The cool gadgets list - July 2016

The cool gadgets list – July 2016

We love cool gadgets and gizmos here at Science Focus, so we've been keeping an eye out for the best new tech out there - check out the latest news, reviews, previews and pictures this July.

1

DRUMI

DRUMI

Is there anything worse than running out of clean socks or pants on a camping trip? Probably, but that grubby feeling is never pleasant. The portable and eco-friendly Drumi washer could put an end to this, alongside reducing your carbon footprint by up to 4.5 kilograms per week if used in your home. At just a foot tall, this nifty little product requires no electricity and minimal water: bung in anything up to about seven items of clothing and pump the ergonomic foot pedal for three two minute bursts.

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£TBC, preorder for early 2017 from yirego.com

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PITPAT

PITPAT

Desperate to know what Fido is up to when you leave the house? You can double check they’re not running round in circles for hours with PitPat, the FitBit for pooches. This piece of wearable woof-tech monitors canine activity and fitness, sending all the data gathered on how much they’re running, walking and playing straight to your smartphone. It also works out how many calories you pup is burning to ensure you’re feeding them the right amount of dog treats. Sounds totally pawsome.

£39.99, pitpatpet.com

3

THERMO

THERMO

Having to put a manky old thermometer under your tongue can be insult to injury when you’re feeling ill. In steps Thermo, a handheld device from Withings that scans across the forehead to accurately measure temperature using the temporal artery, avoiding any contact with bodily fluids. It even syncs up with a dedicated app to track readings and for input of related symptoms and medications. Enough to make any poorly patient say “ahhh.”

£79.95, withings.com

4

LYNX SMARTGRILL

LYNX SMARTGRILL

There’s a lot at ‘steak’ this summer, but at least Lynx’s SmartGrill has got your food covered. The freestanding gas grill measures just over a metre across, auto-cooks food and sends a message your phone when it’s ready, but it can also be voice-activated. Besides, how often do you find a barbecue that boasts Wi-Fi, 64GB of storage and compatibility with iOS and Android phones?

$9,499 (£6,570 approx), lynxgrills.com

5

BREWIE

BREWIE

What summer of sport would be complete without some serious (but responsible!) refreshment? The world’s first automated home brewery could help. Brewie’s concept is simple: make any craft beer at the touch of an app on a phone. Just select a pre-installed beer recipe, add the ingredients, and Brewie takes care of everything from mashing and boiling to hop addition and cooling. Cheers!

$1,849 (£1,250 approx), brewie.org

6

NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM: NES CLASSIC EDITION

NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM: NES CLASSIC EDITION

If you’ve rooted through your attic recently and squealed with glee at the sight of your old NES, before crashing harder than getting dust in your cartridge when you spot the lack of HDMI port, then fear not, Nintendo are here to save your game. The new NES Classic Edition comes preloaded with 30 classics featuring your favourite characters like Zelda, Mario and Donkey Kong, and a controller that can also be used in your Nintendo Wii or Wii U, so that you can relive all those many hours you whittled away at the original 8-bit. It’s out just in time for Christmas, and yes, it comes with an HDMI cable, which means you can see it in full HD glory like in the trailer.

$59.99, nintendo.com

7

NEST CAM OUTDOOR

NEST CAM OUTDOOR

“Even the bad guys will stop and stare” – that’s the claim on the Nest website about their new outdoor security camera. Now we can’t say we’ve ever been taken by the aesthetic beauty of any security camera we’ve seen to date, and you’d have to be the most dimwitted of burglars to discuss such matters when you’re actually committing a crime, but we can get excited about the features one might posses. Nest’s latest camera does pretty much exactly what you would expect it to do given the success of their indoor model – takes 24/7 video and uploads it to the Cloud so you have full access to any heist that might take place in your home. The new model though is waterproof, has built in speaker and mic so you can chat with any ne’er-do-well (or deliveryman), and can easily be set up without the need to run cables through walls. It also looks quite nice.

$199 (around £150), available later this year, nest.com  

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ROAM-E

ROAM-E

Got a selfie stick? You’re so retro! What you really need to raise your selfie-snapping game is your own personal selfie drone that follows you around capturing full HD videos of your smug mug. The size of a water bottle, ROAM-e is a clever little camera that uses smart facial recognition technology to hover three metres away from your face recording or live streaming in 1080p, and can take 360-degree photos for a full drone’s-eye view of the world. It’ll last 20 minutes on a single charge, but really how many more minutes do you need to get that perfect selfie.

$399, myroam-e.com

9

ZEEQ SMART PILLOW

ZEEQ SMART PILLOW

They say you shouldn’t really bring your smartphone to bed with you, but what about a smart pillow? The high-tech ZEEQ has built-in Bluetooth speakers to let you play your favourite relaxing music or white noise as you doze off, motion sensors track how often you move and snore in the night (giving you a Snore Score), and its smart alarm uses your movement patterns through the night to judge the optimum time to wake you. And of course, you can control everything from your phone through the ZEEQ app, which analyses the length and quality of your sleep. The ZEEQ pillow seems to have all the tech you could ask for to help you get a good night’s sleep, but if all that fails, it still somehow manages to be a soft, comfortable pillow.

From $99 on Kickstarter.com

10

GARMIN EDGE 820 AND EDGE EXPLORE 820

GARMIN EDGE 820 AND EDGE EXPLORE 820

Large or small, if you’re cycling in a group it can be hard to keep track of where everyone is. Well Garmin’s new range of miniature cycling computers lets you plot the location your fellow riders on its 2.5-inch touch screen so you never break up the herd (provided everyone else also has one of the devices, presumably). Both models have a built-in Cycle Map made with bicycles in mind, but the Edge 820 includes a few extra features that allow you to analyse your cycling performance, and even throws in some Strava challenges for you along the way if you fancy being taunted by a computer.

£329.99 Garmin Edge 820, £279.99 Edge Explore 820, garmin.com

11

WYND AIR PURIFIER

WYND AIR PURIFIER

Having Wynd can considerably improve the air in your personal space. We’re not talking about an obvious bodily function here, but a new device that creates a small bubble of clean, fresh air around you by filtering out all the dust, allergens, smoke and pollution. Combine it with the accompanying Air Quality Tracker and it will monitor the air around you and clean it as necessary. Another bonus is that it is small and portable enough to carry around with you – just don’t drop it, or else you’ll be on the receiving end of some terrible puns about breaking things.

From $129, hellowynd.com

12

BAGEL TAPE MEASURE

BAGEL TAPE MEASURE

Mmmm, bagels are delicious with a bit of smoked salmon and cream cheese – on the other hand they are terrible tool for measuring distances. That is unless you are using the new Bagel tape measure, a new digital device that has three modes to help you measure anything you would use a regular tape measure for and those a little more unusually shaped. It uses either a string, laser or wheel measure to get your lengths and will sync these, along with an audio note, to your phone via Bluetooth. We advise against eating it for breakfast.

From $69, bagel-labs.com

13

SUPERBOOK

SUPERBOOK

It’s hard to imagine that we managed to land on the Moon with computers less sophisticated than the mobile phone in your pocket. The Superbook lets you put that computing power to use by transforming your Android smartphone into a laptop (sorry iPhone users). Although it may look like an ordinary computer itself (complete with keyboard, 11.5” HD monitor and over 8 hours of battery life), the Superbook is actually an outer shell that serves as a laptop-shaped proxy for your phone. All you need to do is download Superbook’s Androidium OS app, plug in your Android and go – no need to constantly sync your devices. It even charges your phone while it’s at it.

$85 (early bird Kickstarter discount), getsuperbook.com

14

MOTOROLA VERVEONES+

MOTOROLA VERVEONES+

Ever tried running for 12 hours straight? We can guarantee that no one at Science Focus has, but if we did we’d probably get hella sweaty, which is why the Motorola VerveOnes+ earphones would probably be our go-to buds to keep that 90s rave playlist pumping us across the finish line. With an IP57 waterproof rating they can withstand any sweaty substance your ears expel, which is vital as they are completely wireless and you don’t want them dropping out of your ear every kilometre. With a stated 12-hour battery life, HD sound and mic for taking calls you could use these on event the most epic of outdoor pursuits. That is, of course, if you’re phone can last the distance.

£229.99, verve.life/uk

15

TINY1 ASTRONOMY CAMERA

TINY1 ASTRONOMY CAMERA

Any camera specially designed to take pictures of the stars is our kind of camera. The Tiny1 has built-in augmented reality star charts to help you navigate around the night sky, and its low-light sensor and lighting presets capture your celestial subjects in the best possible light. It’s also compatible with all camera lenses and telescopes, can make time-lapse videos at 2.5K resolution, and allows you to easily share your favourite shots on social media. It’s also very small, which given its name seems apt.

$499, tinymos.com

16

HASSELBLAD X1D

HASSELBLAD X1D

Weighing in at only 725g, the new Hasselblad X1D is half the weight of your regular digital camera and promises to be a game changer. It’s the first mirrorless digital camera in this compact format and is decked out with brand new autofocus lenses along with all the usual bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from your digital camera: HD video, Wi-Fi, GPS, you name it. Compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it doesn’t hurt that its sleek, classic design makes it gorgeous to look at as well. It is quite expensive mind…

£5,990, hasselblad.com

17

PLUME

PLUME

WiFi doesn’t travel through walls very well, so by plugging in a cool-looking Plume Pod in your wall sockets, Plume is able to seamlessly manage the ever-shifting WiFi demands of real-life by optimising the flow of data without ever losing signal strength.  It also “learns” your usage patterns and fine-tunes the network to meet the specific needs of each device. And you’re able to control it all from your mobile device.  Sounds like a solution from the Netflix gods.

$39 per pod, plumewifi.com

18

PHILIPS FIDELIO B5

PHILIPS FIDELIO B5

Looking for the audio sweet spot in your living room? Unless you live in a perfectly square box this is usually a lot harder than it looks, but the Philips Fidelio B5 has a neat spacial calibration system that will balance out the sound coming from the Bluetooth rear speakers so that you can feel the full force of every X-wing that flies over your head as you settle into an evening of Star Wars. You can even use the rear speakers as stand-alone portable speakers if you want to practise your Jedi skill in the garden.

£599, Philips.co.uk

19

SENNHEISER PXC 550 WIRELESS HEADPHONES

SENNHEISER PXC 550 WIRELESS HEADPHONES

These new headphones boast an impressive battery life that allows you to listen to up to 30 hours of non-stop music. Not only are they wireless, but they can automatically pause your music when you take the headphones off so you won’t miss a beat. The touch pad on the earpiece puts audio control at your fingertips, and the CapTune app to lets you personalise the noise cancellation and equaliser to best suit your ears. Sounds good.

£329.99, sennheiser.com


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