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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

Loads of you seemed to LOVE the Playstation Move on the show yesterday, Lovejoy was pretty good at the archery! Here are my gadgets from the show…P.S GirlGeekChic is a finalist in the Cosmo Blog Awards! Please vote for me here! Thanks! xx


 

Playstation Move

The Playstation Move is the latest in Sony’s games console range. It is a set of controllers that give you motion control gaming above and beyond what the console’s current Sixaxis controller offers you. It’s a stick that you wave around in front of your console, the game reacts to your movements and then relays that positioning information on screen meaning you’ve just swung a golf club or pointed your gun at someone.

What actually happens is that you plug the Sony Eye webcam into your tv, turn on the Move controller and then the camera tracks said controller as you use it. Because it is actively tracking it visually rather than just through motion detection, as is the case with the Wii Remote, it means that the console knows exactly where the device is. That precise positioning means that the data can be used more effectively in-game, which in turn means an improved experience over the competition from Nintendo. N.B – You have to go through a short calibration process for some games.

Price £34.99

The Waterpebble

The Waterpebble is a new, green gadget designed to help you think about using only as much water as you need, and therefore reducing your water bill and effect on the world’s water supply.  This is a gadget that monitors how long you’re taking in the shower by flashing red when it’s time to get out.

But what makes Water Pebble different from other timing devices is that it memorises how long you took for your first shower and sets about gradually minimizing the amount of water you use by reducing the time it takes for the device to flash red in subsequent showers. It effectively trains you to use less water when you shower. Using a series of “traffic lights, it grades your water usage from green (start) through to amber (halfway) to red (time’s up). So when it starts flashing red it’s time to get out!

Price £8

Spinner 360 Lomography Camera

The Spinner 360 Lomography Camera is designed to take 360 degree panoramic shots. Take the Spinner in one hand, pull the cord with the other and release it. In a split second the camera spins 360° around its own axis and records everything in its path on a frame more than 4 times longer than a conventional landscape picture. The mechanism is powered with a rubber band drive, so no batteries are required. You can create up to 8 full 360° panoramas on a 36-exposure roll of film. The camera can work with any variety of 35mm film.

Price £100

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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.

BoostAPak

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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My ‘Something for the Weekend’ gadgets

Here are my something for the weekend gadgets from Sunday 25th October, the one where my dress appeared to be a lot shorter than I thought !!!!

iLloom Balloons

iLLoom Balloons are a fun party or special occation decoration. Instead of having your standard balloon for Halloween or for your birthday, you can buy these balloons that light up once they’re inflated. Each illoom contains a little LED light that is triggered to switch on once you pull out the toggle and blow into the balloon. You can blow into them manually but they also work well with helium.

Each illoom balloon lasts for around 15 hours. Available both in supermarkets and online priced at around £3 for a pack of 5.

Nano – Copter Mark 2

The Nano-Copter Mark 2 is a super-small, yet highly durable remote controlled flying helicopter toy. Its light-weight rotor blades are safe enough to use indoors, but it also has enough control and power to hold its own outdoors in windy conditions. The Nano-Copter is manoeuvred by an infra-red remote control, which also contains a built-in charger, which fully charges the device in just 15-20 mins. The copter itself contains a lightweight rechargeable battery and has a flying time of around 10 minutes when fully charged.

It has a flying range of about 5-10 meters, which is enough to have the most amount of fun possible and it won’t fly off into the distance so you can never retrieve it again.

The Nano-Copter Mark 2 is available now online and in store for around £30.

Qlocktwo

The wall mountable or stand-up Qlocktwo uses words to tell you the time rather than the usual numbered system.The words change in 5 minute intervals, but four little ‘minute dots’ give you the minutes in between each of those 5 minutes.

The very stylish and high fashion design uses acrylic glass with polished edges for the front and the body itself is made from wood; four layers of lack. The DCF-77 time-signal receiver gives you second accurate time-telling without manual setting, it also has an automatic summer/winter daylight-savings time detection, a light sensor for automatic adjustment to ambient light manual brightness control and has a fairly low energy consumption due to the use of LED lights.

It is available in 6 colours and will hit the UK around December with a UK price yet to be confirmed. The European price is currently 885 Euros – around £800.

The Qlocktwo ‘pocket’ is also available right now to download online as an ‘App’ for around 59p

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My BBC2 ‘Something for the Weekend’ gadgets

Here are my gadgets from ‘Something for the Weekend’ yesterday. I was quite pleased the Sodastream didn’t explode all over me!! woo hoo!

Sony PS3

The Playstation 3 Slim has arrived and it’s much lighter, cooler and quieter, but more importantly, it’s greener and more energy efficient than its predecessor as it uses about a third less power.
The new PS3 Slim weighs in approximately two-thirds the size of the first PS3, but packs a hard drive of twice the original’s size; a large 120GB. Thanks to revamped internal architecture (with Cell Broadband EngineTM processor) the PS3 Slim runs cooler and quieter than the original PS3.
The new PS3 continues to offer the features and functions of the previous models, such as the ability to enjoy high-definition Blu-ray disc (BD) movies and games, the ability to use wireless controllers, as well as various content and services downloadable through the network etc. Also like the previous model, you can’t play PS2 games on the PS3, but PS3 games have far superior graphics anyway.
PlayStation Network members can also now download free applications, such as PlayStation Home, a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available on PS3 that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences.
It was released on 1st Sept 2009 and is available in stores and online for £249 (games sold separately)

 Chill Pill Portable Speaker

The Chill Pill is a pocket sized, self-contained capsule that easily changes into two powered portable speakers. It’s designed for people who enjoy listening to music out loud but on the go.
They are compatible with most devices that have a standard 1/8″ headphone port, including iPods, and portable CD players, iPhone 3G (original iPhone with adapter), most other digital audio players, laptops and desktop computers.
Some of the features that make these speakers different to their competitors include;
• They have three different modes – ‘Travel mode’ whereby the speakers magnetically click together for easier transport, ‘Speaker Mode 1′ whereby the speakers are separated but kept closed and ‘Speaker Mode 2′ which allows you to twist and pop the speakers up to enhance the bass and volume
• They run on a rechargeable lithium ion battery which provides six hours of playing time (can be charged a computer’s USB port or via optional AC adapter)
• They have a sound output of 4 Watts, which is fairly loud for such a small speaker.
They are available in Red, Silver & Black; online and in select high street stores for around £40

Soda Stream Pure Drinks Maker

SodaStreams are no longer a cola-producing cream plastic 70’s designed piece of kitchenware. The modern PURE range is more sophisticated and incorporates stainless steel and brushed steel. The new Pure machine includes a 60 litre aluminium gas cylinder (that gives your drink its fizz) and two carbonating bottles, one of which has a steel base and lid.
The new SodaStream simple, sleek and easy to use. All you need is tap water to make a sparkling drink in seconds.
The emphasis of the new machines are to help families be more eco-friendly and help the environment by saving the need to store or dispose of cans and bottles.
Unlike the limited drinks selection that was available with the SodaStream of old, the new range has a wide range of ‘regular’ and ‘sugar-free’ flavours to choose from. The regular flavours have two thirds less sugar than standard “non diet” drinks and the sugar-free range still tastes like a normal fizzy drink but without the calories.

Regular Flavours include Orange and Mango, Cola, Apple, Lemon-Lime and Ginger Ale. Sugar free flavours include Cranberry & Rasberry, Orange, Cola and Lemonade but there’s no iconic cream soda.

SodaStream is available online and price vary between £59 – £79

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