Exam results are out. Usually they divide up people into two groups. Those that are so elated that they run around showing off and stuffing mithais in the faces of everyone they come across, and those that lock themselves in the bathroom crying because they're too afraid that if they go out, they'll have their face stuffed with mithais. Both groups of people have something in common; they have a big emotional void to fill. For the losers, it's obvious why, but winners have voids too. All that hard work, nights of no sleep and social life deprivation for what? Here are a few gadgets that either group of folk could indulge their enlarged or broken egos in, as the case may be.

For the tamer audio junkies: Sennheiser HD800

How better to drown out the world

How better to drown out the world

These headphones are to audio junkies what bling-ed out engagement rings are to girls. These headphones are so fancy you use them maybe a few times a year, while drinking green tea with your pinky sticking out. They're so fancy that you need to build a special rack for them which is almost as expensive as the headphones themselves. If you think about it this way, if you've gotten 100% of marks, all the money you used to spend on tuitions will be yours to buy the headphones. If you got less (and are most likely applying to DPU), you're not going to college, boss. Get headphones instead.

For the outdoors people: Predator suit

 I am flunkie, hear me zap and destroy

I am flunkie, hear me zap and destroy



The fact that Predator Suits R Us is not a company yet is a travesty. Everyone loves predator suits, not AvP but from Predator 1 with working shoulder mounted laser, thermal vision, cloak mode, the works. For the winners, your predator suits are going to save you from the fawning family members who suddenly take an interest in you because they just found out you have brains and will eventually make a ton of money. For the flunkies, you have to eliminate the 100 odd people ahead of you for the job you want somehow right? Why not do it in style?

For the fans: Macbook Pro 17-inch

Oooo shiny!

Oooo shiny!

Without going into which group, toppers or flunkies, most Mac fans fit into (*ahem*), the 17 inch Macbook Pro is an impulse buy for Mac fans and even more so for non-Mac fans. Think about it this way. For the toppers, they can still make their spread sheets for their straight-out-of-college 7 figure paying jobs, they're just doing it on something a lot more shiny! For the flunkies, hello creative careers! They can edit their films, sipping green tea with their pinkies pointing out, or make music in Garage Band, sipping beer with their pinkies pointing out. The point is, there is always a good use, er, excuse, for the Macbook Pro 17″.

For the inner scientific soul: 8547 Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0

Build a friend

Build a friend

Building your own robots from Legos. How much more can you ask for? It's not too terribly expensive ($279.99 or Rs. 12,542) when you see it relative to a lot of other products but it's a robot. Generic parental advice would usually consist of expressions like, “Make some human friends and get some sunlight!” (don't they know sunlight is overrated?). For the winners, of course this product is good to replace friends with because the robot will never backstab you. Unless it malprograms, miraculously picks up a knife (you know, with its grip and opposable thumbs) and come after you in your sleep. For the flunkies, you need a robot for a friend, because really, they're the only 'people' that won't get sick of your incessant whining and crying, unless your tears spill on them of course.

For those that dreamt of flying high: Remote control helicopter set

Make SOMETHING fly!

Make SOMETHING fly!

When you're above the age of 18, usually after which you're legally allowed to vote, procreate and if you're lucky, drink (sometimes the last one takes care of the first two), flying a remote control helicopter seems a little youth-ish. However, the end of exam time brings out the 'youth' in all of us above 18-ers. Without making a silly 18 till I die joke, toppers need these toys because really, what else are they going to play with? The Microsoft clip? The Talking Tom cat? Please! For flunkies, now that you have all this spare time, live vicariously through the helicopter. And then crash it, just as that 99.9% crashed your dreams.

Hopefully students who got 99.9% can find an outlet that drowns their sorrows now that alcohol in some places is restricted to people above 25 and Anupam Kher still insists you don't commit suicide. Gadgets man, that's the way to go.

Publish date: June 18, 2011 5:19 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:02 pm

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