A Technophile's Christmas Wish List
With Christmas less than a week away (we all swear it was October just yesterday), I thought it would be a good idea to round up 5 amazing products that would be ideal for anyone interested in technology or innovating.
1. Ozobot ‘Evo’ or ‘Bit’
Probably one of my favourite tech products on the list, simply because it encourages people to code in a fun and imaginative way, Evo and Bit by Ozobot are small, smart, programmable robots. They empower gamers and learners to code, play, and build connections between the physical and digital worlds. It is great for any age or gender, professional coders and tech enthusiasts.
2. NES Classic Edition
This is what I like to call a blast from the past propelled into the future. With nostalgia in mind, Nintendo have released The NES Classic Edition – a miniaturized version of the ground-breaking NES, originally released in 1985. To me, this is essentially a celebration of how revolutionary technology was back then, repurposed for modern day life.
3. Roku Streaming Stick
The trend for on demand streaming is growing, and I’m certain will continue to grow, at an incredibly fast rate. The Roku Streaming Stick is currently the only pocket-sized streamer available with a quad-core processor. Essentially, it is a HDMI stick that you pop in the back of your TV to stream TV shows, movies, and music from subscription services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Spotify, and more. As an added bonus, you can turn your smart phone into a remote, a functionality any tech loving family will appreciate.
4. 3D Pen
3D pens have increased in popularity and are becoming more accessible and cost friendly too. They are also versatile presents as they can appeal to both kids and adults.
For any artistic adult who wants to show off his/her creativity, the Lix pen is currently one of my favourites on the market. It’s small and lightweight and comes in a variety of coloured plastics. It also won the Design Intelligence Award this year. The Lix Pen uses FDM technology, short for “Fused Deposition Modelling”. It’s the same process used by many desktop 3D printers i.e. molten plastic comes out of their heated nozzle.
However, due to the nature of this particular type of 3D pen (using heat to melt plastic), it’s not overly suitable for younger children. Fortunately, there is a different variety of 3D pen you can use which uses a less common process. A special ink called “photopolymer” solidifies when exposed to UV light. The liquid ink is extruded through a nozzle, where it is cured by LED nodes attached to the tip. My vote goes with Tech 4 Kids 3D Magic Imagi Pen; it fits all the safety criteria whilst being just as much fun.
5. PlayStation VR
Virtual reality is back in fashion, especially in the gaming industry. PlayStation VR, Sony’s newly-released virtual reality gaming suite, is the most user-friendly, cost-efficient product on the market. It allows complete immersion in the game, an experience like never before. You can project your PS VR experiences directly to your TV screen with Mirror mode, letting friends and family see what you’re seeing. The emergence of decent VR is an innovation milestone, and it will surely transform other forms of entertainment, beyond gaming.
Charlotte Anderson is a marketing enthusiast with a First Class Degree in Business from the University of Sussex. Currently she is working as a digital marketer for an engineering company involved heavily with social media marketing and content creation, and hoping to gain further knowledge in coding and website development. Having written many essays around the subject of gender equality and representation in the media, she hopes to convey the passion for the subject through her blog posts with SheCanCode.