Have you ever seen the show Beyond 2000? It was a show that showed us all about the gadgets of the future. What we all had to look forward to "Beyond 2000". It was on the tv, way back in the nineties!
Well my birthday gifts were like an avalanche of Beyond 2000 gadgets.
First of all I got a Garmin watch, a Vivo active. I have been looking, researching, reviewing smart watches online for sometime and had told my husband that I hadn't yet found the "one". I thought maybe I would never find the "one" for me. But on receiving this watch, I am convinced this is the "one" for me. I wanted it primarily for running. I do park runs on a Saturday and was using my mobile device, with a free strava account attached to it. Which was working fine but you do have to fiddle around a bit. For getting started it is absolutely fine, as you just need a zip waist holder, you press start before you get to the start line, zip it up and wait for the start call.
Yesterday I went for a bike ride, and I used my mobile with strava as well as my watch. And its a good thing that I did that because I didn't even press all the right buttons on my watch to get it to record my activity! doh! What was I thinking! Today, I have mastered recording an activity on my Garmin watch, its very straight forward. You set up your most favourite activities so that when you press the key button, the fave activity will popup for selection. You press the key button (the only button that protrudes from the side), choose your activity and wait for GPS connection, press the key button again and big green play icon appears on the watch face. When you have stopped, you can press the key button and a big stop button icon appears on the watch face. Then the watch will ask you if you want to save the activity. Voila.
Another gift I got was the DJI osmo mobile 3 gimbal. What the in the what the? Well back in February when I went to a two day face to face marketing event learning all about digital marketing, one of the girls I met there, had one of these and I was intrigued, she was taking selfies and video, and the gimbal would follow her through body movement and was producing very stable video footage. When I got back to Brisbane, I looked it up and waited for a sale to arrive before getting one. I also told my husband that I wanted one when the next sale came around. I am not sure if it was on sale but I now have one. I've got the upgraded edition, which has the tripod also, this means that it can be used stationary as well hand-held. I do quite a bit of social media for my parents bricks and mortar business and I also film the kids doing their activities and do vlogs etc. You connect your mobile device to the gimbal, and you take both still images and video footage with it and you don't need another human being to do it for you. On my birthday, my sister who lives in Bangkok, couldn't be with us, but to get around this, I had her on my mobile device, sitting on the DJI osmo gimbal tripod and it was essentially the next best thing to having her in the same room with me.
I will share more on my birthday gadgets in the next few posts because I am still discovering all there is to discover with them. I will also teach you what I learn so that you avoid my analogue mistakes.
Hi my name is Angela. I have loved writing since I was able to hold a pencil in my hand. I soon learnt I had a gift of connecting with my ancestors through writing before my 30th birthday.