Stuck for Valentine's Day ideas? Check out some of our favourite geeky things for inspiration.
Not everyone celebrates Valentine's Day. In fact, some people find it downright terrible. Here at CNET Australia, we think we can't possibly hate anyone expressing how much they love each other. That said, Hallmark cards, chocolates and teddy bears sewn with satin hearts aren't for everyone.
Here are some of our own gift ideas for that special Valentine.
Aerogel is a really fascinating material, ultra-light with a composition that is mostly (over 95 per cent) air and the rest gel. Mostly, it seems to be used for insulation and filtering — but now you can use it to show that special someone how much you care. Apparently, this aerogel heart integrates "optically-active materials to achieve a brilliant pink colour" (we assume that's fancy-speak for "dye").
Give the bottom a twist, and the gears of this 3D-printed heart rotate, shifting it into something unrecognisable; keep twisting and it will eventually settle back into the shape of a heart. It's a great thing to fidget with while in your thoughtful moments — and every time your sweet baboo picks it up, they'll have a little thought of you.
Making mix tapes doesn't have to be a lost art — spending hours poring over your music collection, selecting just the right songs for the object of your affection. We love the idea of the Mix Tape USB: instead of tape in the centre, there's a 1GB USB, which is enough space for well over 200 songs.
Is your love stronger than time? Or do you just think dinosaurs are brilliant? Either way, we'd be hard-pressed to find a woman who wouldn't feel like a total badass wearing a laser-cut acrylic T-rex skeleton around her neck.
Some things are endless. The universe. True love. Pi. This sterling silver, gold or platinum necklace only has the first 100 digits strung along its 18 inches, but the intent is clear.
Or, to be a little more geeky, there's also a bracelet available. The number of digits it displays? 42.
/ Photo: The Robert Christopher Company
3D-printed mechanical heart
Pewter Companion Cube pendant
Giant Gummy Heart
Mix Tape USB
Baby dragon ring
USB Tulip Hub
A bit cross
Solar System necklace
Ocarina of Time
Titanium Utility Ring
Fuse necklace and earring set
Solar system ring
Does your special someone keep the worst of the world at bay, like a fuse channelling the overflow of electricity? And, on the more practical side, there will always be a spare fuse or two laying about.
The necklace is available on its own as well, in case you're buying for someone without pierced ears. A category that could also include men.
We doubt many people have US$4280 just kicking about, but this ring would absolutely be worth it. A rotating ring carved from meteorite is set into a 18k gold frame; inset on the meteorite band are stones representing the solar system: Mercury is a rust-coloured sapphire, Venus a golden sapphire, Earth an irradiated blue diamond, Mars a ruby, Jupiter an opal, Saturn a cats-eye chrysoberyl with an inlaid 24k gold ring, Uranus a green sapphire, Neptune a blue sapphire and Pluto a black diamond.