Gadget Round-Up

These objects of desire leave the competition eating dust.

TECH  |  July 26, 2011By Maxim Staff

These objects of desire leave the competition eating dust.

Hulger Plumen CFL Bulbs
Power-sipping CFL bulbs are easy on the Earth but tend to be uglier than a pair of Zubaz pants. The new Hulger Plumen CFL bulbs make you want to lose the lampshade—they look more like light-up sculptures (or crazy straws, though their built-in mercury may make you think twice about using them for this purpose) than off-the-shelf bulbs. 
$30, plumen.com


Leica V-Lux 30
Leica cameras are known more for their old-school charm (and carlike price tags) than for fancy features, but the 15-megapixel Leica V-Lux 30 takes the staid shooter into the modern age. It’s packed with high-tech perks such as HD video, a touch­screen LCD, and built-in GPS. And the cost? Closer to a suit than sedan. 
$750, leica-camera.com

Mizuno Wave Prophecy
When it comes to running-shoe components, the foam midsole is like Louie Anderson in spinning class—it’s usually the first to wear out. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy ditches this flimsy layer in favor of two stacked plates that act like a suspension system, giving foam-free sole support on uneven surfaces. The upshot of this foamicidal construction: kicks that last longer before their forced retirement.
$200, mizunousa.com


Channellock 87 Rescue Tool
We’re all just one disaster away from being trapped beneath an impenetrable layer of rubble. The Channellock 87 Rescue Tool lets you play Superman as you make your escape from the post­apocalyptic wasteland. It snaps battery cords and soft metal like they’re pretzel sticks and pries open windows and doors like cans of Coke. Rebuilding civilization is still up to you. 
$46, channellock.com