October 10th 2012

Five fall gadgets to get your hands on

The great thing about gadgets is that they just seem like fun “extras” to have around… but the truth is they are absolutely necessary.

Really!

These new pieces of tempting technology are ones that we’ll buy for fun, then love then once we have them. You’ll say to yourself, “How did I ever go without ______?” And, my friends, the answer is… well, just buy them.

Here are some new ones that have come or are coming around this fall season.

Bluelounge Milo

Handy and convenient, the Bluelounge Milo is a convenient place to store your handheld device on your desk, nightstand or worktop. Minimal in size, you just have to press your phone on the high-tech Japanese microsuction, and it stays put, allowing for easy hands-free conferencing, viewing videos or as a simple docking and storing station. The micro-suction pad is reusable and easily cleaned, too.

Buy it here for $14.95

Pentax K-01 camera

We already love the interchangeable lens camera; in the new Pentax, you get all of the goodness, including different lenses and a large sensor, but a smaller, body. This pop-like camera is a little bigger than the average ILC, but has a lot of great perks. Specs include CMOS w primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor-shift system, 16.49 pixels, four usable lenses (PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA), various focus modes, such as AF Single , Face Detection AF, Tracking AF, Manual, and many more.

Buy it here for $599.95.

Wii U GamePad™

Wii U is the newest version of your favourite handheld device. In stores in November, the GamePad™ controller removes tradition of regular controllers with adding a second window: one that is a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, along with the traditional button controls and two analog sticks. It also includes motion control, a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, a stylus, and support for Near Field Communication (NFC), and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds.

Preorder it here for $299.99 to $349.99.

Parrot Zik headphones

Philippe Starck’s Zik headphones are Bluetooth-based, with an integrated a sensitive touch panel, giving hyper-intuitive access to a myriad of features. It uses touch controls–similar to that of a track pad, and has neat features that you don’t even have to activate, such as removing the headphones and the music stops. It also includes active noisecanceling and a smartphone app where you can change the sound, and is perfect for making hands-free calls.

Buy it here for  $399.95US or $429.99CAN.

Fitbit Aria WiFi scale

The Aria brings a whole new level to smart weight choices. This WiFi-driven scale can measure weight, body fatpercentage, and BMI, and connect to a smartphone app so you can track all of the details; users can easily upload their  details to a private account automatically each time they step on the scale. Even better, you can use it for up to seven other household members, and the Fitbit Aria quickly gets to know all the users, and can automatically customize and upload.

Buy it here for $129.95.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.