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Maven Looks Back at Biggest Gadget Flops 2012

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BOTTOM LINE

When it comes to technology and gadgets, they can’t ALL be winners.

 

SEDUCE THE OWNERS

Owners of the largest yachts in the world can be a fickle bunch.  Those multi-million dollar floating homes loaded with the newest toys often carry unworthy toys.  Hot toys at boat shows catch the eye of wealthy boat owners.  They end up on hundreds of yachts.  They are easily branded as ho-hum and brushed aside by guests and crew.

 

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, understands the appeal.  New techno-toys and amenities on mega yacht charter vessels are important.   

“When our clients ask us to provide a new model vessel for their Mediterranean yacht charter vacation, they expect that boat will have the same new gadgets and amenities that they enjoy at home,” says Sheeder.  “Our team is constantly reviewing the new gadget and tech marketplace for unique and user-friendly items that can enhance the client’s onboard experience.  Every year we some real winners and a few that  fizzle and fade away.” 

 

FLOP …

Here are 2 of Sheeder’s picks for the biggest tech flops of 2012:

Photograph of the Sony PlayStation Vira with a sad face on the screen.  The face appears as 2 dots above a frowning end parentheses character. The PlayStation Vita is black, and the sad face is white.

PlayStation Vita

 

PlayStation Vita

First, skippers on charter yachts know the importance of keeping the children of their charter clients amused and occupied.  For years, onboard game consoles like PlayStation have been a staple.  Launched in early 2012, PlayStation Vita promised amazing graphics, a growing online community, and cross-play with the PS3. Still, the new device never caught on as a “must have” platform. “The failure of Vita to catch on seems to raise the question about the viability of handheld gaming consoles at a time when we see more and more children with game-capable smartphones, “ says Sheeder. 

“We anticipate a shift away form gaming consoles on our yachts, in favor of onboard smartphones and tablets that the children can borrow during their vacation.”

 

Photograph of a 3D HDTV television standing on white space. The screen shows 2 soccer players leaping in the air.  The player in the background is wearing an orange shirt and black pants.  His arms are spread, as if he is flying.  His body is facing front, but his head is looking toward the right side of picture.  The player at the front of the picture is wearing green shirt and black pants.  His back is to the front of the photo.  His left leg is intersecting with the right arm of the player at the back of the photo. The background is a full stadium with bright stadium lights shining. The right arm of the green-shirted player is virtually coming out of the screen and going after the solid beige soccer ball, as if he is defending a goal and diving to catch it. He is wearing thick white gloves. It reads 3D, in huge white 3D letters, at the bottom left side of the television. Those letters seem to float off of the television screen.

3D HDTV

3D Television

Second.  It’s true. 3D HDTV hit the market before 2012, but the argument can easily be made that this is the year these much-hyped TVs became irrelevant, with a mere 3% adoption rate in American homes.   Sheeder explains,

“User-friendly is the key to a suitable toy or gadget on a yacht.  Who wants to sit in the saloon having to wear an awkward pair of specialty glasses – that for some can induce a headache – just to watch a movie?  The charter experience is based on a model of total relaxation, and the 3D TV experience, while trendy, is not catching on with our yacht owners.” 

 

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Top 3 Must-Have New Gadgets for 2012

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Blurry photograph of a man wearing mirrored sunglasses. He is sitting at a computer screen and has a flat hand up and facing the monitor.  There's another man standing behind him and to the left. Both men are wearing dark suits and white shirts. There are colorful butterflies in the back of the photograph. They are obviously using tech toys

Anyone who reads our blog on a regular basis knows we love our gadgets.  Let’s face it, going on a Virgin Islands yacht charter is loads of fun, but getting there can be tedious.  Waiting for flights, standing at the luggage carousel, taking long taxi rides, etc. can be long and boring.  Having a cool new gadget on hand is a great way to kill some time – and have some fun.

The world’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, the IFA just wrapped up in Berlin. Here are our three favorite new gadgets for 2012 from the show:


1. Samsung Galaxy Note

If you’ve been waiting for a smartphone with a big screen, this is your phone!  The Samsung Galaxy Note offers a 5.3 inch display, the largest screen size available among smartphones. This means less scrolling and screen transitions.  Imagine viewing web pages, news apps, and e-books with minimal scrolling or zooming – how cool is that?  The device also utilizes “pen-input technology,” and comes with an S Pen that allows users to draw and send handwritten images and notes via text message, email, and instant messaging.


2. LG Smartscan Mouse

As luxury yacht charter brokers, we’re constantly scanning client documents – from bareboat charter contracts to food and beverage preference sheets.  Scanning saves our clients’ time and allows us to share their information with yacht crews around the globe.  The latest mouse from LG has a built-in scanner, which the company says will “open a new era for scanners.”  Simply click the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse, then swipe it over the material to be scanned.

The scanned image can then be saved in a variety of file types, or dragged and dropped into a document or application. LG’s Optical Character Recognition technology converts scanned text into a Microsoft Word document that can then be edited as required. The 2-in-1 device can scan page sizes up to A3, which is larger than most conventional portable scanners.


3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX55 – The World’s Slimmest Digital Camera

Imagine going on a Croatia yacht charter and not having a camera with you.  Who will believe you when you say you saw a whale swimming by an island with a Medieval castle?  Most digital cameras are small, but bulky and heavy in your pocket.  Not the Cybershot TX55.  Just 12.2mm slim, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC TX55 is the world’s thinnest camera. It can capture 16.2 megapixel still images as well as full HD video.

The camera’s back panel has an 8.3cm/3.3 inch touch-screen for showing off photos and movie clips. It also features 3D shooting options. By pressing the shutter button once, the camera will grab a pair of frames in fast succession, estimating depth to create a 3D still image. This is a MUST for a bareboat yacht charter in the Caribbean or Mediterranean, also!

Do you have a favorite new gadget that you can’t live without?  Tell us about it HERE, and we’ll share it with our readers.

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