The season to expect without asking is finally here with us, and the bug has the best of us silently dropping hints about what we would want for Christmas. With no Black Friday – “the first day of traditional Christmas shopping, during which crowds of consumers are drawn to special offers by retailers” and Cyber Monday equivalents here, I have no recourse but to blatantly mention what I want for Christmas.
In business, it is said that if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it and I would like to apply the same for my day to day living. First on my list is the FitBit Flex, a nifty little gadget that will help track my daily activity – calories consumed, sleep patterns, sleep quality and distances walked. It relays this information via elegant mobile and online dashboards. The Jawbone Up, is a worthy contender.
Samsung launched the Gear in the Kenyan markets a few weeks ago, but I have the Pebble on my list, mostly because I find the Gear abit to fragile for my active lifestyle that often calls for a quick transition from boardroom to rugged hillside. The Pebble gets points for looks and notification capabilities.
The not so wearable
Life and business is mobile, and I have come to appreciate tools that move with you easily especially if you are the travelling type; enter the ultra-book range. A direct assault on Apple’s MacBook Air, Asus and Samsung have arguably the best ultra-books in the market. The Samsung ATIV Book9 plus with Intels 4th generation processor – Haswell , with a super vivid 13.3 inch display coming in at 1.39 kgs would cover all my bases. It looks good, is portable, excellent price point and most importantly I can do all my business tasks on it.
I consume my content adhoc, with random downtimes that leave me frustrated by the choice and flexibility of cable and free to air offerings. The recently launched on-demand service by Able Wireless that bundles both content and connectivity at a subscription of 500 shillings fits well. The catalogue may not be as expansive as Hulu or Netflix, but at least its scratches the itch.
Lastly, a connected life requires a connection and the BRCK, dubbed by the team behind it as “the backup generator to the internet” also makes it to the list though is not ready to ship yet. I like the idea of being free to work untethered without having to think too hard about that last mile to me.
A happy and wishful holiday season to you.