Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Gadgets and Gizmos: Holiday Gifts
As of tomorrow, only ten shopping days are left until christmas. But if you really want to put something nice under the tree, hi-tech is in high demand. In tonight's Gadgets and Gizmos, Tom Haynes joins us with the latest and greatest holiday gift ideas.
WSVN--It is a shopper's dilemma - finding something for the person who has everything. If your presents are too predictable, this year not all toys are intended for children. Instead, we suggest appealing to the kid in all of us.
Gift giving is a high stakes game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But at least with technology, the odds are almost always in your favor.
Marc Rifkin - "This gives the individual the exact experience and feeling as if they were on a boat in the middle of the ocean or on a lake fishing."
If you're fishing for a winning hand, Angler's Quest is an ace in the deck.
This interactive fishing simulator uses a realistic fishing pole while a small motor applies life-like tension.
But be prepared, this will cost you nine thousand dollars.
Marc Rifkin: "It is 100 percent like the real thing. If you closed your eyes and played the game, you would swear you have a fish on the end of the line."
Tom Haynes: "Now, if you're not a high roller, the atari flashback is a safe bet. These are the same joysticks from way back when, but there are no cartridges. All 40 games are pre-programmed."
Now, we all know capturing special moments can be a craps shoot. But with Nikon's new digital camera, you can now transfer photos to a computer without using cables.
Another major player - Sea Life's underwater digital camera.
The lifeguards at the "y" in Hollywood think this gamble will pay off.
Rick Pace - "I think you would be able to do things that are beyond your wildest imagination. You could do flips and people can get pitures of it underwater."
Also testing the water this year - this underwater mp3 player. It lets you listen to your favorite tunes while you swim laps.
Christina Elliot - "It's really clear as if you were listening to it in your car."
There's even a way to spin a win with the gift of exercise. The Champiot is a bike moved by rowing. Made here in south Florida - you can burn 225 calories in 25 minutes.
Dr. Marcio Ferez - "You exercise the smaller muscles of the upper estemites, so you need a much lower speed to get aerobic exercise."
Tom Haynes: "But what isn't always clear is how to wrap your gift. Instead of using boxes, this Cryptex inspired by the Da Vinci Code will add a creative twist. The gift can only be freed by answering a question like what is south florida's leading news station?"
Answer: WSVNFOX - crack the code and the gift is revealed.
Gerry Schwartz - "Everytime a new song comes out, I defiatley put in out my I-pod."
Of course, there's no doubt, I-pods are hot items. But now, the I-Pod DJ lets you mix your favorite music.
Gerry Schwartz - "It makes you feel like a DJ. It makes you feel like you have control."
And the beat goes on with the speaker called the I-Dog.
Elise Schwartz - "I like how it moves to the beat of the songs. It kind of plays around with you."
Of course if picking a household gift has you going in circles, consider the Egg and Muffin Toaster.
The appliance cooks eggs while keeping your toast warm at the same time.
Robert Schwartz - "This is good. I'm impressed this is hard boiled and it didn't take that long. It did it all automatically."
Then if you want to add extra flavor without extra calories, Chef David Burke created these flavor sprays. Just add a little smoked bacon to a salad or a little birthday cake to your vanilla yogurt.
How aboout to wash it down, make your own soft drink. Just add water and the Soda Club can carbonate 25 different flavors including diet.
And finally, hit the jackpot with a new computer. With the rugged PC Tablet, you can drop it, expose it to moisture, even pour water on it... And you can bet you won't lose any information again.
Tom Haynes - "Now, we know it wouldn't feel like the holidays without snow. Well, now we that covered too. This is faux snow - it's made by a local company. Just add water to a special powder - and you got yourself a white christmas."
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