Holiday Shopping List: For Those Who Live At The Bleeding Edge Of Tech
Were you using e-mail in 1971? Maybe you had a SPOT watch before the term smart-watch was ever uttered? Were you tweeting before Ashton Kutcher? Are you Steve Mann ? You, my comrade, are a bleeding tech kind of person! Being the early adopters and influencers that we are, can be tough on those loving friends and families who would like to get us a gift.
What do you get the person who has everything before everyone else? A time-machine? Ho, ho, ho, I jest. But of course, if you can find one, we’ll take it. Just send a link to this article to all your friends and family, so they can catch up with the 21st century and get you a gift you’ll really love. Sure, the thought counts, but the gift can still be cool, right?
Television is so much more than just a big flickering box these days. In fact, television can become an immersive entertainment source with new 3D technologies, and LG has gone even further with the immersion by offering a curved display. It’s like your TV is reaching out to hug you. I love you too, TV!
The groundbreaking Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology allows for such a thin display, so that it can be curved. The individual pixels have their own light-source, giving you a brightness regular LCD TVs can’t. The pixels are also able to turn off completely in order to give you the truest black-tones possible. This TV is smart also, connecting to the Internet via a WiFi connection and natively supporting streaming media services such as NetFlix, Hulu, and other premium content providers. Plus, you can stream media directly to your TV from your computer. Of course, it also has theatre-quality 3D, and 2D-to-3D conversion with lightweight, battery-free glasses.
Brunton Hydrogen Reactor ($170)
You read that right. A hydrogen reactor. Don’t get too carried away though, you’re not going to be powering your house with this device. The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor is a device that takes the hydrogen from a Brunton Hydrogen Core ($20) and combines that with the oxygen around it, to generate electricity. It can generate enough electricity to recharge your iPhone up to 6 times! The reactor is quite small at about a half a pound in weight, making it an ideal charger for the gear-head on the go or out in the rough. Currently, the Reactor is in pre-order stage, but should be available by December 15th, according to the Brunton website. You might not be able to order it outside the US, since US law isn’t big on exporting hydrogen-creating devices. It could, technically, be considered a weapon. Which makes it that much cooler!
MakerBot Digitizer ($1400)
3D printers are so last week. Doesn’t everyone have one now? What the avant-garde 3D modeller is using this week is the MakerBot Digitizer. Put your hand-sculpted creation, or hard-to-find part on the turntable and generate a 3D model of it that you can feed to your dusty 3D printer. Now we’re duplicating!
The resulting file is ready-to-go for the MakerBot 3D printers, but can also be used in most 3D modelling software as well. This gives you the opportunity to improve upon the original and create something no one else has. Perfect for the DIY enthusiast, engineer, prototyper, industrial designer; anyone who wants to make cool 3D stuff. Want to learn more about 3D printing? Joel Lee’s, “What Is 3D Printing And How Exactly Does It Work? ” article is for you!
Garmin Fenix ($400)
A true smart-watch if ever there was one. This watch helps you get away form e-mails, tweets, status updates, text messages and all the other bombardments on your mind. Get outdoors. Go. The Garmin Fenix will help you get to the edge of the world and help you get back too. If you want to come back, that is. The Fenix is an altimeter, barometer, and compass (ABC) and GPS, as well as a way-back finder with the ability to track 1000 different waypoints along the way. Get lost. Or at least try to get lost.
One World Futbol ($40)
Anytime a new technology also has the ability to help children around the world, it is a winner. In this case, the One World Futbol is at least a double winner. With a purchase price similar to, or lower than, a regular soccer ball, the more fortunate of us can get a soccer ball that simply won’t go flat. Ever. The Futbol is the same dimensions and weight as a regulation soccer ball, and can be bought in sizes 4 and 5. The ball works equally well for volleyball and any other game the kids can dream of. If you take into consideration that for each One World Futbol that you buy, one will go to a community in need, the ball really only costs you $20. Who’s counting cost though, when you know that the Futbol will be putting a smile on the faces of children and adults somewhere in this tough old world? Not me. I think I’ll be buying one of these for myself. Is that selfish?
Tesla Model X, Reservation Starts at $2000
I think you’ll forgive me for putting this on the list, even though it isn’t available just yet. I’m pretty sure if someone who loves you bought this for you for Christmas, you’d get over having to wait until 2014 to actually sit in it. I know I would. The Tesla Model X carries on the innovation of Tesla motors, with an attractively understated SUV/sedan of sorts. It’s not really a coupe, since it seats people perfectly comfortably in the second row and it’s not really a 4-door either. I’m not sure exactly what kind of doors these really are! Tesla calls them Falcon Wings.
That’s right – a third row. How? How is there that much space in an electric car that can hit 60 MPH just shy of 5 seconds? I’m pretty sure if I win the lottery this Christmas, there will be one of these on my list. Just to make sure that you realize this truly is bleeding edge technology, take a look at the Tesla Touchscreen integrated into the dashboard, for navigation and entertainment. Elon Musk knows what we want.
Google Chromecast ($35)
Maybe you weren’t quite on the leading edge when it came to smart TVs, but you have a great flat-screen anyway. For just $35, you can essentially turn your ordinary dumb flat-screen into a smart one. If the ability to watch Netflix, Hulu, and many other paid services interests you, or streaming shows and music from your computer to your TV, then for $35 this is a no-brainer. All controlled from iPad, Android device or any computer running the Chrome browser – so you don’t even need a new remote control. Danny Stieben gave the device a thorough review in his article ,”Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway “. The giveaway is over, but the review is worth the read. To sum it up, if your not ready to upgrade to a Smart TV, this is an inexpensive alternative to tide you over.
Transporter Sync ($99)
Imagine unlimited cloud storage of all your files, with better access speeds than the traditional cloud. Now imagine only paying $99 for that, once, ever. That’s the Transporter Sync. Synchronize all of your files across all of your devices, back them up to whatever size hard-drive you choose, and get Dropbox-style functionality as well. Plus, since it’s your hard drive, it’s your security as well. No worries of someone data mining your stuff. How can you be more bleeding edge than having your own private, protected cloud server? Not sure what you’d use that much cloud storage for? Saikat Basu has “10 Ways To Use Your Cloud Storage That You May Not Have Thought Of “.
ASUS Transformer AiO ($1200)
Feeling caught in the cross-fire between Windows and Android systems? Not sure if you want a desktop or a tablet? If you can’t make up your mind, why bother? Just get the ASUS Transformer AiO. When the screen is docked, it’s a full fledged Windows 8 machine. Pop the screen off for a super-large Android tablet experience. Need to be away from the desk but still need Windows? You can do that too! All with just one button. Add to this wonder a 2 TB hard drive, USB 3.0 ports, 18.4 inches of viewing area with ten-point multi-touch, and you have a true all-in-one computer.
Living on the bleeding edge of technology is seldom cheap, but it sure can be exciting! From a $20 soccer ball that you share with the world to an electric super family car, there’s a way to get something truly new and unique under the tree for your favourite geek this year.