As CEO of ARB Labs, an interactive digital video technology team at the Ryerson University Digital Media Zone (DMZ), Adrian Bulzacki is always on the forefront of the latest tech items on the market. He has put together the following list of the top buys of the moment, so you’ll know exactly what to get the gadget lover in your life this holiday season.
GoPro Hero 3: Black Edition
Camera geeks will love the GoPro Hero 3: Black Edition, the world’s most versatile camera. Photographers can take up to 30 photos per second in up to 60 metres (200 feet) of water with this Wi-Fi-enabled camera. It may be expensive ($399.99), but it’s worth the money if your camera aficionado loves adventure and travel photography. You can find the GoPro Hero 3: Black Edition at www.gopro.com.
This new tablet device from Google features the world’s highest resolution displays, as well as the ability to edit photos and video chat. You can also share your Nexus 10 with others by allowing multiple users to have their own homescreen, wallpaper, apps and storage. You can buy the 16GB Nexus 10 for $409 at www.play.google.com.
Computer lovers will want to get their hands on Windows 8, the newest operating software from Microsoft. Windows 8 features real-time updates for your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts. You can also choose from thousands of Windows 8 apps to further customize your OS experience. Windows 8 is available for $69 at Future Shop.
The Levitron Revolution is the newest, most high-tech way to display your treasures. The magnetized device levitates and rotates small objects up to 340 grams (12 ounces), allowing your guests to get a good look at your prized possessions. The Levitron Revolution is listed at $138.99 at www.amazon.ca.
Fitness nuts will be excited to receive the new Nike+ FuelBand this holiday season. Wear the device around your wrist and watch it count the calories you burn as you move throughout your day. Set your daily fitness goal and the Nike+ FuelBand’s display light will change from red to green as you get closer to reaching it. You can also stay connected to your friends and keep each other motivated by syncing your Nike+ FuelBand to its corresponding mobile app. This device is available for $149 at a Nike store near you.
iComfort Eye and Temple Massager
The holidays can be stressful. Help the worrier in your life relax this holiday season with the iComfort Eye and Temple Massager, now available for $69.95 at Walmart. Simply place the mask over your head and sit back as its five-minute automatic eye massage erases any trace of a headache.
Nintendo has come out with its newest Wii controller that can also be used on its own for a handheld gaming experience. Wii U (available for $349.99 at Best Buy) features touch screen technology including the ability to draw pictures, but you can still use it in conjunction with the original Wii controller when playing with others.
Want to impress your friends at your next holiday party? Sphero is the world’s first robotic gaming ball that you control using the touch screen on your smartphone or tablet. Sphero can be driven, played with multiple gamers and used as a controller for on-screen games. The little guy is versatile yet durable — he’s even waterproof! He is available for $129.99 at Best Buy.
Digital Media Zone expert available for interviews:
CEO of ARB Labs
Contact Lisa Pires (details below) to speak with Adrian
ARB Labs Inc. specializes in enterprise-grade gesture recognition software. The company provides turnkey solutions through multiple product lines ranging from digital displays to gesture technology for the gaming, motion capture, security, industrial and healthcare industries. Adrian Bulzacki is the founder of ARB Labs Inc. He is a PhD student at Ryerson University specializing in multimedia systems with a particular focus on Predictive Gesture Recognition and Augmented Reality. Adrian’s field of expertise is in Computer Software and Hardware, including Mobile Electronics and Performance Computing. To learn more about ARB Labs, visit: http://digitalmediazone.ryerson.ca/team/arb-labs/.
Opened in April 2010, Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone is a multidisciplinary workspace for young entrepreneurs infused with the energy and resources of downtown Toronto. Set atop Yonge-Dundas Square, this hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization is home to both entrepreneurial startups and industry solution-providers. With access to overhead and business services, students and alumni can fast-track their product launches, stimulating Canada’s emerging digital economy through spending and job creation. Since its launch, the Digital Media Zone has incubated and accelerated 55 companies to launch more than 100 projects. Currently the Zone houses 254 innovators in 50 teams. For more information on the Zone, visit www.ryerson.ca/dmz.
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