Published November 2018
I would not go as far as calling this article a Christmas or Festive Season edition, but I am focussing on gadgets that you might be interested in buying over this period.
From the onset, let me assure my readers that no one has paid me to feature their products in this article.
I have included only a few items that appealed to me during my research, and to stay true to my theme, I have only added items that relate to tech in business and a little bit of entrepreneurship.
You will not find anything about smartwatches, cell phones, or even Alexa.
Let me start with this item:
…. which is clearly a book.
The author, Marnus Broodryk, I actually met in Phuket, Thailand. I spent a few days with him on the beach. I added this item because this book is as important to big businesses as it is to the entrepreneur. Why?
Well, let me tell you why.
In the year 2019, and the years that will follow, disruptive technology is going to create havoc for big businesses, and the users of this tech will primarily be entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs are going to take bite sizes from the market share very soon, and it might be good to study how they think. I cannot think of a better locally written book to read than this one.
Link to purchase: https://www.takealot.com/90-rules-for-entrepreneurs/PLID47076127
Strangely enough, I will be back on Phuket beach this holiday, starting my own book on being an entrepreneur in South Africa; more to follow on that someday soon.
While on the subject of business, and before we move onto items that can fit under a Christmas tree, I wanted to share one idea for corporates looking to stand out at their next conference or exhibition. Think about doing a VR exhibition. This is a solution I consult on, and they can be costly, but anyone who has paid for a place in an exhibition and a stand, knows that costs can run into tens if not hundreds of thousands of rands. So, if you are going to be spending that much, this is what you want to spend it on. The reason I love this concept so much is because you don’t have to drag stock and products around, worry about theft, lots of staff and you can accommodate more people. The levels of engagement are also much greater.
Moving onto a practical item called the Tile Mate.
This little gadget is not a new concept, but I love it very much and I had to mention it. It was designed to attach to your keys or other small items so that you can find them when lost. The cost is around R400 and you can get them on https://www.takealot.com/tile-mate/PLID49590047?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0u3R-93C3gIVEOh3Ch0-BAmzEAAYASAAEgKYhPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds:
A similar gadget called the XY Find It is apparently leading in this field, but the price appears to be a lot more! Four to five times even. See: https://www.pricecheck.co.za/search?search=xy+find+it
I can think of many business applications for this device as well, especially if you are prepared to push personal boundaries in the workplace... you can attach it to staff so you can track them down faster.
Just an idea.
Regardless, both options require a smartphone, and considering I lose my phone more than my keys there is really no hope for me.
Onto something a bit more high tech.
The Evo App-Connected Coding Robot.
The cost is around R3000 and is extremely small!
Look at this adorable thing:
So what does it do?
It wins awards apparently! The Academic's Choice Brain Toy and PC Mag Editor's Choice awards.
The robot’s generic name is Evo. Anyone who has watched the movie Wall-E will notice that Evo’s name is similar to the female (I assume) robot that Wall-E developed an E-Love for, Eve.
E-Love is a phrase I just came up with right now, it’s written, it’s recorded, and protected by copy right law…
Evo’s primary function is to help teach code, but it has the ability to do so many more things.
I think this is an excellent introductory robot for teens!
You can purchase it at link: https://pclinkshop.com/products/evo?variant=7591277821996
If you are more of a Lego fan, and would prefer to build something, you might be interested in the MoonBotRobot.
It comes as a kit and the point is to introduce AI and Robotics to children. I would like to do a future article on the importance of this type of education, and I will. But for now, a good read would be this article:
Suffice to say for now, this has to be the most relevant gifts I can think of for a child.
Unfortunately, it appears it will only be available next year. The cost will be around R2300 estimated. Link: https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/moonbot-diy-robotic-kit-hits-kickstarter-01-11-2018/
Let’s move onto something that sounds like a fast Mazda, called the CPR V2000.
It is actually a call blocker for a land line. It can block up to 3500 numbers, which is a lot, and if there are so many people you don’t want to speak to, you need to perhaps assess your life.
The reason I like this so much is because I am always looking at doing something fun at my desk, and this device has such a cool red button. It looks like a launch trigger. It costs about R2000-R3000, and one of the places you can buy it can be seen on the link below.
Another logical point on this product, or solution of course, I can make is that if you want to save money and avoid calls without this device, why not remove all landlines and use cell phones only?
That’s what my company did.
This one gets my award for the oddest looking device.
At the end of the day it is the Google version of Alexa and cost is R2500 and can be purchased at: https://www.takealot.com/google-home-voice-activated-speaker-parallel-import/PLID46623785
There is a Google Home Mini for about R1000 less, and it does similar things.
For Ouma, or the Mother-in-Law, you might want to get them the NightGuide HD Glasses, so that they can drive home after dinner instead of spending the night.
Basically, they help you see in poor light, and they really are well priced. Link:
They are actually rather stylish, they look a bit like Aviators.
If the glasses fail, and they still insist on staying over, perhaps consider using the Dodow on them.
This devise claims to help put people to sleep in 20 minutes.
I know some people who would pay a lot for a good night’s rest, and I think the price of around R1200 is worth it: https://getdodow.io/offer-01/?lpid=905&utm_source=1148&utm_medium=1588266220&utm_term=40757&utm_content=1268&utm_campaign=GU&aff_id=1148&camp_id=40757&sub_id=1588266220&req_id=336168743&contract_id=833&oid=512&guvertical=42
To end, I saved the item I want the most for last, and if someone wants to buy this for me I would be extremely grateful. What I would like the most is something called the Hover surf S3 eVTOLHoverbike Drone.
At the cost of around 2.2 million rand, I don’t expect to see this in South Africa any time soon. Also, considering the new BMW 850i is going to be a similar price, I’d have to take that over this drone. I do know, however, that there will be days where the traffic is so bad you might actually consider this expense.
More on this toy at: https://evtol.news/2018/10/15/hoversurf-ultralight/
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