gadget (gÃ„Æ’j’Ã„Ât) (1) noun. A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance. (2) noun. Slang for any hardware device, typically small. Synonymous with “gizmo.”
Mine? (And I don’t count computers or cameras as gadgets…)
10. Zircon StudSensor You may find it curious that on a gadget top ten list a stud sensor creeps into the rankings. However, if you are a homeowner and have not made use of this cheap little gadget, time to visit the local hardware store. Easily one of the most useful home tools (I mean, gadgets) I own.
9. Binary Clock Perched on my desk at work stands a little silver box fronted with a careful array of twenty blue LEDs. In cryptic fashion it tells the time, and anyone who has ever come into my office in the last ten months has asked as simple “what?” This may annoy some people, but it serves nicely to reinforce my image as office tech guy.
8. Digital Thermometer A gift for the holidays about a year ago, this has become an indispensable tool in our kitchen. And as we love to cook, this makes the list. Want to broil the perfect piece of tenderloin? Stick a sensitive probe in the middle and wait until the alarm beeps at you to take it out. Let’s see your finger do that.
7. eTrex Legend GPS Admittedly, this is something that got much more use when I had actual time to wander the trails around our neighborhood hunting for geocaches, but I still pull this out quite often to navigate or track photos by matching the tracking data with the timestamp in the photo’s meta data. It sounds way more complex than it really is. The end result it photos with location tags embedded.
6. Solar Calculator Anyone who manages large sums of money would be amiss if they lacked a solid, quick, basic calculator on their desk. It may seem less exciting than some of the other ranking choices, but without it I would be fairly lost. And no, the calculator built into Windows doesn’t count.
5. PSP Silver Slim Yet again, when on the rare occasions when I find time amongst my insanely busy schedule to pull out my portable gaming system, it’s nice to have. It’s also an emulator for old PSOne games — so talk about University years nostalgia.
4. ForeRunner 305 Karin bought me this as a gift over the last holidays and it has already tracked about thirty kilometers of runs. Basically think of it like the ultimate sports watch (timing, training functions, heart rate monitors) coupled with a basic-functionality GPS unit, all strapped to your arm.
3. Blackberry Curve Technically this belongs to work, but it’s mine until I’m done there. I didn’t think I’d find much use for a smart phone, but between mobile email, a crappy little camera with unlimited upload capability, and all the other nifty features, it has become another extension of my body.
2. eBook Reader I’ve stopped counting the number of books I’ve churned through on this thing. Has it paid for itself yet? If we’re just talking pure correlation between dead-tree-book costs and digital downloads, then no — but it’s getting there. If we’re talking entertainment value and my recent ability to access and absorb books I wouldn’t have otherwise, then yes — many times over.
1. iPod Classic A no-brainer at number one, from music to audiobooks to podcast to video, I don’t think a day goes by lately when the iPod is idle. It’s pretty much a media pump connected to my skull.
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