It has been a while since we last saw a Giroptic 360cam on Science Focus, but good things come to those who wait - and that wait is now over, the camera is being shipped. The novel take on 360 cameras has been a while coming but the device promises to be water proof, capture full HD video and offers support for live streaming. It also comes with a light-fitting fixture so you can use it as a home security device - that is if you don’t want to take it on holiday with you.
DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIRDRIER
When it comes to sucking or blowing air around then Dyson are undeniably one of the best in the business, having mastered everything from vacuum cleaners to hand driers. Their latest addition to the family is the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, which aims to revolutionise the process of, erm, drying your hair. With a V9 digital motor tucked into the handle that spins at 110,000 revs per minute the Supersonic is powerful, but by increasing the blades from 11 to 13 it is considerably quieter. Perfect for late night showers.
Available from June £299, dyson.co.uk
Beautiful as the iPad Pro is it can be an unwieldy beast, especially if you have to prop it up against something if you want to catch up on Game of Thrones. Prop no more, because the Logi BASE is the first premium stand for Apple’s latest device to take advantage of the iPad Pro Smart Connector, which allows for wireless charging. The iPad stand is built from high-grade aluminium with an anti-slip pad on the bottom, making it a convenient base (we see what you did the Logitech) for your luxury tablet.
PAVLOK SHOCK CLOCK
You’ve probably heard of Pavlov’s Dog, the famous experiment where the Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov taunted his dog with food so that it would salivate when he walked in the room. Now the team behind Pavlok are using the same theory to get your lazy self out of bed in the morning – by giving you a mild electric shock. Currently searching for funding on Indegogo for added functionality, the Pavlok will first gently vibrate, followed by alarm, and then finally a small electric spark. The idea is that you will, over time, get up and out of bed before the electricity kicks in. Sounds shocking…
From $169, pavlok.com
ZERO ZERO ROBOTICS HOVER CAMERA
We’re pretty certain that at some point we’ll wander around with our own personal drone floating behind us watching our every move. We’ve already started to see it happen with devices like the AirDog, but the Hover Camera by Zero Zero Robotics is more like what we imagine the future will look like. Their drones are small enough to fit in a satchel, are safe to handle while droning around and can record 4K video with electronic image stabilisation. Don’t worry too much about having too much of your private life invaded just yet though – they’ve only an eight-minute battery life.
It would be a stretch to say this is the most hi-tech piece of kit on this list, but anything that makes it easier to change fiddly watch straps is music to our ears, and Google are going big on the audible click their MODE strap for Android Wear watches makes. Their snap-and-swap watch bands fit most Wear watches and come in a myriad of styles, so no more excuses for looking humdrum at dinner.
From $49.99, android.com
ROLI SEABOARD RISE
Keyboards haven’t really changed that much since the days of Beethoven plonking his way through Moonlight Sonata - aside from adding MIDI/USB support they are still very much black and white keys. The Seaboard RISE from Roli is looking to change that, which eschews your standard design and offers a sensor-embedded keywave, a sort of rubbery piano that you can use their 5D Touch system to prod, wiggle and caress your way through making musical noises. The RISE has up to 8 hours battery life (that's longer than most prog rock gigs) and you can wirelessly connect it to your music device using Bluetooth. Now all we need is a new expression for to tinkling the ivories…
From £599.99, roli.com
KINDLE OASIS EBOOK READER
If you have so far resisted the urge to buy an e-reader to digest some digital literature maybe it’s because you still yearn for that real book feel. Yearn no more, because the new Kindle Oasis by Amazon is weighted down one side to give you something to clutch onto while you’re reading. It is also brighter than Amazon’s previous readers so you can happily read in the dark/Sun and is also available with a stylish cover to complete the book aesthetic.
SINCLAIR ZX SPECTRUM VEGA PLUS
There’ve been several attempts to revive the much-loved ZX Spectrum in hardware form. But until now, none were designed by Rick Dickinson, designer of the original ZX computers. Endorsed by Sir Clive Sinclair himself, the Vega+ builds on the success of the existing Vega by adding an LCD screen so you can play its 1,000 preloaded games on the move as well as hooked up to a TV. Expect deliveries to begin this September.
Caterpillar, the company that makes tractors and work boots, also makes super-tough smartphones, and its forthcoming S60 is the first phone with built-in heat vision. The phone features a thermal imaging camera from FLIR Systems, and is designed for use by the emergency services, as well as by tradespeople who might need to detect heat-loss around windows or identify over-heating components within a system, for example. The phone is waterproof to 5m, features a Snapdragon 617 octa-core chip and runs on Android Marshmallow.
€649 (£510 approx), catphones.com
Already available for pre-order in Japan, the Sony Huis (developed via Sony’s own crowdfunding platform First Flight) takes the well-established concept of the universal remote and gives it a twist by using an e-ink touchscreen. This dramatically reduces the handheld’s power consumption while helping to keep the interface clean and uncluttered. Controller setups for popular devices can be downloaded from the web, or you can create and share your own. No word yet, though, as to whether it’ll reach the UK...
$250 (£TBC), sony.com (Japanese site)
Ever wondered why listening to tunes from Spotify or iTunes doesn’t fill your ears with as much aural delight as a CD or an LP? That’s because you’re relying on the DACs (Digital to Audio Converters) found in your smartphone or laptop to do all the legwork turning music from 1s and 0s into sweet sound waves – and ultimately they aren’t very good at it. In steps the Chord Mojo, which promises to take the burden off your device and pump crystal clear audio into your headphones. There are, of course, no excuses for your questionable music taste…
Available exclusively to Three customers and created by will.i.am’s technology start-up i.am+, Dial is a smartwatch with a twist. While most smartwatches are essentially just interfaces for your phone, Dial has its own SIM card slot and enables the wearer to make and receive calls, play music and text – no phone required. It’s also got its own Siri/Cortana-style AI assistant, Aneeda. Could this be a game-changer in the wearables sector? Time will tell!
NAIM MU-SO QB
The latest addition to Naim’s Mu-So range of wireless audio devices is the Mu-So QB. This combi amp/speaker system uses 32-bit digital signal processing, pumps out 300W of sound via five speakers and is compatible with all leading streaming services and protocols, including Bluetooth, AirPlay, UPnP, TIDAL and Spotify Connect. It also offers USB, optical and 3.5mm analogue inputs for hooking up external sources, can be controlled from your smartphone, and has internet radio and an alarm built-in.
Oral-B has unveiled a new ‘smart’ toothbrush that monitors your dental hygiene routine. Using built-in motion sensors and your smartphone’s video camera, the Genius measures variables such as the amount of pressure applied and the time spent brushing particular areas, and provides feedback via an accompanying app. The brush will also automatically adjust its speed to compensate for any inadequacies in your brushing technique. It’s expected to go on sale this summer.
We have loads more gadget news in the Innovations section of BBC Focus magazine, where we look for even more novel and unusual tech that could change the world we live in - find out what is in the current issue here.