Cool tools

Judging from all the people on campus sprouting cell phones, portable music players, Palm Pilots, laptop computers and other high-tech gadgets, it might seem that everyone is indeed rushing to prove that he who has the most toys when he dies, wins.

Hold on a minute, though. Most of the folks we asked about high-tech playthings actually put them to some practical use. In fact, some people are so practical that their favorite gadgets are decidedly low-tech.

square.gifKatie Tarbox, College 04
It has to be the Palm Pilot because it makes me look important even though Im really not.

square.gifFranklin Shen, Engineering 03
Remote control, because then you dont have to get up and walk. Do you know how far you sometimes have to sit from the TV? I even have a computer remote, so I can change the songs on Winamp.

square.gifVivian Leung, College/Wharton 03
I cant decide between my cell phone and my Palm Pilot. Theyre both small enough that they fit into my purse. Little phone, little Palm Pilot, little purse its all little.

square.gifErin Murphy, College 01
Im a big fan of electric screwdrivers. I use them to fix little odds and ends in my apartment. And I like the buzzing sound.

square.gifJesse Terry, Engineering 01
The electric toothbrush. Do you have one? No, but I think theyre a fabulous idea.

square.gifCorey Brooks, College 03
The incandescent lightbulb, because otherwise everything would be dark.

square.gifSerge Simpson, Medicine 02
My stereo; its what I do to relax. Its a little bit of an escape.

square.gifPatty Walshaw, College 01
I use my computer for e-mail. I check it every two seconds. Its my link to the world.

square.gifMehdi El hajoui, College/Wharton 03
My MP3 player; I use it between classes to bear the noise of most city places. Its a good break.

square.gifCaroline Mair, College 04
I use my blender twice a day to make smoothies with.

square.gifNigel Caplan, Education Ph.D.
My alarm clock if I have to get up, I need it.

square.gifJay Wetterau, Law 03
A pacemaker. I know people who really cant live without it.

square.gifKevin Chan, Engineering 01
My PC Im practically married to it. Its for everything next to breathing.

square.gifJae Cha, Engineering 03
My hot pot makes my life easier. I think I use it three or four times a week to make ramen.

square.gifJoey Bajgier, College 04
When Im at home I play my PlayStation 2 for several, several hours a day.

Kim Vinh and Sara Marcus


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Originally published on February 15, 2001