Skimbit community helped pick Wii Fit as best gadget of 2008
Community members of social decision-making tool – Skimbit.com – picked the Wii Fit as the best gadget of 2008. Runners up were the iPhone 3G and Google’s new internet browser, Chrome.
Skimbit.com is an innovative free tool that helps you collect ideas and make a decision, about almost anything: choosing a villa for a holiday with friends, picking a flat to rent with flatmates, or deciding on shoes with bridesmaids. It can also be used for solo decisions like researching the purchase of a TV or sofa.
As opposed to comparison sites that tell you what you should consider and how you should compare it, Skimbit is like a DIY comparison tool, where you get to decide what factors are important, and what things you want to compare. It puts you in complete control of your decision-making.
It’s also great for crowd-sourcing ideas: Skimbit had a competition to pick the best gadget of 2008, and asked its users to help decide.
Twelve options were proposed, with users able to add their own options to the vote. Options were rated based on their ‘coolness’ factor, whether their mother’s would ‘get’ it, and even absurd things like ‘waterproofness’. Community members voted for their favourites, and Skimbit.com presented all the results in a fun graphical way.
Google’s new internet browser, Chrome, came in third place, with feedback like this from one Skimbit.com user: “I use it, and so far it’s my favourite browser. It’s more dependable and versatile than Firefox out of the box. The only problem I’m having is with the lack of plug-ins, which I’m sure will be rectified in the near future.”
Apple’s new 3G iPhone came in second place, with feedback like this from another Skimbit.com user: “I love this phone, but it makes it hard to get anything done... I am always online surfing the web when I should be working!”
The winner of Skimbit’s group decision for the best gadget of 2008 was Nintendo’s Wii Fit. Respondents loved how it cleverly combined exercise with having fun with friends. One Skimbit.com user summed it up with “Great fun… except for when it shouts at you for being fat!”
Skimbit anticipates many Wii Fits to be unwrapped on Christmas Day, and for people to use Skimbit.com for managing and sharing their Christmas shopping lists, planning their New Years celebrations, and for deciding which weight-loss programme to sign-up for in the New Year!
Skimbit is a London-based startup, created by Australian-born Alicia Navarro in 2006. It is free to use, and users can use their Facebook login to create an account.
Best gadgets of 2008 results page: http://skimbit.com/teamSkimbit/Our_favourite_gadgets_2008/fe...
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