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Article 6: Gadgets!
How can any year be complete without new gadgets. And not just phones, tablets, TV’s or computers, there are so many more interesting things available in the tech market that are unique and innovative.
How many of you have known drones? What about smart home systems? Or virtual reality? Take a look at the list, maybe you’ll learn!
1. GoPro HERO4
Action cameras. The stuff you see while making movies? No. These are small, carry everywhere cameras that you can use when you cycle or skateboard, or surf in the ocean, or strap it to your dog when you take them for a run! These cameras are versatile, rugged and can handle pretty much any situation.
The GoPro cameras have been the most popular in this segment. All their cameras are waterproof (40m), and can be connected to your phone via wifi for sharing.
The GoPro Hero 4 is the latest offering and is very pricy. But it takes full HD/4K videos, burst modes, time lapse and slo-mo (120fps) and comes in a waterproof package. The videos it takes are just stunning and can easily be shared using the built in wifi and bluetooth. Yes, they cost $399 for the HERO4 silver (1080p/60) and $499 for HERO4 Black (4K/30, 2.7K/50), which is extremely costly. But if you are a professional, want to film something in first person, or really love it as an accessory for your activities, these are outstanding cameras. There are cheaper versions to, including the HERO and HERO3 if you don’t require HD quality video.
2. Chromecast/Apple TV
TV streaming boxes have indeed grown popular through the last few years. All they do is connect via HDMI to your TV and get content on your phone and on the internet onto the large screen.
The Chromecast has been Google’s boy in this segment. Its a super compact HDMI stick that plugs right into your TV. Once connected to wifi, this tiny gadget can access a number of apps, including YouTube, Netflix (in limited regions), Google+ and Eros Now. Moreover, you can “cast” videos, photos and apps from your android device to share on the laser screen.
The Apple TV is more a compact set-top box. It performs similar to the Chromecast in terms of accessing the internet apps. But the Apple TV is only for the iOS and Mac ecosystem, with no support for android devices. You can Airplay music and video, or the entire display. You can use your TV as a second wireless display for your Mac.
Simply concluding, get the Chromecast or Apple TV based on your gadget ecosystem. The Chromecast retails for Rs. 2999 and the Apple TV for Rs. 6999. Get one for yourself now!
Apple TV: http://www.apple.com/appletv/
3. Kindle Paperwhite (2014)
E-books are said to be the future of books, and the Kindle Paperwhite is the best offering as an e-book reader.
The Paperwhite has a 6" high resolution paperwhite display; which means you can read clearly in the sun without any glare. The battery lasts for weeks, and the device is lighter than any comparable tablet. All e-books can be downloaded and stored wirelessly over wifi or 3G from the huge Amazon E-book store. Moreover, you can look up words as you read or search wikipedia for more information. There is backlight for the display for night reading
If you love reading and want to carry your whole library in your pocket, get this device for $139 onwards.
4. Philips Hue
Its time you control your light using your phones and watches. Philips Hue is a lighting solution for your house. Lights, LED bulbs that can be controlled simply via your phone. There is a hue list of features that comes with the Hue, including moods like ‘Reading’, ‘Relax’, ‘Concentrate’ and many other ‘Light Recipes’. You can control your lights from anywhere in the world via the app or the online portal. There is also an option to set the lights automatically simply by setting the time. Hue will also change colours as you receive notifications, and connect to IFTTT. All in all, its the most advanced lighting system available and is a great tech gift!
The Hue starter pack (with 3 bulbs and Hue bridge) retails at $199 and is totally worth the price.
The Flow is a precise wireless programmable controller for your computer (currently Mac) or mobile device. Its designed to be better than any mouse, with a circular ring controller and touch based input.
Flow started off (and still is) an Indiegogo campaign to rebuild the mouse so that you can control your computer with more intuitive gestures build a mouse that can be programmed. Its intended to be used for controlling complex application used in graphic designing, movie making and 3D designing. But the flow can make your life simpler even if you ain’t any professional by making complexities simple. Everything from controlling your music, Youtube, AutoCad, Photoshop can all be done single handed by this device.
To learn more about Flow, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-the-world-s-most-magical-controller
You can pick up a Flow on their Indiegogo campaign page.
6. Google Cardboard
Google, the crazy silicon valley beast, has started yet another project. This time though, its not silicon they are working with, its cardboard.
Cardboard is Google’s ultra-cheap virtual reality kit. What is virtual reality? Its about you being made to feel as if you are in the virtual world, like a game, by adding devices that control your senses, or make you see and hear the environment of the virtual world.
Anyways, Google Cardboard is a kit you can use to build your very own virtual reality headset. It consists of foldable cardboard and 2 lenses for your eyes. After building the basic structure, just drop in your smartphone with a VR app running and look through the cardboard to enter the virtual world! Its super cheap and works wonders.
Get Cardboard under Rs. 1000, or look for alternatives...
7. DJI Phantom 2 (range of drones)
Quadcopters/Drones are cool flying objects: they are easy to control, can be held stable in air and can perform tasks while in air.
There have been very few industry leaders in the quadcopter drone business. DJI is rated to be one of the top drone makers, and it steals the competition away with the Phantom 2. The Phantom 2 comes in 3 models:
The Phantom lasts for about 20 minutes of flight time, and takes about an hour to charge.
It has nimble controls and is quiet easy to fly. It also has an inbuilt GPS, Gyro sensors and you can pre-program its flight path. There are a load of accessories that work with it, including many apps. Obviously it is costly and isn’t really meant for general usage. Its an amazing tech gift anyways.
If you want a cheaper drone or a miniature one, try the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, Hubsan X4 and Estes 4606.
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