By Dennis Brunning
We’re going to be as always about people and technology. But web posts, at the rate of one each week, will feature new technology you might not yet have seen or want more information. Every little bit helps. When it’s good, we’ll point out the people good parts; silliness and the bizarre will of course get a review. All publicity is good publicity, right?
Georg Simmel probably one of brightest German sociologists from the era of big thought thought the world worked mainly in triads. We have three consumer electronic buys you may want to ponder.
Transporter (personal cloud)
Of late our heads have been in the clouds. With massive computers out there in cyber sphere we’ve saved and shared our documents, photos, and other digital objects through Drop Box. We’ve outsourced software and servers to Amazon. It’s business on a large-scale and promises to solve all of our connectivity problems. Right?
Not so fast Google, Apple and Amazon. $600 is a hefty fee for Google cloud services. Amazon Cloud Drive is almost the same amount. With Verizon and ATT expecting data use at those once astronomical numbers should give us, especially those with rapacious data using children, pause.
Even Grandma consumes data and what you need is Transporter. This is a portable 2 terabyte from Connected Data. It’s a small black object that resembles a nuclear cooling tower. You can hold a unit in one hand. You connect it to your network at home and it syncs all your data across all devices you identify. You can set up two for more storage. They sync while you run your devices. The 1TB unit is about $300.00. See www.filetransporter.com.
Tom Tom Go 6000 (GPS)
Is mapping software losing you? When Apple cut over to their own software from Google Maps, I drove the wrong direction from work to the body shop. I switched to Google Maps on my laptop and journeyed forth. Apple was still lost somewhere in Tempe weeks later.
Apple, Google, and other smartphone GPS apps in the United States use the cell network for geodata. SatNavs, like Tom Tom Go 6000 do not. It just needs a satellite in geostationary orbit. They are everywhere like guardian like map angels–or a convenience store clerk who in these geography challenged times may be less helpful than the Slim-Jim he just sold you.
The Tom Tom Go 6000 grabs satellite data that is a lifetime of good map data. It has a big six inch touch screen that in contrast to an iPhone makes you feel like you are watching John Wayne on the big screen. What is lacks however is a lifetime’s worth of speed cameras mapped. But for $400.00 and change you are never lost. Get one for Las Vegas where nothing leaves especially if you are lost.
Samsung Soundbar (TV audio)
Finally, guys especially but that’s just a primeval hangup of mine, gals too, how frustrating is it to relax at home after a hard days work and enjoy the sumptuous visual and audio experience of high def TV and Dolby audio? How do you get high end experience at a fairly low price?
Well, in the audio arena, nothing works better than the new soundbar technology. Through small audio and software you can now dispense with surround sound and its physics and computer chicanery and invest in a decently priced soundbar.
Samsung has introduced a new twist in the soundbar market for flat screen audio improvement. It calls its sound development Soundbase. It uses wireless connectivity to do away with wire complexity and clutter and frees you just to place the pieces in a arrangement that sounds the best to you.
Th HW-F751Soundbar comes in two units-a subwoofer which is the size of a small wastebasket and the soundbar–a long, narrow speaker bar. With a retro looking glimpse into some red orange tubes that glow while in use, you feel you are back in the gramaphone era of analogue audio. The sound is full-bodied that gives depth and sonic bass to every uttered line in Downton Abby or every sinister bayou evil sound track accompanying Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as they seek a serial killer down New Orleans way.
What better way to prepare for another day at the library but to enjoy fully what T. Bone Walker selected today’s world music collection to enjoy your high def glimpse of another world?
note: Dennis is Editor-at-Large for ATG and Head, The Design School Library, at Arizona State University.