Head to Gitex to find the gadgets that will change your life
Let’s face it: these days, everyone is a geek. We’re not talking about being socially inept, but rather being addicted to technology. Whether you log into Facebook at every opportunity, covet your new iPad or have withdrawal symptoms when away from your BlackBerry, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone.
According to figures gathered earlier this year, the emirates has more than 11 million mobile phone subscriptions, meaning that on average, almost every person in the country owns two mobile phones. What’s more, research by web giant Google shows that we all visit social networking sites nearly every day of the week. We’re clearly all living the digital life in Dubai.
Celebrating the nation’s penchant for gadgets, Gitex Technology Week takes place on October 9-13, giving us a glimpse of the technology that is likely to shape our future. We have a sneak preview of some of the year’s most exciting launches, plus inside advice from the experts on what the future holds…
We quite fancy whizzing around in this Segway-like transporter. You can recharge its lithium battery at home, and a single charge lets you travel about 40km – efficient and eco-friendly.
Dhs19,135, Merlin Digital stall
Every Pleo robotic dinosaur is special.
Like any other pet, the Pleo feels hunger, likes to explore and needs to be nurtured. He displays an amazing range of emotions and comes with a cute swagger.
Dhs1,395, Merlin Digital stall
The new 14-megapixel Nikon is a must-buy for photography enthusiasts. It features a 7.6cm LCD screen and full HD movie mode, and comes equipped with an 18-55mm lens.
Dhs2,699, Emax stall
Mimobot flash drive
Unleash your inner geek with this cutesy yet trendy USB drive. Who doesn’t love Hello Kitty?
Dhs159 (8GB), Virgin Megastore stall
This audio recorder has directional microphones that focus on the sound you want, ignoring unwanted noise.
Dhs999, Virgin Megastore stall
BlackBerry Bold 9900
The thinnest Bold to date enables you to record HD video and take great shots using the five-megapixel camera.
Approximately Dhs2,699, Research In Motion stall
Canon Ixus 230
This 12.1-megapixel compact camera comes in six colours and features Smart Auto modes that promise shake-free images every time.
Dhs1,199, National Stores stall
This multi-view 16-megapixel camera
is packed with features, including
live-view swift panorama and
HD video. Compact magic.
Dhs1,199, Jacky’s Middle East stall
Linksys wireless router
The X3000 lets you wirelessly connect multiple devices to the web and lets you share files seamlessly. The family will thank you.
Dhs659, Plug Ins Electronix stall
Retro Cool Moshi Moshi handset
You’ll turn more than a few heads answering your iPhone with this handset. It also claims to eliminate 99 per cent of harmful mobile phone radiation.
Dhs179, Virgin Megastore
Andy Warhol case for iPhone 4
Dress your iPhone in one of the pop artist’s most iconic works. Dhs209,
Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5.0
This mini five-megapixel digital camera sports a nostalgic Rollei design and comes with auto-focus. Dhs1,945,
Let’s be honest: which iPad owner wouldn’t want to display their ’Pad in this quirky stand, complete with arcade joystick and buttons? If you’re a true retro fan, also keep an eye out for the new Atari Arcade iPad controller.