Gadgets for students

06 Apr 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

At Y we’re not immune to old-fashioned ways, so Alvin Thomas tries out some more traditional tech with a modern twist for students.




Sketch it


If you aren’t sold on the idea of using computers to type your classroom notes, and like taking things down the old-fashioned way, then you should invest in the Inkling. Of course, the device is usually used for sketching designs but recent updates allow you to jot down information quickly as well – all without the need for pen and paper! This can later be hooked up to your computer and converted into text for future reference. An incredibly precise ball-point nib makes it all the more authentic. Pick yours up from amazon.com for RO31.


Plug and Play


Teaching is all about reaching out to students with nifty slideshows and presentations. However, traditional projectors are cumbersome and tend to get hot really quickly – so carrying them around can be an arduous task. That’s where the AAXA LED Pico projector comes into play: the device is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand and above all is incredibly bright. It displays in qHD resolution at an area of 140cm. As an added treat, it will also project information for up to 80 minutes and comes with built-in speakers. Yours for RO45 from amazon.com.


Pocket Microscope


Let’s face it: microscopes can be expensive. A good microscope can cost anywhere north of RO1,000, and not everyone can afford one. And that’s why we think that the KingMas clip-on microscope is essential for every student. The device can magnify images up to 60 times, and is designed to connect to your smartphone. This also means you can try your hand at some serious macro-photography. Get yours from amazon.com for a mere RO3.

Editor’s Pick


Record everything


Let’s face it: we all forget things. And if you’re a student, you’re definitely going to find it hard if you keep missing key points. That’s where the Sony ICD-UX533 comes into play. Not only is it one of the most compact and easy-to-use recorders out there, it also has excellent range and a very sensitive microphone. It can be recharged via USB if you install a set of rechargeable AAA batteries, too. What’s handy, though, is that there is 4Gigs of onboard storage, which can be expanded with the help of a Micro SD card, if you, like me, love to document everything on tape. Yours for RO35 from amazon.com.

App of the Week


Duolingo


Learning new languages can be a pricey affair, as your only option would be to opt for professional courses. With the Duolingo app, however, you will be able to learn multiple languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Dutch and more at no cost! The app also lets you practise your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills with in-built tests. Yours for free from iTunes and Google Play.


Mass Effect: Andromeda


How much science fiction is actually fiction? Well, there’s no denying that we have advanced to a stage where science has an answer to almost everything… at least on paper. And thanks to that, sci-fi games and movies hold their footing much stronger than they ever did.

That’s also why there are numerous gaming titles that revolve around science fiction. Not surprisingly, many franchises have failed in their attempts to create inter-galaxy missions but if there has been one successful title, it has to be Bioware’s Mass Effect.

You either take control of Scott or Sara Ryder, after which you will be playing from a third-person perspective. And as the title implies, the game revolves around exploring the vast galaxy of Andromeda (which is the nearest galaxy to our Milky Way) to find an environment that will sustain humankind.

Of course, the challenge isn’t just finding our new home. It is to colonise it and to hold our own against three other alien races – who are carried over from previous iterations of the game (Salarians, Asaris and Turians). Many of the other races are written out so you’ll mainly be dealing with these three.

This, however, is where the game falters. The storyline is very predictable – especially if you have played the previous editions of the game. Also, the game’s greatest strength – the vast environment – sends most players into confusion. I found myself searching for missions to complete, spending up to 30 minutes before encountering another enemy for combat.

As expected, the graphics are stunning, and the developers have made use of “Frostbite” physics engine effectively: the lone saviour in an otherwise beige game.

My advice? Rent it, don’t buy it.


Mass Effect: Andromeda Info Box


Developer: Bioware

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Director: Marc Walters

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Genre: Action role-playing, third-person shooter


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