The past months have been filled with gadgets and gizmos everywhere. In this blog entry, we look at another set of cool electronic devices – a few might already be available in the country, while most we’re still hoping to be brought here. I bet you wish these gadgets would be given to you one day at a time during the 12 days before Christmas. Sing the song 12 Days of Christmas as you go through this list.
One the first day of Christmas, technology gave to me a mouse with hand scanner.
LG’s LMS-100 Scanner Mouse is the first mouse that doubles as a scanner. Four LEDs illuminate the image for the bottom-mounted sensor as you swipe it across a page. The computer software that comes with it then composes the file onscreen and allows you to save it as a JPEG of text file, among others.
On the second day of Christmas, technology gave to me two auto destruct USBs.
Decide if this is useful or not, Victorinox Swiss Army Slim is a flash drive that protects your data with its own life. Once it detects a hacker trying to close on its password, it will draw enough power from the computer’s USB port to fry itself.
On the third day of Christmas, technology gave to me three lap counters.
For divers, the FINIS AquaPulse heart-rate monitor becomes useful to track your heart rate underwater. It is attached to a goggle strap, which measures the heart rate with an infrared sensor that detects the subtle changes in skin color associated with capillary blood flow.
On the fourth day of Christmas, technology gave to me four long life batteries.
As geeks who love to travel, the Dr. Battery Advanced Pro Series laptop batteries can run 800 recharge cycles, or about two years of constant performance. Its lithium-imide electrode component helps prevent burnout even at temps of up to 140 degrees.
On the fifth day of Christmas, technology gave to me five compact dust balls.
Feeling OC? This Black & Decker Orb Vac is a grapefruit-sized hand vacuum used to sit on your desk to sweep up crumbs or sawdust. Its handle and nozzle flip out at the press of a button and then fold back into the sphere so it can snap into a charging cradle.
On the sixth day of Christmas, technology gave to me six high-tech fridges.
The Samsung LCD Refrigerator with Apps is one of my dream electronic devices. It has Wi-Fi, an eight-inch touchscreen, and applications to use. Aside from being a fridge, you can use it to stream videos, check weather, and even leave notes to replace a mess of magnets.
On the seventh day of Christmas, technology gave to me seven camera-equipped shades.
Eyez makes video-sharing very easy. This Ray-Ban-style shades is able to capture images through a 0.2-inch high-definition sensor and then compresses it thru a low-power one-gigahertz processor. The footage is either saved into flash memory or beamed to your smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth radio.
On the eighth day of Christmas, technology gave to me eight hydroelectric radios.
Don’t you just love to sing while showering? The H2O Shower Power Radio is a water-pressure-powered radio that runs off the flow from your shower. It channels water through an internal turbine, which drives a generator that plays music.
On the ninth day of Christmas, technology gave to me nine dual-purpose pots.
Trying to save space? This Hot-Pot BBQ is a mini 12-inch barbecue grill that doubles as a stainless-steel charcoal grill when opened, and a fully functional herb garden when not in use or closed.
On the tenth day of Christmas, technology gave to me ten mouse with calculators.
With Canon’s X Mark 1 Mouse Slim using Bluetooth for the mouse functionality, this mouse if the first to double as a full numeric entry pad great for crunching numbers on a limited laptop keyboard. It also works as a standalone calculator.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, technology gave to me eleven electronic cutters.
The Cricut Expression is best for arts and crafts lovers. This electronic cutter is able to cut letters, shapes, and motifs in impressive sizes using the 12" x 24" mat or the 12" x 12" mat. You can also create bigger die cuts for classroom decor, scrapbook layouts, signage, and so much more.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, technology gave to me twelve special chairs.
Bizarrely named as Gymygym, this chair has a patented flat bungee seating system designed to conform to users, which helps eliminate very serious physical issues caused from prolonged improper seating. It also doubles as a fitness solution to strengthen and stretch major muscle groups like arms, chest, legs, and more.
This article is my 44th contribution to Manila Bulletin -- one of the Philippines' leading broadsheets -- published on December 9, 2011 (Friday) in the TechNews Quarterly Supplement "Digital Generation"