For many people, technology is a solo experience – everything is personal these days. From iPods to smart phones, technological gizmos and gadgets exist for one person to use at a single time. This technological isolation can be prevented by investing in some technology that is actually designed for the whole family. Still televisions and DVD or Blu-Ray players aside, here is a look at five technological gadgets the whole family can use and appreciate, and maybe even have a lot of fun with:
The Nintendo Wii revolutionized video games by allowing simple gesture based controls to permeate homes across the country. The Wii continues to be one of the best “Go To” options for casual and family video games. Add in the fact that the little white box allows for streaming of the vast library of Netflix content directly to television sets for around ten dollars, and this is a great family oriented technological device. While many games for the Wii are gimmicky and lack any sizeable depth, many titles like Wii Sports, Wii Party, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii are fun to play and keep the whole family engaged.
X Box 360 Kinect
The Kinect for X Box 360 uses a camera that tracks the motions of players and duplicates those motions in the games and on the television. While the particular software packages for the Kinect equate to many early Wii titles, given the horsepower available with the X Box 360, the quality of games should increase astronomically in the coming year. Not only is the Kinect a lot of fun to play, it offers an interaction the whole family, regardless of age, can really get into.
All-In-One Touch Screen Computers
All in One Touch Screen computers offer a personal type of interaction just not seen with traditional mouse or keyboard driven computers. Many of these computers can be placed in just about any location and can serve as an alternative method of home entertainment. Everything from theHP Touch Smart line to the Apple iMac line can enhance and improve the computing experience for every user in the house. Plus, the screens are usually much bigger than that four inch or ten inch screen included on personal media players, which means the whole family can enjoy vacation pictures or YouTube videos at the touch of the screeen.
Projectors, whether a simple Optima or more advanced Epson, have come a long way from the old Super 8 that Mom & Dad would trot out for family movies. The projectors of today offer resolution and clarity that can rival many television screens. What this really means is that movie nights can take on a life of their own. So watching a flick outside by the pool or building a theater in the basement can really transform the entire experience into something everyone talks about. Add in some popcorn and some candy and you get an experience that everyone can not stop talking about and continue to look forward to.
While the iPad is clearly designed for one person to use at a time, it is a device that can really get the family scrambling for some face time. The intimate design, simple interface, and larger than average screen make this tablet PC as popular and versatile as they come. This is a device that can be a personal movie player, ereader, GPS unit, email machine, picture viewer, and more all at the swipe of a finger. That makes the iPad literally a device with something to offer everyone in the house. This is one gadget that will be passed around on a constant and consistent level for the entire year.