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Gadget Night!

12:00 PM Toys and tools -- some of them useful! -- took the stage at the annual geek-out dinner hosted by The Churchill Club in Silicon Valley

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:46:22 PM
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Oh, and one more -- one of my favorite gadgets was one that uses no electricity.  It's called Owl, I think.  It's a camera-shaped shell that goes around your iPhone so you can HOLD the damn thing when taking pictures, like you would a camera.  Just a hunk of metal, but Greg Harper said it really does improve your cellphone photography.


It speaks to the biggest problem I've had with consumer devices of all types -- everything is so smooth and rounded now that I find I can't hold onto anything. It's true of my Blackberry. (I'm amazed how many falls onto concrete that thing has survived.) It's true of my landline phone, even.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:46:22 PM
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It's no coincidence that they do this just before Xmas every year...


Like I say in the video, a lot of the gadgets were more on the practical side than I'd expected. Things like the remote-controlled thermostat (which sounds mundane, but check the video - this thing looks really nice, apparently designed by an iPhone designer) or the personal health-monitoring gadgets. 


I guess I expected more stuff like Sphero, which basically serves no function. (It's a ball you control with your smartphone -- it moves around and has lights, but basically that's it.)


I had not heard of the Lytro camera before. That thing is freaky. you basically encapsulate an entire chunk of reality. I think it scares me.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:46:21 PM
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yep, that's it!

AESerm 12/5/2012 | 4:46:21 PM
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Is this the device, Craig? (I guess that would be Owl with a silent 'e'.)

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 4:46:19 PM
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A golf ball or bowling ball shaped Sphero could come in handy!

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