Next up in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, a uniquely fun board game - Tesla vs. Edison: War of Currents. You control a start-up company in the early days of the U.S. electric industry. In the beginning you only have your lead inventor, some shares of preferred stock, and some money. Over the course of the game you will be hiring other famous technicians and business people to work for you. Each luminary in the game has their own unique ratings, and the inventors also have their own special abilities. The actions that you allocate this team of exceptional historical figures to take will determine the fate of your company. The path you take is up to you.
You can pick up Tesla vs. Edison now.
We’ve been fans of Catan since we first played it, interestingly enough, on the Xbox 360 as an Xbox Live Arcade download. Since then, we’ve enjoyed many hours of the strategic masterpiece both online and in social settings. Recently, we paid a visit to Seattle’s Vectorform, a developer for the Microsoft Surface platform. They gave us a look at their take on Settlers of Catan using the Surface tabletop, and even included a few very cool and interesting real-world peripherals. We quickly realized how interesting Surface can make tabletop gaming. Check out the video above to see what me mean.
MSI’s Wind Top AE1900 All-in-One PC with touchscreen is now on sale for $529.00. The PC has a 16:9 widescreen 18.5-inch touchscreen, a 160 GB SATA 2.5-inch hard drive, 4 USB ports, a 4-1 card reader and runs Windows XP. Energy efficient, it uses 80% less energy than most desktops. The all-in-one system has SRS Premium sound, a built-in webcam and comes with mouse and keyboard.
Of course the Microsoft Surface is a gimme, but the X-Desk may be some competition. It is 52-inches, as opposed to MS’s 30-inch surface, and also reacts to multi-touch input and zoom. Interact with maps and images and play media files. It can also be used with PMPs and cell phones via Bluetooth. The X-Desk, which was developed by Impressx and Engage and runs with Epson 3 LCD projectors, will cost you $20,000, about the same as the Surface.
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We have shown you a lot of bizarre radios, so we thought it was time to get back to basics. Boston Acoustics has released the Horizon Solo, their smallest tabletop radio with backlit blue LED. Place the 5 x 8 x 6-inch device vertically or horizontally or set it on its side for cramped quarters. The radio has 3 knobs for mode, volume, and tuning, and 2 buttons for dual alarms. The Solo also features a snooze bar, up to 20 presets, a stereo headphone jack, and an auxiliary and AM/FM antenna inputs. Choose between grey and white and look for a price of $99.99. An extra $9.99 will give you a colored front grill as well.
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How often do you forget to point your remote at the VCR but instead aim it at the TV? Sony’s new waterproof RM-PZ1FD with three infrared LEDs offers wider cover and is designed for tables, counters, or nightstands with soft buttons for both digital and analog transmissions. The remote also works with fifteen other brands such as Matsushita, Sharp, and JVC. At a size of 4 x 5-inches, it will be available sometime this month, and comes with the mini-price tag of ¥1,980 (~$17.00) in each of three different colors.
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