What DL writers want for Christmas

What DL writers want for Christmas

Hendo Hoverboard
US$10,000 or S$12,600 (sold out), various related items starting from US$10, from www.kickstarter.com/projects/142464853/hendo-hoverboards-worlds-first-real-hoverboard

The 1989 movie Back To The Future Part II featured skateboards that float around without wheels called hoverboards.

Inventor Greg Henderson has created the world's first such device and showed it off last month. As part of bringing attention to his research on magnetic levitation, Mr Henderson has put his hoverboard project on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. He has so far raised more than US$485,100 (S$606,520).

If, like me, you are a sci-fi fan and gadget lover, you will want this bad. But the not-so-good news is that all of the prototype hoverboards have been taken, gone to 11 backers who pledged US$10,000 each.

The good news is that there is a raft of other goodies available from this project, from a five-minute hoverboard ride (US$100), to one of the hover system engines (US$349).

But you will have to act quickly, because the deadline is Dec 15. Now, where's my credit card?

- Sherwin Loh

Navdy head-up display
US$499 or S$652 (plus US$30 shipping to Singapore), available from www.navdy.com

Imagine being able to check directions while driving, without having to take your eyes off the road.

The premise of the Navdy is simple. It is a portable head-up display that projects images of Google Maps and other apps on the windscreen.

You can link it to your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. When you get a message on your phone, it will be displayed and you can gesture with your finger to answer or reject calls.

The device also has voice control capabilities, so you can send messages by speaking. It is supposed to ship early next year. I just cannot wait and am thinking if I should pre-order it now to take advantage of the US$200 early-bird discount.

- Oo Gin Lee

Sideshow Collectibles Iron Man Mark VII Legendary Scale Figure
US$1,999.99 (S$2,500), available from www.sideshowtoy.com

This 90cm-tall figurine is no action figure. It is hewn from fibreglass, metal and other tough-as-nails materials.

The suit's ammo packs, jet thruster backpack and thigh armour parts can be swopped. The arc reactor and repulsors even light up.

The stunning attention to detail is thanks to Legacy Effects Studio, the team behind every suit since the first Iron Man film, being roped in to work on this figure.

- Ebel Tang

Casio Edifice EQB-500RBK Infiniti Red Bull Racing Limited Edition
$749

My dream watch is the Rolex GMT-Master II 116719 BLRO. But because I am unlikely to plonk down $50,000 to adorn my wrist, this limited-edition Casio Edifice, which looks nearly as sharp and has smart features to boot, is now in my sights.

Besides, it has the logo of my favourite Formula 1 racing team, the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team, etched on its watch face.

This watch can be connected, using Bluetooth, to my Apple iPhone 6 Plus to automatically sync the time. A sub-dial on the watch face can display the time of a second city, which can be easily adjusted using Casio's app.

- Trevor Tan

Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series Blu-ray
US$49.99 (S$62.50), available for pre-order at www.amazon.com, before its Dec 16 release

Cowboy Bebop was not my first anime series, but it has been the most memorable one. A sci-fi western that has been hailed as one of the greatest animes, it completely changed my view of this genre.

The adult themes and no living-happily-ever-after plotlines shattered my perception that animes are only for kids.

Heavily influenced by Western culture and carried by an amazing jazz soundtrack, Cowboy Bebop is accessible even to anime novices. Unlike many drawn-out anime series, Cowboy Bebop keeps its richly styled stories succinct with just 26 episodes.

This must-buy for anime fans is now available for the first time on Blu-ray outside Japan.

- Vincent Chang

Pioneer DDJ-SZ
$2,899

This is arguably the mother of all DJ controllers. If I had this, I would have a lot more room for creativity in my regular weekend DJ-ing jaunts with friends.

The performance pads would let me easily jump through cue points when I am DJ-ing, as well as trigger audio loops and even do a bout of finger-drumming.

With its four decks, I would be able to perform quicker transitions and long blends between tracks, as well as do music mash-ups.

It also works as a stand-alone mixer with interfaces for adding CD players and turntables down the road. Such future-proofing is something that cannot be found in most DJ controllers.

- Joshua Chen


This article was first published on Dec 03, 2014.
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