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The cool gadgets list – May 2018

Along with oodles of Sun, a Royal Wedding and two bank holidays (joy of joys!), there have also been a few gadgets and gizmos released this month - here's our pick of the best.

1

Nest Hello video doorbell

Hello

Well hello there! That’s now an OK thing to say when you push a doorbell from now on, because a. it’s polite, and b. the doorbell is actually called ‘Hello’.

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Video doorbells a handy way to add functionality and security to your smart home, but Nest being Nest, they’ve ironed out any issues and given that bell a good polish. The feature-packed Hello is brimming with handy functions, like pre-recorded responses, HD video with a 160-degree field of view, night vision, noise cancellation and family and friend recognition. It also looks, for the most part, like a regular doorbell, without screaming “i’m recording your every move!” to whoever is knocking at your door (although with 24/7 streaming and recording, it actually is).

£329 including installation, nest.com/uk/doorbell

2

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Gaming controllers can be a barrier for many players, so Microsoft has developed the Xbox Adaptive Controller; a highly customisable solution for gamers with a broad range of disabilities.

The new controller features two large programmable buttons and 19 jacks that can be connected to a range of external joysticks, buttons, switches and mounts, allowing gamers to customise their set up. Microsoft claims it’s the most flexible adaptive controller ever made by a major gaming company.

This project stems from the Gaming for Everyone initiative, which Microsoft launched in 2015 with the goal of engaging a broader range of Xbox players. The controller was also influenced by the work of Warfighter Engaged, a non-profit organisation that creates gaming devices for war veterans.

£TBA, www.xbox.com

3

Urbanista Detroit wireless headphones

Urbanista Detroit wireless headphones

These stylish new cans from Urbanista look pretty peachy, and not just in colour (although you can get them in green and black as well).

Battery life is king on the Detroit wireless headphones, offering up 12 hours of playback and 300 hours standby, but the sweetener is that even if you do somehow manage to let them go flat, a quick 15-minute charge is enough to power them for another three hours listening.

£59, uk.urbanista.com

4

Oculus Go

Oculus Go
Let’s face it, at well over a grand for the complete kit and a monster PC to run it off, not many of us are going to be picking up the Oculus Rift to join the VR revolution. Fortunately, for those of us who dare spend our money on other things (like food and rent), Oculus have provided a more reasonable alternative.

The Oculus Go might not be as powerful as their original headset, but the standalone unit (which means you don’t have to slot in a smartphone) has a 538ppi 2560 x 1440 WQHD display, and built-in spatial audio for better immersion. On top of that you’ll get a controller and even a glasses spacer so that you can wear your specs at the same time (from experience, something sorely lacking from most other VR headsets).

£199, www.oculus.com/go

5

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

OnePlus have come from seemingly nowhere to become one of the finest phone manufacturers of recent years, and have done it by eschewing the glitz and glamour of the smartphones like the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9, and instead packing otherworldly specs for peanuts.

How does a 6.28-inch optic AMOLED display, 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 845 CPU, 3300 mAh fast charging battery, face unlock, 16 + 20 MP dual cameras for no more than £569 sound? Yep, that’s good enough for us.

From £469, www.oneplus.com/uk/6

6

TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug

TP-Link HS110 Smart Plug

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