Gadgets

Oculus Rift virtual reality 3-D goggles? Check. Infant onesies embedded with machine-washable sensors? Check, again. We agree, gadgets are fun. So if you’re really into gadgets – the cool, the hi-tech, the futuristic – you will find them here. Just don’t expect us to get that excited about Apple TV. That was sooo 2007.

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This tiny chip allows almost anything to tap into the 3G network

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By Janek Speight in Gadgets on Saturday 24 January 2015

A tiny chip could be responsible for bringing the World Wide Web to most anything – from a watch, to clothes and jewellery – no matter the size.

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Must see: Windows Holographic – Holograms could be unbelievably cool

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By Dan Wighton in Gadgets on Friday 23 January 2015

Much to Bill Gates’ chagrin, the world doesn’t get as excited about Windows announcements as they do for Apple. But Microsoft’s latest announcement around Windows 10 could change all that.

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Strike Cam lets you see the fish biting your bait in real-time

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Friday 23 January 2015

I went fishing last summer and spent three days on the banks of a river trying to catch the big one. I caught just four fish. Tiny fish at that. It was fun – fishing always is – but also frustrating when your efforts don’t pay off. Strike Cam is probably what I needed during my fishing adventures. It’s an underwater camera that shows you the fish striking in real-time.

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PetChatz lets you talk with your furry friend anytime

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Friday 23 January 2015

Between work and your social life you can’t always be around your pets. But the companionship you have with your pet is important. So instead of worrying about leaving your four-legged friend at home, or spending your lunch hours driving home to check up on Fido, you could get PetChatz.

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This artist creates string instruments out of hacked turntables

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By Janek Speight in Gadgets on Friday 23 January 2015

Disk jockeys are often derided for their lack of true innovation and skill – spinning records ain’t exactly making music. Yet Walter Kitundu, a Californian musician, has changed all that. He’s built a family of what he calls the phonoharp, a stringed instrument made from hacked record players.

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This smart cookie jar locks up the snacks so you can’t eat them all at once

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Thursday 22 January 2015

Hands up if you’ve ever eaten an entire box of cookies in a single sitting (I admit that may have happened to me once or twice during a Netflix marathon watching House of Cards). Instead of putting an alarm on that pantry door, there’s a kitchen gadget that locks away those cookies for a specified amount of time, called Kitchen Safe.

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HUM: The world’s first artificially intelligent vibrator

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Thursday 22 January 2015

HUM is the world’s first robotic, artificially intelligent vibrator. It’s Arduino hackable, charged wirelessly, waterproof, and it may revolutionise the way we use sex toys because believe it or not, it’s designed by physicists.

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This guy made a fireplace coffee table and he’s sharing the DIY instructions with you

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Wednesday 21 January 2015

That friend who just bought his new home with a fireplace? He’s got nothing on your shoebox apartment with a fireplace coffee table! Posted on the Instructables website, designer Jonathan Odom featured instructions to create his fireplace coffee table in eight simple steps.

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HP Stream review: The perfect back-to-school laptop?

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By Chris Southcott in Gadgets on Wednesday 21 January 2015

When the Chromebook was first announced Google didn’t call it a computer. In a bright, fun little video shown at Google I/O in 2011, the company instead described the Chromebook as, well, ‘the web’. A ‘computer-like object’, built for quick access to Chrome, and only Chrome.

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These jeans pack a wireless mouse, keyboard and speakers!

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By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Beauty and the Geek project is yet another meeting of the fashion and tech industries. The beauty side of this product is the soft and lightweight denim jeans, featuring a dark wash and exposed stitching. The geek? They’ve gone ahead and turned these jeans into a wireless keyboard, mouse, and set of speakers.

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