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Four things I wish Vann’s carried (but they probably never will)

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Every once in a while, when I’m scouring the net for news, hilarious cat videos, and new things to listen to on my iPod, I’ll run across some new gadget or piece of technology and think, “wow, I really wish Vann’s carried that.”

Putting aside arguments like, “That’s nowhere near finished for market,” or “That costs around $15,000 to manufacture,” here are four things I wish Vann’s carried:

NEC arm keypad

I’m a big fan of alternative ways to control technology, and not just because people look incredibly funny using them (hours of entertainment). So, when I spotted this arm keypad (via Engadget), I was immediately excited.

Tap your arms, right or left hand, or clap your hands and an accelerometer attached to your wrist detects the impacts. From the video (below), it looks like they’re aiming at perfecting this technology for runners and other people on the go. I wonder if the technology would have the downside of discouraging people from swatting a deadly, stinging bug off their arm though, for fear of skipping their favorite song.

HAL-5 robot exoskeleton

For some reason the idea of a robot exoskeleton from a company called Cybernics seems a bit like a forewarning to frightening, science-fiction-esque tortured landscapes and dystopian futures where our robotic overlords subdue, hunt, and otherwise attempt to wipe out the last vestiges of humanity that are surviving on the fringes of a world destroyed by our own hubris.

But right now, it’s being developed with the goal of helping the elderly live more full and rich lives.

Check out the video below, but who wouldn’t be on the free-shipping, no-sales tax bandwagon if Vann’s started carrying this? (via CNET)

Microsoft Kinect aid for the blind

Okay, this isn’t really a new product, per-se, more of an (via the aptly named hack-a-day) alternative use for existing technology. But it’s a really cool one.

By using all the sensors and cameras built into the Kinect, some university students in Germany created software to aid the blind in navigating. Check out the video below:

Nintendo 3DS

What? I can’t have something plausible on this list too?

I haven’t had a proper mobile gaming device since the Gameboy (and oh what fond memories of playing that instead of doing things like “homework” or “reading”), but the 3DS certainly looks like a contender to bring me back into it.

You get a 3D-screen, a whole bunch of games (not just the new 3D stuff, but the whole library of old DS games too), and a device that could potentially be used to help learn stuff.

We currently carry the 3DSi, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be carrying this at some point in the near future… keep an eye on vanns.com!

What cool devices (plausible or not) do you wish Vann’s carried? Let us know in the comments!



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