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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My BBC2 Something for the Weekend Gadgets

Samsung Navibot

The Samsung Navibot is the latest Robotic Vacuum Cleaner in home cleaning technology.

The Navibot robotic vacuum is the first to have a camera on board, which takes up to 30 images per second to create a visual map of your home and plot the most efficient route to clean determined by its ceiling shape recognition function.

To avoid the bumps and falls the Navibot has infra red sensors spread across various points of the body. This stops the unit from crashing into walls and even falling down the stairs. The device has two “smartgate” sensors, which create an invisible fence or guarding system of the objects in the room to steer clear of.

When the Navibot’s battery is low during operation, it will return to its charging dock for a quick auto-charge and continue where it left off. Once it’s finish cleaning every corner, it will find the shortest route back to the charger.

The Samsung Navibot comes in two models, which are available at the end of April from around £350.


The BoostApak is a combination of a backpack and a portable booster seat all in one, aimed at children between 4-12 years old or 15-36kg or under 1.35m (135cm) tall.

The law requires all children travelling in cars to use the correct child restraint (i.e. a booster seat) until they are either 135 cm in height or the age of 12 (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt.

Designed by the guys that brought us the Trunki (the animal shaped suitcase for kids that featured on Dragons Den), the BoostApak is a convenient way to have a booster seat available wherever you go – making it ideal for school runs, holidays and parents on the move.

It is quick and easy to set up with its unique fold out seatbelt guides. When it’s not in a car, it can also be used in social venues such as restaurants, cafes etc.

The hard plastic shell means that the BoostApak is able to store travel essentials in a strong and durable rucksack, without crushing the contents.

The ergonomic design even protects growing spines and encourages better posture for children. The product was a finalist for innovation at the leading global trade fair, ‘Kind and Jugend’.

The BoostApak is available in May for around £40.

 Boombox Freeview DVD Projector

The Boombox Freeview DVD Projector is exactly what it says it is, a combination of CD/DVD player, with a projector and a Freeview tuner all in one.

This portable all-in-one cinema/entertainment device makes it possible to display up to a 75-inch display on any wall, ceiling or other flat surfaces, under dimmed light is obviously the best way to view the picture. Its flip open LED-powered projector can be used to watch your favourite DVD films, or live TV channels using its in-built freeview tuner.

There is also a card slot for an SD card and one for a USB device to watch videos and view photos.

And finally, the unit can play CDs, tune into FM radio and amplify your chosen mp3 player.

The Boombox could be the perfect item for any party, from screening rom-com for a girl’s night in, to even watching the upcoming World Cup matches for the boys.

The Boombox Freeview DVD Projector is available online now for around £330.

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