Every so often a new gadget comes along that grabs everyone’s attention. If we’re honest, the vast majority of them tend to be little more than a fad that blows over without causing too much disruption but sometimes, just sometimes, it becomes something remarkable that changes the game. A great example of such a product would be the iPhone. Everyone knew that it was coming but nobody really knew what to expect, as can be seen by some of the mockup designs that people came up with prior to its launch.
So, have we had anything come through of late that has the potential to make the splash that the iPhone did? There’s a couple of things that have the potential to be great but ultimately, we won’t know until it hits the mainstream and starts getting the attention of their wallets. Here’s what we can do for you though; we can tell you the gadgets that you simply must get your hands on – even if only for a short period, to try them out.
If you haven’t seen the Panono yet then we don’t know where you have been! This is a fantastic piece of kit that allows you to take full 360 x 360 degree photos with 36 cameras, all in one movement. The Panono is quite simply a ball that has a load of cameras in it, really. However, it has one neat little trick up its sleeve that we didn’t expect upon first glance!
See, the way in which you activate the camera is a little different to what you’re probably used to. There’s no button or flash that you need to be concerning yourself with, you just toss it up in the air and then catch it again. When the ball reaches its peak, it will take the photo for you. There are so many awesome applications for this but they can wait till we’ve had our turn!
The Sony Smartwatch 2 is, as I’m sure you can guess, is the follow up to the Sony Smartwatch – often referred to as the Sony LiveView. While we don’t believe that this is the device that will lead to smartwatches breaking into the mainstream (that will be the iWatch or the new Casio), it is a great tool for the gadget enthusiast and multiplies the geek factor of any wearer.
The device works flawlessly with most modern Android devices and has a ton of apps that were specifically designed for it, so operation and features should be smooth and plentiful.
The iPad Mini is brilliant. When it was first released everyone was making the same old jokes, including us! “It’s a smaller version of an iPad? So, it’s an iPhone then?”. Well, Apple got the last laugh… and our money. It’s fantastic to be able to laze around the house or on the sofa and watch movies on a screen without having to hold the weight of an iPad 2 over your head.
It’s also nice to be able to slide it into almost any pocket of a laptop bag and just be off. It’s small enough to comfortably carry in one hand too, making it an absolute pleasure to use during a commute. All in all, it’s certainly not a redundant piece of kit and perhaps our favourite iOS device so far.
The announcement of Google Glass shocked the world, purely because it was so innovative and ahead of its time that nobody saw it coming. Add to that the fact that it instantly had an aura of awesomeness simply because it was a Google product and you’ve got all of the ingredients for a media frenzy. The skydivers weren’t bad either.
Anyway, that frenzy has finally finished baking this year, with Google Glass being made available to the general public. Of course, it comes with a pretty hefty price tag too, costing a cool £1,000. You’ll also need to be over the age of 18 and have the ability to pay with a credit card – adding an extra layer of exclusivity.
The Sony Short Throw 4k Projector is an outstanding piece of kit. It’s design is modest enough to slide into any room, regardless of its current decor, without sticking out like a sore thumb and yet packs enough punch to reassure anyone who may thing that they were sacrificing quality for asthetics. It's a truly impressive experience. Of course, this particular gadget is just slightly out of the everyday Joe’s price range.
You see, the Short Throw costs between £17,700 and £23,700. So, this projector falls into the same category as other high ticket items, such as a super car. If you have to ask how much it costs, you probably can’t afford it. Even if you could, for that price you could pick yourself up a second hand Bentley Continental GT. The jury is out on which would be better though.