Coolest Inventions 2004: Geek Gadgets

Tech toys for those who, at work or play, spend most of their life in front of the computer

USB Christmas Tree

If your new PC came with more USB ports than you'll ever need, it may be time to decorate your work space. This LED-laden tree cycles through six different colors. ($13)

James Bond Stealth Camera

Given that cameras now come hidden in most phones, who would think to look for one in this Zippo-style lighter case? Great for anyone vying to be 008. ($100)

Philips Key019 Camcorder

This tiny USB camcorder recharges when connected to a Mac or PC. The video isn't DVD quality but looks decent on the LCD screen hidden...

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