Once in a while my gadget / toy lust seems to creep up on me. I usually keep a list of things that I’d like to buy so when the urge or income hits; I simply bring out my Evernote list and click some links with the corresponding buy button. Today I wanted to give you my 2013 technology toys list that I’ve been compiling since the beginning of this year (at least the ones that I haven’t bought yet). I’m also hoping to curb my impulse purchasing so I’m writing this to give you (my beloved readers) the power to control what I buy and write more content about.
Without further ado, here is my 2013 technology toys list:
A robotic ball that you control via smart phone? Sign me up! It does funky augmented reality stuff and they claim that ball itself is programmable (I’m really hoping that it’s a lot like the old school Logo. I’m also really hoping that it’s pretty durable (in the video they have someone standing on it) because my kids would probably throw this around. In any case, check out Sphero.
When I was younger, I had a really bad techno lust for the now defunct Sony Aibo. It wasn’t pretty. It was a huge obsession! I was within centimetres of buying one but finances didn’t really allow me to. Today, a bunch of geeks have given us the Romo. It’s really the next best thing to a virtual pet. Apparently trainable, and it recognizes faces! A pet without the poop, pee to clean and I can write code to tell it what to do; sounds like a win win!
I’ve been pretty obsessed with home automation. There really hasn’t been an easy way to setup a system where things are fairly automated and somewhat intelligent (a big exception to that is the Nest thermostat). From what I can tell, VeraLite is a controller that can create scripts like: I opened the garage door, unlock the door to the house and turn on the kitchen light (provided you have compatible devices and a wifi network). Android and iOS apps also exist. I figured that this would be the simplest way to freak people by having lights turn on and off.
Ok, so I have Apple TVs and a few Western Digital Live Hubs but I have to admit that Google’s Chromecast intrigues me just a little bit. I’m not exactly sure what my use-case would be at this point it time but hey; it’s small, shiny and I can mirror my Chrome browser on it. Check it out on Amazon!
I mean, thats what I have on my list so far but of course I’m open to whatever you guys want to suggest. Erm… just make sure to keep things within the $100-200 range (I’m not made of money ya know).
So let me know in the comments which one of these items I should buy: the Google Chromecast, the VeraLite controller, the Romo, or the Sphero.
Featured image credit goes to Ran Yaniv Hartstein.