The Government Technology editorial staff suggests stocking stuffers for state and local technology workers in its 2008 wish list -- some good, others ... not so good in the Technology Wish List 2008.

Hoverit Lounge Chair

It's a see-through acrylic chair that levitates off the ground - how cool is that? This interesting venture into the world of futuristic relaxation uses repelling magnets to keep the seat portion floating above the base. I'd like to have one of these at home, definitely. And if I had one at work, how much more appropriate would it be to sit in a floating chair while I'm writing about technology?

-- Hilton Collins, staff writer

Nikon D80

After researching plenty of cameras I'd like to purchase, a co-worker recommended the D80 as the ultimate must-have, consumer-friendly camera. The 10.2-megapixel camera produces high-resolution digital images, has seven program modes and captures three frames per second. The D80 has in-camera editing, which means that even novices can take professional-grade photos. This all-purpose camera retails at $799, which makes it quite suitable as a wish item.

-- Karen Stewartson, managing editor


Since the hands-free cell phone law took effect in California in July, I've been scrambling to find a comfortable yet efficient Bluetooth earpiece to do the job. I've used a couple of earpieces, but they don't do the job quite right and above all - they never seem to fit my ear snugly. However, the Jawbone comes with several different-sized earbuds and ear clips that are sure to help with comfort, and it's aesthetically pleasing. The sound quality and volume are exceptional, and it's affordably priced at $129.

-- Karen Stewartson, managing editor

Garmin nüvi 880

I lack a sense of direction. I rely on turn-by-turn directions because, quite frankly, I can't read a map well and feel comfortable leaving my life in the hands of Google Maps. However, the Garmin nüvi 880 GPS unit would change my directionally challenged life. Not only can I speak commands to it while driving, like "Find Address," but the high-sensitivity internal antenna also allows me to toss it in my purse and never be lost again. It also features Bluetooth technology for hands-free calling, is preloaded with maps and points of interest - great for locating gas stations on road trips - and features a 4.3-inch full-color display. The unit comes with a free trial to MSN Direct allowing users to check the weather, traffic delays and even movie listings. But at the suggested retail price of $899, this über-GPS unit must remain on my wish list.

-- Elaine Rundle, staff writer

SparkFun Electronics' Portable Rotary Phone

As cell phones become smaller, they lose their personality. I would change that with SparkFun Electronics' Portable Rotary Phone. It's a traditional rotary phone that's been modified to work with SIM cards. Also known as the Port-O-Rotary, users insert their SIM card into the phone, turn it on and it utilizes their cell phone number and account minutes. It features a traditional metallic bell ring and has a dial tone. The phone charges through an external jack, but the battery should run for three to four days, according to SparkFun. To make an impression, take it on the go, but the weight of about two pounds makes it more for home or office life. I do have two fears: Without