The Geekiest Gadgets of Macworld Expo 2011

2011 is the second year that Macworld Expo went on without Apple's participation. The show may be smaller than it once was, it was still packed with visitors and exhibitors. (Note: Macworld Expo is put on by IDG World Expo, a subsidiary of PCWorld's corporate parent).

But we're not here to talk about that. Or Apple itself, for that matter. For us here at GeekTech, the gadgets and goodies on show are all we care about. And even though iGadget cases are always popular, there was still plenty to check out--even if you're not an Apple fan. Submitted for your approval are some of the geekiest things we spotted at Macworld 2011.

Batman Meets The Flash...Drive

Mimoco is already fairly well known for its ridiculously cool flash drives, but the company's newest offering is probably its best yet:

That's right. It's the Dark Knight. In Flash Drive form. This rendition of the Caped Crusader is based on the circa-1940 comics, and is the result of a partnership with DC Comics. This particular one is part of a limited 5,000-flash-drive production run. Who would've thought that a flash drive would be a collector's item?

Speaking of flash drives, Mimoco also announced Mimobot BLOTz, a new series of flash drives where, like Forrest Gump's box of chocolate, you don't know what you're gonna get until you open it up. Here's Armando with one of the BLOTz drives:

Ohhhh yeeeah.

The BLOTz flash drives come with 2GB of storage and run for around $15.

iGrillin'

We previously covered the iGrill thermometer back on December, but since it was on show at Macworld Expo, we got to get a close-up look at it.

At first blush, this $99 gadget looks kind of silly, but it actually seems useful--if you're really into grilling, anyway. You insert the thermometer probes into meat on the grill--the probes connect to a transmitter device that you set next to the grill. Install an app on your iPhone or iPad, and you'll be able to remotely keep tabs on your meat's temperature. See the video below to get a closer look:

The iPad Jacket--Wait, What?

But nothing we saw on the show floor said "geek" quite like Alphyn's PADX-1 LEDGE jacket. The jacket, well, looks like a normal jacket...until you unzip the pouch on the front. Out folds a shelf with an integrated iPad case.

That's right, you can walk around with an iPad directly in front of you.

If this seems a little impractical for you, the SOMA-1 Wearcom sweatshirt may be more your thing. This has an integrated pouch on the sleeve for a smartphone or MP3 player, and a zippered conduit for your headphone cables.

Useful? Silly? You be the judge:

Many Mac Minis

The Xserve's days are numbered, as Apple will be pulling the plug on its rack-mounted server on January 31. There are other options, of course, like the Mac Mini Server. And then there's this rack-mount tray that can hold Mac Minis--lots and lots of Mac minis! The vendor, H-Squared, didn't provide us with pricing information or availability, so watch this space for more info.

Nick Mediati is just about gadget-ed out for one week.

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