- The Gadget Issue #47
- I Love My Gadgets
- Cellphone, Friend or Foe?
- Kitchen Gadgetry
- Fiction & Science
- Crosswords: Gadgets
- The Gadget Issue - Solutions
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:44 PM PDT
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:42 PM PDT
Vocabulary, discussion, and reading activity
A gadget is a tool such as a machine or device that has a particular function, but is often thought of as a novelty.
A.Match the names to the gadgets in the picture below.
B.Read the text and answer the questions that follow.
True or False?
1.It is not necessary to live without the benefits that new devices bring.
2.New gadgets appear periodically.
3.Gadgets do many functions and tasks.
4.Many people find that they don’t need their devices.
5.Living without gadgets would be very difficult.
Discuss the ideas in the passage and answer the questions in it. What do you think about the topic.
Alternatively, you can do this activity as a writing.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:40 PM PDT
Discussion, video, and vocabulary activity
1.Discuss the following questions in pairs or small groups:
2.Video Segment: “I Forgot My Phone”
Imagine you spent a day without your cellphone... What would that day be like?
This is a short film directed by Miles Crawford and written by Charlene de Guzman, that points at the apparently negative aspects of using cellphones.
Watch the video and order the following scenes. There are two extra ones that do not appear in the film.
I Forgot My Phone from Miles Crawford on Vimeo.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:45 PM PDT
Vocabulary & listening activity
Gadgetry: (N) appliances, collection of gadgets.
A)Make a list of all kitchen gadgets, big and small, that you can remember.
Which are the most/least useful?
B)Listening Segment: Engines of Our Ingenuity by Andrew Boyd - Episode 2452
Audio length: 3.49 minutes
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:34 PM PDT
Video and discussion activity
B.Video Segment: “When Science Fiction Will Become a Reality”
Michio Kaku is an American futurist, theoretical physicist and popularizer of science. Dr. Kaku is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York.
Watch his clip and answer the questions below.
· Will we be able to do the things Dr Kaku predicts?
· What other new gadgets will be common?
· What will the positive and negative effects of technology be in the future?
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:30 PM PDT
Vocabulary/ game activity
1. A mechanical device for cleaning dishes and utensils.
2. Car instrument that tells you how to go from A to B.
3. A mobile computer that is primarily operated by touching the screen.
4. Hand-held device that adds, substracts, divides and multiplies.
10. A gadget you wear for telling the time.
11. It connects a computer to the Internet, invented in 1958.
12. A mechanical device used to toast bread.
15. A video camera that feeds its image in real time to a computer or computer network.
17. An appliance used to combine ingredients.
18. An electrical device consisting of two earphones held by a flexible strap passing over the head.
19. A tool used in the removal of unwanted body hair through the act of shaving (2 words).
20. A hand-held portable electric light.
21. A specialized desktop computer used to play video games (2 words).
1. A picture frame that displays digital photos without the need of a computer or printer (3 words).
5. A portable flash drive with a USB connector (2 words).
6. A component of an electronics device, used for operating the device wirelessly from a short distance (2 words).
7. Flat panel TV much thinner and lighter than televisions with picture tubes.
8. A device for taking photographs.
9. An instrument used to measure weight.
13. An electromechanical device designed to blow cool or hot air over wet or damp hair.
14. A device that plays video and audio discs (2 words).
16. A kitchen appliance that heats food by bombarding it with electromagnetic radiation.
19. A publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both.
Posted: 11 Aug 2015 02:27 PM PDT
I Love My Gadgets
A. 1.Go-pro camera 2. smartphones, iphones 3. flatscreen tv 4. usb stick 5. Game console 6. scientific calculator 7.tabet 8. 3D printer 9.GPS 10. headphones 11.home cinema projector 12.sound bar
B. 1.T ( why should we..?) 2.T (every year new desirable devices...) 3.T (they inform, entertain...) 4.F (most of us..) 5.T (it is unthinkable...)
Cellphone, Friend or Foe?
Video segmet- order the scenes
1.A couple waking up in the morning, boyfriend looking at his cellphone.
2.Girl going for a run in the mountains, trying to enjoy the moment while
someone talks loudly on his phone.
3.Girl in a restaurant with friends trying to speak while their friends look at their phones.
4.Girl walking on the beach sees a man proposing to his girlfriend while taking a selfie.
5.Little girl in a park looking at her phone instead of swinging.
6.Girl with a friend who’s pouring a drink and taking a selfie of herself.
7.Man at a theater show using his phone.
8.Girl bowling at an alley while her friends are using their cellphones.
9.Girl at a concert and everybody is recording the show.
10.Girl bringing out the cake at a birthday party while everybody is recording the moment.
11.Girl turns out the light to sleep while her boyfriend is looking at his phone.
1.c 2.a 3.b 4.c 5.b 6.a 7.c 8.b 9.b 10.a
Today, gadgets galore. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them.
What’s the most gadget filled room in your home? If you’re like most people, it’s probably your kitchen. There are big items like freezers, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves. And then there are all those little things we couldn’t do without — coffee makers, pots, bowl scrapers, cheese graters … the list goes on and on. Just look through your cabinets and drawers.
And to the engineer, it’s a treasure-trove. Almost every item has an elaborate history of design and redesign. Some survive and some pass into obscurity, rendered obsolete by new technology.
I recently found myself thumbing through From Hearth to Cookstove: … Gadgets and Utensils Made or Used in America from 1700 to 1930. The book doesn’t pretend to be all-encompassing. No surprise. A complete history would require volumes. But it does contain some gems.
Take, for example, the ale boot — a metal pot shaped like a boot. It’s easily thrust deep into the coals of a fire, warming your beer on cold winter nights. We find an assortment of devices for keeping flies away from food — a real concern before window screens and air conditioning. One such device is the fly fan. Wind it up and a woman’s hand-held fan waves back and forth — a mechanical means for saying “shoo, fly, shoo!” Before the toaster was the toast fork. The many innovative designs were used to hold bread over the fire, much as we use sticks to roast our marshmallows today.
The contraptions for peeling apples are a delight. Gears, blades, springs — many are quite elaborate. By 1874, over eighty patents had been filed for cast iron apple parers. Was it really that important a utensil?
The collection of tools for mashing potatoes goes on for pages. Then there are the egg beaters. Some look like springs; others like failed fly swatters. Variations of the dual interlocking mixer are popular. All totaled, I counted fifty-one different designs in the book — all hand-powered. That’s not true of butter churns. Some of them incorporate treadmills so they can be run on dog power.
And women were behind many of the improvements. According to an article in the New York Times, by 1890 women had filed 2400 patents — an astounding number given role of women in that era. Most were filed by “thrifty housewives … generally in the nature of kitchen utensils and domestic articles.” Women didn’t simply inspire changes; they engineered them.
We take our kitchen gadgetry for granted. We chop with a Cuisinart, mix with a blender, and slice bagels with specially designed bagel cutters. But our kitchens are filled with history and innovation. It’s something to think about next time you’re preparing a meal.
Fiction & Science
1.His book 2.Albert Einstein and Flash Gordon 3.blink/ you'll see their biographies printed out/ subtitles will appear under their names 4.Time travel
5.your great great great great grand daughter
Across : 1.dishwasher 2.GPS 3.tablet 4.calculator 10.watch 11.modem 12.toaster 15. webcam 17.mixer 18.headphones 19.electric razor 20. flashlight 21. game console
Down: 1digital photo frame 5.USB stick 6.Remote control 7.flatscreen 8.camera 9.scale 13.blowdryer 14.Dvd player 16.microwave 19.ebook