10It’s been a kid weekend, for me. Top 10 Must Have Gadgets For 2011: Earphone, TV And More While I don’t normally focus on family-friendly tech, the events of this weekend (movies and family time and Internet, oh my!) have made me realize that there are 5 things that are indispensable tools that every family should have. That said, I’m sure you have your own, but here’s my list:
What becomes the quandary, at least for us, is deciding how we watch the content that we watch on Netflix. Do we invest in a Roku box? Maybe an Xbox 360? Or theApple TVcould be a great choice. As of yet, we’ve not settled onto any one device, so we’re typically watching via the MacBook Pro or some other computer in the house. We’ll make our decision soon, but not just yet. We just know that it’s $9 per month well spent.
The joy of netbooks for the kids is in all of the things that we tech types tend to find annoying. They’re simple, they’re cheap (for the most part) and they’re small. In other words, they’re perfect for kid hands and to help them learn how to properly use a computer. Mix a netbook with a locked down copy of Windows 7 and you’re about as safe as any computer can get.
For as long as I can remember, my kids have wanted to take pictures. Instead of handing over my fairly expensive Canon to their munchkin hands, I toss them the Playtouch and let them go crazy with it. While I typically end up with fifty pictures and a few minutes of video of my dog walking across the room, they still have a great time when we hook up the HDMI to the TV and look back at their “work”.
Good MP3 Players
Maybe this seems like a cop-out, but it’s really not. The fact of it is that music does indeed soothe the cranky 6 year old just as much as it does the savage beast. Now sure, you could go buy the cheapest mp3 player on the market, but you’re going to get what you pay for.
Investing a few dollars in to a simple, but well-built (the iPod Shuffle and Samsung’s Galaxy Playercome to mind) mp3 player will serve you well for years to come. Not only are they rigid enough to handle the bumps that will inevitably come, they also have controls such as volume limiting that really are important when you’re placing speakers only a few millimeters away from your kids’ ear drums.
Load them up with kids books. There are loads of them available for purchase, and even more available for free across the Internet. Just do yourself a favor and watch what they are reading. Just because they’ve taken an interest doesn’t mean that it’s all fair play.
The iPod media players were invented by Apple on 2011. The varieties of the models support the multiple options that are included in order for the customers to make the choice. The iPod models that get the most response are:-
• iPod Classic- based on the hard drive • iPod Touch- the touch screen • iPod Nano- video enabled • iPod Shuffle- the compact one
So that’s my list. What’s on yours? Anything that your family simply can’t do without? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be here, watching movies and reading what you say.