Santa would not be very pleased with me this year. I’ve been naughty. Yes, through an unfortunate mix of being on the road and getting ill during the past 3 weeks, I haven’t done any Christmas shopping. Nor have I sent out any cards. I keep telling my loved ones that my cards will get there … rather late for this year but being the considerate soul that I am I won’t refer to the year in my note so they could always consider them as rather early for next year. Win-win for both of us, don’t you think?
While I was putting together the list of presents for my loved ones last night my mind started to wander. I started to think about the cool stuff that I’d seen this year. Then it occurred to me that they were all in one shape or another related to electronics. A one track mind don’t you think? According to the BBC, the average person in the UK is using 10% less electricity than five years ago despite the increase in the number of large TVs, PCs/tablets and smartphones. So thanks to the efforts of lovely people like you who design more energy efficient electronics with the help of CAE and CFD I don’t feel too guilty about wanting even more electronic gadgets in the house. Anyway, since you are fellow electronics enthusiasts (and who may still be looking for ideas as to what to buy for your loved ones or yourself) I thought I should share my list with you. Ok… this is a thinly veiled list of things that I’d love under my Christmas tree but we’ll see what Santa will bring for me… it wouldn’t surprise me at all if I get a lump of coal in my stocking this year instead 😉
Here we go…
Samsung Galaxy Note 4: I remember my first mobile phone. The handset was the same size as a regular phone but it required you to carry an external battery pack the size of a medium sized handbag. Oof! Then we went through this period where the smaller the mobile phone, the cooler the owner. But a funny thing’s happened in the past 5 years or so. Now it’s pretty much a case of how big can you go and still get away with it! It reminds me of Dom Jolly’s skit from a few years ago… (for my friends on the other side of the pond Dom Jolly had a big mobile and he wasn’t afraid to use it … just fast forward about 28 seconds and you’ll see what I mean) Now the new large mobiles are not as big as that but my Samsung SIII does look tiny sitting next to the new gen mobiles. My mobile contract is up for renewal shortly and after seeing a colleague’s Samsung Note 4 in action, I’ve got a serious case of phablet envy. It’s big. It’s bold. It’s beautiful. I’m not sure it’ll fit into my hiking pants pockets but as a woman I tend to carry either a handbag or a backpack at pretty much all times anyway so transporting this bad boy should not an issue. AND I can use this beauty as my new SatNav as well. No more of that clunky SatNav that gives me instructions too late or throws a wobbly every time I decide to ignore its instruction to randomly “make a u-turn now” in the middle of a motorway.
Cickret bracelet: I can hear what you’re thinking… why is she talking about bling here? Well, it’s not exactly bling. It’s allegedly a gadget that can keep you connected. It can even double as your mobile. Now I’m not sure if this is a joke (someone has had fun with CGI) but as a concept I like it – wearable tech that doesn’t intrude on you. And we shouldn’t forget that most of the gadgets we now use didn’t even exist 10 years ago so who’s to say we shouldn’t dream… if anything we should dream big. But not Dom Jolly mobile big.
Dell Curved Screen: I’m not a gamer. Never been. Never will be. So I’m not part of the demographic that this product was designed for but I find that I’m increasingly watching movies and programs on my computer at home. So when I saw this beauty I thought it would even look cool sitting in the corner of my sitting room. Yummy.
Tory Burch Fitbit case: teehee… lulled you into a false sense of security didn’t I? I know this is about gadgets but I’m still a girl so I have an affinity for shiny things. You all know about my relationship with my Fitbit tracker. I mostly wear Fitty when I’m out hiking; however, it really is meant to be worn at all times but it looks rather “industrial” against my regular clothes. A lot of other members of the Fitbit cult must have thought the same thing so I’m glad we finally have an elegant solution – two different gorgeous vessels for Fitbit and in three different finishes. And in case Santa is listening I’m rather partial to the silver bracelet 😉
A footstool: Yes, I’ve completely gone off reservation but you’ll see why if you click on this link There’s also a matching IC coffee table! Pretty cool, huh? The site includes instructions on how to build one but it requires use of power tools and those two words and my name should never be uttered in the same sentence. You’d know why if you saw me use something as simple as a hammer. Anyway, if you have a bit of time and wouldn’t mind making a bit of money, I know someone who’d like to talk with you.
So there you have it. My most coveted electronics related things.
As this will be my last post of the year, I thought I should also wish you and yours the very best. We’ve definitely had the festive mood in the office this year. A handful of us even decorated the Christmas tree on the development floor with our software CDs (some circa 90s!) and topped it all with a giant fan/heatsink. Now that’s what I call a nicely decorated tree. And in case, you’re wondering we didn’t optimize the location of the heatsink ;-P
Now that’s what I call a “cool” Christmas tree. Image courtesy of G. Tang. All rights reserved.
Thank you for your support this past year and see you next year.
Until next time,