…While Visions of Gadgetry Danced Through Their Heads!
by Leslie Ellis // December 20 2010
Five days ‘til Christmas, 12 days ‘til a new year, 18 days ‘til the Consumer Electronics Show. No wonder this year’s techie wish lists are so …. long, and informed.
In our sometimes-annual query of the technical community, to see what they seek to give or get, one thing came up over and over: Tablets. Not just any tablet, though. Bob Zitter, CTO of HBO (among several others) wants an iPad that will play Flash video; Pragash Pillai, CTO of Bresnan Communications, looks forward to an Android-based tablet, “since my iPad does not support Flash.”
Both Mike Hayashi, EVP of Advanced Engineering for Time Warner, and Alexander Brock, VP/Emerging Technologies and Innovation for Rogers Communications, are hot on the “GoPro” line of HD cameras. Hayashi, because “it attaches to your helmet, your dog’s collar, or your own head … especially good if you take a major spill and break something;” Brock prefers the “Hero 960” helmet version, because “if you know what it is, you know you want one.”
Also on Brock’s 21-item list: A 320 MB PlayStation3, loaded with Gran Turismo 5 and a Logitech Momo-force steering wheel, “because one, in HD it can make you sick, and two, it’s as close as one can get to Nurburgring without actually being there.”
Interactive TV architect Christy Martin seeks two domestic gadgets: A SousVide Supreme Water Oven: “It vacuum seals meats and cooks them to a perfect pinkness throughout – juicy, and no grey ring on the outside.”
Also on Martin’s list: The FEIN MultiMaster: “A must-have tool for any serious remodeler – it lets you saw, grind, sand, cut off pipes, and handle all those other annoying, real-world situations they never talk about on the do-it-yourself shows.”
Gadget aficionado Bill Sheppard, Chief Digital Media Officer for Oracle, is on the prowl for a network-connected Blu-Ray player. “I’d recommend getting one with DLNA support, to take advantage of forthcoming tru2way DLNA bridging.” (Translation: It’ll hook up to your other DLNA stuff, so you can watch movies on other screens than the one attached to the player.)
As for practicality, this from CableLabs director of business services and Colorado outdoorsman Glenn Russell: “The rule of the backcountry is to treat your feet right, and never get separated from your lunch.” His list ranges from high-end socks and telemark gear, to “a That 70s Show t-shirt.”
If only we could all find this handy elixir under the tree: “A common sense pill for management,” sent in by “Anonymous, in Management.” We’ll take a case, please….
Merry everything to all of you, from all of us!
This column originally appeared in the Platforms section of Multichannel News.