Something for the Weekend

My BBC2 ‘Something for the Weekend’ Gadgets

Big Trak Junior

The more experienced gadget lovers may remember the original BigTrak, released in the 80’s, the classic retro gadget was re-released earlier this year and the Bigtrak Jr has followed. The Jr is a smaller version of the original, with all the same features as well as a few updates. 

Both models feature commands on the back that allow you to program it to work its way around your living room, garden, bedroom, or office. Where Bigtrak Jr differs, is the ability to store your favourite program to be run over and over again. The Bigtrak Jr will also take accessories, which are forthcoming.Bigtak Jr isn’t as power hungry as it’s big brother, it only takes three AA batteries instead.

The Bigtrak Jr is available now and retails for around £30.

E One Hair Removal Device

The E One is the first and only hair removal device using IPL (Intense Pulse Light) technology to gain a medical certificate for personal home use. IPL differs from laser hair removal in the way in which the light energy is produced. Whilst the laser emits a particular wavelength of light causing the heating of the follicle, IPL uses a flash lamp to produce light which is then filtered to create the same effect, the key benefit to this IPL being a much larger area can be covered by each pulse.

The E-One cleverly tailors the pulse emitted based on various factors such as gender, skin tone, hair type and then lets you chose the intensity based on experience and sensitivity.

According to E One ‘ After 10-12 treatments the skin should be completely hair-free, with only 1-2 treatments a year needed to maintain the smoothness’, it can take up to 7 days for the results to show. To use the device, you power it up and adjust the settings according to your personal requirements, pop on the glasses and then apply the device to the square of skin you need to remove the hair from, then bulb then flashes once and that area is treated.

After the first treatment it takes around a week for the hair to begin falling out. While this is happening you can either continue to shave regularly or just leave it. After around 4 weeks following the initial flashing the hairs that were missed (as our hairs grow at different rates) will begin showing. Ideally you should then do a touch-up session on these. This will leave the area smooth. Following this initial attack on the hairs it is then up to the individual to decide on the regularity and interval between sessions depending on the individuals hair growth – although for most people this would be every 6-8 weeks. By doing this, after 4 or 5 sessions, shaving becomes almost superfluous and after 10 treatments the area would be completely hair free.

The E One from E-SWIN is available in a variety of colours and retails for around £1,450.

John Daly’s Prostroke Golf

John Daly’s Prostroke Golf is a new golf game for consoles, it promises to deliver a realistic golfing experience, which will be particularly noticeable with the Playstation Move. The golf game market has been dominated by the EA Tiger Woods golf series for many years now, and this game offers much needed competition, adding features that may well become standard for this type of game.

One of the main selling points of the game is their trademark ProStroke control system, which is a first person view of the ball and club head. As with other console golf games, you have to play through a large part of the game to unlock the main character, so you won’t be able to play as John Daly immediately.

The game features commentary and 12 courses for you to practice your skills on, there is a challenge mode, which offers a series of trials presented by John Daly himself, as he takes players through the different disciplines of the game, from putting to approach play to the famous ‘Long John’ drive itself.

John Daly’s Prostroke Golf is available on Playstation Move now, and will be available on Xbox and Wii from 5th November. The game retails for around £35.

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