecteo lets you show off your Instagram pictures like it's 1950 [Kickstarter]


When I was growing up, my grandparents had an old slide projector which they used to show me countless pictures of countless vacations they had taken over the past several decades. If you want to be just like my grandparents, Projecteo might be the tool for you.

Projecteo is a small projector that uses slides of 35mm film developed from pictures in your Instagram library. The film is then cut into small circles and stored in wheels that are about the side of a quarter. Each wheel stores only 9 photos, so choose wisely. It’s too bad this isn’t shipping in time for the holidays. Looks like I’ll have to wait until next year to get back at my grandparents.

The Projecteo Kickstarter is fully funded, but if you would like to be one of the first to receive one, there’s still time to pledge.

DoorBot is the evolution of the peephole [Christie Street]

If your friends regularly knock on your door when you’re not home and then angrily stomp away when you don’t answer, Edison Junior’s DoorBot could be a useful addition to your home.

The DoorBot is a video doorbell paired with an iOS app that lets you see who’s at your door no matter where you are. The doorbell button in the center of the DoorBot is surrounded by a blue LED light, and once your visitors press it, it immediately alerts you, giving you ample time to hide from unexpected guests. It’s battery operated, weather-resistant, and easy to install. Edison Junior is attempting to raise $250,000 to make the DoorBot a reality. You can contribute or purchase one for yourself (providing the project is funded) at Christie Street. [via Engadget]

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