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What was your Snake high score? Chances are that if you’re a tech geek of certain age, you owned a Nokia 3310 and spent at least half your time steering that hungry 8-bit serpent around the 3310’s small, green screen. What else were you supposed to do with your phone in a time before Angry Birds, Twitter and Snapchat? So it was a sad day when Nokia sold off its iconic phone business to Microsoft in 2013. Yes, we’d all moved onto iPhones and Androids by then, but it was a tragedy that arguably Europe’s biggest tech giant – which had led the mobile phone revolution – retreated from public view, disappearing into the cold Finnish tundra of telecommunication infrastructure engineering. But now Nokia is back! The company has just snapped up French firm Withings for €170 million (over £130 million). However, it doesn’t want to make phones anymore, but so-called ‘Digital Health’ gadgets instead. Not sure what that means? While Nokia have yet to announce any new products, Withings is most famous for its Activité fashion-conscious fitness bands. It’s fitting, then, that in this month’s Gadget we celebrate both wearables (from page 14) and retro tech that’s reinventing itself (page 46). After the underwhelming launch of the Apple Watch, it’s easy to dismiss wearable tech as a fad. But with 274 million wearables expected to be sold this year, it shouldn’t be ignored. This doesn’t just mean smartwatches and fitness bands either, but smart fabric clothes and sound-warping headphones. Read on to find out what to wear. Jack Parsons Editor



Which wearable are you most excited about? Dan Hutchinson Editor In Chief I’m excited to cut the cord and wirelessly listen to music with Bragi Dash’s Bluetooth earbuds.

Drew Sleep Production Editor I’ve seen a Fitbit indoctrinate a friend, and the way it tracks everything is ideal if you’re into fitness.

Andy Downes Senior Art Editor I’m a big gamer, so at the moment I’m all about virtual reality. I think the HTC Vive headset is my favourite.

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Volume controls


Of course you don’t want to veer off the track while trying to control your music – volume buttons are built into the handlebars for easy access

Security lock There’s a fingerprint lock system that prevents the wheels from moving when you’re not on the bike, though you’ll probably still want a regular chain or lock, too


Electric bikes are nothing new, but none of them pack in as much high-tech gadgetry as the Le Super Bike from Chinese company LeEco: there’s an integrated smartphone with 4GB RAM for starters, intelligent controls on the handlebars, and even a laser beam system that tells drivers just how much space you need on the road. It’s like cycling along and drawing your own bike lane as you go, courtesy of the red

lasers being shot out of the handlebars. The handlebars have indicators built into them as well, and there’s also a camera on the front of the bike, for recording your adventures, or maybe making an insurance claim. The phone you get on Le Super Bike is a fairly standard Android device but it provides all the cycling statistics you could ever want – get turn-by-turn directions, see how far you’ve travelled, and so on. It can even

measure your heart rate as you pedal along, and, of course, there are plenty of Android apps around to crunch those numbers. There’s a smart locking system, too, so your bicycle’s safe when you’re not sat on it. Having been shown off at MWC in Barcelona earlier this year, Le Super Bike is on sale now in China and is coming to the US later this year, though as yet there’s no news on pricing and no word of a European launch.

News Handlebar indicators


Let other road users and pedestrians know where you’re going to go next with indicator buttons that light up the relevant handle on the Super Bike

Ambient light sensor The Le Super Bike can detect when you get on the bike – it automatically switches on the front and back LED lights as well as the laser guides

Fitness sensors The handlebars also have integrated heart rate sensors and the bike’s software knows how hard you’re pushing yourself while you cycle

Integrated smartphone There’s a smartphone built right into the frame of the Super Bike for measuring your stats, providing cycling directions and pumping out some tunes

Onboard camera Want to show off your bike tricks with a quick video? Or maybe just catch someone cutting you up? The front-facing camera can do both jobs

Integrated battery pack Everything is powered by an integrated battery that can be charged up from a wall socket or by the energy created by your pedalling

GET YOUR OWN LASER-GUIDED CYCLE LANE One of the biggest frustrations for regular cyclists is being cramped for space and getting nudged off the road by aggressive drivers, but Le Super Bike has a solution: your own personal cycle lane, drawn by laser beams as you cycle along to your destination. It sounds like some crazy science fiction concept, but it’s very real – the handlebars emit two bright red strips either side of your bicycle, encouraging drivers to keep their distance and give you enough room to manoeuvre.

13MP shooter You should be able to get some quality footage from the camera: it can take 4K video and snap 13-megapixel photos

Stable selfies The drone uses proprietary technology to keep the camera steady – a second camera and an onboard sensor help it react to turbulence and any shakes

360-degree panoramas The Hover Camera can stay in position and rotate a full 360°, so you get a fully spherical shot wherever you are

HOVER CAMERA IS A SELFIE STICK SLAYER ETA Summer ’16 Camera-carrying drones are nothing new nowadays, but rather than giving you vast aerial perspective or requiring an expensive gimbal, the Hover Camera is designed to stay close and snap selfies. This clever quadrocopter flies autonomously so you don’t have to know how to pilot it and tracks your face so that you’re always in shot and can fold up to the size of a book, so you can carry it around easily. Created by Zero Zero Robotics, the Hover Camera is capable of taking 13-megapixel photos and shooting 4K video. As well as having built-in

image stabilisation for videos, the drone’s AI algorithms ensure it always flies smoothly – you can literally toss it in the air and away it goes. This is all powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor, the same as you would find in older smartphones like a Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8. The Hover Camera only weighs 238g. As well as adding to it’s portability, this means you don’t need to register the drone with the FAA if you’re in the US. The Hover Camera is set to launch this summer, priced around $600 (around £415).

Folding frame You can fold the Hover camera in half to make it the size of a book, so it’s far easier to carry around than some other drones currently on the market

Built-in brains As well as being able to fly all by itself, the Hover Camera’s onboard AI can track its owner based on a mix of face and body recognition

Carbon fibre shell The safe housing that surrounds the Hover Camera’s blades means that you can grab the drone out of the air from any angle without worrying about your fingers

Battery woes The Hover Camera’s lightweight design comes at a cost: it only has a battery life of eight minutes, making it better suited to snapping selfies than long photoshoots


Bluetooth connectivity

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There are no wires to get tangled up with (a stress inducer if ever there was one) because Melomind communicates with your phone and the app using Bluetooth

The Melomind headphones are fitted with foam on the cups and band to give you a completely immersive experience – outside sounds and distractions are blocked out


Specially developed audio The audio produced by Melomind is a cross between a piece of classical music and a traditional relaxation tape, and it’s constantly adjusting itself as it plays

EEG sensors The detachable electrodes fitted to the Melomind sit on your scalp and measure brain wave activity. Take them off and you’re left with a standard set of Bluetooth headphones

Melomind app The app tracks your progress, awards you relaxation scores and adjusts the audio output depending on your response

Built-in coaching As well as being user-friendly, the app also acts as your coach, using an algorithm-driven approach to give you a bespoke experience

TUNE IN, ZONE OUT WITH MELOMIND ETA Nov ’16 Feeling stressed out? Tense? Melomind could be the answer, a new device funded through Kickstarter: it looks like a regular set of headphones, but it uses electroencephalographic (better known as ‘EEG’) sensors to coax your brain into a state of peacefulness. The developers of the device says it creates an ‘audio soundscape’ that trains or coaches your mind into relaxing. If that sounds a little vague, don’t worry – all you have to do is put the headphones on, lean back, and let the Melomind software subconsciously work with your body’s natural brain waves to dial down your stress levels. An app on your smartphone controls the audio

playback, while the device keeps tabs on brain activity and adjusts the sounds accordingly. The more you use it, the better your brain gets at dealing with stress. Or that’s what the makers of the Melomind claim: they’re two neuroscientists from France, so we’d like to think that they know what they’re talking about, and the list of expert recommendations on the Kickstarter campaign page is an impressive one. There are no harmful side effects, and you can detach the brain-sensing electrodes and use the Melomind as a standard set of Bluetooth headphones if you want. Kickstarter pledge prices start at €87 (about £70).

MELOMIND’S EEG SENSORS EXPLAINED The electrodes attached to the Melomind measure brain activity through your skull using electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring. The associated app can use this data to understand what your brain is up to, and the audio sounds and music are adjusted accordingly. It’s a well-known technique known as neurofeedback, where a loop is created – the audio adjusts in response to the brain, then the brain’s reaction is assessed, and the cycle starts again.








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01 InBody Band

A new take on the classic fitness tracker, with built-in body fat analyser that curates a personalised tracking system based on your body composition and overall heart rate. £150 | $180 |

02 CowaRobot

Meet the first walking suitcase, the CowaRobot. It uses tracking sensors on both its front and rear to stay a few feet behind you and follow you without needing manual control.

£280 | $400 |

03 Vincross Hexa

Numerous joints within each leg of Hexa, enables it to be the most mobile hexapod yet. It can contort its frame to help it to climb up stairs, ledges and also over gaps. TBC |

04 Chevrolet FNR


While the unibody design of the FNR gives the impression that it’s hovering, it’s the onboard Smart Driving system, which makes the car capable of driving autonomously, that caught our eye.


05 Atmo Tube

Atmo Tube is a portable air pollution monitor, constantly monitoring your surroundings for signs of volatile organic compounds. It can also track deadly gases and will alert you if needed.

£60 | $90 |

06 5DX Supergravity Speaker

While it uses magnets to gently spin 360° in the air, eight separate drivers help give the impression of 360° sound, with dual-tweeters catering for the audiophiles out there.

£90 | $125 |

07 Dlodlo V1 Glass

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With both 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, the V1 Glass is arguably the most powerful smart eyewear on the market. It runs Android, so you can even download your own apps. £350 | $500 |

08 Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA The primary focus of the Concept IAA is to make it as aerodynamic as possible, with its Active Rim technology altering the shape of the car to maximise its wind resistance.


09 PLEN2

This is the world’s first printable, opensource robot built to offer users an easy way to get into robotics. At just eight inches tall, it’s the perfect DIY desktop companion.

£620 | $900 |

10 JetJat Nano

The tiny Nano drone weighs just 11g, but it has all the standard flying functions you’d expect. It has a flying range of 75 feet, which is comparable to many of its bigger counterparts.

£30 | $40 |


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TECH MUST-HAVES Leaving the house used to be a case of grabbing your keys, wallet and phone. Now it’s grabbing your fitness tracker, smartwatch, earphones and maybe even a hidden camera on your lapel. Yes, really. But that’s wearables for you, an ever-expanding world of gadgets that make life easier and, in many cases, potentially longer. Wearables have been around for decades – take a look at those Eighties Casio calculator watches.

One of the most famous advances in this area is the Apple Watch but it’s only one of many devices making up the Internet Of Things. Not that it’s all good. Wearables are prone to being hacked, and the data they can collect could be a dream for marketeers. But as you’ll see from these pages, wearables are also exciting, diverse and useful. They can make you almost robotic. That’s got to be a good thing, right?

Microsoft hololens

Environment cameras Low-power environment cameras are located either side of the headset so that HoloLens is able to get a feel for the room and the position of objects


Built-in speakers Even though the aim is for the graphics to be overlaid on to real life, having sound for the virtual objects is still important

The sensors Various sensors are dotted around the device so that it can pick up on any gestures that you make, with the processors acting upon them

£2,015 | $3,000

Microsoft Hololens

HOLOLENS BRING HOLOGRAMS TO LIFE Remember the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and its part-cartoon, part-reality storytelling? Strap Microsoft HoloLens across your face and you get much the same effect. Thanks to advanced augmented reality, virtual 3D images appear before your eyes, superimposed on to your real-life environment. HoloLens has the potential to revolutionise gaming – buy a development device for $3,000 and you’ll be able to enjoy Young Conker, Fragments and RoboRaid – but it looks set to be just as handy for designers, health professionals and space explorers (Destination Mars lets you examine rock formations on the Red Planet, for example). What’s makes HoloLens particularly special, though, is that there’s no tethering. The device works entirely standalone with all of the necessary gizmos working out where you’re looking and what’s in your environment all processed within the headset. The holograms themselves are highdefinition graphics that can be locked into place. Doing so makes them appear in your room – virtually, at least – and you can walk around them, gesturing and using your voice to control what HoloLens does next. The HoloLens isn’t ready for the mass market yet – its a tad heavy and can get hot – but there’s nothing stopping you from applying for a developer model, though it does cost $3,000.

HoloLens’ innards

The lenses

Within HoloLens is a small motherboard which has everything the headset needs to work its magic including the 32-bit Intel CPU, HPU, RAM, flash memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

There are two transparent lenses made up of blue, green and red layers of glass with a ‘light engine’ above them, projecting light in

Projector Currently the dev kit for the HoloLens uses a prism projector like the Google Glass, so the virtual image only appears within a rectangular space in the centre of your field of vision

HOW DOES AR WORK? Although Hololens has an Intel 32-bit processor and a cutting-edge GPU, the bulk of the work is carried out within the Holographic Processing Unit (HPU). After calculating the distance between your pupils, the device takes information from its depth camera and figures where you’re looking. HD

light engines above the display then project computer-generated images on to the three layered lenses which, due to their diffractive features, give the appearance that they’re at certain points in the room. Since the lenses are see-through, the virtual and reality are blended to make the 3D holographic effect.



TECH MUST-HAVES Core functions


The Core consists of a 1.39inch AMOLED touchscreen. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and includes WiFi, haptic feedback, Bluetooth and 36-hour battery life

SMARTWATCH From the moment you buy a smartwatch, the seconds begin to tick away towards to the next update, at which point the manufacturer hopes you’ll fling it from your wrist and into the past. That’s not the case with Blocks. Billed as the world’s first modular smartwatch, it hopes to keep up with the times by letting it evolve with your needs. After buying the watch face – or ‘Core’ – you can choose from a range of modules which connect in seconds and add various functions, whether it’s a heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC or extra battery power. This enables you to only add the features you know you’ll use, rather than rely on the maker trying to please everyone. It also means the smartwatch won’t become obsolete any time soon (less so, given that it’s water resistant and has removable covers). You’ll be able to add a better camera as and when one becomes available, or increase its storage space from the 4GB it already has. And since third parties will be encouraged to make their own modules, Blocks will become incredibly adaptable, not to mention personal.

£230 | $330

Blocks Coming soon Currently, there are just five modules available, each with its own special feature

The modules

Smart looks

The phone runs Android and is compatible with iOS 8 and Android 4.0 onwards. Extra functions are added via the different modules

It looks like a high-end watch and behind the time is an equally slick interface which displays notifications, tracks your activity and shows each app as a tiny icon


THE ALWAYS-ON CAMERA If you’ve ever fumbled around for a camera you’ll know the momentary stress of trying to capture a crucial moment before it’s gone. This small clip-on 8MP HD camera fits easily onto your clobber and goes some way to avoiding all of that camera fumbling by auto-snapping a photo every 30 seconds, before sending the stills to your phone via WiFi or Bluetooth. Designed in Sweden and capable of taking photos even in low light, Narrative Clip 2 has a built-in GPS and an 86.5° wide angle lens that lets you take in more of the action in front of you. The weatherproof device can also capture audio and record video at up to 1080p, enabling you to enjoy raw and candid filmed snapshots of whatever adventure you’re embarking upon, with the bonus of not having to carry bulky equipment with you. With 8GB of storage, you can save up to 80 minutes of video and up to 4,000 photos. But be aware of spooking others – you could so easily be accused of spying.

Life through a lens The Narrative Clip boasts an 8MP camera with an 86° angled lens and a f/2.2 aperture. It snaps 4:3 images and saves them as JPEGs

Steady images The device has an accelerometer which automatically orientates your photos for a clearer image. Its GPS geolocates your images

No buttons There is no on-off switch. Instead, you place it face down or pop it in your pocket to put it to sleep

£130 | $200

Narrative Clip 2

The Dash


THE DASH TRULY WIRELESS HEADPHONES Listen up: you don’t need to connect a pair of earphones to a phone or portable player in order to blast your lugs with your favourite music. Bragi’s The Dash is a wireless, standalone music player with 3.5 GB of available storage and if you wished connect the headphones to a device via Bluetooth, the plugs are all you need if you want to have a beat pounding in your ears. These smart earphones do a lot more besides playing music, though. They can make and receive calls – the EarBone microphone picks up on the vibrations of your voice as it rattles through the bone and tissues of your bonce. And you can measure your heart rate, track your steps and monitor how long you have been exercising for. That’s because the plugs contain a threeaxis accelerometer, a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis magnetometer. They also have touch sensors that allow you to operate the earphones with taps and swipes. They’re marked improvement on the Bluetooth headsets that make you’d see at a McDonald’s drive-through, that’s for sure.

£240 | $345

Bragi Dash

The Hearable

Two microphones

Silicon sleeves

Bragi dubs this the world’s first ‘hearable’. It can be controlled using finger gestures on the outer surface – it works when wet, too

As well as an Earbone mic to make calls, ambient air microphones in each earphone transmit a wide frequency range so you can hear the world around you

The lightweight earphones have four different silicone sleeves to suit any size ear from extra small to small, medium and large




Although wearing noisecancelling headphones when lying in bed will guarantee some peace, researchers have found listening to relaxing tunes is better. Kokoon’s headphones use circulated air to prevent sweat build-up, they pour soothful audio into your ears and use EEG sensors to check your brain for sleep patterns.

A fitness tracker that fits to the back of your goggles may sound odd. But in the case of Xmetrics Fit, it makes sense. Not only does its positioning make it able to detect biomechanical data better, you don’t have to look at it. Real-time audio keeps you up-tospeed, motivating you to keep going until you have chance to see the data on your phone later.

You may think your phone as an extension of your arm but what if gadgets could become at one with you? Chaotic Moon is experimenting with temporary tattoos that lay biosensors on your skin. The tech combines electroconductive paint with an A tiny85 microcontroller, and it could be used to monitor health, open doors or make payments.

You can still pick up a classic Casio watch for less than a tenner but would it survive river rapids or a mountain hike? The same can’t be said of Casio’s WSD-F10. Made for outdoor pursuits, with apps for trekking, cycling and fishing, it’ll last a month in monochrome mode. In fact, it’s so tough that we you’re likely to crack before it will.

£165 | $230 |

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TAG Heuer’s history stretches back to 1860 and its stuff doesn’t come cheap. While it’s one of the most expensive smartwatches around, Connected is a leader: it’s the first to use Intel’s Atom Z34XX processor, clocking in at 1.6Ghz. It’ll blow you away with its features and luxury finebrushed titanium.

You know those glowstick headbands people wear at concerts? These are not too dissimilar. Built into the ears are speakers that allow you to share your music with anyone, together with headphones for private listening. They tap into the love for the feline look and they also come with a detachable gaming mic and cord.

£1,100 | $1,600

£130 | $150

TAG Heur Connected

Axent Wear cat headphones

KNOW WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR TRAINERS The tech in these trainers kick in at 400 miles, indicating its time to replace them. But in the meantime, the cushioned shoe’s built-in chip will have mapped your running routes (storing five workouts so you don’t need a phone), worked out your average stride length and charted how many times your feet touched the ground.

Gemini 2 £130 | $150

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Fancy turning your baby into a cutting-edge robokid? Mimi’s Smart Baby Monitor won’t go quite that far, but it will track their breathing, temperature and movements for you, and even let you know how much sleep they’re getting. Fitted to its colourful range of all-cotton kimonos, Mimo’s removable turtle-shaped sensor collects data about your child’s activity levels and uses Bluetooth to send the info to your phone. It also works with Nest, adjusting the room’s temperature if the baby is getting too warm or cold, and letting you keep an eye on them through a NestCam if it appears they’re getting restless.

£120 | $170



In April, the UK papers ran a story about Pero, the North Wales sheepdog who was loaned to a farm 240 miles away in Cumbria and somehow managed to hotfoot it back to his original owners But he is just one of tens of thousands of pets going missing each year which is why the Nuzzle GPS collar managed to raise $108,828 on Indiegogo. As well as letting you to set boundaries for your dog (and get phone alerts when they’re breached), Nuzzle monitors your pet’s temperature and tells you if they have been in a collision. It works on cats too but, unfortunately for Pero, it’s US-only - but there’s nothing to stop you from importing one.



Wearing a pair of specs underneath a Virtual Reality headset isn’t comfortable and there’s always the worry that you’re going to cause damage to your lenses. These frames come without the actual lenses – so you’ll need a trip to the optician – but they will work with either the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive thanks to their VR-fitting shapes.

Your parents told you to stop slouching, but did you listen? Chances are you didn’t. When this gadget vibrates, you’ll soon sit up. That’s because it sticks to your back, using sensors that check your back’s movement before telling you to sit up. By calibrating it via a phone, it’ll train your back to the point that you’ll straighten up automatically.

£16 | $22

£90 | £130

VR Lens


RING THE CHANGES OF FITNESS AND WELLBEING Ouraring is fitted with a computer which slips over a finger and monitors your temperature, movement, heart and respiration rate. When you’re awake, it keeps an eye on your activity. By using the data, it can deliver a score which tells you when you’re able to perform to your absolute best.

Ouraring £260 | $276

Ringly Aries

£195 | $280

Keeping track

There’s a built-in accelerometer which keeps track of your steps. The data can be stored in the bracelet for two days before syncing with a phone

Ringly Aries


Long lasting The style may be timeless but what matters most is that the non-replaceable battery should last up to 48 hours before it needs charging via Aries’ custom USB charger

Let it sparkle A light on the side of the bracelet can shine in one of five colours. As long as your phone is within 20 to 30 feet of the bracelet, you’ll receive notifications

RINGLY ARIES HIGH-TECH HIGH FASHION They say it is not how you look, it’s what inside that counts and that’s a sentiment we fully agree with, especially when it comes to this gorgeous smart bracelet. For beneath Aries’ semi-precious gems, lies a set of complex technology which not only gently notifies you of any incoming notifications but helps keep you in tiptop shape too. Made by Ringly – which began life selling smart, discrete cocktail rings – the bracelet connects with your Android or iOS smartphone, tracking your steps and watching your calorie output. By linking up with hundreds of apps, it’ll also vibrate or light up in one of five colours to alert you whenever you get a message, a phone call, a calendar event or something equally pressing that you have to deal with. It’s fully customisable, enabling you to choose different vibrations and light patterns for the various functions you want it to perform. You can also decide on the notifications you want. In time, the company is hoping to add NFC payments for shopaholics who don’t want to wear out their plastic, but for now it’s putting pay to the idea that you have to have your phone glued to your hand and it’s doing so in the most stylish of manners.

HOW THE ARIES SPARKLES On the outside, the Aries looks like a lovely piece of jewellery adorning a ladies’ wrist, and indeed it is. The gems have been sourced from Jaipur in India and there are four styles to choose, from gems either accented with Labradorite or Rainbow Moonstone crystal details to those with Tourmalated Quartz and lapis pyramid studs. The gold-plated bracelets themselves are available in small/medium and medium/large.

Good vibrations The bracelet contains a motor which has four vibration settings that can be customised via the app. You’ll need at least iOS 8 or Android 4.3 to run it, mind



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Here Active Listening


£105 | $150

Our senses have a design fault. You can close your eyes if you don’t want to see something; you can pinch your nose if there’s a nasty pong. But if inane conversation or next door’s drumming is annoying you, closing your ears isn’t an option. So welcome Here Active Listening, which lends your

lugholes their very own volume knob and lets you better hear the stuff you want while cut the annoyances you don’t. Its Digital Signal processor is controlled via an app, letting you toggle the bass, mids and trebs of everyday life and even add you own sound effects. Is there an echo in the room? There soon can be.

Nymi Band TBC




In recent months, we’ve been told hackers have cracked Spotify’s user database, stolen millions of Minecraft passwords and found a backdoor into Facebook. It appears that no matter how well we protect our accounts, the hackers are gonna hack. While two-factor authentication is helping matters, one device that’s been in development for a few years may well be taken to more hearts. It’s the Nymi Band, a multi-factor authenticator which tells any Bluetooth or NFC-capable device that you are who you claim you are by listening to the beat of your ticker. Since it’s been known for more than 50 years that we each have a unique cardiac-rhythm, engineers have looked into using electrocardiograms as individual biometric identifiers. By placing the Nymi Band on your wrist, it will pick up on your heart’s patterns and potentially use them to unlock computers, doors, and phones. Currently, Nymi is looking at rolling this out to businesses rather us consumers but there is a chance that the technology will end up being integrated within many wearables. The company has also opened up development for the hardware by making the Software Development Kit available to anyone savvy enough to make use of it.

NIXIE THE DRONE THAT LIVES ON YOUR WRIST Spider-Man can shoot a web from his wrist but he needs to perform some trickery to take photos of himself for the Daily Bugle. Maybe that’s not the case today. Not with Nixie. This is a concept drone fitted with a camera that straps to your wrist. Although it’s still in a work in progress, the prototype is

looking good. The makers hope to include various modes for Nixie, such as Panorama, Follow Me and Boomerang, the latter option prompts the drone to fly a set distance, take photo and travel back to your wrist. In each case, once the drone has been dispatched, it will automatically do its thing.




THE SPEAKING CLOCK POWERED BY ALEXA Watch out Siri and Cortana, Alexa is looking to knock you off your high perches – in the USA, at least. Not content with integrating it into its Echo speaker, Amazon is allowing third-party devs to pop Alexa into their own products too. It has led to gadgets such as CoWatch, a smartwatch with a gorgeous AMOLED high-res touchscreen and built-in fitness tracker. It’s the first such device to feature the voice assistant, allowing you to make calls, pay bills and control your smarthome with your voice alone. Incorporating a 1.2GHz processor and 8GB of memory, it runs the Android-based operating system Cronologics. Designed for smartwatches, it has been put together by a bunch of ex-Google and Android engineers. When you issue your commands to Alexa, they’re passed to its web service so a WiFi or smartphone connection is needed. The good news is that Alexa’ll be on hand for quite some time – the claimed battery life is 32 hours.

Be ‘appy Support for third-party apps will come later but out-of-the-box you are able to customise the watch faces, use music, weather and message apps and screen calls

Keep fit With a thee-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and digital compass, not to mention a heart-monitoring sensor and vibro motor, CoWatch is designed for fitness too

Strap it on The designers have thought about the practical implications of a smartwatch too: the standard 22mm watch bands can be replaced and should fit any wrist

£125 | $180



REAL-LIFE MARTY MCFLY SNEAKERS Digitsole unveiled the first connected, heatable insole on Kickstarter two years ago but the company has since gone one better by designing an entire shoe. Its new range of footwear contain a thermostat heating pad which can heat your icy feet to 45°C. The pad is controlled by a app which can regulate the temperature for each shoe, using a thermostat within the sole and a layer of shock-absorbing Poron that is able to spread the heat. When the pad drops below a certain temperature, it will heat up again. There are also three designs, each of which also track your day and check burned calories, but one in particular is set to catch the eye the most and it’ll make you look almost robotic. The top-of-the range shoe measures shock absorption and automatically tightens around your foot just like Marty McFly’s trainers.

£310 | $450

Digitsole Smartshoes

Self-tightening The shoes don’t lace up on their own like Marty McFly’s but you can tighten and loosen them using the app

The insoles

Keeping track

Light the way

Forget wearing a second pair of socks, the insoles contain a controllable thermostat to heat them to the desired temperature

Sensors in the sole will be able to keep a tally of your steps and calories burned. They will also note when they need replacing

For some inexplicable reason, the front of the shoe has a projector light. As if the shoes were not eyecatching enough





Changing pace

Can’t remember when you last exercised? The Fitbit Blaze can. It tracks seven days of motion data by the minute and tracks 30 days of daily totals

The watch can cope with different sports from running to cross-training and cycling. It’ll autofigure what your doing so you can concentrate on keeping fit

Touchscreen Its 31.75mm display has 16-bit colour with a resolution of 240x180 and it’s scratch resistant display is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Sweaty Betty You can’t go plunging in a pool with this water resistant watch on but you can work up a sweat in the rain and it’ll cope, no problem.

£160 | £200

Fitbit Blaze

No time to go to the gym? It’s no wonder with all of these fitness wearables vying for your attention with every move you make. Indeed, over the past seven years, Fitbit alone has run off an exhausting number of devices but this Smart Fitness Watch is arguably its personal best. The device has been designed to fit in with your busy life, whether you’re working, exercising or chilling out on the sofa with a bag of crisps. As such, it’s customisable: the tracker can be snapped out of its frame and fitted into numerous straps aimed at making you look good no matter what you’re doing. It also seems the designers have been on a treadmill of ideas. There are onscreen workouts (albeit basic ones), a heart sensor, connected GPS, workout goals and daily trackers to go along with a sleep monitor and exercise recorder. It plays music and alerts you to events and calls on your synced mobile. What’s more, it just keeps going thanks to its five-day battery life.

£140 | $200




In looking to cope with life’s stresses, you may turn to mindfulness or colouring books. But would you consider placing a gadget on your head that delivers neurosignals into your brain? Thync’s makers hope so. Once it’s in place, the device syncs to a smartphone and uses low-level electrical waveforms to target neural pathways in a bid to reduce your response to stress. This acts to change your mood, making you relaxed, motivated and inspired. By changing the intensity of the pulses via the app, you can experiment with the vibes it creates. Wear it for ten minutes a day and the effects are said to last for hours.

They used to say if you want to get ahead, get a hat but it seems DAQRI is taking that literally. To improve safety and increase productivity, it has incorporated AR visor into a hard helmet. The device tracks motion and ‘sees’ in depth. It can then display data on to the screen for the worker to view. The result looks fantastically futuristic.

DAQRI Smart Helmet

THE BRA THAT IS SMART AND SUPPORTIVE There are training bras and then there is this. As well as being adjustable and breathable, the OMbra is packed with fitness sensors so it can keep an eye on your breathing, track your heart rate and work out the number of calories you’re losing. And as with many such gadgets, it syncs the data it collects with a phone app.


HAVE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT IN YOUR EAR Has your phone or watch buzzed but you’re engaged in a conversation and don’t want to be rude? With the Xperia Ear, you’ll be told who is contacting you and whether you need to be somewhere else without averting your gaze. And since it responds your voice, you can issue hands-free instructions too.

Xperia Ear

£3,420 | $5,000

£105 |$150


HEXOSKIN Smart clothing


Open data As well as using the apps available by Hexoskin, the shirt can connect with thirdparty devices such as cycling computers and the raw data can be used in a wide number of analytics apps

Device location

Suitable for swimming Fancy a dip? The material is chlorine resistant and offers UV protection so it’s suitable for running in the sun and plunging in a pool

The actual device plugs into a side pocket of the smart shirt. It has a 14-hour active battery life and can make more than 150 hours of standalone recording


£240 | $350

Hexoskin Smart Clothing

HEXOSKIN YOUR HIGH-TECH SECOND SKIN There’s nothing that quite sums up a wearable than an item which covers your entire upper body but that is just what the hugging Hexoskin Smart shirt does. Aimed at the athletes and gym-goers among you, it takes fabric imported from Italy and embeds it with tiny health sensors. They monitor your body while you’re awake or asleep and enable you to do away with having separate wristbands, chest straps and all manner of other single-function devices strapped to your body The shirt itself is stretchy, lightweight, breathable and anti-odour, making for a perfect non-stinky replacement to the typical exercise top. But it’s the device you tuck into your side pocket that does the actual business. It collates raw data from the sensors and allows it to be outputted into a form its accompanying app can make use of. To that end, you could say this a wearable within a wearable and you wouldn’t be far wrong. But having a detachable device is necessary so that you can easily remove the brains of the operation if the shirt becomes worn or sweaty and needs a wash.

This hooded jacket from high-end men’s fashion brand Lyle & Scott is similar to the Nymi band, but is much more subtle. You can make contactless payments up to £30 with just a swipe of your right sleeve . The only thing is that you have a Barclaycard.

Lyle & Scott Contactless Jacket £150 |$215



The sensors are able to measure your heart rate and its variability, helping you to avoid over-training and pick up on signs of stress and fatigue. But one of its USPs is its ability to work out your lung capacity for various activities as you inhale and exhale. It uses expandable sensor bands around the upper body together with an accelerometer to measure movement. All of the data is stored in a Bluetooth Smart chip and shared with the Hexoskin app and third-party apps such as Runkeeper and Strava.

Like a DIY version of the Blocks watch, you build the Mover Kit yourself – but from the circuit board up. Aimed at kids, assembling the electronics is no more difficult than a Lego model. The wearable can then be programmed through a website.

Technology Will Save Us Mover Kit £45 | $65


Every VR Headset Out There Right Now


Oculus Rift

HTC Vive

Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 110°

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VR Union Claire

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GameFace Labs VR

Field of view: 170°

VR Headsets



Field of view: 100°


Field of view: 100°

Razer OSVR

PlayStation VR Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 100°

£280 | $400 |

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£280 | $400 |

Pico Neo

Vrvana Totem



LG 360 VR

Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 120°

Field of view: 80°

£205 | $295 |

£105 | $150 |

£315 | $450 |

£205 | $200 |



Destek 3D VR Field of view: 90°

Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 90°

Pinch VR

Durovis Dive 5

£50 | $75 |

£15 | $25 |

£55 | $80 |

£55 | $75 |

£50| $70 |

Field of view: 120°


Field of view: 90°

Field of view: 90°

Field of view: 105°

Field of view: 90°


Impression Pi

Samsung Gear VR

£25 | $30 |

£90 | $130 |

£25 | $35 |

£56 | $80 |

£80 | $100 |

Wearality Sky

Google Cardboard

Zeiss VR One GX Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 100°

£50 | $70 |

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Field of view: 150°


Field of view: 100°

Field of view: 90°


Field of view: 96°

3Active VR


Go Pro with action cameras




There is no doubt that POV shooting has an allure to it, it’s voyeuristic. POV shooting is something anyone can do, and if you have something you want to share, there is no better way to document it. Be it swimming, cycling, your dog’s viewpoint or simply recording your day’s work, action cameras are becoming the new smartphone – everyone seems to have one. In less than a decade we have seen the video camera change from something the size of shoebox to a near matchbox-sized device that sits on your head. The quality of that tiny head-strapped camera? In many cases, it’s of broadcast quality. Now with the new GoPro Hero range shrinking in size, and the emergence of new contenders, such as Kitvision, adopting and incorporating 4K quality, the market is opening up vastly in terms of ability, and that’s before we even get to the new wave of 360-degree cameras, such as the Fly360. So where do you start looking for the action camera that works best for you? Is it simply a case of just strapping it on and pressing record? Read on and let Gadget inform you.



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Go Pro with action cameras


Go Pro with action cameras

£275 | $400


GoPro Hero 4 LCD quick view As there is no back screen to see straight away what is happening with your footage, the front-facing LCD screen gives you mode, battery life and status information at a glance


Possibly the most prolific action camera. It’s tough, durable and able to deliver 4K video, 12MP stills, slow motion and stop-motion.

The GoPro Hero 4 is the apex predator of the action camera market, simply because it has it all. It has the ability to record in 4K, 2.7K, 1080p and 720p video quality, as well as snap 12MP, 7MP and 5MP photos. You can customise your protection via a removable waterproof housing, or use a simple cradle or backless approach – as it is removable from its housing, you can tailor the casing for most events. You can also play footage back via your smartphone with app support and Wi-Fi connectivity. Obviously these are all fundamental features, many that other action cameras also have, but the GoPro Hero 4 is also supported by an unrivalled ecosystem of third-party accessories that boost what it can do. For example, you can add an external microphone for better sound recording. You can control the Hero 4’s shutter to create to optimise photography in low-light conditions. You can even attach your Hero 4 to a drone and take stunning aerial shots (see page 34 for more on this).

Slow things down a bit

“You can even attach your GoPro Hero 4 to a drone”

Thanks to its advanced processing power, the GoPro Hero 4 can easily handle shooting at 240fps, so expect to be able to shoot the fastest of subjects in slow motion. Quicksilver, beware!

Add more, get more

Tough stuff

To really get the most out of the GoPro Hero 4, you can add and attach other elements such as the Battery BacPac, or the LCD Touch BacPac

With rubberised seals, customisable rear doors for extra BacPac’s, as well as the casing itself being toughened light weight plastic, this casing is resistant up to 40m

Set up a GoPro

01 Power to the people

To get going, you will need a charged battery. So, pop open the compartment and insert your battery, the battery’s unique design means they can only be inserted one way.

02 Insert your card

GoPro uses Micro SD cards, so be careful to make sure you put this in the right way, look for the guidelines. Once in, simply place the GoPro into its case.

03 Take a Picture

Turn your GoPro on, and, by using the menu button, select the camera mode. Now simply press the shutter button and wait a moment. Well done, you’ve just taken a picture!

Go Pro with action cameras



Small and compact Weighing in at a mere 75g, the 35mm cube has toyetic appeal, but under the unimposing cyclops eye, the power contained within is immense

Unlike its bigger brother, the Session is natively waterproof up to ten metres, so there’s no need to get a bespoke housing for it. It offers 1080p HD video at 60fps, and, if you drop down to 720p, you can achieve 100fps – perfect for filming extreme sports. With a stripped-down, smaller, and simplified body, coming in at nearly half the size of the original GoPro, the session is pretty much all lens. The only display screen to guide you being a backlit LCD strip of a screen on the top of the device. The body even has quick shooting guides etched onto the back of it. So, it’s ready for action, and you just have to ask yourself if you are…

Not just a drop in the ocean Being waterproof means you can take the Session anywhere underwater. It’s safe up to ten metres. That also means dust isn’t getting in, either

£160 | $200

GoPro Hero 4 Session

£150 | $215

£175 | $250

Kitvision Escape 4KW


Prime X

Replay XD’s Prime X, may look like a bike light, but it’s, in fact, one of the smallest and compact action cameras on the market to date. Its tubular design allows it to sit snugly to the side of any bike helmet and reduce resistance. Quality-wise, its 60fps 1080p video capabilities puts it in the same league as the GoPro, but its unique look sets it apart. Boasting a 16MP CMOS sensor that will capture a time-lapse in 4K UHD and generate 16MP stills, it’s the combination of that and its 140°, f/2.8 wide-angle lens that helps keep it at the grown-up’s table.


At a glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Kitvision 4K for a GoPro Hero as the two look uncannily similar. The 1080p 60fps HD action cam features Wi-Fi connectivity and app control, with 12MP still capabilities and upscaling to achieve 4k video. The downside is in the upscaling as it reduces the frame-rate of your footage to 15fps, meaning your footage isn’t going to be that smoothly detailed as you would want it to be – we’d recommend sticking to the 60fps 1080p function. As for the casing, though, it’s waterproof down to 30m, which opens up a number of avenues in terms of what you want to shoot.


Revl arc

Polaroid Cube

Activeon CX Gold

Want to go that extra bit further? Unlike conventional Action cams, the 360Fly offers 360 panning, enabling you to film in all directions at once to capture every detail of the feat you are filming. £400 | $400 |

A steadicam as well as action cam, the Revl Arc reduces shake by using Electronic Image Stabilization. It stores the acceleration, speed and G-Force data captured while filming, talk about impressive stats! £275 | $400 |

Similar in size to the Session, the Polaroid Cube offers up 1080p or 720p HD video, 120° wide angle views from its lens and waterproofing, courtesy of additional casing. £90 | $150 |

Another GoPro lookalike, CX Gold is a 60fps full-HD action camera with built-in Wi-Fi, a touchscreen, the ability to shoot 16MP stills. It even boasts an f/2.8 wide-angle lens to boot! £175 | $250 |


Go Pro with action cameras



£40 | $50

GoPro Filter 3-Pack Above Water

SEE THINGS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT Correcting footage in postproduction can be a pain, and that is why it’s always best to get it right first time. As with any DSLR lens, you can also get filer attachments for your GoPro. Polar Pro is just one company that offers an extensive range of mounts, lenses and attachments for a variety of action cams. It offers polarising glass that adds contrast and saturation to your footage, a Macro lens for extreme close-ups, and a density filter to help slow your GoPro’s shutter speed, to name a few examples. Alternatively, if you are going underwater, then there is also coloured glass to filter out colour casts from being submerged.

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£10 | $10

SanDisk Ultra 32GB

Storage is important, so you’ll need a good Micro SD card. There are three classes highlighting each type’s transfer rate. Speed class, UHS (ultra high speed) and Video Speed Class. So, keeping things simple, if using any action cam, you’ll need the base level of a UHS-1 graded card or above, this is to allow a basic 10mb/s of data transfer from your device to card.

NEVER LOSE YOUR CHARGE The downside to action cams is that they can run out of battery quickly. With the PNY Action Charger, though, you can charge up to two Hero 4 batteries and also run a USB cable to another device to give them a boost. With an elegant design, this power bank will sit neatly in a bag or pocket, and, with a charge capacity of 5200mAh, it’s going to keep you powered up for quite a few adventures to come.

£35 | $20

PNY Action Charger

Go Pro with action cameras


£25 | $30

TomTom Bandit Wrist Mount

£50 | $60

GoPro Fetch



It’s for dogs! What better use is there for an action camera? The GoPro Fetch has two attachment points so, depending on your dog’s size, and you cab use one or two cameras to record multiple angles. With the straps being big and spread out, as well as customisable for size, you can be sure your best buddy will be comfortable.

Climbers should not feel left out! If you have a TomTom Bandit action camera, you can get a wrist strap to capture your hand movements or reposition the action camera to face you while you are scaling walls or rocks. You can capture not only just your strained face, but the potentially veritgo-inducing drop behind you, too!

£25 | $40

GoPro Suction Mount

£15 | $20

GoPro Head Strap



There are two ways to look at a positioning your action cam on your car, the extreme and the safe. The extreme option will allow you to view from the car’s front end, so bear in mind the camera will be outside, moving fast… and could come off, so keep it secure. Alternatively, you can position your camera inside on the windscreen. The Suction cup mount offers use for both these methods.

When you are running, you don’t want to be worrying about positioning your camera for the best footage. Therefore, the best option for you – to date, at least – is a good head strap. All you need to do is simply attach your action camera to the strap, put it on your head and run. This is particularly useful as it leaves your hands free, leaving you to focus on your route.


Go Pro with action cameras



So, you’ve just bought a video camera and you don’t have anything to edit with. It’s like the Nineties all over again. Well, fret not as GoPro has you covered with a free and easy-to-use suite designed to be intuitive and as in-depth as you want to make it. The GoPro Studio takes the pain away from editing your footage – and if you have no previous experience, the basic intro into how to use the suite is invaluable. From the migrating your footage into your selected storage folder, to the process of converting your files to be edited, through to the creative cutting, adjusting and manipulation of your footage, each step is incredibly straightforward. Now, those of you who have experience with software such as Adobe’s Premiere, After Effects or Apple’s Final Cut Pro may find some of the features in the GoPro Studio somewhat elementary, but if you’ve never edited footage before, this is like opening up a sweet store and finding that all the candy is free!

“GoPro Studio takes the pain away from editing footage”

The edit stack

Get started here

Your greatest export

Your edit stack is the section of media you wish to use in your edit, in this section you can drag and drop from a OS folder or from with the studio

The view and trim tab is where you would start, and that is where you will select which files and section of the file you would like to convert to edit

When you have aligned all of your files and everything has been graded as you want it, then simply head on up to the export button

Tool time

Making the cut

Take control

The tools here are fairly rudimental, focusing on splicing the section of footage, marking in and out on the timeline (so you can see where to cut), as well as offering playback tools

Drag and drop the section of footage you want to cut onto the timeline. Here you can use the above tools to trim or play the section, as well as add more scenes and transitions

The creativity needn’t come from just the edit, with these sliders you can change the look, the tone, and even the lens distortion of your footage, it’s definitely worth experimenting with

GET A CAMERA THAT DOES ALL THE EDITING FOR YOU There is a pattern with action cams that you will start to see: 4K is quite a desired feature, live view or a way of accessing footage as you film is also quite high in the request list. Luckily, TomTom’s entry into the action cam gang is loaded with the community’s wants. Kicking off the brag factor would be the sleek splashproof design that makes it compact, rugged as well as waterproof to a lesser degree in its native state – using the dive lens, it can become waterproof up to 40m. It has the coveted 4K resolution at 15Fps, it takes slowmotion footage and has a burst mode. But there is more: say you’re going on a skydiving and paintballing stag do and don’t have the time to sit down and tweak the footage from the day. TomTom Bandit and its app has the solution via the in-built sensor route. The Bandit has integrated speed, rotation and even g-force sensors, all recording data that

the app can read, and it’s also able to pair with a heart rate monitor and draw data from that as well. The benefit of this comes to prominence in the editing phase. When you access the app, all the footage you need will be available while not actually stored on your device. Within the app you can you manually edit footage, livestream from the camera and also ‘create a story’. What this means is that the Bandit’s app takes small segments of footage and intuitively arranges them into a highlight reel based off of the sensory data recorded from the GPS and heart rate monitor. It’s pretty ingenious stuff, especially when your footage can be uploaded to your social network accounts in mere moments. This feature from TomTom is a pretty neat trick and will make this the go-to action camera for extreme sport enthusiasts.

Go Pro with action cameras


Master GoPro Studio

03 Make a project

01 It all starts somewhere

02 Have a closer look

04 Experiment with edits

05 Seeing the lay of the land 06 Share with the masses

Connect your GoPro to your computer, and the automatic downloader will open, this is going to show you pre-existing footage from your GoPro, as well as offer you a choice of where you want to save your files.

Once your files are converted, you can get editing. Select the Edit tab and be greeted by a template tutorial. Experimentation with this is wise for newcomers, as it will guide you in how to compose your first project.

Once you’ve saved the images, make sure that GoPro Studio is running, now you can select your media by going to the Import New Files menu, here you can find video and audio files for your project.

After selecting the template, drag segments of footage into the preassigned spaces and tweak them accordingly. Make sure to take advantage of the adjustments panel to the right, especially the colour presets.

It’s now worth saving. Go File, Save Project and your project is created. Select a file to edit in the main window, use the search ball to find your mark in points, and add that section to the conversion list on the bottom-right.

Now that all of the relevant tweaks have been made, its time to export your video – do this by clicking the export tab. Now you will be presented with a set of presets for everything from archival to YouTube quality.


01 Stick to the format

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When exporting, select the correct preset. These are there for a reason, namely to ensure that your footage will look at its best in the selected outlet. Sign in to GoPro via the website, and upload your footage to GoPro as a ‘video of the day’, you can also upload any photos you took as well.

03 Use the GoPro application

The GoPro app is handy, so use it to edit and prepare your highlights and send your short to Facebook or Instagram while on the go.

£240 | $400

TomTom Bandit

04 Share via the GoPro app © Camille Gomez

The company famous its sat nav devices also makes a impressive action camera. It’s a good thing it makes editing easy, as this 4K Ultra HD camera can shoot for three hours nonstop.

02 It’s time to… go pro

As well as sending to Facebook and Instagram, you can also submit your footage to the GoPro community to be viewable on the GoPro channel.

05 Keeping it old school

You can use the GoPro app to save your movie to your phone and transfer it from your photostream.


Crash me if you can

Intelligent flight battery The lithium polymer battery gives you a flight time of up to 28 minutes between charges. The drone’s carry case has room for extra batteries if you want more air time, too

ÂŁ1,230 | $1,400

DJI Phantom 4 This semi-autonomous flying camera drone boasts obstacle avoidance and other intriguing smart features, making it easier for beginners to pilot and avoid costly crashes.

DJI Phantom 4



The Phantom 4 is so smart, it can even avoid obstacles

Push-and-release propellers A secure locking mechanism means that the propellers can withstand drastic changes of motor speed, allowing the drone to be more agile and more responsive to pilot commands

Magnesium core Embedded into the aircraft, a revolutionary magnesium core greatly increases rigidity to minimise unwanted vibrations, while also helping to keep its weight down to 1.38kg

Camera gimbal Made from strong composite material, the integrated gimbal is closer to the quadcopter’s centre of gravity. It features three-axis stabilisation and a pitch range of -90° to +30°


Crash me if you can

4K UHD camera The ultra high definition camera boasts enhanced image quality compared to the Phantom 3 Pro, with lens improvements leading to substantial reductions in chromatic aberration and distortion


rone flying is great fun. The downside is that it’s all too easy to slam your expensive hardware into a wall. So the DJI Phantom 4’s ability to sense and avoid obstacles is a godsend. It’s also designed to be easier for beginners to fly. While you can still pilot it manually using the two sticks on the remote control unit, hooking up a mobile phone or tablet – running the DJI Go app – makes it a lot simpler with the addition of some smart features. The intuitive TapFly mode lets you fly with the tap of a finger. Just press anywhere on the live camera view within the app and the drone will make a beeline for that point, only deviating to navigate around any obstacles in its path.

The ActiveTrack feature is particularly impressive: just tap a subject – such as a person or vehicle – on the camera view and the Phantom 4 will follow it around and automate tracking shots for some awesome video footage. Mounted on an integrated gimbal, the 4K ultra HD camera offers enhanced image quality, thanks to lens improvements, plus the ability to capture 1080p video at 120fps for smooth slow motion. The Phantom 4 can hit speeds of up to 44mph (72km/h) in the new Sport mode, letting you fly faster than ever – albeit without obstacle avoidance! To help you stay out of trouble, the remote control features a handy pause button to make the drone hover in place.


01 Take off and hover

First, in ‘P’ (Positioning) or ‘S’ (Sport) flight mode, you need to take off – by pushing the remote’s left stick up – and hover at least three metres above the ground.

02 Select ActiveTrack

Now, in the DJI GO app, tap the remote icon on the left side to bring up the flight mode menu and select the ActiveTrack function.

03 Choose a subject

On the live camera view in the app, drag a box around the subject you want to track, then tap it to confirm. The box should turn green in confirmation.

DJI Phantom 4



Our eyes are very much the primary way how we interact with the world; they help us avoid accidents and maybe even death. The Phantom 4’s Obstacle Sensing System gives the drone it’s own pair of eyes, adding the necessary tools to create a 3D vision of the world and avoid threats. It essentially scans in front of the drone, making decisions on what direction and trajectory to fly at, but leaving room to safely navigate around the object. There are different modes to use the system with. In Smart Go Home, the drone will calculate the easiest route home, using the sensors to calculate how long it’ll take to get around obstacles. If using the TapFly function, which enables users to set the drone on a designated path, the drone will circumvent anything it comes across. The biggest caveat with the Phantom 4’s sensing system is that it only works in the direction that the drone is facing. The lack of rear facing cameras leaves the drone susceptible to potential hazards from its rear, so you’ll need to manually control it if you need to move in this direction. But expect a future Phantom to have this problem sorted.

04 Tracking the target

Tap on the ‘Go’ icon and the Phantom 4 will start following the subject, adjusting its speed in an attempt to maintain a consistent distance from them.

05 Automatic camera framing 06 Custom viewing angles The camera gimbal adjusts automatically to keep the subject in the centre of the frame. If they pass behind scenery, the drone will continue to look for them.

During ActiveTrack, you can adjust the drone’s height and distance from the subject, as well as its horizontal position, to create unique custom tracking shots.


Crash me if you can



By using the Hexo app, users can program the drone to follow them at a certain perspective. There’s no piloting involved and, instead, the drone flies autonomously at the same perspective at all times, using a similar avoidance system to that of the Phantom 4 to prevent crashing. £675 | $1,000 |

3D Robotics Solo

CAN IT BE CRASHED? The Phantom 4’s Obstacle Sensing System is a welcome feature. It’s especially beneficial for novice drone pilots, making it easier to avoid damaging the Phantom 4. It does have a few limitations, however. Since its sensors are located at the front of the quadcopter, the system only works when flying forwards. So, as emphasised in DJI’s own tutorials, you’ll need to take extra care when moving the drone sideways or backwards. Nor does the system work in the high-speed Sport Mode. In addition to this, it may not always sense thin structures, like tree branches.

So no, the Phantom 4 is not uncrashable, but it’s certainly easier to pilot thanks to obstacle sensing and other smart features. Since it can take a while to master manual flight controls, TapFly is a real boon, enabling the user to simply tap on the live camera view to send the drone to that point. Finally, Active Track is much more user-friendly than the Follow Me mode on earlier Phantom models since it identifies the subject visually, without requiring a GPS reference, and automatically adjusts the camera gimbal to keep them in the middle of the frame.

Thanks to its onboard 1GHz processor, the Solo is the first drone to be able to automatically control both copter and camera positioning simultaneously. While it doesn’t have an avoidance system, it’s easy to switch to manual mode when tackling dangerous obstacles. £925 | $1,325 |


This is completely automatic from takeoff to landing, and when in flight, it uses its frontfacing sensor to continuously stay in front of you at all times. Even more remarkable are the wind calculations that it performs, so it recognises when it needs to adjust its trajectory in flight. £1,300 | $1,600 |

Yuneec Typhoon H

Thanks to the modular build of the Typhoon H, there’s a built in Sonar Anti-Collision kit adapted for use on the drone. Similarly to the Phantom 4, the Typhoon H performs scans of incoming objects and calculates the best, and quickest, way to navigate around them. £1,400 | $1,300 |


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Take your hair styling supersonic

ÂŁ300 | $400

Dyson Supersonic This quick, quiet and controlled hair dryer from Dyson enables you to effortlessly dry and style your hair without risking heat damage or your natural shine.

Dyson Supersonic







SUPERS NIC Prepare to get your mind blown by Dyson’s latest invention

Dyson has done it again. With its signature blend of in-depth research and development, coupled with high-quality engineering and beautiful design, it has revolutionised another ordinary household product. For many people, the hair dryer is a rather overlooked object, but Dyson has created something here that you can’t help but stop and admire. Whether that’s the high-end engineering or just how quiet and efficient it really is. With the Dyson Supersonic you can say goodbye to having to worry about waking up a sleeping partner or child after your morning shower with the roar of your noisy and unwieldy hair dryer. There’s also no worrying about getting your luscious locks sucked into the fan and ending up with an unexpected new ‘do. But it’s not just the acoustic engineering that Dyson has focused on. With its range of vacuums, fans and hand dryers, Dyson is in the business of air flow so the Supersonic is a natural progression for the company’s focus. The Supersonic’s Air Multiplier tech draws in three times more air than a standard dryer producing a high-velocity jet of air for precise styling. The Supersonic’s intelligent heat control also means that burnt and damaged hair is a thing of the past.

“Dyson has created something that you can’t help but admire”


Take your hair styling supersonic




Temperature gauge

Custom-made motor

The glass bead thermistor measures the temperature of the flowing air an incredible 20 times a second, and it reports its findings straight to the microprocessor

The powerful and compact Dyson digital motor V9 was created just for the Supersonic by a team of 15 engineers. It’s Dyson’s smallest, lightest, most advanced digital motor available


Reduced noise To reduce the noise of the motor caused by vibration inside the handle, a vibration reduction mount is fitted snugly inside the handle of the Supersonic

Easy access filter Some air is sucked in through this filter at the bottom of the handle. A simple twist and release removes the filter so you can clean it out when necessary

O Powerful processor This minuscule and intelligent little microprocessor calculates the data from the glass bead thermistor and adjusts the double-stack heating element to ensure a regular and consistent temperature

Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology draws in more air than regular hair dryers, producing a high-pressure, high-velocity jet of air. This jet of air is angled at 20° for precise drying

IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS Every part of the Supersonic is engineered for ultimate precision. Whether that’s the right temperature to protect your hair from heat damage, or it’s the 20° angle of the focused jet of air. And yes, Dyson went that extra mile in its research and development to find the perfect angle for drying and styling. All that research birthed the revolutionary (and tiny) Dyson digital motor V9 – a motor that you’ll find nowhere else. At a mere 27mm wide, it’s on average a third of the weight and a third of the size of other hair dryer


High-velocity air jet

motors. It’s nestled inside the handle instead of the head, like regular dryers. The axial flow impeller (that’s the rotor to you and us) has 13 blades in total, which is two more than you’ll find in other dryers. These extra blades change the tone of the motor to an inaudible level. The glass bead thermistor measures the temperature and reports its finding to the microprocessor, which then analyses that data and adjusts the heating element for consistent temperature. So all in all, you have a quiet and controlled experience when drying and styling.


“Hair dryers can be heavy, inefficient and make a racket. By looking at them further we realised that they can also cause extreme heat damage to hair. I challenged Dyson engineers to really understand the science of hair and develop our version of a hair dryer, which we think solves these problems”



James Dyson, Founder and Chief Engineer





Induced air

Impeller blades

The fast, constant flow of hot air from the Supersonic causes the surrounding air to be induced into its flow: one of the reasons it can reach such a high volume of air

Thirteen impeller blades draw in air through the filter and can rotate up to 110,000 times a second depending on what setting you have your Supersonic on

Dyson Supersonic



$1bn $50m

How much the hair care industry is worth in the US alone

How much money Dyson invested in developing the Supersonic

The filter


The initial influx of air is drawn in through the filter situated at the bottom of the handle. It can be removed and cleaned to ensure peak efficiency

The amplifier is where the highpressure, high-velocity jet of air exits the Supersonic at just the right temperature and at a 20° angle for precise drying and styling

DON’T MESS WITH DYSON’S FLOW No doubt you’ll have clocked straight away that the overall design and shape of the Supersonic is reminiscent of Dyson’s range of ‘bladeless’ fans. We say ‘bladeless’ because, although you can stick your hand through the ring without risking life and limb, the rotor, or impeller, that draws the air in, is hidden inside the stand. The Supersonic has this impeller hiding inside of its handle, drawing air up and in through the filter at the bottom of the handle. The 13 impeller blades rotate at a frequency inaudible to the human ear, at up to 110,000 revolutions per second. Air

is drawn up through the handle to the head, which is where Dyson’s patented Air Multiplier technology kicks in. The Air Multiplier module resides in the head of the Supersonic and in many ways it is the head of the machine. Three times the regular volume of air flows through a curved path, exiting from small slits around the frame of the fan which blows in a cylinder. Surrounding air is also drawn in from multiple areas around the hair dryer, mostly from the back of the Supersonic, causing a constant flow of air you can use to style your hair.

Miles of human hair used in testing

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Engineers working on the project

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Different heat settings


Engineers worked on the Supersonic’s V9 motor


Take your hair styling supersonic

UNTANGLING THE SUPERSONIC’S DEVELOPMENT AND CREATION The development of the Supersonic required a staggering £50 million investment - but don’t go thinking that all that money was frittered away! A state-of-the-art laboratory dedicated to nothing but the science of hair spent four years studying hair from root to tip. An incredible 1,010 miles of human hair was used in testing so that engineers could understand how it reacts to different stresses, how to keep it healthy and how to style it. Dyson even created a hair shortage when acquiring £40,000 of real hair. A team of over 15 motor engineers created the Dyson digital motor V9 just for the Supersonic. It propels 13 litres of air per second, but it’s no wider than 27mm. This revolutionary miniaturisation means that bulky motors in the dryer’s head are a thing of the past. Because the motor is so compact, it is small enough to fit in the handle rather than the head; the machine is engineered for balance and stability. 600 prototypes later and all other hair dryers look clunky and feel heavy and unwieldy in comparison.


Dyson has built its reputation on creating cuttingedge devices


DYSON WORK ITS MAGIC ON ATTACHMENTS These magnetic attachments will help you attain your signature style

Smoothing nozzle


The Dyson smoothing nozzle dries hair your gently. The nozzle creates a using smooth and wide flow of air which means that you can dry and style simultaneously.

Styling concentrator

The styling concentrator creates a tight, concentrated flow of air. You can section off your wet hair and focus on drying and styling your hair one section at a time.




The diffuser protects hair from direct heat and disperses air evenly around each curl. It takes a little longer than regular drying, but it helps reduce frizz and achieve gentle waves.

Dyson Supersonic




- IF YOU’RE WORTH IT Staying ahead of the tech curve has never been cheap and the Supersonic, priced at £300/$400, is no different in this case. You’ll be hard-pressed finding your typical hair dryer on the high street at a price point above £200 and even those priced at £150-£200 come few and far between. So why should you invest your hard earned-pennies here? What does the Supersonic bring to the table that makes it a worthwhile purchase? In purchasing the Supersonic, you’re getting a product that’s gone through four years of rigorous laboratory testing to make it the most perfectly engineered hair dryer on the market. It’s faster, lighter, quieter and more powerful and it’s designed to be the absolute pinnacle of hair dryers. It’s also got that signature Dyson look that sets it apart from the crowd. Your hair will be easier to style, shinier and less prone to heat damage. If your hair is very important to your self-confidence and your overall look and feel (and it is right there on top of your head for all to see and judge) then purchase the Supersonic and you can say goodbye to bad hair days forever.



“It’s designed to be the absolute pinnacle of hair dryers”


Bringing it back

The retro tech that’s making a return While we’re constantly being exposed to jaw-dropping tech that continues to push boundaries, we shouldn’t forget that many of the items we use today are based on technology from yesteryear. Those game consoles you enjoy today have a rich heritage from their 8-bit counterparts, and that smartphone you own that owes itself to the tech that was around in the Eighties. But don’t go thinking that this technology is dead, in fact, it’s far from it and 2016 is set to be the year that retro tech makes its comeback.

Some of the classic products many of us would have grown-up with are being modernised and reinvented to provide the classic design and technology we love and remember, mixed in with modern nuances to make them easier to enjoy for a whole new audience in a digital age. The tech you’re about to see across the following pages encapsulates this idea perfectly, and with the likes of Sony and Kodak leading the way for retro-inspired technology in 2016, we can’t wait to fall in love with this tech all over again.

Bringing it back

Integrated audio


Capture with cartridges

Super 8 cameras are notorious for not recording sound, but a mounted audio module saves all recorded audio into an inserted SD card

All footage is captured by traditional Super 8 cartridge film, which is then sent to Kodak for processing and digital conversion

Built-in light meter An on-board light meter flags up whether your shot is exposed correctly or not, with the manual controls helping you lower the ISO levels if needed

LCD viewfinder The included 3.5-inch viewfinder not only enables you to line up your shots, but also switch between shooting modes via the wheel selector on the camera itself

£275 | $400

Kodak Super 8

RELIVE THE GOLDEN YEARS OF Some of the best movies ever created were shot using Super 8 film, so seeing the technology revamped will certainly bring a smile to budding filmmakers. The portable camera set new benchmarks for recording footage, with speeds of 24 frames per second providing image clarity that was unheard of at the time. Of course the early models had little in terms of ISO control, often leading to under-exposed images, but being able to shoot three minutes of film in one roll was, again, another massive feat at the time. While the main core of the technology has remained the same, Kodak has implemented some modern twists to improve shooting conditions. An embedded light meter has helped correct the aforementioned exposure issues and a new suite of onboard controls makes it easier to switch between different frame-rates. It’s also important to point out that while the new Super 8 camera still shoots in classic analogue format, it’s been heavily digitalised for easier editing. Kodak will not also process your footage for you, but also send you a digital version in the post.

A revised and up-to-date version of the classic film-based cameras, using analogue technology to shoot video and digital tech for processing and transferring footage.

WATCH ANALOGUE DIGITALLY The Super 8 uses authentic colour negative film roll, akin to the original film used in the Sixties, which has been altered to add digital compatibility to your analogue recordings. Kodak will process any film recording on the Super 8 free of charge and send you a digital version of the footage that can then be archived and shared with friends. Of course, it’s also possible to get the original analogue recording sent back to you.

ICONIC INSPIRATION Kodak’s Super 8mm film revolutionised moviemaking in 1965, providing an all-in-one system for loading 50 feet of film in seconds. Lots of manufacturers adopted Kodak’s film and produced compatible cameras, like the iconic Canon 310XL, but the original was the Kodak Instamatic M2.


Bringing it back Direct drive motor Using a direct drive motor prevents any ‘cogging’ in your records, helping keep an optimised sound performance whenever you use them

Keep it analogue While the SL-1200G still reproduces sound in analogue format, its twin rotator construction helps it to improve audio playback

£3,000 | $4,000

Technics SL-1200G The SL-1200G combines the classic record-playing technology with upgraded tonearm and driver technology to make your vinyl sound better than ever before.

High dampening tonearm

Natural reproduction Sound reproduction for your vinyl has been optimised thanks to the spindle-bearing belt that keeps the vinyl spinning at a consistent speed

The tonearm sits on a gimbal suspension system, which helps set it at the perfect level on your record, while protecting it from scratches

YOUR HAS NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD The vinyl revival is very much in full swing and, with over 1.1 million brand-new records sold last year alone, it’s understandable were seeing a new wave of high-end players to enjoy them on. The core playing function of both new and old record players are virtually the same, but it’s the extras that devices such as Technics’ SL1200G include that showcase how far the technology has come. Under its classy fascia lies a coreless direct drive motor that all but removes any signs of vibrations from your vinyl. In old record players these vibrations can cause bad audio feedback, even rendering them useless on occasion.

Also included is a high-dampening tonearm, constructed of lightweight magnesium to provide minimal impact when placed on a record. Heavier tonearms are renowned for causing external damage to a record, but Technics’ gimbal suspension system should eradicate any chance of this from happening. A new range of onboard controls enables users to completely customise how their record sounds. If you’ve got a heavily scratched record that just doesn’t sound right, the tonearm adjustor can be lifted to help get the needle at an exact point, while the volume slider is also useful for getting good sound.


The Technics 1200 was legendary, nicknamed ‘The Wheels Of Steel.’ First launched in 1972 and widely adopted because its high torque motor design made it ideal for pushbutton cueing in discotheques and on radio, the ‘Tec 12’ was also beloved by ravers in the Eighties.


Most conventional analogue turntables have issues with tiny vibrations affecting the playback of the vinyl placed upon it. These issues are affectionately known as cogging, and was by and large the biggest issue facing older record players. Technics’ newly-developed direct drive motor quashes the issue, by suppressing the motions made from the motor and instead relaying them on to highprecision rotary sensors. What you’re left with is the smoothest turntable on the market and one built for all music lovers.

Rotor magnets Hall elements Shaft and selflubrication metal

Stator windings (coils) Hybrid Encoder Stator frame

Bringing it back


WHO NEEDS A ANYWAY? It wasn’t until the late Eighties that typewriters started being usurped by computers as the best way to write. But, for many, the authentic typing experience of a typewriter is unrivalled, so the launch of the Freewrite, a typewriter-computer hybrid, will make any wannabe writer’s fingers twitch in anticipation. Freewrite has been billed as the world’s first smart typewriter, partnering a full mechanical QWERTY keyboard with an E Ink high-contrast display. Said display replaces the need for paper, with a built-in preview mode enabling you to see a live feed of what you type. An embedded Wi-Fi sensor links up with various cloud storage programs, so everything you type is automatically added to the cloud and there’s capacity to store over one million pages within Freewrite itself. The look and feel of Freewrite screams retro typewriter, but its one that’s made the transition into the digital age.


Thanks to the advancements in the camera technology on our smartphones, many of us have no need to carry around a digital camera, let alone a classic Polaroid Instamatic. But times are changing, and after the success of Polaroid’s instant printing Snap camera, the Snap+ successor is set to launch at the end of this year. The core printing function of the Snap+ follows largely the same principles as the instant cameras back in the Fifties, but on a vastly more compact level. A light meter is now embedded into the camera, instead of sitting on the outside, and the Zero Ink Printing technology is capable of printing full colour images in seconds. Partnered with a 1080p CMOS sensor, the smallest of details can be highlighted and printed in a flash without having to wait an age to get your hands on the finished product.

£395 | $600

Freewrite The Freewrite is styled like a typewriter, providing a comfortable and authentic typing experience with the modern benefits of an E Ink display and document cloud sync.


ICONIC INSPIRATION The Freewrite was initially called the Hemingwrite when it was funded on Kickstarter, in a nod to the great American author. Hemingway famously used a Royal Quiet de Luxe in 1941, which outsold any other portable typewriter of its era.


Polaroid Snap+ As far as instant print cameras go, the Snap+ looks to be the most advanced to hit the market. There’s a touchscreen for framing shots and a high-end CMOS sensor for your snaps.

ICONIC INSPIRATION Instamatic cameras have been around since the early 20th Century, but the Snap+ was inspired by the iconic Polaroid SX-70 from 1972, which printed photos but could also be folded up to fit in your pocket. It inspired the original Instagram logo.


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THE iPOD HAS NOTHING ON THIS Back when cassettes and CDs were the main source of our music intake, Sony’s Walkman range was all the rage for those who wanted to take their music with them. But with streaming services becoming more commonplace, the Walkman range has changed with the times. Ditching both the CD and cassette capabilities, the new look Walkman is sleek, sophisticated and capable of producing great sound. It’s the first portable music player to boast HD sound, with full support for basically every format out there – even ALAC. But if storing music isn’t your thing, then it’s built-in NFC sensor enables it to be connected to any Bluetooth home audio system, where the new Walkman can be used as a remote. This is without doubt an audiophile’s dream and made for those who want to take how they enjoy their music to the next level.

£350 | $400

Sony Walkman A20 Sony’s portable music player has resurged with a whole new look and set of features – with added digital noise cancelling and 64GB of built-in memory to store your tracks.


The Sony Walkman was the first gadget to give users the chance to take their music with them and the original TPS-L2 from 1979 sold in its millions because of it. Dualheadphone jacks enabled two people to listen simultaneously, a feature that competing manufacturers tried to imitate over the years.

HD SOUND IS A BIG DEAL High-definition sound refers to how audio is reproduced for the listener, and Sony’s new series of Walkmans are more than capable of delivering it. Its primary use will be to help bring out the highs and lows in any song played within it, while also removing any signs of static or feedback from attached headphones. To then take it a step further, whenever you transfer a song from your PC to Walkman, it’ll automatically upscale the file to cater for the HD sound qualities the portable music player possess.


£230 | $295

Punkt MP01

The Punkt MP01 is an oldschool-styled mobile phone handset that focuses on providing core call and text features, without the need for apps and other superfluous features.

ICONIC INSPIRATION Punkt’s phone harkens back to the mobile boom of the millennium, when phones like the Nokia 5110 and later 3310 did little more than make actual phone calls.

Our smartphones are getting bigger, smarter and flimsier than ever before. Despite how these devices frequently go far beyond making calls and texts as standard, there’s still a largely untapped market out there who don’t need their device to take photos, store music and have Facebook access. The Punkt MP01 is styled like an old-school mobile phone and it largely performs like one too. You won’t find access to Google Play or the Apple Store, or any apps for that matter, as this device is purely made to make calls and send texts. Of course, it does have some modern twists that aid its usability a little bit. A built-in notification centre will alert you to missed calls, while its monochromatic UI has been designed for managing saved messages. It all comes down to ease of use at the end of the day, something that our modern day smartphones simply cannot match.

Bringing it back

Multi-system support

Scaled up resolution

The Retron 5 is able to fully emulate classic gaming consoles via the slots on the front and top of the machine

Via the HDMI port at the rear of the console, users can upscale the graphical quality of their classic games. A maximum resolution of 720p at 60fps is completely plausible



Without Nintendo’s Famicom, the gaming industry would not be the colossus that it is today. The console’s Western iteration, the NES, rekindled US games industry in 1985 after its 1983 crash. Many of the leading game franchises made their debuts on the Famicom/NES; including Super Mario, Metroid, Zelda and Mega Man.

Dynamic controller mapping In-game controls can be fully customised on both the accompanying Bluetooth controller and original console controllers through the Retron’s menu

NTSC compatibility There’s no CIC lockout or FX chip built into the Retron 5, which means all PAL and NTSC cartridges will work without fault


£130 | $140

Retron 5 The Retron 5 breathes life in to your classic games, with interpolated sound, save states and enhanced resolution for a better all-in-one gaming experience. You can even use your old pads.


Videogaming has come a long way in the past 30 years, so much so that the traditional games console is constantly changing, and the emergence of virtual reality is offering new ways for us to enjoy a new wave of mouth-watering titles. Of course, we wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for such classic consoles like the NES, Mega Drive and even the Game Boy that many of us grew up with. Unfortunately retro game collecting is an expensive hobby to undertake, so a console that can merge these consoles together has to be a winner for retro gaming enthusiasts. The Retron 5 pulls together ten classic

Through the PowerBase Mini module you can also play Sega Master System games on the Retron 5. The base plugs into the Sega Mega Drive slot with a Master System cartridge then sitting on top of that. Sure, it doesn’t look the sturdiest of products, but it does bring fullyupscaled graphics and better audio to your Master System games. As an added bonus, there’s a dedicated pause button that sits on the front of the PowerBase Mini.

systems into one unique shell, upscaling the game’s graphics to HD in order to provide an authentic gaming experience. It supports an all-digital 720p HDMI output, with enhanced resolutions in place to help recreate the CRT aesthetic on any modern TV – even including scanlines. Perhaps what makes the Retron 5 an even more tempting proposition is its full compatibility with both PAL and NTSC cartridges. The lack of CIC and FX lockout chips removes the traditional region restrictions found in these consoles individually, enabling you to import games without worry of them not working.


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The best gadgets on our radar this month

Perfume on the go The Cyrano is designed to be portable and can fit into a standard cup holder, so you can also use it in your car instead of an air freshener

£105 | $150


Replaceable cartridge The Cyrano contains a replacement cartridge with a palette of 12 distinct scents, including things like coconut, lavender and honeysuckle

Mood medleys Select from perfume playlists or sequence your own aromas using the free Onote app, though this is currently only on iOS


The Cyrano wants to do for air fresheners what Philips Hue did for lightbulbs. This so-called ‘digital scent speaker’ lets you to select so-called ‘mood medleys’ from the companion app, which have names like ‘Get Energy’ and ‘Get Relaxed’. The Cyrano will then sequence your preferred perfume. If you don’t like any of the presets, you can also customise your own perfumes and set them to match the music you’re listening to.

B&W SPEAKER GETS A ‘WHOLE LOTTA LOVE’ This distinctive-looking wireless speaker is effortless to set up – with Bluetooth, AirPlay and Spotify Connect you can be streaming in seconds. Its 250W output also sounds great, though its midrange could be bolder.

£120 | $200

Arcam Music Boost

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin £500 | $700 |

SMART CCTV CAMERA WELCOMES YOU HOME Designed to sit in view of your front door, Welcome recognises your face and tells other users when you come and go – or if a stranger is in the house. No subscription is needed as all video stores on your own private SD card. Netatmo Welcome £200 | $290 |

PHONE CASE BEEFS UP BOTH YOUR BATTERY AND SPEAKERS If we were to make a list of problems with the iPhone 6, battery life and poor speakers would both rank pretty highly. Audio experts at Arcam think they can solve both issues with the MusicBoost, a case that contains a battery pack that adds an extra 120 per cent charge time, a headphone amplifier and DAC to improve sound quality. The ingenious part is that while the MusicBoost will upgrade audio from iTunes, YouTube, Spotify and apps such as FLAC Player+, it won’t drain any power from your iPhone.




£270 | $290

Kindle Oasis

With a less colourful design, larger air chambers, motorised firepower and new paintball-like spherical foam ammo, Nerf’s new blaster isn’t messing around. Impressively, Hasbro says it can shoot up to 100 feet per second, which is almost 70mph! Nerf Rival Zeus MXV-1200 Blaster I £65 | $50 |


The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s lightest, fastest and thinnest e-reader yet, but also its most expensive. The version with free 3G costs a jaw-dropping £330, while the Wi-Fionly model still costs £270, which is over five times more than the most basic Kindle. A luxurious leather charging case that makes the Oasis’ battery life last literally months and a wedge-shaped design soften the blow, but we’d prefer if it was waterproof.


Free Wi-Fi calls With four microphones and two speakers, Alexa will be able to hear your command loud and clear. But you can also use Triby to make loudspeaker VoIP calls

While it might not be Daisy Ridley or John Boyega, you can now watch The Force Awakens with one of its breakout stars. BB-8 has been updated to react to the movie, such as running away when Kylo Ren is onscreen. Sphero BB-8 £110 | $135 |

£160 | $200

Triby Smart notice board As well as the date, time and weather, the Triby’s e-ink screen can display messages and doodles sent via a companion app for your phone

Magnetic plate Invoxia wants the Triby to be the centre of your home – it has a magnetic back so that you can stick it to your fridge


Amazon’s Alexa has been a sleeper hit. 3 million Amazon Echo speakers containing the virtual assistant have sold since it was quietly launched for just Amazon Prime users back in 2014. For the first time Alexa is now compatible with a non-Amazon device, a ktchen gadget called the Triby. However, while Triby is on sale worldwide, Europeans will have to continue to look on with envious eyes as the Alexa features will only work in the US.

MAKE A LOW-TECH ESPRESSO IN 60 SECONDS The Aeropress coffee maker works like an oversized syringe: you mix ground coffee and boiling water in a tube, then force them through a filter by pushing down on a plunger, straight into your mug. The results are as rich and smooth as more expensive models. Aeropress £20 | $30 |


The 4K TV That Isn’t Going To Break The Bank

£300 | $430

Hisense M3000 With an affordable and comfortable price range for a 43-inch 4K TV that would otherwise be out of general reach, the M3000 is great value for your money.

Sound’s good?

‘Nits’ and bolts

The sound – as with any TV speaker – is pretty flat and underwhelming, with not a lot of tech powering the audio. Never fear, though: an optical output means you can attach most high-end speakers or soundbars.

How bright a TV can go is measured in ‘nits’. This model can achieve only 275 nits, making it ‘capable’ of showing HDR images, but not ideal for it

Colour us impressed 10-bit tech means a TV can process over one billion individual colours. This TV has an 8-bit panel driving 10-bit processing – it can pick up the signal but it won’t be ‘pure’

Flat and proud If you’re not sold on the curved TV then you’re in luck: the Hisense opts for the traditional flat screen and doesn’t needlessly up the price to compensate

Backwards compatible? So the TV can show 4K images without a problem, but how is it with 1080p HD? As it turns out; it’s fine. You’ll start to notice noise and distortion with good ol’ standard definition content, though

All your content A USB 3.0 slot on the side lets allows high-speed transfer, so you could even watch mammoth 10GB+ files on a USB with lossless picture quality

Hisense M3000




THAT ISN’T GOING TO BREAK THE BANK Get a new TV in time for Euro 2016 for less When it comes to TV tech, there’s a lot going on behind the screen that you might miss – and with good reason. When you’ve got an incredible 3840 x 2160 pixels humming with colour and not crunching the detail in heavy dark and black scenes, you don’t really care what’s going on behind the image in front of you. But you should. Firstly, the M3000’s wi-fi connection inside the TV gives it smart connectivity that – we found – was stronger than the PS4 or Xbox One (which are specifically designed for supporting wireless connections). That’s handy when you’ve got native applications built into the system: iPlayer, Amazon Video and Netflix are all there, of course, but there’s also an in-built option to cast your phone or tablet to the screen; no mess, no fuss. Saves you having a Chromecast hanging out the side all the time, right? The 4K upscaling is sublime, and the high resolution makes it possible for you to sit closer to the screen without eye strain

– meaning the 43-inch screen will fit into snug, small living rooms and work in bigger situations, too (ergo: it’s versatile). Hisense has officially partnered with UEFA Euro 2016 in marketing this TV, and the main idea behind that is to put cheap(er) 4K television sets on the market so nonobsessive TV fans can appreciate The Beautiful Game on the big screen. Just be aware that you get what you pay for, and whilst the M3000 is good, it’s not going to be future-proof and it’s never going to be the best HDR, UHD-capable TV out there. This may be the start of the 4K revolution – we’ve had the occasional foray into it but now it feels ‘closer’ thanks to the M3000’s pricepoint of £300 – unlike the jokes that were touted when HD first came about, you won’t have to break the bank for it. It’s actually pretty kind for a 4K TV this early in the format’s lifespan and totally worth the price of admission for the various 4K services that are on offer right now.

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Hisense M3000

COMPLETE REMOTE CONTROL Hisense knows what you want from a remote – we fiddled around with the settings on the TV quite a lot. From needing as little latency as possible for gaming to wanting sharp, rich colours for watching Blu-rays, we needed to jump into the menus and bumble around often. Luckily the remote is designed for this kind of thing and it allows complete freedom for whatever interface you’re fiddling around with: sliders, dials and menu navigation are no problem, and there are even dedicated buttons for most used apps (such as Netflix) to boot!


20x Euro 2016 Glider Football

240x Cans Of Carlsberg

1/3 of a Euro 2016 Final Ticket

2x Official Indoor UEFA Boots

60x Big Mac meals

7.5x games of FIFA 16

Is football better to watch than to play? It’s a question that’s plagued footie fans for decades – but you can find that out approximately 21 times over instead of buying a TV.

The £150 Addidas Ace 16.1 firm/artificial ground boots are designed to help you play smarter and better (and for that price, rightly so!) You can customise them, too, to make them truly stand out.

Carlsberg is the official beer of Euro 2016 (the company even convinced a Cambridge pub to change its name for the event!). So you can celebrate with 60 packs of the stuff at £5 a go.

Yes, that’s right – McDonalds has teamed up with UEFA to be another official sponsor for the tournament, providing all the nutritional food pro athletes need to compete for just £5 per meal.

Tickets cost £910. That’s right – pretty expensive stuff, but it’s always better watching your favourite team in the flesh versus on the screen, right? (We say that like England even has a chance…)

The official videogame of football, opting to buy almost eight copies of FIFA means you and your mates can host your own mini tournaments like we do at Gadget HQ!



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New Roomba navigates using your furniture as landmarks


NAVIGATES USING YOUR FURNITURE AS LANDMARKS It’s strange to think that the original Roomba launched way back in 2002, over a decade before smart home appliances would become commonplace. But while that device is now a piece of tech history, its latest successor, the Roomba 980, feels every bit like the futuristic cleaner it was always meant to be. There are a few reasons for this. The first is the 980’s vSLAM (visual simultaneous localisation and mapping) tech, which uses a camera to record and recognise landmarks throughout your home in order to orient itself. It’s a huge leap from the navigation systems in previous

Roombas, and means that the vacuum can comfortably handle an entire apartment or floor of a home without ever running into trouble. It also allows the Roomba to complete a job on a low battery – the robot will simply return to its dock, charge, and then pick up where it left off. Add in Carpet Boost – which adjusts suction depending on the floor surface – and app integration, and the 980 really shines. As with most of iRobot’s output. the price tag might make your eyes water, but if you have the cash to spare then the Roomba 980 is a brilliantly complete cleaning device.

£800 | $900

iRobot Roomba 980 The latest iteration of the Roomba adds app integration and a host of performance improvements and tweaks to make it one of the most complete cleaning robots available today.

The history of the future of cleaning






Roomba The original Roomba was a very basic machine – having only three buttons for different room sizes – but it proved hugely popular.

Roomba 400 Series Two years after the original, the first major Roomba range update saw it get room size detection software, as well as built-in dirt detection.

Scooba Now a successful range in its own right, the original Scooba device was launched as a hard-floor scrubbing alternative to the Roomba.

Roomba 500 Series This is when Roombas started to get smart. The 500 Series’ infrared sensor ensured it could detect obstacles and adjust speed.

Looj One of the stranger members of iRobot’s range, the Looj is a skinny robot that’s specifically designed for clearing debris from gutters.

iRobot Roomba 980


The Roomba automatically up its suction power to hoover up dust in thick rugs and carpets

A TOUCH MORE CONVENIENCE Rotating extractors These two rotating cylinders use angled, interlocking rubber treads to pick up dirt and detritus and break it down as it’s taken in

One of the major new features of the Roomba 980 is being able to control it remotely with the iRobot Home app. Available for iOS and Android, you can use the free app to schedule when the Roomba cleans your home, monitor its progress and customise settings, such as making sure it cleans along skirting boards. If you’re smartphone-phobic, rest assured the app features are optional and you can control the Roomba 980 using its built-in interface.

Airflow accelerator This system concentrates the airflow of the Roomba to create a powerful vacuum channel that reaches right down to the floor area

High-efficiency vacuum A custom-engineered component that balances suction and airflow, drawing dirt into the sealed HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filter and keeping it there

2011 Roomba 700 Series A host of updates including a more advanced HEPA filter and a significantly improved battery life marked the high point of this series’ launch.





Roomba 600 Series Confusingly launched after the 700 Series, this range of Roombas replaced the long-standing 500 Series as the brand’s entry-level devices.

Roomba 800 Series Until recently this was the premier Roomba range, the 800 Series boasts multi-room navigation and tangle-free debris extractors to help handle hair.

Braava iRobot’s first device that uses disposable pads, the Braava is a cheaper robot that replicates the work of a typical mop and bucket.

Roomba 980 The latest and greatest Roomba finally adds app integration, along with an excellent visual localisation feature for improved navigation.


Surf the streets with this two-wheeled skateboard


Razor’s RipSurf lets you carve and cut on dry land If you’ve always wanted to surf but live nowhere near the sea, are scared of the water, or just can’t be bothered to swim, then Razor’s RipSurf is the rideable for you. Riding the board is kind of like riding a skateboard, but it’s different enough to warrant a tutorial. While you’re practicing, you’re going to want to get kitted up with a helmet and knee and elbow pads, if you have them, and make sure to ask a friend to help you out. If you don’t have any friends, try holding onto a fence and take it slow. Stand sideways, parallel to the RipSurf, and put your foot closest to the nose on the deck. Once your feel comfortable with your balance, kick off with your back foot and put it on the traction pad. Increase your speed by making small weaving motions with your hips. This motion will help propel you forward and while also keeping you upright. In surf speak, this is called ‘carving’. Make your carves bigger to go even faster. Remember: speed equals stability, so keep those hips moving. To stop, just step off. The RipSurf can’t stay upright without a rider to keep the wheels balanced, so it won’t roll anywhere.

“Speed equals stability, so keep those hips moving”

£70 | $100

Razor RipSurf Forget the ocean, you can make waves wherever you are with Razor’s latest rideable, RipSurf. This hybrid between a skateboard and surfboard will test your ocean limits on dry land.


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“I can’t surf or skateboard, so I needed a friend to help. But once I get some practice in I can see this being lots of fun!”

“I see how some people would enjoy this, but I’m not one of them; the RipSurf is difficult and terrifying! I’ll stick to walking, thanks“

“Once you get over the initial fear of getting started, it does ride like a genuine surfboard. You’ve just got to watch out when bailing; tarmac is harder than water!”

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Razor RipSurf

Torsion tech The RipSurf uses patented onepiece torsion technology to make it feel like you’re surfing waves on dry land, while moving at a pretty impressive speed


Hit the deck The board is made from a toughened plastic that makes it more durable than a skateboard and more lightweight and portable than a surfboard

Get a grip Surfing on land is obviously a lot different to surfing on water. The Ripsurf’s textured surface will help keep your grip

Wheels of steel Two high-performance urethane wheels – rather than four, which you’d find on a skateboard – mounted on inclined casters simulate the feeling of battling the tide

Rule of traction Ride the waves To start surfing, place one foot on the deck and push off from the ground with the other. Tilt your hips to change direction and increase your speed

The textured foam non-slip traction pad with a 22mm kick works in conjunction with the ‘wax bump’ surface to hopefully keep you standing upright


Beam Movies Directly Into Your Eyeballs




‘Personal theatre’ headset offers immersive HD viewing Virtual reality is taking the world by storm right now, so you might mistake the Avegant Glyph for another Oculus Rift rival. Instead, this headset is intended to be a ‘personal theatre’ that uses a unique technology to project video straight into your retinas, so it feels like you’re sitting dead centre in a cinema watching a 720p high definition movie. This makes the experience fundamentally different to virtual reality, as your eyes aren’t focusing on a pixel-based image, so there’s no risk of eye strain or so-called ‘virtual reality sickness’ nausea. While critics of the HTC Vive complain the VR headset doesn’t have enough games yet,

Limited battery life The Glyph offers four hours of video viewing, so you can squeeze in a couple of movies but not much in the way of boxset binging in one full charge

the Glyph doesn’t have the same problem. Though the way it projects video is unique, it doesn’t require any specialist software and the headset has a standard HDMI port, so anywhere you can plug it into, you can play video from. As well as playing videos stored on your computer or streaming Netflix from your smartphone, the Glyph can be hooked up to your Xbox to play game or used as a first-person viewer when flying a drone. Except for the HDMI connection, the Glyph is entirely self-contained, so it’s highly portable. You may get a few odd looks, as the Glyph does look like something out of a sci-fi movie. But who cares, eh?

£490 | $700

Avegant Glyph A sleek and futuristic headset that projects video straight into your eyes, the Glyph even doubles as a set of headphones, not making it useless when it runs out of battery.

Adjustable optics Toggles allow you to adjust position of the optics, while rotating the eyepieces can tweak focus for those who would normally wear glasses

Peripheral vision The Glyph offers 40° field of view, so you can look up and down with it on and still see your surroundings. Ideal when reaching for the popcorn

Avegant Glyph



Instead of strapping a screen to your face like a VR headset, the Glyph projects video from a single, low-powered LED. This passes through a set of optics and then bounces off a microscopic mirror array. Made up of two million miniature mirrors, this shapes the light into an image fit the eye. Finally the light passes through another set of optics and is beamed directly into your eyes. This might sound creepy, but Avegant claims its ‘Virtual Retinal Display’ offers a more comfortable viewing experience avoiding the eyestrain, headaches and nausea associated with conventional headsets. We didn’t get to use the Glyph for long, but were certainly impressed with how bright and light viewing was compared to the fuzziness of virtual reality.

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The light from the LED reflects off a mirror array like sun shining on glass. The array is made of two million mirrors - a million for each eye

After the mirrors, the light enters another set of optics, before being beamed directly into your retinas as 720p HD video

1. Low-powered LED Rather than viewing an LCD screen, the Glyph projects light from a single LED, which passes through a set of optics

TWO-IN-ONE FUNCTIONALITY Head-tracking sensors Though the Glyph isn’t a VR headset, it has head-tracking sensors so you can watch 3D and 360-degree videos

Plug and watch A single HDMI input means the Glyph works with virtually any media source from laptops, games consoles to drone transmitters. It will also work with phones and tablets, but most will require an adapter

When you get bored of watching films and playing videogames (but who does?), flip up the visor and it’ll look like you’re just wearing an oversized set of Beats headphones. The overear cans use 40mm high-performance polymer drivers, so expect top-notch quality. You can use a 3.5mm jack if you’re listening to analogue audio or a HDMI cable if it’s digital audio. As a bonus, you can still use the Gylph as ordinary headphones even after the battery runs out.


Supercharge your golf swing


Hit it straight down the middle with this wearable caddy While course preview maps and distances are par for the course in smart golfing gadgets, the Garmin Approach S6 GPS golf watch does a lot more. Crucially, it can help you to improve your swing action using two metrics, SwingTempo and SwingStrength, to measure your swing rhythm (the ratio between backswing and downswing) and strength respectively. Its TempoTraining mode also provides audible tones to help you perfect your swing timing. Surprisingly slim and lightweight, the S6 is rugged enough for any weather conditions – it has a fiveATM (50 metres) water resistance rating. It’s also very accurate, using GPS to measure yardages to the front/ middle/back of the green from your current position, as well as lay up distances to doglegs and other hazards. Its one-inch circular touchscreen can display preloaded colour maps for more than 40,000 courses worldwide. Switching to a close-up view of the green, you can manually position the pin to the day’s location for precise distances. An especially neat addition is the PinPointer blind shot assistance, which gives you the direction and distance to the green, even when you can’t see it. Other features include smartphone notifications, stat tracking, and the ability to upload data to a computer for analysis and sharing.

Making use of the built-in GPS and course map data, the S6 displays the direction (with a handy compass-like arrow) and distance of the pin, ideal for when the flags obscured by trees

Long-lasting battery The Approach S6’s rechargeable 1,000 mAh battery will last up to ten hours in GPS mode. This should last long enough for a couple of rounds unless your playing partner is Jim Furyk

Garmin Approach S6


GET INTO THE SWING The S6’s new training features – SwingTempo and SwingStrength – provide accurate swing timings and strength comparisons, which you can analyse to improve your swing. SwingTempo measures the timing ratio between the backswing and downswing, as sensed by the S6’s built-in accelerometer – the optimal ratio is 3:1. If you’re having trouble finding the right rhythm, the TempoTraining mode helps you by providing beeps – for the start, top of backswing and impact – timed according to your swing speed.

SwingStrength is a percentage of how hard you swung compared to your full test swing. To set the latter, you choose the club type and then perform a good, full swing. This feature proves particularly useful on the driving range, when practising power consistency. It may also come in handy during a round, when you’re trying to play a shot at less than full strength. While the S6 itself doesn’t measure wrist rotation, this can be achieved by pairing it with a TruSwing sensor (see overleaf).

Dedicated function buttons For additional ease of use, there are four physical buttons for set functions: power and backlight, shot measuring, score keeping and course view

Circular touchscreen The colour LCD touchscreen is one inch in diameter with a 180 x 180 pixel resolution. The bezel features Back and Menu touch buttons

Preloaded course maps The S6 has preloaded maps for over 40,000 courses worldwide. While the full hole preview isn’t that useful, you can zoom in for a more detailed look

£280 | $350

Garmin Approach S6 As well as providing detailed course maps and distances, this advanced GPS golf watch can be used to analyse and improve your swing. It’s invaluable for any hardcore golfer.

Flexible rubber strap The soft strap makes it comfortable to wear and there’s a choice of three colours: dark (black), light (white) and orange (black with orange interior)


Supercharge your golf swing



Attach the Zepp Golf 2 device to your glove, using the supplied mount, take a swing and it will provide instant 3D analysis via a free app on your Bluetooth-paired iPhone or Android smartphone. The 3D view enables you to analyse your club path from any angle, while a dashboard displays metrics including club speed, hand speed, club plane, hand plane, tempo and backswing position – as measured by the Zepp’s dual-accelerometers and dualthree-axis-gyroscopes. In addition to this, if you place your phone in your pocket while swinging, hip rotation can be measured. Alternatively, you may use your phone to record video footage of a swing. Along with detailed analysis, a key feature of the Zepp Golf 2 is its personalised Smart Coach training programme. After a ten-swing evaluation, the Zepp app will recommend a specific training plan to help improve your swing. This comprises a set of drills that range from swing fundamentals to improving speed and power. For inspiration, the app also enables you to take a look at slow-motion replays of swings by pro players including Keegan Bradley and Michelle Wie.

Glove mount

Turn and lock the Zepp Golf 2 into the supplied plastic mount so that you can attach it to the tab of any standard golfing glove

Preloaded course maps The S6 has preloaded maps for over 40,000 courses worldwide. While the full hole preview isn’t that useful, you can zoom in for a more detailed look

£130 | $150

Zepp Golf 2

£5 | $10

iPing £180 | $200

£135 | $170

Garmin Approach S20

Swingbyte 2

MID-RANGE GPS SMART PUTTING SWING GOLF WATCH PRACTICE TOOL ANALYSER While lacking the S6’s touchscreen and advanced training features, this stylish golf watch does have a unique trick up its sleeve. The AutoShot facility automatically tracks shots, measures distances and records shot locations, making it ideal for analysis. The S20 comes preloaded with hole maps for over 40,000 courses worldwide, and uses GPS to pinpoint your position and measure distances to greens and hazards. Like the S6, it can be paired with the TruSwing for more detailed swing analysis.

By placing your iPhone (6 or 6s, or Plus) in this plastic cradle and clipping it to the shaft of your putter, you’re equipped with the perfect putting practice tool. Via the Ping app, it measures criteria including tempo, closing angle, impact angle, lie angle and shaft lean. After a series of five putts, you’ll also receive a consistency score which equates to a ‘putting handicap’. In addition, the app offers a Golf Workout (£4/$5 IAP) for Apple Watch to calculate exercise stats during a round.

Attaching securely to the top of any club shaft with its locking grip fastener, the Swingbyte 2 is a lightweight (20g) device for measuring your swing. The data can be analysed in the companion app on a Bluetooth-paired phone (iPhone or Android), along with a full 360º view of the swing. It even features an AI virtual coach which identifies your faults and give you tips. Metrics include club speed, acceleration, plane, club face angle, lie angle, and static and dynamic loft.

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£1,500 | $3000

Stewart Golf X9 Follow

£80 | $100


MARVELLOUS MECHANICAL TRAINING AID Although a little less high-tech than some golfing gadgets, this training aid should help you improve your swing action. Invented by UK professional player Dan Frost, it’s designed as an easy-to-use mechanical aid for correcting a recurring swing fault; it also serves as a useful warm-up aid before teeing off. Holding the handle like a normal club, you extend the other end to a touch-point between your upper arm and chest. This

creates a constant radius to your swing, enabling you to blend the mixture of wrist hinge, forearm rotation and shoulder turn as you coil around a solid foundation. So it helps to improve flow motion and automated delivery of the club at impact. The Sure-Set suits various swing models, comes in left and right-handed versions, and the hinge angle can also be adjusted to create a wider swing radius for players with reduced wrist flexibility.

INTELLIGENT POWERED GOLF TROLLEY MEASURING ALL VITAL STATISTICS Clip the small and lightweight TruSwing sensor to the top of your club shaft and it will measure numerous aspects of your swing. Along with speed and tempo (the ratio of backswing to downswing), measurements include club path, face-to-target angle (how open or closed it is on impact), dynamic loft, shaft angle and shaft lean. This provides an incredible amount of data for analysis. The latter may be viewed on a smartphone or compatible Garmin Approach watch (S4, S5, S6, S20) or handheld (G7, G8). On the Approach S6 specifically, the TruSwing can be used to provide wrist-path data, to show how your wrist travels throughout the swing. When using the Garmin Connect mobile app, an impressive 3D animated swing view enables you to compare £130 | $150 two swings, overlaid on each other, so you can see where to Garmin TruSwing make improvements.

Billed as a ‘dream machine’, Stewart Golf’s X9 powered golf trolley comes in two versions: Remote and Follow. Both models can be remotely controlled from up to 50 metres away using a compact handset linked to the trolley by Bluetooth. In case you’re wondering, each unit uses a unique transmission code so if more than one is around, they won’t interfere with one anothers’ signals. Powered by a rechargeable 12V lithium battery, promised to last more than 18 holes, the trolley also features a safety cutout, although it’s up to you to avoid driving it into bunkers or lakes! Living up to its name, the Follow model is able to automatically follow you around the golf course, so long as you have the handset tucked into your back pocket. For this purpose, it uses two antennas mounted on the rear motors, to create two zones: when the handset is in the active zone, it moves; when in the neutral zone (i.e. nearby), it stops. With a top speed of six miles per hour, it should be able to keep up with you.





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Giving you the Heads Up (Display)

£350 | $500

Recon Jet


Get the lowdown on your stats without looking at your wrist If your a cyclist or a runner, at some point you will have pondered over your speed or time. You either wait until the end of your route, or the need to know is too much for you to handle and you stop to check your fitness tracker mid-session. It sounds distracting, isn’t it? With the Recon Jet Smart Glasses, though, you can track your stats just by moving your eye. Designed to make things easier for you when you are focused on your activity, and weighing in at 60g, the Jet is a relatively lightweight GPS-tracking, photographsnapping, audio-playing set of smart glasses, with the focus being on the HUD (heads up display) situated on the righthand lens. This may sound gimmicky, but it’s actually a very intuitive piece of hardware that works exactly the same as any fitness tracker, except it sits on your face. With an internal memory of 8GB to store data, be it video or photographs from your journey, you can make the most of documenting every step of your journey. You can also take advantage of the touch-sensitive dial for adjusting settings, activity mode and even map mode. Although, with this much tech on your face, it’s the simple things – the pliable arms that will tighten the Jet’s grip on your head, or the nose clips for comfort – that makes the Jet a winner.

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20/20 vision

The Jet comes with a replaceable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is charged via micro USB, and, depending on how much you use it, can last up to three to four hours

The Jet has the option for customising the lenses, so if you are riding out in sunny weather, then you can switch out for polarized glass, or if you are night cycling then use the clear lenses

Heads-up display The HUD offers information on your time, speed and distance at a glance or on continuous view. Although the casing as such cant be moved, the screen is adjustable for optimum viewing

All-seeing eye The Jet’s front-facing camera offers POV shooting. It captures 720p HD footage and is controlled via a double tap on the touchsensitive side panel

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Smart glasses for sporting activities, specifically running and cycling, the Jet is capable of tracking your route and taking pictures as well as displaying your speed and distance travelled.

Recon Jet

GOOGLE GLASS VS RECON JET – SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT To compare Google Glass and Recon’s Jet is to compare a pair of running shoes with comfy boots. One will fare well with a lot of tasks, whereas the other is designed to excel in one specific area. To be fair, they are both top-end devices and are fairly well matched in all areas except price, however the Jet is designed “by athletes for athletes” with pure sports in mind, so slight differences occur through their similarities. Both devices have a HUD, although the Jet’s is tucked away into the bottom-right hand side of your vision, the

Glass’, however, is the equivalent of a 25-inch screen viewed from a distance, which, lets face it, is going to be very distracting when cycling. Also, the Jet’s internal memory will retain any data that is gathered on a long ride, even enduring a system reboot when you connect a new battery – so, your stats from your day of cycling will be safe and sound. Its bespoke details like this that gives the Jet an edge over Glass in this situation, as it has one specific use and it does it well, rather than an attempted catch-all for generic use.



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The Jet’s HUD is customisable by using the desktop companion app, so you can display whichever stat that is most important to you for your run or bike ride.

02 Take a picture

With a simple double tap on the Jet’s touchpad – which is located on the side of the device – you will be able to take photographs or video, depending on what you map the function to using the companion app.

“The jet is a very intuitive piece of hardware” Without beating around the bush, the Jet is an excellent device. Being a dedicated practical sports and fitness gadget with an intuitive layout – not to mention its customisable possibilities, by way of grip alteration and interchangeable lenses. It’s a massive shame, then, that the Jet suffers from, quite literally, one massive blind spot. Sadly, at time of us going to print, there was no word about a region-specific version of the Jet, but, by having the camera and HUD set to be eternally on the right hand-side of the device, it makes it a lot more complicated to feel entirely safe when using the left-hand side lane of British roads. Confidently checking for nearby cars when signalling is tricky, making you overcompensate when you turn your head to look, which can be dangerous. Being able to choice which side you would prefer to have the HUD would be preferable, as this oversight is really the only downside to the Jet.

03 Live map

The device enables you to scroll through options to display on your live map and, based on your GPS settings, you will see right where you are. The Jet must have line of sight to the sky for this to be effective, mind.

04 Glance detection

The most important feature is the one you can’t see. You choose when you want to see your stats, making it less distracting and safer to use. Literally, just look at the screen and it activates.

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Turn over a new Leaf


A NEW LEAF This subtle piece of jewellery can help transform your body Register and reduce stress If your breathing suddenly quickens when you’re not exercising, the Leaf recognises that you’re experiencing stress. Not only does it remind you to calm down, it also identifies stressful situations to give you a chance to avoid them

£100 | $120

Bellabeat Leaf The Leaf tracks your movements and body rhythms to keep you at your physical peak and suggests various breathing exercises in order to combat your stress levels.

A round-the-clock accessory It’s lightweight and versatile, fitting on a chain, leather strap or directly onto your clothing. Clip it to your pyjamas at night and wear it around your neck during the day

Sense and sensibility

Good vibes

The tri-axis motion sensor inside the device is upwards of 95 per cent accurate and is adept at registering large movements, such as running and climbing, as well as small movements, like breathing

Fitness trackers are everywhere these days, so it’s important to pick one that suits you. Men can rule this one out, though, as the Leaf is designed specifically for women. It can record your monthly cycle, track your fertile days, tell you when you’re ovulating and stores information about your contraception intake. The Leaf can also remind you to take your pill, warn you when you’re about to start a period and gives you a window to get pregnant. The device can be worn as a brooch, necklace or bracelet and barely weighs little more than most jewellery. It can clip to clothing two millimetres or thinner and officially has batteries that last six months. The battery lasts months longer than advertised, however, and it’s easy to replace with a widelystocked standard coin cell battery. While this tracker isn’t waterproof it can survive a heavy dousing of sweat, so it can accompany you on every run. It counts your steps, calculates calorie information and displays the information on your phone. The Leaf connects to your phone via Bluetooth and works with a free companion app that shows your day’s activity, including the steps you’ve taken, your burned calories and the distance that you’ve travelled.

The Leaf tracker is built with a smart alarm that silently vibrates to tell you when you’re done for the day (or to give you a subtle kick to get started).

The Leaf’s design is subtle enough to be worn as a piece of jewellery or as a clip for your clothes

Bellabeat Leaf



One of the most appealing things about this health tracker is its simple and elegant design. It really looks like jewellery, and, while it may look inconspicuous, it has a lot going on inside. It must be the most subtle fitness tracker on the market as it seamlessly transitions from pendant to bracelet. The three main things it tracks are your activity, your sleep patterns and your menstrual cycle, relying on a combination of the device’s motion detector and the companion app. It takes readings of general wellness and enables the wearer to get a good look at the energy they exert, the rest they get when sleeping and what their body clock is up to.

WORK OUT YOUR WINDPIPE BRANCHING OUT WITH THE LEAF We all need to breathe, and the Leaf is designed to encourage wearers to engage in up to 15 minutes of breathing exercises every day. These exercises are guided by a recorded voice and focusses on developing and maintaining correct techniques. The Leaf needs to be tight against your skin, so it’s a good idea to clip it to the inside of your trousers when you begin each exercise. Follow the guided meditation track to maximise your oxygen intake and make you feel relaxed. The benefits of performing breathing exercises are well documented and range from toxin release to pain relief. Studies performed at Harvard Medical School indicate that breath control can quash stress and adopting good technique can stop your body sending out stress responses. Unfortunately, the Leaf can’t give you any detailed feedback on your technique, only giving you an accuracy percentage at the end of each session to show how well you followed the guide. It isn’t for everybody and some might prefer not to spend their precious time in meditation, but those wishing to begin a breathing regime and stick to it would do well to invest in the Leaf.

The Leaf’s manufacturer, Bellabeat, started off by inventing a device for pregnant women to record an unborn baby’s heart beating inside their womb. The company now has expanded on its original idea to create a product that is useful for all women, but this gadget seems to be especially handy if you’re trying to get pregnant (or trying not to, for that matter). The Leaf’s companion app tracks your period and you can input data about your contraception directly to your phone. This is what makes it unique in the fitness tracker market. Other products record obscure data such as copper intake and completely ignore menstruation, giving the Leaf a real reason to exist. The device itself tracks your steps accurately, even compared to other leading tracker products, and enters sleep mode when you get into bed. Everything else is done on the app, including an interpretation of the quality of your sleep. For best results, enter your sleep and wake times manually as the Leaf can have trouble detecting when you drift off. You can set personal fitness goals via the Leaf’s app, and opt for reminders if you forget to get moving.


Keep tabs on your vital signs



No need to call the doctor, just consult your phone case Who needs a doctor, what do they know? Why bother waiting two weeks for an appointment and diagnosis when you can let technology do the job for you? The Kito+ is a personal health tracker that measures your heart rate, ECG, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature and respiration rate. The Kito module does this by using its onboard collection of electrodes and sensors. All the user needs to do is place their fingers (firmly) on the assorted gizmos and wait. The free Kito app, which is available for both iOS and Android, then reveals your vital signs.

It sounds impressive, sure, but what’s a good respiratory rate? What should my heart rate be? What does ECG even mean? It’s easy to look at the numbers but its difficult to diagnose. Thankfully, the companion app harbours an’ About Vitals’ section, this gives brief descriptions of what the readings mean. Hypochondriacs, don’t panic: if your heart rate is high or your blood oxygen low, sit down, relax and take a new set of readings. All this information is collated into an averages chart to view, analyse and share with friends, or maybe a better choice your doctor.

£100 | $145

Kito+ This is a sleek healthmonitoring device which fits neatly into a custom-designed iPhone case. It measures and tracks your heart rate, respiration rate and other important vital signs.


01 Pair up

The Kito device connects to its companion app via Bluetooth. Hit the switch on the unit, enable Bluetooth on your phone and wait for the pairing to happen.

02 Get a grip

Now, place your forefingers and second/middle fingers on all the sensors and grip firmly. Tap the ‘Check-Up’ button to kickoff the measuring process.

03 Check your vitals

Your readings are presented in list form: for example, as your can see here our Heart Rate reads at 56 BPM. If an ‘i’ icon is shown, tap it for more information



What’s my skin temperature? This small, silver sensor is used to obtain the skin temperature of the user. The index finger is placed on the sensor to get an average reading


The module is the key component with its sensors and electrode but. these are the physical elements that work with the companion app. Placing your fingers on the different sensors/electrodes sends a reading to the app. Users get info on heart rate, blood oxygen, respiration rate, skin temperature and ECG. For those who don’t know what these mean, there is a glossary. Save your reading each time to keep and share via email. The app is available on both iOS and Android, but Kito only comes with modified iPhone 6 cases. Android owners will simply have to hold it to use, which isn’t as classy as having your phone in the case.

ECG electrodes Users place their forefingers on each electrode to get a reading. This records the electrical activity of the heart and will measure user’s heartbeat


The Kito+ comes equipped with two iPhone cases so you always have it with you. One for the 6/6s and one for the 6/6s Plus. The case also fits some Android phones. The medical module sits in the lip in the case and you can access all of the sensors without removing it.

Blood and oxygen The SPO2 sensor sends out a light wave through your index or middle finger to measure oxygen in the blood. It measures the variation in your blood’s colour

Stay charged The almost invisible button keeps the user informed of battery level. Press and a constant white light mean its good to go. A flashing light means it’s time to recharge

04 Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Hit the ECG/EKG listing to get a look at the Electrocardiogram, which measures your heart’s electrical activity. Swipe left and right to get a look at the complete ECG reading.

05 Save a reading

After each reading is produced, save and add to your database. View saved readings by day and time and select a vital sign, for example ‘Heart Rate’ to see the daily average.

06 Share your results

Select a specific day and hit ‘Share’. Tap to choose a specific reading for the chosen day and hit ‘Next’. Now add your email details and send, there you go: you’ve shared your details.


Paint Ghostly Graffiti With This LED Lightsaber

£330 | $350

Pixelstick A game-changing tool that provides a simple and relatively affordable way to create vivid and interesting pieces of art, seamlessly integrated into photographs.



Wave this glowing wand in the air and just wait for the Instagram likes to pour in... If we were to tell you that we spent the weekend ‘light painting,’ you might think we’re terribly arty-farty. But the truth is, drawing pictures in the air is lots of fun and has never been easier thanks to the Pixelstick. This all-in-one light painting kit consists of a 73-inch (1.85-metre) stick lined with LEDs and an onboard microprocessor. When you twirl it in front of a camera with a long exposure mode, its twinkling lights are recorded as fantastical, free-floating images. Until now, the few artists that have toyed with light painting have been limited to drawing simple images by

swooshing flashlights around. But the Pixelstick can be loaded up with almost any image you can think of, either by downloading patterns from the Pixelstick’s official website or using it to convert your own pictures. You can even program it to project consecutive images, which allows you to create moving, gif-worthy graphics. In an age where phones have made everyone a budding photographer, the Pixelstick’s simplicity could mean light painting is about to go mainstream. The only thing standing in its way, is its price and a habit of burning through eight AA batteries in one long photo session.



“The Pixelstick can be loaded up with almost any image you can think of”


When it comes to light photography, the number of LEDs you have impacts the depth and detail you’ll be able to capture in your images. The Pixelstick uses 200 RGB LEDs, which far surpasses most industrystandard light photography tools on the market. With the help of the diffuser camera lens, over 16 million colour combinations can be captured in any image up to 78 inches (around two metres) tall.

From abstract art in your back garden to oversized pizza floating in your living room, there’s nothing you can’t paint with Pixelstick


Paint Ghostly Graffiti With This LED Lightsaber


DSLR camera

Remote shutter release



01 Select your image

02 Piece Pixelstick together

03 Load up your image

04 Adjust essential settings

05 Set up the camera

06 Twirl your baton, slowly

Patterns can be downloaded from the official Pixelstick website, or you can use its drag-and-drop conversion tool to use any image you like. There’s no real limit to the type of images you can use, but you may find the system struggles with overly detailed parts. Transfer them to either a SD or SDHC card once the download has finished.

Once you have selected your image, you’ll want to go ahead and set some of the key settings for shooting your image. At the top of your list you can adjust the brightness level to compensate for ambient light. By adjusting the speed you can decide how quickly you need to move. It takes a little practice to balance these settings, so allow for some trial and error.

The device comes in three parts that need to be slotted together before using it. Slide the two main LED poles together, carefully, before using the clips provided to keep them attached, then slot the handle into the bracket on the main body. If you’re looking to use the twirling bracket, make sure the two sets of holes on either side of the Pixelstick are lined up.

Set up a DSLR camera on a tripod and line up the shot in the area you want to shoot. Set your focal point and leave it on manual focus. If you’re working solo, you may want to use a remote shutter release trigger to avoid rushing around on an extended shutter speed. If you can, try and recruit the help of a friend to control the camera for you.

Insert your SD (or SDHC) card into the control module mounted on the main body of the Pixelstick. Use the arrow buttons to select the filename of the image you want to use. If you are using your own images, make sure you give it a clear filename as you will not be able to preview your image choice before you begin the light painting process.

Pick up the Pixelstick, press the yellow button and slowly start moving it through the air. If you’re going for an abstract image, feel free to twirl it in the air to create dynamic designs, or, if you’re going photo-real, hold the Pixelstick vertical and move it steadily. You can wait for the LEDs to finish their sequence or press the yellow button to finish your image.

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Create the ultimate home office


emote working is a trend that looks set to keep growing, with more ‘digital nomads’ ditching the nine-to-five to work as self-employed freelancers or owners of cool startups. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you want to be slouched on the sofa with TV reruns playing in the background. If you’re serious about your own business, you’ll want the best tech to help you make the most of your working day. We’ve rounded up some fantastic tech to boost your productivity, cure your back pain and even let you take your ‘office’ anywhere you go.


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Gadgets you need to be your most productive self

Desk Accessories



Raise your display in style

Hands up who’s using a telephone directory to raise their monitor? Reduce strain while still maintaining style with this stand. Nordic Appeal iMac and Display Stand $90 | $100 |



Store your smartphone

Compatible with any smartphone, this phone stand allows you to display your device either upright or horizontally. Elago M2 Stand Smartphone Desk Stand £30 | $40 |


Back up big files

This portable hard drive packs the same amount of storage as a top-of-the-line iMac, and it fits in your pocket. Western Digital 2TB My Passport Pro £240 | $300 |


Type on multiple devices

With support for up to three Bluetooth devices, you can tap the buttons at the top to quickly switch between devices. Logitech K480 Bluetooth Keyboard £50 | $40 |



Detangle your desk

The modern desk is often a mess of ugly cables. Kanex’s Lightning cable is durable, tangle-free and comes in a choice of colours. Kanex MiColor Lightning USB Cable £25 | $36 |


Charging time

This stand makes it easy to charge your Apple Watch while also being able to read the display. It also includes a cradle for a phone. Griffin WatchStand £20 | $30 |



Reduce hand strain

This mouse uses a pen-like design and enables you to move the cursor around the screen quickly with precision and accuracy. Penclic Mouse R2 Wireless £60 | $75 |


Backup your notes

This paper notebook sends all of your scribbles to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth so you can never lose them. Wacom Bamboo Spark Smart Pen & Folio £110 | $160 |



Protect your iPad Pro

If you’re going to invest in Apple’s most expensive iPad yet, the iPad Pro, you should probaby protect it with this classy case. STM Atlas £55 | $70 |

stylish stylus 10 The The iPad Pro stylus costs extra, but it

isn’t just for sketching, you can use it to edit photos, write notes and highlight text in PDFs. Apple Pencil £80 | $100 |


Create the ultimate office

SHOULD YOU GET A Sitting around on your backside all day has never been less popular. The modern sedentary lifestyle that comes from office working is being blamed for all manner of ailments, from physical aches and pains to zapping your creativity and motivation. The standing desk may seem like a modern fad – you’ve probably noticed a lot of social media posts about them, but it’s been suggested that even in the Victorian ages, pen-pushing clerks used to stand up, moving freely around workstations a lot more than the lazybones workers of the 21st century have become accustomed to.

Less popular with office managers up and down the country having to fork out to replace a whole room of more traditional setups, if you work for yourself, you probably only have one desk to be concerned about, which is much better news for your bank balance. What’s more, you won’t get funny looks for leading the trend for standing in your office. The problem is, standing up all day is also problematic and strenuous – sometimes you just need a little rest. That’s where adjustable desks come in – they allow you to stand up, but also sit down when your tired little tootsies have had enough.

£335 | $395

Varidesk Pro Plus 36 Compatible with your existing desk, the Varidesk features space for your computer, monitor and more. It takes just three seconds to go from the sitting to standing position.

Standing desks


DESKS THAT STAND AND DELIVER Customisable, and sustainable

With a desktop crafted from recycled or sustainable wood, the frame is adjustable, meaning you can upgrade to a different size desktop but keep the frame. Evodesks can be greatly customised, too. Evodesk £415 | $600 |

Better value for you and the planet

Made from industrial grade cardboard, the Oristand suits those of us without an office budget to match a CEO. It’s quick to assemble and dissemble, sits on top of your desk, and can be recycled if you’re done with it. Oristand £17 | $25 |

The desk that thinks for you With a touchscreen operation, the smart Stir F1 desk can automatically adjust based on timers or simply be doubletapped to raise from sitting to standing. It will also measure calories and other vital stats.

Stir Kinetic Desk F1 £3,450 | $4,990 |

“Desk, stand up and turn down the lights” Foggy brain Strained neck Sore shoulders and back

Weak abs

Heart disease Overactive pancreas Disc damage

Colon cancer

Soft glutes

This high-tech standing desk can be raised from sitting to standing via voice commands. The desk also ‘talks’ to your phone recording fitness data as well as smart home gadgets like Philips Hue light bulbs. Smart Standing Desk With AI £520 | $518 |

Push it real good

Pretend you’re participating in the Tour De France while bashing out the latest sales report with this bike-desk hybrid. There’s an adjustable seat rest, a performance indicator and even a storage drawer for all your USB sticks. Fit Desk v2.0 £350 | $255 |

THE DANGERS OF SITTING You may think your desk job is pretty safe, but you could be storing up all kinds of issues. Sitting for long periods of time puts strain on your back, especially if you’re sitting hunched up, or if your setup isn’t adjusted properly. This can cause lower back aches, a strained neck and shoulders, as well as hip and leg problems including osteoporosis and varicose veins. It’s also been suggested that sitting can be put you at greater risk of organ damage and even cancer.

These desks were made for walking

Literally go a step further than a standing desk. Have a gentle stroll while working, with a silent motor and speeds that are designed to be optimal for walking and working. LifeFitness InMovement Treadmill Desk £3,495 | $4,600 |


Create the ultimate home office

SORT YOUR Even if you don’t fancy standing up all day – or will spend at least part of your day sitting – an ergonomic chair can help to ease you through a typical working day. Simply put, a random dining chair simply doesn’t cut it if you are going to be spending countless hours at your laptop. Not only is sitting on one of these chairs more comfortable, a good one should sort your dodgy posture out – no more slouching – which will in turn help alleviate back and neck issues. To get the maximum benefits, you could combine an ergonomic chair with a variable standing/sitting desk.

OUT Touch and go Change the position of the Altdesk by using the built-in remote control – you can create up to four memory presets for your preferred seating arrangement

£4,100 | $5,900

Altwork Station

THE WORKSTATION Designed for high-intensity users, the Altwork allows you to sit, stand, recline or work in a ‘zero-gravity’ position – all in a space smaller than your average desk and chair. Just try not to fall asleep while working through your inbox.

Clean, elegant and movable

Recline and conquer

Use the electronics tray to tidy away annoying tangles of cables powering your devices. This means not only is the Altdesk aesthetically pleasing, it’s quick to move

It looks a bit like a dentist’s chair when fully reclined – but instead of a drill and bright lights in your face, you’ll see your monitor


£985 | $1,045

Herman Miller Embody Chair

More than 20 physicians, scientists and physical therapists worked together to design the Embody, so you can be sure that this is something special. Every part of the chair has been designed to serve a health-specific function, with Herman Miller claiming the chairs have a positive impact on health.

FIT LIKE A GLOVE The Ergohuman has several sections which you can adjust to meet your needs. It includes a headrest and moveable lumbar support to fit your body exactly. Making adjustments is quick and easy, and you can also choose from either leather or mesh upholstery – or a combination of both. $550 | $625

Rayner Ergohuman Chair

iPad Pro


£680 | $800

iPad Pro 12.9-inch


£500 | $600

iPad Pro

Gadgets you need to be your most productive self When it comes to marketing the iPad Pro, Apple keeps telling us that its tablet is a direct replacement for a laptop. Whether that is true is going to be a very personal choice. Everybody is different, and if you’re considering whether to stump up the cash for an iPad Pro, there are plenty of pros and cons that need to be weighed up. If you’re upgrading from an ageing laptop, the iPad Pro’s performance will blow you away. The A9X chip inside both models is made specially for the iPad Pro, and produces extraordinary results. Hands up: who could edit 4K video on their laptop right now? Not many. The iPad Pro can handle multiple streams of 4K video in iMovie and not even break a sweat. You’ll still get a battery life of around ten hours too. The Retina display is a huge upgrade on virtually any computing screen going, and makes general use a joy. That also has a positive effect on the iPad’s entertainment qualities. Throw in a four-speaker audio system and a crystal-clear display on a 13-inch canvas and you have the perfect system for watching Netflix or a movie from iTunes. Gamers will find an App Store bursting with console-quality titles too.

To make the iPad a true laptop rival, you need a keyboard. Touch typing is great, but it isn’t as intuitive as the real thing. Apple’s Smart Keyboard is an essential purchase for anyone that writes a lot – whether that’s in a word processor or email client. Creative types will love the Apple Pencil too, a truly groundbreaking stylus that stretches the possibilities for digital art. So, you do need to spend extra on accessories, but an iPad does come with everything great about an iOS device. The cameras on both models can rival an entrylevel DSLR, and what about the a stunning, design built with portability in mind and an industry-leading operating system, one packed with some neat multitasking tricks like Split View for running apps side-by-side. If you use your laptop for entertainment, then you have a serious decision to make. But until you can run apps like Photoshop on an iPad Pro, a majority of laptop users won’t even blink an eye at an iPad. And what about those users that need connectivity ports? Or need a second screen? But, ultimately, what percentage of the market is that? 25 per cent, maybe? For the rest, iPad Pro really should be the future of computing.


Bin your PC laptop

PC power in a tablet, if travelling light, then Microsoft’s hybrid tabletcomputer could be for you if you’re not in the Apple camp. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 £880 | $975 |

Reinventing the notebook computer A hybrid with fantastic build quality, this machine can be both your main computer and your tablet. Acer Aspire Switch 12 £490 | $575 |

Budget friendly, great battery life

Google’s take on the hybrid features a keyboard which charges and connects wirelessly and automatically. Google Pixel C £400 | $510 |


Create the ultimate home office



For many, ditching the rat race of office work to go freelance and work at the beach, park or coffee shop is the ultimate life goal. But of course there’s a bit more to it than that. Beaches don’t tend to have power sockets for all your power intensive gadgets. What’s more, all that pesky sunshine stops you from seeing the screen in the first place, while screaming kids zap your concentration. Without a commute to worry about, you also need to motivate yourself to move further than the fridge. Here’s some tech to help you get round these problems.

With an account from LogMeIn, you can access your computer remotely from anywhere in the world, so long as the one you’re trying to connect to has an internet connection. So don’t worry about lugging your iMac anywhere when you can access everything on it from afar. Different levels of account are available, but the cheapest level gives you access to two computers and you can also use two mobile devices (iOS or Android) to access the same computers. Sign up for a free trial at

Drown out distractions

I can see clearly now

Expand your storage on the move

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless £380 | £500 |

ViewGuard Edge £5 | $10 |

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB £65 | $90 |

With great acoustics matched with great aesthetics, you’ll get full hipster cool points when you’re working in the coffee shop with these delectable cans, and no pesky wires in sight.

Working in the park and the sun getting in the way? No worries. With Edge you get an anti-glare, anti-scratch, anti-fingerprint and touchscreencompatible protector all in one.

This pocket-friendly hard drive boosts your laptop’s puny hard drive by a couple of terabytes but doesn’t require its own power source, perfect for keeping your kit bag light.

Mobile Office Essentials


Laptop case to mobile office The beauty of remote working is often countered by the awkwardness that comes from not having a proper desk. The La Function F01.2 case helps to solve that by transforming into a mini office. With a variety of pockets to keep your knick-knacks quickly to hand, the side panels work well to protect your screen from sun glare (the enemy of train working) and from the snooping eyes of strangers in the coffee shop. La Fonction F01.2 £190 | $275 |

Sunshine and power

Get up and go

Protect in style

Voltaic Generator Solar Laptop Bag £315 | $300 |

Fitbit Alta £100 | $130 |

Filofax Saffiano Wrap £50 | $75 |

Live the dream of working from beach without running out of juice with a solar-powered laptop bag. Good for a full laptop charge, seven smartphone charges, or three tablet charges.

Once you’ve ditched the commute, making those all-important steps becomes more difficult. Get motivation with a fitness tracker that includes reminders to move and also syncs with your phone.

Make like an Eighties yuppie with a modern twist on the classic Filofax to protect your iPad. It includes accessory products and a notepad pocket for making old-fashioned pen marks.


The AirPlay speaker shaped like an egg

THE AIRPLAY SPEAKER SHAPED LIKE AN EGG These Japanese speakers are a design marvel

When it comes to choosing a set of speakers, to say we’re spoilt for choice is, frankly, a huge understatement. From the different price points to audiophile jargon to connectivity options, there’s load of information to take in. We see a lot of speakers. They’re probably the most popular tech purchase there is, so it takes a lot for us the really fall in love with one. Occasionally one special set of speakers comes along, and it makes us want to tell you all about it. The Eclipse TD-M1s are a prime example. To stand out, a manufacturer needs to do something a bit different.

Eclipse has done that by designing a wireless speaker setup that looks like something out of the future. Its spherical, egg-shaped design might look like a giant eye ball staring at you, but it’s like that for a reason. Simply put, the shape means better audio production. And, boy, do these speakers sound immense. Even a passing music fan will pick up on the extra detail on offer. It makes for a beautifully immersive listening experience, one characterised by perfect balance. Throw in some seriously cool tech and these Eclipse speakers have got us very excited.

“Even a passing music fan will pick up on the extra detail here”

£800 | $1,000


While some speakers are virtually plug-and-play products, the Eclipse TD-M1s do require a bit of TLC when it comes to setting them up. The positioning of the speakers actually has a big impact on their performance. Eclipse want you to use the rear angleadjustment bracket to fire them up at your ears, and angle them) in so the speakers’ axis cross in front of your face. This gives you the most solid, stable 3D sound. We were a bit pessimistic about it, initially – but trust us, spend one minute tweaking the placement and you’ll enjoy hours of perfect audio.

Eclipse TD-M1 An innovative wireless speaker setup with a, futuristic eggshaped design that brings world-class sound production to homes, pleasing not only audiophiles but fans of music in general.

Eclipse TD-M1


WHY ARE THE TD-M1S SHAPED LIKE AN EGG? The driving power The TD-M1’s power comes from the speaker’s 8cm full-range driver. Eclipse says it gets highspeed performance from the driver because of its lightweight, high-rigidity diaphragm

The first thing you notice when you unbox the Eclipse speakers is their egg-like design. That spherical form is like that for a reason. Its means that the speaker can suppress both internal standing waves and minimise the diffraction effect that occurs from the front baffle angle. All the components inside the speaker are made of the very best materials, all with the purpose of cutting vibration and enhancing performance. This makes the TD-M1s infinitely superior to traditional boxy designs.

High-quality sound You get nothing but the best in terms of support for high-res, high-quality sound. From signal input to speaker output, the TD-M1 supports sampling rates up to 192kHz/24bits

Eliminating vibrations Eclipse has used special materials to help eliminate vibrations and maintain the air tightness of the interior. The sturdy base helps you to angle the speaker easily, too

AirPlay compatibility AirPlay is a huge selling point with the TD-M1s. It means you can stream CD-quality sound with no loss in quality. That’s a huge advantage over your standard Bluetooth speaker

DAC and digital amp The TD-M1s incorporate a digital to audio converter with an oversampling filterless mode that makes high fidelity sound a possibility. There’s also a powerful digital amp inside

Touch controls The stylish design continues with the addition of touch sensors on the front of the speakers for all operations. There’s a remote app for those of you who don’t like to leave the sofa


Does Your Wallet Need Reinventing For The 21st Century?



FOR THE 21ST CENTURY? Quality inside and out

Protect yourself from contactless payment crime We often underestimate just how important wallets are, and it’s not uncommon for them to be left in a car or to reside in the bottom of a large bag. Having become so familiar with them, it is easy to forget that they offer the chance for someone to forge your identity, buy goods and do so much more damage to us should they steal it. Luckily, there is a device which can help prevent this from happening. The Ekster Smart Wallets have been designed to be trackable from your phone and to provide protection from those who may attempt to skim your cards. They are also stylish and offer subtle extras that you may not expect in such a small package. It is time to consider the importance of your wallet – it is likely the most valuable object you carry with you. Fortunately, the Ekster Smart Wallets bring a decades-old object up to date, meaning that you will be more secure than ever before and less likely to lose your wallet. When you think about it, a modern wallet should be much more than just a simple leather case for your cards and cash.

NEVER LOOSE YOUR WALLET AGAIN The Ekster Smart Wallets includes Bluetooth low-energy tracking which is used to link your wallet to your phone at all times. This means that if your wallet is taken or ‘separated’ from your phone, an alert will immediately sound and you can then use the map function of the TrackR app to see its current GPS location. At this point you can make the wallet audibly ring which gives you the best possible chance of retrieving it. As a bonus, you can press a button on the wallet to make your smartphone ring if you ever misplace it.

The use of calf leather ensures that you will not only look stylish, but that the wallets will last after many years of heavy wear and tear

£70 | $100

Ekster Wallet The Senate

Ekster Wallet


£75 | $110

Ekster Wallet The Parliament An ultra-slim and stylish wallet that is trackable from your phone and lets you select the cards you want to use by clicking one button.

Lots of storage The Smart Wallets are capable of carrying all of your cards. The Parliament model can fit 12, while the slightly cheaper Senate holds five.

Easy access Also included is a multipurpose strap which can be used to carry cash or notes as required. Little bulk is added when taking advantage of it

Pop out your cards

Six-month battery

Click this button to activate the spring-loaded mechanism which will pop out the cards in the order of your choice. No more searching for the right card

You’ve already got enough tech accessories that need charging each day, so its lucky these wallets only needs charging twice a year to power their GPS trackers and ringers

Wireless skimming is a relatively new crime which has grown alongside the use of contactless payment cards. A device, such as an NFC-enabled smartphone with a special app installed, can read a card from very close distances and potentially gain your payment information and other personal details that you would not want to share. Specialist RFID scanners can read these cards from greater distances and official figures show that £2.8 million of losses were reported in 2015, this

represented a huge 1,730 per cent increase over the year before. In most cases, details are stolen when a payment transaction is made by a scanner which is able to grab the information, but you can help to prevent this by making sure a card reader doesn’t have anything fitted over it when making a contactless payment. It is still possible to skim cards when they are stored in your wallet and this is where the Ekster Smart Wallet helps because it includes an aluminium cardholder to block out RFID signals.

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Even Houdini couldn’t break out of this lock



COULDN’T BREAK OUT OF THIS LOCK Magician’s favourite locksmith launches new keyless padlock Famous American illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini found himself in a bind in 1925. Quite literally, in fact. During a show, he couldn’t escape a pair of sheriff’s handcuffs. Humiliated, Houdini consulted locksmith Harry Soref before his next performance, who taught the escapologist how to hide padlock keys under his tongue. Just over 90 years later, Soref’s company, Master Lock, is still going and has a new trick up its sleeve. The Bluetooth Smart Padlock doesn’t require a key (that you can lose) or number combination (that you can forget) to unlock, instead you set it up it to recognise your phone and it will unlock whenever its near. Using its companion app for your phone, the padlock will also send you alerts if someone tries to tamper with it when you’re not around. If you’re phone dies, you can still enter a directional code into the keypad – ‘up,down, left, right’, for example. The Smart Padlock comes in two types: the three-inch (8cm) indoor model pictured here that’s good for toolboxes and lockers and a five-inch (13cm) outdoor variant, which is waterproof and has a five-year battery life, ideal for sheds and gates.

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Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock This high-tech padlock ditches traditional keys and instead unlocks when it connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The waterproof outdoor model costs £10 more.

“The padlock doesn’t require a key that you can lose or combination that you can forget”

Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock

Reinforced build

Did it unlock?

While it’s only the outdoor variant that is completely waterproof, the indoor Master Lock has dual metal layers to help not only make it rock solid, but also to help protect the sensors contained within

The directional keypad of the lock is highly sensitive, so much so that it’ll vibrate every time you enter a direction. If you enter your passcode correctly, it’ll flash green and wait to be unlocked


Superior shackle The shackle on top of the lock is constructed from a hardened boron-alloy, offering superb resistance against bolt cutters. It’ll take one mighty pair of cutters to get through this!

Tamper alerts If you’re out of range from your lock (25m-30m) then a tamper warning will be sent to your smartphone. It’ll alert you every time someone enters the wrong passcode, or uses an excessive amount of force on it

Create an impregnable code Each Master Lock has its own primary code, which can be changed using the app. For obvious security reasons, make sure to make your passcode as varied as possible and update it regularly

Replaceable battery A CR2450 coin battery lasts up to two years before needing to be changed. Remove the bottom port from the Master Lock to find the current battery and replace it


If your Master Lock is used in communal areas, you may want to set up access for guests. Through the accompanying app, select the ‘Add A Guest’ option to get started. From here you can enter the contact details of the person you want to have access to your passcode, as well as send them a notification letting them know they’ve been added to your ‘trusted’ list. What makes this feature even better is that you can select how often they’re able to use the code. Onetime access is plausible, but it can be customised further to only allow access at certain times.


You Can Never Have Too Much On Your Plate

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH ON YOUR PLATE The VeryCook Plancha proves you don’t need flames to be the culinary king of outdoor cooking Most barbecues rely on flames or sizzling grills to cook food. The problem with a lot of methods of cooking that require (relatively) open flames is that they can sear your meat and provide it with an uneven finish. The Plancha Grill is effectively one giant hotplate, offering an alternative to cooking on direct flames. The results? Your meat remains more succulent – less moisture will be evaporated or drip onto the fiery coals – and there’s significantly less smoke to worry about since dripping fat isn’t being burned up. It also means that you’re open to more cooking options during the Great British

Barbecue Season: as well as sausages, burgers or chicken wings, the long, flat cooking surface will also let you make quesadillas, fajitas and, well, any food that needs a more general application of heat. In a society where simple foods just don’t cut it anymore, the Plancha Grill makes impressing guests easy: got dieters coming round to eat? Thin cuts of meat excel on this grill. Got vegetarians making an appearance? You don’t need to worry about burning delicate vegetables on a hotplate. It’s a perfectly versatile bit of kit – ideal for social get-togethers, parties and housewarmings.

£290 | $415

Verycook Plancha Grill A versatile alternative to your regular barbecue grill, the Plancha is simple to use and easy to maintain. Can be used to cook a wide variety of dishes.

Verycook Plancha Grill


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Plate expectations

Let it drip

The Plancha is easy to clean – you can even just throw some ice cubes on it once you’re done cooking and by the time it’s cooled down, you can wipe it clean

The metal plate measures at 600mm x 400mm and is 6mm thick – this means heat diffusion and distribution measures out wonderfully

The raised edges that surround the cooking area channel excess meat juices into a dedicated drip tray and ensure no food spills of the edge

Lights fantastic The piezoelectric lighter has been designed for a one-touch ignition. The grill will be cooking-ready in three minutes

More variation Two heat control knobs manage cooking areas either side of the plate, so you can keep food warm on one side and sear it on the other

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VeryCook Pizza Oven

OUT OF ITS ELEMENT? The Plancha Grill doesn’t rely on smoke-spouting flames to cook. Instead it uses a dedicated heating element – similar to the ones you’d see in a conventional electric kitchen oven. This means there’s less safety concerns when using the device, but for that you have to sacrifice a little control over the heat you’re cooking with.

ANOTHER PIZZA THE ACTION If the variety of what the Plancha’s VeryCook can do isn’t enough for you, there’s another neat little add-on you can buy: a handy pizza oven that slots onto the Plancha just like a shelf. This uses the heat generated by the

elements underneath the Grill itself to warm up and cook a pizza through properly; it can also do bread, dough and pastry, too – you could use it to get your morning croissants ready, if you so desire.


6 gadgets for the perfect garden




FOR THE PERFECT GARDEN 01 03 02 A space-age pod for a space-saving garden

If you don’t have the space in your garden for a conservatory but still want to be able to sit in your garden all year round, then we may have the solution for you. This arrangement, as the name suggests, is both spherical and rotational, meaning that you can simply spin it around to catch or protect yourself from the sun’s rays. This doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking for the pinnacle of garden furniture, you should expect to splash out.

Farmer’s Cottage Rotating Sphere Seater

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A super-cool, fox-proof chicken coop

Shape and trim your garden with this perfect multitool

Keeping chickens in your garden is very much the thing to do these days if you want to keep your Bohemian credentials topped up and, luckily for you, there’s the a designer solution to the humble coop already out there. A penny shy of £315 buys you the Eglu Classic Coop, which comes with a slide-out droppings tray. It’s easy access to any eggs and is completely fox-proof. It’s the only chicken house to be part of the permanent collection of the Victoria And Albert Museum, too.

The Isio from Bosch is the ingenious tool that comes with a range of interchangeable heads, meaning that it can be trimming your shrubs one minute, tidying up the edges of your lawn the next and then watering your plants a wee bit later. The battery gives you around 50 minutes of trimming and watering per charge and you can also get a telescopic handle attachment to stop all that tiresome bending over nonsense.

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Eglu Classic Chicken Coop

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Water your plants from anywhere in the world with GreenIQ

This irrigation system is the perfect way to water your plants, ensuring that they get exactly the right amount of water they need. The hub connects to the internet to get live weather info and adjust its settings accordingly. Is your area due for a hot spell? It’ll dial up the watering, but also cut it back if the weather’s looking damper. You can even check up on everything using a smartphone or tablet, so it’s easy to control wherever you are.


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Gtech HT05-Plus Hedge Trimmer

H2go Bag

How to keep your hedges neat and tidy

Hedge trimming is one of those jobs that sounds really fun and easy, to do. The harsh reality is that it’s far from either, as there’s the constant threat that you’ll hack through the power cord, and keeping everything straight is considerably harder than you might initially think. Luckily, someone at Gtech already realised these faults and created a cordless hedge trimmer that extends to 1.7 metres and also has an adjustable cutting head to cut at those pesky difficult angles. £100 | $145 |

The easiest way to cart water around your garden

Sometimes the simplest ideas also happen to be the best ones, as is the case with Planit’s portable water system. If you need to get a lot of water around your garden with the minimum of fuss, then you just fill up the 50 or 80-litre bag, pop it in your wheelbarrow and off you go. The unique design of the spout means that, when you get to where you need the water, it’s simple to pour it out without liquid spewing everywhere. £15 | $15 |


Why your next phone will have a dual-camera




martphone cameras as we know them have hit their upper limit. Or should that be outer limit? Manufacturers are struggling to fit increasingly powerful camera modules into ever-thinner phones. When last year’s biggest flagship phones, the iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Nexus 5X, came out they all had protruding cameras sticking out of their otherwise sleek frames. Nicknamed ‘camera bumps’, fans hated the way these lumpy lenses looked and even felt when holding their devices. Worse still, the Galaxy’s S6’s camera was blamed for poor autofocusing, long loading times and blurry images. Samsung ended up performing hundreds of thousands of repairs. In terms of power it was unrivalled, but the tech was crammed too tightly into its shell. But when 1 trillion photos were taken last year and many of those were taken on phones, how many people would be willing to see the number of megapixels they can enjoy plateau to make their phones more pocket friendly? Aware that their users want to have their cake and eat it, smartphone engineers have had to get innovative. The solution looks to be the dual-lens camera. “Dual-lens cameras will definitely improve the finished quality of the photos we take on our smartphones, be it on a personal, or more professional level,” says freelance camera technician, Cole Grant. “Not only will the finished image be dramatically improved, the levels of shooting options for users will also be increased. Better aperture control, steadier optical zooming and improved low-light photography is possible when combining two sensors together. Considering some of the big players in smartphone manufacturing have a rich history in the DSLR market, it’s surprising

it’s only been until recently where this concept has come into play.” When it comes to the tech behind dualcameras, the fundamentals are similar to what high-end smartphones have always used. But it’s the way in which the sensors interact with each other to combine into one image that shows off the tech’s potential. “What you’ll find with most dual-lens systems are two different types of sensor. One of the most common configurations is to have one lens shooting in RGB, while the other will shoot in monochrome – combining together for one highly-detailed shot. What you may start to see in smartphones is the increased use of a wideangle lens” explains Grant. “This enables users to have access to one regular lens, but then a second one used for extended zoom functions and panoramic shots.”


Two of the first flagship phones to launch this year have already embraced the dual-lens camera, the LG G5 and the Huawei P9. The concept is not entirely new: The HTC One M8 came out in 2014, combining a regular shooting sensor alongside a ‘depth perception’ sensor. Primarily it was used for distinguishing between images in the foreground and background, but it also enabled greater control of the field of view. However, while the HTC One M8 was a huge success for the company, last year’s Xolo Black was a largely unheralded device that’s main claim to fame was the flash it used for its rear camera. The system was engineered to snap two images, one with flash and one without. The product combined the brightness levels of the flash photo, with the colours captured in the secondary image. The Samsung Galaxy S6’s camera bump was derided by fans and critics for being ugly


CAMERA GLOSSARY Unless you’re a camera whizz, chances are you’ll be pretty puzzled when it comes to understanding the inner workings of your phone’s camera. Here’s a few phrases you should know. CAMERA BUMP – The nickname given to protruding camera modules on last-gen phones like the iPhone 6 and Galaxy 6. FIELD OF VIEW – The part of the image that is visible through the lens when lining up the shot. Objects outside of the viewfinder on your camera are said to be outside of the FOV. ISO – This term is used to measure the sensitivity of the image sensor, with a lower ISO number indicating a sensor with little sensitivity to the light. A higher ISO setting is used to achieve faster shutter speeds. FOCAL LENGTH – The focal length describes how zoomed in your lens currently is. It conveys the magnification of faraway objects in a photo, and helps the photographer understand the shooting angles of the image. APERTURE – The unit of measurement that defines the size of the opening in the lens. It’s a major role in knowing the amount of light that can reach the camera sensor. OPTICAL ZOOM – This feature enables users to essentially zoom in and out of their subject by changing the magnification of the image before it reaches the image sensor. WIDE-ANGLE – ‘Wide-angle’ refers to a lens that has a smaller focal length than a normal lens. This shorter length gives the impression of covering a wider space, ideal for shooting landscapes. UNDEREXPOSURE - The end result of recording too little light. Underexposed images can be tainted by dark colours, making it hard to distinguish between front and background subject matters.


Why your next phone will have a dual-camera





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Though its starting to creak with age, the HTC One M8 was one of the first dual-lens camera phones you could buy, launching in 2014. It combined a regular shooting sensor with a ‘depth perception’ sensor.

Amazon’s Fire Phone was a complete flop, but it tried to do something clever with four cameras. An array of front-facing sensors tracked when you moved your head and adjusted the UI according to give the impression of 3D depth.

“ When manufacturers try something new, it’s the device’s design that takes a hit” The LG G5 made headlines when it first launched in February for its modular design, which essentially means that you could swap out parts of the phone based on your preferences. For example, adding a DAC for better music quality or a camera grip. However, reviewers have since complained that this design has comprised the build quality, leaving a gap that might let water leak in. Instead it’s the second eightmegapixel wide-angle camera sitting next to the primary 16-megapixel lens that has got people talking. “Lenses have different focal lengths that can drastically change the field of view and even subject,“ explains freelance photographer Jay Soriano, “Take the G5, which has a lens that has a fairly standard field of view at about 28mm and a wide lens at about 18mm. At the wide end of focal lengths, a few millimetres can be a drastic difference in the product. It’s these subtleties that LG has incorporated so well into the G5 and one of the reasons why many in the industry are constantly talking about it.”

For the average user, the benefits of an accompanying wide-angle lens are plentiful. It’s easier to shoot group shots, with greater control over focal length when lining up an image. When you then combine it with the primary 16-megapixel sensor, the result carries the wide-angle look with the clarity of a high-end image. However, because the G5’s plug-in modules require so much space inside the phone, LG hasn’t been able to avoid adding a camera bump, except now with two lenses it now looks like a pair of googly eyes.


Fortunately, the other dual-camera to launch this year seems to have cracked it. Huawei’s P9 manages to squeeze in two sensors without any raises to its rear. But where the G5 is focused at offering better shooting modes, the P9 is tailored towards improving image quality through its use of colour

Last year’s Xolo Black didn’t making many waves beyond Eastern Europe, but its dual 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras added depth to images and combined low-light images for better brightness.

capture. The two 12-megapixel sensors are identical in their look, but perform completely different tasks. One is dedicated for shooting colour, while the other solely shoots in monochrome. The P9’s dedicated colour sensor helps capture almost three times the light of a regular camera. When you then start to partner in Leica into the mix, the P9 becomes an even more tempting prospect. Leica is a premier name in the camera business and it’s a coup by Huawei to get Leica to coengineer its camera with it. The German manufacturer has a pedigree in developing monochrome-based sensors, and while it didn’t manufacture this exact sensor, it comes fully endorsed by the company. “By adding Leica into the fray, you’ve considerably improved the credibility of your device,” says Alice Cottingham, Analyst at CCS Insight. “Their track record is impeccable and many areas of the core tech have found its way into both sensors and optics on the P9. But, from a personal standpoint, Leica has had a big influence on the phone’s design. The average user wouldn’t notice the second sensor’s effect on the physical build of the phone, it has been that well designed and is testament to Leica’s and Huawei’s partnership.” Despite their stark differences in the way they’ve incorporated two cameras onto the rear of its devices, perhaps the greatest feat that both LG and Huawei has managed to





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achieve with the G5 and P9 is that they’ve added this added functionality without compromising on their design ethic. “When manufacturers try something new, it’s usually the device’s design that takes a hit. We only have to look back at things like the Samsung Galaxy Beam, with a built-in projector that all but ruined the look and feel of the device,” says Cottingham. Based on the early evidence of high-level of praise that these devices have received from critics, there’s a solid foundation to build on from the lead that Huawei and LG have set.

dual-lens feature on its next flagship phone. Its Xperia series has consistently impressed with its camera, primarily due to its own in-house EXMOR sensor, so the prospect of two versions of its sensor is an exciting one. It’s also likely we will see Apple’s take on the technology when the iPhone 7 arrives this autumn. However, leaked images suggest possibly only the larger iPhone 7 Plus model will come with a dual-camera. Of course, the argument will always remain on whether or not two cameras are really better than one, or if they’re actually needed. Grant believes that it’s the limitations on single-lens cameras that highlight the need for dual-camera systems: “If you’ve had any noticeable experience handling a DSLR, then

The brand-new LG G5 has a secondary wideangle lens on its rear to enhance landscape and group shots. Unfortunately, the phone’s unique modular design means LG couldn’t avoid also adding an ugly camera bump.


It’s already rumoured that Sony will be the next major manufacturer to incorporate a

Huawei’s super-slim P9 offers blistering speeds through its HiSilicon Kirin octa-core processor, partnered with a dual-camera setup that can boast being fully endorsed and coengineered by German camera giants, Leica.


Is the Light L16 the future of phones? It has a whopping 16 cameras crammed into a oneinch wide frame, each boasting 13-megapixel sensors capable of shooting at different focal lengths and taking DSLR-quality images.

it becomes immediately obvious just how lacklustre a normal smartphone camera actually is in use. Due to the sensors being such a miniscule size, the aperture and depth of field suffer dramatically. “Arguably the best single-lens camera on the market is the Galaxy S7, but even its impressive f/1.7 lens is underwhelming compared to a DSLR. There’s only so much that a manufacturer can do with a single lens and it’s hard to see what else can be done to really improve them at this point in time.” Essentially having the power of two sensors, enables far greater depth in our photos, and in the case of Huawei, allows for experimentation of different colour setups. Dual-lens cameras without doubt cover the

HOW DOES A DUAL-LENS CAMERA WORK? Dual-lens cameras consist of two predominantly different sensors that combine the separate images they take into one. One sensor might be used for shooting a landscape image, while the secondary sensor may be then used to capture the depth information, but this is just one example. Manufacturers then integrate complicated software algorithms in to both lenses that determine the best part of the two captured images and combine them to get the superior finished product.


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“ We’re going to see manufacturers mimic the camera systems on DSLRs” caveats of the traditional smartphone camera. But just how far can this technology go? The Light L16 is still relatively unheard of, but it showcases the potential of a multi-camera device. There’s 16 cameras dotted around the rear of the device, with ten of them being used simultaneously to capture different elements of an image. While it may seem the number of cameras is a bit over the top, it enables the same image to be captured at different focal lengths to give the impression of an image captured at a 52-megapixel resolution. The most important factor when considering a device like this, and for all dual-camera systems, is that it all boils down to how the sensors work with one another. Using a highmegapixel sensor is all well and good – and it’s certainly a selling point – but it accounts for nothing if it doesn’t have the dedicated optics backing it up, and the same can be said about all areas of photography. Dual-camera technology is very much in its infancy when it relates to smartphones. What

both Huawei and LG has shown is that there’s a desire for these systems, and the different combinations they’ve both introduced show that there are plenty of areas that have yet to be explored. “We’re going to see smartphone manufacturers mimic the camera systems on leading DSLRs in the years to come” explains Grant. “Where there’s some doubt [as to] how the technology that make up the bulk of the larger DSLR sensors can be packed into the smaller frame of a smartphone. Expect dual-camera setups to hit many smartphones over the next 12 months. As the technology becomes widespread, prices will drop as competition hits up, giving the masses a chance to step up their photography game. We’re only just scratching the surface with what is possible and its likely there’s going to be numerous hiccups along the way before the technology becomes the norm for a lot of people. If there’s ever been a time to get reinvested in the smartphone industry, though, now is the time to do it.

You may be taking dual-camera selfies with your next smartphone

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of all smartphone users take at least one photo a month






A highly-versatile, compact lens for your smartphone that combines four advanced quick-change lenses into one. Play around with the fisheye lens to add a real creative flair to your photos.


This powerful Telephoto Lens adds a manual focus ring to the rear of your iPhone, allowing for greater control of the focal length of your shot. The included tripod is a big help for keeping your images level.

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It’s okay to take all these photos, but what are you going to do with them? The Prynt is an attachable mobile printer, which enables you to print any of your snaps anytime, anywhere without costly ink cartridges.

HISY’s Bluetooth remote lets you to shoot photos up to 90 feet away, with a single button in the centre of the remote snapping the picture for you. Its tiny size means it even won’t be noticeable in your images.

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This fully-flexible mobile stand enables users to capture difficult angles that would usually be off limits. Each leg can be wrapped around different surfaces, but it remains rigid no matter what scenario you put it in. £15 | $30 |

The Klyp+ is an all-in-one photography system for your iPhone, combining a multitude of switchable lenses with a LED light to help improve your device’s ability to capture photos in low-light conditions. £110 | $195 |



SET UP A FIRE TV STICK IN 60 SECONDS If you want to watch Clarkson’s new show, you’re going to need to embrace Amazon Prime

The result of an oafish Jeremy Clarkson punching one of his producers is that we now have two car-based TV show to look forward to this year. So, while Chris Evans and his new crew take over the revamped Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are putting the finishing touches to their globetrotting show The Grand Tour, which is to be released in autumn. The presenters signed a deal with Amazon to release 12 episodes through its Prime TV service, which costs £79 per year for unlimited access to Prime Video, Music, the Kindle Lending Library and one-day delivery. And, if you don’t have a smart TV then the easiest way to watch this is through Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, which plugs into the back of your TV and gives you access to not only Amazon Video but also a range of apps, games and other video content. Here’s how you get it up and running with the minimum of fuss.

Remote This is the remote that controls the Fire TV Stick. The device is voice activated, too, so you can search for shows and apps simply by asking it

Navigation Wheel You you can navigate through the menu system with this easy-to-use navigation wheel – similar to how the older iPods worked. Simply press on the middle of open the app or media you have selected

Fire TV Stick This tiny box is actually the Fire Stick itself. It may be small but it comes with 1GB of memory and 8GB of storage, and is the gateway to all manner of streaming channels

Controls There are six small buttons here that give you all the control you need. You can play or pause any show, go back to the Stick’s main page or bring up a range of options

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Fire TV Stick For those not in the know, the Fire TV Stick from Amazon gives you access to a stunning amount of TV – including AMC, Amazon Video and BBC iPlayer.

Fire TV Stick




There’s (probably) only so many times you can watch a ageing man wax lyrically about cars, so what do you watch when the novelty of Clarkson’s show wears off? Thankfully there’s a whole host of brilliant and original TV shows to be found on Amazon Video and its Prime Video service, and the range on offer means that there really is something there for everyone.

01 First things first

Once you’ve bought your Fire Stick and its arrived at home then you’ll probably be looking at a box like this. In it you’ll find the Stick itself and the Remote, but remove the layer holding those two and you’ll find a power supply, USB lead and an HDMI adapter – just in case you can’t plug the Fire Stick directly into the port on your TV.

02 Power it up

Now you’re ready to connect the Stick to your TV. Plug it into a HDMI slot (using the adaptor if the Stick is too wide and there’s not enough space) and then attach the USB lead to the side of the Stick to power it. The other end of the lead needs to either go in the power supply or, if you own a smart TV, you can connect it straight into the TV’s USB port.

Mr. Robot

A relatively new show, Mr. Robot was a hit on release. Rami Malek stars as a cybersecurity engineer drawn into a group of anarchic hacktivists led by the charismatic Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater. The second season starts 13 July.

03 Getting on the network

Now that the Fire Stick is actually plugged in, powered and working, the next job is to get it linked up to your home’s WiFi network. The Fire Stick will automatically scan for available networks, so pick the right one, put in your password and you’re one step closer to accessing a whole load of stunning new TV content.

04 So close and yet so far

Before you get there, though, you have to sit through a midly irritating cartoon character introduce the system and its functions. This would usually be forgivable but you can’t skip through it, maybe use this time to go out and make a cuppa, or even make a list of all the shows you’re going to start watching as soon as he disappears.

The Walking Dead

On a break now until the autumn, the last couple of seasons of this long-running zombie drama have been outstanding. If you need a show to get lost in then this could be the one.

05 Feels like home

Now you’re on the Stick’s homepage and you can start searching for something to watch or play. If you’re looking for the latest news on W. Chump And Sons’ motoring show then you’ll find it under the Prime section. There are even games to play – including Sonic 2 – and you can view any photos on your phone via the Amazon Cloud Drive app.

06 TV on the go

When you’re done, hold down the centre button of the remote and the Stick will power down. One of the neat touches with the Fire Stick is that it can be used on any TV that has a HDMI input– you can just unplug it, take it somewhere else and pop it in a different TV. Just sign in on the WiFi network and you’re good to go.


Amazon won its first BAFTA for this year, but this just adds to the string of awards this comedy has received. Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor (of Arrested Development fame) as a father who comes out to his affluent LA family as transgender.



COVER UP A CAR PAINT SCRATCH Buff out the body work and restore your pride and joy

01 Preparation is everything There’s nothing more irritating than getting to your car and spotting that it’s acquired a scratch or two. Rather than take it to a bodyshop, though, which could end up costing you several hundred pounds, we suggest that you tackle the job yourself. Like most things regarding DIY, the more effort you put in and the more care you take, the better the end result will look. While you probably can get away with just painting over the scratch line with a pot of matching paint, it could look ugly and rust could be bubbling away beneath the surface. Although there’s a definite right and wrong way to do it, repairing minor scratches and imperfections in your car’s paintwork is not as difficult as it sounds. Especially if you follow our fairly easy step-by-step guide…

The first thing you need to do is to make sure that the entire car is properly washed and dried before you start this project. If your car has even the slightest bit of dirt on it then you could end up making more scratches while you’re polishing the afflicted area. It’s worth paying special attention to the area that you’re repairing, and it goes without saying that you should do a final check to ensure that all dirt and debris has been removed from the scratch area before you start.

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Smoothly does it

Now you want to smooth out the area around the scratch, getting to the bottom of it without causing any additional damage to the paintwork in the surrounding area. Start by using 1,500-grit sandpaper wrapped around a sanding pad and then, when you’ve reached the bottom of the scratch, switch to 2,000-grit to smooth out the scratches caused by the rougher sandpaper. Rinse the area to remove any further debris or dirt and then wipe it clean using good quality – and clean – cloths, preferably microfibre ones.


T-Cut is the name most people think of when it comes to touching up a car’s bodywork, and the formula is still going strong. For small, shallow scratches, this is still probably the best you’ll get. £5 | $7 |

Turtle Wax Premium Scratch Repair Pen

Quixx High Performance Paint Scratch Remover Kit

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The easiest repair for a small, thin scratch is a repair pen, as all you have to do is guide the it along the scratch and the resin dries in just ten minutes.

This kit features all you need for a range of scratches, including tubes of polish and finish, two polishing cloths and strips of fine sandpaper.

Cover up a Car Paint Scratch



No matter what car you drive, the basic makeup of the paint that covers it is fundamentally the same. First, the bare metal is covered with primer (usually just a single coat) and then the paint itself – the quality of the paint will determine how many coats are needed – and then it’s just the clear coat on top of that. This is a layer of clear resin that helps to prevent your car’s paint from fading in the sun and also improves the colour itself and makes it shine. To help you when it comes to repairing a scratch on your car’s bodywork, it does make sense to understand the various layers, as different techniques are needed, depending on how deep the scratch is.

03 Aye, there’s the rub

Next you need to apply rubbing compound to the area, which will take off some of the surface paint, but it also smooths everything out and prepares it for being waxed. You can use a pad here and a bit of elbow grease, but if you can get your hands on an orbital buffer, then that will do the job quicker. With the buffer on its lowest setting, polish the area for around ten seconds. Then increase it to 2,000 RPM for a minute, but make sure that you don’t buff in the same area for more than a second or you could go through to the next layer of paint.

01 Clear Coat

This is the first layer of paint on the car, and if a scratch has only penetrated this layer then it’s moderately easy to repair. It can be just polished out with compound, but make sure to only polish the smallest area possible to avoid any respraying.

02 Base Coat

04 Wax on, wax off

Once you’ve finished with the rubbing compound, clean the area immediately before any remaining rubbing compound dries out – it’s much harder to get it off the surface of the paint when it’s dry. Now, using either a (clean) pad or the buffer again, wax the entire area you’ve repaired to seal the paint and protect it. All you have to do now is wash the area one final time to make sure that the scratches are completely gone and that the wax has worked and that the area is waterproof.

Chipex Road Rash

The Chipex method works by matching your car’s exact paint colour then blending the in new paint to ensure that the finished product looks as good as the day you brought your beloved car. £35 | $50|

Ryobi 18V Orbital Buffer

Buffing up your car’s paintwork can be a long and boring job – especially if you’ve got a lot of it to do – so take the strain out of the job with this batterypowered orbital buffer. £70 | $50 |

The Base Coat layer is literally the coloured paint itself, to repair this layer you’ll need to either blend in the surrounding paint with a orbital buffer and some rubbing compound or get hold of a pot or can of paint that matches the colour. If you’re struggling to find an exact match then check on your car’s log book, owner’s manual or it might well be on a plate attached to the car’s bodywork – which is usually found in the engine compartment.

03 Primer Coat

If the scratch is deeper still and has gone down to the third layer of paint, the Primer Coat, then you will need to get hold of some primer paint to touch up the bottom of the scratch. Using a good brush, paint in the primer to cover the whole of the scratch and then simply sand away any overrun. After that, just follow the same instructions as the Base Coat step in this tutorial scratch to finish the job.

04 Sheet Metal

A Sheet Metal scratch is the worst one, as that means that it’s deep enough to go right down to the bare metal. You’ve got to work fast with a scratch like this, as if any moisture gets into the metal and takes hold then you’ll have rust before you know it – which is extremely hard to completely eradicate.




You might be ready for virtual reality, but is your computer?

The world of VR has finally arrived. With systems from HTC and Oculus about to invade your homes and destroy your bank balance, you might be excited to get started. Be warned, though: it may end up costing you more than you think if your PC isn’t up to the job. The problem is that your PC basically has to double its workload to run the same image on two displays. On top of that, everything has to run at a super-smooth 90 frames per second to ensure that your head movements are mimicked perfectly on the headsets’ displays – any less and you’ll suffer from motion sickness after using the headset for around five minutes. As long as your PC meets the minimum specs recommended by HTC and Oculus (they’re pretty much identical for both of them) then you’re good to go, but what if you need to upgrade? Getting your PC ready will cost a bit, but if you’re wise and follow our advice, then it might not break the bank – unless you want to go all-out and future-proof your PC for years to come.


A power supply isn’t the most exciting thing to buy for your PC – especially one that costs over £200 – but if you’re beefing up your PC then you need to make sure that the power supply you’re currently using is up to the job. A website like PCPartPicker allows you to list all the kit that you’re planning to add to your PC and then it works out the minimum spec for the power supply that’s required to run it all properly. If you want to make sure your rig is future-proof though, then we recommend something like the SeaSonic one mentioned below. Sure, it’ll cost almost as much as a small laptop, but it’s one of the best-reviewed power supplies around, and you’ll know for sure that it will still be able to run your PC happily in years to come.

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The first thing you need to consider buying is the graphics card. As your VR headset is basically pumping out two screens at a resolution of 1080 x 1200 with a refresh rate of 90 frames per second (any less and you run the risk of motion sickness), you’ll need something beefy to cope with that. For both systems the minimum spec is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD’s Radeon R9 390, both of which will set you back around £270, but if you can afford it then we would aim to get a pair of GTX 980 Ti cards. This will set you back around £1,000, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your PC won’t need a graphics card upgrade in the coming years. Installing your new GPU couldn’t be easier. It connects to the PCI port on the motherboard, with the rear ports facing outwards. Pull back the PCI plugs, gently push down and it’s in place, ready to go.

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While your graphics card will be doing a lot of the hard work, you will need a processor that’s capable of keeping the whole thing running smoothly, so you’ll need at least an i5-4590 to keep up with the demands of running smooth high resolution graphics on two screens. If you’re shopping around, though, then maybe choose an unlocked processor which can be manually boosted – it’ll have a ‘K’ in its title if it’s unlocked. It’s also worth mentioning that although there is an AMD processor mentioned in the lists of VR specs, VR experts generally believe that the Intel chips work better at processing virtual reality. So, listening to those that know a wee bit more than us, we’re suggesting you stick with Intel too. £165 | $190

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JAM IN MOTHERLY LOVE SOME RAM Now, we come to the motherboard itself. Although your choice of board won’t directly affect your computer’s ability to run a VR setup, you do need to make sure that whatever motherboard you have is capable of supporting both your processor and any upgrades that you’re planning to fit to it in the future. Replacing the motherboard is tricky, as pretty much everything on your computer is connected to it. Make sure you take your time and remember where everything goes. Double-check everything before placing the motherboard into the case itself.


Traditionally, you’d probably be satisfied with a bog-standard HDD (hard disc drive) for storage No matter how much we try to jazz it up, RAM on your PC, but if you’re looking to build the isn’t something that’s going to get your heart perfect PC or upgrade your existing one then racing. That said, if your computer doesn’t have may we suggest switching to a SSD (solid state enough of it then everything will run incredibly drive)? Having a digital drive means that you’ll slowly, regardless of how fancy your processor get faster read/write speeds, which makes a real and graphics card is. difference when working with larger files. SSDs As a bare minimum, it’s recommended that are considerably more expensive than HDDs, you stump up for at least 8GB of RAM, which though, but if you’re not working to a strict will definitely be enough to run a VR setup, but budget then it’s definitely worth considering. probably only just. Considering the low price Attaching the drive to your computer is of RAM, we’d plump for double the minimum simplicity itself, as there’s a dedicated slot amount (16GB) and then everything will run already for it. Just slide the drive in, screw it in smoothly now and well into the future, too. place and you’re good to go.



UNSEND THOSE SHAMEFUL EMAILS Recall errant emails with this ingenious Gmail trick

There are several reasons why you’d want to delete an email you’ve just sent, and they’re all good ones. You might have forgotten to attach something, sent it to the wrong person or said something in the heat of the moment that you might later regret. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and, finally, it would appear that someone at Google agrees with us, as Gmail now comes with a feature that allows you to ‘unsend’ an email you’ve just sent. The feature is one that’s been hidden away in the Labs section of the software for some time now, meaning that people could test a range of beta features that may or may not be included in the full software. Undo Send doesn’t delete an email that’s been sent, but it does give you the option to delete it before it goes. We’ll show you how to enable it.

01 You’ve (not) got mail

It’s difficult to delete an email once it’s been delivered. You can, however, employ tricks to make it harder to send any embarrassing messages. The Unsend feature in Gmail has a delay feature that gives you a window of time to cancel the mail before it’s sent.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and it would appear that someone at Google agrees with us”

02 Check out Settings

You need to check that the Undo Send feature is activated before trying it out, so start off by heading up to the Settings icon in the topright-hand corner of your Gmail browser window and selecting Settings from the options available.

Unsend Emails in Gmail or Inbox

WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE GMAIL? Although Gmail is the only email client that comes allows you to unsend emails, there are a number of third-party extensions for Chrome that offer a wide range of email encryption and deletion options. Here are three of the best, and while they all do a similar job, they’re different enough to warrant investigating all three.


Feature-packed Gmail extension

This browser extension for Gmail is very smart indeed. Criptext can encrypt your outgoing mail, ensuring that your private correspondences are secure. It also lets you know when any sent emails are opened and even recall them at any time. Criptext for Gmail | Extension for Chrome and Safari | Free

Second-chance emailing works in a similar way to Criptext, but also gives you the option of editing an email even after it’s been delivered to the recipient. Although you cannot completely delete an email you’ve sent, you are able to erase its contents – leaving just your contact details and the subject line. | Works on all email clients | Free

Patience is a Virtru

Those worried about the security of the emails they’re sending might want to take a look at Virtru. Files and emails are encrypted before they’re sent and you’re free to delete any email at any time – even it it’s been received and read. Virtru | Works on Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail and Yahoo | Free

03 Every second counts

05 Unsend using Google’s Inbox

04 Time to undo

06 A ten-second delay

Look down the list of options and you should spot Undo Send. Simply click on the box to activate it and then pick a time in seconds for the length of the delay in sending your emails. You can only pick from five to 30 seconds, and we recommend going for the maximum amount to give yourself the best opportunity to cancel those email bloopers.

Every time you now send an email you’ll get this box pop up, informing you that although the email has been ‘sent’ you’ve still got a window of time to reverse it. Obviously this won’t help if you wake up after sending a drunken email to your ex in the middle of the night, but it will certainly help if you quickly realise you’ve made an email error.

Inbox is a Google app that simplifies the whole email process. You can flip through photo attachments without opening emails, and similar emails are grouped together intelligently to make finding exactly what you want quicker and easier. Like its bigger brother, Inbox also has a the life-saving unsend feature, too.

Unfortunately, there are currently no settings to tweak for this feature, as every email you send in Inbox automatically comes with a ten-second ‘cooling off’ period. It does mean that there’s (very) small delay on every email you send, but we definitely feel that the pros outweigh the cons in this instance.

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8 HACKS TO GET A FIVE-STAR HOLIDAY FOR LESS Planning a break? Then you definitely need to read this first

If you haven’t booked a holiday yet for this year, then the good news is that you’re not too late. Depending on where you’re planning on going, not only are there still plenty of options available but you might be just in time to pick up a bargain. A recent survey by TripAdvisor revealed the best times to book your holiday to ensure you get the best deal, and although they vary to some degree, the good news is that if you book in the last few months before you depart then that seems to be the cheapest time to go. If you’re just looking to book a flight, though, or you prefer the DIY approach and shun the package deals put together by the travel agents, then there are still plenty of ways that you can save money when it comes to booking a trip away.

2-4 months out for 25% savings


TripAdvisor analysed the data from people using and booking through its website between April 2014 and February 2016, and what it found was that its users were a savvy bunch that knew the best times of the year to book their holidays – making sure that they got the cheapest possible price. What was surprising, though, was that the timescale varied greatly from city to city – although most seemed to suggest that booking your holiday in the few months leading up to when you want to go seemed the cheapest way. It’s worth remembering that this is just a guide, and although these are the average figures taken over that 22-month period, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get exactly the same discount.

Orlando 1-4 months for 10% savings

Cancun 2-4 months for 16% savings

Rio 3-5 months out for 11% savings

Buenos Aires 1-4 months out for 19% savings

01 02

Search out the best deal

Don’t book the first holiday you find, even if you think it looks cheap. Search through as many comparison sites and travel agents as you can be bothered to and you’ll probably find it cheaper elsewhere. Sites like Kayak and Momondo are particularly good for finding a good bargain.

Timing is everything

Holiday companies whack up their prices at the peak times of the year, so booking a week in Spain is going to be cheaper in February than it is in August. You can save a load of cash if you’re prepared to fly at lesspopular times, too – for example, flying out on a Wednesday and returning on a Tuesday.

05 06 The complete package

The DIY holiday approach (where you book flights and accommodation separately) gives you the best choice, but will often work out to be more expensive. If you go to a travel operator then you will be offered a package, which gives you less choice but gives a range of hotels and resorts at a cheaper price.

The later the better

Unlike flights where, as we said, it pays to book early, you can pick up a bargain if you’re prepared to wait until a couple of months before you’re hoping to fly out. This is because tour operators have chartered the planes and reserved the rooms, so they’ll lose money if they don’t shift them.

8 Hacks to Book a Fivestar Holiday for Less



London 3-5 months out for 18% savings



Within 4 months for 32% savings

2-5 months for 31% savings

Dubai Within 2 months for 40% savings

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Rome 3-5 months for 32% savings

Sydney Within 5 months for 34% savings

If you’re looking for the latest and best in the world of e-readers then you need to get hold of the Kindle Oasis. Sure it’ll set you back around £330, but if you’re desperate to effectively read your e-books on the beach then this is the e-reader you need. £330 | $360 |

Singapore 2 weeks to 5 months for 26% savings

Cape Town Within 3 months for 13% savings



03 04 Where in the world?

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The early bird special

Having said that, though, the timing of booking your flight or accommodation does vary depending on exactly where in the world you’re heading to. Check out that map above this step for more information on when it’s the best time to book your holiday depending on where you’re going.

You may think you’ll get a bargain if you book your flights last-minute, but the opposite is also true. Companies allocate a number of seats at a certain price, so when they’re all sold the price goes up. If you know when you’re going away, then book the flights as soon as the times are announced.

Don’t be afraid to haggle

Getting the most from your money

07 08

If you’re going down the package route, then it’s worth contacting a few agents to see how their prices differ. Once you’ve got a quote from one, try ringing around to see if any would be willing to beat it. With more people booking online, you can be sure that at least one other agent will drop their price.

This uses a soft green light to stimulate the part of the brain responsible for regulating the body clock and can be used at certain times of the day to reprogram your brain into sleeping when you actually need to and beat jet lag.

When it comes to changing your money for your holiday it pays to shop around as the rates shops and bureau de changes offer can vary wildly. Also, try not to use ATMs and credit cards abroad, as the exchange rate will not work in your favour.

Bluesmart Luggage

Its makers claim that Bluesmart is the world’s first ‘smart luggage’. It comes complete with location tracking, a digital lock, a distance alert, a built-in scale and even a phone charger. The only noticeable bugbear is the high price. £350 | $400 |

Olympus OM-D E-M10

We loved the fact that this digital CSC camera has a classic retro design, but its inner workings are bang up to date. The 16.1MP E-M10 features a touchscreen, WiFi, and sensor-shift stabilisation, ensuring that your holiday snaps will be perfect. £530 | $650 |


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