Must Have Buys for December

by · December 16, 2011

December always brings out the some of the best technology gadgets you will find on the market for the year. Do you have a holiday wish list?  The DigitalQatar Team certainly do and these are some of the items that are on it.

1.  Are you a musician in the making, then you will want to look at the ultra-compact device that connects any MIDI compatible device to the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®?  Then the iRig MIDI should be on your list. It is a standard Core MIDI interface for iOS and connects MIDI keyboards, drum machines, drum pads, pedal boards and more to an iOS device to control a world of MIDI-compatible apps such as GarageBand®. Included is the SampleTank for FREE* and added to this you can also use iOS apps to control external MIDI equipment such as sound modules, DAWs or lighting systems right from the mobile device.

2. The iPhone 4S or the Samsung Galaxy S2, when you are torn between Apple and Android. When you have all the Apple toys, logic tells you to stay with all the i products for consistency, the problem being that you are then locked into Apple apps. The thought of breaking loose is highly tempting and may just be what sways you when you see all the android apps that are available to download.

3. If you don’t own a tablet, then this is the time to go out there and take the plunge. Once you have one, you will never look back. It is convenient to carry around, has wifi and mobile connectivity, with access to the internet, email and social media accounts, you can get work done quickly and efficiently, never mind all the apps you can download to play games, read books, newspapers and they all come in a variety of sizes. For some tablet comparisons go here.

4. So how about a watch that not only tells the time, but also receives calls, sms’ and emails right to your wrist. Not only that you can surf the net, watch the news and look at your photos via a tool which connects design and technology together. This is like having your smartphone on your wrist. Perhaps a bit bulky for tiny wrists (I am sure they will eventually come up with a better more elegant design) but convenient for sure, i’m smartwatch, the complete interconnection of all digital devices.

5. Apple TV “Now there’s always something good on TV”, blockbuster movies, TV Shows, your music and movies, even news and sport.  You can choose what you want to watch when you want to watch, have a look at Apples TV Instant Entertainment here.

6. Kindle Fire, with 8 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books, thousands of popular apps and games, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. The Kindle has ultra-fast web browsing with Amazon Silk, free cloud storage for all your Amazon content, vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle, a fast, and a powerful dual-core processor to view all your favorite children’s books, graphic novels, and magazines in rich color. Why would this not be on your list?

7. The Aldebaran Robotics Nao Robot

NAO is a programmable 57-cm tall humanoid robot. This is seriously cute and a toy you may just want to add to your collection, the Aldebaran Robotics Naorobot has Nuance speech recognition on board (the same tech that powers the Siri voice), can walk more gracefully and doesn’t run into everything in its way. What will it learn how to do next?  Even though it’s only available to developers and researchers so far, it will become available to the public soon, allowing you to buy one yourself. Perhaps not for this December, but watch the toy stands.8. How about something you have to build and program? LEGO MINDSTORMS NXThave new models out which have more customizable programming and all-new technologies, an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The new 2.0 toolkit features everything you need to create your first robot in 30 minutes and then thousands of other robotics inventions that do what you want! This is a very cool little toy to keep you busy during the holidays.9. Razer Blade Gaming Laptop, this is a device modeled after one of the Army’s fastest and most reliable weapons: The KA-BAR combat knife and is a true gaming laptop. This swanky notebook has excellent specs with a 17-inch screen, a thin .7 inch profile, 256GB solid-state drive and a uniquely configurable touchpad.  If you are a gamer, check it out here.10.  Completely over the top but do you want to try out a water-powered pair of rocket boots which lets you perform tricks and fly around either underwater or over the surface. Well get ready to strap on these hovering rocket feet, sucking up gallons of water and blasting you into the future. Take a look at this package of fun.  Easy to use? Probably not. Fun? Definitely.  [via DVICE]

So now the team want to know, what is on your holiday wish list for December?  What nifty tablets, mobile devices, cameras or techno equipment have we not featured that you may be hankering after for the end of year break?

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Discussion2 Comments

  1. jieka says:

    yeah, well, but where can i find a kindle fire store in qatar anyway? and it seems to be unavailable in qatar to download the contents from amazon.

  2. Denise Mc Manus says:

    HI Jieka
    I have seen the Kindle Fires being sold in the Virgin Stores. You would need to speak to them about how they work and what is available in the Middle East.

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