2009 will be a great year for gizmo lovers. HT City looks at the five new technologies that will take communications and entertainment to the next level
Google Android Phones
The Net giant entered the mobile phone segment with the first-ever open-source software platform for mobile phones — the Android. Google’s Linux-based platform can be used by all mobile companies willing to develop upon it.
iPod Touch Tablet PC
The iPod Touch, which is essentially the iPhone without its call-making functionality, in all likelihood will graduate to a tablet PC later in the year. Imagine a nine-inch iPod, which you could also use to play games, read e-books and browse the Internet — it’s a Mac user’s dream come true.
3D GPS Satnav
This year, expect GPS devices to give you a 3D picture of buildings, roads and local topography.
The DSi has touch-screen, cameras, 256MB of internal flash memory and an SD card slot to store data. And it can play games!
Sony OLED TV
The Organic Light Emitting Diode TV has less than 8-10 mm thickness, uses little power and has life-like picture clarity.
What celebs swear by:
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh is a Playstation fan, and Smackdown versus Raw, a wrestling game, is what he is playing now. He has also bought a Honda ASIMO robot for his son as a birthday gift.
She is attached to her Apple laptop, which contains her photos, her music and plenty of other data. She feels it is the best mode of communication for her.
Bachchan has an iPhone that was a gift. He calls himself a ‘gadget freak’, and in his childhood his constant companion was a box camera given by his father.
The actor knows his mobile phones — he knows how everything works the moment he gets his hands on a new phone. And he loves his laptop and digicam.
Rampal edits little movies on his laptop. A proficient photographer as well, he stores his favourite images — particularly those of his family — on the laptop.