Each month we are going to take a look at what new innovations in the tech industry have taken the fancy of our team!
What has seemed to be the most popular innovation is the release of the Oculus Rift which is now available in Europe. The Oculus Rift is a Virtual Reality headset. For those who do not know, this is basically a headset that when worn, will take you straight into a virtual world that will seem completely lifelike. You delve into a life of fantasy with the sense of a three-dimensional world. Connect your Rift to your PC as this will essentially become the engine. Your Oculus Rift will come with the headset itself, a sensor, remote, Xbox controller, cables and a free copy of Lucky’s Tale game. You are able to watch movies, play games and much more on these amazing headsets. The VR space is a crowded one with Google previously entering the market with their Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens due out shortly. However, many are tipping the Oculus Rift to be the device to bring VR into the mainstream. They could potentially live up to the title of the ‘future of entertainment’.
The next innovation that appealed to one of our team members, was the app AirDroid. This app enables you to gain full access to your mobile, through your computer. You are able to control calls, SMS’s and app notifications on the large screen. You can use your full keyboard and mouse to control these tasks. You can even copy files from your PC to your phone which eliminates the need for any cables. This app is only available for Android.
Although not a new innovation, Novation Launchpad app for iPad take the fancy of one of our tech team! This app helps children learn the art of music composition. This app specialises in electronic music and enables you to create music by combining beats, melodies, basslines, vocals and more. As a free app this is a must have for those budding musicians and producers.
Our last recommendation for the month is the Intel Compute Stick. This is essentially a USB stick sized computer than you can plug into a HDMI port on any monitor and it will then function like a fully-fledged PC. You can turn your TV into a computer! A quad-core Intel Atom processor inside gives a balanced performance for worth work and play. You can create entertainment, enhance your education and increase your productivity.
Still need to get a few last minute presents before the big day? Stuck on what to get? Well, we have taken a look at some of the very best gadgets throughout 2015! So we have chosen a select few that would be perfect for those tech lovers this Christmas!
With the new Star Wars film just out, along comes a present that is possibly the best for those Tech and Star Wars lovers. This very cute droid is completely controllable via a smartphone or tablet from up to 30 metres away. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Microsoft Windows and any Android 4.4.2+ devices. As well as controlling it through your smartphone, you are also able to control it through voice commands. You get a whole 60 minutes of battery life after charging it for only 3 hours. The BB8 has an adaptive personality that gives it an unique attitude – evolving as you interact. Lastly, it is able to create and view holographic recordings with this ability programmed into its circuitry. The Star Wars BB8 Droid is an extremely popular gadget at the moment at only £129.99 which is still available to buy with FREE next day delivery from IWOOT.
There have been many portable chargers come and go throughout 2015. But one brand that has stuck and shone above the others is, Anker. The Anker Powercore+ 20100 USB-C is a ‘Ultra high capacity power bank’. PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies combine to make and provide the fastest possible charge of up to ‘2.4amps per port’. With 3 ports, you are able to simultaneously charge 3 devices at full speed. The Powercore+ is able to charge a MacBook up full once, or an Ipad up a whole time and then another 48%. As for a smartphone, you are able to get 4 plus charges out of it. The power bank itself, takes up to 8.3 hours to fully recharge with the provided USB cable. A the price of only £34.99 with the ability to choose next day delivery at Amazon.
Sonos Play:1 has a lot of sound for its smaller size. As the lower priced speaker of the Sonos Play selection, it definitely does not compromise with its big sound. The Sonos Play:1 is powered by your power sockets and WiFi, enabling you to connect your phone to the speaker. You are able to control all of your music and the streaming services through the app on your smartphone/tablet/computer. With the use of WiFi accessibility, up to 32 people can add music to your playlist, which is great for your Christmas and New Years Eve parties! Trueplay tuning which delivers sound that is ‘true to the music and right for the room’. A ‘deep, crystal clear sound’ is the result of two dedicated digital amplifiers. Add a second speaker for a complete surround sound experience. You can get just one Sonos Play:1 from John Lewis for only £169.00, or with the special offer you can save £27.00 and get two speakers for £299.00 from John Lewis. With next day click and collect to any local John Lewis or Waitrose from 2pm, you can have it in time for Christmas!
Smartwatches are becoming considerably more and more popular. The Samsung Gear S2 Classic Smartwatch looks just like any other watch. However it comes with a multitude of features. You have the complete phone functionality through connecting your smartphone via Bluetooth and WiFi. This enables you to receive notifications for calls, texts, email, etc. With a Corning Gorilla Glass watch face and a dust and water resistant finish, the Gear S2 is ready for every day life. Other features include battery life of up to 3 hours and a customisable watch face. You also have the opportunity to purchase multiple bands so it suits the user every day. The ‘rotary Bezel enables ease of navigation to access features, read long text, zoom in on maps, skip music etc.’ Included in this smartwatch is health monitoring. This monitors heart rate, calories burnt, steps taken and water versus caffeine intake. The price of this smartwatch is £299.00 at Currys with next day delivery at a small charge.
If you know somebody who has an iPad pro, or even yourself, this is a perfect present for Christmas! The Apple Pencil is only compatible with the iPad Pro. Those with an artistic flair, or even those without – the Apple Pencil is a stylus that holds a variety of tools in one. With the familiar feel of an ordinary pencil, it is very easy to learn how to use and to feel comfortable doing so. Some of the tools that the Apple Pencil has are; the ability to have lines of any weight from applying pressure, shading at the tilt of a hand and much more. It has an incredible response speed due to the iPad Pro subsystem scanning its signal at an impeccable 240 times per second. With up to 12 hours of battery life you have plenty of time to explore your creative side. Also, if the battery runs out whilst you’re out, the Apple pencil has a charger included where 15 seconds of charging gives 30 minutes of life. With same day delivery at Argos this Apple Pencil is £79.99.
We have now shown you our top pick of gadgets for late Christmas presents, so good luck shopping and Merry Christmas!