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On Technopark’s tech junkies



They spend entire days immersed in cutting edge technology. It’s little wonder then that many techies in Technopark are tech junkies too. And we don’t mean being obsessive just about those smart phones and tablets that seem to define everyone’s lives these days.

It’s now all about owning and showcasing the latest electronic gadgets and gizmos that are, well, not so very different from those that they replaced! It’s the time of smart watches, virtual reality boxes, silicon keyboards, 3D gaming consoles, USB charging 'stations', Raspberry Pis, Phototonic headphones, activity trackers, turntables… and Technopark’s techies are one step ahead of the game.

Alwin Stanly, a network engineer at an MNC for example, is more than happy to send us a whole list of gadgets that he purchased recently. They include a Beats Pill portable speaker, a Nikon DSLR camera, an L12S OLED smart watch, a Samsung G5, a Google virtual reality box and even a Syma X5C-1 – that’s a drone to you and me!

“I’ve had the quadcopter (drone) for about three months now. I’m passionate about photography - (hence the high funda camera) and it’s great for shooting aerial footage, especially when you go on trips. The base model is actually not that expensive. The Google VR box is also really cool and I enjoy watching videos with it on YouTube. By allowing for a panoramic view rather than the normal 2D vision, it just amps up the enjoyment of watching a video,” says Alwin, who calls himself a connoisseur of gadgets.

“I believe that there’s no point in jumping head first and emptying your wallet as soon as you spot something. The same technology will almost always come up in a more affordable price soon enough. I look for its availability in the market, feasibility and maintenance costs before I buy a gadget.”

It’s the technology that excites newbie techie Abhishek Dileep (name changed on request) too. With savings from his first few months at work, he’s recently splurged on an OnePlus 2 smartphone, which can be bought by invite only.

“It’s what you would call a geek phone; a high end phone that has got amazing specifications at the fraction of the cost it would take to buy a more established smartphone of the same kind,” explains the 22-year-old.

“I am past that phase when I would buy a phone depending on how well I could play video games on it. Nowadays, tech support for mobile gaming is an industry norm and so it is not very exciting any more. These days, I like to buy a phone or any gadget, for that matter, based on what it’s capable of doing, how it’s going to help me and the like,” he explains.

Rahul Ramachandran, who works in programme management, meanwhile, is fan of high-end gadgets and has recently switched over from a brand new iPhone 6 to a Samsung Galaxy 6S Edge+.

“I like to keep up with the trend and keenly source gadgets that are not yet available in the country. Besides, I think it’s cool to be seen with the latest gadgets and make sure that I have something with me, whether it’s my phone or iPad or my Nike Fuel band. Also, I’ve found that the gadgets are a great conversation starter, helping to break the ice and get the guys talking about technology,” says Rahul.

Our man Nikhil has already sold off his old smartphone to a colleague in the hopes of buying a Fitbit activity tracker for himself. In fact, the techies tell us that as soon as they get “tired” of their gadgets they put it up on popular re-sale websites and most often than not it gets sold, allowing them to purchase new items.

And so goes the electronic cycle.

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