16 May 2012
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I have a confession. Just like any guy, I am a sucker for shiny new toys. I tried fighting (or really defending) it years ago, but I came to the realization that it is useless and honestly, why should I particularly when they can help do things like battle my inbox, catch up on the latest news, or let me know that I single-handedly trekked the Alps over the past month. This is a celebration of all that, and much, much more. Here is a short, but certainly not complete, list of some of my favorite tech gear.
Apple iPad (Third Generation) and Apple iPhone 4S
The reason I group these two together is that they not only share the same retina display glory that makes them look so good but they also share the main reason they top my list: Apps. Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 3 are truly marvels of modern day technology with their combination of sleek design, usability and plethora of features that make them a daily joy. However, what makes each of them virtually a daily requirement in my ruck is the abundance of available apps. Whether it be keeping track of what I ate, knowing how many miles of pavement I pounded this week or getting a few chapters of my latest book in while in line, my phone and iPad allow me to have practically everything I need right at my fingertips.
Full disclosure, I am fairly new to the whole DSLR game, however one thing I do know is that the combination of portability, robustness, and features of the Nikon D5100 make me wonder why I never got one of these earlier. The high-resolution tilt-swivel screen not only gives me a great view of my shots immediately but also gives me the flexibility to view/shoot from a variety of angles. The auto mode and HD video also just make this camera a breeze to use. Plus, the sound of the Nikon shutter with every shot at least makes others think I’m a decent photographer despite my lack of experience.
If Rocky IV and Ivan Drago have taught me anything, it’s that technology and my personal health are becoming more and more intertwined and that I need to add a “training montage” to my day. Over the past year, I have been using a few fitness devices and the Nike+ Fuelband is one of my favorites. Via oxygen kinetics (basically a measurement of the dynamic behavior of oxygen uptake in your body during the transition from rest to exercise so this bracelet can easily measure the difference from when you are in that last mile of your run vs. just sitting on the couch), the Nike+ Fuelband turns my everyday actions into a game by giving me the ability to track my progress via the web and mobile app. Plus, it helps
to keep me motivated aka make me feel like a complete waste if I don’t work out and serves as a nice watch too.
Withings WiFi Body Scale
My inner geek heart smiles every time I step on the scale and my body measurements are wirelessly sent to my phone, site and various other integrations (Fitbit, LoseIt, etc). Despite being the first wireless body scale on the market, the Withings scale displays and tracks your weight and lean mass over time via full featured website or the free iPhone app in addition to loads more features/integrations. Plus it is just a downright good looking scale that will at least help impress whoever sees it.