I was often reminded as a kid that if you told someone your wish it would not come true. Being just a tad sceptical about the logic of this, I would ask how would anyone know what I was wishing for if I didn’t tell them.
Apart from the polite smiles coupled with “there, there” platitudes, I never did receive an answer.
So, until proven wrong, I set about telling everyone my wishes – a practice that still continues today. Nothing’s changed, except the toys are more expensive!
Here is my wish list of technology I hope will one day be mine.
- Apple MacBook Air – This aptly named MacBook from Apple feels like it could almost float on air. Solid State technology (I hope we still use that terminology today) in the form of all-flash storage is a major weight saving benefit in the MacBook Air. With the latest Intel i5 or i7 processors, the MacBook Air offers speed up to 2.5 times faster than the previous version. Whilst talking about speed, the inclusion of a Thunderbolt port means that you can transfer data up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. Prices start from $1099 inc tax.
- Olympus PEN SLR camera. I used to own an SLR camera – back when we took photographs rather than pics and used film rather than SD cards. Unfortunately it broke, and the less expensive option was to buy a 2 megapixel digital camera that was fully automatic. Several cameras later, we have finally seen the merging of SLR style cameras with the size of the portable digital cameras. I like the PEN Lite E-PL2. This one allows you to be in control, coupled with optional interchangeable lenses. The built in Art Filters gives you versatile results. Prices start from $799 inc tax.
- Atari Flashback 3 gaming consol – Bringing back all those great games and a generation that really knew how to get the most out of a consol. The Atari Flashback 3 includes 60 games built in (no more cartridges). It even comes with two retro joysticks! Play Asteroids, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Battlezone, Video Chess and more – without the need to travel back in time. Wonder if I still have my flares and body shirts in the wardrobe? (Hopefully NOT!). K-Mart had it in a recent catalogue – $69 or online from a range of suppliers starting from $41.99 plus shipping.
- iCADE – iPad Arcade Cabinet. Turns your iPad into an arcade gaming device. I might be showing my age but given I did my bachelors degree in marketing, student politics and pinballs/arcade games, how could I not want one of these? There are 100 games available through the Apple AppStore, starting with a 3-game pack for $0.99, through to the complete 100 games for $15.00. Cabinet available in Australia from Envious Technology
- iPhone Cordless Handset – A great retro looking item that gives you a cordless handset phone and a 1930’s style telephone base. Incorporating Bluetooth and DECT 6.0 wireless technology, you can move around the house in comfort or access the iPhone applications with ease. You can store up to 30 phone numbers in the handset. Cost is $US159.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer
I’d love to hear about your technology wish list. Please share it. Who knows – maybe someone will read about it here and surprise you with your perfect gift.