You know what’s so cool about our job? It’s the chance to live an incredibly fulfilling gadget life.
So cool, that our magazine editor Melvin Tang was invited for a chat with Power 98 FM’s wonderful DJs Mister Young and Jacqui Thibodeaux to reminisce the best 100 gadgets from the late 19th century to ten years into our future.
Of course, you won’t hear them talk through all 100 gadgets. That'll take at least five hours. Instead, listen to the snippets and hear fellow geeks gush over their favourite gadgets through the last 120 years.
Where it all began
There's a 99% probability that you have the first gadget in our list - the Swiss Army Knife. It was and still is the ultimate gadget. True story. How can you live without the one item that does so many other things. Then, there's old-school gaming such as Nintendo’s very first console, the NES, and the portable Game Boy. Getting nostalgic? You’ll want to hear more.
The 90s is the best decade
Man, the Japanese sure can make powerful and tiny gadgets. By now, you might be wondering if we’ve owned more than half of the gadgets mentioned, such as the souped-up (at that time) Super NES by Nintendo. Or the one that started it all - Sony’s Walkman.
Oh, don’t worry, we’re getting to the bit about smartphones. But first, ask yourself if you’ve ever owned the Motorola StarTAC? Star… what? Listen and you’ll understand.
More after the break...
The 21st Century
Oh wait, we forgot to ask if you’ve had the indestructible Nokia 3210. We can’t say the same for the power hungry and fragile smartphones of today.
But life goes on, and next comes the age of smartphones, starting with Apple’s very first iPhone. You might not have it, but we’re quite sure you’ve fiddled with at least one of its successor.
Wearing your tech
Ah, wearable tech. The usual stuff - fitness trackers and smartwatches. Unfortunately, no one’s doing it right. If you get bored of it after a few days, don’t worry, you’re not alone. That said, wearable tech is the future, and once companies get it right, it won’t just vibrate on your wrists anymore.
Then there’s virtual reality. A revival of sorts, but it promises so much more with Sony’s Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift which was recently acquired by Facebook. Truth is, we’re both excited and scared of the prospects virtual reality bring. Lend us your ears and we’ll explain why.