The kids may be dreaming of weird motorized hamsters, but you're dreaming of pwning your friends with a railgun on a hulking, immersive gaming PC. Well, this is your year, l33t gamer. Meet the Ostendo CRVD monitor.
So far in the Undead Tech series, I've traced back the roots of some pretty rich items: a $75,000 car Audi, a $200,000 spaceflight, and thousands of dollars in laptops, phones, mountain bikes, and e-readers. This installment will poke around in one colossally important everyday technology—one that buys us geographical freedom for the price of a hot dog. It's winter, in a crippling economic recession.
Since time immemorial, gadget buyers have been discarding their most prized gizmos for newer, thinner, sleeker gizmos, often at the expense of practicality, durability, and stupendous amounts of money. But in the last few years, emaciated machines have also become economical. The latest company to get it right is Dell.
In the run-up to the Detroit Auto Show, there have been a lot of new hoopties sneak-peeked by luxury car companies, but perhaps none as truly hooked up as the new Audi A8. The A8 is arguably this year's torch-bearer for slick-but-attainable luxury cars: It rolls on an eight-speed gearbox, streams Google Earth maps into its nav system and even does 3-D terrain mapping.