If you are an avid reader of the Games & Gadgets column, you should already know that “Games & Gadgets” can be a bit of a bad description for the items that are featured. Yes, there are many video game articles and pieces based on cool tech, but some articles seem a bit outside of the narrow range of the column’s title. When we look at the articles on peripherals, headphones and even recycled binders, it does raise the question of where the realm of “gadget” ends.

When this column was first conceived, the thought was to highlight technology that was useful, interesting and most important, fun. There are countless genuinely useful pieces of technology out there that we overlook because they are so part of our everyday lives. Almost all of us own a box that uses internal lasers to tap into data stored on round, metallic sheets, but when we call them CD, DVD or Blu-ray players, they somehow lose their rightful “wow factor.”

The truth, however, is that we are surrounded by amazing items that go beyond anything most of us could comprehend. Few of us could make the calculator we sneak out during math tests, let alone the computer we waste hours daily in “World of Warcraft” or the MP3 player that we hook through our car stereos. Whether you are at a coffee shop, your university bookstore or reading this article online, take a moment to look around you and try to figure out – if you had time and supplies – how many things that you use every day you could assemble on your own.

The point is that we truly live in a world of wonders – both big and small. Even items that are mass-produced and created for the blatantly obvious, crass desire to get money from a culture that is becoming increasingly obsessed with conspicuous consumption are truly amazing when you take time to appreciate them. Those of you who agree with this sentiment are the ones for whom this column is written, but it is also there to create tech-lovers from people of all walks of life.

To that end, rather than introducing some mechanical marvel, I submit to you the Cyber Clean. This item has no electronics. It does not contain a moving part, nor does it actually do anything on its own. In fact, if you didn’t know what it was, you would almost definitely say that it was as far removed from gadgets as possible.

When you remove the Cyber Clean from its resealable bag, it looks like a somewhat more solid version of the packaged “slime” from years past. It is a gooey, colorful plastic substance that feels like a smoother, more liquid version of Silly Putty.

Those who read the label, however, will find that the Cyber Clean is actually intended (as the name implies) to clean electronics. Despite the fact that it seems like a toy that should be kept far away from anything important, technical or expensive, this gooey substance is actually perfect for cleaning the dirt and crumbs from your electronics. By placing it on your crumb-covered keyboard, pressing down and then peeling it off, the Cyber Clean reaches under and between keys to lift up the dirt and grime that has been pooling in hard-to-reach places. The mess is pulled up with the goo, leaving a clean keyboard with no signs that it has just been covered in slime.

Is this a gadget? Not by any definition of the word. It is a children’s toy that has been repurposed to become a cleaning tool. None of this would fall even remotely close to the definition of an accessory, let alone a gadget.

But that said, it is undoubtedly a cool product that does make your computing life a bit better. Between the initial rush of pulling goo out of a pouch, the looks of disgust and awe from your classmates and friends as you purposely coat your precious computer in the brightly-colored gunk and the secretly intrigued peek you give at the now-dirty surface as you are peeling it off, it could easily be defined as useful, interesting and most importantly, fun.

So, if this meandering rant has done nothing other than describe a truly weird computer product, let me leave you with my initial thought: Look for the cool, funky things that make your modern life wonderful.