acgtools is a driver for the ACG HF MultiISO RFID reader written entirely in Python and including several developer tools, including EEPROM backup/edit/restoration for enabling some of the more exotic features supported by this hardware. There are also sample applications, notably an e-Passport reader.
Ejecter is a little tool that makes it possible to unmount external devices and eject CD-ROMs without having to right-click on the device icon (either on the desktop or in Nautilus). It sits in the background and shows an icon in the system tray when one or more peripherals are connected to your PC: once clicked, a window appears with the list of the devices (volume name and device type, and much clearer than the similar thing available on Windows) and the related eject button. Being written in Vala, it is translated into C code and then compiled. This means that it's lightweight and consumes little memory, does not require a full VM like Python, and has no strange requirements to run (just GLib/GTK).