Didn’t Get What You Wanted for Christmas?

by | Jan 9, 2012 | jahlberg


Fight those winter doldrums with some cool technology — or anti-technology!

  • Nest Thermostat (http://www.nest.com/) – Nowadays the lowly thermostat can be cool. Ex-Apple execs came up with a simple thermostat that does it all. As you would expect, it is elegant and includes wifi for iPhone or Android access, a proximity sensor so it knows when you are away and auto controls the unit, self learning (i.e., if you turn change the temperature up or down at a regular time, it will automatically start doing), and of course it helps saves energy/money. I want one!
  • Sphero (http://www.gosphero.com/) – This interesting toy is robotic ball that you can control with your iPhone. Think of how you could mess with your pet!
  • Cotton Candy Prototype (http://www.fxitech.com/products/) –  This computer on a USB key acts as single, secure point of access to all your personal cloud services and apps — no matter what device you’re using. Not sure what I would do with it but seems like a cool thing to have on hand if ever needed.
  • Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/) – OK, this has nothing to do with technology but is great if you want something with a human touch.  This is the world’s handmade marketplace and has been around a while. Buy or sell handmade items from art to clocks. Some really cool stuff at reasonable prices to boot.






John Ahlberg
CEO, Waident

CIO in the corporate world and now for Waident clients. John injects order and technology into business process to keep employees productive, enterprises running, and data safe.


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