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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 BBC2 ‘Something for the Weekend’ Gadgets

Here are my gagdets from the show yesterday, I have to say I was bricking it slightly as none of the gadgets acutally worked in rehearsal!! Having said that, they all seemed to work in the end so it all turned out ok, oh the joys of live tv…

The Pocket Pint

Lovejoy’s fave gadget this week was the Pocket Pint. An expandable plastic glass, with all the telescopic prowess of, err, a telescope, it simply pops out on demand, to hold up to a pint of fabulously foreign drinking fluid, in a simply marvellous imperial measure.

Fitting easily into one’s briefcase, rucksack or manbag, the cup comes in a protective sheath that helps stop all manner of stickiness.

Price £5

The Terror Wasp

OMG I really didnt like this one, it just had a mind of it’s own in the studio and kept flying off when it wasnt even on!! Spooky! Lovejoy did a great job though of flying it so well done him, I just don’t get flying toys!

This Wasp is the next generation of RC Flying Toys following the first generation single rotor mini heli’s. The great thing about this new design is it uses a twin rotor, which gives it much better stability – you can actually control it left and right and trim it accurately using a wheel.

Rotor blades are made from a new flexible material, which bends on impact – no matter how many times you crash it all the impacts are absorbed by the materials.

Fly in a small space – twin rotor blades give it better balance enabling it to hover in a single place without wondering uncontrollably.

Price around £25

Football Remote Control

Lovejoy didn’t really see the point of this one, but I think it would be a great pressie for kids who are football mad. It’s a universal remote control  that not only allows you to watch the footy but also lets you practice headers during half time.

Oh yes – a kickable, flick-able remote control that replaces your TV, VCR and DVD’s remote. With easy to use touch buttons set amongst the black and white design the Football Remote Control is an essential for any lover of the beautiful game. 

Price £20

BenQ GP1 Mini Projector

 
Finally the BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector is a palm sized pocket projector designed to keep you entertained wherever you are!. All you have to do is plug in your personal media device to turn downloaded movies, phots and even music videos into great big fun!

The mini projector is LED-lit to deliver stunning images up to 80″ in size! It also comes with an integrated 2W speaker to further enrich your audiovisual enjoyment. So have a seat, relax, and enjoy! With the BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector, things are certainly looking’ great!

Weighing in at a lightweight 640g (1.4Ib), the GP1 is compatible with mass storage devices such as digital cameras, personal multimedia players, PDAs, iPods, iPhones, and Smartphones – making it a perfect, portable all round entertainment device for the modern, tech-savvy, digital-media-on-demand consumer.

Ideal for the business market, travelling business professionals can use the GP1 and USB reader for corporate videos, jpeg-format presentations, job interviews, or any spur-of-the-moment projection in the lounge, coffee shop, or even the smallest meeting room. Because the GP1 is plug-and-play effortless and does not require a PC, its simplicity makes it a perfect display device for older consumers unfamiliar with today’s technology.

Priced around £500

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