On December 8, 2010 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, the SDForum Emerging Tech SIG presented “Gadget Night with Fred Davis.” Davis is a media pioneer with roots in MacUser, CNET, Wired and currently with Forward Innovations. He and Lisa Padilla of Grabbit demonstrated the latest tech gadgets and talked about the significant trends in consumer and business technology.
Apple dominates gadgets this year. While the number of apps on the iPhone and iPad are increasing, people should look at the iTouch which has many of the same apps, features and games of an iPhone without the AT&T two year contract.
Speaking of contracts, the iPad can be networked using a contract with Verizon and the MiFi Mobile Hotspot. You can connect it to your camera using the iPad Camera Connection Kit with its own SD card reader. It can also be used as kind of a USB port, which the current iPad does not have. Davis thinks there are more features on iPhones that will migrate to the iPad like front and rear cameras. The most interesting news was the possibility of textbooks next year. Imagine having the latest and best textbooks for your child regardless of what state or school district you live in.
The iPod Nano and Shuffle prices of $149 and $49 are falling into the stocking stuffer category.
It was not all about Apple, but even Amazon’s Kindle has an app on the iPad. Amazon is looking for platforms to sell content and the Kindle appears to be just one way to do that. This brings up the issue of DRM and whether you own content or only rent it. Amazon inadvertently deleted George Orwells “1984” because it discovered it did not have the proper rights to publish it. Google has found itself in similar situations. There is nothing more disturbing than having a book disappear from your library. I wondered if an illegally downloaded copy of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” would cause an e-reader to ironically burst into flames.
Speaking of a nightmarish future with large screen televisions, Davis does not think much of the current expensive 3D televisions. Anything that requires glasses can give you a headache. There are other interesting things you can do with your existing TV. He likes the Sonos S5 multi-room wireless music system. Microsoft’sÂ Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect allows users to interact with the video games by tracking your every move in front of the screen. To get Americans off the couch, the Gruve personal activity monitor tracks your activity and calories as you move around. For the car, there is the Pioneer AVIC-X920BT which of course can be paired with your iPhone.
For cameras Davis likes the following: Canon EOS 7D, the Nikon D7000, Red Mysterium X camera, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750.
That’s it. Enjoy your holiday shopping.
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