With the holidays coming soon, people are going to wonder what to get their significant others. Sometimes, guys are especially difficult to buy for. There are only too many times you can buy him the “Tool of the Month” or a new tie. If you are willing to spend a little money, and your guy likes technology, here are the five best bets for this holiday season.
Kinect for X-box 360
I am eagerly awaiting this. A new webcam for the X-box which will track your movements in the game, this is Microsoft’s answer to the “Wiimote.” Still, it will be following your entire body, which will put it in a class of its own. The question will be whether or not Microsoft follows through on this. The 360 and Playstation both have had half used cams before.
This supposedly will be out by the holiday season, however no dedicated release date has been announced yet. This is Nintendo’s big new handheld. It offers a 3D gaming experience, without the need for pesky glasses. This has caught so much attention from other companies, and has several TV developers are said to be interested in the technology, in an attempt to do away with glasses even as the 3D TV craze begins.
Rock Band 3
Another video game entry, Rock Band 3 is due out by the end of the month. There are several new game controllers designed for the game. There is an electric guitar controller which can actually be played outside of the game. Also, they have added the keyboard controller, which add an entirely new dimension to the game. Unfortunately for me, we just bought Rock Band 2 in February, and I am sure I won’t be able to convince the wife that the kids need number 3 this year.
Apple just unleashed their updated Apple TV. For $99, you get the chance to download from iTunes directly to your television. It can also stream from Netflix (like almost every other electronics device) and Youtube. And, if you are lucky enough to have an iPhone or iPad, there is a new app that allows you to control your Apple TV from your couch.
And finally, the best gift on the list, I believe. This wonderful 9 inch screen allows you the opportunity to download movies, books, games, comic books, etc in a portable device. There are Wi-Fi only and 3g+ models. Three different sizes are available. Plus, you have the benefit of the entire app store, which allows an incredible degree of customization for your portable computing device.
There are my five best choices for the techno Christmas. I also want to include an honorable mention, for the gift my wife wants. She has been wanting a digital SLR camera for a while now. After much searching, I found her the perfect one, the Nikon D7000. It can hold two memory cards at a time. It also takes HD videos. It won’t be cheap and currently doesn’t have a definite release date. But it’s her dream camera and if I can get it for her, it will be her toy beneath the tree. Otherwise, she’s stuck with me.